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Tritton AX Pro

Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

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Audio dynamite

Given that any kind of surround sound headphone experience is going to involve a level of compromise, the AX Pro does a surprisingly job of keeping things real. The benefit of using individual drivers for each channel, rather than rely on DSP processing, quickly becomes apparent.

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The Dolby Digital 5.1 routes the console's digital audio feed to the 'phones

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a standout example of surround-sound game audio. It skillfully throws everything into the mix, from watery submersion and firefights, to heavy artillery and strafing runs – and the the XP Pros rejoice in the confluence. The result is an undeniably intense sonic experience.

An illuminated in-line remote controller allows you to easily adjust the level of each channel: you can raise the dialogue, bump up the rears or goose the bass, using a simple colour-coded system. It’s tempting to over-egg the LFE, simply because you can – with the result that things can get a little concussive.

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There's an in-cable volume control too

However, while the headset does a great job of steering 5.1 channels, overall fidelity is not a strength. The phones have a tendency to sound unrefined and thuddy. Music-only listening certainly suffers – I ran through a selection of albums and concluded that I’d never use these for anything other than gaming.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a genuine multi-channel gaming headset, then give the AX Pro an audition - the authenticity of the 5.1 experience is compelling. However, the drivers could stand a quality upgrade. These ‘phones won’t begin to satisfy anyone with audiophile aspirations. ®

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Tritton AX Pro

Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

Multi-channel, multi-driver headphones for console owners.
Price: £150 RRP

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