PC Speakers

  Home arrow PC Speakers arrow Page 5 - Zalman Theater 6 Surround Sound Headph...
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Mobile Devices  
Networking Hardware  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Power Supply Units  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

Zalman Theater 6 Surround Sound Headphones Review
By: Gnorb
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars / 57

    Table of Contents:
  • Zalman Theater 6 Surround Sound Headphones Review
  • Looks and Feel
  • Tests
  • Movies
  • Games
  • Music
  • Conclusion

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article


    Zalman Theater 6 Surround Sound Headphones Review - Games

    (Page 5 of 7 )

    In addition to movies, games offer the listener an aural treat. Withvideo games taking advantage of the newest in digital sound technology,it's very easy to appreciate the quality of a good set of surroundsound speakers. Can the Theater 6's surround sound capabilities satisfygamers?

    Unreal Tournament 2003

    This is where the real test came for these headphones. Thedelineation of what belongs to what channel gets tested ratherdemandingly by this game. In fact, by listening to the game on aper-jack basis (like I did the movie) reveals the channel separation aswell as the depth of the effects. In fact, unless you have all threejacks plugged in, you're not going to hear all necessary sounds in thegame. For a gamer, that can quickly spell "game over." Games such asUT2K3, Halo, and even Quake III truly hit on the heart of this matter.Stereo-only speakers (and even multi-channel 2.1 speakers) show a truedisadvantage here, due to their inability to help you determine whetheryou're hearing something behind you or beside you.

    An issue I've encountered with these speakers is the fidelity(quality ) of the sound in the extreme ranges. Highs and lows areheard, but are not very well handled by the headphones' speakers.

    The only weakness I really see, aside from the fidelity of the soundin the extremes, is in part due to the headphone design. The proximityof the speakers doesn't allow for all the spatial separation necessaryto take full advantage of the game. Had Zalman used smaller speakers,or maybe a slightly different physical design, this wouldn't be as muchof a problem, if at all. Overall, the experience is satisfactory. Thehighs and lows are weaknesses, as mentioned before, but for most usersthis won't be too notable, unless accustomed to dealing with high-endspeaker systems.


    I'll be honest: my experience with Halo is abysmal. Not in thequality of my playing (although that's not any better), but in theamount of time I've spent in it, as opposed to Unreal Tournament 2003.That said, I decided to try out the game out with these headphones. Thelimited time I had with the game, before using the headphones, alsoexposed me to how good this game can sound.

    Right off the bat, the sound of the game using these headphones ispretty good. The footstep panning (left/right) was acceptable, and theambient effects were rather well done, although not totally clear.Overall, the sound was pretty good, although I kept having problemswith the Sonix Sound Extension (SSE) filter. It seems that when I hadthe filter on, I couldn't quite hear the surround sound (at least notall the channels available). Taking it off doomed me to two channels,left and right, as opposed to 5.1.

    Although the sound was satisfactory, it wasn't at all up to par withwhat I would really expect. Acceptable? Absolutely. Magnificent?Hardly.

    Quake III: Team Arena

    Although this is an older game, it's still one of the best gameswhen it comes to raw surround sound. The channel separation with theseheadphones is great, but with so many games capitalizing on theblending of channels, newer games might not have quite the same effectas older games when listening through these. The Theater 6 did notdisappoint during this game. The sound separation was clear, and whatwas generally a weakness - the proximity of the back speakers versushuman aural evolution - was actually a strength in this game. Overall,I was extremely pleased with the experience.


    This headset is a good one for those in a restricted environment,such as a thin walled apartment. Its deficiencies are much more obvioushere than with the movies. Although it's not something that should stopgamers from considering these headphones -- after all, they aresuperior to two-channel headphones -- they don't quite serve thepurpose of speaker replacements. The sound fidelity might also be anissue with some, especially younger players.

    More PC Speakers Articles
    More By Gnorb

    blog comments powered by Disqus


    - The Top PC Speakers
    - Logitech X-240 2.1 PC Speakers
    - Sonos Multi-room Audio System
    - Genius SW-HF5.1 5000
    - Creative Inspire T6100 5.1 Speakers
    - Creative Inspire P380 Review Music to Your...
    - Logitech USB Headset 250 Review
    - Logitech X-530 Speaker System Review
    - Wave Music System Review
    - Belkin FM TuneCast II
    - Altec Lansing inMotion Speaker System
    - Sennheiser RS-120 Review
    - Turtle Beach Sonic Link Review
    - Altec Lansing VS-3151 5.1 Surround Sound Spe...
    - Logitech Z-2200 Review

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off