Thermaltake’s Tt eSPORTS CRONOS AD Gaming Headphones are stereo headphones, not surround. That being said it would be unfair to compare these to the audio quality of any surround sound headphones out there. Fortunately enough, the stereo quality of these headphones are still implemented fairly well. While not being omnidirectional we could still decipher audio cues from all directions with relative ease.
As for the sound quality we can safely say they were exactly what we were expecting. Since these headphones aren’t going to break anyone’s budget we were expecting an average audio experience and that’s more-or-less what we got. Don’t get us wrong, these headphones sound great, just not anything that’s going to blow you away. The bass is prominent but not overly powerful, the treble carries the highs relatively well, and the overall sound is nearly 100% muffle free. When it came to the extreme ends of the audio spectrum we noticed some very subtle muffling. This occurred while we were gaming as well as just listening to music. All this being said, for the price of only $60, we were still very pleased with the experience.
The retractable microphone definitely stole the show for us. First off, the microphone allows a lot of customization when it comes to its position in front of the user’s face. The flexible arm coupled with its retractable design lets the user place it virtually anywhere they desire. Second, and definitely most important, the recording quality of this mic was superb. Definitely not a professional recording device, when it comes to other gaming headsets out there, especially for this cost, this microphone performed exceptionally well. It was able to pick up our voices across all volume levels from subtle whispers to yelling across the room with minimal distortion. Again, this may not be a professional recording device but for a gamer on a budget this is unquestionably one great selling feature.
REPORT ANALYSIS & FINAL THOUGHTS
Thermaltake’s Tt eSPORTS CRONOS AD Gaming Headphones fit the budget criteria perfectly with a happy exception. They produce great stereo audio with a nice feel on the user’s head but ultimately it’s the mic that really makes this headset stand out. For only $60 buying these headphones will net the consumer one great recording device for a fraction of the cost. No it is not professional recording quality but the mic definitely outclasses most gaming headphones for its price tag. The only real gripes we have with these headphones would be the unnecessary inline controller and the small ear cups. We feel the inline controller is an avoidable hassle as the toggles could easily be located on the ear cups eliminating any need for the controller. The ear cups could definitely be bigger in both depth and diameter. We don’t necessarily have large heads or ears but with the tight fit we experienced it’s guaranteed that someone with a larger head will experience some discomfort.
With these few small issues set aside we still can’t deny what a great product Thermaltake has produce for the everyday gamer on a budget. For only $60 these headphones are one great steal. For these reasons we are awarding this product our Silver Seal!