Alienware Ozma 7 Headphones

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Alienware Ozma 7 Headphones

Ozma7.jpgIf you know your Wizard of Oz lore, you’ll recall that Ozma was the young princess and rightful heir to the throne of Oz. Exactly what this has to do with audio and aliens is anyone’s guess, but these headphones did take us over the rainbow.

Miami-based Alienware has developed a strong reputation for building balls-out PCs, and now the company has expanded into co-branded accessories. Partnering with Ultrasone for these headphones was smart: Ultrasone’s $400 Proline 750 headphones impressed the heck out of us in our May 2005 issue, but we couldn’t give them a Kick Ass award because the reference model isn’t great for gaming. We have no such reservations about the $200 Ozma 7.

The Ozma 7 isn’t quite as luxurious as the Proline 750: Its earcups and headband are well-padded, but the cups are covered in non-breathing pleather; the higher-end phones are outfitted with much larger earcups upholstered in ultra-soft velour. But where those reference-quality headphones delivered absolutely flat frequency response, the Ozma 7 headphones feature pleasantly boosted bass that’s terrific for playing games, watching movies, and listening to music.

The Ozma 7 features Ultrasone’s S-Logic technology, which delivers pseudo surround sound without electronically manipulating the audio. It’s accomplished by offsetting the transducers inside the earcups, so the sound waves bounce and reflect off the folds in your outer ear. This, in turn, delays some frequencies from reaching your eardrums, which fools your brain into perceiving the sound as originating all around your head, instead of on polar-opposite sides.

S-Logic did amazing things for Eddie Kramer’s brilliant engineering work on Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love. With conventional headphones, stereo pans seem to go through your head; with the Ozma 7 phones, Jimi’s guitar sounds like its orbiting the interior of your skull.

Equally as important as their sound, these well-constructed phones remained comfortable during long gaming sessions. And they come with an extraordinarily long cable—nearly 10 feet—so you don’t need an extension cable to reach from your hi-fi to your Barcalounger.

Month Reviewed: March 2006

Verdict: 9
kickass=yes

URL: www.alienware.com

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pissed0ff

5SI bought an Alienware computer. I paid $3400 for it and an extended warrantee. The computer crashed every time I tried to play a modern game on it. I started working with the support people to fix this problem.

The support literally knows nothing about computers. After several times sending parts back and forth I eventually gave up on them fixing it. Sadly it meant that I had to just eat the $3400 and buy another computer. I was sickened, but felt that this was my only recourse.

The insult to injury came 2 days after I returned my last part. To facilitate warrantee exchanges, Alienware requires a credit card number before they will send a part. The last part I sent then, I called to confirm that they had received the part (something I always do when shipping items). They confirmed that they did. 2 Days later, they charged my card for the part.

I called them and they again confirmed they had received the part, and that they owed me the money. Almost 4 months later they still have not returned the money to me. I call almost daily now and keep getting told that they will have an answer as to how they plan on getting me this money in 24 hours… This has been going on since March 1, 2007.

I have been keeping logs now every time I call them, in the event that I may file a lawsuit against them. I have also found out that Alienware makes this route very difficult in that they refuse to give out any contact information as to the proper place to send legal documents.

I strongly urge anyone thinking of buying a computer: DO NOT BUY FROM ALIENWARE YOU WILL REGRET IT!!!!!

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vistageek

Dude, just keep calling them. Eventually they will be so sick of you calling that they will give you the money, if not file that lawsuit!

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ozzkloz

one month after I got my RMA'd pair back in the mail the right side died again.

I don't know if it's the wiring or what but I am not doing anything with them beyond normal use.

I love the how these sound but they've died twice in as many months. Also they squeeze my head a bit more than I prefer. I would recommend passing on these and finding something else.

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ozzkloz

These are as good as you say. Then two weeks after I received them the right side of the headphones refused to work. No amount of begging, pleading, or troubleshooting them seemed to help. I called up Alienware and they were very helpful. Besides having to ask the obvious questions aka "is it plugged in? Check your volume settings. etc." they let me return the defective product with little hassle. I haven't received my replacement yet, so hopefully it holds up a little longer than my first set did.


The Bad:
-failed after less than 2 weeks of use
-can't hear anyone with the sound up and these babys on


The Good:
-the extra long cable
-comfortable even after extended use
-excellent sound quality
-can't hear anyone with the sound up and these babys on

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