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      14.10.2014 15:22
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      Affordable headset, with a good quality audio output.

      The X11's were my first headset when i got into PC gaming. 7 years on and I'm still using them. They've lasted a long time, longer than I initially expected too. I use these for various games on PC. CoD4, TF2, BF3, L4D2, TMNF & more.

      I was looking for a headset which done what it said on the tin, and worked well. This has done just that. I had one issue with the right speaker cup - that snapped. Luckily, I had the broken part, so a bit of super glue done the trick, however, it's now unmovable. This went to a few LAN's with me, and spent most of the day on my head sending gunshots into my ears. I expected them to be good for the price at the time (£40), and yes, they were. I later decided I wanted an upgrade, so i bought a new Razer headset. I still took the X11's to LAN as the razer one was too expensive to risk being stolen.

      The ear cups are very soft and just sit on yur ears nicely - not putting too much pressure on them and causing you pain. The mic is quite cool. It's wired into the ear cups so when you speak, you can hear yourself, meaning you don't have to shout as you hear what others hear. It's adjustable from very small, to massive! I was quite impressed how much they opened up! The headset also has inline control allowing you to control the volume of the game, your voice chat volume, and mute the mic. The voice chat control only works on XBOX though, not PC.... But PC has keyboard shortcuts eh ;)

      All in all I find this a very cheap, good value headset. It does what it says on the tin, and I've recommended it to a few of my friends who went on to purchase it. They love it too. So, if you want a cheap headset, then go for it, get the X11's! You won't be disappointed.

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      26.10.2013 14:48

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      They look great (even though no-one will see you wearing them! And the MIC is great!!!

      I upgraded to these from my previous GAME cheap headset! These ones covered just one ear and I diddn't really think this would limit me to what I could hear.

      My friends always went 'CAN'T YOU HEAR THEIR FOOTSTEPS' and I was like err no (I was thinking who could actually hear these though'

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      This headset came around! The headset is amazing and you can hear SO much!! Now when I play games I feel like im actually in them, and somehow they create a feeling of surround sound so i'm always completely immersed into the action!

      There are so many turtle beach headsets out there and I wanted something in between the cheap and expensives ones and these are great!!

      PROS: Turtle beach are clearly amazing at creating great headsets, and their not £100 plus!

      CONS: At some points I do wish these were wireless, BUT that would be another £100 added to the price! So overall i'm happy with what I bought!! The cable is very long though which always leads to a mess if you don't hide it behind your TV like i do!

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      01.02.2013 14:45
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      If you can afford this, it is definitely worth it

      My friend bought one of these last year and to be honest I do not understand why as he hardly ever games and the price tag puts off even I, who actually games far more frequently. There is no way I would ever pay about £100 for a headset no matter how good the quality of it is - However, I have to admit, it is pretty damn good!


      I mostly play First Person Shooters (FPSs) and a high quality headset comes in very handily in these types of game as directional sound can really improve your gaming performance. This headset allows you to not only hear the slightest sound in perfect detail but also allows you to locate it with pinpoint accuracy using the variety of speakers within the earpiece.


      The multi-directional sound system within this product can actually replace a 5.1 surround sound system However only one person can hear it - this can either be bad as you cannot enjoy the sound experience with friends and family unless they also have headsets or good as it means you can game into the dead of night without disturbing parents, siblings, partners etc...
      I tried this headset once to watch a movie and although it does feel a little weird at first due to it feeling like an entirely new experience, I quickly got used to it and actually think I preferred it.


      The build quality of the headset is mostly good. The earpieces feel solid and the cushioned headband is very comfortable and robust. I have no doubt that these parts of the Headset will last for years no matter who the owner is. However, the microphone seems a little flimsy. It sticks out from the main body of the headset via a fairly thin stalk which folds up and down. I was constantly afraid that this would break off if I put it down in the wrong place and it happened to get kicked or trodden on. Many of the Turtle Beach headsets now come with a very robust stalk which is as thick as the actual microphone end and therefore I feel a lot more at ease with this.


      Speaking of the microphone...
      As headsets allow you to talk via them too, lets review this!
      I cannot confirm the quality of the output as obviously it is just the word of other people and the quality of their sound equipment will be a limiting factor. However, from what I have heard when my friend has spoken to me using it, the microphone is very good. There is no static or background noise whatsoever when using them which is something which annoys me so much with certain gamers online. I usually hear my friend's voice very well and we can easily have conversations online without any cutting out or low volume which once again can be issues with certain equipment.

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      03.07.2012 01:01
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      A must have for hardcore gamers trying to increase their gaming experience, and quality of play.

      I purchased this wonderful headset for use with my Xbox because of my love for competitive gaming. My favorite thing about this headset is that they allow you to talk and hear the sounds of your game all in one. There are controls on the headset that easily allow for the user to change the game volume, and chat volume. Setting up the headset was surprisingly easy. Just following the directions included with the headset was simple, and allowed me to set up the headset in under 10 minutes. The only important direction that I missed was changing your Xbox voice settings to play through both headset and speakers. I also recommend turning up the settings to 10, to avoid any conflict with not being able to hear voice chat or game volume. After using this headset for about a year I would say it is the best one that I have used. The sound quality is outstanding. I love listening to music while I game on my Xbox, and the music sounds great playing through this headset. I play a lot of competitive call of duty where you have to be able to hear people reload, pick up ammo, plant, and defuse. This headset allows me to hear all those things with ease and really improves my gameplay. The overall comfort of this headset is great as well. I have big ears, and unlike previous headsets that I have owned, the Turtle Beach X11's cover my entire ears and do not put any pressure on them, allowing me to game for endless hours without having to take breaks to rest my ears. Another great thing about this headset is it's compatibility to also work on a PC. I use both my Xbox and PC for gaming, so being able to have one quality headset that works great for both was a major plus for me. Another great thing that my family likes is that they can no longer hear the sounds of guns when trying to sleep. I stay up late into the night gaming and my family always complained about the loud sounds coming from the games I was playing. With this headset I am able to turn off the sound coming from my television, and play with the game sound coming through my Xbox, which allows my family to sleep like never before. I love the fact that this headset is relatively cheap compared to others of this kind but still performs just as well as others that cost more and perform the same functions.

      One problem I have had with this headset is a static sound when the USB is plugged into the Xbox. This problem really annoyed me, and apparently made my mic echo when in an Xbox live party. Because of this I was almost unable to communicate with friends, and had to send in the headset to be replaced. My headset was replaced which was awesome and I have had no problems since.

      Overall, I am very satisfied with the purchase of this headset because they perform the basic functions that you would expect from a headset, and much more. They are able to combine both game and chat volume into one which is a major plus for any hardcore gamer, and have great sound quality.

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      16.06.2012 15:57

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      Amazing headset, definitely worth buying.

      This headset is amazing, it has top notch sound quality with easily adjustable game and speech volume scrollers half way up the wire.

      This headset is amazingly comfortable and can be adjusted to fit your head perfectly, is has sponge ear guards so it blocks out all other sound in the room so you can get truly focused on your game.

      This headset is mainly used for the xbox 360, but it can also be used for talking and playing games on the PC as well, as it has a microphone plug as well, it has a separate detachable wire which is used to connect to the xbox 360 controller, but as a universal headset i think the price is well worth it.

      the microphone is sensitive so there is no need to have it extremely close to your mouth for other people to hear you, it also picks up your own voice which you can hear through the ear pieces so you know how loud you are talking.

      on a bad note, the amount of wiring that you receive with the headset can be frustrating, as it often gets tangled up, also the detachable wire for the controller can be easily lost and if so you cannot use the headset to talk to people on xbox live.

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      14.06.2012 23:20
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      Amazing high end headset for pros and casual gamers.

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      These are a high end pair of xbox and ps3 immersive gaming headphones. They have a control to adjust chat audio game volume and bass. The also feature a microphones that adjusts and can be neatly tucked away if necessary.

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      Looks

      Personally I think the looks could be improved by a different colour for some parts of the headphones. For the most part they look professional and are a very cool looking addition to my xbox 360. However the white parts look a bit cheap in my opinion and i would have preferred them in red or even green. Saying that when you see someone else wearing them it makes the person look like a professional gamer and they do look the part in that aspect.

      Build Quality/Durability

      Unlike the standard xbox headset these feel very sturdy and there is no chance of me breaking them like i did the stock xbox ones (By sitting on them!). The design features large ear cups connected to a padded and solid construction band to go over your head. I have dropped them a couple of times and this has not done any damage at all so don't worry about giving them the old knock by accident. The microphone is also very durable and i don't think that it will fray as the cable is in a metal adjustable tube that can be folded up when not in use to prevent damage. Overall i cannot fault the design in terms of quality and durability.

      Listening and chat Experience

      If i had to sum up the audio on these headphones in one word it would be incredible. The sound is rich and immerses you in the gameplay. I found these most useful playing first person shooter games as you can hear peoples footsteps which goes a huge advantage. They are also good for a range of games so don't be put off if you are not an FPS fan. The audio can be adjusted by a little box attached to the cable. This lets you tinker with options for general audio levels, chat and even bass. This brings me onto the chatting experience and that has been a pleasurable one. I can hear everything that my friends say and as the chat volume is adjustable a loud game no longer drowns out their voices. The microphone quality is also very good and is very sensitive in picking up audio so your friends and teammates could hear you even if you were whispering. These turtle beaches are the best pair of xbox headphones i have ever used and i won't be switching them out for a while.

      Price

      Of course as most high quality products do these have a hefty price tag. However in my opinion the improvement in sound quality over a tv or pair of normal headphones is astonishing and that pretty much justifies the price. Also with the good build quality these will last a long time so for that reason the price is fine in my my opinion.

      My thoughts

      If you want your gameplay to be improved as a competitive gamer or are just looking for a better experience with your xbox or ps3 i would recommend forking out the cash and buying these headphones as they are faultless in the sound quality department.

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      27.11.2011 20:48
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      An impressive gaming headset

      Before his birthday, my boyfriend was raving about turtle headsets and how much he needed a pair. He loves the Xbox and most of his friends had a set and I think he felt left out! To keep him quiet I decided to buy him a pair and thought that I may get some use out of them too. I enjoy playing on the xbox but I'm just not a fanatic like he is!

      ==Price and availability==

      When he asked for a 'turtle beach headset,' I did not realise that there are quite a few different ones around! I went into Game and took some advice off a sales rep and ended up coming home with the Turtle Beach X11 for the reasonable price of £32.99. There were some other more expensive headsets but this one looked like it fitted the bill and was not priced over the odds.

      ==Look and feel==

      Now unlike me, my boyfriend can happily immerse himself in playing Call of duty for hours and hours so comfort was very important. These headphones are big and soft and very light. I was worried that they might be a bit too big for me; however they are adjustable at the sides. The top part of the headset that fits across your head is spongy and soft and sits comfortably without applying too much pressure. The actually headphones completely enclose my ears and again feel comfortable, I though the size would take a while to get used to. I'm used to smaller headsets, not the pilot style DJ ones! After an hour of playing I expected my ears to be red and sore however you can hardly feel you have the headset on it is that comfortable.
      The mouthpiece is adjustable and you can pull it and twist it into position. I thought it would have to be quite close to your face; however you only need to have it less than 10cm for it to work to its best capacity.
      From the headphones there is the volume control box connected on a wire, where you can adjust not only the volume of the game, but also the chat volume. The box has an LED power indication light and a switch for having the microphone on or off. The headset runs on USB power so there no need for batteries but obviously the downside to this is that the headset is not wireless. The lead is fairly long though at 16 ft. This is ample for us and you can tie it up with Velcro if you need to keep things tidy. It looks a bit complicated to connect the headphones but it is really simple. (The most complicated part is getting the headset out of the packaging!) You just plug the USB lead into the console, connect a wire that comes with it to the headset and the controller and then you plug your audio coloured cables in. We run ours through a HDMI cable using a Xbox HD AV cable which is bought separately.

      ==Sound quality==

      I've used these headphones while playing Call of Duty and I love the little sounds that you do not usually pick up on like twigs breaking and soft footsteps you usually do not hear when people are stalking me! You can also hear the click of a loading gun, however this is usually too late! Overall the quality is fantastic, you do not hear much of anything else going on in the room and you can really concentrate on the game. Sound quality is crisp and clear, you can hear other people chatting but without any feedback. I've not had any problems with the quality, even when we have tried them with a film; the quality is impressive with adequate volume controls and base. They do everything I ask of them!

      ==Microphone==

      When skyping, my family have said that my voice sounds very clear and crisp and this is down to the fantastic quality of the microphone. When gaming, the integrated voice chat feature makes gaming with friends much more fun as you can hear people really well and you do not have to shout, other gamers no matter what headset they are using can hear you much better and clearer than if you were using the standard headset.

      It is useful to mute the headset and have the control on the control pad which is easy to get to. The mic does have a tendancy to move all the time which is annoying as you have to adjust it regularly, but this does not affect the sound quality.

      ==Overall==

      I can completely see why you would want to have a head set like this over the standard one. It is so much better quality and durable. A great toy for Xbox fans.

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        02.11.2011 23:40
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        Enhances your gaming experience and doesn't cost the Earth

        Let me start this review by saying that I use my Xbox 360 A LOT...be it playing games, watching videos or keeping in touch with friends. Part of the reason I use it so much though is because I work shifts on a 24/7 rota and therefore I'm up at weird times of the day and off when everyone else is hard at work.

        I first decided to buy a gaming headset when I was playing quite late one night and my girlfriend asked me to turn the TV down as it was keeping her awake. Obviously that wasn't fair on her, so I turned it down, but the game I was playing then lost it's atmosphere and I felt detached from the experience.

        Queue a quick trip to my local Tesco where I picked up a pair of Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 for the princely sum of £39.99. On the shelf you could see they were decent quality due to the branding and packaging, so I handed over the money and went on my merry way.

        Back home I hacked into the plastic blister packaging with the excitement of a 5 year old at Christmas (I was 27 when I bought these! lol)...true to form I managed to slice my finger on the plastic when doing so, which leads nicely onto my first bit of advice, take care when opening the packaging as it's pretty sharp.

        With the finger cleaned up I set about getting my new headset connected up.

        Immediately alarm bells were ringing in my head when I saw the 16ft length of cable, I have a very bad habit of letting cables get knotted up. My concern was alleviated somewhat when I saw the velcro cable tie as this enabled me to work out how much cable I needed and then neatly and securely keep the other length out of the way.

        The headset is powered by USB so make sure you have one free before considering buying this, I suspect most people will have, but it's worthy of note as you'll not be able to use them without it!

        As the headset is also PC compatible it's worth reading through the instructions supplied when connecting them up as there are a couple of ways of doing so and in true 'man' fashion I ignored the instructions until I made a mistake and then went back and made use of them.

        It's worth noting that there is an Xbox 360 HDMI Audio adaptor that is supposedly required in order to use HDMI and a headset like these, but this isn't actually correct. Great news considering the official Xbox one is almost £15! Guides can easily found by searching on Google and YouTube for detailed instruction, but in my case I was able to keep my composite cable in my Xbox and still manage to fit the HDMI lead in...however, this may not be the case for everyone!

        So, I'm all set up and on goes the Xbox - BOOM - the sound is incredible! I'm sure serious audiophiles will speculate over the sound quality, but when you've gone from standard TV/PC speakers to this headset you will be pleasantly surprised.

        After about 15 minutes use I felt like I'd been missing out for months. Games I'd once played and enjoyed were suddenly enhanced, taken to an amazing new level of realism and you start to appreciate the effort developers put into the audio, effort that a large amount of gamers will never really appreciate unless they buy a headset.

        That night I was on my Xbox for a good six hours and can honestly say these are very comfortable to wear. After about four hours they did become a little uncomfortable, but to be fair, playing for four hours solid isn't really wise anyway. Take regular breaks and I don't think there'll be too many people complaining about comfort.

        Where this headset really shows it's worth is when playing online. Firstly the in-line amplifier enables you to separately adjust the volume of 'chat' and 'game'. Other headsets without this feature apparently make it difficult to get a good balance of sound, either leading to the in game sound drowning out the 'voice chat' or vice versa, thus compromising the overall experience. Another function on the in-line amplifier is the ability to mute the microphone, imperative if, like me, you occasionally have a coughing fit when playing...not something everyone else wants bellowing in their ear.

        I've used the Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 for 9 months now and can happily report that the cables aren't knotted, the sound quality hasn't deteriorated and my friends can still hear me clearly when I'm talking on the microphone.

        Although I paid £39.99 for mine, this was a competitive price at the time and I don't regret paying that for them. If you're considering buying these now then shop around as there are some great deals about. I recently saw them online for just £22.99 which is an absolute bargain.

        For those of you who are adverse to wires, there are wireless options such as the Turtle Beach Ear Force X31 which retail around £65.

        So in summary, a great headset for a reasonable price and one which keeps the peace at home. Value for money, without a doubt!

        Open up the true experience of your games by buying this headset...I VERY much doubt you'll regret it.

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          14.08.2011 20:36
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          Overall these are great for serious gamers, late night gamers or just people fed up with the appauli

          I'll start by saying that I game quite a bit, around 60 days collective game time on the CoDs. Secondly, I've broken mics like there is no tomorrow. Around 5 wired and 3 wireless, the build quality of them is abysmal.

          I then decided to get some Turtle Beaches for a few reasons:
          - Sound quality
          - Able to change voice volume
          - Improve my game
          - Amazon has an outstanding returns policy and the warranty with Turtle Beach themselves was good.

          When I received them, and they were packaged in that vicious plastic that I always end up cutting myself on, I went about connecting them to my Xbox. Here you have two options - You can either plug them straight into the 3.5mm jack on your TV but these do need a USB to draw power from so unless there is one close by then you won't be able to do that. The other option is to connect them directly to the red and white cables using a splitter provided. I assume you won't be able to do that method if using HDMI but HDMI has always looked awful on my TV so I've stuck with component for my HD. Once set up you can try them out!

          My first impressions were that they were incredibly comfy, and I still think that, provided you don't wear them for more than a few hours otherwise they make your ears start to tingle and feel odd. Next is the sound quality, it's fantastic for voice because you can control the volume of it individually. There is also a control for game volume.

          Another reason that I bought these is that I game competitively on GameBattles and Decerto, two of the biggest online competitive communities. When you're playing a game like CoD having a gaming headset such as a Turtle Beach (x11, x21, x31 or x41), Astro or Trittons is as essential as a controller. If you're playing without one you may as well be blindfolded. Headsets such as the Turtle Beach X11 allow you to hear game sounds you wouldn't normally hear. I'll use Call Of Duty as an example: With a Turtle Beach you can hear somebody defusing the bomb in search and destroy. If you're playing public matches where most people don't use Ninja/Dead Silence then you can hear footsteps and pin point enemy locations. The Turtle Beach X11s do a surprisingly good job of this seeing as they're the lower end of gaming headsets.

          I also bought these for watching TV on my PC and gaming at night. I watch loads of TV and now I'm on my holidays this can go onto the early hours of the morning and I don't want to disturb anyone. Using these headphones for TV is a delight with the wire being more than long enough to reach my bed (Around 3-4 meters.)

          Overall these are great for serious gamers, late night gamers or just people fed up with the appauling build quality of Microsoft's microphones.

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            04.07.2011 20:22
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            Great sounding, comfortable headset.

            When I started spending alot of time on Call of Duty Black Ops I began to realise that using the standard Xbox360 headset for a long period of time was getting very uncomfortable. So after a bit of research and comparing prices I decided to spend £34.99 on these Turtle Beach Ear Force X11's.

            One thing worth pointing out early on is that this headset plugs into either the colour component on the Xbox360 cable, if you use a HDMI lead you will have to buy a differant Xbox360 HDMI lead so you can use these. The cable is around £15 to buy.

            The headset itself is very big and flexiable. They fit very comfortably over your ears and have a bendy microphone that pulls down in front off your mouth like any other headset. There is a small volume control half way down the cable (this is used to switch on and off, toggle chat volume and toggle game volume). The sound the headset produces is a very clear and crisp which is brilliant for FPS games. You can hear enemy footsteps and things you wouldnt hear on your normal TV speakers. The microphone is very sensitive, you dont need it near your mouth and people can still here you. I have had the headset sit in one corner of the room, and people can still hear me when im talking at the other side of the room!

            Im very pleased I purchased this headset as it has made my Xbox360 exprience more enjoyable and has also improved my game. I would recommened these Turtle Beach's to anyone who spends a good couple of hours on there Xbox360 a day.

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            28.05.2011 20:48
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            Awesome sound! Fabulous buy!

            After 3 cheap headsets and my son raving on about the Turtle Beach Ear Force X11 Headset, I decided to invest in a pair from Tesco for just £25.

            **VERY comfortable!**

            Eager to see what the fuss was about and whether my online gaming experience would be improved, I excitedly unpackaged them. Parading around my front room, striking a pose, my immediate first thoughts were ' Wow!, my tragus ear piercing isn't stabbing into me!' ' How comfortable!'

            With an extra thick padded headband the attached padded ear cups fit around my ears instead of on top of them, although my other half tried them on and he found they were a little uncomfortable, I guess for those with larger ears this can be a problem.... ! I've also noticed that whilst wearing them for a length of time, my head and ears don't ache at all so thats a definate smile factor!

            **Volume slides**

            The headset has 2 volume sliders, one being for game sound and one for chatting. This is great as it allows you to seperate the 'game' sounds enough to hear your team mates. This is perfect for games like CoD and other games with team based multiplayer modes. I have to admit, when my son first got his pair, it was nice to not hear everything blasting from them, although you can obviously still hear users voice if they are using the mic.

            **Set up**

            Is very easy! The 3 leads connect to the xbox, controller and TV. You can also connect it up to your laptop or computer and use them to watch DVD's. It's nice using them for this purpose because it means if my partner is gaming and i'm writing reviews, I can't hear anything from the headset and vice versa.

            There is a wireless version of the headset but they seem to retail at around £100 at the moment, so i'll not be buying them! I guess with the wired version, the wires are a bit of a pain, but you just need to be careful not to stretch them.

            **SOUND!!!!!**

            Awesome! Considering they aren't the most expensive of headsets, they are extremely impressive for the price. I would say the sound in comparison to standard xbox headsets is far more advanced. The audio levels of the game and chat can be personalised and you can set your own sound levels. This is useful for when you are in an online gaming session and you dont want to hear a particular person blasting in your ear!

            The surround sound is very realistic and crystal clear. Whilst playing games, it really feels like you are there in the thick of it with sounds above, behind, ahead and all around you. With FPS (First Person Shooter) games the experience is just unreal. You can almost hear people sneaking up behind you to end your killing streak... Eventually it becomes second nature and you begin to rely on the sound 'placement' and instead of running around 'looking' for that fire fight, you can hear it's just around the next corner on your left.....

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            29.04.2011 23:57
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            A good entry level headset.

            I purchased the x11 headset for use with my Xbox 360 elite console. I got my pair for £37.00 from Game and this included all standard items such as the cables and the headset itself. I have currently owned these for around three weeks, and so have a fairly solid base for review.

            OK so starting with positives, The headset is very comfortable with a padded headband that evenly spreads weight across the top of your head and allows for maximum comfort. The ear cups are also padded, and i found they fitted well quite nicely with any discomfort. The microphone (attached via small bendable boom) is clear quality and with the muffling, sponge (sorry, no idea what it is called) background noise is cancelled nicely.

            The sound quality of the speakers/headphones is quite impressive for a headset closer to the "cheap" end of the market, however at high sound ranges and low sound ranges there is lack of bass (in the lows) and too much treble (in the highs)

            Now with the negatives, The plastic on the headset has a rather cheap feel to it, this could just be me but it feels very hollow and brittle. I feel that Turtle beach could have spent a little more on materials and have produced a higher quality product.

            The volume adjuster attached to the cable (in-line volume control) can cause noises to be distorted, sometimes rather badly, and create a loud screech during game play. This can be overcome by adjust the in-game volumes and having the in-line maxed out but at the end of the day, that is defeating the purpose of having the volume control in the first place.

            As well as having great connectivity and ease of use, the quality of plastics really lets this headset down and makes for a slightly not-as-good-as-it-could-be experience.

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            20.02.2011 16:13
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            A great set of headphones offering amazing chat quality and outstanding game sound

            The Turtle Beach Ear Force X11's offers you a range of features which can help improve your gaming experience. The amplified stereo sound boosts game audio for added realism and effect to any game you play; there are independent controls for game audio and chat audio which allows you to comfortably and quickly change the sound settings to suit your needs; there is a smart system that eliminates the game sound picked up by the mic, this makes your voice clearer and there is no interference for your friends either; the mic monitoring allows you to hear what you are saying, as with a big headset over your ears you tend to raise your voice because you can't hear it; you can hear both Xbox live chat and stereo sound through the same headset, this can sometimes get confusing but is a great feature; the extra bass adds sonic realism to every game allowing you to hear subtle and loud sounds clearer (works very well with racing games); the USB connection provides the power to the headset, therefore eliminates the need for AC supplies and batteries; and finally, it also works with your PC and has all the same effects (great if you are an avid PC gamer). All this for an affordable price!

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            I got these headphones for Christmas last year, I have never experienced any problems with them and they offer me crystal clear sound quality (for both chat and game). I use them for all my games but I find them most useful for most FPS games, like Call of Duty, when you get use to them you learn how to locate enemies by hearing their footsteps, which gets you out of those tricky situations as you have a big advantage over your opponent. However, these headphones are very good for racing games too, like Forza and Need for Speed, as you can hear how powerful the engine is, which allows you to feel closer and interact more with the car.

            Previously I found the Xbox live party chat system a pain, constantly being disconnected and my mic not picking up the whole sentence, however a few months ago there was an update which solved the disconnecting problem and made the sound clearer (supposedly), and it wasn't until I got these when I realised just how bad the standard mic is, this headset improves chat quality immensely, I no longer find myself asking people to repeat what they said and with the addition of the update, my Xbox live party chat offers no problems what so ever.

            When I first got these I was a bit sceptical as to whether they really made a difference, and if they were actually worth the money, but my opinion changed within the first few days of using them, I was enjoying the games more (mostly because I was playing better), the games felt more realistic and tense, and the fact I can use them for World of Warcraft, Starcraft ll and other PC games is brilliant (you can also listen to music with them).

            Durability
            These headphones are very strong, and still work like they did the first time I used them. All the padding and authentic materials used to protect really do work, the protection over the mic boom is very helpful as it allows you to easily adjust the mic to whatever position you like without wearing them down too much. 8/10

            Sound quality
            As I have previously said, the sound quality is brilliant; you can hear tiny details you never knew existed which can greatly improve your game. They make the game more realistic as the surround sound works better and you feel like you are in the game as the sound is directly going into your ears. 10/10

            Aesthetics
            Without a doubt they look far better than the standard Xbox mic, the white and black design looks smart and the way each material is put together does not look tacky (in fact it looks very well made). However in my opinion they do not compare to Astro's (another brand of gaming headsets) simply because I prefer the square pads on them. They are stylish, smart and a great set of headphones. 7/10

            Would I recommend it?
            I would only recommend these headphones if you are an avid gamer, otherwise they tend to be a waste of money, they dramatically improve your gaming experience allowing you to react faster, smoother and comfortably. Perfect for any age, perfect for any genre, perfect for any gamer.

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              Fantastic hi -tec headset for todays gaming enthusiast's and mums too!

              Its our youngest sons birthday this week and for a present he asked for the turtle beach x11 headset.Now i don't claim to be an expert on gaming accessories but as my eldest son acquired a pair for christmas i have since learnt a bit about these and had a dabble myself.I must say i am very impressed!it's like being at the cinema's. Prior to these he had a cheaper set and at the time we thought that these would be suitable but after having a go myself and our eldest son raving about the turtle beach we decided to full fill his wishes.As we was going to meadowhall saturday we wanted to have a look around and compare the prices.I'm kicking myself now because after going on the net when we arrived home we found that amazon was £15 + postage and packaging cheaper (never mind live and learn!).

              THE PRODUCT
              We couldn't believe how comfortable they are.They sit around your ears instead of on top of the ear.The colour of the headset is black and white.It has 2 volumes sliders- one is for chatting to friends /play mates and the other is for game audio.This is by far the most serious of gaming equipment and has the competitive edge by bringing the Xbox live together with the ability to listen to opponents and the game sound at the same time.The beauty about the headset is while everybody in the household is in bed my son can play games,chat to friends,listen to music,watch DVD's' without disturbing anyone else (although be warned this doesn't mute childrens voice's).It's very easy to set up it has 3 leads 1to the TV/ 1 to the xbox/1 to the controller.You can also connect the USB upto your computer/laptop and that allows you to listen and watch DVD's' without the sound disturbing anybody else.It states that listening to moderate/high levels of sound can harm your hearing.If you experience ringing in your ears at any time it means it's too loud and to turn the volume down.The sound quality is amazing! you can hear the enemies footsteps/re-loading/planting bombs down,this is for shooting games.for football games you can hear commentators/referee but really its made for action games such as halo/black ops/modern warfare and other action games.It also repeat's what you say back but talking abit more quieter can stop that problem.


              THE PACKAGING
              The packing that the headset comes in is like most gaming products and you probably need a pair of scissor's to aid you open it.It has a clear plastic protective casing on the front and cardboard on the back explaining what you get when you purchase the headset.


              THE PRICE
              The game station £49.99
              Amazon £34.99

              RECOMMENDATIONS
              I have to admit that i have had a little helper (although he is bigger than me)to assist me with some of the terms used by the gaming world but this is all my own words and i have asked my son his opinion about the turtle beach x11 and he thinks this is the best headset on the market for the price.

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                Wired for Sound ...

                ~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~

                I have owned an Xbox 360 for around four years now and I am an avid gamer. I often play online games and (as any online gamer will know) using a headset is an essential part of the process as it allows you to communicate with your fellow gamers whilst experiencing the soundtrack and sound effects of the actual game itself. Up until a couple of months ago I had simply used the standard Xbox headset that came with the console but a friend of mine had recommended "upgrading" to a Turtle Beach Headset as (in his words) I would be "blown away" !

                ~~~ THE TURTLE BEACH X11 HEADSET: INITIAL SET-UP ~~~

                On opening the box I was initially quite disappointed to see quite a few wires. One of the reasons I love my Xbox is that unlike previous consoles I have owned the Xbox 360 has both a wireless wifi system as well as wireless controllers. I personally hate wires and had enjoyed the sense of freedom that playing on the 360 seemed to create. However, the wires were there for a reason and after a quick perusal of the instruction booklet it didn't take me long to set the headset up (essentially, all you need to do is connect the audio wires to the TV and link the TV's audio port with the console). I also discovered that the headset has a USB link to the console too ... this link is a strke of genius as it provides the power to the headset so there isn't a need for any batteries ! I am aware that Turtle Beach have also produced a wireless version of this headset but it retails at well over £100 which (in my opinion) makes putting up with a few wires seem like a sensible thing to do !!!

                To be completely honest the wires did not seem as problematic as I thought that they were going to be ... but the real test of whether the headset justified the £40 I paid for it would only be discovered once they were used ... with that in mind I fired up the 360, inserted the Modern Warfare 2 disc and, using the words of my friend, I prepared myself to be "blown away" ...

                ~~~ THE TURTLE BEACH X11 HEADSET: TRIED & TESTED ~~~

                In terms of functionality the X11 Headset is far more advanced than the standard Xbox headsets that come with the console. This is because the headset cleverly allows you to personalise the audio levels of both the game itself and the live chat you hear when playing alongside other online gamers. You can also set your required sound levels during the game and even have the option to put the live chat element in "mute mode" should you find what you are hearing either unhelpful, distracting or offensive. This in itself is a massive improvement to my previous headset as I now find that I no longer have to end an online gaming session when I seem to be up against a player whose favourite word seems to start with an "F" !

                However, that aside, the one aspect of the Turtle Beach X11 Headset that makes it worth every single penny is the amazing quality of the sound experience it creates whilst playing a game. Not only is the sound crystal clear but it is also put into a realistic context in the way the sound itself is delivered. Let me explain ... an enemy soldier stepping on a twig behind you sounds like it is behind you, an aeroplane flying overhead does indeed sound like it has just passed over your head and in the heat of a battle the explosions you hear are realistic brought to life by the fantastic surround sound capabilities of the headset you are wearing. This not only adds a more realistic feel to the gameplay itself but it also allows you to respond to realtime events within the game. Therefore, if you hear a twig break behind you ... you either run for cover or turn round and make a stand !!!

                Finally, Turtle Beach have combined a stylish design with lightweight materials to create a headset that is extrememly comfortable to wear ... so much so that, to be be honest, it doesn't even feel as if you have a headset on at all.

                ~~~ TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ~~~

                >>> THE HEADSET <<<

                * 2 40mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
                * Speaker Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz, >120dB SPL / 1kHz
                * Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz
                * Cable length: 4.877m
                * Weight: 233g

                >>> THE AMPLIFIER <<<

                * Headphone Amplifier: Stereo DC-coupled, 35mW/ch, THD <1%, Frequency Response: DC - 30kHz
                * Mic mute switch
                * Xbox controller 2.5mm input jack
                * Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms)
                * 3.5mm plug for mic output
                * 3.5mm plug for line input
                * Weight: 36g
                * USB connector for power
                * Dimensions: Height (1.27cm), Width (5.08cm), Depth (1.905cm)

                ~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILTY ~~~

                Turtle Beach headsets are everywhere ... just try googling "Turtle Beach" ! The X11 Headset retails between £30 and £70 but the average price seems to be around the £40 mark. I purchased my headset from my local Game store and paid £39.99. I have noticed,however, that in the run up to Christmas Game have been doing some pretty tasty offers with these headsets ... the kind of offers where you buy a certain game and get to buy the headset for half price. Therefore, if you are considering "investing" in a Turtle Beach Headset yourself I would recommend that a visit to your local Game Store may be a good starting point.

                ~~~ FINAL THOUGHTS ~~~

                I have been using my Turtle Beach X11 Headset for a few months now and I have not been disappointed at all. As a communication device it delivers crystal clear comms between other online players and yourself that the standard Xbox headset failed to deliver. Added to this is the fact that the actual gameplay itself is enhanced due to the the surround sound output of the two powerful speakers. My friend had told me that I would be "blown away" and he wasn't wrong. If you are an avid online gamer or would simply like to further enhance your 360 experience then an X11 Headset is highly recommended ...

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