Turtle Beach X41 - Sell your mother and buy a set with th…
I decided to invest in a set of headphones for gaming for a number of reasons but safe to say I did a massive amount of research beforehand and tested a large number of headphones before settling on this set. A lot of that might be down to personal taste, budget, wireless v non-wireless requirements or some other reason but by far and away the most recommended (as well as being the most suited to my personal wishlist) set according to my research was the Turtle Beach X41's.
Yes - they're expensive, but in my humble opinion I would have paid twice this amount for the amount they have improved my gaming experience. It's crazy how many new sounds I'm picking up from playing games I've had for a year or two as well as the improvement it can add to your gameplay, especially with FPS games where "sensing" where a sound has come from can speed up your reaction times massively. I can also plug these into my Sky HD box and use them to listen to the TV if I want - again the sound is a massive improvement on my current set up, albeit one without a home digital surround sound theatre kit. The headphones themselves might not be the lightest on the market but they're still pretty light and extremely comfortable. I can spend 3 or 4 hours gaming and not even notice these are still on my head. The actual earcups are also very comfy against the ears so no complaints there either. The in game volume and chat volumes can be adjusted independently of one another and there's even some great technology that increases the in game sounds when you are chatting so you don't miss anything. Your own voice is played back to you through the earphones to avoid any confusion that might arise from wearing the sound cancelling headset. The mic is also detachable if you're not using it which I find really handy if I want to use the headphones to watch a movie or some sport.
There are some negatives to these headphones that I should draw your attention to - like the fact that AAA batteries (one set supplied) are required in the headset, however I spent £8 on 4x AAA's and a charger to get round this so no biggy. I also needed an xBox AV audio adapter to connect these to my xBox Elite which I thankfully found out when doing my research. Would have been massively annoying to only find that out when I was trying to plug the new kit in. Thankfully this adaptor was supplied with the xBox Elite (don't think it is supplied free with any other model) so no additional outlay was required, this might not be the case for you though so worth checking beforehand!! As for anyone else that mentions problems with hissing, popping, crackling, etc - I can honestly say I've never experienced any of that. In addition I read some other stuff about wireless interference from other devices but I personally have the base station, my wireless router and my wireless network adapter all within a few feet of each other and I've yet to experience any issues. The one other "downside" I would have to mention is that you have to connect a wire between headset and controller to enable in game voice chat so they're not "truly" wireless in all senses. Finally, for me - an average person - the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 is just a number. These headphones still provide sound the likes of which I've not experienced before.
In summary - why are you reading this review still? Go and buy a pair NOW!!!