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Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 Review
http://www.360-hq.com/article3507.html

The latest Surround Sound headset from Turtle Beach is the X41. They take all of the best features from their X4 headset and combine that with RF Technology to bring you a premier headset worthy of the pros.

They feature 7.1 surround sound and Chat boost technology to name a few of their features.

I have put these through their paces on all different types of games for this review, from FPS to Driving games and watched movies and listened to music through them.

Headphone design and feel

First and foremost this headset is light. So light in fact that you almost forget you are wearing them and feature a breathable fabric cup for your ears to prevent them from getting sweaty, this is very handy for those long gaming sessions.....

The main draw for me with this headset is that everything you need is right there on your left ear. Volume, Bass Boost, Mic cable input and the power button, it just feels natural the way Turtle Beach have engineered them.

If you are on the HQ Homepage click the link to view the entire review

The first thing I noticed when I picked them up was the quality in the plastics, they feel durable and sturdy. I am not a butter fingers, but I am glad that they are, as I plan on giving this headset a pounding.

Audio Quality

One of the big draw cards of the X41s is the new Digital RF which claims to increase sound quality while eliminating interference from Plasma TVís. While some reviews I have read have claimed to have interference from WIFI, I have my base unit set-up next to my WIFI router and I am yet to hear any interference out of the X41ís.

I have read some cynics out there touting that the X41ís only have 2 speakers (1 per ear) instead of 2 per ear (ala Trittons), but the way that Turtle Beach utilise these 2 speakers is mind blowing. They are true surround.

As a test I was playing COD: WAW and during a speech segment I turned my character around with my eyes closed to get a feel for the surround. At no point could I not tell exactly where the other person was.

The 50mm speakers punch out some very impressive sound, coupled with the fact they are 7.1 Dolby Surround means you in for one hell of a ride. This is partly due to Dolby helping out with the audio calibration of the base unit, meaning the bass is earthy and deep while the treble is very precise and crisp.

With this headset you will hear things in your games that you never realised were ever there before. The subtle click of an enemy reloading behind you or a gentle breeze blowing across a post apocalyptic wasteland, these little touches really help immerse you into the game.

Not only do they pump out 7.1 Dolby Surround sound, Turtle Beach have included the newer Pro Logic 2x for analogue inputs. Hook up your IPod or Auxiliary input source and your music never sounded so good.

If you want to use these at night and use your surround sound amp during the day, there is an optical throughput on the base unit so you can still output your Xbox 360 audio to your amp via fibre optic.

In my time I have heard some very expensive (insanely expensive) audio set-ups and I must admit that the X41ís, even though they are a headset, come very close to. The only sound setup I have heard that beats these is a $50,000 Bang and Olufsen set-up, they are that good.

Other Features
One of the very nifty features of the X41ís is the Chat Boost. What Turtle Beach implemented was a way of ďboostingĒ the chat volume for those hectic moments in a game so your team mates voice levels are the same whether it is quiet or full on action. I can see this giving me a competitive edge in clan matches of Modern Warfare 2.

With the older Turtle Beach headsets they utilised a puck design (like the MS Chat Headsets have) for the talk-back cable, this has been thrown away as many people have chat-pads or racing wheels and the puck doesnít like these. They have instead gone with a 2.5mm Headphone jack. My only gripe with this design is that during game play it is hard to hit the mute button as it is now inline on the talk-back cable, which is no big deal it just takes a little to get used to.

One of the best features (other than the audio) is the fact the base unit is powered via USB. Just hook this baby up to one of your USB slots on your 360 and your good to go. This is great for people outside of the US as they donít have to buy a power adaptor for their headset.

Another cool feature is that they have an optional wired headset jack on the front of the base unit for when your buddies come around, so they can hear the game audio as well

I have read some people comment that headset should be rechargeable when placed on the base unit. Personally I donít like this idea.

Say for example you have an extended gaming session and you headset goes flat mid game, then your boned while your waiting for your headset to recharge. The way Turtle Beach have designed the X41ís is they use a standard AAA Alkaline battery so you can have some as spares backup if your headset decides to conk out mid game.

Overall

With some very intelligent design and very powerful sound, these are a must have if youíre a serious gamer. Yes the $200 US price tag is a little steep for some, but the value of this headset far outweighs the price tag. All in all a must have if you want to game like a pro.

Overall Review Score:

Value for money: 8/10
Audio Quality: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Mic Quality: 8/10
Ease of Use: 9/10
Style: 9/10

Positive Points:

7.1 Surround Sound,
Chat Boost,
High comfort levels,
Outstanding in-game sound quality,
Very good quality mic,
Detachable mic,
Perfect for midnight gamers or Gamers who like it loud without annoying the neighbours,

Negative points:

None to mention

So if your interested in getting a set, contact Turtle Beach and tell them HQ Mattster from 360-HQ sent you. You won't regret it.


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Hi Guys

I am looking seriously at getting a set of the Ear Force X41's
http://www.360-hq.com/xbox360/hardware/Turtle_Beach_Ear_Force_X41/116/


http://www.amazon.com/Force-Digital-Wireless-Surround-Xbox-360/dp/B002KSPKRS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1254649421&sr=8-1-catcorr

I have read a swag of reviews and they are all saying the same thing, that they are better that the Astro A40's and Tritton AXPRO's.

Has anyone tried these out or can suggest a really good set of surround headphones with mic that is 100% compatible with the 360??

Look forward to hearing back for you guys.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:22 pm   
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WoW! Glad you posted that, I have been looking for something like that, I prefer using head phones because you can hear things in game you never knew were there befor, but I also like to use the chat head set, so I end up wearing my head phones over the head set, kind of sucks.

I found the video for the head set you mentioned and thought it was worth showing here. I want one of these.



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Post Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:49 pm   
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I have been doing heaps of research on an awesome set of surround headphones for MW2.

These are the best ones I have found so far.

The Astro A40's apparently feel cheap and are wired and are expensive

The Tritton AXPRO's dont have the punch in the sound and again are wired

Yeah these are a little expensive but I am about quality, not cost.

I am going to bite the bullet and buy these today as I want these for when MW2 hits and it is a 18 - 36 day shipping to me. Damn living in Australia

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:34 am   
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Mattster wrote:
I have been doing heaps of research on an awesome set of surround headphones for MW2.

These are the best ones I have found so far.

The Astro A40's apparently feel cheap and are wired and are expensive

The Tritton AXPRO's dont have the punch in the sound and again are wired

Yeah these are a little expensive but I am about quality, not cost.

I am going to bite the bullet and buy these today as I want these for when MW2 hits and it is a 18 - 36 day shipping to me. Damn living in Australia


Dude, dont decide on what to buy until you have listened to a pair of PIONEER 5.1 wireless (infrared) headphones.. They do have a set which have a MIC already built in and serioulsy this is the best thing you could ever possibly buy.

Ive had my pioneer headphones for over 3 years now and let me say its the best dam thing ive bought in years.. You wont be sorry if you check them out..

They support up to 4 other headsets at the sametime too..

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I am still gonna get the turtle beach's

My problem is I dont have a dedicated 5.1 amp for my Box, and the Pioneers dont come with a decoder box. They do look like quality headphones though

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:40 am   
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Mattster wrote:
I am still gonna get the turtle beach's

My problem is I dont have a dedicated 5.1 amp for my Box, and the Pioneers dont come with a decoder box. They do look like quality headphones though


thats cool man no prob.. Just throwing options out there..

The pioneer unit comes with a pre-amp with fibreoptic inputs so im pretty damn sure it supports stand alone but don't quote me on that..

I know the turtle beach make a nice headphone eitherway, but i haven't tried their 5.1 version yet.

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I added a attachment of the latest model it seems of what im running.. You will see it has a full unit (amp) which charges the headphones when they are sitting on it..

Mine are black and look much cooler, i think i got a japanese import and not the USA style.

http://www.360-hq.com/xbox360/hardware/Pioneer_Wireless_Headphones___SE_DIR800C/1/


HERE is a link to the latest ones on ebay.. they still look very similar
www.ebay.com/PIONEER-SE-DIR800C-II-SE-DIR800CII-Wireless-Headphone/



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Looks nice man, shame just this second placed the order for the X41's.

I had to have them, everything I have read reckons they are kickass.

6 - 10 days, I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll let you know how they go

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hey mattster,

all good man, id be happy with the turtle beach too by the looks of them..
Was just throwing some options up at you mate since i know the pioneer ones produce the best sound i have ever heard. It will beat anyones 5.1 amp + sub setup..

We have reviewed the normal turtle beach headphones here on 360-HQ previously and they got 9/10 i think.. so they must be pretty top notch. Smile

be sure to let us know your thoughts when they turn up mate.

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Well HQ'ers, I finally got these delivered today and all I can say is WOW

Started off with a game of BF 1943 and the sound is unbelievable.

I could here everything crystal clear. Like a fire fight over a hill, I could tell where my guys were and where the enemy was and I didn't have to look at the map. I could tell by the position of their voices and where the guns where being fired.

Another example is I went running past a hut with a guy hidden inside, I didn't know he was there until I heard him reload. That one little reload told me exactly where he was, what corner he was hiding in and what gun he had (I have played the hell out of this game and each gun makes a slightly different sound). He was surprised when I stormed in an sprayed his brains all over the wall.

They take some getting used to, with the meaty bass and awesome sound direction. It really takes you back with the slickness of the sound reproduction.

I have heard some pretty awesome surround sound set-ups in my time, and this headset easily rivals anything I have heard to date. Partly due to the fact they are right on top of your ears. It is like you are in the game.

I am going to have a good lash on these over the next few days and then I will be writing a full review.

If you are looking at getting a set of headphones I can highly recommend these. They are very, VERY good.

Now bring on MW2, I am going to kickass in that game with these babies

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makes a big improvement to your gameplay.. you will see man.. My pioneer 5.1 headphones are state of the art and i imagine that the turtle beach brand would be up there with the best of them.. We have reviewed older turtle beach headsets here on HQ before and they even asked if they could put our site url on the boxes.. Did it have www.360-hq.com lol hehehhe

anyway, you get into those headphones man, i always play with mine late at night and like you say its a totally different kettle of fish with the right gear.. Smile

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