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   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 the headphones.

   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 though.

   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 over time.

   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.

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