TRITTON (by MadCatz) Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 and PS3 Review


Design | TRITTON's Update to the AX Pro Surround 5.1

Gaming Headset

Tritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Overview

Tritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Swivelling EarcupTritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Detachable Boom microphone

Much like the Kunai, the same clean gloss white aesthetic looks fantastic and is subtly contrasted by the black stripe and padding on the headband and the orange Tritton logo.  The decoder box and in-line volume control match perfectly and the square cans carry along with it an identifiable design from Tritton's past designs. 


The earcups also rotate 90 degrees (actually more like 95, but I digress) which does two things for you.  First, it allows these to pack into a bag much more easily, and is also much safer since the earcups are less likely to get forcefully rotated, say if you sit on your bag.  Secondly, it allows them to rotate so that you can lay them on your shoulders if you're giving your ears/head a break during marathon sessions or in-between rounds at a LAN.  They also allow you to rotate out one earcup if you don't want to completely tune out your surroundings or if your mom/roommate/girlfriend try to ask you a question or tell you that your food is getting cold.  The swivel is rock solid, which is reassuring as swivelling mechanisms have historically been the first point of failure on many headsets I've owned.


The microphone has a large head on it to block external noises and maintain a directional focus aimed at your mouth so your voice comes through loud and clear.  The flexible boom allows you to adjust the positioning of the microphone easily, and even more importantly, it stays put firmly.  The microphone is also removable, and it is simply inserted then rotates with a reassuring "click" to lock into place.  It's a very nice design and will allow you to ditch the microphone if you don't need it.  While the Kunai bears the same looks as the Pro+, these cans are significantly larger (to accommodate the full surround drivers), but comes at a benefit of a very comfortable circumaural (over-the-ear) fit.  We'll touch on that more in a bit.


Tritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - EarcupTritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Earcup Padding

The earcups on the Pro+ are phenomenal.  They're rather thin, fully envelop your ears, and the padding is slightly firm which gives a very comfortable feel without putting too much pressure on any one spot.  They're shaped in a way that distributes the force of the headband evenly around your ears, and they're good for many hours of continuous wear, something serious gamers will put high value on.  The inner portion of the earcups are neatly labeled left/right, although you'll find out very quickly if you put them on the wrong way.


Tritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Adjustable HeadbandTritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - Headband Padding

The headband is also very solid.  It has a firm springy feel without feeling too stiff.  Each side of the headband has a numbered extension so you can accurately match each side.  the headband is sleek and well-finished, with a low-profile yet comfortable headband cushion.  The temples bear the clean, grey PRO+ badge, identifying it from its similar-looking brethren.


Tritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - In-line Volume ControlTritton by MadCatz Pro+ 5.1 Surround Gaming Headset Review - In-line Microphone Controls

The inline controls are shaped so that it fits comfortably in your hand.  Holding it in your left hand, your thumb easily moves the master volume rocker, and a quick press inward of the volume rocker functions as a mute button.  You can easily reach each of the channel buttons, a single press selects that channel, and the volume rocker allowws you to fine-tune the volume for that channel.  Press that channel again to bring up the master volume to adjust all channels equally.  I like to reduce the center channel volume a but to accentuate the surround directionality, and also boost the sub up a bit for thundering bass from explosions.


The right side of the inline control is where you'll find the microphone volume control, the toggle for SVM by pressing the mic volume rocker to hear your own voice (surprisingly useful), and the microphone mute button.  The bottom has a port for your Xbox Live connector.

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# Steve 2013-05-03 20:30
i have the previous version of these, the AX pro, and i only have 2 complaints that i WISH were addressed in this ( new ) version... 1) bass and treble controls and 2 ) DTS encoding support.. IF this version came with those 2 things.. i would of rushed out and bought these.. passed that... awesome set of headphones .....
# Gav 2014-01-17 08:44
can someone that has these please explain time delay adjustments do I need the centre and rear button light on all the time or off and do I adjust the time delay with centre and rear light on and you say for gaming have the drc on everywhere else i've looked says make sure this is off thanks gavin