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Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset for Xbox 360 review

Does Tritton's Warhead pack enough punch to be the definitive high-end Xbox 360 headset?

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With its sleek design, 5.8GHz frequency and exclusive Xbox 360 compatibility, the Tritton Warhead 7.1 Wireless Surround Headset is for a gamer who wants a wireless audio solution he'll rarely need to think about. Short of turning the Warhead on and choosing an equalizer setting, this is a headset you'll never need to fool with. It delivers a great surround sound mix without annoying static or interference from other devices, and the two high capacity batteries ensure that you're always ready to play.

Tritton Warhead 7 1 Wireless Surround Headset for Xbox 360

You can find a 360 headset with crisper audio than the Warhead, but you'd be hard pressed to find one with a wider mix, or a more reliable wireless connection. Having no receiver or cord plugged into the controller is a real luxury, but it's one you'll be paying well for.

More frugal gamers or serious audio enthusiasts won't like parting with $300 for this setup that can't really do it all. While it provides localized audio that's especially great for gaming, the lack of fidelity in certain quieter moments prevents it from being a true home theatre alternative.

Ultimately, it comes down to price. The occasional moment of muddy audio would be acceptable, given the strength of the Warhead's wireless signal, but at $300 it's hard to be forgiving. It's also annoying that such an expensive headset would be tied to a single device. I

f it had more versatile applications, like gaming on the PC or watching Blu-Rays on the PS3, it would be a better value. Still, it plays so nicely with the Xbox 360 we can almost forgive it for being a single console headset.

Tritton Warhead 7 1 Wireless Surround Headset for Xbox 360

All in all, the Tritton Warhead is for gamers who will pay for wireless reliability at the cost of versatility and true audio fidelity. It's a great way to experience Gears of War 3 with friends online, just don't expect it to be the centerpiece of your home theatre setup.