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One immediate factor that makes them superior to the Zalmans for gamers is that there’s a microphone, turning it into a headset rather than just a pair of headphones. This is attached to the left hand speaker and can be easily rotated upwards out of the way when not required. The boom mic arm is completely flexible so can be positioned in just the right place for optimal pick up. It’s a good quality mic too and I tested in games and using Skype. Making a Skype Out call, the person at the other end said that my voice quality was fine and sounded no different to a regular phone.
The biggest problem with the Zalmans for me, and the reason I eventually stopped using them for games, is that they had to be directly connected to the 5.1 output of your sound card. If you ever wanted to go back to your speakers you had to unplug the Zalmans and reconnect them. This proved to be a major hassle, especially as accessing the rear of my PC was difficult due to the confined space of my room. The Medusas however get round this by having an external amplifier. You connect your sound card to this via the inputs but there’s also a set of outputs for your speakers. The headset connects to one of two ports on the front of the unit. Turn off the amp and the sound is passed to the speakers. This is perfect for when you’ve got the house to yourself and are free to enjoy your speakers blasting out for a while.
There are actually two headphone ports on the front of the amp, enabling you to plug in a second pair. This means that two people could enjoy a DVD movie in surround sound without disturbing anyone – a neat feature. Indeed, the Medusas are available as a twin set.
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