TRITTON AX 720 Review – A Gamer’s Headset
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen. They come in a variety of designs, features, and prices. TRITTON Technologies have designed the AX 720 specifically for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game systems with superb audio quality and voice communication. If you’re looking for gaming headphones, then these are the ones to own.
The design of the AX 720s is your standard circumaural on-ear headphones. This means that when you have them on, they completely surround your ears, providing the best quality sound possible. Aside from the two cushioned pads over the speakers themselves, there is a third on the band for extra comfort, making those long gaming marathons easy on the ears. All three pads are removable for replacement as well.
Initial setup for the AX 720 is much more than simply plugging them into the audio jack of your system or TV. Included with the headset is an audio decoder box that will connect your headphones to your game system. Sound is delivered through the digital optical wire and can be one of three qualities; Dolby Digital 5.1, Pro Logic II, or Dolby Headphone. There is also a second headset connection if you want to hook up another pair.
After setting up your connections, you must then go into the settings on your system and manually change the audio source. Now you’re ready to experience what TRITTON has to offer.
The quality is just as good as many 5.1 surround sound systems, only it’s all directed at you rather than spreading across the room. There is an independent in-line audio controller to adjust both the game and chat audio so you don’t have to get up and fiddle with the receiver itself. To get the most out of the AX 720s, I played a variety of games, and even watched a movie.
The Beatles Rock Band was the first game I tested the headset with. The sound was just as I had expected. It was clear and crisp; it almost felt like I wasn’t even wearing headphones at all. Because they are connected directly to the system, there is no delay in the audio transfer, making for a more enjoyable experience. Of course, this means you have to be within the 12.5’ reach of the cable, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
To switch things up a bit, I decided to watch a Blu-ray movie, specifically The Dark Knight. While the AX 720 is specifically a gaming headset, I was interested to see how it would sound with movies. This is where 5.1 Dolby Digital was put to use. You hear everything; the shattering of glass, a whisper, whatever. Obviously, the AX 720 is not just for games.
For the ultimate test of capabilities, Killzone 2 was the final selection in the TRITTON Technologies endurance run. This would make great use of the removable microphone that comes included, as well as surround sound. While the game sounds beautifully, the mic could use a little work, particularly the design.
The microphone is made from this semi-flexible rubber that can bend and contort to whatever placement you like, although it doesn’t stay there for too long. What’s more is that the mic is so good that it can pick up almost every sound you make. You can use the in-line audio controller to either turn off the mic or adjust the volume if you wish although constantly fooling with it isn’t something you want to be doing in the middle of Helghast gunfire. Once you find a good placement and output level, things run rather smoothly afterwards.
TRITTON Technologies has it the formula down right when it comes to gaming headsets and the AX 720 is a high quality piece of audio equipment. It requires a lot more setup than your standard headphones but once you have everything hooked up and ready to go, it’s a fantastic experience. If you can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy surround sound system but still want superb audio quality, then the AX 720 is a great choice.