Date: October 19th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
It's a little hard to see here, but since they are not using standard color coding they have labeled each connector as C, F, or R to make sure you know what plugs into what. At this day in age, I think they really should have went with the proper color codes just because it is a standard, and helps the consumer setup their headphones easily without confusion.
Zalman has put their logo on the center of each ear piece, along with the regular labeling for Left and Right. You can also see the small ports on each side, not detracting from the very gamer-esque look these headphones have.
Inside the ear pieces, the speakers themselves are situated with the rear speakers actually in the rear, the center in the center, and the front at the front end of the ear piece. This is due to the Zalman's unique headset design which actually will be more immersive with the speakers situated and angled perfectly for surround sound listening.
The headband is padded nicely for a comforting fit. Headbands can be the bane of a good set of headphones. They could sound amazing but without the comfort a good headband, they will be useless.
Here you can see how the Theatre 6's can resize to fit peoples heads. It is a very sturdy system that you can feel actually click into each specific place. The good thing about this style is there aren't any thin wires that look like they will break after extended use.
Product Sound Quality
The Zalman ZM-RS6F headset is a sturdy piece of hardware. The plastic seems nicely molded with no excess and is resistant to flexing and unwanted movement. The cushioning on the headband and ear pieces is very soft and molds nicely to your head when worn properly.
Since F.E.A.R just came out, I decided that it would be an excellent game to test these headphones with. It's a new game with a lot of new sounds that I'm not used to (unlike my old favorite UT2K4). The sound came out very detailed with no distortion. The surround sound features of these headphones work superbly making it clear what direction sounds were coming from. The only gripe I have is that the BASS was almost non-existent. These headphones are obviously not amplified but as they claim to be 5.1 there should be at least a little of the .1 in there.
If you want an Zalman external 5.1 headphone amplifier, you can find one to consider HERE.
The headphones are very comfortable, but after some time they feel very tight on your head. This would go away in time, as they became worn in, but I felt it was worth mentioning as the tight areas are right around your temples and it can give you a headache.