Mad Catz have been showing off their new Tritton Katana 7.1 HD headset at CES this week—and has picked up a CES 2016 Innovations Award for the product’s unique approach to game audio.
Nearly all gaming headsets today utilise digital optical audio to carry their surround sound streams. These have always been limited to six channels of compressed audio, however, and only replicate a “simulated” 7.1 experience. Getting true, uncompressed audio often requires some pretty high-end equipment in your console gaming setup.
Tritton’s new Katana HD 7.1 appears to solve this problem entirely, taking an uncompressed 7.1 audio stream straight from the console’s HDMI port, right into your ears, through a smart little codec from DTS that encodes audio into a spatial binaural stereo stream, giving you that familiar sense of surround sound. It’s compatible with HDMI-ARC too, so you only need one transmitter for all your audio sources. No more cable switching!
Unfortunately for Xbox One users, however, it’s not completely wireless. You’ll still need a chat cable heading to your controller, unlike the Astro MixAmp Pro TR’s integrated USB solution. Still, lossless HDMI audio is something of a first for standalone gaming headsets and is definitely a welcome step forward.
The Tritton Katana 7.1 HD is priced at £179.99 and ships in March.
Mad Catz has announced today a new range of licensed audio headsets for Xbox One under the TRITTON gaming audio brand. Each headset in the range has been designed to deliver exceptional audio quality specifically tuned to the needs of the gamer.
Headsets launching include:
TRITTON Kunai – Stereo Gaming Headset
Designed for extreme comfort and extended gaming sessions, Kunai comes to Xbox One with superior stereo audio, high-quality build and an eye-catching design. Kunai is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices.
TRITTON Kama – Stereo Gaming Headset
A fully featured stereo headset featuring in-line audio controls and precision-balanced 40mm speakers. Kama is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices
TRITTON Kaiken – Mono Chat Headset
An ideal upgrade to the communicator found in pack, Kaiken can be worn on the left or right ear and features in-line controls for volume and chat.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, “We are excited to introduce our range of professional gaming audio headsets to the Xbox One platform. We believe the range continues to build upon our strong TRITTON brand and provides quality audio, particularly for multiplayer communication, that is desired by the passionate gamer. With audio accounting for nearly 50% of our net sales, we expect the range to make a significant contribution to growth and profitability in fiscal 2015.”