By Jonathan Charles | Jul 23, 2012 01:57 PM EDT
Buying a gaming headset fine-tuned to a specific console or PC title isn't easy, considering titles have different sounds and sometimes a different weapon sandbox (the latter is true for Halo, considering its futuristic setting). Turtle Beach is targeting players who will be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 long-term, releasing a 5.1 gaming headset.
Called the Ear Force Tango, the headset is part of a five-headset-and-earphone line up themed around the title. Featuring a black-and-orange design, with the Black Ops 2 logo and "Call of Duty" across the headbands, it's definitely appealing to a certain crowd. Below are the device's specs.
As mentioned earlier, the headset includes 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound with "360 degree" sound - great for hearing footsteps from behind; 2.4/.6 GHz Dual-Band Wi-Fi, almost "eliminating interference" (according to Turtle Beach); dual-pairing Bluetooth so that it's possible to listen to music/take a phone call while gaming (and the latter presumably overrides voice or in-game chat); "Voice Prompts" for when the device is being used, when powering on for example, by the Black Ops 2 voice actors; voice morphing, allowing users - like with the original Xbox headset - to mask the real voice; and a digital optical connection, for the "highest quality' digital surround sound according to Turtle Beach.
Additional features include a rechargeable battery, providing up to 15 hours of gameplay (it remains to be seen what real world usage is), a Variable Microphone Monitor for adjusting the volume of the user's speech in the headset, and wireless Xbox Live/PlayStation network chat.
The Ear Force Tango headset, priced at $300 - $299.99, actually - is expensive for a headset not using 7.1 audio (unlike the Astro A60, price at $249.99).
Also, there's no reason why one will buy a headphone, for a cheaper price and better audio quality, and then also end up purchasing a cheap clip-on microphone.
The "gaming headset" term is a bit of a scam, because it's an excuse for new releases to be overpriced while under-performing. In fact, mobilenapps.com collected the best non-gaming headphones - with a clip-on microphone - while offering considerably better value for money.
The Ear Force Tango headset is pitched to launch around the release date of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is releasing on November 13.
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