Being a video game sound hound, I have always been fascinated by headphones that offered a surround gaming experience, because despite owning a 5.1 setup, due to space constraints I am unable to set it up ‘like the way it should be’. So I have always been on a look out for a pair of cans that could give me the same quality of sound, and the true surround sound experience, only wrapped around my head. Unfortunately, bold claims by manufacturers of super-duper surround immersion, and confusing specialized technology promising enthralling sessions of popping heads off usually falters into a pile of massive designs that costs at least thrice as much than its performance can offer.
So when I received the Creative Tactic3D Sigma on my desk, I rolled my eyes. For one thing, the product’s name has ‘3D’ in it, enough for my internal alarm to set off. Then I read the claims, Creative calls the Tactic3D Sigma (just Sigma from now on) the ‘last word when it comes to gaming headsets’. Annoyed yet equally piqued, I laid out my test bed: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Percy Jackson I (I was just curious how it compares to the book, it has nothing to do with the female lead, I swear!) and a mix bag of Hindi movie songs. Let’s get a tab on this 3D thing shall we? But first let’s look at the hardware side of things.
The Sigma is Creative’s current flagship product that sits above the Tactic3D Alpha headphones. It uses the same tech as the World of Warcraft edition, the only difference being it has been courted off of all the clan and franchise association. Oh and not to mention a hefty price cut.
Out of the box, the Sigma looks mean and purposeful. The headsets are massive by all means, and they don’t flex at all. The two ear cups fit right into my palm, wholly and raring to the go. They are padded with thick soft material that plug right into your ears, sucking in air around the cups – I could literally feel my ears block like during a plane take off. The headband is padded with the same material as well and rests quite easily on the head, however, if you have superb flowing hair like me (or, er a greasy bunch), it tends to slide off some times. Overall, though, the headphones were extremely comfortable during long sessions. Despite its size, they are light on the grip and feel light on the head as well. I never had twisted or sore ears during or after wearing them. However, I found the cable to be a bit short but I suspect it could be my setup that needs to get over an arch to get to the USB. But I never faced problems with other headphones, so…