Date: December 13th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Steelpad
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
The short three foot connection lead contains the microphone and volume controls and can be used by itself or with the included 6.5 foot extension. The remote is easy to use and you have three microphone settings to take advantage of.
Now we come to this small USB device that make this product a little different than the rest. This device is actually a very basic C-Media simulated virtual 7.1 surround soundcard. Now why would a company include a small basic sound card with a set of gaming headphones? Well..... I honestly don't know but I sure as hell will try to find out for you in the next section.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION & SOUND QUALITY TESTING
Now you have two ways you can use this headset. One way it to plug the headset directly into your computer sound solution and start enjoying the headset immediately. This method I won't be covering in detail seeing it is child's play.
I am going to spare you going through the installation program window seeing it is just the same as any other device setup. Just insert the USB soundcard, allow Windows to install it and after it is setup THEN insert the disc and install the drivers and software. The program will remove the drivers that windows installed and install the appropriate drivers and software needed. After everything is installed you will be required to reboot.
After the reboot you will notice a small white icon in your system tray. Double clicking this item will expose the following.
The configuration main menu will allow you to select whether or not you are using a standard set of speakers or if you are using the headphones. After this is set you can leave everything to standard default two channel or you can enable the 7.1 virtual speaker system to change your listening environment from stereo to virtual stereo surround. Once selected you can leave it at default or strengthen or reduce the surround effect. I found the default setting to be perfect.
The mixer tab will allow you access to the different volume controls for each device controlled through this soundcard.
The effect tab will allow you to change the virtual listening environment and allow changes to the equalizer settings. C-Media has already setup several preset configurations or you can play around with the settings to find what works for you.
The last tab is reserved for the karaoke functionality. I personally can't stand the sound of my singing so this wasn't exactly tested. My girlfriend wouldn't exactly be impressed with me belting out YMCA at 2am in the morning.