Inputs and outputs, mic
For voice functionality, AX Pro provides a detachable boom microphone that is unidirectional and easily screws into place. The mic plugs in and out quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to go from solo gameplay to multiplayer in a few seconds. When using the decoder box on PC or PS3, voice is transmitted over a standard USB connection, while 360 users will need to use the supplied 2.5mm wire to connect the inline volume control to the Xbox gamepad. While the mic lacks vertical adjustments, I found that its position was just perfect as it was always able to pick up my voice with good clarity regardless of distance to my mouth. Also, its position puts it just out of eyesight, which helps you forget it is even there, so there is no chance of bumping into when brushing by your mouth.
The Dolby Decoder box itself only has one input in the form of a TOSLink optical connection. The box does support 6-channel direct output, so you do retain the option to connect it to a standalone speaker system if you wish. Next to the optical input is a USB connector that provides voice support for the PS3 and PC when using the decoder box. The bottom of the box features two mini-din connectors, while the side panel provides users with buttons for adjusting time delay and Pro Logic II options. The top of the decoder box sports 4 LED’s that give the user information on the current audio mode: Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II, and if Dynamic Range Control is enabled.
Included with the AX Pro is just about everything you will need to connect the system to your gaming platform of choice, whether it is the PC, the PS3, or Xbox 360.
PC – Left 4 Dead, Unreal Tournament 3, Call of Duty 4, F.E.A.R. 2
Xbox 360 – Gears of War 2, Burnout: Paradise
Playstation 3 – Metal Gear Solid 4, Warhawk