“360 cans?” I hear you ask. “360 cans,” he endlessly repeats.
We at Techly were lucky enough to get our hands on gaming headphone-maker Turtle Beach’s latest product, the 360 degree, surround sound, all inclusive with whipped cream and cherry on top Z60s.
(Okay, there mightn’t be whipped cream, but the cherry red on the headies is nice to look at.)
These headphones can be used for any purpose, but are designed for the world of gaming. The mic is great, but the real pull is the illusion that the in-game noises are coming from where you’re situated in the game.
But more on that feature later.
These guys really shine with the details – those little sounds that don’t come through as clearly on normal cans.
Sounds like your SCVs drilling minerals in StarCraft 2, or footsteps of stalkers in COD or Counter Strike are where these headphones excel. The bass tends to be fairly intimidating, making exploding things even more impressive, probably more lifelike, than other phones.
It shakes your very eardrums.
The 360-degree element works fantastically here. The detail is what’s impressive. I watched a Marvel movie with these babies on, and while it wasn’t cinema material, it’s certainly preferable to most TV speaker setups.
In-game, if enemies are behind you, you know about it. Diablo games have monsters coming from every which way, but you can hear mobs before they even get to you, and prepare yourself for action.
It’s not perfect for every game, but that tends to be the game rather than the cans’ fault.
So the 360 element of it is no lie.
And while they might be built for that more specific purpose, you can easily talk on the phone, listen to music, or in my case, call a cricket match.
Which brings me to…
For such a simple setup process, the mic really is excellent. It’s a snap-in arrangement using a jack, and away you go. Plug it into your computer and it’s the default audio source, and the same goes for your phone.
Whether you’re broadcasting, podcasting, or on Skype, the mic holds its own compared to an inbuilt computer mic or even specialty products – just keep it slightly away from the air coming from your mouth to avoid any dreaded popping.
Comfort and appearance
When first confronted with a pair, you might wonder whether you’ll ever be able to get them on.
They’re a bit stiff and sore to begin with, like a 40-year-old warming up for a hit of squash, but once you’ve fiddled around with them enough they wear in pretty quickly.
The breathable material around the ears makes for a less-sweaty experience than comparable products, which mans wearing them for long periods doesn’t require several breaks and a sopping rag. I found that to be a real plus.
If you have biggish ears, you might find the headphones sit on top of them a little. Mine were okay, and they’re biggish, but any bigger and you might be in trouble.
Also worth nothing is that bumping or adjusting while wearing them is not advised, unless you’re willing to risk eardrum trauma. Don’t let colleagues hit you on the head while wearing them; my editor did several times to tell me he needed this review ASAP – it was distinctly unpleasant.
They’re a sturdy piece of equipment – treat them that way and do your adjusting before driving.
Overall, the Z60s have become my go-to pair for the comfort and quality factor. The mic can be a little annoying if you want to use them for phone calls, but it’s a small downside on a great pair of purpose-built gaming headphones.
If you’ve got the coin, get around them. And it’s likely you will have the coin, because they retail for around $150 from a quick search.