Manufacturers galore are building gaming headsets for the likes of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 — including Turtle Beach, Astro Gaming and even Sony with its wireless Pulse model. Now A/V company Monster is entering the market, debuting its "MVP Carbon" video game headset at CES.
The headset is a collaboration with EA Sports, the maker of such games as " Madden NFL 13 " and the forthcoming "The Masters: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14." The headset, which marks the first time that a game developer is working side-by-side with a headphone manufacturer on a specific design, will be launching this February in both solid black and white models for $269.99.
Though costly, the "MVP Carbon" looks like it may live up to its high price. It combines slick industrial design and performance that presents 5.1 surround sound for a number of experiences, whether you're knee deep into a first person shooter or just blaring music.
The "MVP Carbon" features Monster's HDHS (High Definition Headphone Surround) system, which utilizes a processing method that recreates the surround sound experience without the need of additional speakers. The headset appears well built, with a comfortable-looking headband and on-ear cups using what the company calls "breathable materials" to keep the ears cool. They also fold up when not in use.
The headset will be compatible with PCs, as well as game consoles like the Wii, the Wii U, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It's available now for pre-order.
We'll be getting a look at the headset soon at CES to provide further impressions.