Tt eSports is Thermaltake’s gaming peripherals brand, with entries into most of the mainstream peripherals categories. In the headphones category, Tt eSports has almost 40 different models – ranging from entry level to professional in quality and price point. The Shock 3D 7.1 is one of their mid-range headsets, featuring 7.1 channel virtual surround sound and USB connectivity.

Setting up the Shock 3D 7.1 gaming headset is very easy. Simply install the headset’s configuration software and plug it into an available USB port. From the software suite, you can select and tweak the sound coming from the headset until your heart’s content. The ear cups of the Shock 3D 7.1 are made from a fake leather material and, unfortunately, did cause my ears to sweat after about a half hour into a gaming session – so take note of that. Aside from the sweat induction, the ear cups are very comfortable, and they exert just the right amount of pressure to keep them on without causing headaches or other adverse effects. Included in the package is a nice carrying sack which is always a welcome addition.

One big, noteworthy feature I love is that Tt eSports has chosen to utilize a braided audio cable with the Shock 3D 7.1 – something that was all the rage for a while but seems to be slowly falling out of favor with peripheral makers. I love braided cables as they have a much lower chance of tangling up while gaming.

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In terms of audio quality and virtual 3D sound performance, I had no issues with the Shock 3D 7.1. The audio was of good quality for PC gaming and the virtual surround sound was surprisingly realistic. I have never been a big fan of virtual surround sound – but I didn’t mind the Shock 3D 7.1’s take on the technology.

I got the chance to take on a large array of games while wearing the Shock 3D 7.1, including the Metal Gear Solid V, Fallout 4, Firewatch, and more. At a price point of $79.99, the Shock 3D 7.1 gave everything it had to perform well. Now, that being said, it is not a perfect headset. While it performs very well, the headset has an inexpensive quality about it. I don’t know if it is the gimmicky angles of the headset’s design or the quality of the plastic parts, but it’s there. My final caveat would be if you have a discrete sound card installed, you may want to go with a headset connecting directly to that card via 3.5mm jacks or dedicated inputs.

Despite this, the price point of the Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 gaming headset coupled with its above average performance make this well worth its $80 dollar price point. The Tt eSports Shock 3D 7.1 is available now.

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