Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless review: Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless

CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Great sound. Comfortable design. Easy to install.

The Bad A little sound leakage. Internal battery.

The Bottom Line Great sound and comfortable design combine in this top-quality wireless headset rig from Creative.

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While not everyone needs a wireless headset, many appreciate the versatility and freedom of a cordless gaming experience. That tethering cord might be less of an issue for the intimacy of a PC game, but when you want to relax on a couch with some console action, they become an annoyance.

The quite over-extensively named Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless gaming headset is not the cheapest we've seen, but it's a long way from being the most expensive, and there's plenty of features that make it good value for money.

There are essentially two parts to what you get in the box: the Recon3D USB sound card and the Tactic3D Omega wireless headphones.

Design

The Recon3D has a quad-core sound processor, but it's energy efficient enough to be powered entirely by USB. A wireless card slides in to a slot on the top, and it syncs to the headphones with a single button press.

Along the sides are switches for changing modes depending on whether you're using PC, Xbox or PS3 and mic control. The top has volume and two big switches for either THX or Scout Mode (we'll get to that later).

The headphones themselves have a built-in battery that also charges via USB. They're quite light, and ear cups are quite comfortable; we found no discomfort, even when worn for extensive gaming sessions. The material on the cups does scratch reasonably easily, however.

The software is the third component — the Recon3D control panel with THX TruSTudio Pro effects, which allows you to adjust pretty much any aspect of the voice and audio settings. You can even save profiles for various games, if that's your sort of thing.

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Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless

Part Number: CNETSound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless

Typical Price: $279.95

See manufacturer website for availability.