Sharkoon X-Tatic SX Review

Sharkoon X-Tatix SX
Manufacturer Sharkoon
Review By: Illmatic

Sharkoon has been making quality gaming headsets at an affordable price for some time now. With technology evolving on a daily basis, headset manufacturers are forced to constantly upgrade the technology inside of their headsets, just so that they can compete. The Sharkoon X-Tatic SX headset is a stereo headset that pumps out quality sound at an affordable price.

So What’s In The Box? When you open your brand spanking new headset box you will find the following items:

Stereo Headset “X-Tatic SX“
Detachable Microphone
Adapter Cable (3.5 mm stereo plug > 2x Cinch)
Chat Cable (1x 3.5 mm stereo jack > 1x 2.5 mm stereo jack)
Instruction Manual

What Are The Specs?

(Headphones)

*Diameter: 40 mm
*Impedance: 40 Ω
*Sensitivity: 118 dB +/- 3 dB bei 1 KHz
*Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
*Power output: 40 mW
*Cable length: 370 cm +/-10 cm
*Connectors: 3 x 3.5 mm connectors (white/at volume controller: microphone for Xbox® 360, green: stereo playback, pink: microphone for PC only), 1x USB (power)

(Microphone)

*Diameter: 6 x 5 mm (L x B)
*Directivity: omni-directional
*Sensitivity: -58 dB +/- 3 dB
*Impedance: 2.2 kΩ
*Frequency response: 100 Hz – 2 kHz
*Operating voltage: 4.5 V

How’s The Build Quality? Perhaps one of the most overlooked aspect of a headset is its build quality, and for a good reason. Nobody wants to fork out good money for a piece of junk that will inevitably break. The first thing you notice when you pick up the X-Tatic SX is the sleek look and flat white color scheme. Upon initial inspection, the earpieces looked comfy and durable. The headband part of the headset is noticeably padded, but not in a bad way. At first glance, the only thing you want to do is try these bad boys on.

What’s The Comfort Quality? When I first put these on I noticed how soft the ear muffs were. I also noticed how comfortable the padded headband was. Sometimes headsets can be deceiving, you know what Im talking about, the headset that feels soft and comfy at first and then get painful after about a half hour. Fortunately these puppies don’t suffer from this, quite the opposite actually. I used these headphones 4 days in a row for at least 3-5 hours each day. I never felt any discomfort during my use.

Are They Easy To Use? Before I go into detail on this I want to point something out, these headphones are “Stereo” headphones, meaning you wont get to use these if your XBOX 360 is hooked up via HDMI. With that being said, you will need to have either your “composite” or “component” cables hooking up your 360. The first thing you want to do is connect your headphones to your XBOX 360 using the USB connection. The next step is connecting the audio cables from the XBOX to the headset. This connection is really simple, connect the audio cables ( Red & White) to the Red & White inputs on the headphone’s attached cable. Once this connection is done, your all set. If you want to use the Microphone feature, simply connect the Mic cable (Green) to the Mic Input (Green), which is attached to the cable as well.

What Are The Features? Well considering it’s a headset, you wont find too many features here. The features that it does have though are solid. The chat feature is a very nice addition to this headset. I have sampled headsets before that have really bad chat integration. Either everybody sounds like robots or the volume is either too high or too low. The X-Tatic SX address all of these issues by giving you a clear sounding microphone experience. The volume adjust control switch works very well. You have two dedicated volume switched, one for voice and one for overall volume. The microphone can be removed if you don’t want to use it, this is great for when you want to just sit back and enjoy The Office on Netflix.

How’s The Sound Quality? Here is the main event, the reason we are here. As I mentioned above, this is a “Stereo” headset, so don’t expect to experience surround sound effects coming from multiple speakers. With that being said, this is by far one of the best “Stereo” headsets I have used in a while. One thing that most headsets lack is bass. The bass in the X-Tatic SX is rich but not too overpowered. All of the sound ranges had great audio. The Mid and Highs were damn near perfect.

What Games Were Used To Test These?

*Marvel vs Capcom 3
*Bulletstorm
*Mass Effect 2
*NBA JAM
*Madden 10

Wishes: At the moment I can’t think of any changes that I would want from the X-Tatic SX. The volume is right, the sound is there, and the price is perfect.

TQ Bottom Line: If you are looking for an affordable headset with great quality sound, then look no further than the Sharkoon X-Tatic SX.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Michelas!

Sharkoon X-Tatic SX
Manufacturer: Sharkoon
MSRP: $59.99

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