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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok wireless headset with surround

    Posted
    Umyeps
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought these from BBY roughly 4 days ago to replace Trittion AX Pro that I broke. What steered me towards these were that they are wireless and the technology that they use to do it. These work off of the 2.4 and 5ghz wireless spectrum which is the same as your high end wireless N routers. Most people don't know what that really means for them. What it gives you is crystal clear sound from a good distance within the same room as the transceiver/decoder box. Travel outside of the room that your equipment is in and you get no sound. Really not a big deal since they are made for you to sit in front of your tv and XboX. The decoder box is surround sound so you end up with being able to hear all the effects of your game. Don't be fooled though into thinking the simulated surround these headphones produce is perfect. It doesn't say anywhere on the packaging whether it's Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 which really either way not a big deal these are designed for Xbox which is only 5.1 anyway. The surround is fun and works ok but it's gimmicky at best with the way it's produced. It uses two fairly decent size speakers and a Dolby digital decoder into tricking you brain into thinking your hearing things in surround. All the headsets do this except for Tritton Ax Pro's that use 5 individual speakers in each ear cup for true un -simulated surround. The headphones design is ok they are a little flimsy to be in the 159 price range but what your really paying for is the wireless technology. The ear cups are very well padded but very small in size. If you have small/medium ears these are perfect but if your ears are even a little on the large size forget about it. If you wear glasses these will need to come off to rest your ears because they will hurt from the cup pressing up against the stem of your glasses. The headphones themselves are adjustable to fit a larger head. The chat feature still requires you to plug a cable into the Xbox controller and the headset. Which is not a design flaw on Turtle Beaches part that has to do with Microsoft. The mic is removable for when you don't need chat so you can move it out of the way and make your headphones look more stylish. The headphones have setting to change Bass Boost and Treble out of the box they are set on flat so push the button a couple times to get the Bass or Treble setting you like. (read the instructions. On the decoder box there is a button for surround sound field which changes how distant the simulated speakers sound from your head. There are six choices try them out one at a time until you find the one your brain is tricked into thinking sounds like true surround sound. (again use the instruction booklet to help) Overall these are ok. I don't feel they are as good as some wired headsets in the same price range but again your paying to be wireless if that's important these are good. For me they are uncomfortable and are being returned. I am getting Tritton wired headset because I feel they have better build quality and overall sound. But that shouldn't be used to deter you from getting the x42 if having that wireless freedom is important to you. They work and you will enjoy them as long as you find comfort in wearing them. If you can only play for 15 min without taking them off for a break because the are making your ears sore I would return them asap and get a wired headset with bigger ear cups and true surround sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headsets, CLEAR SOUND

    Posted
    cdkusmc
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So a few things for everyone. First off is I had bought a pair of the XP500 and had to return them. This was because, for some god awful reason, TurtleBeaches "top of the line" headsets ran on a 2.4ghz bandwidth, which is the same as wireless networks and for someone that lives in an apartment this was bad. So I decided to try out the x42s instead. And I will say this. AMAZED! For those who say it broke recently, you must have tried really hard, or sat on it. Sound:These guys also have some great bass, I play Battlefield 3 with them constantly and I cannot emphasize how realistic the sound is on here, and if it is not enough treble or bass, there are presets that you can use to boost the treble and/or bass. Surround sound quality is also phenomenal, I won't tell you how many matches of Gun Game on Black Ops I have won because I could hear who was tied with me coming up behind me! You will never have to worry about getting knifed again! And for those who LOVE flying jets or helicopters in BF3 you can hear enemy vehicles flying from behind you as well! Oh and did I mention they are CLEAR. Thats right I have had NO CUTS OR AUDIO DROPS!! Design: VERY comfortable. And if you are a fellow with a big/long head these guys are adjustable too so no worries :). And these "ear muffs" or whatever you want to call them, go over my ears pretty well, so I can have them on for hours and it will not pinch on my ear and give me an ear ache! I have pretty big ears and this is something that I have had a problem with in the past with other headsets. Setup: Pretty easy. If you want Dolby Digital Surround(DDS) output, DO NOT use the audio output feature on your TV. This is because over 90% of TVs simply cannot process out in Dolby Surround. I reccomend using an HDMI output to your tv, and getting an audio adapter such as Mad Catz - Headset Adapter for Xbox 360. THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE NEW XBOX 360s, the new ones have a digital audio output built into it. For those like me with older Xbox 360s, plug in the audio adapter to wear the component plug would normally go ( do NOT attempt to have the HDMI and Component plug plugged in at the same time. It will not fit.) and the HDMI in the other (this is if you want the best picture quality.) Then you have the already included optical audio out going from the xbox to the headset connector. The included instructions are pretty simple. Overall: Do not believe what others have wrote, these guys sound just as amazing as other headsets, if not better, and run on a superior frequency so audio drops are a thing of the past! And the built in mic monitoring ensure you are not yelling! And if you are still unsure best buy has a 30 day return policy, but I am positive you will not need to use it :).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great wireless headset for price.

    Posted
    joel125
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    This gaming headset is a must have for anyone who wants to immerse themselves into the game, but not disrupt those around you. The sound quality is good. It's not mind-blowing, but sounds good. The 5.1 Dolby surround sound is awesome. You can hear exactly where the footsteps, gunfire, or explosions are coming from. Although the ear cups are a bit small for my big ears, the headset overall is very comfortable. Set up was fairly easy and straight forward. Make sure you read, and follow, the instructions on syncing the headset. You can't just turn them on a go. If you follow the simple instructions you won't have any issues. However, it may take a few attempts to get the headset synced. Lastly, the dual band wi-fi is great. I have not encountered any interference while using this headset, and its nice not having a long cord connected to the console. Other cool features: detachable microphone if you just want sound, bass and treble booster, auto off feature to save the batteries and cool green blinking LED logo to indicate the headset is on. All in all an excellent headset and good features at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent wireless headset from TB.

    Posted
    ScubaDiverPro
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased this headset (in store) when COD Ghosts released (pre-ordered and was there to pick it up) to enable me to play well into the night and not disturb my wife & kids (we have a 7.1 Klipsch Synergy system w/ a Yamaha Receiver, easily vibrates the house when turned up). - Setup was easy, and took less than 10 min from box to usage. - Audio is excellent with these headsets (when it worked) as the DD audio allows your ears to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. (i.e.: behind or slightly to the left of your soldier) - Range is decent, though it will completely static out if I wear the headset to the kitchen which is on the other side of the living room wall. - Mic is sensitive (just like all TB headsets), which is a blessing and a curse all in the same package. You can talk softly and your teammates can easily hear you. The downside is they can easily pick up background noises and keep the mic channel open, flooding your teammates with useless "noise". - After just over 30 days of usage, the audio would cut out momentarily while in a game, which in COD can get you killed easily. I went to TB's website and did every step they recommended and to no avail. I decided to return them and I am looking at either a T.B. XP400 or "Turtle Beach - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ear Force Tango Limited Edition Headset" as the replacement for this one. - I would recommend, just be aware that the audio "disconnect" while in game is an issue I found online with multiple accounts on TB's forums. Not saying it will happen...just it is a possibility.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Surround sound for my XB1

    Posted
    Javiair
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    After getting the XB1, I was looking for a good headset to replace my X41s. The X41s were known to pop and the 2.4ghz transmitter would interfere with Wifi signals and I couldnt take the popping anymore. The XO4 and XO7 were good alternatives, but as of now they only provide stereo sound. They might sound good but Im used to 7.1 surround sound (simulated) and I didnt want to go back to stereo. So I found the 5.1 surround sound X42s. I like they have 2.4ghz and 5ghz so they dont interfere with Wifi signals, very little to no popping and best yet they are cheaper than the XO7. The X42s have bass and treble boosts adjustment and the X42s have surround sound adjustment so you can change the amount of surround sound.. either wide or a narrow cone of sound... Overall the sound is good, not as good as the X41s, but they do sound good and the chat is clear and also adjustable. There has been complaints about the build of the headset. They are not meant to be thrown, so if you take care of your headset, there is no reason why this set cant last your for years to come. They do come a few problems... 1., Round ear cups... I have never seen anyone with perfectly round ears before. 2. If using with XB1, you will need to play with the adjustment a little bit. If you hear an echo its not the headsets fault. 3. The sound lacks mid range. I dont know if its the game's audio but as of now, I feel like they lack mid range. 4. buy rechargable batteries. Overall, Im happy with my purchase. I have wireless surround sound with my XB1 and it didnt cost me $200.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great surround sound headset for the price

    Posted
    RWinDenver
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this about a month or two ago. Out of the box, it couldn't have been any easier to setup. All cables are included. It's worth noting that the manual recommends keeping the transmitter away from any wireless routers as it could pick up noise. Since my consoles and router are next to each other, I really couldn't avoid this, but I don't notice any static or buzzing. It's a fairly comfortable headset. I don't normally like to wear over-the-ear headsets or headphones for more than an hour or two, but I really don't mind these. However, it is worth noting that if you play a lot, you'll need to replace batteries fairly often. In my case, I replace batteries about every 10 hours of use. One of the main reasons I bought this was for the surround sound. A lot of people I talked to recommended a surround sound headset over a basic stereo headset because you'll feel more immersed in the game and so you can hear people coming up behind you in games like Call of Duty. I don't think the surround sound is that great, but I did compare them with stereo headphones and I do notice a difference. The surround sound is definitely an improvement, but I haven't fiddled around with the surround sound settings to find one that worked the best for me. Overall, I would buy these again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound, poor battery life

    Posted
    patmorita1
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    The setup took me a few more minutes than I thought it would, the instructions aren't crystal clear on the pairing part. Once you get it figured out though it's not bad. The sounds is very good. You get a very rich sound, not too bassy or tinny. It doesn't have the mega bass that some may want but I think it has very accurate audio overall. It's nice that the receiver is USB powered, just use a usb port on your TV to power it, no extra AC adapter required. Detachable mic is expected but nice. Keep an eye out for sales, BB will usually price match in store. The list price is a bit high for what you get in my opinion, but these are definitely premium headphones. I've owned the XP400's as well and returned them for these. I find these to be more streamlined and simpler, less bulky and really just as good with the audio. I'd only get the XP400's if you need bluetooth, have big ears, and have to have built in rechargable batteries. For me: get the X42's, buy some Eneloop AAA's and you're good to go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE THEM!!

    Posted
    EMTJen
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I play a lot of different types of games so I think that I can provide a pretty decent review. Before I purchased these headphones I did quite a bit of research, and I was pretty set on buying the new Skullcandy Wireless headphones. These TB's are very comfortable and I have a very small head and they don't fall off like other pairs I tried on. The sound is AMAZING. It is better than the speakers on the TV, I am even going to look at connecting them to the TV. I have played COD: Black Ops II and the sound during the multiplayer is fantastic, you can really hear everything from the explosion of a grenade, reloading of a magazine, and the most important footsteps of someone coming up behind you. I have to wear headphones at night if I want to play because the walls in our house are very thin and will wake up my husband and these definitely do the trick, I have not had any problems yet and I hope I don't. I am glad I bought them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Quality

    Posted
    TechieXboxer
    • My Best Buy® Gamers Club MemberGamers Club Member
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    This headset is for my wife, she HAS to have a wireless set due to pets running around the house. This will be the second set of Turle beaches that have tried. The first couldnt over come the wireless network adapter and never connected to the base. THey both were running at 2.4GHz. We went with a logitech headset the was great except the Xbox voice chat wire kept breaking and you would lose the ability to communicate with your team/friends. We got the X42, because they were a great price - someone forgot to pull an old tag. Now they will not connect to the headset no matter how many times you try to re-pair it to the base. She is very careful with things. To those that said that these were hard to install, you need to RTFM and then realize that it was a 10T error. These had to be the EASIEST headset to get hooked up, if you hooked them to an Xbox. Off to exchange these for the headset I recommended she get in the first place, XP400. Hopefully, these last longer than 2 months.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenomal Sound!!!!

    Posted
    ProGamerCazual

    As a professional gamer, and A-1 sound engineer, I was skeptical about these headphones. I read my reviews, and finally broke down and got them. Man, did I make a GREAT decision! U can hear footsteps from a mile away on Modern Warfare 3! U can hear bullets whiz by your head, and you can even hear the leaves falling next to you on Liberation in multiplayer!!! Watching blurays and Nascar on my 50" tv with this headset on is BETTER than going to the movies!!! These are a MUST HAVE for any fps gamer or movie watcher!!! My kdr ratio on MW3 has skyrocketed, and I win nearly EVERY event and match that I enter! Don't listen to any bad reviews! I've had for 6 months now, and NO problems! Just take care of them, and you will have the time of your life! Maybe even call into work every once in a while!!! Please friends... BUY and ENJOY!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headset for 360 and X1

    Posted
    bboz13
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I bought this headset to replace my old X12s after they bit the dust. The difference in sound quality is phenominal. The headset works great with all my games and has little audio lag which is very good for a wireless headset. Setup for xbox 360 and xbox one is really easy. You just plug the optical cable into the back of either console and the surround sound will work. For the xbox one, you'll need the stereo adapter for voice chat (do not be fooled by the name, the stereo adapter won't turn your audio into stereo quality it's only purpose for this is to have chat functionality). The only thing with the stereo adapter is to make sure the button that controls game audio is all the way down and the chat volume is all the way up. This allows you to use the headset's built in volume controls to override the stereo adapter. It's confusing but trust me it works. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone serious about gaming and sound quality. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very enjoyable

    Posted
    decodex
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I enjoy the headphones. The setup was quick and easy. Sound quality is very good. There are 4 EQ settings, which provide enough settings for different applications. I use the headphones for gaming as well as movies, and sports so the EQ settings come in handy. Although these headphones do not provide as much bass as my wired Turtle Head headphones, the sound is top notch. As other reviewers have stated, they require a cord if you want to use chat feature. You will need to connect your headphones to the controller. As far as the battery life is concerned, I got about 5-6 hours of continuous use before batteries died, I suggest you invest in rechargeable batteries. I did and I'm very happy with the purchase. I'm giving the headphones 4/5 because of the battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for long

    Posted
    TBG911

    Purchased in 12/2012 as a gift for my son. By February the audio game sound had stopped working and only voice would come through the headset. We tried troubleshooting with the TB website since you can't actually talk to anyone and couldn't get it resolved. I exchanged the product at Best Buy for a new one. The replacement headset has now stopped working completely: audio, chat and mic. Best Buy will not give a refund and Turtle Beach is only offering to exchange but I'm not of a mind to send headsets back to Turtle Beach every 2 - 4 months so my son is now using a different brand. No more Turtle Beach for us!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headset, Replacing my x12

    Posted
    PreDaTorModz
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    These are great headsets, don't get me wrong, the only thing I complain about so far is the small ear cup size, my x12 are bigger, and fit me perfectly, but the x42's tradeoff is the small ear cup size, even when I got these for 109.99 with a premier member coupon, I still think that the ear cups could've been bigger than what they packed in these, other than that, quality is amazing, and sound is great, just wished that they could have reduced the noise and pull up the footsteps and important factors that matter on FPS games, like CoD...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    love them easy set up

    Posted
    OTRtrucker
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    i love these. light on my head. ears don't sweat. no buzzing like the next step down ones. the only issues that i have with TB's is the talk back cord. they are cheep and break fast. you can buy them on TBs website but I should not have to. I like best buy for the warranty. I suggest highly to purchase the waranty with best buy for any game headseat. we are really careful with our and don't have much problems besides the talk back cord. i love being able to listen to tv as well when everyone is asleep in surroud sound!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's hard to imagine how the sound could be better

    Posted
    gameslug34
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Turtle Beach Ear Force X42 is a magnificent headset. It reproduces sound with excellent fidelity which is important in many Xbox games. It is particularly important to me as I have some hearing loss due to age . I can connect sound-out from regular TV and HDTV to a device (sold separately) that sends audio signals from anything the TV can display to this headset. So with the fidelity of the X42, I am able to hear as well as everybody else in the room without cranking-up the volume to levels that would annoy others. I would not hesitate to recommend this headset Model X42 to anyone who asked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, but not completely cordless

    Posted
    John
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    These are comfortable to wear even with glasses. The sound is good and microphone works real well, though sometimes I get some background interference when the microphone is on. Easy to access volume and chat controls. They are not completely cordless though. In order to use the microphone though, you have a cord that runs from the headphones to your controller. If I could have returned this and purchased the XP400 I would have done that. I know they are more expensive, but may be worth the extra money to be completely cordless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wireless is better

    Posted
    Matrixfan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I upgraded from my wired DX12 which was also a good headset. The things that bothered me were all corrected with this design. The master volume is on the earpiece so no more brushing the control inadvertently. Also, the sound quality is good but not quite the bass volume as old ones. All in all I am very happy with the purchase. Above average rating on all. Only issue was even with the chat volume turned all the way down, you can still hear the loud folks but just barely. I highly recommend them for under $100.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    too much sound

    Posted
    klop
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Was not at all satisfied with my purchase of the X42's. I purchased to use with my XBOX for gaming. The clarity on the headphones was tremendous - but too much. During gaming, the back ground sound was so much it covered up what you really needed to hear. Things that were happening close to you - such as footsteps, reloading sounds etc were drowned out. Tried all of the different settings & could not get what I wanted. If using only for music, movies or such, I would strongly recommend, but for gaming - no. Ended up with the X41's

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok item but not so impressed.

    Posted
    Egion
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    The headphones are ok. They are comfortable to where. They Are partially wireless which is the part that doesn't impress me so much. I would expect wireless to be wireless but to communicate with other players you have to plug them into the controller. The sound is great. The volume control for the chat is on the cord going to the remote and will get turned up or down when moving around which is very frustrating. Try again turtle beach. For the price not very satisfied.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend