If you’re looking to up your Mac’s audio output for games and music but adding a bulky, expensive and loud external speaker system isn’t an option, a new product from Evergreen Technologies called the RumbleFX may be music to your ears. It’s a set of headphones that the manufacturer says adds a force feedback “rumble” kick to games and audio.
The RumbleFX force feedback headphones utilize a standard 1/8th inch minijack that can be plugged into the headphone/speaker jack of any Mac so equipped. It’ll work with most video game systems, as well, and even comes equipped with a 1/4 inch converter to make it compatible with most home audio systems.
The secret of the RumbleFX’s force feedback technique is the addition of a vibrating subwoofer to add some punch to low-frequency audio, like bass and explosions. Subwoofers have been used in other gaming systems, like now-defunct Imeron’s Intensor products and Interactive Seating’s BattleChair.
The headphones incorporate a built-in power amplifier that lets you fine-tune the vibration and volume levels, based on your own preferences. Included with the RumbleFX headphones are two AAA batteries (providing about 20 hours of gameplay, according to Evergreen) and a stereo headphone conversion jack. The headphones include a 90-day warranty.
Evergreen president and CEO Mike Magee said that gamers using the RumbleFX headphones are likely to see a performance improvement in their gaming, by being able to hear and feel audio cues in games more effectively.
“The RumbleFX headphones provide serious gamers the competitive advantage of expanded sensory involvement and, for casual players, they are simply more fun,” said McGee.
The RumbleFX headphones are the first product to be introduced as Evergreen’s new RumbleFX line. The headphones carry a suggested retail price of US$59.99 and are available from retailers and e-tailers now — visit the RumbleFX Web site for more details.