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Tritton AX 180 review

Kat Orphanides
9 May 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
51
inc VAT

The AX 180 headset's sound is bass heavy and we were irritated by the audible interference generated by the USB power connection.

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Tritton is best known for its multi-speaker surround-sound headsets, but the AX 180 has only a pair of normal stereo drivers built into it. Although it has standard 3.5mm mic and headphone connectors, it's powered by a USB connection and doesn't work without one. This produces constant audible interference generated by the USB bus, which is particularly annoying when music is playing softly. It was worst when we were using our motherboard's build in audio device, but a distinct whine could still be heard even when we used a USB sound card.

Tritton AX 180 inline remote

The AX 180's sound is imbalanced, too. Bass tones are overpowered and fuzzy. This isn’t so much of a problem in action-packed games and movies, where music and sound effects were at least good enough to keep us immersed. However, the bass detracted from music, drowning out more delicate and precise treble and mid-tones. We’d rather not have to have separate headsets for music and games.

Tritton AX 180

This is a pity, because - although it looks rather silly - the headset is comfortable to wear for extended periods, with large over-the-ear pads and not much weight. The microphone is well designed for in-game chat, and doesn't pick up too much background noise, while the 3.8m cable is long enough to reach almost anywhere. However, it's heavy and easily tangled.

For the same money, you can get better headphones with either a built in or supplied USB sound card. We particularly like the latest version of the Plantronics 777 headset, which includes a USB soundcard capable of virtual 7.1 surround sound.

Details

Price£51
Detailswww.trittontechnologies.com
Rating**

Specifications

Typeheadset
Driverclosed
Active noise-cancellingno
Power sourceUSB
Sensitivity120dB
Plug type3x 3.5mm stereo,optical S/PDIF, USB communication port
Inline volumeYes
Cable length3.81m
Extrasdetachable microphone, RCA connection cable, 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable (Xbox Live communication cable)

Buying Information

Price£51
Supplierhttp://www.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.trittontechnologies.com

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