"Better than the competition"4.5 starson by MajorWilliams
Pros: After using other top tier headsets on the market, these have the best sound quality, isolation, bass and features to support gaming and online chat. The earcups lend for greater isolation, which gives greater sound quality.
Cons: Rather heavy headset sitting kind of tight along the head makes for a slightly "hot ear" experience in the summer time. Large amounts of white noise from the chat input (slightly more than the TB X41) - unnoticeable when in a match or loud gameplay, but
Summary: Not quite sure what the review meant by this particular headset "lacking bass", but after reviewing multiple headsets on my own, these bad boys pack a punch and give greater sound clarity than the Turtle Beach X41 headset. I originally thought to myself - the X41s have 50mm speakers, they must be better than the F540s which only have 40mm drivers. The larger speakers do deliver greater quality (5.1 sound), but because of the 'breathable' mesh ear cups, the sound isolation isn't as good and lots of detail and clarity is lost. Because of the pleather cups and tighter fit of the logitech, you get greater isolation, which means greater clarity of all sounds, including bass (BIG BASS).
The one thing Turtle Beach does better is their integration of chat - the chat volume will go up and down with the game volume. Logitech's technology does not do this - you have to manually move the volume on your own in-game. While this isn't a big deal by any stretch, it would have been nice. The Logitech microphone wins big time though - just slide the mic up and it's muted automatically? Genius if you ask me.
While there is a 'degradation' of 5.1 to stereo, really the surround sound offered by Turtle Beach X41s is mild at best. completely surrounding your ears and forcing a surround environment on them is only going to do so much good. Our ear canals are designed to hear things in a 360 degree environment, not a lateral 5.1 area. In my opinion, until the technology is re-designed, a quality stereo headset (like these) is going to give you just as good, if not better quality in pinpointing foes in-game than any current 5.1 or 7.1 headsets on the market.
Of all the top tier headsets available, Logitech wins. With their proven reputation of being reliable in the gadget space, and superior build to the competition, I recommend these OVER the Turtle Beach X41s and any other headset current on the market as of Summer 2011.