Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 23:32
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Using and testing Bluetooth enabled devices has become a way of life for me since i spend the better part of each month in the company of many wireless portable speakers, earphones and headphones. However no matter how many of these devices happen to land in my hands in the end with just minor exceptions like the REVO Wireless by Jabra (and some hands-free headsets i use in the car) i prefer wired headphones over wireless ones when listening to music in the comfort of my sofa. Granted I’ve said many times in these pages that i believe wireless freedom is the future but at least when it comes to consumer oriented products we've yet to reach a point where wireless streaming can produce the same results (although i have to admit that AptX is doing a great job narrowing that gap). Tt eSPORTS has been manufacturing quality gaming headsets since day one of their appearance in the market and so it was just a matter of time before they too would enter the wireless market which they just did with the introduction of the SYBARIS Wired And Wireless Gaming Headset.
“Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies PSU for many years. The brand personality of unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative design by observing users’ behaviors and requirements. The fan cooling design on Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrate the brand spirit. It is the worldwide first keyboard with fan cooling function that could dry your hand sweats and blow tension away during cut-throat competition.
Although the SYBARIS is the first attempt by Tt eSPORTS to enter the wireless market i was surprised to see that it comes packed with several technologies we don't see much with other similar products (at least not all together) including support for Bluetooth v4.0, AptX lossless audio streaming and NFC (Near Field Communication). The SYBARIS uses two 40mm neodymium stereo drivers featuring a frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz with 32 Ohms impedance and 97dB (+-3dB) sensitivity and a bi-directional detachable noise cancelling microphone that features a frequency response of 100Hz-10KHz with 2.2KOhm impedance and -67dB (+-3dB) sensitivity (there's also a built-in microphone for wireless use but we have yet to receive it's specifications). Also thanks to the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs placed in both earcups and Bluetooth v4.0 you can use the SYBARIS wirelessly for up to 14 hours at normal volume levels. Since however it wouldn't be the first time that on paper something sounds great let's see how Tt eSPORTS did with their first Bluetooth wireless headset.