CaptainSparklez when he enters the Gaming Realm but Jordan Maron as an ordinary earthling like us is an American gamer and YouTube celebrity known for his Minecraft videos.
The 25 year old gamer started his YouTube journey in February 2010 posting videos of him playing and commentating on the game Call of Duty on a channel called ProsDONTtalkSHIT.
Taking up from how famous that channel became, he created a new channel and named it CaptainSparklez and started posting videos on Minecraft.
He has made strides in life by being named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, being featured in the sixth episode of Minecraft: Story Mode and going ahead in making a channel known as Maron Music where he produces and releases his own electric music and also promotes other music producers.
His huge following of fans always want to be adept with what is happening in his life, the price of being a celebrity. So it is quite obvious that whatever clothes, shoes, haircut, drink and so on he uses, they will pay attention and most probably use them too.
It is not a surprise that one of the many questions he gets asked is what equipment he uses on his gaming setup. One of the most prevalent questions is of course, what headphone does he use when gaming.
Yours truly did some research and it turns out, after using a few other brands out there, he has settled for the Tritton Kunai headphones.
The term Kunai is popularly associated with the Ninja from a more humble beginning of Ninja and Martial Arts weapons. It is mainly thought that it was a farming or masonry tool before going through an evolutionary phase and becoming a stabbing weapon taking the shape of a spike or a pointed chisel. Its form might make you ask why it is being used as a name for a headphone; let us have a look why.
The Tritton Kunai is built to be used, a tool in a sense, designed for use on a PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and a mobile device. That alone credits it as a tool, a versatile tool for sound.
It is obvious that CaptainSparklez wanted a headphone that is both good in quality and was friendly to the pocket too. There are many brands that are providing premium high-end devices that are quite impressive out there.
Kunai headphones have been able to reach both those requirements as I was able to discover. When it came to performance, you get what you paid for with the Tritton Kunai.
Taken up by Mad Catz, a San Diego-based gaming accessory manufacturer, they modified Kunai to a headphone used by PC owners, Mac owners and mobile device owner.
When designing the headphone, a lot of emphasis was put on protecting the product from outside elements that could break it. When one opens the packaging, one is guaranteed to get the headphone (obviously), an inline control device, a detachable microphone, Tritton stickers and a guide on how to start using the headphone.
Connecting the headphone to a device is as easy as saying your ABC’s. The Kunai’s inline controller is color-coded and its 3.5mm plug makes it easy for PC and Mac users to insert it in the ports. If you are using a smartphone, Wii U Gamepad, PS Vita or a Nintendo DS/3DS, you can also simply just plug it in.
What I found quite helpful was the fact that the Kunai’s peripheral uses a 4-conductor TRRS connectors allowing iPhone and Android users to use its microphone. It also allows the Xbox 360 users, PlayStation 3 users, Wii Users or Legacy consoles users to use it by simply plugging a 3.5mm output socket, television receiver or audio receiver.
While the Tritton Kunai has no equalization options it is afforded the sonic output. Playing games like Sniper Elite and Battlefield, the audio generated from the explosions and blasts were quite substantial. When it came to attention to detail when it came to the delicate aural details, it is proven from the swift swoosh sound of an arrow in Assassin’s Creed. The result was the same when playing games on a portable device like Fire Emblem Awakening’s.
If music is your thing, then you do not have to worry. The Tritton Kunai headphone, although made mainly for playing games, can hold its own when it comes to listening to music. The headphone has the ability to hold a persuasive, stomping percussion minus the crispness of the high notes in a vocalist.
The headphone has a 40mm driver that has the ability to show no alteration in sound even when the volume is cranked up to the maximum.
Looking at the Kunai’s microphone, it offers a great sound which can be heard clearly in a situation where there is communication between gamers. The microphone also has a bendable arm that can be adjusted accordingly to ensure proper mic placement. Best thing about it is the fact that one can be able to detach it by simply twisting it and pulling it off.
With superior build quality, the headset is built form comparable materials with faux leather padding at the apex and over the ear cups. The ear cups can rotate and the vertical swing automatically adjusts to the shape of the user’s head. To avoid being cumbersome when being won around the neck, the Kunai’s ear cups have the ability to spin inward creating no obstruction when won.
The headphone is very light thanks to its lean frame. Its lightness is proven even after many hours of wearing them; one cannot feel the telltale signs of pressure on the head and on the ears.
The Kunai headphone comes in black, white and red finishes. The ear cups come in an angular shape making it aesthetically pleasing to look at.
The other thing that is a deciding factor on whether to purchase a certain type of headphone is its transportability. The Kunai checks out this characteristic although it does not come with a carry bag. Seeing that it is versatile and can be used on computers, gaming consoles, smartphones and other portable devices, it is no surprise that it can be carried around.
It is not doubt that the Tritton Kunai checks out most of the requirements in its price range.
Below are some of its features:
- Speaker Diameter: 40mm
- Supra-aural (on-ear) cups swivel to provide a comfortable around-the-neck resting position
- Neodymium magnet
- Frequency Response: 25Hz–20kHz
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
- Resistance: 16 ohms
- Dimensions: RCA cable length 14 ft., 3.5mm cable length 3 ft.
- Adjustable headrail
- Detachable microphone
- Stereo Headset with In-line Audio Controller
- Removable, Flexible Microphone
- Additional In-line Controller Cable
To have a feeling on what other users are saying about the Tritton Kunai headphone, below are some of their comments:
“wow i thought these would be good but they’re simply stunning for 60 dollars. the bass on these little cans is great especially with songs like dazed and confused by led zeppelin or loser by beck. mostly though ive played battlefield 3 on it and it sounds almost as good as my sony pulse headphones. very high fidelity drivers make speech and low end bass very clear as well as the mid range for guitar and gaming. overall THIS HEADSET IS BADASS end of discussion!” By Mike Dub
“After reading reviews all over the net and just by looking at how nice the headset looks, I was sold. And I was not disappointed, they look great and feel great! The sound quality is amazing besides a slight and faint humming when no sound is running through them (on PS3 only, no humming on PC). What I love about them is that they can be used for calls on a cell phone or video calls and the microphone works great!! The detachable mic is a little hard to get used to (locking them in) so READ THE INSTRUCTIONS before trying to jam them in. Overall a great headphone really up my game in MW3 S&D(you can hear footsteps, defuses, ect.). Overall awesome headset for price!” By Ricky Ton
“I bought the Kunai Tritton headset in anticipation for Black Ops 2. Since it hasnt come out yet ive been playing all different sorts of games ranging from sports all the way to shooter and im just blown away. I wasnt expecting much for a gaming headset thats only $60 but i can’t express how amazing this headset is. The sound quality is great and the surround sound makes your gaming experience better. My friends say my voice through the mic is crstal clear and the option to decide the level of sound and vouce chat volume through the speakers is an amazing feature. I also wanted to try them on my ipod and they were still great. They do have bass however dont expect them to bump as much as professional studio headphones but they still have a great amount. Overall im suprised these are only 60 bucks.” By Jacob Lucier
“They don’t fit all the way over my ears. I don’t get to play often, but when I do it is usually for a few hours. These really hurt my ears after about 2 hours. It’s not like I have big ears either. They also don’t get very loud. I haven’t used them for music or a movie yet, but I figured these would at least be really loud. They weren’t very expensive, but they also weren’t $5. I was hoping for more of a plug and play system too, which it kind of is, but I didn’t think I would have to plug them into the PS3 and the TV. Cord is long as heck too, which is usually good, but I sit like 4 feet from my monitor. All in all, they don’t suite my needs very well, but they are better than the Bluetooth in ear thing I use to use.” By J Raya