Can’t get enough Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? Check out this headset from Mad Catz, theCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 “Throat Communicator” for Xbox Live.

Recently, my standard headset that came with my Xbox gave up the ghost, so I started looking for a replacement. I would have normally picked up the standard Microsoft XBox Live Headset, but, as a huge Modern Warfare fan, I chose to semi-spoil myself and check out the Mad Catz headset instead.

The headset is different than your average over the ear set-up that comes with the 360. Rather than an earpad and boom mic, the Throat Communicator¬†features a microphone that’s built to go around your neck (with an attached earbud).

It was a little weird to put on at first and the fit was a little snug. Though, I have a pretty big neck – an average sized neck shouldn’t have many issues.

Secondly, the earbud. For me, a person used to listening to my iPod with earbuds, the Throat Communcator earpiece was a perfect fit and very comfortable. However, if you are like the many people that have issues with earbuds, either they’re too big or don’t fit right, this could be an instant non-starter for you.

Mad Catz Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator

In theory this¬†is an awesome headset; though, its real-life performance is less than stellar. Unfortunately, the sound quality of the microphone is sub par. During my testing there was a lot of noise on the line and my voice sounded like I was talking into a tin can – underwater. It’s very upsetting that Mad Catz, who were able to bring an intriguing design, just couldn’t get the audio to sound right.

I picked the headset up at Gamestop for $29.99, about twice as much as the standard Microsoft headset. With the product’s cool design, all I wanted was sound quality that was on par with Microsoft’s.

Sadly this headset doesn’t do it – not to mention I got static electric shocks in my ear and throat.

The Mad Catz Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 headset is a very cool looking product. However, with lackluster audio quality, I can’t recommend you run out and buy it. The audio issues are bearable, but I’m still contemplating returning the set.

If I had to do it over again, shopping for a cheap replacement, I’d recommend picking up the standard Microsoft offerings.

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