Tt eSPORTS started as a sub brand of Thermaltake back in 2010, 4 years on they’ve become one of the major players in eSports and gaming peripherals, sponsoring many high class teams and providing peripherals and gaming gear to target the hardcore gaming enthusiasts. Today we look at the Verto, a stereo headset with strong styling and premium comfort.
Tt eSPORTS package the headset in a standard cardboard box with a stylised picture of the headset on the front and some of the standout features also listed. Around the back we a full breakdown of the headset listing all the features and specs for the set.
Our bundle is quite straightforward, we have a warranty booklet, carrying pouch and two separate cables more on these later.
The Verto Headset
On removing the Verto from its packaging you can instantly see and feel the quality in the materials, we have a stainless steel frame with matt black finish, leatherette padding support band and angular ear cups with protein leather padded cups and red cloth lining the insides. The ear cups are over-ear and very large to provide comfort during long sessions. Because of the thin metal frame there’s no internal area for running wires so instead with have braided black and red wires running between the ear cups and frame.
Inside each cup the drivers are 40mm neodymium magnets with a frequency response of 10Hz~22KHz, impedance of 32 ohms +/-15% and sensitivity 98dB SPL/mW at 1KHz.
The ear cups fold flat for better storage in the provided pouch. The band is auto-adjusting and will expand into the area above it to accommodate the head of the user to give the right fit without any trial and error. We also have tilting ear cups again to maximise comfort and create that perfect fit.
The microphone rotates down from the side of the left ear cup and is omni-directional and fully bendable. The microphone specifications are as follows: frequency response: 30Hz~20KHz, impedance: <2.2k ohm, sensitivity: -36 +/-3dB.
The included cables are detachable from the headset. One is designed for mobile audio and is essentially a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead with no controller and one metre in length. The second has two 3.5mm connectors one for audio and one for the microphone and features an inline controller and a length of three metres. The controller has a mic on/off switch, analogue volume control and belt clip.
User Experience and Conclusion
Looking to build quality for the Verto it’s hard to fault. We have a strong durable frame made from steel with high quality leatherette cups, a high quality matt finish and nicely braided cables. The frame adds weight to the set but the auto-adjusting padded headband ensures a snug fit and produces great comfort.
No harm can come from a product being versatile, so the inclusion of two separate cables with one designed for mobile use is great. Also in the bundle we have a leatherette drawstring travel pouch, perfect for taking your headset to events or simple storing away in a drawer.
One point to raise is the location of the in-line control, for me it is positioned too close to the ear cup and i can’t comfortably hold it in my hand without tugging on my left ear, that and the orientation as I see it means the control is upside down. So when i take hold of it and look down at it it’s upside down unless I flip it around further shortening the lead. Neither of these aspects would be an issue if it was placed just a few more inches down the lead.
For the microphone I would always personally opt for a noise-cancelling option if available, the omni-directional one available on the Verto did a good job but we did notice a lot of background noise on occasion. The fully flexible boom will help to direct the mic but adjustment may be necessary to get the most from it in noisy environments. Below is a sample recorded from the mic.
Overall the headset audio has been great, the large ear cups do a good job of passively blocking outside noise. The headset provides a good balanced sound but with that touch of bass to bring out the most while gaming. Music is handled equally well as is the sound for movies making this suitable for all round use. There’s no software provided so you’ll have to rely on whatever audio player or sound card software you have available to tweak output to your liking.
Retailing at the $79.99 mark the Verto sits at the higher end of Tt eSPORTS range, with Newegg also currently selling the Level10 M headset at this price.
If you’re looking for a premium headset with strong styling and balanced sound you can’t go wrong with the Verto. The flexibility offered by multiple detachable cables and a travel pouch only add to its value.