Pros Seperate chat and game volume controls.
Comfortable to wear.
Cons Chance of static if boom comes loose.
Summary This product works very well. I wanted a headset I could use all day while gaming and this was it. I was using the original Microsoft headphones that came with the XBox 360 Elite and had trouble hearing my game partner who was also using the Microsoft heaphones. I wanted a seperate volume control to boost his sound and was really surprised how clear he came through with these headphones.
I am a sound engineer and had been playing with a pair of Mackie HR24s. Moving to the sound in the earcups gave my gaming a whole new dimension. Although, I must admit I miss the shaking floor, I am more attentive to the game with the outside noise eliminated. I have the headphones connected directly to the Digital Out on my XBox 360. With that these headphones are rated to pick up frequencies down to 20Hz with the Bass Boost. Don't get me wrong, these headphones sound good, but I feel that the bass could be accentuated just a little more. When playing Gears of War 2 or Modern Warfare 2, the explosions could have a little more boom.
The initial setup was a bit confusing. When setting these headphones up you have to make sure that these headphones are paired (or synched) with the transmitter (base). There are directions in the box to show you how to do this. After I had everything setup, (Which did not take long.) my online partner could not hear anything but static. After much cursing because I read that many other people were having the same problem, and felt that I was getting suckered into spending all this money for naught. I realized the problem I was having was that the boom for the microphone was not plugged in properly. The company had not seated the boom completely. Hence, I had a faulty connection. Once I disconnected and reseated the boom, the problem disappeared.
After all is said and done, I am happy I purchased these headphones. I highly recommend giving these headphones a try if you are looking for a set of headphones.
Pros Good quality. Works as advertised - mostly. Actually is slightly better than your home stereo because the sound is right in your ear. Setup is easy.
Cons Button placement can be confusing. Some hiss when there is no audio. Expensive. Might not be loud enough for the most discerning of audiophiles but certainly loud enough for most.
Summary In a nutshell, the X41s are very good. I have mine for an XBox 360 Elite. Setup is simple and quick. If you have a universal remote (I have the Harmony One) and previously were using external 5.1 sound, don?t forget to reprogram the remote to not go through your home stereo. That is unless you still want to have 5.1 through your home stereo. For me, the purpose was to not have to so I don?t wake everyone up with late night gaming and still have 5.1 sound via the X41s (actually, they are 7.1). So, that?s the good viewpoint ? overall, they are worth it. In researching which ones to buy, I read some folks complaining about loud crackles and pops. I don?t have this problem. The manual actually covers this, stating if you get crackles and pops, you probably have it too close to another electronics device and it is causing interference, or you have it too far away. I have mine setup next to the XBox, probably some 6 inches away and I sit with the wireless headset around 12 feet away and I get no crackles or pops.After playing with these now for a couple of months and many, many hours, here's an update on some negatives. Still, overall, I'd rate them 4 stars... The crackle noise folks complain about is likely due to batteries dying. But, I replace the batteries and it goes away. The cable for the chat can very, very easily com unplugged as it is easy to accidentally snag it with your hand during play and they pop out too easy - nothing to lock it in. This cable is also the cause of hiss problems. Turn up the chat volume and you get a loud hiss. Could be the cable quality or could be console quality, not sure which but if you have chat too loud, it is bad. Chat with certain players is too loud, while too low for others - hard to get the perfect volume (the difference with how loud some people are is like one yelling and one whispering). The volume control on chat is bad - either too low or too high and difficult to get the perfect volume because of old-style wheel turn for volume
The volume level is good enough for me but, I can actually see some folks who might want it louder. If I had to try and paint you an analogy as to how loud they are ? imagine driving and that car next to you has their stereo loud enough you can make out the lyrics of the song playing (both your windows being down). Now imagine you were sitting in their car ? that?s how loud it is. But, some folks that might be looking for high performance headsets might actually want it loud enough that three cars away could make out the lyrics (and suffer hearing loss in the meantime). The bass boost is OK but, not great ? you can tell a slight difference. Despite claims on the Turtle Beach website that it is so quiet when you first turn them on that you don?t know if they are working or not, I do hear a noticeable hiss but, the hiss does not have any impact on my game play (I don?t notice it once I start playing). I used the flimsy optical connect that came with it (very, very thin and appears to be low quality). Perhaps a better grade of optical connect may get rid of the hiss or at least lessen it (I still have to try this). There is no warning on battery life going down so, just plan to buy a set of rechargeables or have a set of batteries on standby. You will not be warned (except maybe degraded performance) that the batteries are low ? plan to swap them every 10-15 hours of game play so there is no concern that they?ll give out during game play. The volume, bass boost and power controls are all close together on the headset so, it is easy to accidentally hit the wrong button (for example, to turn off bass boost when you meant to change the volume). That?s about it from the complaints department. Oh yeah, they are expensive at around $170-$220. Paying that much for headsets just has that perception because they seem like dumb devices (I paid $199 for my iPhone) but, if that is not a problem to you, you should be pleased with the X41s.
Updated on Jan 17, 2010
Pros -Superb 7.1 Surround Sound
-Wireless with good distance
-Chat and Game variable volume control
Cons -Occasional popping sound (Rare)
Summary The X41s are one of the best headsets I have tested. The sound in my opinion is unmatched to none. It can be use with all platforms including PC. Although Turtle Beach doesn't make this headset anymore, there are still a ton in stock at stores like Amazon. The price listed on here for Amazon is way high! I have found them for cheaper and have done a thorough review and test at http://www.turtlebeachreview.com
Pros The sound quality is amazing. All of the components are replaceable. For ex. if your mic breaks, you can unplug the boom and order a new one to replace it. Whoops lost your battery cover? Have no fear their website has a decently priced on available.
Cons As mentioned in the main review there can be audio pops (painful) if there is a device that interferes with them.
At release they were a bit pricey but I believe that the price has gone down.
Summary Amazing headphones. I recommend picking up a charger and rechargeable AAA batteries to save yourself tons of money in the long run, as depending on how much sound passes through them, they can be battery hungry.
Pros Great sound.
Cons -Battery life is terrible...I've already used an entire industrial-sized sleeve of AAA batteries from Costco.
-Interferes horribly with WiFi...it took me a while to figure out why my WiFi wasn't working even when I wasn't using my Xbox (base station was s
Summary I would not recommend buying these.