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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset pushes the EQ side, adds virtual 7.1 sound

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset pushes the EQ side, adds virtual 7.1 sound
Jon Fingas
Jon Fingas|@jonfingas|February 19, 2013 9:39 PM

Mad Catz launched the F.R.E.Q. 5 gaming headset just over a year ago, and it's already skipping two model numbers ahead to the F.R.E.Q. 7. What justifies the out-of-order sequencing? The Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing, mostly. The pseudo-surround effect widens stereo and 5.1-channel signals to 7.1 channels for gamers who want the greater audio precision. Appropriately enough for its name, the F.R.E.Q. 7 also brings software-driven EQ to emphasize voice or music in computer games, as well as separate volume adjustment for chat and the main action. Pre-orders for the USB- and 3.5mm-friendly headset are available in red, white and two styles of black at $200, although you'll have to wait until the start of Mad Catz's fiscal 2014 -- after March, for non-accountants -- before it reaches your door.

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Mad Catz® Announces the F.R.E.Q.7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for Windows® PC and Smart Devices

GameSmart™ Headset Features Dolby® Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound and Multiple EQ Settings

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced that the F.R.E.Q.7 Surround Sound Gaming Headset featuring Dolby® Headphone Technology is now available for pre-order. Part of the Company's range of GameSmart products, the F.R.E.Q.7is compatible with a wide variety of devices and is expected to ship in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.

Ideal for use with gaming, movies, music and more, the F.R.E.Q.7 features Dolby Headphone Technology and Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx technology, expanding stereo and 5.1 audio to rich 7.1 surround sound, perfect for empowering gamers with a competitive edge. In addition, PC gamers can instantly toggle between surround sound and stereo to ensure they have the right audio for their game or music.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. stated, "Part of our GameSmart initiative, we believe the F.R.E.Q.7 offers uncompromising levels of performance and versatility which will resonate with the passionate gamer."

The F.R.E.Q.7 features software driven EQ, providing multiple settings for gaming, voice and music as well as the ability to separately adjust chat and game volume levels. The detachable in-line cable allows for easy conversion from USB to 3.5mm to support stereo audio on iPhone®, tablets and most Smart Devices.

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset pushes the EQ side, adds virtual 7.1 sound