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To test the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z2 I’m going to be primarily gaming, but throw in a little bit of music for pure sound quality testing.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD USB3
- Memory: Mushkin Blackline 996782 PC3 12800 2x2GB
- Video Card: Palit Geforce GTX 260
- Power Supply: OCZ 700W Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 750GB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-on DVD-RW SATA
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit
- Sound Card: Realtek Onboard
To test out the Z2's Gaming performance I started up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. As mentioned, setup was very easy, so I did not have to change anything from the in-game defaults. A quick in-game microphone test showed the microphone was picking up my voice fairly easily. Once I started playing, I noticed that the sound quality was pretty decent. Gunfire was very clear, and almost too intense. Explosions weren’t ultra-deep like I am used to with my speakers, but were very clear nonetheless.
Next, I put on various types of music to test the pure audio quality; some classical pieces, some 70s rock and some electronic music.
I started with Camille Saint-Saëns’ 'Samson and Delila'. The sound quality was overall pretty decent, as the headset was only slightly lacking in the ultra-highs and lows, which took away from the bells and bass and timpani.
Moving onto the 70s rock, I threw on 'Us and Them' from Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon'. While I was playing this song I realized that these headphones are heavy in the high-mids making voices such as the background voices in this song (and voices and gunshots in games) almost too prominent. Overall though, they performed fairly well here.
Lastly was some electronic, and for that I put on 'Propane Nightmares' from Pendulum’s 'In Silico'. This song has a lot of bass but has a generally full spectrum of highs and mids also. This song more than anything, brought out the slight bass-weakness. This was nothing major, but definitely noticeable if you are looking for it. The highs and mids came through quite clear, though.
I tested out the microphone with in-game audio in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and then with Skype. With the aid of a friend online I was able to confirm that my voice was fairly clear in comparison to others. During Skype no one had any complaints with my vocal quality. Lastly, I recorded myself using Windows Sound Recorder and I could happily say that Ear Force Z2 microphone is very clear.
During all of the testing these headphones remained reasonably comfortable. They are light-weight and well-padded and that definitely contributed to the comfort. The only comfort issue I had was with the fabric used on the ear-pieces; I found it to feel slightly rough after long gaming sessions.