Ozone Strato 5.1 Gaming Headset ReviewIndybird - September 21, 2010
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Headsets have always had certain qualities that make them the perfect audio peripheral for gaming. They are compact, have clear audio, are non-intrusive to others and allow for online communication. There’s not much room for improvement to the base headset technology. All you need is a good pair of headphones with a microphone attached and perhaps some convenient inline controls. Where there is room to improve is more specific to their application. Games have had surround sound audio for some time now, yet the audio standard for gaming is still stereo. Gaming in surround sound provides deeper immersion and an advantage in multiplayer. Though some gamers will opt for a full surround system, this isn’t really a practical option for most. A fairly new phenomenon that has occurred in the last three to four years is the growing popularity of simulated surround sound and true surround sound headsets. Both technologies are in still in the earlier stages of development and so far there are very few surround sound headsets (simulated or true) that provide the same advantages as a physical speaker system.
Today we have the Strato 5.1 Professional Gaming headset from Ozone, a fairly new brand out of Europe that caters directly to gamers through their line of headsets and peripherals. The Strato takes the true 5.1 route and contains 4 speakers in each ear. Full inline controls, adjustable microphone and a built in USB amplifier make the Strato a strong contender in the surround sound headset market. Lets see how it stacks up.
The Ozone Strato comes in medium sized box with a red and black colour scheme. Across the front you have the name and a brief description. The side contains three detail pictures with captions along with more detailed features in seven different languages. Around the back, you have the technical specs of the headset. The window is a nice touch as you can see the better part of the headset before purchasing or opening the box.
Inside the package you’ll find the headphones, manual and drivers CD. Being that the headphones are USB powered and have a built in sound card, the whole package remains fairly simple.
Let’s take a closer look at the headset itself.