Packed with state-of-the-art technology and compatible with a breathtaking array of consoles, smart TVs and mobile devices, the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 9 sets an ambitious performance standard in headset design, freeing you to experience extreme sonic clarity anywhere, on practically any system, wirelessly.
Hear where your enemies are with surround sound, chat in-game more naturally with binaural monitoring, and listen lag-free with breakthrough wireless aptX Audio technology. With the addition of an invisible mic, rechargeable Li-ion battery and premium 50mm drivers, this could be the last headset you ever buy.
Hear AM3D's Zirene Surround Sound through large 50mm Neodymium drivers. Based on technology developed for F-18 pilots to sonically track the position of targets around them, AM3D's patented software engine moves the sound environment out from inside your head to create a spacious audio landscape all around you. AM3D Surround allows you to hear the locations of in-game hostiles long before they sense your presence, and maybe discover a newfound appreciation for your music collection as you can pinpoint individual instruments and their position within the mix.
Control the amount of background sound you hear with Soundchip's Digital Active Noise Cancellation (D-ANC). Coupled with superb sound isolation provided by the earcups, D-ANC will completely block out your noisy environment when you want to hear only the crystal-clear audio of your music or game.
When chatting in-game with D-ANC on, you can activate binaural monitoring to allow some outside sound to pass back into the earcups. Hearing your own voice makes conversations over chat much more natural – your friends will thank you. To implement binaural monitoring, the F.R.E.Q. 9 uses two mics to monitor outside noise as well as two mics to monitor audio inside the earcups to optimize pass-through of voice frequencies – handy if you want to talk to someone in the room without removing your headset. And, binaural monitoring reduces the feeling of pressure that ANC can sometimes cause.
Most Bluetooth headsets are only viable for listening to music because lag between what you hear and what you see is too noticeable when gaming or watching HD video. F.R.E.Q. 9 solves the problem of wireless lag by incorporating powerful aptX low-latency technology under the hood. aptX enhances Bluetooth signal timing so that lag and lip-sync issues are greatly reduced and the quality of the original source audio is preserved. And, audiophiles rejoice! aptX dramatically improves the audio signal over Bluetooth, transmitting uncompressed, broadcast-standard sound from a wireless Bluetooth connection.
Pair two devices to the F.R.E.Q. 9 simultaneously and the headset will manage the audio interaction between them. For example, if you're watching a movie on your tablet and your smartphone rings, the movie will automatically pause. You are then free to answer the call using the F.R.E.Q.9's built-in mic and manipulate audio via the on-ear controls. When you're done, the headset will return focus to the tablet.
For those situations where Bluetooth connectivity is not possible, F.R.E.Q. 9 has you covered with a 3.5mm input jack and an array of cables for connecting your different devices. The included 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable allows you to listen wired to your mobile device even you've activated airplane mode. The headset incorporates a rechargeable, Li-ion battery with over 20 hours of battery life per charge and packs into a low-profile travel case. Turn on Active Noise Cancelling to drown out your noisy environment and download the Mad Catz A.P.P. (for iOS and Android) to monitor battery life and control your settings.