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TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Review

Desja    -   April 29, 2008
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Testing:

From what I have seen of the options for this product, I must say I was impressed, and I am really looking forward to testing this headset. I will be testing this headset against my Sennheiser HD 437’s and my Creative Fatal1ty headset. The Creative Fatal1ty headset was one of the best headsets I have ever used, so it is going to take a lot for the TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones to win my love, but let's get into it and see what happens.

 

Testing System

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Bioshock (Gaming)
  • iTunes (Music)
  • TeamSpeak (Voice Application)
  • Superman Returns (DVD Movie)

 

 

 

 

Gaming:

Bioshock:

TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones:

The ambient sounds were way too pronounced at first, so I tweaked my settings a little and turned the vibe down quite a bit. The headphones were very comfortable for the entire time playing, but I did get the sweaty ear problem I thought I would have, which was a downer. Aside from that, the creepy sounds were even more pronounced and the scrapes and gun fire actually left a ringing in my ear. This is what gaming is all about; if I can’t get a little hearing damage from the headphones, I don’t want them.

Fatal1ty:

I turned the volume all the way up and jumped right in to Bioshock like I did last time. The Fatal1ty headset fits my ear much better than my Sennheiser HD 437, but no where near as well as the TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones. I stood next to a fire and rotated slowly, and I must say the TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones did the best 3D sound effect, but the Fatal1ty was a very close second. All the sounds were clear with no crackling, but no where near as loud as I could get the Pulsars.

Sennheiser 437 HD:

Sennheiser headphones have always been my favorite audiophile middle ground headphones. For gaming though, they do not block out enough background noise for a fully immersive experience. The quality of sound was there, but not enough to make it a formidable opponent for the two aforementioned gaming headsets. Sound clarity is one thing these don’t lack, but again I could not get immersed in the game with the background noise of cars and dogs barking in the neighborhood.

 

Music:

iTunes:

TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones:

I was ready to tear my eardrums out when I started off with some rap music. The vibe mode was the equivalent to one thousand mosquitoes buzzing in your ears at once. I wanted to scratch my brain with a steak knife. I am not even a ticklish person, but that was a very unsettling experience for me. I turned the vibe mode almost completely off and then re-ran the music tests. The Pulsar headphones did fairly well, but I must say the Fatal1ty and the Sennheiser headphones destroyed them on this test. The classical music (Yoyo Ma) was not as clear as the other two headphones. The rap did sound pretty good, but I heard way more bass tones than rapping. Overall it did pretty good with heavier stuff like Disturbed and Sevendust. Other than loudness, the other two headsets won this test hands down.

Fatal1ty:

Again I still love the range this headset has. Classical music sounded like a symphony sitting right there in front of me. For rap beats, they hit every note loud and clean. Rock didn’t have one distorted note (unless the note itself was distorted in the song) and everything sounded great. The loudness wasn’t there like the Pulsars, but I was still blown away by the power this headset has considering it’s not powered by battery or USB for amperage.

Sennheiser 437 HD:

Sennheisers, just like the last review, did much better with the classical arrangements than the Fatal1y, but the Fatal1ty’s honors reigned true on the metal and rap songs. When it comes to music Sennheiser knows its stuff and the sound quality was great considering these are low-end. There is still a special place in my heart for this headset when it comes to music. I had little to no popping or crackling during the duration of this test.

 

DVD:

Superman Returns:

TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones:

There is a lot going on in almost every scene of this movie and the Pulsar headphones pick up almost every scrape, crash, and pin drop. Again I had to turn the vibe down a little to really enjoy the quality, but it did a remarkable job. Jar-El’s voice, as I have mentioned in the past reviews, is a true test of clarity in bass, and these head phones make the hair on the back of your neck stand up when it comes to bass. The virtual 7.1 surround sound sounds great. I played around with the position of the virtual speakers a bit during this test and it was surprising how well it achieved the illusion of surround sound.

Fatal1ty:

The Fatal1ty headset provided great sound and good bass, but the Pulsar was slightly better. They are much more comfortable to wear now that I have broken them in, but I still wont watch a movie all the way through with any headset unless I am reviewing a product. The bass was much better than the Sennheisers, and the sound quality was definitely prominent. Having no backup with power or USB really limits this unit’s loudness ability, but the sound is still impressive.

Sennheiser 437 HD:

Very clean and very clear, but much like the Fatal1ty, it could not compete with the Pulsar’s bass. Having the USB power really increases the Pulsar's potential over the regular chorded headsets. It was very comfortable during the test and no sweating, which is a bonus as well. I like this headset, but again the noise canceling was none existent and the background noise took over because this set doesn’t get as loud as the other two.

 

Voice:

TeamSpeak:

TekNmotion Pulsar SX PC Gaming Headphones:

Being that this is the main purpose of a gaming headset, this is one of the most important tests. The Pulsar did very well in TeamSpeak. I once again had to turn off the vibe in order to hear things clearly. The Fatal1ty was a little nicer to use, as the inline controller was smaller and less cumbersome, and the toggle for the mic on the Fatal1ty was much easier to change on the fly. In order to press in the Pulsar's mic button, you have to push it into the controller. Being that it is beveled into the controller may be good for not accidentally bumping it. This is not the best when you have to press the button way in to engage, and it sometimes requires you actually looking down to do so, possibly causing your online demise. One nice point is that there doesn’t seem to be any delay in speech, which some USB headsets have issues with. Being able to say things in real-time can save your butt in an online multiplayer game.

Fatal1ty:

Communication is clear and the noise canceling made it very easy to listen to teammates. The Fatal1ty did very well in this test. The inline controller, as I mentioned before, is much smaller than its competitor and the switch is way easier to use than the button. For this use, I would grab my Fatal1ty’s over the Pulsars. Seeing as how the Sennheisers are just headphones, I will not be testing them on TeamSpeak.

 

Now we can see how well the headphones did in direct competition.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Testing (Continued)
  7. Conclusion
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