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Turtle Beach Ear Force X4 Review

tacohunter52    -   January 25, 2009
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Conclusion:

All our ears definitely do belong to the EAR FORCE X4. This is an amazing headset! Turtle Beach did a great job of creating virtual surround sound. The fact that it's wireless just makes things even better. Of course there are some cons, but it's the pros that win out here! This headset provides epic game sound, much better Chat, and the surround sound will just blow you away. In fact, just listening to the opening sound when you turn on your Xbox will make you a raving fan of EAR FORCE X4. When Turtle Beach said the headset was capable of Dolby 5.1 sorround sound, they meant it. When you put the headset on, you wonder how did they cram a whole stereo system in these things. The wireless is great, albeit not completely wireless; when you use the microphone, it will be connected to your XBOX controller. If you're up late and don't want to put the game away, NO PROBLEM. The EAR FORCE X4 has the abilities to both cancel noise coming in and block noise going out. In other words, you can play as loud as you want with the Bass Boost on and not disturb anyone.

However, if you are up late with the headset volume turned up high, don't be surprised to find yourself shouting above your headphones. The good news is you won't be able to hear your neighbors shouting back at you because you woke them up at three in the morning in your heightened state of excitement. This, as well as the fact that you will not be able to use HDMI at the same time, are my only two serious cons. In fact, if you own an Xbox 360 Elite, the HDMI cable is slightly farther away from the component cable and will fit in perfectly with the original cable. Or you could just rip apart your component cable like I did and make them fit.

If you're planning on pulling an all-nighter, the headset is extremely comfortable and wont hurt your ears even after long hours of gaming! And don't worry about leaving your game for eating, because you have a 30 foot range with which to work. So as long as your fridge and microwave are within that perimeter, you can have a meal and still play your game. The chat boost may not increase the chat volume over the sounds of your chewing, but you can always increase chat volume manually if need be. If it is an in-game noise, however, every bit of your conversation would be crystal clear.

If you're looking for some great sound quality for your Xbox and you can afford it, I'd drop the money on these any day. You don't even need an Xbox to own a set of these babies. You can hook em up to your DVD/Blu-Ray player and watch your favorite movies in peace. Even better, if your sound card has an optical output, these make for pretty sweet headphones on the PC as well.

 

Pros:

  • Dolby 5.1 surround sound
  • Wireless
  • Bass Boost
  • Ability to change chat and sound levels separately
  • Removable microphone
  • Some of the best sound quality ever
  • Chat Boost that works perfectly
  • Comfortable for the long haul
  • 30ft Range
  • You can use these for T.V.
  • Noise cancellation
  • Can be used for the computer as headphones with optical out

 

Cons:

  • Static when volume is low
  • Can't hear yourself speak when volume is loud
  • Microphone picks up some background noise from your headphones at times
  • Optical cable slot on the Xbox is located on the component cable blocking HDMI
  • Microphone requires connection to Xbox controller

 

 

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  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation and Configuration
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing
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