[UPDATED] Tactical Master gaming headset inspired by aviation headset design

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While most gaming headsets follow a similar design, there are a few new headsets released lately that are based on pilot headset designs instead. The Tactical Master from James Donkey is one of the latest to follow this trend and is now on Kickstarter — fully funded, by the way — offering up 7.1 virtual surround sound and comfort at an affordable price.


The pilot inspired design offers up longer-term comfort than traditional gaming headset designs with its ergonomic design and light weight, weighing only 278g. In addition, with its 53mm drivers and 7.1 virtual surround sound, the Tactical Master gaming headset provides a wider soundstage for gamers.

The ergonomic design of the TM runs through its look and structure. The 15-degree tilt between the headset and the auricle offers perfect comfort; while the earmuffs can be adjusted according to the size of the face, which is more suitable for long-term wear.

Tactical Master Kickstarter

UPDATE (01/04/2019): We received an update with regards to the product. Unfortunately, the compatibility initially listed on the Kickstarter page wasn’t entirely accurate.

We mentioned on our pitch and campaign page that the Tactical Master would be compatible with iPhones with a Type A to Lighting adapter. In theory, it should be working, however, it actually doesn’t. Facts are that, this kind of adapter is actually rare on the market. So our statement might have been misleading.

Secondly, Tactical Master will not support Xbox devices which include both the console and the controllers.

Just to let you know that we will post a an update on Kickstarter to let all the backers about this.

Tactical Master PR


With a USB-A connection, the headset is compatible with PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Mac computers out of the box. With a USB-C adapter, the headset is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch and newer Android devices. Likewise, the headset can also be used with iOS devices by way of a Lightning adapter (NOTE: USB-C and Lightning adapters are not included).

Tactical Master gaming headset
The Tactical Master pilot-inspired gaming headset

Some of the additional features and specifications of the headset include:

  • Advanced Virtual 7.1 Simulated Surround Sound
  • High-End 53mm Driver
  • Digital Noise Soundproof Microphone
  • Innovative Ergonomic Design
  • Peerless Audio Experience
  • Changeable Earpads
  • Universal Compatibility
  • Driver-free Setting
  • Effortless Sound & Microphone Volume Control
  • Collapsible Design and Portable Comfort
  • Closed Back headset
  • Glowing RGB Effect
  • Lightweight & Zero Pressure
  • Unique Pilot Inspired Headset
  • Long Term Comfort
Tactical Master technical specifications
Tactical Master technical specifications

We’ve currently got a unit in house for review and will be offering up our thoughts shortly. In the meantime, you can back the fully funded Kickstarter project through the link below. With an MSRP of US$89, there are a still a few early birds left for $54 a single headset or $95 for two. The headset is currently available for pre-order in Inky Black, Army Green, and Lemon Yellow. Addons include a USB-C to USB-3.1 Adapter, USB 3.0 extension cable, and a pair of extra earpads. Shipping is expected in February 2019.

As with any crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk supporting them. We’ve recently heard about several that we’ve written about that have failed or are having issues. Our reporting on Kickstarter campaigns does not mean we support or are affiliated with them. Support at your own risk.

What do you think about the Tactical Master gaming headset? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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