Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset

Thermaltake began making gaming peripherals in 2010 through the brand Tt eSPORTS to appeal to the growing PC gaming market. Along with Tt eSPORTS’ lineup are a number of keyboards, headsets, controllers, gaming chairs, etc. Thermaltake is a recognizable name in the world of cooling solutions and computer chassis but not as popular in peripherals. Most of their Amazon reviews are positive so it may just take a little bit of advertising to push their way into the spotlight. Tt eSPORTS recently released the CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset (part number HT-CRA-DIECBK-20) that is currently retailing for $74.99 USD on Amazon. We have our hands on the headset with time invested in it wrapped around our ears. So for this review, we’ll go over packaging, the specs, our take on the build, as well as the sound quality and our final thoughts. This is the first headset I have personally tried by Tt eSPORTS and wasn’t sure what to expect at first. The first impression before opening the packaging was that it seemed a little heavy. Hoping the weight was coming from the packaging, I was hoping the headset wasn’t too heavy, otherwise it would be bothersome to wear for a long period of time as it could lead to fatigue. Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset Specs:
COLOR DIAMOND BLACK
CONNECTOR USB PLUG X1
DRIVER UNIT (MM) 50MM NEODYMIUM MAGNET
CABLE LENGTH 2.0 METERS
PLUG&PLAY MICROPHONE YES
EXTERNAL IN-LINE CONTROLLER YES
PART NUMBER HT-CRA-DIECBK-20
CHANNEL VIRTUAL 3D 7.1 SURROUND SOUND
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20HZ-20KHZ
IMPEDANCE 32 Ω
SENSITIVITY 99 ±3 DB
MAX INPUT 100 MW
Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset Microphone Specs:
MIC DIRECTIVITY OMNI-DIRECTIONAL
ACCESSORIES WARRANTY CARD X 1 QUICK INSTALLATION GUIDE X 1
MIC SENSITIVITY -42DB ± 3DB
MIC FREQUENCY 100HZ~10KHZ
MIC IMPEDANCE < 2.2KΩ
As a quick overlook, the headset features a lighting system that a lot of gamers have grown to love (RGB) but with 7.1 giving gamers the edge by helping the player locate footsteps in FPS games with 50mm drivers. The Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset comes housed in a cardboard box. The cardboard quality isn’t the best. After opening the box, I noticed a small dent that must have occurred during transportation. This did not damage the product. When I opened the box, the plastic support that holds the headset was somewhat flimsy along the edges. This made it difficult to remove as I tried to be careful not to break it. Inside the box was the quick installation guide and warranty policy booklet. The immediate impression when first pulling out the headset was how stiff the ear pads were and the heaviness. The design of the earcups are nice with the RGB ring around the illuminated Tt eSPORTS logo. We just finished the introduction of the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 headset by going over the price, warranty, and some of the specs. On the following page we’ll go more in depth and describe some of the specifications as well as the drivers used to control the RGB lighting and other features of the headset. We’ll finish with our thoughts on the product’s performance in music, movies, and gaming.

Checking out Tt eSPORTS’ CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1

The CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 is a full sized headset with a heavy duty build and adjusts to the size of the user’s head easily due to the headbands that would automatically adjust. The headset has a matte finish that wouldn’t usually leave fingerprints and depending on whether or not you like you polish your headset to keep them mark free, this may be an added benefit. One of the best features of the headset are the 50mm neodymium drivers that are known to deliver great sound to the user. The headset folds out flat and this adds comfortability when on the move or simply want to rest it around your neck when it’s not in use. The user can adjust the volume, switch on the 3D 7.1 setting, change the EQs, as well as mute or turn on the mic through the in-line control device. The microphone can be tucked into the headset when it isn’t in use and can easily be pulled out to bring closer to the source of sound. On the next page we’ll go over the software used to control the RGB lighting and EQs for the CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1

Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 User Software

The Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset wouldn't be complete without a way of adjusting some of the fun features it delivers. Luckily, our friends at Tt eSPORTS has provided a way to do just that. When going through the quick installation guide, we're given the instructions to go to the website to download the drivers for the headset. This allows us to adjust a number of things that you will be able to check out below. The volume for the CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 headset can be adjusted within the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 software as well as adjust individual speakers to set to the comfort of the user. The microphone volume can also be controlled through the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 software and by adjusting the monitor volume, you'll change the playback volume of your voice into the headset. The equalizer setting allows you to choose between a number of presets or create your own. It's simple and quick to create but may take time to get used to which frequencies apply to what level of sound (low, mid, high, etc). The Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 software also allows the user to choose between a number of effects, speed of the effects, as well as allow the user to customize the colors. We've just walked you through how the Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 software works and next we'll wrap up by going through my input on the sound and finish with our thoughts and conclusions.

Subjective Listening: Music, Movies, and Games

One thing to note when reading through reviews of products such as headsets is that sound varies upon the listener. Some may prefer higher tones with subtle mids and strong punchy bass sounds, another may prefer a balance of the three, while some may not care so much for the mids and highs but prefer the lower bass frequencies when listening to music or playing games. Personally, I tend to prefer headsets that deliver a crisp high that contrasts with the mids but delivers a warm bass. Music Between music and watching videos such as shows on netflix or movies, this is where the headset sticks to me the most. The sound performance, even when cranked high, is delivered with crisp and quality sounds at nearly all levels. As always, I played through my usual playlist that was put together to test headsets. From R&B and hip hop to powerpop and bluegrass, the balance between the high, middle, and low frequencies perform well. What didn’t seem to work for me was the equalizer. Regardless of the setting I chose (aside from default) the equalizer presets made the music difficult to listen to as it wouldn’t give a good balance. Movies The sound quality in the CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset still performs well when watching videos and movies. The voices prove to be warm and pleasant and when watching dramatic shows, the low rumbles in the background blend in with the background music and dialogue well. Games The CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 was created for gaming so it’s safe to assume it would perform well here and it did. I decided to play CSGO and League of Legends and it was a fun experience. The footsteps were easily heard and I was able to locate the location of the enemy team members and the gunshots weren’t overbearing. We have gone over the specs, touched on some of the most notable features, and walked you through our sampling of the CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 gaming headset. We’ll finish up on the next page with our final thoughts and conclusion.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 was a fun gaming headset to use. Retailing at $74.99 with a two year warranty, it’s smart to go over the pros and cons since it isn’t exactly the cheapest headset on the market. Pros The gaming headset performed well in all areas. The sounds were crisp and clear where they needed to be and did pretty well when cranked up to max volume. The in-line control device on the headset’s cord makes it convenient to adjust volume, 3D 7.1, microphone, and EQs. Lastly, the RGB lighting is a nice bonus. Cons The headset is on the heavier side and the foam ear pads aren’t very soft or absorbent and even though it didn’t bother me too bad, it was still noticeable. The headset’s software isn’t as appealing as I had hoped. Legit Bottom Line: The Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Riing RGB 7.1 is a somewhat heavy gaming headset that delivers quality sound for $74.99 USD.