The Sharkoon AIR (left) and X-Tatic Pro (right) gaming headsets from CompuExpert.
CompuExpert is bringing its latest Sharkoon gaming headsets to North America. Designed to deliver multi-directional, high quality audio performance, the multiplatform X-Tatic Pro and the wireless X-Tatic Air are expected to be available at retail on November 22, 2012.
The X-Tatic Pro is a native 5.1 surround sound headset that supports Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II formats. Each earpiece contains four speakers (for a total of eight), providing the ultimate in multi-directional sound. The detachable mic features QuickOn connection, and the newly-developed Voice Monitoring lets you hear your own voice in the headset so you can monitor your volume level (this feature can be switched on and off as desired).
Through the Dolby Digital Sound Control Unit (SCU), the X-Tatic Pro can connect to the optical outputs from PlayStation or Xbox 360 game consoles, PCs, DVD players or other HiFi devices. A second X-Tatic Pro or Xtatic Digital headset and/or any headset with a standard G9 connection plug can also be used. A breakaway cable provides in-line volume controls for all channels and chat. Both PSN and Xbox Live chat are supported.
The Sharkoon X-Tatic AIR headset was developed specifically for use with the Xbox 360 and PS3, but is also compatible with Wii, PC, and other sound sources with phono audio outputs. The digital 2.4 GHz transmission technology of the X-Tatic AIR ensures 360-degree reception of clear voice and gaming sound within a radius of up to ten meters, while the enclosed NiMH batteries support gaming sessions of up to ten continuous hours. An automatic sleep mode preserves battery life when out of range, and the base also features a USB port for charging a gamepad or other device.
The AIR's closed, ear-encompassing design effectively isolates ambient noises while allowing the sound dimension of the 40 mm drives to unfold fully. Three preconfigured equalizer modes offer appropriate sound settings for different occasions. The noise-canceling, detachable microphone effectively minimizes background noise, and chat and game volume can be regulated separately to create a perfect sound balance and to ensure clear communication with other players at all times.
Two separate analog audio inputs allow it to be simultaneously connected to the gaming console and attached to a TV or other audio source. The X-Tatic AIR can also be connected via USB to a PC. The headset controls are accessible on the headphones, ensuring that gameplay is not interrupted while searching for the right buttons.
The Sharkoon X-Tactic Pro will be available for $179.99 and the X-Tatic Air will be priced at $139.99. Both are available for pre-order.