Creative labs has released several new models recently, and it’s always best to observe them after launch to see how they stand against the test of time…and against user reviews. This model has been out for over a year now, and I’ve been getting quite a few emails asking about it, so it’s only fitting that I do a Tactic 3D Omega Review.
To start, this is touted as Creative’s flagship wireless gaming headset, and the price definitely reflects that – see more details. These headphones are in the upper end of the spectrum, and some people may have a problem dishing out that kind of cash. That decision is entirely up to you; our only hope is to keep you as informed as possible during your decision-making process. Let’s begin with the headsets’ features.
The Tactic 3D Omega is a wireless high-fidelity surround sound headset designed for the general audiophile. What sets this model apart from traditional gaming headphones is the cross-platform compatibility; the Tactic 3D Omega operates on the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. The headset is powered by 50mm drivers, and relies on the THX TrueStudio Pro engine to support stereo, 5.1 surround, and 7.1 surround sound. This model has a noise filtering microphone that attaches to the left earcup, next to a quick-mute button. The mic boom is flexible and can be positioned as needed, or simply detached from the headset completely. The Tactic 3D Omega uses the 2.4GHz range for its wireless, and supports ranges up to 40ft, though in our tests we were able to go farther.
- cross-platform compatibility (PC / MAC / XBOX 360 / PS3)
- long wireless range
- 50mm full spectrum drivers
- detachable and positionable mic
- THX Surround Sound
The microphone quality is clear, even in noisy environments, and is compatible with most standard VoIP platforms such as Ventrilo and TeamSpeak. The software that comes included (PC / Mac only) provides a graphical interface for managing audio profiles, and allows you to tweak various settings such as tuning the drivers, configuring the equalizer, or adding morphing effects to your voice. You should keep in mind that it’s not required to use the software – these headphones will run just fine on your PC’s stock drivers – you simply won’t have access to any customization.
All in all, the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega is an exceptional headset. It produces high-fidelity sound equally as well when gaming, listening to music, or watching movies, and its ability to switch from computer to console is huge plus. I have only a few very minor gripes. First, the buttons could be a tad more responsive. The Power On/Off button must be held down for a fairly long amount of time before it registers, and the UP and DOWN buttons a second or two longer than you’d expect. This is trivial, I know, but still slightly irritating.
Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega | The Verdict
Apart from those minor complaints, the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega is one of the best wireless headsets for PC – not just for gaming, but for anything that involves audio. It’s sleek, comfortable, and powerful – not to mention highly versatile. Whether you’re a gamer, music lover, or all-around audiophile, I strongly recommend these headphones.