Microphone quality is seconded only by sound quality. You can’t lead your team to victory if they can’t hear your sage advice. The Shock features a boom type microphone that is attached to the left ear cup.
The design of the boom doesn’t allow for much horizontal movement. The boom does have some bend to it, which will allow you to move it closer to your mouth, but not much. At first glance it seems like this design would not be conducive to good mic performance. Fortunately the microphone for the Shock performs quite well. The bi-directional boom mic does a decent job of filtering out unwanted sound. When talking in Ventrilo and Skype, your voice comes in clear and crisp. The only way your teammates won’t hear your battle cry is if you accidentally flip the switch on the in line control box.
- Directivity: Bi-directional
- Impedance: 2.2 k ohm
- Frequency: 100 Hz~100 KHz
- Sensitivity: -45dB +/- 3dB
- Test condition: 4.5V
If you need a decent gaming headset and are on a budget, the Shock is for you. Bear in mind the sound quality won’t beat out your $200 Sennheiser headphones, but they will stomp the iPod stock headphones that you’ve been using into the ground. As the Tt eSPORTS Shock can be found for under $50 it represents quite a value. Like I mentioned before, the bass enhancement can be distracting when listening to music or watching video, but you are buying gaming headphones, and they work well with games. You may be able to do some voodoo magic with your computer’s equalizer to make the bass not so apparent when listening to other things, but your mileage may vary. Overall this is a solid headset and definitely worth your money.