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EXCLUSIVE: Spy Shots of the BMW Thermaltake Level 10 M Headset

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A secret new find from BMW DesignworksUSA and Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS division.

CES is a place where companies figuratively dress up in their best and show off what they've been doing all year, and sometimes, what they'll be doing in the year to come. Naturally, then, not everything at CES is out on display for the public.

We spent some time with Thermaltake at its suite in the Venetian hotel. During our visit, we saw much of what the company was exhibiting to everyone. But we deviated from the tour at one point and managed to find something that caught our eye. Something that wasn't out in the open or for public consumption.

The design heritage was unmistakable; we had discovered an unannounced, upcoming product from BMW DesignworksUSA and Tt eSPORTS. Given our familiarity with both the Level 10 GT case as well as the Level 10 M mouse, we are absolutely confident that we had found what will certainly be a Level 10 M Headset.

Its colors were the signature black and red, highlighted with aluminum finish. It also featured the same honeycomb-like cutout design that we first saw from the Level 10 M mouse. We picked it up quickly, and the headset felt sturdy in-hand. As a representative snatched the unannounced product away from us, we discovered that the headband is easily adjustable. And the cups were shaped nicely to fit over our ears, with ample cushioning. We noticed that the microphone adjusted vertically and horizontally, and could be tucked up out of the way when you aren't feeling chatty.

We didn't have time to play any audio through the headset before we were spotted, but we're looking forward to auditioning the forthcoming product. Until then, feast your eyes on our spy shots!

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    ironmb , January 17, 2013 6:19 PM
    Spy shots? looks more like a photoshoot.
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    Spooderman , January 17, 2013 6:10 PM
    Okay, that actually looks kinda cool.
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    ironmb , January 17, 2013 6:19 PM
    Spy shots? looks more like a photoshoot.
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    rebel1280 , January 17, 2013 6:36 PM
    those are most def not spy shots and yeah, its looks freaking cool :D 
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    warezme , January 17, 2013 6:59 PM
    They look huge, besides pictures of headphones are meaningless. Even reviews don't matter because it's all about how it sounds and specifically how it sounds to you.
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    edogawa , January 17, 2013 7:23 PM
    Pretty cool looking, it's unique, but how it sounds is critical.

    Gotta say though, gaming head-phones is one thing I will never purchase, audiophile headphones do a fantastic job with stereo/virtual surround + clip on mic.

    Never found any gaming headphones to date that are worth of 100+ price tag. Headphones can be kind of personal, got to find the one that sounds best to you too.
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    Abion47 , January 17, 2013 7:28 PM
    edogawaPretty cool looking, it's unique, but how it sounds is critical. Gotta say though, gaming head-phones is one thing I will never purchase, audiophile headphones do a fantastic job with stereo/virtual surround + clip on mic.Never found any gaming headphones to date that are worth of 100+ price tag. Headphones can be kind of personal, got to find the one that sounds best to you too.


    Admittedly, I've never had the opportunity to really listen to audiophile headphones (other than about 15 seconds damo of a Dr. Dre headphones at BestBuy). That said, the dual bass drivers in a Razer Tiamat 2.2 make it sound way sexy, much better than the Corsair HS1A I had previously.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 17, 2013 7:46 PM
    ... when form is greater than function.

    warezmeThey look huge, besides pictures of headphones are meaningless. Even reviews don't matter because it's all about how it sounds and specifically how it sounds to you.

    Unfortunately I have known people who genuinely love terrible sounding headphones, but I guess it all depends on what you like to hear. If you love low-fi boomy sound then hey, some of those headphones probably sound fantastic. However I would argue that audio reviews can matter a great deal, depending on the source.
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    alidan , January 17, 2013 9:41 PM
    here are some major questions

    what parts are metal,
    is anything that holds the headphones together plastic
    what price range do they preform in, and what price range are they?

    see for full metal, as in it will not break because of use, headphones i will pay a bit of a premium for, or accept a bit lesser sound quality.
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    Lutfij , January 17, 2013 10:36 PM
    Yeah that I'd def get for myself!!!
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    edogawa , January 17, 2013 11:29 PM
    Abion47Admittedly, I've never had the opportunity to really listen to audiophile headphones (other than about 15 seconds damo of a Dr. Dre headphones at BestBuy). That said, the dual bass drivers in a Razer Tiamat 2.2 make it sound way sexy, much better than the Corsair HS1A I had previously.


    Eek, Dr. Dre headphones are a terrible, they are not real audiophile headphones. They are are the apple of headphones. (Over priced, trendy looking junk.)

    Razer Tiamat 2.2 probably has cheap audio drivers most likely, so they won't really sound good compared to a real set of headphones, maybe they sound decent, never tried those ones specifically though. Gaming headphones are typically flashy junk.

    You can buy a decent pair of headphones for 100+ off Amazon from good companies like AKG, Audio-Technica, Grado, Sennheiser.
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    dragonsqrrl , January 18, 2013 12:05 AM
    edogawaEek, Dr. Dre headphones are a terrible, they are not real audiophile headphones. They are are the apple of headphones. (Over priced, trendy looking junk.)Razer Tiamat 2.2 probably has cheap audio drivers most likely, so they won't really sound good compared to a real set of headphones, maybe they sound decent, never tried those ones specifically though. Gaming headphones are typically flashy junk. You can buy a decent pair of headphones for 100+ off Amazon from good companies like AKG, Audio-Technica, Grado, Sennheiser.

    Sennheiser just announced the PC363D headset, which I believe uses the same driver as the HD558/598. In other words they're pretty damn good, especially for gaming headphones. The main difference seems to be the addition of a microphone (hence headset) and the cans appear to be more closed than the HD558 or 598.

    How does the Titanium HD sound? Have you had a chance to try Xonar Essence?
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    edogawa , January 18, 2013 2:40 AM
    dragonsqrrlSennheiser just announced the PC363D headset, which I believe uses the same driver as the HD558/598. In other words they're pretty damn good, especially for gaming headphones. The main difference seems to be the addition of a microphone (hence headset) and the cans appear to be more closed than the HD558 or 598.How does the Titanium HD sound? Have you had a chance to try Xonar Essence?


    PC363D? Sounds fantastic, I would love to try those babies out one day.

    Titanium HD is a great card(no driver issues), it's crystal clear.

    I've never had the chance to test out the essence, I went with the THD because of CMSS-3D and it was cheaper. I think they have the same on board DAC too so Im content with the THD, for now.
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    Sumukh_Bhagat , January 18, 2013 8:32 AM
    Okay, Thats Pretty cool.

    But whats the Price?
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    edogawa , January 18, 2013 5:52 PM
    Sumukh_BhagatOkay, Thats Pretty cool.But whats the Price?


    For the THD? I got it for about 100 the couple months ago.
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    amdcrankitup , January 19, 2013 2:25 PM
    Im going to have to build a whole Thermaltake Level 10 Rig! Level10 allthe way!
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    Adroid , January 21, 2013 7:59 PM
    Looks ok I guess - who cares. The mouse looked cool too, but reportedly not very functional and extremely expensive.

    Do the headphones work? :D 
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    sanilmahambre , January 25, 2013 8:11 PM
    Now thats wat i called as gaming headsets
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    amdcrankitup , May 16, 2013 4:59 AM
    Wow carrying on Thrmaltakes tradition those are very unique set of Headphones and are surely built aroung the Level 10 Series the Level 10 GT case Level 10 Mouse and now the Headphones! I would like to be lucky enough to have all these components together as one of my main RIGs! Im definatly going to be looking more at these Headphones!