Inateck Headphones Roundup Review

Introduction


Picking the right headphones can be quite tricky, but with a great range of versatile and reasonably priced headphones in their range, it seems the Inateck has got you covered. Today we’ll be taking a look at three of their latest sets, all of which come targeted at a slightly different part of the market. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help guide you in which ones offer the best performance, features and value for money to suit your own needs.

Inateck produces a huge range of products, such as mobile accessories, USB hubs, hard drive docks, laptop bags and so much more. They’ve had great reviews in the past and their brand continues to grow in popularity, so I’m looking forward to testing out these headphones today. In the eTeknix office, we have their new Aries Dynamic Driver In-Ear Headphones (BH1101), the Taurus Wireless Sport Headset (BH1001) and the more affordable Wood In-ear Hi-Fi Headphone BH1105’s. They all have some a little unique about them too, so it’ll be interesting to see which  ones offer up the best options and performance overall given their respective price ranges and target audiences.

Aries Dynamic Driver Headphones

“Built in modern aluminum-housings and classic premium genuine wood, Inateck Aries BH1101 likes more like a work of art. 22 cored anti-oxidized cooper wire can better extend its service life. Furthermore, the PU Aluminum Foil cable makes it sturdy and tangle free.”

Wood In-ear Hi-Fi Headphone

“What is the most important thing to headphones? A well-rounded and clear sound! BH1105 is not only superbly balanced but also offers awesome bass, trebles and ear protection. The Zebra Wood pumps up your sound to an orchestral-like level. Bring a concert with you wherever you go.”

Taurus Wireless Sport Headphones

“Inateck Sport Bluetooth headset-BH1001 provides a comfortable, curved fit. Its magnetic design allows the two ear buds attract with each other, forming a circle that could hang on your neck to avoid falling down or losing when you finished exercising.”

The packaging on the headsets/headphones is pretty simple, with a minimal waste box and some stylish representations on the front.

Around the back, quite simple again and a few major specifications on the Aries and Taurus boxes.

Mad Catz Announces E.S.Pro 1 Tournament Grade Gaming Earbuds

Ear buds traditionally don’t come with the best sound quality and that is why most people opt for the larger full-size version in order to get that satisfying sounds. Mad Catz latest offering looks like it could mix that up a bit with the release of a the new E.S.Pro 1 gaming earbuds with tournament-grade quality, as they call it.

The E.S.Pro 1 uses larger than usual 13.5mm speakers to deliver better sound than conventional ear buds with an increased bass response and clearer highs. The ear buds feature two different microphones and you can use whichever you prefer and switch as you wish. There is the simple and discreet in-line microphone and there is also a removable omni-directional boom microphone that is ideal when chat is of primary importance.

The 2-meter long cable features an easy to reach remote control unit that allows you to change the volume, mute the chat, and control the track selection for your music pleasure. The In-line microphone also features automatic noise and echo suppression.

 

The added size requires a good fit and the E.S.Pro 1 come with soft-rubber support arms that are designed to gently fit inside the ear and prevent the earbuds from falling out during heated gaming sessions. To aid with comfort and acoustic isolation, the E.S.Pro 1 also comes with optional earbud attachments designed to fit virtually any size ear.

The new Mad Catz E.S.Pro 1 gaming earbuds are expected to ship in January 2016. Included in the package are a standard 3.5mm cable and PC audio adapter that allows you to connect it with almost any audio device from PC over mobile to gaming consoles.

TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


There’s no shortage of gaming headsets on the market for you to choose from. There are seemingly endless variations of performance, shape, size and price catered for, but for the most part, they’re often quite similar. The latest headset from TteSports, the gaming division of Thermaltake looks set to do things a little bit differently and while I admit, there may be other headsets in the world like this, I’ve certainly never seen a gaming headset quite like this.

“ISURUS PRO – The new generation of the ISURUS gaming headset, the ISURUS PRO is professionally engineered for Professional gamers and featuring a world’s first detachable microphone. The ISURUS PRO offers clear communication between gamers during intense gameplay by adjusting the microphone to ensure you have a perfect fit. The ISURUS PRO also delivers an astonishing audio and gaming experience with its comfortable ear-fit, allowing players to feel great for long periods of practicing or playing games! The ISURUS PRO also features a compact and powerful 13.5MM dynamic driver!”

The Isurus Pro is a high-end in-ear gaming headset, but unlike the small ear bud designs, it features huge 13.5mm drivers that sit just outside of the ear bud, so I’m sure we can expect some punchy audio performance today. To top it off, it also features a small boom microphone, a welcome change as most, if not all, in-ear headphones feature an on-cable pin hole microphone.

The headset features a unique design, with those large 13.5mm drivers making up the bulk of the unit, a set of ear hooks, which are like a smaller version of those found on in-ear sport headphones.

The packaging is tiny, but then again, so is the headset. There’s a few details listed on the front of the box, such as the detachable microphone, secure fit system and the 3-button remote.

In the box, you’ll find a set of in-ear rubber buds, to help better tailor the fit to your ears, a 3.5mm to dual 3.5mm adaptor so you can use the headset on your PC, not just on mobile devices, a carry pouch and the manual.

The headset comes hard-wired with a flat, tangle-free, rubber cable. The cable is lightweight, feels rather durable despite the fact it’s quite thin and obviously, it comes in a gorgeous bright red.

The hard-wired cable comes fitted with a 4-pole gold-plated 3.5mm jack, making it perfectly compatible with a wide range of handheld devices, such as smartphones, portable consoles and MP3 players.

The cable comes with an on-cable remote. It’s pretty basic, but for those using it on a mobile device, these multimedia controls will be a very welcome addition.

The detachable microphone is really nice and features a durable metal boom with a funky cable pass-through design, almost like it was sewn through it.

At the end of the boom, you’ll find a pinhole for the actual microphone component.

There’s also a small Tt logo on the reverse side of the microphone.

It can be easily disconnected, perfect for the times you simply want to use the headset as headphones, but easily reconnected for when you need voice chat capabilities.

The Tt Dragon adds to the overall design and is located between the driver and the honeycomb backplate.

The ear buds are angled down to allow them to fit snugly into your ear. The red rubber component fits into your ear also while the red rubber hook helps hold it firmly in place. The larger driver section sits just beyond the ear, allowing the headset to have larger drivers that otherwise wouldn’t fit into your ears.

The protective bag is great, as it allows you to bundle everything safely away when you’re done and it’s also small enough to keep snug in your backpack, making it perfect for those who travel or have gaming notebooks.

CM Storm Resonar Gaming Earphones Review

Introduction


It was just 6 months ago that we reviewed an in-ear CM Storm gaming headset and while I loved the build quality, style and microphone performance, I couldn’t help but notice that bass was seriously lacking on the drivers. Now this isn’t really a bad thing, the headset was targeted right at the LAN gaming and eSports loving crowd and it’s no secret that clear treble and minimal bass can provide tangible benefits in competitive FPS gaming, since it allows you to better hear the footsteps of your opponents. Unfortunately for CM Storm I expect a little more from my audio devices and since I like to listen to music as much as I love gaming, good all round performance is a must.

CM Storm know they can do even better, which is why they’ve gone back to the drawing board and created the Resonar in-ear gaming earphones, not only do they promise more bass than before, but they also promise an innovative new feature to help you fine tune how much bass you get; well take a closer look at how this works in just a moment.

As you can see from the specifications we have powerful 20 Ohm 8mm drivers, a 1.3m cable, 3.5mm jack and an omni-directional microphone. All relatively straight forward stuff, so lets move on and see what else you get for your money.

The packaging is nicely designed with a few major features detailed on the front and a stylish image of the headphones.

Around the back you’ll find a detailed run down of all the bits you get in the box, as well as the full specifications (see above).

The packaging folds out to give a sneaky view of the headphones, as well as a run down of the BassFX technology.

In the box you’ll find a quick start guide, some spare ear-buds, a 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adaptor, a protective carry case and of course, the headset.

CM Storm Pitch In-Ear Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


There are no shortage of gaming headsets on the market today, but most typically favour the over ear or on ear design. Cooler Master and their gaming brand CM Storm look set to do something a little different and have created a more compact solution with their in-ear Pitch gaming earphones.

CM Storm are not the first company to do this of course, in ear gaming headsets are nothing new and companies like Steelseries have similar products on the market, but this is the first product like this from CM Storm.

We have high expectation of the Pitch as CM Storm have impressed us in the past with their other gaming audio devices such as the Ceres 300, Ceres 500, Pulse-R, Sirus and Sonus gaming headsets. I’m not expect the same performance as a headset with 40-50mm drivers, but I am expecting a certain level of quality that we’ve come to expect from Cooler Master.

The Pulse comes neatly packaged with a clear window panel in the box that allows us a sneaky peak at the headphones, connections and cables.

Around the back we see a quick run down of the features and the full specifications.

In the box we find that there are two extra pairs of ear buds, there are three pairs in total, small, medium and large. There is a y-splitter cable that takes the standard 4-pole of the headphones and breaks it to separate 3.5mm jacks so you can use the headset on mobile and PC devices.

Also in the box I found a tough pouch that can be used to keep the headphones neatly packed away, handy if you tend to throw them in your bag between uses.