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Creative Sound Blaster Arena

Everything USB
21 May 2010
  • Summary: A lightweight contender with excellent sound quality and spatialization for native 5.1/7.1 sources, the headset's game compatibility suffers from what can only be described as an oversight in the Windows Speaker Config panel.
  • Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Lightweight and flexible, Stereo music sounds remarkably LOUD and clear, Detachable microphone features impressive quality and noise canceling, Earcups swivel flat for storage / transport, Circumaural leatherette earpads filter ambient sound, In-line remote offers mic mute...
  • Cons: Appears as a Stereo-only device to Windows 7, limiting surround sound compatibility to roughly 60% of titles tested, CMSS-3D stereo upmixing doesn't suit most music, Windows 7 drivers and auto-update required an installation workaround, Plastic construction feels cheap, Detachable microphone is t...
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