Joined on 03/20/06
Second purchase... second review.
Pros: This 3rd set delivers as much enjoyment as the first two. Great 3D sound in 5.1, fantastic audio reproduction. Music, movies, and games sound absoloutly spectacular. Six drivers into 4 channels over 8 speakers produce TRUE surround sound that "emulated surround" (2 speakers) can only ATTEMPT to reproduce. You simply can't make the front, rear, top or bottom edge of a single speaker create sound to give the illusion of direction. This can only be "truly" reproduced by individual speakers. THAT is what seperates these headphones from inferior two speaker headsets. Some may think the price is a little steep, but compared to a "decent" 5.1 surround audio system, these are a great deal! Easy access to audio/mic volumes/mutes, as well as individual channel levels, with handy in-line controls. These are some serious toys! Worth every penny!!!
Cons: I didn't mention it in my other review, but there's a small issue with the headphones staying powered on after turning the mixer off. There is no power switch for the headphones. Just another "minor" issue. I have to go to the mixer to turn it off, and I since the power jack (to the heaphones) is right there, I simply unplug it. No biggie. Certainly not enough to cost it a 5-star rating.
Overall Review: In my other review I stated: "Unless you're in a room surrounded by speakers, you're not going to hear that guy creeping up behind you from the left rear. Or jets flying over your head. Or gunshots from the right rear." I meant to conclude that statement with... "These headphones eliminate the need for a room full of speakers. They create a 5.1 surround arena that rivals some of the best 5.1 audio systems out there." Have one of your team mates run circles around you while they are shooting, and you'll know what I'm talking about. Once you have the volume settings tweaked, you'll know exactly where the sounds are coming from.
It DOES have a hotshoe
Pros: Powerful zoom, image stabilization, plenty of MP's, easy to use, can use (w/adapter) filters and/or macro, wide angle, telephoto, or fisheye lenses... and did I mention it had a powerful zoom? IS zoom in stills or video. N/A commented about the lack of a "horseshoe" for flash. It DOES have a hotshoe, but it's concealed under the top cover. If you take a very slender screwdriver and CAREFULLY pry up the front of the cover a tiny little bit, the cover will slide back and off, exposing the hotshoe.
Cons: Have to put something here: Uhm... limited lens/filter options. Not really a con, since it's a non-DSLR camera.
Overall Review: A great point-and-shoot camera with plenty of adjustable features. Powerful IS zoom that can capture far away shots that would be impossible with a lesser camera. Great video camera, too. While it's not quite DSLR, it's about as close as you can get without spending the "big bucks".
Hard to brag on ethernet cables, but here goes...
Pros: The first thing I noticed was the bulk of this cable. It's thick due to the shielding. It was coiled in a plastic bag, and I was concerened that it might be difficult to smooth out. It turned out to be more flexible than it appeared. It's Screened Shielded Twisted Pairs eliminates internal/external "interference", which means you don't have to worry if your cable is too close to any electronic devices, or crosstalk between the wires. Connectors are very sturdy, and in quality cable fashion, the contacts are gold plated.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a high-quality ethernet cable, you've come to the right place. I'm using it to connect my modem to my wireless router, and it works great. There are several sources of EMI/RFI along it's path, but with this cable, this isn't an issue. Cables of this quality usually cost considerably more, but Newegg's price enticed me to purchase a second one for a computer on the wireless fringe. Might seem pricey to some, but it's a worthy investment if you want the best performance.
Nice modem... AT&T compatible
Pros: Solid and consistent connection with AT&T's 6.0 Extreme in MS. Easy setup, once I aquired my DSL account password (NOT the same as internet account login!) Runs really cool for the load it carries. Doesn't take up much real-estate.
Cons: 1000BASE-T? Not supported by AT&T. However, tech support was kind enough to work with me. All I really needed was my DSL password, and auto setup took care of the rest. Not really cons for me, so no eggs lost there.
Overall Review: AT&T's 2Wire 2701 HB-G was constantly dropping DSL connections, and the wireless signal had gotten weak. Wireless online gaming was virtually impossible. I've had to replace their equipment every couple of years, so this time I decided to get what I wanted. I coupled this modem with a Cisco E4200 via 50ft. Cat 7 ethernet cable (also from Newegg), and now have a fast, reliable wireless network. Primary (hardwired) computer speeds are slightly better (5.5+ MBs), and CONSISTENT.
Great GPS system!
Pros: On a trip from MS to Fort Walton Beach, I realized I didn't have a map. Stopped at a W@l-M@rt (sorry, Newegg. It was an emergency), bought one, opened the box in the car, programmed my home address and destination, and it took me there with absolutely no problems. It was so simple to operate that I never even read the directions. It was smooth operating, and I was impressed with how it even showed the curves in the road ahead. Impressive! With a few taps of the screen, I learned how to navigate through the menues, how to change the zoom and how to change the volume. POI's are very easy to use, and I had no trouble finding hot spots near the condo. The voice commands were easy to follow, with plenty of instruction of how far the next turn was, which direction, and even which lane to be in. I can't think of anything that would have mad the trip easier, other than a chauffeur.
Cons: The only glitch I found was when I arrived at my destination. It told me to take the first right, and once I did, it gave me a voice command to turn left. At the same time, it displayed a right and left arrow on the bottom right corner. I knew I had turned off of the street that the condo was on, so once I made the block, I realized it was directly across the street... close enough.
Overall Review: I was in a hurry to use the XL 300S, so I didn't read the instructions. I turned it on (pre-charged), plugged it in, and programmed it. I don't know of too many high-tech gadgets that can be used that easily. I suppose if I get around to reading about all of it's features, I might be even more impressed by it. To be honest, I don't see how I could. It's by far the most useful item I've bought in a long time, and beats using a map by a LONG shot! Paper maps are a thing of the past, as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who spends any time on the road needs one of these babies. They'll pay for themselves with time and fuel saved. Even if it's a short trip, they're pretty darn cool just to look at.
Pros: Awesome surround with accurate sound reproduction. I love being able to hear bad guys creeping up behind me, and the spacious sound of theater-like environments. Nice to be able to crank up the volume without rattling windows. Great for games, movies, music, etc.
Cons: The mics are made of plastic. Of two sets, I've had to replace both mics. The first mic died when the locking lugs broke off in the headset. on the second set, the mic slit open from end to end, and the lugs eventually sheared off of it, also. Minus one egg.
Overall Review: A simple phone call to Tritton got the mics replaced. I asked if they made any with metal, and was told that they were working on a few things. Perhaps they will produce a sturdier replacement soon. Other than the mic issue(s), these are fantatstic headsets. Once a better mic is available, they will be "perfect".