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NOX Audio - Specialist Headphones

NOX Audio - Specialist Headphones

Platform: Wireless Devices
Category: Headphones

I recently posted a preview of the single player mode for THQ’s upcoming first person shooter Homefront. During the actual hands on time that we were allotted, we each had our own game station that allowed us uninterrupted playtime. Each station was equipped with a set of headphones from NOX Audio, a company that I had never heard of before. The only names up until then that I associated with gaming headphones is Turtle Beach or Astro. So needless to say, when I first donned the headphones I did not have a clue what quality of the sound would be like. Well to my surprise the sound was very good and I was very intrigued about the company and the model of the headphones. After some research on NOX Audio’s Website I learned that the headphones were called the Specialist and they were a multi-use headphone for mobile devices (e.g. iPods, iPads, Cellular Phone, Smart Phone), Portable Gaming, PC Gaming, as well as console gaming. Interestingly enough, these headphones can be used on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 with the use of one multipurpose adapter.

Fast forward to this review, I was lucky enough to get a chance to review the Specialist headphones as well as the Negotiator Universal Optical Gaming Adapter.

What You Get in the Box and Technical Information

Once you purchase the Specialist headphones you’ll find the following contents inside:

- Specialist Stereo Headset
- Carry Case
- 3.5 Detachable Cable
- PC Splitter
- User Manual
- Warranty Card

For those wondering what makes up the headphones, here is a bit of technical information:

- Drivers: Dual 26mm Mylar
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Passive Noise Reduction: 50% 1 kHz
- Optimal Audio Isolation: 51dB @ 1kHz
- Sensitivity: 104 dBSPL @ 1 kHz
- THD: <0.5% @ 1 kHz; <2% from 40 Hz to 20 kHZ
- Input impedance: 32-ohms
- Microphone: 4mm
- Weight: 0.30 lbs

There is also a retractable microphone on the left earpiece which allows you to use these for online gaming, Skype, and cellular phones. This microphone is pretty unobtrusive and it is an added feature given that you can take these on the road with you for some mobile gaming or music listening, not look like a geek, and should you need to use these for some online gaming, or Skyping, the microphone is readily available to use at home.

Given the multi-use ability of the Specialist, specifically the console gaming aspect, you’ll have to use the Negotiator Universal Optical Gaming Adapter. This unit allows for the headphones to connect to your Xbox 360 and/or PS3 and their respective controllers. Upon purchasing this adapter you’ll find the following in the box:

- 12 ft. Negotiator Universal Optical Gaming Adapter
- Negotiator Controller plug for XBox 360 or PS3
- 2ft. Optical Cable
- 6 inches Stanard PC Headset Adapter
- USB Dongle

I should note that you can purchase both the Specialist and the Negotiator in a bundle, which in the end is more cost effective. If you choose though, you can purchase the Specialist headphones separately and then the Negotiator at a later time.

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