Sharkoon X-Tatic SX & X-Tatic SP Review

Editor: Alex Hull  Date: 22-11-10   2 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction
Products on Review: Sharkoon X-Tatic SX, Sharkoon X-Tatic SP
Sponsor: Beyond Technologies
Price:
Ł39.99 X-Tatic SX
Ł49.99 X-Tatic SP



The gaming headset market is already very saturated and extremely competitive. In the last year we’ve seen the likes of ARCTIC, Corsair, Mionix and Asus joining established brands such as Steelseries, Logitech, Creative and Sennheiser in the battle for the best low, middle and high range gaming headsets. Recently, Sharkoon have been expanding their range of headsets to bring us the X-Tatic SP and X-Tatic SX. Today we’ll be looking at how they fit into this already crowded market, and whether you should consider them if you’re looking for a gaming headset.



About Sharkoon

We’re accustomed to seeing Sharkoon selling fans, docking stations and other accessories here in the UK, but their product range is more diverse than you may have realised. Take a look at Sharkoon's website for more information on that. Headsets are an expanding range from this German manufacturer. What do Sharkoon have to say about the X-Tatic headsets on review today? Read below.

X-Tatic SX

Sophisticated in design and technology – with the X-Tatic SX you gain a state-of-the-art stereo headset especially created for your Xbox® 360 giving you the crucial sound advantage for epic gaming sessions.
Simply connect the X-Tatic SX to your Xbox® 360 through the analog interface and instantly experience a whole new world of sound delivered by the built-in amplifier.
Easily configure your personal sound using the in-line volume controller while chatting with your friends via Xbox® Live.


X-Tatic SP

Sophisticated in design and technology – with the X-Tatic SP you gain a state-of-the-art stereo headset giving you the crucial sound advantage for epic gaming sessions on your PlayStation® 3 or Xbox®360.
Simply connect the X-Tatic SP to your game console through the analog interface and instantly experience a whole new world of sound delivered by the built-in amplifier.
Easily configure your personal sound using the in-line volume controller while chatting with your friends via “USB to PS3™” or “Xbox® Live”.


As you can already tell, it’s likely that these two headsets are going to be very similar. Indeed, this is the case, and so I have chosen to write about them both at once rather than creating two almost identical reviews.

Okay, so you’ve read the generic product spiel, you’re still wondering what on earth these headsets are like, so let’s get to the vital statistics:

X-Tatic SX

Features:
• Gaming stereo headset for Xbox® 360
• Two high quality 40 mm speakers
• Simple connection through analog interface (RCA)
• Flexible, detachable microphone
• Microphone connected to Xbox® 360 controller (2.5 mm plug)
• In-line amplifier for powerful games sound output
• Master volume control and microphone mute
• Supports Xbox® Live
• Separate volume control for voice communication (Xbox® Live)
• USB-powered, no additional power adaptor needed
• Built-in amplifier for optimal sound
• Also suitable as PC headset via 3.5 mm stereo plug
Specifications (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)
Specifications (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


X-Tatic SP

Features:
• Gaming stereo headset for PlayStation® 3 and Xbox® 360
• Cable length: 370 cm +/-10 cm
• Two high quality 40 mm speakers
• Simple connection via analog interface (RCA)
• Flexible, detachable microphone
• Microphone connected via USB (USB to PS3™)
• Microphone connected to Xbox® 360 controller (2.5 mm plug)
• In-line amplifier for powerful games sound output
• Master volume control and microphone mute
• Supports Xbox® Live
• Separate volume control for voice communication
• USB-powered, no additional power adaptor needed
• Supports the PlayStation® 3 chat function (via USB)
• Also suitable as PC headset
Specifications (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: 1x 3.5 mm stereo plug (green: stereo playback), 1x USB (microphone connection + power)
Specifications (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


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