One thing that keeps getting better with every game release is the sound. The music, atmosphere and sound effects found in the top games have been of the utmost quality in recent times. Thus it is no surprise then that a decent set of headphones is becoming an important part of any gamers’ possessions. Throw in the fact that online is continuously growing and the need to have a decent sound system as well as a good quality microphone increases by the day.
There are plenty to choose from when it comes to headsets. Some are ridiculously expensive but do provide some astounding quality. One of the leading manufacturers is Tritton who brought their products to our shores not too long ago. They recently released a set called Kunai for use on the PS3 and PS Vita, one of the first mainstream headsets with a mic that can be used on the Vita and PS3. Is it ear-drum blowing, or do they need to speak up?
First thing you will notice is how sleek the Kunai’s actually are. Even from the packaging you can tell you are getting pure quality. The headphone design is as sexy as a burlesque performer and they really do stand out when placed alongside your console. While the design is great, something must be said for the comfort. The headset is pretty light and won’t bother you while playing which is great, but unfortunately the ear cups are really tiny. I have pretty average sized ears and I felt I had to reposition or remove the headsets often as they were causing discomfort. The cups are square shaped and even by just looking at them you can see they are undersized. The comfy cushioning makes up for the small size somewhat, but it takes some getting used to having your ears squished up inside.
If you have smaller ears then you are in luck, because once you get over the fitment issue the Kunai’s really shine. Each side has a 40mm speaker which produces some incredible sound. I know that surround sound and 3D sound is all the rage these days but if you are one of the plebs like me who has to settle for a more entry level headset then you really won’t be disappointed with the quality of the Kunai’s. The sound is clear and crisp and you can hear even the smallest, faintest sounds whether it be in a sport game, your favourite shooter or RPG. It was especially rewarding when playing Ni No Kuni, a game full of sounds which are lost when played through the TV speaker.
The Kunai also has a mic with voice monitoring, something which a lot of the previous Tritton sets didn’t have. This is ideal as it means you can hear yourself speaking when playing online, reducing the amount of shouting you do into your friend’s ear. The voice quality is again very clear and truly does help when playing online. The mic is also detachable if you don’t want it on. If you do choose to keep it on, it is perfectly flexible so positioning it is not a problem.
At this point the Kunai’s are a suitable prospect, but it must be said that they are wired headsets. Now while wireless headphones do tend to lose a bit of quality because of the WiFi interference, wires running around the floor everywhereare not exactly ideal either. I have some serious OCD when it comes to wires, but I have not really found it to be a problem. The wires are not that long that it gets in the way and can easily be stored when not used. Along the wires you will also find a volume control panel to adjust the sound of the headphones and the mic, making it easily accessible.
One other excellent thing about the Kunai’s is that they can also be used for the Vita, producing the same great sound quality as on the PS3. For this, you can remove the headset from the volume control panel, seriously shortening the cable, and this way it can be plugged straight into the Vita. Pretty simple really, with the exact same benefits of great sound and voice chat.
To compliment a great game there is nothing quite like being immersed into the world in which it is taking place. In this regard the Kunai’s make for a perfect entry level headset that make use of to get superb sound and mic quality. They are not too heavily priced, look awesome and can be used on multiple devices. The small cups may very well be a deal killer for many, but if you can find that bit of comfort you will not be sorry about purchasing the Tritton Kunai’s.
Supplier Comet Computing
Speaker Diameter 40mm, neodymium magnets
Frequency response 25Hz – 20KHz
Ear Coupling Supra-aural (On ear)
Playstation 3 Audio Input Type RCA
PS Vita Audio Input Type 3.5mm Connector
Cable length PS3 = 14ft, Vita = 3ft.
Extras Removable, flexible microphone