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Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review

It would be fair to say that for a number of years Creative, and their Sound Blaster range, have been industry leaders in the PC audio market. From their beginnings in sound cards we now find their technology in external devices, internal cards, built on to motherboards and then even when some boards don’t have the Creative hardware, they can have Creative software to enhance the audio solution. In today’s article we take a look at another category completely with a PC, Mac and PS4 compatible wireless gaming headset. This is our Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review.

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Creative package this headset in a fairly chunky box which covers a number of the key features as well as giving us a decent view of the product itself though a window. There is a bundle of documentation inside as well as our key items. Those start with the USB charging cable, wireless dongle and removable mic. On the wireless adapter front, it is a fairly simple unit (as it should be) with status LED and connect button should we experience any loss of signal. As far as the mic goes, this is a noise cancelling condenser type with frequency response of 100Hz – 6.5kHz. Impedance is set at <2.2k Ohms with -40dBV/Pa sensitivity.

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review – The Headset

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With the Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2.0 we have a headset which is primarily a matt plastic construction. There are two metal bars in the arms which help us extend the length by around 1 inch on either side though. Up at the headband area we have a branded top, though it is discreet branding, and a significant amount of padding.


Looking at the earcups we have the same foam and leather padding on the inside with a transparent plastic cover on the outside which sits over some RGB LED lighting that can be controlled in software. Looking round the left cup we find all of the controls for the headset which start on the back with a volume dial and power button. The front has a mute button which doubles as pairing if needed, and then at the base of the cup are our mic port and micro USB for charging. As far as specifications go we have 50mm drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz. Sensitivity is 102dB/mW with impedance of 32Ohms.

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review – Software

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Available as a download from Creative is the control panel for the headset and when first opened we find a master control for mic and volume. Next up is SBX ProStudio which allows us to enable or disable various effects such as turning on virtual surround, enhancing bass and prioritising vocals in the mix. Scout mode is the following tab and this helps tweak the soundstage so that we can better hear the movements of our gaming competitors.

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Equalizer does exactly what we would expect, offering a range of presets which are designed to match various genres such as rock, pop and classical. VoiceFX allows us to tweak our mic sound with a range of quirky effects such as aliens, demons, robots and the like. Finally there is the SB Prism panel which allows us to set the colour of the LEDS (including cycling) as well as the intensity and pulse speed.

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2 we have a pretty solid feeling headset. The plastic components are nice and chunky which gives them strength and durability, the leatherette finish on the pads is decent and the metal areas in the arms feel strong. There is also a nice tight hold on the mic when it is inserted and the area around the micro USB feels stable.

Looking at the design of the headset, it looks decent. We like the red flashes which add a bit of style and the RGB lighting is decent, fairly subtle. Having all of the controls on the left ear-cup makes them easy to find although there are a few quirks. Firstly the mic button should have been on the back beside power and volume. the items there are easier to activate with our thumb where as the mic mute is fiddly. Also it should have been a rocker switch rather than a button. As things stand we know it is muted by a red LED on the button which we can’t see when the headset is on our head and moving to a rocker would have meant we knew (for example) that up was on, down was off.

Setup of the headset is fairly easy. The two components are paired at the factory so we plug in and thats pretty much it. They can be manually re-paired by holding down the button on the dongle and the mute button on the headset. For PS4 owners thats about it, we have virtual surround and wireless communication. The headset can be charged while in use and lasts around 15 hours… for the PC/Mac users the option is available to download the control panel (and any firmware updates). The control panel will be familiar to anyone who has used a recent Creative product and is intuitive to use while also providing us plenty of control.

As far as performance goes, for the target audience of gamers, there is a lot to like about the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2… even if the name is a bit crazy… it offers loads of bass for explosions while detail is there in the more discrete sounds. Scout mode has its uses and the virtual surround works well, though is not as good as true 5.1/7.1 as expected. Moving on to other forms of entertainment we have good movie playback, dialogue is clear and action sequences plenty powerful. Music, as is often the case on gaming devices, is a little less successful though. We found ourselves reaching for the control panel often to find a profile which offered a nice balance, whether it was just tweaking the all too powerful bass, or trying to find a setting which would enhance the vocals without muddying the mid tones. Its not that the sound was bad, it was actually enjoyable, just that it required a bit of work to get the best out of it and certainly the Crystalizer setting was beneficial which we didn’t expect based on past experience. As for the mic. It offered good, clear vocals with no noticeable distortion. Our only issue (and really its hard to see this as a criticism) is that it is maybe too sensitive and so this too needs a bit of volume tweaking to find the balance where we can be heard but our breathing and background noise isn’t. Special note should also be made of the wireless function on this headset. It was lag free in our experience and the range was great. We were able to walk around our entire location, over 3 floors and outside too without loosing the signal.

That brings us to value where the headset currently retails for £79.99… considering the wireless functionality, virtual surround sound, PS4 compatibility, solid build quality and intuitive software mixed with good gaming performance that seems like a lot for the money. Therefore the Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless V2.0 wins our value award.

Value Award

Available from Creative for £79.99.

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Stuart Davidson

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