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Turtle Beach - Ear Force Gaming Headset

Model: TBS-2170SKU: 9408679

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 181 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A comaprison review from a skeptic.

    Posted
    bredfan

    Let me preface by saying I own a very decent 6.1 HDMI home theater system that took about 6 years and more money than I care to admit to build. So when it comes to audio, I'm pretty picky. My gaming headset experience includes the Turtle Beach X1, Turtle Beach DX11, and the Tritton AX720. I am here to say that despite one pretty significant issue, the TB X41s still blow any of these sets out of the water and meet every expectation I have regarding sound quality. It's difficult to say anything more positive about these headphones that hasn't already been said. So I'll just touch on a few things that made me skeptical initially, but ultimately turned out to be nothing more than hype. As well as point out the one gripe I have. First, the "hiss" everyone talks about is there. It's very low and completely disappears once sound is fed to the speakers. When you plug the chat cable in it does get louder. But seriously, whether you're playing COD or an RPG, you won't hear it once you start playing. I don't understand why this gets so overstated in almost every negative review I've read. It's just not a big deal unless you're looking for it to be. Second, the pops and cracks. These are wireless after all. So the occasional pop and crack will happen. It's never overwhelming and doesn't in any way effect my opinion negatively of this headset. I have the wireless transmitter in a room with an 802.11G router and a 2 wireless laptops. It's also situated about 3 feet from my entertainment center that houses my PS3, HDDVD player, AV Receiver, Directv Receiver, and 360. I never get any type of interference or drops in the signal whatsoever. Now, even though I agree with every positive review I have read of these, there is one thing I never see mentioned that is a bit disappointing and keeps the headset from being a 5 star. The overall sound quality is great, it's very clear and very precise, there just isn't much dynamic range. The highs are very bright, and any sense of midrange bass is basically nonexistent. TB remedies this by adding a bass boost toggle. When it's on, things smooth out perfectly and the headset really starts to shine. Of course there's a catch, otherwise TB would have just left this standard and always on. Basically, once you hit the LFE channel (the .1 in 5.1), slight crackling is introduced. The added bass effect is just too much for the speakers to handle. It wouldn't be a big deal if the sound weren't so dependent on the bass boost for normal balance. It's not a deal breaker when gaming since it only happens when you hit the LFE, but watching movies with a lot of LFE action is quite simply, disappointing. Especially considering how much better the sound is when you have the boost on for everything else. You simply have no choice but to turn it off in some instances, and that really detracts from what could be an otherwise perfect product. Pros: Great surround sound Direction and distance are easily pinpointed Comfortable to wear for long periods Wireless Works with anything with an Optical out (mic is Xbox only) Sound is good and clear. No hiss or noise. Great dynamic range when bass boost is active Cons Dynamic range is geared high Bass boost is necessary for balanced sound Using Bass Boost overwhelms the speakers when LFE signals are hit, causing a slight crackling. Verdict: Awesome. Even with the bass issue these headphones are fantastic and worth every penny. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great headset IF used in the right environment

    Posted
    shadeslinger

    I bought the X41 as an upgrade to the Turtle Beach DX11 wired system I previously had. I was very impressed with the DX11 performance, but was getting annoyed at all the wires. As of right now, the Turtle Beach wireless headsets, like the X41's, are the only "true" wireless gaming headsets available (the only wire you have to worry about is the chat cable from the headset to the controller if you're using it for online chat). In fact, if you just want to use it to watch movies, you can remove the mic all together which is a nice touch. The sound quality is pretty similar to the DX11 (basically the X11 headset with the DSS converter) although I think that the wired headsets were a tad more crisp. Still the sound quality is excellent! As for comfort, the X41 is lightweight and comfortable. Yes, it is made from plastic that can feel pretty cheap, but it is one of the lightest headsets I've used. The only minor gripe I have is that the earcups are rounded on the X41 compared to the more oval of the X11. However, it is just a personal preference (plus I have bigger ears). Setup is quite simple, and now the X41 can be used with the PS3 as well as the 360 easily. Just follow the instructions and you'll be setup in no time! All that said, if you're going to buy the X41's remember to KEEP YOUR RECEIPT!! There is one con and it can be a deal breaker. If there is too much RF interference where you use these headsets THEY WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. As you've probably read in other reviews, the X41 can be prone to crackles, pops, and dropouts. This is because the X41 wireless signal is at 2.5hz and most other wireless devices use this same 2.5hz frequency. Your wireless router is a big culprit (especially N types). So are your neighbors wireless signal. Cellphones, cordless phones, even your TV will interfere if the X41 hub is too close. This problem is addressed in the X41's manual. As much as I like the X41's, the apartment I live in is just too flooded with conflicting signals for it too work as it should. I would get occasional pops and quite a few dropouts. Needless to say, I'd rather deal with wires than having to re-sync my headset every 15 mins. It's not a defect in the product itself, but a flaw in the design. Turtle Beach should take a cue from Astro and use the 5.8hz frequency instead. So overall, the X41 can be a great headset...if it works as intended, but again, test it out for a week or two to make sure it will perform well in YOUR home before you toss that receipt. Hope that helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good set of headphones

    Posted
    SLAYERM16

    I decided to go for the X41s after reading many reviews and finding out about 0% interest financing plans. The price is about $50 too high, IMO. I also found that I could return them in 30 days if I wasn't satisfied, so I gave them a try. The sound quality is pretty good, but since the surround sound is based on volume, it took me quite a bit of getting used to before I could pinpoint where things were coming from with good accuracy. Even then, don't expect to put the headphones on and have it sound like to stepped into the game world. My xbox 360 is connected to the Internet via a wired connection but I have a wireless router in the room about 8 ft from where I sit to play. I got a lot of popping and cracking that was bad enough that I almost returned the headphones, but I moved my router just a little bit further away and now I get a pop about once per hour or so. The headphones are the most comfortable I own (I have studio monitors for music that aren't as comfortable) but they occasionally cause a bit of pain to my ears after about 3-4 hours straight. The ear cups are just a little bit smaller than my ears, but I am a pretty big guy so I get this problem with most surround-ear headphones. They are very light weight and don't cause any neck fatigue, but they do feel a little flimsy. I imagine that more sturdiness would mean more weight, though. I play Modern Warfare 2 with them regularly and I must say that the headphones are great for Search and Destroy, but do not help as much in other, more chaotic game types like Ground War. In-game chat functions well and I could hear my friends voices as if I was on the phone with them. The automatic chat volume increase is a nice feature, but you really have to get your headphones dialed in or the chat can become way too loud during explosions. I watch movies regularly with these headphones and they sound great. The worst thing about the headphones is the lack of a battery indicator. I would settle for a couple beeps 5 minutes before shut down, but they just turn off when the batteries die. I have 4 rechargeable AAA batteries, 2 in the headset and 2 charged and ready to replace them if they die. Changing the batteries is very quick and easy so I don't mind much. There is a distinct hiss when using in-game chat, likely due to the analog wire. I wish the headphones came with the optional "puck style" analog wire (you can see this wire at the turtle beach website) instead of the in-line volume configuration. Lastly, the headphones don't have the volume I would like. I understand limiting the volume to avoid ear damage, but I think these may have been set too low (or I've already damaged my hearing). All in all, I've decided to keep my set. If the price tag it too much and you don't mind wired headphones, I would recommend the X11s because I have tried them as well and would have picked them up if I decided to return my X41s.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great.

    Posted
    iPetty

    All the Negative reviews are wrong. I my self a VERY serious gamer. I've owned Numerous Heads sets From Trittons To Astros and Sharkoons. Over all the x41s are my #1. The 7.1 (New Video games are Rumored to have.) Sounds not only Crisper but It gives a More Realistic Feel to the Game. I've Preferred them 10 fold over my AX Pros. Not only Buy the Feel and how i can Play hours on End with Ease not ever Remembering i have this Headset on, But how Crisp the Game Sounds, if 1080p Is True HD then this Headsets sound is 1080p+ Sound Quality. People say it has Interference with you Wireless.. You have a Older Wireless then. I my Self have a Dual-Ban N wireless It no way Causes Static or Hissing using this Headset. So unless you have a Belkin G Wireless from 1995 You will have no Problems with your Headset having A hissing noise. So if your looking for a Headset thats Great if your not living in the 90's this Headset is the Headset for you. It maybe Costly. But it's worth every Penny. If your not looking to Spend this Much Try the lower Models From the X11's To the X41s these are some of the best Headsets I've played with. I've been playing Completive from the Call of Duty 2 Days & out of all the headset Brands I've used. Turtle Beaches are the Best, By 10 fold. A great thing too is You can plug in another set of head phones to the Receiver and Your Friend can Hear what you hear. Most other Headset Brands Would want you to buy another one of their headsets to do this, But you can Use any old headphones to do this. Also the Bass Boost Function is Only offered by this Headset. With if you Play the Call of Duty Franchise, This is what Makes footsteps have more Bass to them to help you Hear those Sneakers with Ninja Pro/ Dead Silence. So if you want a Top of the Line headset This would be the Headset for you. *Note this Has Little to No Bais Considering I've had to use other Headsets in Competitive Tournament and When I Can my X41s are the Ones i Chose* ~Also i Do not work for Turtle Beach I am a Consumer of the Products and other Brands, Turtle Beach have just been the Best Headset I've used out of All the Major Brands~

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good headset

    Posted
    jkamiy

    I did alot of research as most people do when purchasing a headset that's $150+ and it was between the X41's and the Tritton Pro's. Both had mixed reviews but I went with these based on the wireless capabilities. This is the first gaming headset I've ever bought or used other then the junk Xbox give you with the system. Out of the box the setup was really easy. I also have a new 250GB slim xbox with the digital optical output which made hook up a lot easier. The headset itself fit pretty good and wasn't uncomfortable at all. I don't like the fact that the actual volume control is on the left ear piece instead of with the mic volume on the cord that connects to your xbox controller. I assume this is because you can use the set to watch tv or use it with a pc so you don't need the cable that hooks to your xbox controller for xbox live chat so I'll just have to live with it. Once I turned it on and started in COD Spec. Ops multiplayer game I noticed the "pops and squelching" everyone is talking about and it really does hurt your ears no matter what volume you have the headset adjusted to. I also noticed that when the base was turned up that it drowned everything out and popped even more. Once I adjusted it though I must say I was really pleased with the sound. I could actually hear footsteps like they said and hear where people are coming from. As far as the pop noises go my router isn't close to my gaming console in fact its in the opposite end of the house. It only has happened a couple times since I first turned them on for me personally it seemed to only do it when the host was leaving... or my router was lagging and I would get signed off from xbox live. I'm going to try and hook up my xbox with a lan line and see if having a constant high signal will keep it from happening. You also like they have said will notice a hissing noise. It's actually not that bad in my opinion. You notice it when you first turn them on but once you start in a game you no longer hear it, or you just don't pay attention to it anymore. All in all I am pleased with the headset. The fact that it's wireless just makes things alot easier. To sum it up: Value: I'd give it a 4 because it's the only wireless headset really out there right now. Durability: I give it a 3. It's plastic just like all the others. So as long as you take care of it and don't throw it across the room it should hold up. Ease of use: I give it a 4. It took me about 5 minutes to hook it up and everything on the headset/cords is labeled. Quality: I give it a 4. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 is because of the popping noise which like I said earlier may have something to do with xbox live and getting dropped from a game etc. which can't be held against TB.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    if you're not happy with these, read my review!

    Posted
    Flynnstone
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Firstly, these are the best headphones on the market for the price and features. Period. I have done a massive amount of research because I counld't believe how expensive descent headphones were. For every single person that has bought these, and is crying about the 'hissing' or 'popping' sounds...READ YOUR INSTRUCTION MANUAL!! These operate on RF and give and recieve distortion from other RF producing products; as in ANY other electronic device. The base unit must be placed away from other electronics; including your TV (yes! Your tv produces interference!) I recomended these to a friend, who bought them, set them up, and said "eh, they are ok, there is a lot of distortion.' He had the base unit between the TV and the DVD player! Moved the base unit to the floor behind the TV, "OMG dude, these things are awesome!", "Uh, ya, did you read the instruction manual?", " Well, no." I have the base unit on a seperate shelf of my entertainment unit, tucked behind a storage box. There does not have to be direct line of sight to the unit, and the RF signal will travel through the wood and the box in the entertainment center with no trouble. I have crystal clear reception. CRYSTAL CLEAR. Not a single whisper of anything when its quiet; and full 7.1 surround using the optical input. I use them mostly for playing Skyrim on Xbox and it is like night and day without them. I will agree with everyone else about the batteries, this thing is a battery hog; I bought some enloop rechargable batteries and I have to swap them out after about 25 hours of usage. When the batteries start to get week, there will be some popping noise during loud moments, and they will start cutting out. As long as you are willing and able to read the factory instructions on setup, you wont find a better unit on the market for the price. You get what you pay for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    remember.. pop/crack/snapp equalls interference

    Posted
    Sanctuary

    Yes.. wireless interference, the only big (and most common) problem with these, but can be adjusted, it is not exactly turtle beaches fault yet they would have known something like this with an rf(radio frequency) would intefere with some other wireless items in your house like for instance if you have a wireless router or if you are on wifi with your xbox ven the xbox 360 wireless controller gives off said interference, by the way it isn't exactly cordless since you do have to plug it into the controller to voice chat but if you don't want to you can just unplug it and place them around your neck,ofcourse but you are not bound to the console itself, which is good, also the bass boost feature (effects button) if the volume is loud enough overpowers the speakers ability to play that loud of bass and sounds like something is crumbling in your ear, (kinda like when somebody plays a song with alot of bass down your street and they have no insulation in their trunk so it sound really bad and all you hear i vibrations hit the aluminum of said trunk, alot of vibration, no room to spread it all out...basically) ofcourse it does not always do this, but usually playing on high volume on a game like...lets say Call of Duty (any of them is fine) explosion litrally scare your ear because of such strong vibration. I have listed all of the cons first so I could get them out of the way, this headset is the best I have used, and I assure you I have went through about 15-20 headsets in my time, this tops them all, the sound is impecible, the sound is so clean that I can easily (on 1v1 black ops I can hear a guy jumping on the other side of the map, and on multiplayer your are simply close to invinsible :b every footstep, every belly flop you can hear) these are just magnificent I definetly do not regret getting these, they have changed my gaming experience for the better, I will just make this short and say this, the pros most definetly outweigh the cons, if you want a headset that boosts your gaming experienceto god level these are what you want. You will be highly pleased with these and won't regret the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Headset, just know what you're getting in to

    Posted
    PD

    I'll start with the ups: It's one of the few "true" 7.1 gaming high end headsets out there. I think the Triton AX Pro's are 5.1 and not sure about the Astros A40's. I say "true" in quotes because it's actually simulated surround as opposed to the Tritons true multi-speaker system. All this is arbitrary anyway seeing as the XBox 360 is a 5.1 machine. That being said, the sound is actually really good, and when playing, I've been able to pinpoint sound cue locations pretty accurately. I think wireless may be a big plus for some folks, but I really don't personally mind wires. Now for the downs: First, I've not experienced the issue with my particalar set, but all my friends own these as well, and more times then not, they've had issues with the mic plug not seating correctly causing a terrible echo over live chat. It's quite annoying for everyone. But TB knows about the issue and fixes them free of charge. Just a minor inconvenience though. These things chew through batteries like crazy! I'd say one set of triple A's might last about 12 hours of gaming. If you don't have rechargeable's, be prepared to invest in a set. This wasn't an huge issue until I went wireless with my X-Box, now I'm hearing a loud crackling in my ears from the radio signal interference. Which was the deal breaker. I'd experienced the crackling previously from time to time either when I went out of range or the batteries were getting low, but it's really bad now. Just something else to keep in mind. Some sort of battery indicator would be really nice, or a charging dock, because they alway cut out on you at the worse times, of course. Comfort wise, they weren't horribly uncomfortable, but definitely a lot hotter and heavier then the dinky Microsoft ones. I've done multi-hour sessions and not been too uncomfortable, but they will get hot and they'll feel a tad bulky after wearing them for a while. Also, on a side note: when you get blasted with a shotgun from point blank range, you might want to keep a change of underwear handy because it's unpleasantly loud... In conclusion: These just weren't the right headphones for me. Too much maintanance with the batteries, and crackling and what not, for something that I fealt didn't offer, me personally, the advantage that I was expecting. Definitely not for the price IMO. I'll be trading these in on some Turtle Beach X11's today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Headset - High Priced for Overall Quality

    Posted
    RCutchens
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This is actually the 2nd set of X41's that I've purchased - one for each of our sons. Prior to that they owned an X4 headset, (actually two because the first set failed within a year and Best Buy replaced them,) and the primary complaint with all of them has been occasional static and loss of quality. Sometimes it's due to low batteries but not always. It’s probable that it’s just one of the cons of having a wireless headset and they may be susceptible to interference. We run a lot of wireless devices in our home too but much these devices are on different frequencies so shouldn’t really interfere. Regardless, Turtle Beach markets their products as delivering crystal clear, CD-quality sound and this really just isn’t true from our experience. The sound quality is generally pretty solid for a gaming headset and the surround sound really adds to the gaming experience. With the higher-end models they tend to come out with new, more advanced and, of course, more expensive models every year and while they add more functionality and sometimes more speakers the problem with them being having static from time to time seems to remain. I did purchase my oldest son a pair of Tritons at one point but they weren’t wireless and I didn’t like the fact that all the wires were constantly strewn across the room. He said he liked the sound quality better and the fact that he could adjust the treble, mid and bass on them but I didn’t think they delivered that much better sound quality though they may not have had static because they were wired. Again, with the Turtle Beach headsets, this could just be an inherent problem with the fact that they are wireless but you’d think they’d figure out a way to eliminate this issue. Of course, another negative is the fact that they need batteries and while they don’t seem to go through them overly quickly you’ll need to keep a pack available because when they run out they run out quickly and there’s really little warning – they just start sounding static and cutting out. It would be really cool if they developed some kind of visual indicator of the approximate battery capacity. I actually bought rechargeable AAA batteries and a charger for them to use as part of the Christmas so, hopefully, over time they will save some money. I will say that the loss of sound could be due to network packet loss with the connection to Xbox Live of just lag/network problems with the game session itself. The true test would be to play the offline campaign modes and see if this is experienced as often if at all but most of the games these days are geared around online play and that’s what my boys spend most of their time playing when they are gaming. I’d considered purchasing some of the newer models over Christmas but wasn’t confident that the consistency in the quality of the sound delivered would be any better and especially so considering the increased cost. Overall, the X41 is a really solid gaming headset with the added benefit of being wireless but the occasional static and loss of sound quality can be disappointing but still probably the best option for wireless headsets on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is totally worth it! Just follow these steps.

    Posted
    Anonymous

    Ok listen, this is coming from an actual gamer, I play COD 4, MW2, and alot of other stuff, those are just the main games I use this amazing headset with. For one, i see alot of people saying the mic breaks, or the headset pops and cracks, and these are true, yes. BUT it is very simple to know why it happens, and how to prevent it. Listen, the ONLY pops or cracks you will hear will be from your connection. If you play online, and have a bad connection, you will hear pops and cracks, if there is lag on MW2, you will probably hear some cracks and pops, but that will happen with almost any gaming headset you will buy. Second, the mic, is great, dont get me wrong, the ONLY thing you have to do, is do not pull it out. I have had my Turtle Beach x41's for almost 3 months now, and my mic and everything is working perfectly fine, do you know why? Because I take care of it, i try to never drop it, or leave it on the ground to be stepped on, or anything like that. If you want the mic to continue working, (it is removable) just leave it in! There is no need to pull it out, you can just move it out of the way if you are not using it. THINGS YOU WILL GET USED TO: For one, when you start using any headset, you will get headaches the first week or so, everyone does, second, you will get used to the pops and cracks when there is lag which isnt even too often, and finally maybe your ears will hurt a little bit ONCE YOU TAKE IT OFF for the first week or so. When you are wearing the actuall headset you barely feel it, its just for the first while when you take it off you will notice a slight pain in your ears, one way to prevent this is adjust the headset so that the entire ear cup covers your ear, and does not rest on your ear. Overall this headset is amazing, 5/5 total, just get used to 1-3 things in the first week and you will be set. Gameplay sound is amazing. Bass boster is awsome for music or movies, I dont use it in gameplay. Price could be lower, but if you treat it right, make sure it doesnt break, definatly worth it. If you play any COD game, it will help out more than you know. I play Hardcore Search and Destroy, at average it will help me get 5 extra kills a match just by alowing me to hear where enemies are, and when you are the last one alive, turn the volume up really high, be carefull and you can kill everyone on the other team, even if they have Ninja Pro... Trust me, this headset is worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Close but ...

    Posted
    BigAl79

    I got the Ear Force X41 Headset for Xbox 360 for Christmas. I have been using it for a while now and finally have come to a conclusion. "It's not half bad." Setup is really straightforward. It can be installed in literally seconds. Everything you need is included, even the digital audio cable. It is cheap, but it works. I kicked off Resident Evil 5 and was prepared to be dazzled. First thought, these headphones are comfortable. Then the sound hit me. Tinty. Where is the bass response? Hmmm. I got skeptical. Then I heard something behind me. Sweet, that was what I was expecting. Then I started picking up other sounds I never heard before from my Bose system. I usually get to play late at night when others are asleep. So it was nice being able to crank the sound. Probably why I never heard them before. I just have a hard time with the lack of bass response. Then the AAA batteries that were included died. OK, cheap batteries, so I replaced them. I charged up some rechargeable AAA batteries and put them in. They lasted the rest of the night, but the next day not much left. Yes, I turned the headset off before I retired from playing. These things just suck batteries. I tried a regular alkaline battery and got about the same result. So my advice, get some rechargeable batteries. You will save a lot of money in the long run. I'm sure they used AAA batteries instead of AA batteries to save weight, but I wonder if the cost was the quick life or should I say death of batteries. After realizing how comfortable the headset is I came to realize later there was a downside to that as well. It is because they don't grip your head very much. I have a big head and if I move a little too quickly I need to readjust them. Not a huge deal, but I wonder what it would be like for people with a smaller head. The sound is crisp. Maybe a little too crisp. There is a lot of treble, and not much bass. (Yes this is my main gripe.) I'm sure a result of the infrared technology used. I thought maybe it was just the game I was testing them with so I put in Rockband 2 and got the same result. You can hear the bass, it just doesn't give a lot of response. If you have a cordless phone nearby at the same frequency, get ready for some popping and cracking. It gets a little painful if you have the sound up. The person on the cordless phone won't be too happy either. This doesn't happen all the time, just when the phone is in use. The mic worked great. No complaints from anyone I was talking to over XBox live. Overall I love them, even with their faults. Mainly because I can play at night at whatever level I want. And I always have my mic nearby for those times when friends come calling.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headset - You just have to know how to use!!

    Posted
    ClouDKiD

    I hear sounds I never knew existed, sounds my system would not pick up at high volumes and on extremely nice surround sound systems. I use it for COD: MWF2 and its amazing as you can hear "EVERYTHING", and exactly where things are coming from! Overall you can't find another set of headphones that sound so good. The greatest thing is that these babies are marketed as Xbox 360 headphones, but they are for anything with an optical output. I had to get an adapter as I utilize the HDMI cable , but it was easy to find/purchase and then I hooked it up via the OPTICAL cord that was included and went straight to Dolby Digital 5.1 Plastic is not great, but its plastic and what would you expect? I use advanced lithium style Energizer, AAA batteries and get an extra hour or two from using high end camera style AAA batteries. Invest in a big pack of nice batteries and they will last you awhile. Bottom line - awesome sound. Detatchable mic. Decent price (coupons help). They design/confort is 4/5 star. I think they are comfortable and don't bother me for the first couple hours but long term 6+ hours of play you start to "feel" them more on your head , but again expected since you have headphones on for that long. -- Unless they are screwed up in production or something; they are virtually flawless. "You will not regret it." Some tips to owners on the Xbox 360 that are complaning about the sound and echo/feedback that you get. It happened to me and all you do is : edit your sound settings on your actual Xbox 360 console. There is a setting from I believe 1-10 on your chat setting volume within the console settings. I had mine on 10 and reason it was giving me some "weird echo sounds" and "feedback" sounds when I first hooked it up. -> I dropped the setting to a level 3 and basically just lowered it dramatically on the console; after that,,, it worked great! I'm in rooms with 6 people at a time now and all of them say I sound, "perfect". -->> This headset also helps from all the background noise distraction and you can play "quietly" while others are around and without blasting yourself out of the room with the T.V. on full blast or for that fact blast out all your neighbors and them thinking you are in a "war zone". :~) Any "SERIOUS" gamer should own these and if you have any problems, it's 99% "USER" error and set-up wasn't properly addressed. I couldn't play without these and I've tried all kinds of set-ups.... these are "TOP-NOTCH" and kudos to Turtle Beach for making such a great headset for the "GAMERS" and casual users that want to keep to themselves without bothering others around them and to finally "FEEL" the game and enjoy the sound created by the software designers to its full potential.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good First Impressions - with Reservations

    Posted
    RainCityBadger

    I originally had hoped to purchase the X31 headset, but with all stores in my area out of stock, and the X41 on sale at the time for $170, I plunked down two C-notes for the X41 and the two year product replacement plan. I went into this purchase with plenty of concerns; other reviews have documented hissing and popping noises associated with wireless interference, microphone echoes arising from a loose mic connection, limited wireless range and short battery life. After one month, my initial impressions are as follows: Wireless interference and range have not been a problem for my installation, despite being on the opposite end of the house from the wireless router. Only two things have caused hissing and popping on this headset: running a microwave oven, and moving behind two interior walls with more than 20 feet between the headset and the transmitter. There is not much difference to my untrained ear between Dolby ProLogic IIx (analog) and Dolby Digital. I found the convenience of running the digital cable directly from my TV SPDIF out to the transmitter DIGITAL IN to more than offset giving up the Dolby Digital signal that I could get from connecting only the Xbox 360 console to the transmitter. Your mileage may vary, but for me it is nice to be able to watch any input into the TV (satellite, DVD, console) with the headset. I found the bass boost effect to be useful, but the expander function made voices and effects sound hollow and tinny. Buttons and dials are sensibly placed on the left earcup and are easily located by feel while playing. My ears started feeling pretty warm after continuous use at about the two to three hour mark; otherwise the cups are fairly comfortable. Also, be wary of too much head movement with these on; I had the headset slide down to my neck while rocking out to a Guitar Hero session. Finally, I had the headset power down on me multiple times during long play sessions of Dragon Age: Origins, probably due to spending prolonged times in the inventory screens where there are little or no background sounds. The disposable batteries provided with the retail package have very little durability to them; mine were drained after only ten hours of use. My current set of brand name batteries are at 20+ hours use with no sign of failing yet. If you plan on using this headset extensively, consider rechargeable batteries. I have not used the microphone since purchase and have actually detached the removable boom to keep it out of my way. Be aware though that there is a known issue with a loose mic attachment to the headset. Check the Turtle Beach website for a rubber band workaround, or contact their product support for a replacement if you run into this problem. Overall I am satisfied with this product; as a gamer and parent of two children under the age of three, it has made all the difference in being able to play quietly during nap times and night times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product if you can control your surroundings

    Posted
    Ksmith84
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I did a lot of research on headsets before I decided to go with the x41's. I was having a HARD time with the price range for gaming headsets. I couldn't have made a better choice! My problems were as follows: WiFi interference causing a popping sound, a hissing noise when I would watch a non-action related movie or when I was in the pause menu, and an echo when playing with other players(they would hear everything they said repeated). The fixes: I moved my wireless router to another room = no more popping, at all. I FINALLY realized I had an optical-out for sound on my TV which I plugged into my optical-in on my receiver, no more hissing(only for those with newer TV's). And I had the talk-back cable plugged in upside down. The cable design is misleading. The Turtle Beach tree on the cable will end up being upside down when you have it plugged in correctly. There is a diagram on the back of the talk-back cable showing a headset and a controller so you know which end plugs in to what device. Now there is no echo for my party member's. Additional notes: Using the optical-out means I can switch my TV from my PS3 to my Xbox 360 to my cable and I hear everything my TV puts out. If your TV has a USB port, then whenever you turn on your TV, your headset is ready for use. Last note, buy a 4 pack of AAA rechargeable batteries. All in all, if you can make these adjustments then you will have a 5 star product hands down! I have killed so many guys trying to creep up on me, it's not even funny anymore. I can watch any movie with CRISP sound without any cords hanging and I won't disturb my girl when she's doing homework. Again, if you can control your surroundings, these are worth the price! Always remember, you get what you pay for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for late night play

    Posted
    sixpack

    For the past few years, when playing games late at night, I've had to do so with the volume turned down to the point that I could barely hear the game audio out of concern for making too much noise and waking the kids. I hadn't really thought much about it until seeing an ad for a competing product and giving it a try. The competing product probably would have been fine, but it was wired which in my setup would have been a mess and it didn't offer the right connections for digital output. So while I liked the $50 price point, it wasn't going to be a good solution for me. Then I started to do my research and found this product and that it generally received pretty good reviews. I had a lot of trepidation about the cost....it's not a trivial expense, but gaming is my main hobby and it seems ludicrous to have spent so much time playing and missing out on too much game audio. In any case, I'm very happy with my decision to get this integrated headset. The big benefits have been : -- Installation was really easy. Power comes via the USB port on the front of the XBox 360 and not only does it plug into the digital audio out, but....it even includes the extra cable so you can loop the X41 into your existing setup and keep audio going to the AV system too. -- I can easily use my existing home audio system OR the headset. I'm not forced into one or the other. If I turn on the X41, I just mute or lower the volume on my home AV system. If I want to use the AV system....great and I don't event touch the X41. -- There are independent volume controls for game audio and chat volume which works great. -- When I first turned it on....I received some hiss which was concerning. But it didn't take much tuning of the volume to get rid of most of the hiss and once the gameplay began, this was almost entirely invisible. Similarly, I received a bit of echo from the microphone but this too went away with some modest tuning. -- It would be nice if the headset holder was optional or collapsable as the device just barely fits in the vertical space I had available in my audio cabinet (although perhaps this holder is an antenna). -- Overall audio quality is good. I'm not sure if I'd call it great - but that's in comparing it to my external AV setup. When it comes down to having the ability to hear the game effectively, the product works very well. Overall, I've been extremely happy with this purchase and my only lament is that it took me far too long to realize I needed it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    X41 are outstanding (popping resolved)

    Posted
    SICOTIC

    I recently purchased the X41's mainly to use playing the Xbox 360 and PS3. Everything about the X41 is great. Easy setup, awesome sound quality, wireless. The games really come alive and feel very immersive. One of the really great features, especially for the Xbox 360 if you want to use HDMI to serve the video and optical to serve the audio to your receiver is the optical passthrough. I was extremely disappointed though to discover some annoying popping and crackling coming from the headset. This was almost a deal breaker and I was about to return them. BUT I tried the following three things that completely eliminated the popping and crackling, at least in my experience. 1) Due to the way that the transmitter that comes with the X41 works there is an issue with routers using the higher end of the 2.4 frequency. The X41 uses the higher end to work. To eliminate this change you router settings to the lower end of the 2.4 frequency or to 5. 2) Replace to cheesy optical cable that comes with the X41 with a decent one. 3) Place or move the X41 transmitter as far away from your router and Xbox, PS3, etc. as possible. The combination of these three things have worked flawlessly for me, no crackling, popping whatsoever. Your results may vary. The X41 is a fantasic headset with a little tweaking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Gaming Wireless Headset

    Posted
    XboxZombie

    I'v had this Turtle Beach X41 headset for about a week now and I love the surround sound that I get from it. I had to get use to having these on my head but after a couple of days it wasn't bad. It's comfortable over the ears and doesn't sweat at all. I'm not impressed with the quality of the contruction materials, It seems like cheap plastic and I would of loved an all black version if they had one. Also, for the price of $200.00 you would think that it would include the AC wall adaptor and the Puck talkback cable instead of having to order it thru there website. These should of been added in the package. I was considering getting the Astro A40 but there is just too many wires to deal with and I wanted the less wires as possible. As for the sound I can't complain at all, I hear things in the background in the games that I never heard of before and I have surround sound in my house which is wierd. I have the receiver next to me on a table not anywhere near the TV, Components, or Wireless Router, This will make you hear hissing or popping sounds from what I read on other reviews. I did not use the Toslink that came with the package as there cheaply made, I bought a 20ft toslink cable from another source with better quality. If you have a battery charger then using a AAA rechargable batteries are a non issue. Overall i'm very pleased with the headset and I hope that in the future Turtle Beach will put some thought on the materials they use to build them. Especially for the price there asking for. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Wireless headset to play on Xbox Live.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    would buy again but aren't without their flaws.

    Posted
    nateap87

    basically as stated, this headset is great. sounds amazing and is awesome for mw2. (with sitrep pro, i can hear people with ninja pro on). these are super comfy. no complaints in that area. i can pinpoint where every noise comes from. the bad: battery life. i go through 2 tripple A's every 3 days but then again i play for 6 hours at a time with the bass boost on. sometimes the headset crackles. turtle beach advertises that due to the RF switch, there's no slight hiss when silent but there is. no biggy. just don't advertise something that's not true. also they cross the mic to the headset so you can hear yourself so you're not yelling...it does but i just wish it made my voice louder since i still find myself yelling. the chord that goes to the head set from the controller sucks. i really wish that the chord was non existant to begin with and just used the wireless technology they use with the wireless chat ear piece by microsoft but their main concern was to keep the pricing reasonable. i also wish the volume went up louder but it actually hurts my ears when a harrier jet is hovering over me as it is. when i speak into the mic people say they can hear me clearly but that a popping noise occurs when i stop and say that my voice is accompanied by a faint bit of static. in spite of these flaws, i love this head set. my k/d ration has when up 0.5 since i started using it. the sound is amazing. the headset comfortable. placement of the buttons, conventient. the main problem? price. my friends all try it and love it so i tell them to get it but none of them can dignify spending 200 dollars on a headset regaurdless of how good the quality. why i got the x41's over the astro a40's, the tritton pros, and the x31's: the astros weren't wireless and i hate chords, plus 50 dollars more and i heard they're a bit more difficult to set up. i'm sure that because it's wired the quality may be a bit better (and louder says people that have tried them along with the x41's). the tritton pros have 4 speakers per ear which is supposed to increase your sorround sound experience but according to most reviews, the speakers suck. plus wires...so no thanks. the x31's are only stereo and not sorround. so voila. the x41's were my choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands down, the best.

    Posted
    GirlyGamer

    I bought my X41's in October.. anticipating the release of CODMW2. It seriously is hands down, amazing! I can hear leaves falling, footsteps following me, the sound and range of gunshots in specific locations/directions. I can also hear the opposite team planting claymores.. things I'd never heard before. I've had the popping/cackling sound once in awhile, but I think it's because my boyfriend (who plays in the same room as me) and my brother (who plays in his own room) also have X41's and that probably causes interference. However, all I have to do is just move the transmitter closer to me and the problem goes away. The cord that connects the headset to the game controller sucks. I easily pull it out 3/4 of the time playing. It IS a hassle, but I feel it does not take away from my gaming experience. The battery life just plain sucks. The headset require 2 AAA batteries, so I recommend investing in rechargeable AAA batteries to save money. My boyfriend plays a lot more than I do, and I'm estimating the battery life to be about 24-36 hours max. The mic echoes if the cord to the headset isn't plugged in all the way (because the cord can be easily pulled out, as I stated above). But other than that, I do not experience echoing or voice problems when using this headset like some other people. Overall, this is a MAJOR upgrade from the stock headsets that come with your xbox 360. I also recommend purchasing the 2-year warranty with these headsets for an additional $30 (that's how much I paid). My boyfriend used the warranty to replace his headsets because of an abnormal loud buzzing sound that suddenly appeared after 3 months of owning the headset. He was able to exchange it without any problems. If you want to step your game up in FPS games, this is how it's done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound... when there isn't interference

    Posted
    Brian584

    I bought these headphones about 6 months ago and only use them when I play call of duty on xbox 360. The allow me to hear exactly where people are coming from and really give me an edge on the game. They are wireless but you still need to connect them to your controller for the chat feature. Now for the bad: I really want to like these but I get constant interference from my router which is only feet away from the transmitter. Turtle beach told me to move them further apart but that just doesn't work as I don't want a router just sitting over on an end table or something. I get pops and crackles, and sound will cut out for a second or two. Wireless is great and the battery life isn't bad (just by a 48 pack of AAA's at best buy for $11) but the only way I could solve the interference problem is to take a wire and wrap it around the transmitter base and then I wrapped it around the headphones on one side and then I get only a small fraction of the problems I have when that wire is not there... I guess it is allowing the signal to get to the headphones easier. I only sit about 8 feet away from the TV and transmitter so distance is not the problem. The other issue I have only happens after hours of play. If I am playing for about 2 hours or more they really start to hurt my ears because the opening is smaller than most peoples ears so they end up pressing on the earlobe and it isn't noticeable at first but after you end up playing through the night and take them off, you will see. Overall I would recommend these if you need wireless but I am going to use my geek squad protection plan and return these to get a set of Tritton pro's.

    I would recommend this to a friend