Pros Awesome Sound quality, good feature set, and painless setup. I purchased these primarily because I was looking for a lower-price 7.1 Solution and could have easily opted for a cheaper set of "wired' headphones.
Cons The only thing so far that I even remotely dislike is the sensation that these headphones aren't going to be very durable over the long run. They are definitely light - but in that feeling of lightness...It seems they are going to break.
Summary Overall, I have to say these are a stellar set and are a very good lower-price solution for a 7.1 Headphones. Turtle Beach has always been known to put out very good products...and they continue to impress. I'd done a lot of research and chose these over the more expensive PX5 to save some dollars and I am not one bit disappointed.
Pros -Positional audio that mimicks a good 7.1 home theatre system
-Lightweight headset makes it easy to forget you are wearing one
-Flexible metal mic "rod"
-Separate volume controls for game volume & Xbox Live voice/chat
Cons -Cable from headset to controller for XBL chat is a nuisance and sometimes causes interferance when brushed against
-No built-in rechargeable battery included (requires AAA)
-Outside finish of headphones is low-end relative to price & performance
Summary After much debate over models and reading several reviews, I settled on getting a set of these from a local store. The reason for this purchase is to keep sound levels at a minimium when gaming at night or when someone else is in the room.
Set-up was easy (has a digital optical in & out so the set basically lines in between your Xbox and your receiver or TV).
Design of the headphones and base is pure business with minimal emphaiss on looks. Material quality is decent but plastic does feel a little flimsy on outer part of headphones (maybe to keep weight down). Having the RF receiver double as a stand for the headphones when not in use is a plus.
Performance exceeded my expectations and that's what really matters. I'm not what you would call a "hard core gamer" but I do like to game regularly and enjoy the high-definition graphics and sounds of today's consoles (may be dating my self here but this is quite different from the Colecovision or Sega Master system days I grew up in!).
What these headphones for particularly well is 3 things:
1) Provides a fantastic listening experience with positional audio. Played a few Halo Reach matches on-line and it was easy to hear where other players were relative to me. Bass Boost feature is great and overall clarity and sound reproduction is CD quality or better.
2) Lightweight and "transparent". Some headphones block out external sound. These do not and this is done on purpose by the manufacturer. Sounds like you are listening to your environment vs being isolated from external sound. To me, seems more natural and was so realistic that I had to take the headphones off at first to make sure my 5.1 system wasn't on! Combine this with the light weight of the headphones and you'll forget you are even wearing them.
3) Xbox Live chat/communication. This headset replaced a Microsoft wireless headset which was decent but with the 7.1 sound, better quality Mic and option to control mix of game sound + voice, you are able to achieve a perfect balance and much cleaner communication with others on-line.
Overall, I would describe the experience of using the Turtle Beach X41 as "premium" or even "luxurious" compared to a mid-high range 5.1 system + Microsoft Wireless headset.
It will always be nice to BLAST the home audio system but for times when that's not appropriate, this set-up is on-par and definitely worth a $200+ investment if you're serious about sound.
Pros Great sound quality!!! You'll experience certain games like never before. I can hear people walking around when playing Modern Warfare 2 (even when they are using the Ninja perk). Y
Cons This wireless device still requires a wire to enable xbox live chat. Requires AAA batteries that need to be replaced routinely (buy rechargeable batteries!!!) Power cord plugs directly into the xbox unit and not into an electrical outlet.
Summary I feel as thought the x41 headset is an excellent buy. It is rather expensive, but it's worth the money. You can adjust the game volume as well as the xbox live chat separately and the sound quality is very good as long as the headset receiver is installed away from other electronic devices. The headset ear pieces are very comfortable and you can also use them for watching TV and movies. I read several reviews regarding this headset and have encountered some of the negative aspects of the device like other consumers. However, I have found that a majority of these problems can be fixed. I have not had any problems since buying a longer digital audio cable and installing the headset receiver farther away from my entertainment center. Trust me you will notice a difference.
"Not very good"on by honkeyswagger
Pros they are comfortable if anything else
Cons the sound quality is really bad there is not enough bass and the sounds are really high pitched and hurts your ear.If your chat volume is very high people hear themselves talking .
Summary very expensive for a lot of nothing.I have had Astro A40s Tritons120 Turle beach x1 x4 and x41 and x41s are the worst the x 1s are the best
Pros Extremely comfortable and they produce great midrange quality. They are easy to set up and the instructions are clear with a good troubleshooting section (you'll need it). Only good for movies or music...not gaming.
Cons Poorly manufactured with the cheapest plastic parts & lousy connectors. The talk back cord will never, EVER stay locked in. They say you can hear footsteps but they must never game. Terrible for Modern Warfare as the explosions override everything
Summary I spent over $200.00 for these and they are poorly manufactured. I had connection problems for the first week and returned them to Best Buy where they agreed that the headphones were faulty. The next pair quickly became inoperative and I sent them back to Turtle Beach when the talkback cable continually fell out. The connector is worse than what I would expect on a $39.00 pair of headphones. It does not snap into place or have a locking conector like my Creative Sound Blaster Arenas. I spent way too much time plugging and unplugging everywhere I could to get a connection. Even the "repaired" X41's did not continue to work after 30 days. I resorted to duct tape.
The sound quality can be OK but the build quality is mediocre at best and the headphones just do not capture the highs or lows that $219.00 headphones should. There is absolutely none of the nuanced sounds that I had hoped to hear when I bought them. Playing Battlefield I would sit in a corner and turn the volume up and wait for someone to approach and I never heard a footstep. In fact, you cannot hear vehicles any better than on my simple Plantronics. Turtle Beach vastly oversold their capabilities