Thrustmaster Presents The Jack Of All Trades: The Y-250CPX
Before I get into this: I am a PC gamer. I have not owned a console since Sega, pre-2000. Although my PC centrality is changing, as I recently found myself on the right side of our dark Gamer god Cthulhu, and was blessed (or burdened) with a Sony Playstation 3 SuperSlim Edition. High Tentacle Five Cthulhu! I am now enjoying a play through of Uncharted 2 and will soon, after prying it from friend’s hands, enjoy The Last of Us. Why this diatribe on my foray into PS3 territory? Because this sets the context for the following information. And because I know many eGamer readers are cross-platform gamers–and apparently so am I–these particular headsets from Thrustmaster piqued my interest as they are compatible across so many platforms.
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Jack of all Trades
The Thrustmaster Y-250CPX, a combination of previous Y-250 P, X and C models, are compatible with the main gaming platforms of our day; so the PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, PC, Mac and Xbox 360. Through a detachable cable it is also compatible with Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, MP3 players, tablets and smartphones. Apparently you can also use it for making phone calls.
Thrustmaster assures us that their headset offers superior audio quality as they have R&D teams with 20 years of expertise to pour into designing their headsets. The audio is powered by 50mm drivers built into the Y-250CPX ear cups. These are not software audio “drivers”, but actually the diameter of the “speakers” within the ear cup. The rule of thumb with speakers is generally the wider the drivers the more accurate sound reproduction will be across the different spectrum, especially the lower frequency bass sounds. That’s why sub-woofers have bigger diameter speakers compared to the satellites speakers as they are able to hit those low bass frequencies without distorting the sound. It’s not always the case that bigger drivers equal the better headset automatically, but Thrustmaster including them in the Y-C250CPX is a good start. The “taken with a pinch of salt” frequency response curve info on the press release seems to show off this fact with a good balance between bass, medium and treble. The high audio quality is also enhanced by their ear cups unique design and Electro-acoustic bass amplifier technology which they say enhances the bass frequencies of the headset.
Some Comforting Facts
The Y-250CPX also ensures comfort and effective passive isolation by using its large and soft ear pads. The headset consists of a multi-functional controller on its 5.20m long cable, which is extremely long and surely appreciated especially when you are sitting on the couch/bed away from your TV or PC monitor. The multi-functional controller is also populated with options such as letting you adjust game volume, bass level, and the voice level of other players while also cancelling out the voice feedback from your own voice on the headphones. The microphone features perfect sensitivity and unidirectional technology. Now unidirectional technology basically means that the microphone won’t pick up sounds from anywhere outside of a particular direction the microphone is facing, thus background noise should be limited. A great feature is that the microphone is it is both detachable and adjustable. The “adjustable” feature looks like a simple move toward or away from ones mouth, a very inelegant design that, thankfully, is saved by the fact that the microphone is also removable.
There we have it, possibly a great all-round multi-platform set of cans. Obviously, even if they are compatible for use in Space, at the end of the day audio quality is where it counts, because if it sounds bad would you actually use it? If Thrustmaster can deliver on adequate performance and features, for the RRP of €89.99, around R1100-R1200 locally, they would have a great bang for buck. Think of it this way: If you own a PC, PS3, Nintento Wii U and a PC, that’s roughly R300 per console. Not bad indeed. The Thrustmaster Y-250CPX will be available in October 2013. No definite details on South African availability has been released, yet.