Welcome to my Tritton AX Pro Review, plus video review and gameplay vid!

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Other headphones in that price range look a bit too tacky for my tastes (like the Turtle Beach X41s I reviewed, for example). Compared to the Tritton AX Pro headsets, the X41s looked like a cheap alternative. When you look at the two next to each other, it reminds me of when I was kid and my Playstation controller broke. My dad bought me a replacement from some knock-off brand that did the same job but it just looked tacky. For this kind of money, I want something that looks really cool, and the Tritton AX Pros do look really cool.

What’s more is that they boast a simulated 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound system. So, on paper, the Tritton AX Pros are off to a good start. Are they up to the task though, and could they win me over by outperforming their competitors?

Let’s take a further look starting with the design. And no, I will not apologize for my petulant taste in pretty technology!

Design

I may have mentioned that the Tritton AX Pros look really cool, but sadly in terms of their design, that’s all they have going for them.

The first thing I noticed about these headphones is that they’re really stiff and they don’t have much room for flexibility at all. Sitting them on your head doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a premium pair of headphones, but rather more like a small, slim helmet.

The earpads themselves are pretty comfortable, though not a design I’m entirely fond of. They’re more of a rounded square than an oval or circle and it just feels like they could be improved upon by following a different style to better suit the shape of an ear. Although saying this, the earphones themselves do rotate on a vertical axis to fit different shaped heads.

Tritton have also provided an extra set of material for the earphones that you can swap around at your leisure, or depending on what makes your ears less sweaty or uncomfortable. They come with a leather pad or a clothed material pad, and neither push very hard on your ears so they can be used for a prolonged time without too many problems at all.

The best way to describe the design is “efficient”. However, they feel very rigid, the plastic feels cheap and hollow, and I get the impression that with a bit of force they could break quite easily. But at least while you’re wearing them, the length of the headband isn’t going to alter if you move your head around a lot like I do. The adjustable head ribbon snaps tightly to a position and stays there instead of flimsily falling back with the slightest nod of your head. I’ve had that problem before and it’s one of my pet peeves. I guess that’s why these headphones feel so stiff.

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Hardware

This is the part of the Tritton Ax Pro review where I have to get a bit critical. If you used the word “complicated” to describe the AX Pros, it’d be an understatement. The Tritton AX Pros come with a lot of wires and it all seems really unnecessary to me.

Along with the headphones, you get a detachable microphone. It’s sturdy enough to bend and stay in place, and flexible enough to get into a comfortable position. However, I prefer the design of something like the [easyazon_link asin=”B00A0OO0SE” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Tritton AX 180s[/easyazon_link] or the Turtle Beach X11s that I reviewed earlier, as they feel a lot more solid and pliable than this headset’s microphone.

To get the headset running though, you’ll need to assemble at least three parts depending on what you’re hooking them up to. They are useable across the major gaming consoles, Macs, PCs and televisions. You have the headphones themselves, the microphone, the headphone cable, the Dolby digital box, the audio cable, the power cable and two plugs; one for the Dolby box and one for the headphones. That’s just way too much and will leave a mess lying around.

The headset controller itself is impressive in its design and is unique against other headphones in the Tritton range with backlit buttons. This is pretty handy in the dark if you don’t know by heart what you’re pressing. The controller itself sits below the left earphone and has a break away design for a speedy disconnection.

The decoder box that comes with the headphones has two ports so that you can plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time. There are simple buttons to control volume and power, and a switch to flick between stereo sound and surround sound. Along with this is a neat little set of lights to indicate what mode the sound output is on.

Setting up the headphones can be a mission. With some headphones, the power supply comes by hooking them up via USB. With the AX Pros you’ll have to give the decoder box and the headphones their own power supplies each, along with a plug that annoyingly takes over two sockets. Overall, it’s a very cluttered set up in the end and probably the most crowded set of wires I’ve experienced.

As I mentioned before, the headphones can be used across a lot of different devices. Basically, anything with an optical audio connection means they are compatible with these headphones and this is a huge plus. Even if my washing machine had an audio connection, I’d hook these up to it as it would sound incredible.

And on that note, it’s time to talk about the AX Pro’s sound.

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Sound Quality

This Tritton AX Pro review wouldn’t be complete without a thorough look at the sound quality of this headset. When you make it past the tedious set up, you’ll notice that the general audio quality of the headphones is great with high quality stereo imaging. The 5.1 surround sound is rather disappointing on the other hand and this is their main selling point. Even though there are multiple drivers in each earphone to help replicate a 5.1 surround system, the sound itself leaves a lot to be desired.

If you’re playing a video game like [easyazon_link asin=”B0016B28Y8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Modern Warfare[/easyazon_link], as I do a hell of a lot, these headphones aren’t going to give you an edge on people sneaking up on you. The sounds of explosions is rather powerful and it does carry weight but unfortunately there’s not much depth to the 5.1 sound.

The overall performance of the sound is good though. It’s very sharp and immerses you into the game you are playing if there’s a lot of action. It sounds crisp and the noise reduction beats a lot of other headsets that are out there on the market , but it just doesn’t sound like too much of an enhancement on stereo sound that you get from most headsets running through Dolby headphones.

The sound quality of the microphone I can’t really fault. It does exactly what I expect it to do and let my mates hear me on the other end, and that works just fine. I’m also able to hear them without any problems too which, if I’m honest, shouldn’t really be marketed as a positive, but more of a given.

Gameplay Vid

So…Should I Buy Them?

To be blunt, it’s hard for me to really want to sell the idea of buying these headphones given the amount of wires, the rigid design, the inconvenience of the set up and the fact that it’s not a massive enhancement on a decent stereo sound headset. I have to be really convinced to tell you with genuine clarity to go fork out your hard earned money on them. Or your parents’ money. Either way, I’m not that convinced.

If you really want true 5.1 sound in a headset, the AX Pros are one of the few options out there in which case I’d say go for it and buy them. There’s also the added bonus that these are compatible with almost everything so they could be a pair of headphones that last you a while.

Don’t let my over-the-top and picky analysis put you off. The AX Pros are a comfortable headset and the overall experience with them is enjoyable. It’s just a real pain to get them set up and the quality of the 5.1 surround sound imaging from these headphones compared to others doesn’t justify its price tag, in my opinion.

Put it this way too: Tritton took flak for some of their baffling design choices with this headset. This led them to come out with the [easyazon_link asin=”B00B1MVNDO” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Tritton Pro+ headset[/easyazon_link] which is a marked improvement on the AX Pros. If the headset had to be updated and changed, does it really warrant you spending nearly $200 on them?

I hope you’ve found my Tritton ax Pro Review to be useful and helpful in making a good decision on your next gaming headset!