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The Thrustmaster T.Assault is taking aim at the Rainbow Six Siege crowd with a headset emblazoned with the game’s iconic “6” logo. This latest entry in the company’s line of licensed “T” headsets sits atop their product stack, entering the market at the competitive $99.99 (See it on Amazon). As an analog headset, they’re versatile and made to be used with any gaming platform that supports a 3.5mm jack. They feature stereo sound, a detachable mic, cross-platform compatibility, and a militaristic look. They’re going up against heavyweights such as the HyperX Cloud 2, Cooler Master MH752, the Razer Kraken TE, and other midrange, wired stereo headsets.

Thrustmaster T.Assault Six Collection Edition Gaming – Design and Features

If you’re familiar with the Thrustmaster brand, it’s probably from their line of racing wheels and flight-sim accessories. It’s fitting, then, that the T.Assault has the iconic deep-oval ear-cup design worn by race car pit teams and fighter pilots. They stand apart from other gaming headsets thanks to their thicker cup design and plush memory foam ear cushions, and are definitely bulkier and more utilitarian compared to most gaming headsets on the market. I couldn’t see wearing these out of the house even with mic detached for fear of looking silly, so I wouldn’t consider wearing them while gaming on my Switch on the bus.

I was impressed with the overall build quality. The T.Assault’s feature a metal headband that offers plentiful flex without excessive clamping force that can cause ear fatigue. The headband features lush padding with leatherette on the bottom and fabric on the top with white branding across its length. They’re on the heavier side at 420g, a full 84g heavier than the HyperX Cloud Alpha, but the padding was able to stave off head soreness for a few hours before I needed a break.

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The ear cups attach with branded metal yokes that are riveted onto the headband. The band is held in position by silver thumb screws on each side which contribute to the militaristic look but makes them a bit more cumbersome to adjust. The yokes are attached with dense plastic hinges that allow a good amount of tilt to fit your head but you can’t rotate the cups and rest them on your shoulders. The ear cups themselves are also plastic to keep the overall weight down.

One of the unique features of this headset is it features swappable side plates, but it’s also a bit of a disappointment due to limited customization options. A pair of Siege-themed plates comes pre-installed with magnet clasps and can easily be swapped with a second pair bearing a shield crest, but there aren’t any other options currently available to purchase.

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The left earcup houses the detachable mic and volume control. The mic is big and bulky, fitting with the rest of the headset, and it rotates in tactile increments, which help it to keep position if accidentally bumped. It also comes with a rubber plug to fill the void when it’s detached. The volume knob is oddly placed right at the top of the cup but offers a lot of movement to allow you to dial in your volume. The T.Assault also includes an inline microphone control and mute that can give your voice a boost at the expense of some scratchiness.

The ear cushions are one of the stars of the show. They’re made of a thick memory foam, infused with a gel layer under the surface fabric where they touch the skin. Putting the headset on for the first time always feels cool against the skin, though that effect dissipates once the gel warms up. The sides are lined in leatherette for sound isolation but use fine fabric on the face to allow the gel underneath to achieve its cooling effect. Cushions like these are typically only found in more expensive gaming headsets, like the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2, and it’s great to see them at this price point. Like those more expensive headsets, I was able to wear these for 4-5 hour sessions without needing a break.

Inside each ear cup is a large 50mm neodymium driver

Inside each ear cup is a large 50mm neodymium driver capable of delivering powerful volume. These drivers are larger than a number of headsets but aren’t unheard of in terms of size. The popular Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset, for example, had 40mm Pro-G drivers, whereas the more recent Corsair Void Pro RGB headset featured similar 50mm speakers.

Thrustmaster T.Assault Six Collection Edition – Performance and Gaming

I tested these headphones in an array of first-person shooters to really get a feel for how they hold up. Unlike many headsets, the bass is somewhat recessed lending them a fairly level sound profile. Present mids and slightly accentuated highs made sure dialogue came through and that important cues like footsteps easily cut through the mix.

I was impressed by the excellent stereo separation in Rainbow Six Siege where the direction of even small sounds was easy to decipher, allowing me to have my gun at the ready. In PUBG, I was able to track an enemy through the house, hearing him before he heard me. The extra treble was also great in games like Battlefield V where the crack of rifles was clear and crisp, but the lower bass made explosive moments feel less bombastic.

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For music, I enjoyed listening to stripped down tracks like PVRIS’s Empty Room Sessions, but rock, EDM, and really anything that uses bass or strong mids fell flat. This is a headset clearly tuned for competitive gaming but to make the most of other kinds of content, you’ll need to use a software equalizer. Streaming Netflix is perfectly fine but orchestral scores did take a bit of a hit.

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I tested the microphone by creating a vocal recording in Audacity. I found that the mic required about 24db of boost to achieve an appropriate volume but this also introduced a substantial amount of white noise. Likewise, I found my voice to sound more compressed and nasally than on similarly priced headsets like the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Your teammates will be able to hear you but I’d recommend staying away from streaming with this headset.

Purchasing Guide

The Thrustmaster T.Assault Six Collection Edition gaming headset can be found online for $99.99.

The Verdict

The Thrustmaster T.Assault Six Collection Edition has its shortcomings but does offers excellent stereo positioning, solid build quality, and comfortable memory foam cushioning. Still, with no surround sound, a mediocre mic, and neutered bass, there’s better options at this price unless you want to pay extra for the Rainbow Six Siege theme.

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