Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha Headphones Review

9/7/2012 9:07:54 AM

Though the product is successful in reproduction of sound space, fire and bomb effects, it has not created the sharp of broken glass effect and the whistled bullets sound.

Description: Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha headphones review

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha headphones review

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha and Tactic3D Sigma are the two headphone models designed specifically for gamer, both are released at the same time.

Compared to the brother Tactic3D Sigma, Tactic3D Alpha does not have much change in appearance design. This headset also has powerful, luxurious rough black design, it covers the head and embraces the user’s ears.

The highlight of this headset is the TruStudio Pro THX - integrated surrounded sound technology, promising 360-degree sound space for playing game and watching movies with stereo sound.

The highlights of Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha

Loadspeaker dimension: 40mm

Component of speaker: Neodymium magnet

Frequency: 20Hz - 20,000

Micro supports removing noise from environment

Straight cable against disorder

Weight 232grams

General comments


The quality of the bass notes is impressive.

Quite good sound space

Designed for comfortable using

Application software supports many features and is easy to use.


The high range of sounds is not very high.

Leather earphones cause hot in long-term use.

Mark: 8.0


Description: Design


Though Tactic3D Alpha is quite big, its main components are hard plastic so that it is very lightweight (about 232 grams). Compared to Tactic3D Sigma, Creative has a small change in the hardware design of Tactic3D Alpha to reduce production costs. Specifically, 2 speakers with rare earth magnets (Neodymium) of Tactic3D Alpha have the size of 40mm, while the Tactic3D Sigma model is integrated 50mm diameter speakers. However, Tactic3D Alpha still satisfies the frequency range from 20 to 20,000 Hz and is also equipped with microphone, which is supported removing noise from environment feature in the left ear.

Though it does not support different angles rotation as other headphone models, users can remove integrated microphone of Tactic3D Alpha or customize recording location as the user want easily.

Tactic3D Alpha headphones are big and embrace the whole user’s ears. Tactic3D Alpha looks quite luxurious with artificial leather covers.

Description: Tactic3D Alpha headphones are big and embrace the whole user’s ears.

Tactic3D Alpha headphones are big and embrace the whole user’s ears.

The handsfree dome is also made of hard plastic and can increase or decrease according to the different sizes. Inside the dome, there is a cover by a thin layer of artificial leather like 2 ears. With a lightweight design and a swivel between the dome and ears, Tactic3D Alpha promises to bring maximum comfort for gamers even when “fighting” for several hours.

Alpha Tactic3D is also integrated the input volume control and microphone on/off button on the cable. In addition, users will be very comfortable by flat cables, it against trouble more efficient than normal cables. If you already have Sound Blaster sound card of Creative in computer, you can connect Tactic3D Alpha directly to this sound card via a traditional 3.5 mm input jack.

Conversely, if you do not have Creative sound card and also feel dissatisfied with the quality of integrated sound card, you can use compact sound card using USB connector to process better surrounded sound for this headset.


Description: Main interface

Main interface

To get the best sound quality, we listen to Tactic3D Alpha with attached sound card. The operations to connect Tactic3D Alpha to the computer is simple, users just need to plug the sound card into a vacant USB port on your computer, then connect the headset with two 3.5 mm input jack on sound card.

Users do not need to install any driver for Tactic3D Alpha. By default, your computer will automatically recognize the device and set the music on the discrete sound card. However, Creative offers the application of “Sound Blaster Tactic (3D) Control Panel” - allows users to customize the sound effects through a modern touch control.

After many running hours with many kinds of music to ensure the device works well, as well as  performance of the headset is at best, we and Tactic3D Alpha play through some game action as Batllefiled: Bad Company 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Left for Dead 2. First comments when using Tactic3D Alpha is its comfort by the lightweight design. The swivel to connect the dome to the ears proved very effective in reducing the direct impact force to the listener’s ears. The leather cover on 2 ears looks pretty and luxurious, but it is only suitable for use in cool environment. Removing/assembling microphone on Alpha Tactic3D ears is easier than Creative Fatal1ty Mark II headset.

The integrated controller on cable has reachable design, it’s quite comfortable to increase/decrease the input volume level of the headset. However, the on/off microphone buttons are designed to be quite small and dim, so there is a bit hard to manipulate if users do not take eyes off the screen.

On sound quality, Tactic3D Alpha sound is warm because of rare earth magnet speakers. In the big battles as well as in the home gun battle, Tactic3D Alpha really gives a lively sound space and a very real sense. The separated audio channels of Tactic3D Alpha are quite effective in the action game at first perspective.

Tactic3D Alpha performs very well the bombs effects and the roar of the heavy motor vehicles. However, sometimes the high sound range of this headset is dim. Broken glass effect, bullet whiz by Tactic3D Alpha are still not really “sharp” as expected. In the online battle, we do not encounter any obstacles with the integrated microphone of Tactic3D Alpha. The feature to remove noise in noise environments of Tactic3D Alpha works well, it’s suitable for gamers in need of concentration.

“Sound Blaster Tactic (3D) Control Panel” application has quite intuitive interface and is easy to use. Gamers will have many different options such as increase/decrease the echo, the severity of the bass notes or the balance of different pre-installed sound... In particular, this application supports touch controls if you own a touch screen and pre-installed Windows 7 computer. However, gamers should be noted that this application only works if the user uses Tactic3D Alpha comes with a sound card.

Not only works well on Windows computers, Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Alpha is also compatible with the Mac using 10.5 OS or higher versions.

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