Tt eSports are a relatively new brand when it comes to gaming peripherals, yet they are already renowned across the globe for their high quality gaming products. Their gaming range include headsets, mice, keyboards and even gaming gloves, all aimed at gaming enthusiasts. What we have in today increases Tt eSPORTS product range to include a new category; headphones – that are aimed towards the audiophiles.
The new sub-branch of Tt eSPORTS called ‘Chao’ that features the headphones we have today, not only cover audio, but also fashion. This new branch includes hooded sweatshirts and T-Shirts, something that we’ve often seen accompanying gaming brands, but never on this level before. The headphones are in a series called “Dracco” that feature the standard headphones and the Signature edition. The latter, sports a lick of gold to the colour scheme, giving it premium look and comes bundled with accessories that are not included in the standard version. The Signature model comes in at $109, whilst the standard version comes in at $89.
It’s good to see a gaming peripherals brand break away from the norm when it comes to audio. Most, if not all, gaming peripheral companies tend to neglect headphones in favour of headsets, which include a built in mic. Gaming headsets, don’t really tend to focus on audio quality, instead get a slick look and a bump in the price tag just for having the “gaming” in the product name. That said, some companies are going down the mobile audio route and we’ve seen a few headphones crop up on the market, such as the Razer Electra, that focus solely on the quality.
Here is a brief paragraph on what Tt eSPORTS say about their Dracco range:
“Tt eSPORTS CHAO series is about accessorizing your lifestyle and enhancing the unique characters of yours. It’s a bit of everything; from the way you dress, places you hang out, the choice of nightlife and your living philosophy. Chao is also a tribe with people imbuing a variety of artistic and street cultural elements in virtually everything, exactly what we are in the world full of acoustic and visual stimulations.”
Will the Dracco Signature just be a polished turd? Well today we are lucky enough to find out, but before we get our hands on the headphones, here is what the spec is:
Driver Unit : 50 mm
Frequency Response : 10Hz ~ 22K Hz
Sensitivity : 98dB at 1K Hz
Cable length : 1.5 m
Connector : 3.5 mm
The Chao Dracco Signature Edition comes in a windowed box, covered with a flock pattern with the standard Tt eSPORTS red, black and white colours. The main product name is in gold, to highlight the luxury nature of the headphones.
The back of the box contains a brief list of the features you are to expect with the headphones as well as the standard jargon you see on all electrical items.
On top of the headphones, the Signature version of the Dracco features several accessories. There is a 3m coiled cable with a 3.5mm jack on one end and a 6.5mm jack on the other. The red cable is the standard 3.5mm jack that has a connection that locks into the headphones to stop it from being pulled out. The Signature edition also includes a carry case and a aeroplane adaptor for when you are travelling.
The headphones them self have a black, yellow and gold colour scheme. The gold is only used on the Signature editions to differentiate it from the standard versions. There are also other variations available. At first glances the gold doesn’t seem to go too well with the yellow, but in person it looks a lot better.
The ear cups have the ability to rotate 180 degree enabling you to reduced the size of the headphones, making it much more suitable for transporting (especially in the carry case provided). The rotating ear cups also allow you to use the headphones DJ style – just using one ear cup.
The ear cups are made of a faux leather, with a soft material inside them to aid comfort. They are not made to be removable, however, with a bit of effort it is possible to remove them. We have noticed they are fairly small in comparison to the other headsets we have had in review, so this could impact the comfort levels later down the line in testing.
The headband is made of a light, breathable material that not only looks good, but also helps ventilation.
The top side of the Dracco Signature edition is made again of faux leather, with a yellow cross-hatched thread. On top of the gold ear cup connectors, this adds to the premium look of the headphones.
The headband is easily adjustable. We think we’ll most likely have to make full use of this due to the smaller size of the headphones.
The main connection for the headset is a 3.5mm jack, that locks into the port, allowing the connection to remain firm even if the cable gets caught or tugged.
Now that we’ve had a good look at the headset, it’s time to put it to the test. Whilst this isn’t predominantly for gaming, we still decided to put it through the normal tests we do for headsets – minus the microphone testing of course. As usual, we’ll a hands on approach first followed by a line up of demanding audio tracks and movies to see if we can discover the limits of the Chao Dracco Signature headphones.
Getting our hands on the headphones, we found them to be fairly stiff due to the headband being very ridged, so it took a fair bit of tweaking to get them to the right fit. Even after adjusting the headband there was still an uncomfortable amount of pressure on our heads, which wasn’t helped by the small circular earcups. Given time however, the headband would become less rigid after a lot of use. The headphones were very light however, unlike a lot of others currently in the market. The locking 3.5mm jack was also useful as it kept the cable connected even after catching the wire under our office chair.
For this particular test we hooked the headphones up to our PC and our iPod using the 3.5mm jack, although it does come with a 6.2mm jack if we wanted to hook it up to more professional equipment, on top of a aeroplane adaptor. We queued many songs of varying genres to make sure the Draccos were well and truly tested, on top of an audio track solely designed to test headphones. We were fairly impressed with the audio quality that the Draccos produced with crisp mid and high notes, although they were definitely lacking bass for those tracks that relied heavily on it. The quality of the sound improved a bit after tweaking the EQ, yet it still sounded like something was lacking, or more importantly, something to set it apart from other headphones. The headphone testing track didn’t uncover any issues, which wasn’t surprising, as throughout the music we played, nothing stood out or sounded bad.
As with music, the headphones produced a decent quality sound that let us watch the films in great enjoyment, however, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, the bass was slightly lacking when we watched Transformers 3. On top of that, the headphones are stereo only, so the full effects of surround sound could not be experienced. They did also get very uncomfortable during the long films, so we had to keep having short breaks to allow our ears to recover.
Whilst not specifically designed for gaming, we thought we’d just fire up a quick game of Battlefield 3 to see if were any good. They performed admirably, giving us some directional clues as to wear the enemy was and picked up many sounds from all over the battlefield, although yet again, the bass let this one down.
It’s nice to see a gaming peripherals company take a step in a new direction and explore a new area of the market. We think Tt eSPORTS have made a valiant attempt with the Dracco series, as it is certainly something different from the usual designs you would expect from a gaming company. On top of the enlightened approach, they have managed to produce a fairly decent pair of headphones that would be ideal for audio enthusiasts or anyone looking to make a bold fashion statement. They come in a fairly exotic range of colours, with the premium touches for the signature editions, which creates an air of class and wealth. The additional accessories cover all bases no matter what you are using them for and the rotating earcups would make them ideal for an amateur DJ.
It is a shame however, that the headphones didn’t produce a nice rich, deep bass, which is very important for everyone who likes the heavier kind of music, or movies that contain of explosions. On top of the disappointing audio, they were actually very uncomfortable to wear – could this be down to us possibly having a weird shaped head? Who knows, but it would have been good to see some larger ear cups and a less rigid headband, as the faux leather was actually pretty comfortable,
It could be said that the colours of the Dracco is a disadvantage, but there are many variations to choose from, and each to their own. Whilst we weren’t put off by the mix of gold and yellow, it could be deemed unpleasant to some, but very attractive to others.
Overall we would like to salute Tt eSPORTS for making an entrance into this new arena. They have produced a visually unique product that has the potential to go far once the creases have been ironed out. It feels too much like a headset as opposed to headphones, as nothing stood out and tickled our aural senses. At $109, it could be considered a bit steep for what you are getting, although people pay that sort of money for fashionable items all the time.
The Dracco Signature Edition has certainly made an impression on us despite the negativity, and we hope to see Chao brand continue to improve and expand. Whilst we would love to give the headphones an award, unfortunately we don’t have one for “Great Effort” so for now the Chao Dracco Signature will be leaving empty-handed, but again, kudos to Tt eSPORTS for a great start.