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Turtle Beach EarForce Z SEVEN PC Gaming Headset

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  • Premium surround sound
  • Mix in music and answer calls
  • Swappable speaker plates, customize your headset
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Learn more about the Turtle Beach/Voyetra EarForce Z SEVEN

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

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  • Luke H.
  • 2/14/2015 1:15:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPlastic headpice failed just outside of warranty period

Pros: Good sound with an easy to use, controller.

Cons: The headset failed after 15 months of use. The plastic adjustmust that adjusts the ear piece height broke.
This headpiece is also a usb memory hog and reqiures it's own usb hub (not plugin... entire hub) to work. If you have an older computer this can be problematic.
Mic is slightly more tinny than previous mics and Windows Vista doesn't always correcly detect the headset of the microphone. Turning the conroller off and then on fixes the issue, but it is still annoying.

Other Thoughts: Working with the warranty group to see if they will replace the broken headset portion of this product that broke after 15 months of use. I will update this reivew further to let you know where the customer service stands.

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  • Christopher M.
  • 2/4/2015 10:44:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Durable

Pros: Great audio quality, decent surround sound and great sounding microphone, I love the TB software that allows you to change EQ, Compression, Gate and even wonk out your voice with some pitch modulation on the microphone.

Cons: Was this headset made for a baby's head? This headset tries to squeeze the life out of your noggin. After owning this headset for only 6 months the section where the ear cuff meets the head band snapped from the stress of just being used normally. Generally you would stretch the headband to make it fit better but if you do that you run the risk of weakening and eventually breaking the headphones.

The software is a complete nightmare to navigate if you have no background in audio engineering as some of the options to change EQ levels, Compression Ratios, and Noise Gate might put off some users.

Other Thoughts: If your like me and tend to go through new expensive headphones every year because of poor manufacturing practices, then I am sorry to say you should keep moving on from this one.

If you have a larger sized head, steer clear of these headphones. For the most part they will hurt your head wearing them and the stress from stretching on your noggin will eventually break them like mine did. I don't recommend these headphones, although being great quality the only thing they could have done to make it way better was provide a larger sized version, or at least more slack on the headband.
I'm disappointed that these broke on me after six months. Afterwards I just switch to my Sennheiser 380 HD Studio headphones which are made out of plastic and are just stereo and have owned for well over 2 years and never had them break or falter ever, COME ON TB!

If your after good quality surround sound headphones. These fit the bill, but be warned, they can and will be able to break after a certain amount of use. Unless your a baby, then you have your self a rock solid set of cans.

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  • 11/27/2014 5:33:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHappy with the buy

Pros: Sound is good, mic is crisp.

It splits your computer/game sound, mic, and your chat into separate inputs. That provides a bunch of flexibility if you do web streaming, or game recording.

All in 1 sound solution, so skip that add on sound card in your next build

Cons: needed to so a firmware update on it out of the box for full functionality. Had to figure out how to do that on my own. user manual was completely useless for that as a solution. Spent a lot of wasted time with it not working out of the box to come to that solution.

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  • Sam M.
  • 9/13/2014 2:31:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFix for low tone cut out

Pros: These are my first USB headphones and I'm pretty surprised with the accuracy of the surround sound, especially in Titanfall. The joints feel strong and I've dropped them from head height standing up 3 times with no damage.
The ACU was a pain to setup, but once done it's very useful.

Once this headset is configured properly, it is incredible and worth every $$$!

Cons: I've not used USB headphones before, but these have a slight air sound when your pc is silent.

The biggest problem which you'll read about everywhere is the low tone cut off. Out of the box, sounds at low levels will simply not be played (Watch the movie Gravity, where Bullock is talking to the guy on earth about his dog, most of that dialogue simply isn't played). It makes them useless and since the Turtlebeach forums closed down, a lot of the info re: the Zsevens is lost. There is a 100% fix though, which I've detailed below.

The ACU is a real pain to setup, the included manual does not explain how to change the 7.1 volume levels at all. The ACU requires A LOT of power, so much that if your other USB ports are in use, the ACU may not fully cycle and remain "Loading" until you turn it off & back on.

The headset will not take control of sound output while your pc is playing sound (Win7) So if you're playing a game, you need to quit, turn the head set on, reload the game and hope it's taken control. I usually play a mp3 to check they're working before loading the game back.

Other Thoughts: To fix my issue with power cycling the ACU, I bought a powered USB3 hub. This solved the red spinning light problem about 80% of the time. I haven't tried a Y cable, I'm sure it would work just as well. It still takes roughly 10 full seconds to become active how ever and just now I still had to power cycle 3 times to hear my movie.

To fix the low tone cut off you need to open Advanced Sound Editor and follow these steps.
- Select Advanced
- Select the Master tab
- On the right is a section called Limiter
- Set Attack to 1
- Release to 50
-Threshold to Max

-Then select the Game preset tab you want (1-8, Main, Chat)
- On the left is the Silencer section
- Set Attack to 250
- Set Release to 250
- Set Threshold to -75
Do this for each preset you want to remove the cut off in.
Don't forget to save.

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  • robert b.
  • 8/22/2014 2:57:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOUCH!!!

Pros: Excellent sound, good controls. Removable mike (not just retractable).

Cons: WAY TOO TIGHT (and hot)!!! I have a normal size head and ears (7 1/8 hat). The ear cups are barely big enough. Someone with larger ears could simply not wear these. I can play less than an hour before the ears start sweating and the pressure starts burning.
I can't say anything about the mike since I don't use one.

Other Thoughts: My G930 headset had as good or marginally better surround sound and was far more comfy. Unfortunately, wireless built in batteries burn out and the (very thin) faux leather wore out after a couple of years. This set should last longer and has no batteries. I'm hoping it will stretch out soon or else I'll have to go shopping for a replacement. Maybe a different Turtle Beach product... or not.

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  • Anne B.
  • 7/8/2014 4:53:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZEBALLZ

Pros: absolutely incredible audio

Cons: bass will become crackly just below the comfortable threshold. In other words I could do with the bass being just a fraction louder before it would be uncomfortable before it starts getting crackly

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  • Jakob C.
  • 6/30/2014 3:12:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: When these work, the sound quality is excellent. The base is good and the surround sound is phenomenal for virtual surround.

Cons: They don't work very often. From not being recognized as a compatible audio device, to only being able to use the "Turtle Beach Chat" channel, to bad feedback noises during games, to cutting out subtle noises during movies, to the microphone ceasing to be recognized, to spending more than 3 hours bouncing emails with the TB support team only to have them tell me to "reset to factory settings", to losing everything but one inbound audio channel, this headset was a mess. I've had one of these before and sent it back for nearly the same reasons. I've spent the better part of two weeks trying to get these to work consistently.

Other Thoughts: I really, really wish that the TB support team, software, and site were better. As it is, they offered nearly no good information, the software appears to be written by an eight year old, and the website is both difficult and useless. I will try to avoid purchasing from them in the future. *sigh* I don't even really like Razor...

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  • Michael A.
  • 4/11/2014 10:25:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExtremely Good Sound

Pros: I have always loved Turtle Beach products, this one is no exception. The sound quality is really good and crystal clear. The bass is sort of lacking but it's a headset I can't expect it to sound like a 15 inch subwoofer.

Cons: This thing is pretty snug on the head, so much that it sort of hurts my head after a prolonged use. The mic, if moved, makes a popping noise (some sort of feedback or bad contact in the jack). This is annoying when moving around and trying to talk because sometimes your movement is just enough to cause it to make the popping noise.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is one of the best headsets.

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  • Kelly G.
  • 2/13/2014 8:14:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTB Z Seven

Pros: -Look Nice
-External amp / controls

Cons: -HORRIBLY uncomfortable
-Tin can sounding audio

Other Thoughts: After trying to get these set up for about an hour I had to take a break from the vice grip of death on my head that is the Z Seven. Wow, is this thing uncomfortable. I read other people stretched them out on books and whatever but you shouldn't have to do that with a headset. After a break I tried these in Battlefield 4 for about an hour and the sound quality is absolute garbage in my opinion. Very tin can sounding and the directional audio was not that noticeable and I couldn't tell where anyone was better than any other headsets. No matter which sound preset I used, there would be something I disliked about it. Overall the sound was very "Tin can" sounding. Cheap almost. Which is funny since it costs so much.

I've used other headsets that sound much better.

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  • Joseph K.
  • 2/5/2014 10:06:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSpoke too soon

Pros: They worked for a while

Cons: Problematic. Since posting my last review, I've had to re-install the drivers twice to correct random problems, and now the control unit has fried after just over a month of ownership.

Other Thoughts: Wrote a review earlier, and totally spoke too soon. If I could do it again I'd go for something less costly and much simpler.

Their forums require all threads to be approved, which is apparently a 20 day process according to some posts.

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