Creative Tactic3D Omega review: Creative Tactic3D Omega

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Typical Price: $199.95

Creative Tactic3D Omega

(Part #: CNETCreative Tactic3D Omega)
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Wireless headphones using 2.4GHz RF. 50mm neodysium drivers. Excellent bass response. Warm overall tone.

The Bad Mid-tones can crunch a little. No surround for console owners.

The Bottom Line The Tactic3D headphones offer an affordable wireless solution that can handle all of your platforms. Sound quality is above average, but is definitely more suited to game playing than to music.

8.0 Overall

Creative knows a thing or two about sound cards, but does its audio expertise extend to headphones? Creative has done it tough over the last few years, as on-board audio took over from discrete sound solutions, crushing the company's main form of income. It has staged a comeback in the last year, with a range of new products. Chief among them is high-end gaming headphones.

The Tactic3D Omega headphones are the most versatile of the bunch, ready for your PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming needs. Setting up for PC is the easiest; simply plug in the USB base, which contains the digital sound processor (DSP), and you're good to go. Once again, the inclusion of a DSP makes any existing sound cards in your PC redundant.

Console users will find the set-up process a bit more complex than PC, using a range of pass-through cables. Unlike PC users, they'll also have to make do with basic stereo audio, as the DSP doesn't support virtual surround when set to console mode. A great feature for owners of multiple gaming platforms is the ability to have both console and PC connected at the same time, with a slider on the USB unit selecting either PC or console mode.

The wireless headset sits atop a recharging cradle, but you'll need to plug in a mini USB cable to get the juices flowing. An eight-hour charge should deliver around 10 hours of gaming. The headphones use a circumaural design, but the cups are much smaller than other headphones. This results in a firm fit that is reassuringly snug, rather than uncomfortably tight. The steel core in the headband ensures that they'll handle a battering, and it's adjustable for the perfect fit. The ears' vinyl covering can get a little sticky after lengthy frag-fests, while the microphone's bendable boom sits perfectly in front of your lips. Like most of the headsets, the mic uses noise cancelling to improve voice quality. Creative also includes voice-changing software, which is the best we've heard; there's nothing like gloating over your victims using the voice of an elderly man.

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