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Turtle Beach Ear Force X42 Premium Wireless Gaming Headset with Dolby Surround Sound for Xbox 360
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Wireless - I really hate wires, I think they break too easily.
Easy to set up - You literally plug and play with the included cables and change the audio in the Xbox system settings. My PC motherboard came with an optical port so no extra cables needed for that. Works really well for movies that have 5.1 surround.
Range - Range is solid, audio breaks up around 30ft.
Comfort - Lightweight and very comfortable, I watched the extended cuts of Lord of the Rings back to back to back (almost 12 hours!) with a handful of bathroom breaks and I really didn't notice I had them on.
Options - Has bass and treble boosts (individual or together), adjustable angles for the surround sound, and Dolby digital support.

Cons: Not many in my opinion. I will say the batteries can be annoying if used for extended periods of time because they will beep several times before actually shutting off. As stated below though rechargeable batteries will save you a lot of money. I bought a pack of 4 AAAs with a charger (that can charge AAs and AAAs) for $30 from @maz0n (can't use that word seriously?). Seriously get rechargeable batteries or go wired, it just makes sense.
I also HATE the cable to plug it into the Xbox controller. For a $150 (at the time) wireless headset, you would think it would come with a wireless dongle for the controller. Those are bundled with the REALLY expensive ones though, gotta make $$$ somehow I guess...
I guess I should note that the "surround sound" isn't true surround sound, its virtual instead of using multiple speakers. It's not a big deal, just worth mentioning for people looking for a true surround sound experience. This is a waaaay cheaper option though so honestly it's not important imo.

Other Thoughts: To the guy whining about how much he spent on batteries: rechargeable batteries do exist and are an incredibly cheap (and worthwhile) investment. Why you would spend $100+ is just plain stupid. I purchased a charger (for AAAs and AAs) and four AAA batteries (rated for 1300 recharges before they lose overall capacity) for $30. If you're looking for a solid pair of headphones that work with PC, Xbox, and possibly Playstation (audio only via optical, not for chat. Haven't actually tested that but it wouldn't surprise me if it did work) then look no further. These are my first pair of gaming headphones I've used and are easily the best pair of headphones I've ever owned. Because they use optical they will also work on Xbox One (chat should function as well) and most likely PS4 (again but for chat) so it's a good long term investment as well. Overall I couldn't be happier, especially since these were a Christmas present!


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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 12/19/11

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