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Disclosure: The Tt esports CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 headset review unit is supplied by Thermaltake
About the Tt esports CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 headset…
Thermaltake is a pretty well-known name in the computer industry. They’re synonymous for their CPU coolers and PC cases. Later on, they added a range of PSUs and in 2010 they started a new division for gaming gear called Tt esports. Tt esports as the name suggests has a large range of gaming gear from gaming mice, mechanical keyboards, mouse pads to even gaming chairs!
The product on review today is from their RGB enabled gaming headsets the Tt esports CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 headset.
- OVERSIZED 50MM NEODYMIUM DRIVERS
- Striking visual illumination
- Customize lighting effects and colour options
- Ultimate premium virtual surround sound performance
- Specially designed auto-adjusting headband
- Convenient in-line control
- Color: Diamond Black
- Connector: USB Plug x1
- Driver Unit (MM): 50mm neodymium magnet
- Cable length: 2.0 meters
- Pug&Play microphone: Yes
- External in-line controller: Yes
- Part Number: HT-CRA-DIECBK-20
- Channel: Virtual 3D 7.1 Surround Sound
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 99 ±3 DB
- Max Input: 100 MW
- Microphone Directivity: Omni Directional
- Accessories: Warranty card x 1 Quick Installation guide x 1
- Microphone Sensitivity: -42DB ± 3DB
- Microphone Frequency: 100HZ~10KHZ
- Microphone Impedance: < 2.2KΩ
Most gaming headsets nowadays come with built-in USB which is neat if you use multiple systems as you get consistent sound quality regardless of what PC you use this on. This is required much more now with the need for RGB colours as it needs power provided by the USB port. There are the usual negatives for using a USB connection – one is that you can’t use this headset on your mobile or your TV for instance. The other negative is even if you have a top of the line sound card you can’t connect this headset to that as the USB connection bypasses your other sound output devices. The CRONOS Riing has large 50mm drivers and a built-in volume control which is very useful. The control pod has controls for volume, a microphone mute switch and interestingly enough two buttons for 3D 7.1 and an EQ button.
The 3D 7.1 button adds the virtual 7.1 functions which may work with movies and games though personally, I didn’t like the effect that much. And the EQ button cycles between a few presets before coming back to the flat or neutral preset. All in all a very useful control pod. Did I mention it has an LED light which mirrors the led lights on the headset?
The software which you have to download from the Tt eSports website allows you to customise the lighting scheme on the headset which I think is pretty cool. You can choose the colour, the type of lighting like pulse or disco with great precision. Other than that there is the basic EQ customization and it supports Xear which allows you to do all sorts of things with the sound. However, I am more of a vanilla guy and don’t like to mess around with these effects.
Now the Tte esports CRONOS Riing touts comfort as one of its key specifications. Unfortunately, I found the comfort to be below par. The headphones don’t fit my head properly. If I lean forward they tend to slip off. And while the grip isn’t tight they put pressure on parts of my ear which leave me with some discomfort after long periods. However, comfort is a very personal thing and your mileage may vary. The Tt esports CRONOS Riing at the very least is pretty light and the earcups can swivel for folding it flat.
The microphone is a retractable one which is very useful in case you don’t wish to use it. I found the quality to be strictly ok and there is a separate section for the microphone below.
The Tte esports CRONOS Riing has large 50mm drivers which theoretically allow a manufacturer to have more bass since the drivers are so relatively large. And the headset is able to portray a very decent bass. You won’t get thumping bloated bass here but a tight bass which is well suited to anything you throw at it.
Mid-range is also pretty good. Vocals are nice and crisp. Soundstage is artificial due to the emulated 7.1 software but it sounds very natural. The treble response is the only thing viz. not great. Its decent with good detail retrieval but the treble is rolled off and sometimes you will miss the crispiness from things like cymbal crashes or guitar strings.
The soundstage is reasonably large for a closed back headphone and the imaging positioning is excellent. I enjoyed gaming on this headset. Movies were also decent but sometimes I wish the bass was more impactful for movies. The CRONOS Riing has more than enough bass for music but for some movies you wish there was more!
The bundled software allows you to tweak the sound quite a bit if you so desire. All in all a very decent performance at this price point.
At the end of the day…
I have enjoyed my time with the Tte esports CRONOS RIING. Its a well-rounded headset with little against it.
The CRONOS RIING is a well-made headset that sounds as good as it looks. It has all the features one would look for in a headset like RGB lighting which is very customizable, 7.1 surround sound which works well and it has a built-in control pod with useful features like volume control and mic control.
The CRONOS RIING has a very neutral sound with good bass, mid and treble. The only real negative I can think off is the middling comfort but that is more personal and others may not face this issue. All in all its a headset I can readily recommend to anyone looking for a good quality gaming headset.
- Good build quality
- Decent isolation
- In-line remote
- Neutral sound
- Customizable RGB lighting
- Retractable mic
- Average mic performance
- Bass response can be a bit lacking in some movies
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) October 13, 2017