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           Zalman 5.1 Channel Headphones

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  Shawn Sparks

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  5th May 2004.


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This is really the second part of our Zalman audio products coverage. I already commented on the irony of Zalman, famous for silent products, making audio hardware last time, so I will avoid it here. When I heard about these headphones, I had to see if the hype was true, the claims seem too good to be true… real 5.1 surround from a set of headphones? Well, again, thanks to Dave over at QuietPC, we have a set here on test and if you are curious weather or not they can live up to their claims, read on…

I have a confession... I had a HDD failure without backing up the original pictures, so I don't have shots of the packaging or quick-start guide to show you, and ethics keep me from snagging some from the 'net. Then again, just how important are packages or quick start guides? If you are really interesed.. take a deep breath, close your eyes and imagine a clear plastic half dome shaped container, with blue, white and black graphics... Imagine the reflection of the lights in the shiny globe... OK.. now imagine a simple black and white pamphlet describing how to plug the Front, rear and center input plugs into whatever sound source you are using... Open your eyes... now have a look at the headphones out of the plastic globe that once housed them...



The phones look like something from Battlestar Galactica, kinda campy, kinda futuristic. The unique shape of the phones is from the placement of three drivers in each side offering front, center and rear special effects by placing the sound in front of, next to or behind your ears. Thinking about it more, since they are using a virtual center channel, they could have added an extra plug and marketed this as 7.1 surround. I have a 7.1 capable sound card and it would have been a nice addition. Maybe on rev 2.



The phones fold up for easy storage or portability

The Jacks


There are three plugs on the end of the cable. These connect to the Front, Rear and Center channels respectively.



Here is a quick shot of how to connect them to the ZM-RSSC 5.1 surround sound card... In case you need the help and can't find your quick-start guide either... To keep things simple, the connectors are labled (F), (R), and (C) for Front, Rear, and Center respectively.

Here is the standard cut-n-paste of the manufacturers specs and info


Model ZM-RS6F
Unit Type Electro Dynamic Round Type Micro Speaker
Frequency Response 50Hz ~ 20KHz (Extension Effective)
Sound Pressure Level 89 dB +/- 3 dB at 50mW
Impedance 16 Ohm at 1KHz
Nominal Power 0.02W
Maximum Power 0.15W
Weight 11.24oz (316.8g) without packaging
Cord Straight, Triple entry 9.8ft (300cm)
Plug 3 headphone jacks (3.5mm)

As usual, the testing part comes next... on to the next page...





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