Polk debuts its new Striker Headset at E3 2014

PolkStrikerBlackPolk has collaborated with Microsoft before to bring gamers headphones and sound bars that make gaming even more immersive. At E3 2014 they are doing it again by showing off its latest headset for Xbox One, the Striker. Polk says they will be offering a sleek, well constructed, and affordable device to all gamers. With some pro headphones costing $100-$200+ and with such a wide range of styles, there is a big market for it.

Mark Suskind, vice president of user experience at Polk, had this to say about the new headphones:

“With the Striker, our goal is to fill a void in the gaming headset market by offering an affordable headphone option that delivers dynamic sound during all aspects of a game―whether it’s dialogue between characters or an intense action sequence.”

I had a chance to try out the Strikers and found them very comfortable and light weight, two very important things when you want to tune everything out for hours and just game. The Strikers come in three different colors: Black, gray/blue, and white/orange. The black looks like more ash than black to me.

The headband on Striker is nice and cushioned, the ear cups offer something called “ProFit” that felt nice and didn’t put too much pressure to try and drown out the outside sound. For the Xbox One, the Striker will come with a wireless adapter developed exclusively by Polk, the adapter offers improved sound and chat performance. Similar to the adapter, Microsoft already has this wireless adapter plugs directly into the Xbox One controller and connects wirelessly to the Xbox One console. This will give gamers complete control of chat and volume at their fingertips. The headphones do have a standard 3.5 mm audio jack that can be connected to any device to enjoy games, music, or movies.

With previous collaborations with Microsoft for the 4 Shot Xbox One headset, the Melee Xbox 360 headset and the N1 sound bar, Polk is banking on the Striker being used on your next gaming endeavor. With so many good games set to come out this year, this is one device you should look out for. Retailing for $89, the Striker will be available early October.

Additional features and capabilities include:

  • Game-Changing Sound Quality – Polk’s Dynamic Balance® driver technology reveals a wider and more impressive frequency range with sharp details and no hints of strain or resonances, so gamers never skip a beat
  • Clear Chat Audio – A built-in boom mic optimizes crisp, clear chat; in addition, a 7-cm. flexible extension seamlessly conforms to a gamer’s chat preferences and retracts easily into the ear cup when not in use
  • Freedom of Movement – Located at the ear cup, a strain-relief cable connector ensures the 46-in. cable always keeps users connected to the game without getting in the way
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