Ozone Strato 5.1 Gaming Headset ReviewIndybird - September 21, 2010
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Much like any other surround sound headset, I was skeptical from the very start as to how well it would actually work. After just over a week of testing in games and two hours worth of testing in a movie, my skepticism was well-founded. The center and rear speakers (being the only speakers really unique to 5.1 setups) came through intermittently and even then took a while to get used to. In addition to the problems with the surround sound, the headset did not sit on my head very well and was slightly uncomfortable.
These issues are rather unfortunate because, in addition to the promising design for the placement of the speakers, the headset has quite a few positive qualities to it. It feels very sturdy and well built, the base audio quality is pretty decent (although slightly lacking in highs), the control pod does everything it needs to do and the whole thing is run via USB.
The Strato is only available from one US e-tailer for just under $90. Even with the above pros, the spotty surround sound and non-comfortable design make that $90 price tag a hard one to justify.
- Solid build quality
- Good audio quality
- Useful control pod
- Straightforward software
- Microphone quality is only average
- Surround sound is lacking
- Headset is slightly uncomfortable