Configured this way taps into the headset’s THX TruStudio Pro software. Easy to use and instal, it’s better looking than the actual headphones with pleasingly large volume and mic controls along with a pretty 3D modelled forest scene to test video. Being a customisable skin, naturally I set the appearance to a purply pink.
Besides interface customisation, the large controls can also be altered from touchscreen PCs
The Sigmas have impressive frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz and testing with the Beastie Boys album, Hot Sauce Committee, really showed off the intense, penetrating output this headset can deliver. From the off using the default settings, the Creative Sigmas can definitely do loud, without distorting.
Among the settings is the Crystalliser, which is supposed to add “pop” or sharpness to compressed audio, but despite fiddling with it, I found it didn’t seem to do anything impressive. Lest we forget LiveTouch, the interface's touchscreen compatibility, which is all well and good but I don’t know anyone who owns one. For fear of this review appealing to anyone under the age of 18, I am not even going to mention the voice morphing, but let’s just say I left it on emo.
TacticControl THX Sound Control Pro sound enhancement settings
The main selling point of these headphones is the 3D audio – delivering 5.1 and 7.1 soundfields from just two drivers with Creative's THX TruStudio Pro audio technology. After altering the Surround control when playing Left 4 Dead 2 I did find it quite immersive. I could hear the witch crying and the horde running clearly from the front, back, above and below. Woah, watch out for that helicopter!
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yes, the soundblaster recon 3d
is on its way, thats cross platform - pcs and consoles apparently. I treated myself to a pair of the Alphas for christams and I've got to say I'm pretty happy with them.
details here -
yes, but will it work with the console?
I'd love to get my hand on such a headphone, 5.1 and 7.1 are really nice. But can I get those speakers to work on the console, as easily as they work on the PC?
When I tried to find a surround sound headphone for the console, I was greeted with a headphone that require an extra device to be connected between it and the console! Is there a headphone that can be connected to the USB of the console and can give me 5.1 and optionally 7.1 sound? or am I stuck?
That reminds me...
Creative Sound Blaster? I'm sure I had one of these in my 486dx in 1995, it made those midi sound effects in Doom sound really life like ;)
Why do soundcard companies make such hidious looking software? Rather than keeping things clean/tidy/usable you have to install a full screen monster of purple and metal on your computer.