The Bottom Line
- True Digital Dolby 5.1 sound in a headset!
- Surround sound headphones and a detachable mic? Every online gamer's prayers are answered
- Vibration not only adds audio rumble, but enhances bass effect
- Solid, DJ quality construction
- Supports optical, coax, and G9 (analog) 5.1 surround sound connections
- No mute button on the microphone
- Anemic documentation
- Bass is decent, but not stellar
- No bluetooth or usb support
- The AX360 gaming headset finally delivers a product that supports voice chat and 5.1 surround sound
- While slightly heavy, the quality hinges, pads, and casing help the AX360 feel like a piece of high end equipment
- The AX360 can be used with any game console or computer that supports Dolby 5.1 (digital or analog) surround sound
- The external controller supports up to two headsets
Guide Review - Audio Xtreme 360 (AX360) Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Sure, everyone loves home theaters, and surround sound movies are grand, but surround sound gaming is an experience like none other. From bullets whizzing by to actually hearing where an enemy is before you see them brings the whole experience to life. Unfortunately surround sound systems are expensive, difficult to set up, tend to bug the poor downstairs neighbor, and can interfere with voice chat in online games. The AX60 is a solid piece of hardware that is easy on the wallet and those around you.
As a certified Dolby Digital 5.1 headset, you know you are going to get great sound quality, and the AX360 delivers. It is unreal how the drivers in the headset create a real sense of space. By tweaking the delay settings, you get even more effect. The bass, as is the case with most headphones, is mediocre, but the rumble effect not only adds to game play, but since it is timed to the bass, it enhances its effect as well. The headset comes with skimpy instructions, but a generous collection of connectors and cables are included.
The only weaknesses are the lack of a mute button for the boom mic, and no bluetooth support, which is a shame for PS3 gamers. Otherwise, this is the headset every gamer needs, for convenience and quality.