Sound Blaster is known for their sound cards in the computer industry for more than two decades now. Their dedication to computer audio devices led them to the development of other hardware which today includes headsets. Today we will be looking at the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury, which is currently one of the seven headsets in the Tactic3D line up. Just by the looks of the headset, the black and red color combination definitely gives good emphasis on the ‘gaming’ look it has. Let’s see how well this headset would do in typical gaming as well as listening to music.
Sound Blaster’s take on the Tactic3D Fury Gaming Headset
40mm Full Spectrum Drivers
Experience a high-powered, no-holds-barred 3D gaming audio experience with massive bass and detailed highs.
Breathable Foam Ear Cushions
Like pillows for your ears. The ultra comfortable foam ear cushions are covered by a breathable fabric so you can have comfort without the heat.
Dual Mode Gaming Headset
Use the Dual Mode™ USB adapter with the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Control Panel to customize SBX Pro Studio technologies and get amazing Digital 3D Surround Sound. Or use the included smart phone cable to use with your mobile devices.
Works with PlayStation®4
Welcome the arrival of the latest generation of console gaming! Get yourself ready to experience some unparalleled realistic gaming action by gearing up with the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury, compatible with the new PlayStation 4 via 4 pole 3.5mm audio connector in analog mode.
In-line Volume Control and Microphone Switch
Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury comes with an in-line volume control so that you can adjust your level of audio with ease. Not using the microphone? You can simply turn it off with a simple flick of the microphone switch.
Works with your entertainment devices
Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury comes with a 4-pole 3.5mm connector, which is compatible with all media and entertainment devices with a 3.5mm plug. The 4-pole connector allows for stereo audio delivery as well as microphone input, via just one cable.
Audio Technology: SBX Pro Studio
Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Audio Drivers: 40mm FullSpectrum™
Scout Mode: Via DualMode™ Adapter
Interface: 3.5mm Analog, USB
Microphone Type: Noise Cancelling Condenser
Frequency Response: 100Hz~10kHz
First we take a look at the package. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury comes in a black and red box with a clear front for you to see the headset well.
Looking at the back, you could see the features and specifications of the headset.
Looking at the side, you can clearly see the Sound Blaster logo branding on the side of the ear-cups which is rather large and obvious.
Opening the box, the headset is neatly tied with a wire into a clear plastic mold.
Inside you will find the detachable microphone.
The Sound Blaster Dual Mode adapter.
The headset’s manual, product guide and warranty card.
Lastly, the Tactic3D Fury headset.
Now we take a closer look at the headset and it’s components. There are many striking points as to how the headset looks like the branding engraved on the ear-cups, the bright red cable, the construction and strength of the headband and the headset in totality with its red and black color theme. This will give you a good idea of the comfort or discomfort that headset would give you.
Looking at the outer portion of the ear-cups, you can see the engraved Sound Blaster logo being highlighted. Also notice that the majority of the ear-cups have a matte black finish with only a smaller portion near the logo with a glossy black finish.
The right ear-cup holds the cable and the 3.5mm socket for the detachable microphone. There’s a small bezel in the socket to hold the microphone in place and prevent it from rotating.
On the headband, there’s a ‘Tactic3D’ engraving along with the ‘Fury’ red print which differentiates it from the other Sound Blaster Tactic3D gaming headsets.
Beneath the headband is a small cushion with a synthetic leather skin. Note that this is the only synthetic leather that would be touching your skin since the earmuffs are made of a breathable foam and mesh skin for comfort which you can see on the image below. The insides of the earmuffs is red to balance the black and red color theme of the headset. The Tactic3D Fury headset is not a full-size headphone but a supra-aural headphone where the pads would be pressing on your ears and not around them.
Along the red cable of the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury headset is an in-line volume control and microphone switch that comes with a clip on its back.
The Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury only weighs 198 grams. The headband is also very flexible as you can see in the image above. The flexibility helps in having a comfortable grip on your head. The combination of these characteristics are almost certain to give you a comfortable experience with the headset.
We will be testing the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset using a computer. Note that it can be used as plug-and-play device but if you want to activate Dual Mode using the Sound Blaster Tactic3D software, you need to download the software at Sound Blaster’s website. After installing the software, make sure you plug the headset’s 3.5mm jack to the Dual Mode USB adapter that goes into a typical 2.0 USB port. The Sound Blaster Tactic3D software automatically detects the headset upon plugging the device into your computer. A headset icon will appear in your desktop’s task bar where you can access the control panel which looks like the image below.
Upon opening the control panel, you can see the microphone volume and master volume controls that you can adjust using your mouse’s cursor.
You can also save presets in the drop-down list on the left of the control panel. See that there are also pre-installed presets included in the Sound Blaster Tactic3D software which are created by some of the Team Dignitas and Complexity Gaming players. The saved presets have different settings as used by the players based on a particular game.
The Tactic3D Fury uses SBX Pro Studio audio technology wherein there are a few enhancements that can be tweaked using this tab. Under the surround bar settings, you can tweak it to perform like a 2.1, a 5.1 or a 7.1 surround sound.
The Scout Mode featured in this tab is a different kind of surround sound enhancement aimed for gaming advantage.
Next tab you have the typical equalizer you can tweak and play with.
Then there’s the VoiceFX tab wherein you can tweak on how the headset’s microphone works. There are several saved presets under the VoiceFX tab which you can see on that drop-down list in the middle which is currently set on ‘default’. They aren’t really useful enhancements you can use while gaming and the name tell you as to why. Saved presets include Alien Brute, Alien Infiltrator, Demon, Dwarf, Emo, Orc, Robot and other presets made to tweak your voice to sound like something else. Testing each of them will surely make yourself laugh.
Lastly, you can change the appearance of Sound Blaster Tactic3D software’s control panel with six color options available. Checking out the purple color theme, the control panel will look like the image below.
Let us test the output of the Tactic3D Fury headset in the next.
We will be subjecting the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset to a variety of tests that will determine quality of the headphone’s audio output. We will be using the headphones and earphones benchmarking test by Audio Check. You can check out their page and conduct your own tests on your current headphones and earphones. We will be testing frequency response and quality.
This test will upper frequency limit as well as lower frequency limit of the headphone. Do note that your ability to catch the frequency depends on how good your hearing is aside from the hardware of course. Good headphones will go as low as 20 Hz, the lowest limit of our hearing.
Low Frequency Check (10Hz to 200Hz)
Using a Samson C01U condenser microphone, we recorded the output from the headphone. Although it is not a real-case scenario where a person is wearing the headphones, it is just to show you where we picked up the limit. The headphones does pick up 20hz specially if you have it at full volume. I was able to hear it when using the headphones and also the recording as highlighted in the wave display image. We could say the Tactic3D Fury is up to specs.
High Frequency Check (22kHz to 8kHz)
I wasn’t able to hear anything until 17kHz which might sound like a miss to specs since it did mention having frequency response up to 20kHz. But then, it might just be my hearing limit and not the hardware. Testing frequency response if very subjective but to my ears, I could say the Tactic3D Fury is right on target.
Headphones with poor quality or those that are worn out would likely rattle when a loud or deep bass audio is played. This test is to determine just that.
You can hear some rattling sounds around 5 seconds of the audio test. It is true even with my personal test. Considering the lightweight plastic construction of the Tactic3D Fury, I wouldn’t be surprised about this result. However, note that we used 100% volume level in doing this test. The rattling should decrease as you lower the volume.
We will be testing the Tactic3D Fury against the Sennheiser PC 363D for the microphone test to give you a comparison. We will be using a 2.1 speaker and a set of voice samples for consistency, a narration sample and a commercial voice sample. Audio output will be coming from a Creative A320 2.1 speaker wherein the headset’s microphone is placed 2-3 inches away just like the distance of the microphone away from the user’s mouth when in use. Using a sound meter app in an android phone, we measured the samples to run in 50 to 70 decibel volume which is the normal volume of a human voice. We will be using default settings on both the headsets and at a 100% microphone level. We used a free version of the WavePad Audio Editing software for recording. Note that we haven’t soundproofed the testing area to depict real-life usage. There’s a computer running 2 feet away from the testing area with all the chassis fans running and other noise sources you can typically hear at home.
Here’s the original narration sample in MP3 format.
Here’s the recorded narration sample using the Sennheiser PC 363D.
Here’s the recorded narration sample using the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset.
Now we go to the commercial voice sample.
The sample as recorded from the Sennheiser PC 363D.
As recorded from the Tactic3D Fury.
And here’s the recorded commercial voice sample with the Fury headset using the Scrappy Kid VoiceFX preset just for fun.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The looks of the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset is undeniably cool and fit for the gaming theme. It would go well with enthusiasts having red themed rigs. Navigating through the Sound Blaster Tactic3D control panel is very easy. There’s a lot of freedom in making your own presets of different settings and the included VoiceFX presets are fun to use. As for comfort, it might feel a little stiff for the first time but it does get comfortable after a few minutes. Even though the headset is lightweight, it does get a good grip on the head and wouldn’t likely fall under normal circumstances.
As for audio output, the Tactic3D Fury plays around above average. Frequency response is just about right and to par with the technical specs written on paper. Audio quality is good around 50% to 75% volume levels. The Tactic3D Fury will suffice an average gamer’s need unless you are the type that enjoys loud music with bass booming all the time.
As for the microphone, it was able to pick up audio clearly. It might not be as sensitive and crisp like the PC 363D, it is effective enough to have a clear communication which is important when you are talking to your teammates while playing.
We found the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Fury Gaming Headset priced around $45 in Amazon which is relatively cheap compared to the likes of the Siberia V2 or a Razer Kraken. With that, we will give the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset our recommended award.