Review: XJACKER PS3 Kit and Soniq Rush 2.0 gaming amplifier for PS3

Ever felt like you’re left behind by your friends during all those online multiplayer games because you don’t have headsets to communicate with them? Can’t afford those high-priced gaming headsets your friends are rocking? Well, if you have a PC headset just lying around and collecting dust, it’s time to dust off the headset and get ready to join your friends for some smack talking and strategizing. This is possible thanks to the XJACKER PS3 KIT (also available on Xbox 360).

But now what if you are saying that your PC headset is just not loud enough. Don’t worry, they thought of that as well with the XJACKER Soniq Rush 2.0 Gaming Amplifier Kit.

DESIGN:

The design of the Gaming Amplifier Kit is very simple and not too complicated with extras. It almost looks like a PEZ dispenser than an amplifier, but don’t let the look fool you. This bad boy can pack a punch. On the amplifier you will find the volume and bass control, as well as the input jack on one side and a USB jack on the other for power. Unlike many amplifiers that go from 0-10; this one goes up to 11. And to quote one of my favorite lines in This Is Spinal Tap, “It’s one louder.” But seriously, this amp can put out some major noise to you head, though I highly doubt anyone would be playing at a volume that high during gameplay. As for the design for the Kit itself, there are none. The headset kit is just a bunch of cords.

USAGE:

This is where things get tricky. Depending on what kind of home setup you have, you may have to do some work putting this together. On my home setup, I have a 7.1 home theater set up as my main audio output. So when setting this up, I had to do some tweaking to my system so I can get the audio and video right. It wasn’t too much work, if you know your system setup at home. It will be up and running within 10 minutes or less, depending on how many wires you have cluttered hidden behind the TV.

Once I had everything set up, it was time to play the games. I tried this item on COD: Modern Warfare 3 first because it’s in an environment where I can chat with teammates and do some online bullying.

After a couple of hours of playing it was good. I was able to chat with my squad and talk some smack (I didn’t get a lot of smack talk in though, since getting killed many times sucked). There were some times where the sound would get too loud or too soft, and some people told me that I would just be cut off during my chat with my squad. But those did not occur enough for me or my squad to be bothered by it. One other issue I had was that the amplifier took up 2 USB ports on the PS3; one to power the amplifier and the other is for the microphone control. So, if anyone is using multiple USBs on their PS3, they may not have the room for it. Those are my only quibbles about this item.

FINAL REACTION:

This item is a good buy for those that can’t afford high-end head phones but has a PC headset for use. This will work with iPhone headsets as well as Beats headsets, though it has to be the one with a microphone or you won’t be talking to anyone. This is also available for the Xbox 360.

GRADE: B

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Jose Gutierrez III is an IT tech by day and nerd by night.