Dec 092012
 

soundblaster tactic 3d omega headsetCreative 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.

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.

sound blaster tactic 3d omega versatilityHighlights
  • 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.creative sound blaster tactic 3d omega

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.

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  18 Responses to “Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Headset”

  1. i assume it comes with a cable for connecting to xbox controllers?? also how is the build quality?

    thanks
    -jason

    • Hi Jason,

      Yes, it does include a cable for xbox chat – this connects from the left earcup to your controller. The build quality is good – they were dropped numerous times during testing and didn’t freeze up once. We would’ve liked to see a bit more padding around the headband, but the housing is solid and feels sturdy. Hope this helps – thanks for stopping by!

  2. I was wondering about the comfort. I have a larger then avg head and find many headsets squeeze my head too tightly.

    Cheers
    Nathan

    • Hi Nathan!

      I would say the comfort level for this headset is pretty high. I, too, have a fairly large head, and found these to be suitable for longer gaming sessions. While the headband is plastic, it has a decent amount of give to it, so I haven’t experienced that pinching feeling. If you wanted, you could also upgrade the stock earpads to a more cushioned set.

      You should also look at fixed-frame headsets like the Siberia V2 – the headband is suspended inside a larger arched frame, so it kind of ‘hangs’ on the head instead of wraps around it. This type of design is ideal for people like us with larger heads.

      Thanks for visiting, Nathan :) Let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. I am looking for an alternative to Turtle Beach (too expensive) for gaming, its for my sons PS4 for Christmas.

    Good quality , PS4 compatable.

    • Hey Dugald,

      Thanks for visiting! According to the manufacturer, this model is currently being validated for ps4 support (see chart). So it sounds like it may eventually be supported, but isn’t as of now. It may be tough, though, to find a cheaper alternative than turtle beach. Their quality is ok, but they’re often the least expensive of many hi-fi models. It’ll be easier to recommend a model if I know your price range. In the meantime, many gamers have been contributing to this shared google doc that lists all PS4-supported headsets. Let me know your max budget and I’d be happy to recommend some models that may work. Cheers!

  4. Does this come with a usb cable so i can plug it into my usb instead of wireless and also for my pc. Thanks

    • Hey Brandon,

      It does come with USB cables, but they’re only for connecting the basestation to your PC, or for charging the headset itself. Audio can only be transmitted wirelessly. It will work when charging, which is nice, but the USB cable you’d connect to it would only transmit power and not sound. Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers!

      • In other words, it does NOT work while charging?

        • Hi Tade,

          No, it does work while charging. I think Brandon was wondering if he could transmit audio through USB, which would not work. USB is only used for charging the headset, not for providing an audio signal. They provide multiple USB cables – one for connecting the basestation to your PC, and the other for connecting your headset to any USB port for charging.

          Audio can only be transmitted wirelessly, but the headset itself can definitely be used while charging. I’ve had mine well over two years now, and I will say they still hold a decent charge (7-8 hrs vs. 9-10 hrs when first purchased) – and that’s after continuous use every day. Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting us :)

  5. deos this headset have surround sound it might sound a bit stupid because it says 3d but nothing on the specs says it has surround sound.

    • What’s up Harvey,

      Yes, this does support 5.1 and 7.1 surround-sound (THX in fact). Thanks for visiting us :)

  6. hello, wondering if they are worth it to buy? i am a poor student, if not what would you suggest? i would love a wireless headset.. can’t stand the cable.. And are they comfortable enough with the padding on top of the headset? Thanks

    • Hi Azukio! I own a pair of these and would definitely recommend them, especially now that the price has dropped significantly. Cables drive me crazy too 😉

      And with regard to the padding – it’s sufficiently comfortable. I’ve worn mine for many hours at a time and haven’t feel any clamping. And if you want extra padding, you can always upgrade the headband cushion with one of these. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  7. I’m thinking of either buying this headset or the G930 from logitech.
    Which has the best sound and is the best?

    • Both headsets have 7.1 surround sound, as well as a good range and battery life, so it’s more a matter of the details. The G930 has a few programmable buttons that you can map to macros, which is a nice convenience if you use them. The 3D Omega doesn’t have macro buttons, however, but it’s multi-platform, which was great for me since I also game on Xbox and PS3 occasionally.

      I’d have to say I prefer the Omegas, due mainly to this versatility. The mic also detaches completely, so you can use them purely as headphones if you’re just watching movies or listening to music – both of which I do often. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with your decision, Jasper!

  8. Hi, I have a question, if i want to use this omega with my cellphone, can I??

    • Hi Charly – No, unfortunately this model is not compatible with mobile phones, as it’s always wireless and requires a basestation to transmit the wireless signal. The basestation plugs into your PC / console and is responsible for broadcasting sound to the headset.

      If you’re looking for a mobile friendly headset, I’d suggest the ATH-M50 – very good all around and the impedance is low, so it can be powered by just about any smartphone with a 3.5mm jack. Thanks for visiting!

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