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Turtle Beach Ear Force X-52 PC Gaming Headphones Review

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Most soundcards and motherboards with integrated audio follow the color coding standard of the 1999 PC System Design Guide specification developed by Microsoft and Intel. Of the four connectors on the 5.1 + mic headset cable, three are listed in this specification:

  • Lime green: front left and right speakers
  • Orange: center and subwoofer speakers
  • Pink: microphone

The remaining connector, black, is for the rear left and right speakers. If the jack sockets on your soundcard are not color coded then refer to the soundcard manual. For Creative cards, e.g. SoundBlaster Audigy2 ZS & X-Fi, the sockets are as follows:

  • Line out 1: Front left/right
  • Line out 2: Rear left/right (and side right)
  • Line out 3: Center/subwoofer (and side left)

The Audigy2 ZS has a dedicated microphone input whereas the X-Fi has a "Flexi-jack" which can be configured as a digital output, or analog input (microphone or line-input).

I've sort of over-explained this, it's just a case of matching up the connectors with sockets, square peg to square hole type of deal, hmm, except... all the connectors are the same size and shape! Here is how the headset connects to the X-Fi soundcards without PC 99 colour coding.



First you need to set the soundcard to 5.1 mode in order to enable all the speakers in the headset. Most onboard audio has auto-sensing on the jack sockets, so when I connected the headset to Realtek onboard audio I was prompted with the following screens, which asked me what channels were connected to each socket. I chose Line-out for the green connector rather than headphones, because you want that to be the main left and right speakers, not stereo headphones. All the connections were guessed correctly with a tick already in the appropriate box when each window appeared.


Then you need to make sure that the onboard audio is configured for 5.1 rather than any other mode.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup, EQ & Music)
  6. Testing (Movies)
  7. Testing (Games)
  8. Conclusion
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