"Enjoy your old games in a new dimension"4.5 starson by amber0728
Pros: Experience gaming at a whole new level, on XBL you'll find yourself asking friends, 'did you know XYZ makes a BLANK sound' ... I lost count on how many cool minute audio details I've come across over the past two weeks.
Cons: The boom mike is about one inch shorter than it should be. Another inch and I could have floated the microphone in front of my mouth, instead of nearly kissing it :)
Summary: Nice birthday gift from the significant other and family dog. I love this headset, the ear cups are comfortable and didn't bother me at all on my weekly gaming night with friends, well over 3 hours. The sound clarity is fantastic and I appreciate the fact the MIC and SOUND are distinct. In other words, you can lower the game volume all the way down and still hear the party chat clear as day. Personally, I set the ambient volume to a medium level and the voice microphone / chat high. It's not Turtle's fault but it's annoying that squelch can occur thanks to cheesy 2.5 mm controller jack. Quick fix BTW is a small piece of duct tape. Ideally I would have appreciated an included converter plug for the new 360 so that I could use HDMI and Fiber Optic; it's readily available but for the money - give me the converter. Overall I am very pleased with the product and am a little bit confused about the interference issue, my transmitter sits next to the 360 power supply, about 3 feet from the WiFi, and within 6 feet of an all-in-one surround sound, cable box, and 12 feet from the 2.5 GHz phone - I haven't had any interference issues with any of the devices mentioned. I can't stress enough how amazing these are just for regular playing, true there's a little advantage (directional fire) in COD, Gears, etc ... but from an audio perspective these headsets close the loop on the true gamer's HD set-up. During a horde match I heard a buzz from time to time and couldn't figure out the source, looked up and realized my character was standing next to a power box. In that same match there's ambient SFX I've never heard because of the typical noise pollution. Even on a tamer game like Overlord I've experienced new sounds and details I'd previously missed. My master bedroom set-up include ceiling mounted surround sound but trust me the experience when the speakers are wrapped around your ears is 100% different. If you don't want to spend the money on this model then I highly recommend seeking out the less expensive previous WIRED model. I gave those as a thank you gift to a good freind and he raves about them too. Plus, they can be used with any Fiber Optic source, regular HDTV, DVD, BluRay can be enjoyed at heart racing volume without disturbing anyone else. Nice!