Design: good finish, poor remoteThe Strato has been treated to Ozone's sleek, trademark matte black finish, as well as some excellent-quality leatherette. We've therefore got no complaints about the product's design and finish. However, since there are several speakers in each headphone—positioned around each ear—the Strato headset is quite heavy and bulky, especially considering it has supra-aural headphones.
With its nice design and effective joints, the Strato isn't uncomfortable to wear, even if it does feel a bit heavy after a while.
The on-cable remote can be used to adjust the general volume (digital) and the volume of each different virtual source (front speakers, central speaker, Surround speakers and subwoofer). There's a button that switches the microphone on and off, but it's a shame there's no control for switching between stereo and multi-channel sound.
Audio Quality: audio positioning could be more accurateUnlike most headphones and headsets that claim to be '5.1/7.1', the Strato really does have several speakers for each ear, which is why the headphone cups are so big. This makes it easier to recreate the effect of a multi-channel system (see inset).
The sound output is good, even if there's a lack of sub-bass that's clearly compensated for by powerful bass and, above all, low-medium sounds. Higher up the spectrum things are less convincing, as high frequencies are really rather feeble.
Unfortunately, although the general audio quality is fine, the sound is still a little woolly and vague, and although the spatial effect is audible, it's not especially accurate. The central speaker doesn't come through strongly enough (it is a simulated sound after all) and the Surround speakers are vague and hard to place. In fact, the stereo effect comes through the best, with a much wider spatialisation than in most headphones and headsets (the relatively large distance between the speakers and the user's ears no doubt has something to do with that).
In the end, the Strato isn't a bad headset, but it feels like it's capable of more. If the manufacturer had taken things just a bit further, made just a little more effort, paid greater attention to detail, or gone Ozone's 'extra mile', the Strato could be an even better headset!