"Review from an audiophile & gaming enthusiast"4.5 starson by DJKham
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.