I have a bit more experience with 5.1 headphones than the average consumer. I have owned many, made by everyone from Kinyo to Zalman and Tritton. With this knowledge it carries some weight when I say these offer some of the richest and clearest sound of any of them. I hear details in the sound and a wider range than with any of my previous headsets. The 5.1 is also quite good, I can pinpoint where sound is coming from pretty easily, and the sound fields sound a lot more balanced than with something like the Tritton AX360. Finally, the bass is very good even without the boost enabled, with it on it can almost be overpowering. The sound continues to impress even when watching movies or TV, and the Pro Logic 2 is nice when you only have a 2 channel source. The X4's are easy to hook up, with Optical in and RCA in you can easily hook up any audio source for use with them. There is only 1 drawback I have noticed so far, you need to be in a clear line to the receiver otherwise you hear a little interference (Like white noise) in the right earphone. Once I turned the receiver, the interference promptly stopped. Connecting it to the Xbox 360 is a little tricky. This was the only downside to the headset. I have an Xbox 360 Elite so it was easy for me. I run HDMI output for both sounds and video. Because this, if you dont have a sterio receiver that can convert the audio (I researched this and it seems that only the $2000+ receivers have this ability) you will not be able to connect the headset to the Xbox 360. The white cover Xbox 360 comes with this large HD / TV switch plug that makes it too big to plug in the HDMI cable and this cable to have a digital audio output. The Elite comes with a digitall audio plug that fits into the slot while still allowing an HDMI cable to be plugged into it as well.
My hubby uses this Turtle Beach Ear Force X4 Headset on a daily basis whilst playing on the Xbox 360 and he recommends it highly. I have used it a few times but I don't chat online as I tend to play one player games but I can say that the sound quality is fantastic. I find them quite comfortable to wear and forget that they are on my head after a while, my hubby thinks the same and he prefers the comfort of these to other headsets he has used in the past. He also has a newer model of the Turtle Beach headsets for the Xbox One console as these were not compatible with the newer console, but these do come highly recommended for comfort and he won't buy another brand of headset since he came across these.
They have an attractive white and grey colour way and look quite retro whilst also being trendy. They are so many pluses about these headsets with the look and sound/chat quality but I have found them to be quite flimsy. This can be said for all the Turtle Beach headsets I have bought though not just these.
They need looking after as the arms are just not very strong and should they get left laying around they will then likely be jumped/stood/kicked on/at and be rendered useless. The left arm on my hubby's pair snapped at the plastic join but he was able to tape it back together as these don't get used so often now since he had the new console.
They are expensive so I would say they really need to be handled with care and looked after.
Thanks for reading x
The setting up is simple. A thin lead connects the X4 transmitter box to the Xbox AV plug, where there's a little Dolby out socket that I'd never noticed before. Plug the X4 box into the mains, switch it on at the back, change the Xbox audio dashboard settings to Dolby 5.1 and the job's done.
The headset runs on two supplied AAA batteries. I've been using the headset for about two hours a day for about two weeks, and they're still going strong. The documentation says the batteries will last about 20 hours, which seems pretty good.
On the left earpiece there are two sockets, one for the boom mic and one for the wire leading to the controller. There is also a power button, a volume controller, and a bass boost toggle switch which I leave permanently on for gaming. The puck that plugs into the controller has a mic mute switch and a separate volume control for voice communication. The boom mic has a very flexible gooseneck stalk which is much sturdier than the standard Xbox headset, and can be precisely positioned. The headphones are light and comfortable, with big velvet pads that go around the ears. The headphones are a closed-back type. On the down side, this means that your ears could get pretty hot, although I have found them to be comfortable for over an hour. On the plus side, the headphones isolate external noise very effectively, which means that you don't have to have them on too loud, which will conserve battery power.
The sound quality is very good indeed if the headphones are not plugged into the controller - in other words, if you're just using them to listen to the game and not for voice communication. They are not top-of-the range in hi-fi terms, and if you bought a pair of wired hi-fi cans for this sort of money, they would be better (but not MUCH better). I'd say that even without the Xbox or wireless features, they are an excellent mid-range set of cans. Hiss is not an issue when the communicator is not plugged in. The wireless functionality is very good. I've got my transmitter on top of the TV, and the signal is unaffected if I turn my head to the side or sit to one side of the X4 transmitter.
I guess it could make a difference if the transmitter box was placed against a wall. Because they transmit on infrared, the headphones need to be in the line of sight of the transmitter. Since you'll be mainly using the X4s when sitting in front of the TV, interference should not be a problem.
Though when you purchase this headset and the first couple of times you put on the headset they may hurt your ears but you will soon get use to it. It is a great product for the gamers out there as it can be connected with your Xbox's. You can walk around with the headphones on and not having to worry about the wire as it is wireless. Put up the volume without disturbing your friends, family or neighbours. Many gamers recommend this specific item for online gaming as it has a microphone you can chat to your fellow online gamers. With the headset comes
X3/X4 Transmitter Power Adapter
X4 Battery Cover
Dual RCA Male Shielded Cable
Digital Optical Audio Cable
X3,X4 Xbox Live Talkback Cable
X4 Ear Cushion
Microphone Boom, Type A
You can also remove the microphone and use it to watch videos or listen to music. All these parts can be bought again as a single item if you break or lose any of them. The X4's transmitter looks strikingly similar to a vertical standing Wi-Fi router, which features a hook mounted to the top for resting the headset upon. Built into the transmitter are two optical cable ports for digital pass through. The optical input and output ports are a nice addition for users who alternate between surround system and headphone use, and I noticed no sizable signal degradation as a result. Additionally, the headset accepts a stereo RCA input which can be used for non-digital surround signals. Finally, the transmitter includes a line-in volume control which helps boost volume level and limit signal distortion.
Overall this headset is worth the price and I would recommend to everyone but specially to the gamers that are reading this review.
When I first purchased this product as an accessory for my xbox I was super excited and I had a reason to be, when they arrived they were probably the most stylish headphones I've ever seen in this modern day, I personally use these headphones as an online gamer and so do many others and I am sure that these headphones have amazing sound quality they have to be for advance gaming. Gamers only want the best of everything and to make headphones that satisfy all gamers must be telling you just how great they really are. If you are looking for casual headphones then these really aren't the headphones for you, these are pretty much for hardcore gamers only. They are wireless meaning there is no snagging on objects which could break them and also they have a microphone on them so that you can communicate with other online gamers so you can enhance your personal experience by sharing it with others. I found that the turtle beach headphones cushion and isolate your ears from the outside so that you feel as if you were hearing the sound as a first person and you were actually there which makes the games more realistic. THEY ARE ALSO VERY STYLISH. Although they are expensive at £269.99 I would still recommend that you still get them because they are of the best quality and that is what is important in everyone's shopping list, I love these headphones because of the ultimate sound quality they offer which makes gaming even more fun.
Turtle Beach have a history of extremely high-quality hardware. Any Xbox owner, at least, should know about them and most will recommend their products to you.
Let's start with the packaging. From a visual viewpoint the box looks awesome. It's simplistic, but I wasn't expecting anything flashy, and it does the job. Opening the box we see very little in the name of packaging; all that's there is two large bits of blister packaging, a small bag to hold the micro USB to USB cable, a small box containing warranty info and a sticker (that will definitely have pride of place on the rear windscreen of my car), and apart from the products and components, that's it. This is a good thing, as the box that this all came in is more than enough to handle multiple bumps on a delivery, plus the environmental gods will not be angry at you or TB.
I needed to be impressed by the XO4. One of its predecessors for the Xbox 360, the XL1, which is still my daily driver on that console, is awesome and is incredibly cheap on Amazon at the moment. As mentioned, I strongly believe in customers getting their money's worth, and with the price of £70 at time of purchase, they rival my Goji over-ear headphones that cost between £50-60 (depending on where you get them) and they are BEYOND GODLY.
My first test was some good old-fashioned gaming on a mixture of Forza Horizon 2 and Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox One, and the results are intriguing. The sounds were clear on both, but GTA seamed to be a lot more immersive in my opinion. This was probably down to the difference in how audio is coded and relayed in each game, but GTA felt a lot nicer to play and every single sound was crisp and/or full of depth where needed, which holds promise and will probably pay dividends in other FPS and TPS games, providing the audio encoding is up to scratch.
My second test was it handling applications like Skype and YouTube and seeing how it handles post-production audio. Again, the XO4 did very well with high-quality videos. I was able to chat to my friends pretty clearly, too. I tested this on my PC instead of my Xbox One mainly because the YouTube app on the Xbox One is extremely below par at the moment, compared to its Xbox 360 counterpart, and it does no help with muffling audio.
My final test was listening to high bit-rate music (namely anything 256kbps or higher) on my phone. I was blown away by how well they performed 'out of the box'. The audio was a little muffled in the mids but messing about with a hardware-level EQ sorted this out in quite the remarkable fashion. The bass is there only when you need it, and highs are crisp too.
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I have had my turtle beaches for ages now, personally i think these are great for everything, especially for people who will be wearing them alot!
My Turtle Beach X1's finally broke after a very long time and I've been waiting for an excuse to upgrade so went straight to the newest in their series; the X4's. I was actually thinking about picking up some Astro A40's as there's a lot of online games coming out but they were too expensive especially after you add the cost of shipping from the US.
You can get them cheaper than on Amazon if you look around stores and on eBay. I got mine for £75 as my friend works at PC World which was handy. Although £75 on a headset does seem a little too much to some, they're not just for gaming and the second reason I bought them was for watching Blu-Rays at night. They have Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound unlike my X1's and honestly sound amazing. If you play Call of Duty you will never again get killed from behind or stabbed. You can hear footsteps from everywhere and they come in extremely useful for Search and Destroy. The same goes for Halo 3 and they almost replace the radar in MLG.
As well as the audio quality, the in game chat and microphone is also of a high standard. You can alter the volume of game and chat audio to your preference and everything is crystal clear.
I noticed there is more padding and it is softer than on the X1's making them much more comfortable. My only complaint, like my friend had with his X2's is that the batteries run out fast, as they are wireless, which wasn't surprising. As long as you charge them when you're not playing, you won't notice it too much but on a couple of occassions I've had to resort to the standard free mic (and you know how I feel about that if you read my review!).
Overall, this is probably the second best gaming headset you can buy. If you play in MLG and enjoy competitve gaming then I really would recommend these but if you're a casual gamer who wants a solid headset then I'd say to get the X1's or some HD555's.