|-- Putting it to Use
-- Page: 1
Initially upon inspecting the unit, there are a few
levers you can adjust. They operate the amount of bass boost
you get and also a volume switch.
The remote operates on 2 AAA batteries,
which provides about 20 hours of use.
I used the unit first of all, on my home
theatre system. Since the packaging did include a stereo
conversion jack, I wondered how it would feel to watch a movie through
Plugged right into the Sony Receiver's
headphone jack I started up the DVD player and we were ready to
roll. I used Terminator 2: Ultimate Edition to test out the
unit. With enough gun shots and bass pounding, this would
hopefully bring out the best. What I did notice is that when the
volume is turned on its highest, the unit is still rather low. I
had to adjust the volume on the receiver. Once the movie
started, to my surprise the feed back was at a minimal upon every
explosion and bass hit. The sound was quite sharp and precise
I then transported the unit over to my
main gaming rig to play some Counter-Strike.
My main rig contains a Sound Blaster Live!, which supports EAX.
According to Evergreen, sound cards that support either EAX or A3D get
a better experience. Make sure you update your sound card
drivers in case you don't have these enabled.
After getting into a 20 player game on GT's
CS Server, this unit really stood out. I felt and heard each
gun shot coming from every angle. I used to use a Koss headset
to play CS, but it didn't provide any type of increased bass let alone
Force Feedback. The Evergreen unit was sharp and precise in
outputting the exact location of each noise movement.
I also tried it while playing normal
MP3s. After about 15 minutes of bass pounding hip hop and dance
music, my ears were getting itchy! The vibrations may cause you
to constantly scratch yourself, but you'll probably get used to it
The volume was once again lower than
expected, but you can adjust that on your sound card's
properties. I then tried this unit out on a regular Gameboy
Color. You can pretty much plug this headset into any unit that
has a jack. The GBC had little to no bass, so the test kind of
flunked due to the video game unit. Not a fault on Evergreen's
part at all.
Our last test was on a portable CD
player. I used a 3 year old Panasonic and a Sony. Both had
extra bass boost so it was a good test. The audio was sharp as
usual, and the bass was there. It would be rather weird to walk
around or jog with a rumbling set of headphones. I think I'll
leave this unit on my home PC.