So, I was after a cheap headset that would satisfy my needs until my Sony headset works again. I needed an on-ear or over-the-ear stereo headset which could connect to the PS4 controller via a headphone connector. It needed a volume control and, preferably, a mute for the microphone. And that microphone needed to a “boom” style, not inline which, every time you adjust the volume, will cause interference to anybody else listening.
My answer, partially, came in the shape of the Tritton Kunai. I bought the Multi-Platform version for my needs, mainly because the best fit for my set-up, the Wii U version, was out of stock everywhere I looked (I suspect many other PS4 owners have been buying the same product!). With this version, instead of getting a connection for a specific device, I get a number of connecting cables that allow this to be used, officially, with PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC/Mac and smartphones/tablets.
The headset (details I’ll get to in the minute) has a single headphone connector (which also includes a mic feed). This is what you use on phones, tablets and the Wii U. For the other consoles and PC/Mac you get an assortment of audio and USB cables that then connect to this. They do this via a control box which you connect the headset too. This compact box also houses your volume and mic volume control and mute button.
For PC/Mac you use the audio and USB connections. For Xbox and PS3 you have separate options depending on whether you’re using HDMI or component for connection. In the case of Xbox a pair of connectors are included for both the controller and the audio connections on the Xbox. For both consoles the audio connectors are “pass through” so you can still use any existing connection.
For the PS4, and indeed for Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS and any other mobile device, you simply plug the headset straight into the controller. You’ll realise, however, that this is also why this only partially fulfilled my needs – the control box isn’t used for this direct connection. Unfortunately, this isn’t made clear before purchase so it’s a frustrating omission – I can’t see any reason why they couldn’t have implemented this (indeed, they have if you buy the specific Wii U version). After speaking with the manufacturers, there is an alternative connection method for the PS4 that allows you to use the remote but it does mean plugging directly into the PS4 and TV – both methods of connection are detailed on their website.
The headset is available in different colours – I went with the glossy black version. It has the Tritton logo on the sides of the slightly square ear pieces. These are well padded, as is the head band. However, I have problems with discomfort caused by the ear-up pushing too hard on the arm of my glasses over my ears – it’s mainly on one side, though, so I usually just life the arm up a bit to resolve this.
The band expands but not a fantastic amount – at full stretch these just fit comfortably on my, admittedly not small, head. If your head is particularly large you may struggle. A single cable come from the left ear-cup. There are no controls or connections on the headset itself, with the exception of the where the boom mic goes – a small recess into which you plug it in and then twist it to lock it into position. This allows you to remove the microphone, if you wish, and use them as “normal” headphones. The microphone arm is very bendy and it’s easy to position it.
The sound is great – very even with a slight tendency towards the bass. The padded ear-cups really contain the sound – there’s little leakage either way. I made some test recordings using the microphone and they were clear and loud (certainly louder than the inline mic in my phone headset. I’ve certainly had no complaints about not being heard! As I said before they’re well padded but I did begin to feel some discomfort after about an hour of use – nothing too bad, though.
Packaging was completely over the top – a multi-section box with a plastic side to show off a single ear-cup to the purchaser, it’s difficult getting that side out as it’s held in place with a snap-away piece of plastic which holds it very securely in place. You end up with a plethora of cable ties, thick plastic and equally thick card. A basic manual is included to show you how to connect it the various devices and, oddly, some Tritton stickers (why?).
I purchased mine from Argos for £34.99.
As a temporary solution for my PS4 they’re great and, afterwards, I have a wide range of compatibility options so I can use it elsewhere (probably as a headset for my PC or Macbook). It was disappointing, though, that the inline controls don’t work for those using the simple headphone socket solution.
They seem comfortable, have great sound and the price isn’t too bad either – recommended.