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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

  • 40mm Neodymium drivers
  • USB Connector
  • Non-tangle flat ribbon cable
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Experience the evolution of 3D gaming audio with the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha gaming headset. Acoustically optimized 40mm drivers combine with THX TruStudio Pro technology to transform everyday audio into a mind-blowing cinematic experience. Touchscreen software and Tactic Profiles allow you to save and share your favorite settings including THX TruStudio Pro Surround for immersive 360º headphone surround and VoiceFX voice morphing technology. The dual mode design allows you to connect via standard minijacks or use the Dual Mode adapter to connect to your PC or Mac’s USB port for the full THX TruStudio Pro experience.

  • newegg Dual Mode – Analog or USB, your choice! Connect the headset via 3.5mm minijacks to your Sound Blaster sound system, onboard audio or MP3 player. Alternatively, use the THX TruStudio Pro Dual Mode USB Adapter to connect to your PC or Mac via USB.
  • newegg THX TruStudio Pro Technology THX TruStudio Pro Surround audio immerses you in the game so you hear sounds clearly from the front, back, around, above and below. Only THX TruStudio Pro Surround delivers truly 3D audio surround effects to give you the gaming advantage you need.
  • newegg Tailor Your Sound with Touch Screen Controls Customizable TacticControl driver interface optimized with Live!Touch for touchscreen controls under Windows 7 operating system gives you full control over every nuance of the THX TruStudio Pro audio suite as well as custom graphic equalizer and VoiceFX controls.
  • newegg Customise and Share Optimized Audio Settings Customize your own TacticProfile EQ and audio profiles, and then export and share them with other gamers. You can also use pre-configured audio settings from world-renowned gamers such as Fatal1ty, compLexity and Team Dignitas.
  • newegg Have Fun with Your Gaming Voice Morph your voice into different in-game characters with VoiceFX technology and restore surround audio to your Windows XP games in Windows 7 with Creative ALchemy.
  • newegg Effortless Communication with Your Team-Mates Use the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha headset with your favorite gaming communications software such as Ventrilo or TeamSpeak.

Learn more about the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha

General

Brand
Creative
Model
Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha
Part
GH0120

Headphone

Driver Unit
40mm Neodymium drivers
Headphone Frequency Response
20Hz-20KHz
Headphone Input Impedance
32 ohm
Headphone Sensitivity
100dB/mW
Connector
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling
Circumaural

Microphone

Microphone Impedance
<2.2kohms
Microphone Frequency Response
80Hz-14KHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-41dBV/Pa

Feature

Features
Dual Mode - Analog or USB, your choice!

SBX Pro Studio technology

Tailor your sound with touchscreen controls

Customize and share optimized audio settings

Have fun with your gaming voice

Effortless communication with your team-mates

Works with Windows 8

System Requirements

System Requirements
Windows 7; Windows Vista 32bit SP1 or higher; Windows Vista 64bit SP1 or higher; Windows XP 32bit SP2 or higher; Windows XP 64bit SP1 or higher; Mac OS X v10.5 and above
USB Type A 2.0 port
Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz or equivalent AMD processor (512MB RAM)

Recommended System Requirements: Intel Core 2 Duo System 2GHz and above (1GB RAM)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha

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  • Dylan N.
  • 9/17/2014 11:46:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI have had no problems for a year

Pros: Great price, sound quality, fit, voice, and it is super durable. I have a big head and while it squeezed my head for the first two weeks it fits perfectly now.

I'm not sure how people are snapping their headsets. I've bent them, dropped them, stepped on them, kicked them, crushed them in a box while moving and I haven't had any issues.

The sound quality is fantastic in the speakers, its got good bass and the mic has never had a problem picking up my voice.

Cons: Honest'y I'm not sure I have any cons. Maybe they don't look cool? I'm really at a loss for cons.

The only one I can think of was that it squeezed my ears pretty hard for the first two week I was using it.

Other Thoughts: From what I've used mine for (recording gameplay and podcasts, skyping and teamspeak) I think this is a fantastic buy.

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  • Buddy D.
  • 6/27/2014 12:44:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsEhhh

Pros: Great Sound
Long Chord
Invincible Chord

Cons: Microphone hears everything in the room and then some
Microphone went out within a month and came back
Then went out permanently a week or so later

Other Thoughts: Make the micprohone a un-removable piece of the headset, it might last longer.

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  • Robert H.
  • 3/25/2014 4:06:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent Headset, Could be Better.

Pros: Comfort. I never had an issue with this headset hurting my ears or being uncomfortable during long gaming sessions.

They are relativity lightweight and well padded.

Sound quality. I am no audiophile when it comes to my gaming headset, I really only expect it to produce somewhat deep bass (explosions) and have enough range to make my games sound good. To immerse me in the environment. These can do that.

The THX USB device does deliver a nice rich sound environment that complements most games quite well, and is easily at or above the quality of many motherboard on-board audio solutions out there. It can be used with other headsets with similar ratings as well, so even if this headset dies, you can still use the THX USB device.

Using standard 3.5mm connections allows you to use the headset on just about anything. Very handy.

The detachable mic has yet to break, and it gets connected and disconnected a lot.

Cons: The cons for this headset can start to overshadow the pros at the price point.

The mic quality is fine, but it's VERY quiet, and short. So it does not reach in front of your mouth unless you have a small head, this would be just fine if it actually picked up your voice better.

I often found myself just using the headset on one ear, with the game sound being pumped out of my speakers, and VOIP in the headset, just to get the mic positioned in front of my mouth so others could hear me.

I don't have a quiet voice, I speak rather loudly and my voice carries quite well. When the mic does pick up my voice, it sounds fine.

The headband started to crack on one side after about 2 months of use, all be it heavy use. The other side then started to crack a short while after. While neither side has actually broken, the cracks are visible. They formed at the point where the headband housing and adjustable inner band met, where I had it adjusted to fit. Negating the ability to adjust the headset for fear of it breaking.

This is what prompted me to stop using the headset, I take very good care of all of my hardware, and I don't "pull" my headset open to take it off my head, I slide it forward with both hands, and they still cracked. The plastic is really just not robust enough to handle heavy use, except perhaps on those with smaller heads, or kids.

I have given them to my daughter since she can easily use them at their smallest setting, thus rendering the cracks a moot point since the headband housing itself has held up just fine.

The cord can be a pain at times, it does tangle easily, and does not seem to be very well constructed. While it has never broken, frayed, and still looks as though it's brand new. I does not look like it would take much to damage it, it's very thin.

So with these cons, why do I only dock two eggs? Because it really does have good sound quality for gaming, the THX USB adapter works wonderfully and can be used with other headsets of similar rating, and comfort was never an issue.

It just pays to keep these in mind when buying.

Other Thoughts: Would I buy this headset again? Probably not. While the sound quality is indeed good for gaming and general use, the overall quality of the headset itself, and the issues with the mics ability to pick up my voice, would stop me from buying them again.

I feel as though I have got my $50 out of them, especially since they are working just fine for my daughter, and the fact the THX adapter can be use elsewhere if I so desired.

If you're looking for higher quality sound, or are an audiophile, I would suggest spending more money on a nice set of headphones and using a clip-on mic.

For gaming, these are just fine, but if you can spend more and get a higher quality headset, I would do so. Perhaps one of the higher tier Creative line.

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  • Katherine M.
  • 3/17/2014 2:57:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCheap Plastic

Pros: *Solid sound
*Mic works very well
*Fairly comfortable even during hours of extended use

Cons: VERY CHEAP, plastic. I can not express to you how easy it is to snap the side bindings just above the ear muffs.

Unless you plan to delicately handle them with extra effort every single time you pick them up or take them off, I do not recommend these.

The moment one of these cheap plastic connectors snaps, you'll lose all comfort, and there is a good shot that it will damage the wiring in the process.

Let me state that, I'm not exceedingly rough on my gear, but one day I simply went to put them on my head and as they were stretched slightly the plastic just gave way and now they are worthless to me.

Other Thoughts: If you don't mind being extremely careful, or rigging them up with layers of tape/glue and other products (Maybe popsickle sticks?) These are quite excellent.

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  • Jonathan F.
  • 2/19/2014 11:36:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLost sound in right speaker quickly

Pros: sound great
mic is solid

Cons: after a couple weeks of use, the right speaker went dead

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  • Nate C.
  • 2/16/2014 4:45:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Sound is great and the fit comfortably

Cons: Built CHEAP! One side broke within a month, duct taped it in place other side snapped about a month after that, now both sides are duct taped together.

Other Thoughts: Was great until it started to fall apart from the very cheap/thin plastic

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  • Ambrose T.
  • 2/15/2014 11:54:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound Blaster Alpha

Pros: All pros. Good bass, voice changer is interesting. 7.1 Sounds incredible

Cons: none

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  • Jacob H.
  • 2/5/2014 8:41:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood headphones!

Pros: Very good at blocking sound and creating nice 3D sound.

Cons: If you're very nitpicky on sound quality and effects, you might discern some flaws.
But if you're like me, just looking for some good headphones at a good price, this is a bargain!

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  • TRAVIS M.
  • 1/4/2014 3:09:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Look Nice
Comfortable
Decent Sound Quality

Cons: Cheaply Built
Break Easily
USB Connector Doesn't work with Mic

Other Thoughts: Just a poorly built set of headphones. Audio came through fine when using the USB adapter, but the MIC never worked properly unless plugged into the 3.5 jack directly on the motherboard or front panel. Now I am in the market for a new set since the cheap plastic above the ear piece snapped and it can't be worn.

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  • Jody S.
  • 11/22/2013 11:13:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst Impressions

Pros: Everything I wanted in a headset, and for the holiday price I just got it, can't be happier! I had a Creative Fatal1ty before, but I dropped it in water (don't ask) so I decided it'd be an excuse for an "upgrade"! These definitely feel like one, but mostly because they're fully over my big ears.

Cons: A tiny bit of pain from wearing them for about 4 hours straight, nothing a little adjust doesn't fix instantly.

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