The Swiss Army knife of headsets.
And it’s ready to slice, dice and serve up your audio. Brand choice for Aussie connoisseurs of fine gaming audio has really exploded over the last year, with more and more well-established and revered international manufacturers finally making their way across the water.
Out of the box and on the head, Tritton’s AX 720 feels oppressively heavy but is actually surprisingly comfortable (especially considering its robust, rigid, Tron-esque styling) with pivot-points where the head-rail and cans meet, as well as one on the cans themselves. There’s a boom mic on the left cup, which can be removed when not in use -- a nice touch -- as well as a set of in-line controls putting independent volume, mic and voice monitoring controls comfortably within reach. The audio money-shot comes with the AX 720’s desktop Dolby Digital Decoder, which did a decent enough job of taking a 7.1 source and directionalising it, only to be let down a little by single 40mm drivers that are a bit weak in the bottom end.
While it can connect to almost any device that produces sound, all that versatility comes at the price of a literal mountain of cabling. Unless you’re packing reasonably new hardware with digital optical output, you’re in for some fancy jiggery to get things up and running -- though thankfully all the cables you’ll ever need for any situation, ever, are included in the box. The AX 720 falls agonisingly short of becoming our new everyday headset, but for everything it can -- and does -- offer, we were still left wanting a little more. Throw in a little more comfort, a little less weight, a lengthier digital cable and multiple optical inputs and the AX 720 would go from significant to stellar.
Pros: A great headset for anyone needing to connect to the PC and multiple next-gen consoles or home theatre gear.
Cons: Lacking a little in the low end, cables… so many cables.
Verdict: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)
Available from Tritton, retailing for $190.