TRITTON Technologies brings true 5.1 surround sound to a gaming headset with comfortable and fantastic sound using separate speakers in each headphone.
You may not be able to get fully positional 5.1 surround sound from the TRITTON AX360 but you do have 8.0 from them, there are actually four speakers in each earpiece. So I am not sure if you want to call the AX360 a true 5.1 or not but with the four speakers blowing in each ear it does a great job of not faking surround sound but giving you a real surround sound experience.
The TRITTON AX360 comes in several pieces; the headset itself with a very long cord, the AX360 Digital Decoder Box, Power Adapter, Optical Toslink Cable, Coax Cable, G9 PC Adapter, Removable Microphone, Microphone Extension Cable, Carrying Case and Quick Start Guide. The AX360 headset has a 13 foot cable and has four volume controls on the inline controller and the microphone has the extension cable that is four feet long.
The setup is pretty simple and will of course depend on what your connecting the AX360 to, it can connect to a console system with optical or coax digital output and the microphone uses the integrated digital or separate 2.5mm microphone connection. The Digital Converter has both an optical and coax connection as well as two headphone connections and three 5.1 surround sound outputs.
The AX360 allows you to connect two headphones to the digital converter so you and a friend can game or listen to the music that the system puts out. You can have the two different inputs connected to two devices at the same time and use the two position switch between them to change form optical to digital input.
The other functions on the decoder box are a master volume, time delay, dynamic range and an on/off button as well as four LED lights to show the status of power, Dolby Digital, Pro Logic and DRC. The time delay and dynamic range compression are items you may not even bother with, I didn’t do much with them myself but they are there if you’re interested in fine tweaking your sound.
The TRITTON AX360 takes either a digital or optical digital signal and outputs it to the headphones using the two headphone outputs or the three 5.1 surround sound output connections. The decoder box can output to both outputs for headsets and the 5.1 surround sound at the same time as well as have the input from either the optical or coax input.
I really like the functional aspect of using both connections for an input when you consider that two console systems have optical output and most computers have either coax digital or toslink optical on the motherboards today. You can connect the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 to the decoder box using the optical and connect a PC using the coax.
You also can connect a 5.1 surround sound system, audio or home theatre receiver to the three outputs for 5.1 surround sound so you have the makings of a pretty decent home theatre system with just the AX360. The decoder box means you can have digital sound and turn that signal into the 5.1 surround sound without having to purchase a much more expensive receiver for your audio.
You can also forget the decoder box altogether if you have a sound card that outputs 5.1 surround sound and use the G9 PC adapter. The headset connects directly to the sound card or other 5.1 sound source and goes directly to the headphones using the G9 adapter connected to the headset.
You also have direct use of the microphone this way and have all your 5.1 surround sound and microphone for chat in gaming that sounds just as good as the digital sound. The headset sounds great with a good sound system in your computer and I used both onboard 7.1 sound on two computers as well as a new Auzentech Prelude 7.1 sound card that made the audio experience even better.
This is a good first step toward a really good audio system and gives you some feel for what a true sound system will be like, now what does it sound like? It is fantastic, hands down the best sound system I have currently. I recently received a Logitech X-530 5.1 surround sound system and the AX360 is a better deal when you consider the great sound and connections available.
The 5.1 surround sound system only has one way to connect it, two with an adapter but you can connect optical and digital audio to your AX360 system as well as the output to 5.1 surround sound speakers. Many of today’s electronics are going to some kind of digital audio so you can have the best possible input source to start your audio experience.
You can connect and use the AX360 for a sound system all by itself using either the headphones or an additional speaker system. The use of a receiver is the same thing as the digital decoder box, of course much better when you pay for a more expensive one, so you have your Dolby Digital sound right from the box with the TRITTON AX360.
The four speakers in each headphone side means a very good surround sound experience that I have to say is better than several headphones I have heard. I have reviewed several headphones that had “surround sound” and this blew them away, this is real surround even though the speakers are right next to each other inside the headpieces.
I played several games on the PC as well as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and was very impressed with the experience, and it is an experience, not just listening. Gaming is fantastic with the headphones, much better than with just the Logitech 5.1 surround sound speakers.
You can actually hear things at various positions depending on the action and game with some very realistic sounding elements, especially in Battlefield: Bad Company on the PS3. I love when in tanks and other tracks vehicles and firing the machine gun to hear the bullet shells clanging on the interior and the gun itself recharging or whatever it is supposed to be doing right after firing.
You can also hear footsteps and your own gear rattling around as you move and walk as well as hear others trying to sneak up on you. Using a really good surround sound system improves your gaming as you can hear where things are as well as look in the correct direction for them.
In all the games I have been playing there are at least some positional sounding elements and things do sound better but some games are naturally better than others. I have played my usual Battlefield 2142, Call of Duty 4, Unreal Tournament 3, Microsoft Flight Sim X and World in Conflict on the PC and they sound terrific.
On the PlayStation 3 I have mainly been playing Battlefield: Bad Company but have played a few others and they all sound equally well with Bad Company really standing out. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 on the Xbox 360 sounds really good and a few others like Portal and Half Life 2 also sounds great. All the games I played sound fantastic with some standing out more than others but there were also no problems with any.
I have also listened to music but due to the stereo aspect it sounds about the same as when using other stereo headphones but movies do sound really good in 5.1 and the AX360 does do some real justice. The Ax360 sounds great with movies and gives that surround sound quality to your favorite show or movie as well as gaming.
The TRITTON AX360 will not replace your typical surround sound system but it can due in a pinch, and it does sound great. Of course I do not recommend this over a full speaker system but if you want the full theatre experience and only have a coax digital or optical digital output like the Xbox360 or PlayStation 3 for your setup than this is the answer.
I have recently been looking at setting up my system in my office so I have my two main consoles and one gaming computer on one screen but audio is separate. I use an HDMI switch for the video and have to use separate audio connections so the AX360 is the perfect solution whether I use the headphones or not.
I can connect two digital outputs to the digital decoder box and simply switch between them depending on what I want as the input. I can also easily switch from one to the other console system using an optical switch so I can have both consoles connected to the system and my computer at the same time. I am currently waiting for an optical switch in the mail but I am sure this solution will work just as well as removing the optical cable and plugging the other one in.
Looking at some speakers with digital input I have priced them at a low end of $250 and going up from there but the TRITTON AX360 is around $100. This is for a headphone set as well as the digital decoder that allows for two digital input signals and output to the headphones as well as the three 5.1 surround sound speakers.
You cannot find a better price new for a system that does all this one can for a lower cost but at a great quality. The surround sound is great and I truly feel it is REAL surround sound; there are four speakers in each ear piece after all. 5.1 surround sound only has six speakers but of course they are the larger speakers and the bass does leave something to be desired.
Instead of a booming bass you feel from the subwoofer you have smaller bass in the speakers of the headset as well as a vibration you can feel on your head. You can adjust this vibration from off to full and it does make for a nice effect in gaming but not much in movies or music. The bass vibration does make for a great experience in gaming and just the right amount adds to the overall effect of being in the action.
I guess that is what using the headphones is all about, gaming and being in the action of your gaming for the best experience and fun. The headphones, besides being a way to crank up the volume and not bother the neighbors or wife, is a great way to enjoy your games just a little bit more and to create that experience of being there.
The AX360 gaming headset 2017 is a great way to provide the gaming experience in a very versatile piece of computer and console gaming hardware for great surround sound. The TRITTON AX360 is a great way to get surround sound at a very reasonable price that gives you the benefits of two input types for digital and the output to the 5.1 surround sound speakers system as well as the headphones.
I highly recommend the AX360 from TRITTON for a great way to get the surround feel and audio experience without bothering others or a way to connect a few different digital audio connections. Check out the AX360 at sites like Newegg or J amp; R Music and Computer as well as the TRITTON website for a great audio hardware purchase.