Turtle Beach Ear Force X-52 PC Gaming Headphones Reviewhardnrg - February 13, 2008
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Ok, so the EQ adjustment was the hard part, and after enjoying several hours of music it was time to fire up some movies with 5.1 soundtracks.
The following tests, demos, and movies were used to evaluate the performance of the Ear Force X-52 for prerecorded 5.1 material.
- Lucasfilm THX OPTIMIZERTM: Audio Tests - on Alien (Director's Cut) DVD
- Lucasfilm THX OPTIMIZERTM 2.0: Audio Tests - on THX Demo Disc II (2007)
- THX Demo Disc II - Music & Movie Content (AC3 & DTS)
- Shoot 'Em Up (DTS)
- Die Hard 4.0 (AC3)
- Resident Evil: Extinction (DTS)
- Alien (Director's Cut) (AC3)
The Ear Force X-52 passed all the audio tests in the THX Optimizer which means there are no problems with the polarity, relative levels, or bass crossover of the speakers.
The tests are fairly basic however, so I moved onto the music and movie demos on the THX Demo Disc II.
The music sounded like I was listening on a pair of open-back stereo headphones, definitely very wide sounding, but hard to say where exactly the sound was coming from without any visual cues.
Sound from the movies, whether in AC3 or DTS, was much better to evaluate the headset as I could think about whether or not the position of the sound I heard matched the position of the object in the movie. It matched up very well, sounds coming from behind were slightly muffled compared to the sounds coming from in front, but this follows the natural difference in sound due to the human ear. Much, much better taking away some of the top end than taking away a load of the bottom end like the horrid Medusa 5.1 rear speakers. The center channel has the least bass, and is almost exclusively used in movies for dialogue so it still works well and it seems to be by design to make it sound different to the main left and right channels.
All in all, I was impressed by the performance for movies and would much rather watch movies with the Ear Force X-52 than plain stereo headphones deep in the middle of the night when no-one wants to hear next door's booming subwoofer!