The Good Discrete 5.1 surround sound headphones; supports headset chatting; various amount of adjustable controls; extra earcups; detachable microphone; compatible with most PCs and gaming consoles.
The Bad Headphones require power; tedious setup; requires a lot of wires; included 3-foot optical cable and USB cable won't get you far; heavy headphones; doesn't work with the Wii.
The Bottom Line If you can get past its tedious setup, the AX Pro 5.1 Gaming Headset performs extremely well and is compatible with pretty much every gaming PC and game console except the Wii.
Tritton Xbox 360 AX Pro Dolby Gaming Headset
In addition to high-definition graphics, the current generation of video game consoles also offer discrete 5.1 surround sound. While it's occasionally overlooked by some gamers, surround sound adds an entirely separate dimension to the experience of playing video games. Of course, to enjoy all surround sound has to offer, you'll need a home theater setup including a receiver that can process the audio information.
If you're not willing to pull the trigger on a new home theater setup or you just don't have a properly sized room that can accommodate such a system, you may want to turn to 5.1 surround sound headphones. We've already looked at a wireless solution with the X4 Headset from Turtle Beach, but we weren't impressed with its lackluster infrared signal radius and sound isolation performance. The Tritton AX Pro Gaming Headset is a wired device that sounds fantastic and does a great job of immersing you into the game with its effective noise canceling design.
Let us get one thing out of the way first: the Tritton AX Pro has a lot of wires. It also requires you to provide power to not only the amplifier box, but to the headphones as well. You'll also need to run wires from your console or computer to the amp, and if you'll be chatting online, that'll require an addition wire. When all is said and done, you could literally be dealing with six or seven different connections before it's time to play. We figured this information should be disclosed right from the get go, so if you're the wire-fearing type, you may want to look elsewhere at some wireless headphones.