Fancy a high quality portable headset? Of course you do!
Mad Catz have been truly spoiling us this year with their Tritton audio brand. It’s clear that over the past ten to twelve months we have seen the execution of a determined strategy by the company to really push Tritton in order to compete with Turtle Beach and other prominent challengers, as well as provide a full range of aural solutions to the world. With the newly released Kunai headset we now have a portable provision, designed specifically for PS Vita, but which also works with your home PS3. Kunai translates from Japanese as a basic tool, one which in the hands of an (martial arts) expert could be used for multiple functions (as a weapon). So, does the stereo headset suit multiple uses and does it suit them well?As with all this year’s selection of Tritton headsets the Kunai has the same industrial design, ensuring that everyone knows it’s from the big T. This means you have very similar manipulation options to those we’ve seen previously, all of which help in providing the best fit to anyone’s head and ears. The earcups don’t fit entirely over the ear due to an attempt to minimise the footprint for ease of transportation, but they do have lovely plush earcups which sit comfortably over the ear canal and in extended periods of gaming or other activities don’t cause any problem at all. The headset is lightweight also so in actuality you hardly feel the headphones meaning they can be used happily for long sessions and from place to place. The earcups rotate to provide further flexibility and the connecting headband is extendable to provide for very large and oddly shaped heads. Tritton have aimed for extreme comfort as they indicate in their marketing communications and they’ve done it. On initially seeing the headset there were concerns that it would grate over time having just come from wonderful home-based over the ear cans, but thankfully these fears were never realised.The headphones are pretty robust in their design also. Immediately after receiving them we were able to take them on journeys far and wide, across planes, trains and automobiles, stuffing them in various bags for transit and ease of access. Again this was concerning as the headset could be broken in so many ways – an earphone, the headband, the cable, but thankfully there was not a single scratch on them even though we had handled them normally (i.e. not being ultra careful to minimise any chance of harm). In use, in public or otherwise it might come down to personal taste as to whether you’re happy to wear these great big things on the tube as opposed to little in-ear subtle options. This was something The Digital Fix were concerned with as well but here, too, concern gave way to understanding. Yes they are over ear and more obvious than our old in-ear OEM earphones but the design, the size, the comfort all meant that very quickly it was normal and not in any way embarrassing. Other brands we see around on our regular commutes make us chuckle still but these don’t. Brilliantly Tritton have seen fit to provide three colour options – white, red and black – to allow any potential embarrassment factor to be reduced further if you so desire. The unit comes with a removable microphone for use in-game on both PS3 and PS Vita. The fact it’s removable ensures flexibility depending on what’s going on and in-use it works as well as any other solution folks may have, such as the official Sony headset. In the case of the Vita it works better than just using your speakers and microphone. With the sound coming into your ears and the microphone right by your mouth both you and those at the other end have much more chance of hearing and elucidating what’s being said. It’s the best way to talk via your PS Vita. This brings us onto the sound quality. The headset is just stereo so it only needs to worry about two channels of sound and the Vita (or whatever format you’re listening on) itself does all the decoding work anyway. The full specifications of the Kunai are as follows:- Cable Length: PS3 = 14ft, PS Vita = 3ft- Speaker Diameter: 40mm- Ear Coupling: Supra-aural (On-ear)- Magnet Type: Neodymium- Frequency Response: 25Hz–20kHz- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):
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