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Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma Review

It may not be the best gaming headset we've reviewed, but it does exactly what is asked of it.

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Introduction

It's generally difficult to come to a 100% accurate conclusion on a gaming headset because there are many things that would normally be termed "bad" for a set of headphones that may not necessarily be "bad" while playing a game. For example, a long cord and in-line accessories are often viewed as a portability or durability issue, but for a gaming headset, they're a necessity.

Comfort Design & Features

Well featured, but somewhat uncomfortable

The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma is fairly comfortable due to a very low clamping force on your head, which is good, because the ear cups won't fit everybody as well as they may want. Because of this low clamping force, which has its advantages, there's the added disadvantage of the product sliding around a bit if it doesn't fit your head well. If you can, please try these on ahead of time before plunking down the coin to avoid any issues in the future.

The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma is about as durable as you could hope for at this price range.

Because the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma is big and beefy, it’s no surprise that it is similarly durable. We wouldn’t recommend chucking these off your head in the middle of a gaming session, but the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma is about as durable as you could hope for at this price range, and the thick plastic should protect the inner components well from abuse. Additionally, plugged into the left ear cup is the microphone, which is not only able to be articulated to the user’s preference, but it can also be removed should something break.

As far as connectivity goes, the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma has a 6.5 foot cable that terminates in dual 3.5mm jacks, and hangs from the left ear cup of the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigmas themselves. The dual 3.5mm jacks are delineated by color: green for the headphones, pink for the microphone. If you wish to give the USB dongle a whirl, you can connect both plugs to it and take advantage of the feature.

Audio Quality

Fair for fans of shooter games, about nobody else

While this set of cans isn't all that great for music, fans of FPS shooters and other games that have a lot of explosions, small arms fire, and other highish-pitched sound effects will notice that these often sibilant and deafeningly loud sounds are somewhat de-emphasized, which is a great thing for your hearing, not so good thing for in-game music.

Like most headphones, this headset has a little bit of distortion, but well below what can be heard by the human ear. However, there are quite a few shifts in speaker volume from left to right, but most of the shifts in channel preference are below the threshold of what is audible to humans outside one major blemish in very high notes.

Often sibilant and deafeningly loud sounds are somewhat de-emphasized, which is a great thing for your hearing, not so good thing for in-game music.

Also keep in mind that these will not isolate you well from the outside world, as they’ve proven to isolate a little less sound than many of the closed-back cans we’ve seen. It’ll block out a good amount of the mid-high end, but about nothing else. Additionally, because it’s often difficult to get a good seal with the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigmas due to the type of foam used and low relative clamping force, the headset leaks a fair bit of sound if your ears don’t fit inside the pads. If you listen too loudly, you will greatly annoy those around you.

Conclusion

Not bad for an entry-level headset

So much as that is the case, the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigmas do not score well in many areas, but they are perfectly fine for certain uses, like for FPS games. While they're not going to light the world on fire for you, they are perfectly serviceable if you just need an entry-level gaming headset for a Mac or PC.

That being said, if you are a fan of MMORPGs, or any game that is heavy on music, this headset is probably not for you. Because it dampens the mid tones and high end, you're far less likely to hear what you want without having to crank the volume to a high degree. It's a preference thing.

If you've read the review and think that this is the headset for you, by all means pick up a set and get going on your quest to top the server leaderboards. While this isn't the best gaming headset we've reviewed, it does exactly what is asked of it, and for a price that won't empty your bank account.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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