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Review : Sharkoon X-Tatic SX & X-Tatic SP headsets

Sharkoon supplies the X-Tatic SX headset in a cardboard box with a large cut on the front side which reveals the entire headset behind a clear plastic cover when the cover is lifted. The cover only partially covers the front side of the box. A large graphic is printed on the cover.

Inside the box and aside from the headset itself you will also find a number of cables, the detachable omni-directional microphone and a small but precise connection guide. The two cables are a microphone link for the XBOX 360 controller and an adapter cable which converts the 3.5” stereo plug to left and right RCA audio connectors with passthrough.

The X-Tatic SX is a sizable U shape design stereo headset. Sharkoon made this headset mostly white with a few green/black highlights, obviously for the headset to match the XBOX 360 theme. The headband is padded very well, it is very soft and can be extended by 3.5cm on each side.

The ear cups are unavoidably fairly large, since Sharkoon placed 40mm drivers in each of them. While very comfortable, the soft cloth ear cushions also let in most of the external noise. Unless the volume is relatively high you will be able to hear what is happening around you, which can be a disadvantage if you are gaming in a noisy environment but also very practical if you do not want to be completely cut off from the real world while using these headphones.

The microphone of the headset is removable, which is very convenient when you are not planning to use the headset for chatting. On the other hand, the omni-directional microphone is also very lightweight and has a very flexible stem.

An in-line amplifier can be found on the cable of the X-Tatic SX, controlling a number of features. Unfortunately it also adds a lot of weight on the cable itself. The large switch at the front of the amplifier is merely a microphone mute switch, handy for when you need to turn off your microphone quickly.

By turning the amplifier to the left side you can find a volume control rheostat.

On the right side of the amplifier you will find a microphone volume control rheostat and an input jack for the XBOX 360 controller adapter.

Due to the weight of the amplifier, Sharkoon had to place a small adjustable clip on the cable close to the ear cups. This way you can clip the cable on your clothes if (when) the weight of the cable feels uncomfortable.

At the end of the 3.7 meters long, heavy main cable you will find three connectors. The green 3.5mm jack is the standard stereo connection for PC, the red 3.5mm jack is the standard microphone connection for the PC and the USB connector is being used for power. Note that it is compulsory to plug in the USB connector for the headset to operate under any circumstances!

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