Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset ReviewWaco - October 31, 2013
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Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset Testing:
While everyone has different tastes when it comes to what constitutes sound quality there is still a need to try and quantify just how "good" or "bad" various headsets sound. The Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset is billed as a high-quality gaming headset built for audio bliss. Through various situations I will push the CRONOS to the limits to find out what flaws lie below its beautiful exterior: gaming, movies, and music.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 2x8GB DDR3-2400
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Turtle Beach TBS-2114
- Philips SBC HB250 w/ AntLion ModMic
- Corsair Vengeance 2000
- AZiO Levetron GH808
- CM Storm Pulse-R
- CM Storm Ceres 400
Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset Results:
Let me be the first to say that I like loud. The CRONOS doesn't disappoint in this category – you can crank them as loud as you like to hear those subtle footsteps creeping up on you from behind and the gunshots that follow won't distort but they will nearly blow your eardrums out. While they don't have the greatest bass presence, it also isn't lacking; it's just not as prominent as other headsets I've used in the past. "Even and flat" would be how I describe the sound of the CRONOS. That's not a bad thing by any means as they have a very neutral sound that isn't fatiguing and allows you to game at high volumes for long periods of time without feeling drained. Everything is clear and easy to hear and the microphone, well, it's a microphone. There are no real flaws here!
After watching a few of my favorite scenes from various movies (Tron Legacy has been one of my test subjects of late) I only have a single complaint about the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS: the bass response. While it really isn't lacking for the most part the headset just lacks overall impact when forced to play the extremely deep bass lines typically in movie soundtracks. Aside from that there is no lacking of dynamic range thanks to the ludicrous volume levels you can push the CRONOS to without distortion. All in all not bad by any means but not my first choice for high-impact movies that have a strong LFE track.
What is life without music? Many gamers also use their gaming headsets for serious jamming in addition to their gaming. How does the CRONOS hang in there when asked to deliver musical bliss? I'm pleased to report that although bass-heads may be disappointed with the neutral sound of the CRONOS, they shine for almost everything else. Vocals are clear, transparent, and don't distort even when pushed as hard as my sound card can push them. Granted, everyone has their own preferences, but for listening to pretty much anything but dubstep or drum'n'bass the CRONOS delivers in spades. The super-comfortable earcups and headband combined with the smooth sound allow you to spend far more time listening to your tunes than you initially intended!