Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset ReviewTue, Oct 29, 2013 - 10:10 AM
Subjective Listening: Music, Movies, and Games
Not everyone hears the same as each other. People’s ears are different and preferences dictate our style. The subjective listening tests in our reviews not only compare the product with other gaming headsets, but also audiophile-grade headphones. Those who don’t regularly listen with higher-end equipment may not notice the sound quality deficiencies we are able to notice.
The Level 10 M gaming headset works well as music headphones. The sound quality is good with a warm characteristic that imparts energy onto music. The bass is not incredibly strong, certainly nowhere near basshead expectations, but it does have presence. Details can be heard at most frequencies, vocals are clear, and instrument separation is very good. This is a $100 headphone that performs like a $100 headphone. However, it’s not comparable to more expensive headphones.
Overall, this headset is versatile enough to be compatible with all genres of music. Listeners who want more kick from the bass may want to look to alternatives however. For gamers who like to listen to music with the rest of their free time, the Level 10 M headset will satisfy.
The Level 10 M headset is acceptable for watching and listening to movies and television shows. Like was observed with the music tests, the bass has the presence to drive action, but doesn’t have an explosive punch. The headset’s warm sound signature gives strength to vocals and other midrange frequencies. Instrument separation is very good as many individual sounds can be heard with modest detail. The stereo soundstage however is somewhat lackluster. Overall, this is a good all-around headphone.
The Level 10 M headset generally was good with game audio. It’s most glaring weaknesses was the limited stereo soundstage and weak positional recreation which made it harder to judge distances and is most pronounced in shooters. Sound quality is otherwise very good and any music, effect, vocal, or voice communication was clear and detailed. I speculate this headset was tuned for RTS gamers, of which a notable few pro-gamers and teams of the genre are sponsored by Tt eSports. For that kind of crowd, it would make more sense for the Level 10 M headset to focus more on an overall balanced sound quality.
The microphone’s recording quality was unexpectedly below average. While others over voice chat had little difficult identifying my by voice and understanding what I was saying, the microphone added a tinny quality that added a robotic tone to my voice.
Despite what Thermaltake has listed on the headset’s product webpage, the microphone does not have noise cancelling features. Its omnidirectional pattern in-fact will pick up just about every nearby sound including mouse clicks and keyboard presses.