The new headset Ozone Rage Z90 is a fairly large gaming model, combining excellent wearing comfort and high-quality sound. In addition, we note and not quite the usual management system. It will be interesting to see how the headset will show itself in practice.
Over the past months, we tested a lot of gaming headphones, from low-cost Creative SB Blaze to premium Steelseries Siberia 800, with different sound quality. The new model Ozone Rage Z90 from the Spanish manufacturer costs about 100 euros, in Russia the headphones have not yet appeared. The headset features high comfortable wearing, as well as real surround sound, which is achieved by using several speakers in each cup. Given the high price, the Ozone Rage Z90 headphones for audio quality should satisfy not only gamers, but also fans of good sound level Hi-Fi. Yet in this price segment there are very worthy competitors.
Modesty has never been appreciated in the gaming industry. And the headphones Ozone Rage Z90 was no exception to the rule. Ozone chose a massive design with angular cups of headphones. The matte plastic has a soft-touch coating, which is very nice to the touch and looks beautiful. Also the coating is pretty resistant to fingerprints, which inevitably accumulate on the headphones.
On each side of the cup, three cutouts attract attention, through which the red plastic shines through. In addition, after switching on the red notches are illuminated by the LED. As a result, the headphones look stylish and beautiful, although the design is a matter of taste. In the gaming segment, RGB configurations are increasingly encountered, but in this case the backlight is one-color.
Note also two large mesh panels on the ear cups. They fit well in the design of the Ozone Rage Z90.
The microphone is connected to the bottom corner of the left earpiece. Ozone abandoned the exhaust or flip-out solution, which we do not consider a drawback, but a removable microphone can get lost. The 10 cm long microphone is flexible, so you can give a comfortable position. Unlike many headsets, the bow is very mobile. This solution has an advantage: in case of a defect, the microphone can be easily replaced.
The quality of the manufacture of headphones and the quality of materials are at a high level. The manufacturer used a lot of plastic with soft-touch coating, which, as we noted above, is pleasant and high-quality. We did not find any uneven gaps or sharp edges.
Ozone in the development of the headset Ozone Rage Z90 paid special attention to the comfort of wearing, which is noticeable in practice. The ear cups are large, soft ear cushions made of artificial leather. The headphones do not get tired even after a long period of wearing. Nothing crunches or rattles, the size of the shackle is chosen correctly, so most users are unlikely to encounter any restrictions.
Of course, because of the artificial skin after long game sessions, the ears sweat, but there’s nothing to be done about it. Competitors have the same situation.
Part of the comfort is connected with the moderate pressure of the ear cups on the head, Ozone managed to achieve a good balance between the pressure of the headphones and a reliable attachment to the head. On the handle from the bottom there are two pads, improving the comfort of wearing.
The length of the bow on each side can be increased by 3 cm, quite a sufficient value.
To equip Ozone much has done differently than competitors. And we do not mean a real surround sound, to which we will return a little later, but the usual work with headphones. Many manufacturers set the dial to adjust the volume wheel or button, but Ozone chose a completely different path.
There are no buttons or wheels on the cups. The Spanish manufacturer has transferred all controls to a fairly voluminous wired console. The size of the console means that it is more convenient to put it on the table, rather than fasten it to clothing. The central element of the console is a large wheel with which the volume is adjusted. Unfortunately, the wheel is very tight, its tabs are tiny, so in practice they help a little. As a result, it is unlikely that it will be possible to quickly change the volume with one hand. But you can quickly mute the volume. To turn on the microphone there is a small button at the bottom, but it’s not so easy to get to it. By means of one more button from above it is possible to include LED-illumination of headphones.
Ozone very unusually hid the sliders behind the tinted cover made of plexiglas. Behind it are four sliders, allowing you to adjust the volume of individual channels in the surround mode. A pleasant addition, although it’s not entirely clear why Ozone was not limited to software adjustments. After all, users usually customize the surround sound once. Is that this approach is convenient, if you use a headset without drivers, but we just do not recommend it.
There is one more complaint about the Ozone control panel: in operation, a small red LED constantly flashes, which is somewhat annoying. You can not disable it through the utility.
If you believed that Ozone cut down the software, given the well-equipped cable control panel, then it’s completely in vain. Utility, which can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website, provides a wide range of functions. In addition to the equalizer with different preset modes and the possibility of manual adjustment, the user will receive several options for controlling low frequencies and surround sound. For example, you can not only adjust the volume levels of virtual channels, but also position the user’s position in space. So the user can adjust the surround sound to your liking.
The utility completely satisfied us, but it’s not so easy to reach advanced functions. Almost all manufacturers today add different menu systems to simplify navigation, but Ozone decided to rely on the good old click with the right mouse button. Frankly, from this approach, we are already out of habit.
Of course, the rich features of the Ozone Rage Z90 – it’s good, but how will the headset show itself in practice? We conducted subjective listening tests.
Acoustic design Ozone went further than many competitors with headsets that provide surround sound. Most of these headphones have one speaker in each cup, and the effect of the surround sound is calculated programmatically. But Ozone Rage Z90 is different. In each cup are several speakers. Frontal channels on each side are provided with a 40-mm speaker, reproducing frequencies from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. For the central channel and the rear, there are 30-mm speakers with frequencies from 100 Hz to 10 kHz. Therefore, it will be very interesting to test how Ozone Rage Z90 will cope with surround sound in practice.
We connected the headphones via USB and started the tests with the reference composition “Forgiven not Forgotten”. It quickly became clear that the Ozone Rage Z90 is no exception among gaming headphones. The sound characteristic has a typical bathtub shape with amplified high and low frequencies. Therefore, the sound of the Z90 is clean, but, unfortunately, accented. This is especially noticeable after a few seconds, when the drums enter. They muffle the subtle details of mid-range, the sound seems unbalanced and not as detailed as we would like. However, Ozone is not one here, many gaming headsets give the same acoustic picture. Therefore, we recommend using an equalizer and amplifying the midrange, then you will get a more balanced sound. With regard to detail, the Z90 proved to be above average.
However, the default setting for headphones is very good where there is no need for balanced sound: in games and movies. Headphones Z90 are able to provide a dynamic and percussive sound with a solid bottom. Although it all depends on the personal taste. We would recommend that the low frequencies be slightly lowered, as they may irritate with time.
As for the surround sound, we liked the spatial effect. He would always feel good. Of course, modern stereo headphones have learned to “deceive” the brain using algorithms, forcing to believe in volume, but physical limitations can not be circumvented. At Ozone Rage Z90 we get an advantage over most other surround headsets precisely because the sound is not emitted from one speaker in the cup, but from several. As a result, the volume effect becomes more pronounced, providing a deeper immersion in films and games. However, even from the Z90 wonders should not be expected, the standard volumetric configuration of 5-7 columns in the room will give a more pronounced effect.
In our tests to wear the headset Ozone Rage Z90 was very comfortable thanks to the volume and soft ear cups and pads. In addition, the Spanish manufacturer has well picked up pressure on the head, in this respect fatigue also does not arise.
The appearance of headphones can be called aggressive gaming. The massive body of the Ozone Rage Z90 attracts attention with its angular shape and red LED-backlighting. But the latter can be turned off. Add a nice and beautiful soft-touch coating, which also positively affects the appearance. The quality of production and materials is quite high, it corresponds to a price of about 100 euros.
On management, Ozone chose an unusual way with a large wired remote control, which allows you to even adjust the level of surround channels. As far as this possibility is actual, the question is open. Unfortunately, we were more upset by the tightness of the volume wheel and the not-so-convenient buttons. Also annoying red LED on the remote control, which constantly flashes during operation. The utility provides a rich set of functions, the user will have access to various options, allowing you to customize the surround sound for yourself.
Acoustic design Ozone Rage Z90 fundamentally differs from most “volumetric” headphones, because here for the spatial sound are used several physical speakers in each cup. They provide a more pronounced volume effect, channel separation is felt better than in the case of virtual surround sound. The sound characteristic is focused on games, since the headphones are amplified by low frequencies. In games such a characteristic gives a pleasant percussion sound, but you can not call it balanced. With the help of the equalizer from Ozone Rage Z90 you can squeeze more.
In general, Ozone Rage Z90 is a very decent gaming keyboard with excellent comfortable wearing and shock low frequencies. It is clearly focused on games, for music with this budget it is better to choose another model.