Now we get to "play" with the Shock headset. For this test, we will use the Creative Fatal1ty PRO soundcard, that has been set to standard settings, to give the most correct sound-picture of the Shock. As always, we will put the headset under three different sound tests; music, movies and gaming. After that, we will take a look at the comfort and end it off with a conclusion. Let's go!
We started out in the heavy area of hiphop/rap. For this kind of music, there is typically a lot of bass to be handled, which the Shock actually did very good. Also the rhythm of the music, in the form of drums, was nicely reproduced, thanks to a very acceptable middle-tone register. We took it further to some rock in the form of 3 Doors Down. The sound was also very fine here, and very detailed. Especially the middle-tone, which takes care of vocals and often the rhythm in the music, did surprisingly well. Many headsets "suffer" from the treble overruling the middle-tone a lot, but this is not the case here.
Lastly, we tried yours truly's favorite genre, electro house. At the same time, we tried to turn the bass up a little. Shock still sounds very good, but we experienced that the treble took over, when the volume was turned up too much. It was a little disappointing.
Now we will move on to the movie test. We have reset the soundcard to standard settings again, to get the most optimal result. The movie of the day, we chose to be SALT, which is relatively new action. The movie used was in 1080p .mkv format.
For movies, it is very important that the speakers/headset can reproduce voices correctly and convincing, as 80 % of a normal movie is dialogues. We found a dialogue a random place in the movie, and started observing. The first impression was really good. The voices sounded very clear and "crisp", and sounded very convincing. You could hear every detail of a person's voice.
Explosions and music are also a very important factor in movies. For this, we found a clip where there is a lot of shooting and explosions on a ship. And again the Shock did a very convincing job, that sounded very good. Even without surround, it was a pleasure to watch the movie with the Shock.
The last test is as always the gaming test. For this test, we will see how the Shock reproduces the sounds and the music in games. We have chosen Call of Duty: Black Ops as the game, which is the latest addition to the Call of Duty series. This is a FPS (First Person Shooter) game, where it is very important that you can hear where in the map your enemies are, but also explosions and effects have to sound convincing to not give a flat experience. The voices sounded very good, like in the movies test. The effects and sounds from the map also sounded very good. It did miss a little bass at the bottom though. The music also sounded really good, it was easy to hear where in the map the enemies were hiding, and get a hold of them. But what else to expect? The headset was intended for gaming.
The last test is a little look at Shock's comfort. Even though the ear cups have an odd shape, the headset is actually very comfortable to wear, even for a long time. The ear cups sit tight around the head, and block the sound from outside. You can adjust the frame to fit every head. Even though I did not get sore ears of wearing it, they did get very warm, even after short use. This was less pleasant, but what can you expect from ear cups this heavy. After all, the Shock sits very comfortable on your head, and credit to Thermaltake for thinking about that.
Through the time, we have tested a lot of headsets here on Tweak.dk, and Shock certainly was not an outsider, when it comes to quality. Overall, we think that Shock is placed on a good place in the middle of the scale, when it comes to sound, quality and comfort.
If we take a look at the things we like about the Shock headset, we can start out with the design. Shock has a different and proving design, which makes it stand out, which is a good thing. The design is collapsible, which is also a very cool detail, and also very practical. The sound quality was generally very good. There was a connection in the sound, but unfortunately the treble became a little dominating, when you turned the volume up.
But there is also always something negative about a product, because it is very rare that the things are completely perfect. As mentioned, the treble became a little dominating at high volume. We think that Thermaltake should have considered USB-connection, or at least an adaptor. But they took care of that with their "new" Shock One, which uses an USB-connection, and has 5.1 surround sound. This would probably be a better choice, if you have the money for it.
Thermaltake Shock can be bought for around 300 Danish Kroner, which is a pretty decent price. This puts the Shock around the middle in the scale when it comes to price. And for the 300 Danish Kroner, you get a headset with a lot of qualities, and also a very nice design.
- Nice design
- Decent price
- Good sound quality for every kind of use
- Collapsible design
- Bag for carrying
- Good build-quality
- Treble is too dominating at high volume
- No USB-connection
Picture from www.thermaltake.com
Translated by Brtlsn