Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Now Available

Competitive gaming is big business, as like any other sport, having the right equipment can help you perform better and also just improve the experience for you personally. Mad Catz has been working closely with pro gamers for years now, so it comes as no surprise that their latest headset is tailored to be suitable for that market.

“The F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 is a new tournament quality 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset optimized for competitive multiplayer gamers with an unrivaled level of audio personalization and an advanced dual microphone system for precision communication with teammates.” Said Mad Catz.

The name is a bit of a mouthful, it looks like a bad pick from the bag while playing Scrabble, but I don’t doubt the performance of this headset. Having used the F.R.E.Q.5 and the F.R.E.Q.7 over the last couple of years as part of (one of) my gaming setups, they’ve proven they can last a long time, sound great and provide a comfortable fit and the new TE looks to follow the same design cues as its predecessors.

“Connecting via standard USB, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 delivers highly immersive 7.1 surround sound via state-of-the-art audio customization software, placing the gamer in the heart of the action and in full control over their audio landscape. High quality 50mm audio drivers present the audio with precision clarity, providing the gamer with a full 360 degrees of positional awareness. In addition, the removable boom microphone with dual-chat mic system work in unison to actively cancel out environmental background noise and boost the clarity of the gamer’s voice to teammates.” Added Mad Catz

“As the next generation in our award-winning F.R.E.Q. line of high performance gaming audio headsets, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 exemplifies Mad Catz’ commitment to delivering products tailored to needs of today’s competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “In-game audio is vital to the performance of the player, and we believe that our F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 will offer the competitive edge eSports and competitive gamers require to stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that our strong line up of products spanning multiple gaming formats will see us build considerable momentum as we move towards the Holiday’s and into 2016.”

For more information, or to order your own F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1, check out the official Mad Catz store.

 

Ozone Blast Ocelote World 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Ozone is one of the most popular gaming brands on the market, having a great product range that has proven successful with both gamers at home and the eSports community. From high-end mechanical gaming keyboards, to pro gaming mice, they’ve got something for every gamer. Now we have their brand new Blast Ocelot gaming headset, which was designed with the help of eSports legend Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez!

“When you can close your eyes in an fps shooter, and know exactly where every opponent is, then you know something is finally well done. Needless to say about listening to music or watching a film with them, mind-blowing. Blast Oceloteworld is one of the products I’m most excited about. Because I know everybody will love them.“ – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

As you can see from the spec list, the headset comes equipped with 7.1 Virtual Surround, which is provided via the built-in USB soundcard and desktop software. There’s a pair of powerful stereo drivers, a good quality microphone, a 3m long cable and built-in LED lighting effect.

In the box you’ll find everything you need to get you started, in fact, you’ll really only find one thing, as all major components are hard-wired to the headset.

The headset is USB powered, so no mobile support unfortunately. It comes with a hard-wired in-line controller which gives you command over the volume controls and the master audio mute.

The headset is really nicely designed, with a mixture of soft matte finish blacks, chrome highlights and a few hints of orange; it manages to look cool, without being too over the top.

Each ear cup is mounted on a small pivot, which allows a few degrees of adjustment in each direction. This will provide you with a snug fit over your ears, although it does mean the ear cups are quite thick and will look bulky on your head.

The ear cups have been treated to a comfortable leather coated padding, although the interior is a little smaller than most headsets, those with ears like Martin Clunes may want to look elsewhere.

The microphone is fitted to the headset, but does come with a nice fold-to-mute function; just push it up and it’ll be muted, bring it down and it’ll be live again. There’s a small LED strip at the front that changes from white to red when the microphone is muted.

The headset has a flexible midsection, which should help prevent it from snapping if you snag it on something.

The top of the headset has an OZONE logo, which looks pretty nice I guess, but I think the headset would look smarter without it.

The headband is well padded and should provide a comfortable fit, even after a long gaming session.

The headset feels soft thanks to the padding, but it’s also very robust thanks to a metal strip that runs through it. The sides of the headset, as with virtually any headset on the market, can be adjusted to provide a better fit.

Overall a very nice looking headset, with durable construction and comfortable padding.

ASUS Announces the Strix 7.1 True Surround Gaming Headset

ASUS is expanding their Strix Gamers series with the Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset. It is a true 7.1 surround headset as it has a total of 10 neodymium magnet drivers (5 per ear). The USB headset comes with an audio station for easy management of your audio profiles and pretty much everything a gamer could want from a headset.

The ASUS Strix has foldable ear cups that are cushioned with ultra-soft, full-size memory foam; 130mm across at its widest point and covered with protein leather. For easy transport or storage, the microphone is detachable.

The audio station features a headphone amplifier, 90% environmental noise cancellation for voice capture, and four game-audio spectrum profiles that enable gamers to tailor their audio experience to the type of game being played. With dedicated volume controls for each surround channel you can tune the balance just right for your taste and current played game. A switch to stereo is also possible at a push of a button. It has four pre-programmed profiles for FPS Gunfire, FPS Footsteps, Action RPG and Racing.

Thanks to Asus for providing us with this information

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Computex: G.SKILL Display Ripjaws R71 Gaming Headset

G.SKILL International Co. Ltd. have just released their first gaming peripheral range and it’s a massive departure from their typical product ranges which focus mostly on RAM modules.

G.SKILL have already earned them selves a solid reputation within the system building and overclocking community for some incredibly cool products, both in terms of design and their performance and this is something that has also worked well in the PC gaming community, as well as eSports.

If they’re reputation means anything then these new G.SKILL Ripjaws R71 headsets should be pretty awesome and judging by the looks of them they’ve lost absolutely not of the funky and extreme style and colour choices that set G.SKILL memory products apart from the competition. We’re still waiting on prices and an official release date, but we’re sure this information will follow very shortly and we also hope to have some in for review in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that.

As you can see below, the R71’s pack plenty of features with read 7.1 surround sound via 10 discrete driver units, ENC microphone, touch screen control unit, positional audio, custom EQ and more… or in other words “OMG AWESOME!”

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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