Evolving an already-solid product has to be a challenge. You have to keep the core principals the same, but upgrade enough to warrant a new release. When I reviewed the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier edition of the Tritton 720 AX, it certainly set the bar for what I expected in a headset from that point onward. Anything released from headset-moguls Tritton afterwards would have to meet and surpass that benchmark. With that, I introduce the newest evolution in the series, the Tritton 720+.
After I unboxed the new Tritton 720+, there was a noticable difference in the shape of the headset. As opposed to the GR:FS piece of hardware, it was more sleek and quite a bit smaller. The improved design allowed the headset to rest more comfortably on my head without the occasional wobble I was used to. While weight and comfort were no issue, it goes without saying that after a long play session, you will have sweaty ears. That’s just a small price to pay though for the added layer of immersion in your games. The actual cups that go around your ear have firmer joints, too, which keep things tight when you have to look away from the screen for a moment.
Two other improvements I noticed quickly were an optical cable that wasn’t paper-thin and the adjustable mic. The optical cable is thicker this time around. Having three cats that have destroyed dangling cables in the past, my biggest fear was coming home and finding it in pieces. Now, I’m no longer worried about that thanks to the new design. The detachable microphone just looks like it bends better. The way you twist to click into place is more secure, too, as opposed to just plugging it into the earpiece.
Sound quality is still nothing short of spectacular. Playing NBA 2K13, the chanting crowd resonated in my head to the point that I completely lost myself in the experience. The sound is still as rich-as-always, with thumping lows and crisp highs; Breaking Bad on Netflix never sounded so good. It should also go without saying that the directional sound is still top-notch. Playing Borderlands 2, it’s nice to be able to know which direction the Psychos are running up on you from.
Another important improvement is the chat volume. I rarely had to turn the volume up to hear the other party talking. So it seems as though the standard voice volume has been raised, which means I can just plug the headset in and go. Voice audio sounds more clear, and the cushions around your ears keep even more of the sound out. The 720+ features a SVM (Select Voice Monitoring) option, so you can hear yourself chat while you are socializing in a game.
One small thing, though- the box says not for PC in North America, but you can still plug it in via USB, and it works great. I have used it to record video shows, call people on Skype, even listen to Youtube videos. It isn’t surround sound, mind you, but it’s still great that it’s universal in that sense; I only want one headset for my PC and PS3, not one for each.
The 720+ will cost you around $149.99 USD. If you have been looking to upgrade your gaming audio, do yourself a favor and treat your ears to the new 720+. With top-of-the-line audio, amazing comfort and fit, and a great price point for the aforementioned features, there’s really no excuse not to.