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-- Evergreen Tech RumbleFX Head Phones
-- Price: ~ $42.00 USD
-- 8.09.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   With constant new games available for the PC system, speakers and head phones are becoming more and more important.  Not only do they provide a sound output to the user, but it may be vital to a regular novice game player or an intermediate.  Now with the next step in user interacting with any game, a new type of output is becoming more popular, force feedback.  Arcade video game machines have long been utilizing this to get the user 'into the game'.  Whether you're driving in the Daytona 500 or being shot at, the controller sometimes may move or shake along with the action.

   Having witnessed the success of force feedback equipment, Evergreen Technologies has went ahead and introduced a product with this feature.  It isn't a controller, but headphones that react to the action on screen.  Evergreen Technologies has been around for a long time now.  Mostly known for their CPU upgrade solutions, they have since entered into the multimedia market with their RumbleFX line of products.

   Not only do these headphones shake with the action, they also provide the regular functionality of a quality pair of headphones.  Here are specs on this unit:

  • Driver Unit: 40mm diameter dome
  • Diameter: 57mm diameter actuator
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 102dB S.P.L. at 1 Khz
  • Max Power Handling: 500 mW
  • Frequency response: 5-28,000Hz
  • Power Requirements: 3V
  • Cord: Approximately 4m(13ft)
  • Stereo Plug 3.5mm(.14") diameter

   Included within the package is everything you need to start blasting away.

  • RumbleFX force feedback vibration and volume control unit
  • Two AAA batteries (Approximately 20 hours of gameplay and/or music listening time)
  • A stereo headphone conversion jack
  • Soft cushion earcup on lightweight adjustable headband
  • 90-day Warranty

   To put it simply, the way these headphones work is the use of Bass Amplifiers.  These are just like smaller sub woofers, which are not available usually on headphones.  So when there is pumping bass, your head phones will shake along with it.  

   From a few sources, these headphones were produced under a different name through Radio Shack.  The RS version was introduced a while back but never received the response necessary, so they were pulled from the market.  Similar in style, the RS version did use larger batteries and were slightly heavier.

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