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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sounding Headset From The Leader in Computer Sound Cards, November 5, 2010
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So, my Wife doesn't like the war sounds from my 5.1 Surround Sound system while playing EA's Medal of Honor and not having any suitable headphones, I decided to buy the Creative Lab's Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha USB Gaming Headset. I did a little research online and saw that the majority of folks liked the headset as a cheaper alternative to the Fata1ity series of gaming headsets and gaming headsets over $100. I was also happy to read that the 3D surround sound features weren't bad, that the software allowed for fine tuning of the sound, and that the mic was removable. The bad things that I read were related mostly to comfort but this came from people with large heads or ears that stuck out. I decided to purchase the headset from Amazon because of Amazon's great return policy if the headset didn't work out. As an Amazon Prime customer, my package came in two days and was waiting at my doorstep when I got home. First things first, the packaging isn't very Earth friendly and is composed mostly of clear plastic packaging with very little paper. However, the packaging is easy to open without destroying things and allowed for easy removal of the headset. Inside the package there is an analog to USB adapter with the THX logo on it and two documents, one describing the dangers of driving with the headset on and a how-to instruction sheet. There is no CD , which is a definite plus in the Green column for Creative. The software is retrieved online at the Creative site for the Tactic 3D headset and quickly installed onto my rig.

After restarting the computer, the Creative software updater alerted me to a number of updates available. This was rather confusing since I figured I had downloaded the latest version of the required software. I clicked on the install button and was told that it would take nearly an hour to download, which immediately caused me to curse the name of Creative. This is the one biggest complaint that I have with Creative and why I took away a star from the rating. I figured while I waited I would go ahead and try the headset out and plugged in the analog plugs, which are color coded, into the USB adapter and plugged it into a USB connector. My Windows Vista machine immediately registered the headset as new hardware and began to install the drivers. I placed the headset onto my 7 3/4 sized head and waited to feel any discomfort. I noticed that the headset was not as tight as some had described but was actually comfortable. The padding on the headband did seem thin but was velvety soft sitting on the top of my head. The ear cups also felt roomy and my somewhat normal ears didn't touch anything inside the cups. The mic has an analog plug and easily went into the port in the headset. The flexible boom sits at the 10 o'clock of my mouth and actually wouldn't interfere with drinking from a glass or bottle. The cord has an aligator clamp to pin the cord to my shirt but strangely is not removable. There is a volume control on the cord which hangs near my abdomen and also has a mic mute switch. The cord is approximately 6 feet long and is flat rather than round and is very light in weight.

While the software continued to update, I placed a Family Guy DVD into my rig and waited to see what the sound quality would be like. At first, I heard nothing and plugged my headset into another USB port and still heard nothing. I opened up my sound card's volume controls and saw that nothing was amiss. I clicked on the speaker icon in my systray and saw that the headset was registered there. I went to my Start menu and found the Tactic 3D software program and opened it and voila, sound. At first the volume was low and I was able to turn it up using the inline volume control. With the volume up I could hear in stereo and felt at ease that the headset worked. I began to flip through the application for the headset and played with the voice changer for the mic. This turned into much merriment as I spoke in different voices and soon began LMAO. The software updater was still updating after 30 minutes and was nowhere near finished. I decided to cancel the download and loaded up MOH.

Medal of Honor, which is a First Person Shooter, has a lot of gun play and voice acting in the game and the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha delivers as promised. The sound quality was very good with sharp highs and bombastic lows while voices were easily understood. The 3D effect was there to some degree and allowed for immersion into the game. I plan on trying out the mic feature with a game like Team Fortress but feel satisfied with what I think it will deliver after having played with it in test mode. Overall, I feel very satisfied with this purchase and addition to my gaming rig. One thing I forgot to mention was that I have a Creative XiFi sound card in my PC and have always respected Creative's equipment and thus the number one reason why I bought this headset. Their software updater, however, leaves a lot to be desired. My $0.02.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2010 6:59:50 PM PST
Hey man i played against you the other day lol....(PapaDilly) I think i'm gonna get this headset too....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2010 7:14:55 AM PST
J. Garcia says:
Cool! I'll look for you on MOH MP. I think you'll like the headset.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 2:55:16 PM PST
CaptainCrunk says:
Very helpful review thank you sir! I'm leaning towards getting this headset

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:51:48 PM PST
SPHDTV says:
do these work with the xbox 360?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 8:28:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 8:30:43 PM PST
J. Garcia says:
I don't think so. They are for PC or mac and use a USB connector. Look up this: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic360 Sigma Headset. They work with XBox 360.
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