Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LEVEL UP -

The Sennheiser X 320, a head­gear for the XBox 360 con­sole, is one hell of a looker. With its black and green war colours, it even looks like a Mi­crosoft prod­uct. De­spite its pro­por­tions, it’s ex­tremely light, and there­fore, com­fort­able for long use. The X320 comes with ad­e­quately cushy ear cups though we would have pre­ferred the ma­te­rial to be thicker.

The noise re­duc­tion qual­ity is phe­nom­e­nal when you are us­ing the mic. It re­duces the vol­ume of the back­ground mu­sic so that your voice is heard crys­tal clear. The mi­cro­phone comes with an easy switch—just flick it down and it’s on, flick it up and it’s off. This may not sound like cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy but this makes it con­ve­nient for the user, who else would scram­ble

around to find the mute switch. The head­set comes with a vol­ume con­troller that sets in­de­pen­dent au­dio lev­els for the game and voice ac­cord­ing to your pref­er­ences. This means you can turn down the voice vol­ume and avoid the nag­ging of your on­line com­pe­ti­tion. It also comes with bass boost. The best part about the sound qual­ity is that whether it is a reload of a gun or tyres screech­ing, you get to feel as if you are right at the scene from where these sounds are em­a­nat­ing.

Now about the nu­mer­ous wires that come with the X320. There is the stan­dard ca­ble at­tached to the left ear of the head­set which also has a USB jack. This ca­ble is 4 me­tres long, giv­ing you enough length to play with. Then there is the in­line vol­ume con­trol which can be used by con­nect­ing a 2.5mm jack into a port on the vol­ume con­trol (which comes in the pack). To get am­bi­ent au­dio for gam­ing, plug a 3.5mm jack into a port on the USB, which is plugged into a power source, in this case the XBox. Then there are the red and white RCA ca­bles, which have to plugged into the in-out ports. So yes you have to be a bit handy with wires but it’s not as com­pli­cated as it sounds.

The X320 head­gear is a good in­vest­ment if you want to get into the thick of things in the gam­ing world. The sound qual­ity trans­ports you away from your liv­ing room to ground zero.



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