I think this product is interesting because of a few reasons. First of they are one of a kind as of yet. There’s no other headphones on the market with 6 discreet channels on the market that I’m aware of. Secondly they represent a cheap option to get 5.1 sound. And last but not least I’ve been hearing that this is probably the first of many similar products to come, so we at NordicHardware feel it’s important to give you a taste of what the future might hold.
We’ve been trying
to give you some insight in a wider range of areas of consumer electronics
here at NordicHardware lately. We’ve started reviewing speakers and DVD-players
etc. and we’ll expand by covering more areas this fall. But today we have
a pretty unique product to show you.
we have here today is the Zalman Theatre 6 Real Surround Sound Headphones
or ZM-RS6F for short. With home cinemas becoming ever more popular with
each day that goes by Zalman is targeting a rapidly growing market with
their 5.1 Headphones.
I think this
product is interesting because of a few reasons. First of they are one
of a kind as of yet. There’s no other headphones on the market with 6 discreet
channels on the market that I’m aware of. Secondly they represent a
cheap option to get 5.1 sound. And last but not least I’ve been hearing
that this is probably the first of many similar products to come, so we
at NordicHardware feel it’s important to give you a taste of what the future
ado let’s take a look at the specifications of the product.
This product came packaged in a plastic bulb. Though I couldn’t
take any picture of it because my ugly reflection was seen in all the shots.
Electro Dynamic Round Type Micro Speaker
Nominal / Maximum Power:
0,002W / 0,015W
x 3.5 mm
(Frequency response, sensitivity and impedance) of the headphones does
not look very powerful at first glance, on the other
hand theoretical and perceived audio quality can often differ
by quite a lot. The price is fairly reasonable. It’s roughly on par
with a mid end set of headphones. There are however virtual surround headphones
with much greater specifications that go for only 25 USD nowadays so I
would in no way call Theatre 6 cheap either.
In order to
use these headphones you’ll need a 5.1 (or greater) soundcard or an amplifier
supporting 5.1 (or greater) surround sound. If you have a suitable amplifier
you can hook it up to any of the modern consoles which is in my opinion
a great field of usage for this product.
weigh over 300 grams but since they are meant for stationary use it’s not
a problem at all. The 3 meter cord shouldn’t be a problem either unless
you have a really big room.
think the headphones look quite alright. Though a bit large they don’t
look foolish (like I thought they’d do when I first heard about them).
not a fantastic look but it’s not el-cheapo or el-clumbsy either.
the the phones with a fold out manual in English, French and German. The manual
is very basic, but then again, it’s a plug and play product. It also ships
with a one year warranty.
First of all the
headphones are very comfortable, they fit softly on your ear since their cushioned.
The weight is ok, but I guess they could have been made a little bit lighter.
Personally I don’t see the weight or size as a problem since they are meant
to be used as "stationary" headphones.
For my audio
quality tests I used a wide variety of media. I used the new Audigy 2
ZS Platinum Pro for audio output.
Some of the
titles/media I used for testing: