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Ear Force X4 Dolby Digital Wireless (Headphones) - Xbox 360 by Review Summary ,  Sep 7, 2015

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Ear Force X4 Dolby Digital Wireless (Headphones) - Xbox 360
Report Date: 12/09/2015
Based on 90 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality5.0   above average
Surround5.0   above average
Price4.7   above average
Wireless4.7   above average
Audio4.4   above average
Gaming4.3   average
Sound4.2   average
Xbox4.0   average
Voice3.6   below average
Microphone3.2   below average
Noise2.5   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"If you have that problem, you can order a newer Optical RCA Audio Adapter which has a smaller connector (or, if another reviewer here is correct, you might be able to trim the old adapter down to a size that fits)."
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"These are definitely high-quality phones, and the ability to adjust the chat independently of the audio is nice, but I was disappointed with the sound localization."
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"This means that you can have the X4 plugged into an audio system and be able to use your speakers without having to take the headphones out of the loop."
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"I never noticed any hissing until several days after I started using the headphones, when I didn't have an audio signal, so I have absolutely no issue with hissing."
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"Pros of the X4:-Wireless (much nicer than I thought it would be, so relieving to be free of wires everywhere that I would constantly snag things on).-Excellent audio quality (no cracks or pops unless you are 30 ft away from the signal or the IR unit is completely blocked from the headphones).-Very comfortable to wear."
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"With that said, this is the perfect headset for my setup and I'm able to run the audio out from the tv into the Turtle Beach reciever, then run that into my home theater."
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"I tested it with a EVGA X58 mobo which has a realtek integrated audio and I was able to watch a DVD with Windows Media Center with Dolby Digital."
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Battery

Battery:
"These headphones are great, if the batteries are brand new."
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"I have heard that the x41's have a few tweaks to be worked out.. so i am sticking with my x4's for a while.. ( i have another one i still haven't taken out of the box in the closet.. also invest in a good recharble battery set.. and you are good to go.. Buy this headset."
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"A few other notes; the battery life of the headphones is decent."
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"Batteries, I recommend rechargables."
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"Speaking of battery life, not really a con, but I was able to play through the entire Metal Gear Solid 4 (22 hours) and Bioshock (around 12 hours i think) single player as well as watch a 2 hour blu-ray before the generic batteries that comes with the unit died."
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Cable

Cable:
"Only downside is my new 40inch tv doesn't support the RF cable so I bought a adapter for my tv, yet another easy fix!"
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"I recently started having a Talkback cable issue but that's a easy fix."
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"Only downside is my new 40inch tv doesn't support the RF cable so I bought a adapter for my tv, yet another easy fix!"
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"The Bass music quality is very good and there is a port for a digital optical cable that allows better quality sound to enter the headset."
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"Other than the helpful reviews already written, a few items to point out:-the microphone is detachable-auto off feature works well-comes with a SFDIF cable unlike similar products-nice way to store the headphones onto the transmitter-color scheme matches the non-elite xbox 360-cable lengths are nice and long-earcups are felt and is my main complaint"
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"The Elite comes with a digitall audio plug that fits into the slot while still allowing an HDMI cable to be plugged into it as well."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"If there was anything to say negative about the headphones is while they are very comfortable; and of a sturdy construction, the plastics used are a bit cheap for the price."
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"The thing that really sets these headphones apart is not the great sound or comfortable design; it's the expert implementation of voice chat."
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"When one kid wants to watch a movie while another is napping, or when we just don't want to hear the TV, these are extremely comfortable headphones that our young ones love wearing."
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"Wireless is nice for sound and they are comfortable and light."
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"- Comfortable and durable enough for long game sessions."
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"the speakers are clear and the headset is comfortable for long play times."
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"They don't block noise very well, but they are pretty comfortable."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I cannot use the chatpad on my xbox controller with these and they're not the 7.1 with the X41's, but the sound is great and it works great for my demands in movies, tv and gaming."
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"Overall, the X4 is a very good attempt at a gaming centric pair of 5.1 headphones."
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"They're easy to set up, they sound amazing, they improve my gaming experience...I could go on all day."
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"So movies, wathing TV, gaming, etc can all be enjoyed using the X4's and or theater."
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"Gaming is more fun and that's all that matters to me."
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"There is a small bit if hiss introduced but I found that if you sit directly in the sweet spot, which is easy to do, the hiss reduces to a very low level and when you are gaming, its not noticeable."
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"I primarily use these for Xbox gaming while my wife is in the same room and the sound quality is amazing."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The microphone problem problem appears to be chronic."
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"While I understand why the mic isn't compatible with the PS3, they should have made it work with the PC."
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"The mic failed less than a week after he got it."
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"I did not drop it nor bend the mic in anyway... it just broke..."
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"One negative I recently discovered is that the use of the microphone portion of the headset is not compatable with the Microsoft Wheel controller since Microsoft doesn't supply the microphone power at the connector."
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"Headset is great, Sure wish the mic didn't need to plug into the controller and headset, causes white noise, you need to be in direct line of sight for the IR sensor, but this model does not screw with your wifi like the newer model x41."
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"Online conversations are heard much more easily and the microphone can be re-positioned with ease."
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"The microphone works really well with the Xbox360."
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"- Independent mic and game volume is a great feature to customize to your liking."
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"They have reported that my voice is loud and clear (actually clearer then the standard xbox mic)bass boost: I really didn't care much for this feature for in game sound but it was nice for watching DVDs."
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Noise

Noise:
"Only problem is that with plasma TV's the white noise disrupts the IR signal to the headset."
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"Cons of the X4:-Takes batteries (having wireless is definitely worth the trouble of batteries though, I use rechargeable).-Some very faint white noise comes through the headphones when on (only noticeable if there is dead silence in a game).-When the headphones are on, there is a red light on the left ear cup that flashes."
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"However, it was a mistake picking up the AX 720; the white noise in the X4 is not audible when any sounds (game or music) come through the headphones."
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"After seeing the reviews here i decided to ask a friend if he's ever had the problems with hissing noises."
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"Because it uses IR and your Plasma TV emits IR signals, it causes an unbearable static noise whenever there is any white or light-color on the screen."
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"Con's:- Registering certain sounds in some games was a problem, for example in Left 4 Dead, when shooting a shot gun, no noise would come through the headset but rather just silence."
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"I love them ...my wife does too .No more bombs or bullet noises ."
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"That being said, the sound quality of the game is still good but you have that extra level of noise to deal with."
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"These are not Bose noise canceling headphones, but it's good to know about this before purchasing them."
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"Whether by design or not, they do not block out ambient noise very well."
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"Purchased for the same reasons as most, I wanted to be able to play the 360 whenever I wanted to without the noise disturbing others."
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Price

Price:
"Only other negatives are the price and the line of site distance the headset works."
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"If you run across a pair of these for a good price I'd recommend you pull the trigger."
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"Best money ever spent."
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"Great headset for the money a little beat up but well worth it."
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"shipping was faster than expected headset is a good buy if your tryin to save money on a new pair they work great"
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"good headset worth the money if you want that edge ahead of the game."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not a big deal at all for meThe sound quality is amazing."
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"Wearing them at this exact moment listening to music in the same amazing quality since day 1."
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"The Bass music quality is very good and there is a port for a digital optical cable that allows better quality sound to enter the headset."
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"Pros of the X4:-Wireless (much nicer than I thought it would be, so relieving to be free of wires everywhere that I would constantly snag things on).-Excellent audio quality (no cracks or pops unless you are 30 ft away from the signal or the IR unit is completely blocked from the headphones).-Very comfortable to wear."
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"The sound quality is great though the Bass Boost function is a little too strong for me and it makes it a little more difficult to differentiate the direction of the noise."
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Sound

Sound:
"They deliver on their promise of a wireless 5.1 sound experience with a few caveats."
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"I cannot use the chatpad on my xbox controller with these and they're not the 7.1 with the X41's, but the sound is great and it works great for my demands in movies, tv and gaming."
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"If you expect good sound but not perfect, you will be very happy to be able to fully enjoy 360 games at late hours without waking everyone and thats what its all about."
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"These are definitely high-quality phones, and the ability to adjust the chat independently of the audio is nice, but I was disappointed with the sound localization."
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"I have surround sound with my setup but this seems to offer a more personal feel to it while also allowing you to hear some of the more often missed sounds and sound fields."
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"Fast forward to present day, surround sound headphones are much more common, but the advantage gained by them is still very real."
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"When I first purchased these, use of surround sound headphones was still pretty rare on Xbox live."
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"Not a big deal at all for meThe sound quality is amazing."
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"You can't go wrong at all with 5.1 surround sound."
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"Still sound amazing and I watch BluRay movies with them."
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Surround

Surround:
"Fast forward to present day, surround sound headphones are much more common, but the advantage gained by them is still very real."
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"When I first purchased these, use of surround sound headphones was still pretty rare on Xbox live."
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"You can't go wrong at all with 5.1 surround sound."
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"If you're skeptical that a pair of headphones can provide a decent surround sound experience, don't be."
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"It is very clear and the surround effect in the headset works very well."
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Video

Video:
"I cannot use the chatpad on my xbox controller with these and they're not the 7.1 with the X41's, but the sound is great and it works great for my demands in movies, tv and gaming."
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"I only realized my mistake when I paused the movie and the ringing stopped!"
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"it is very annoying when watching a movie! "
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"Still sound amazing and I watch BluRay movies with them."
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"So movies, wathing TV, gaming, etc can all be enjoyed using the X4's and or theater."
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"Having said that...I'm able to comfortably wear these headphones through a 3 hour movie without problems."
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"And the little headphone holder sticking out of the top can NOT be removed-For anyone watching Movies that are in DTS, or pretty much anything on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD, these will not do a thing for you besides give you stereo."
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"A nice feature is the fact that I can receive 5.1 surround on my X4's and X3's at the same time which is nice for watching movies with the wife and not waking up the baby (and yes the X4's do sound better than the X3's in a side by side comparison over 5.1)."
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Voice

Voice:
"The Bass boost feature is not needed as it provided me with too much bass for the games and made one of my friends with a deep voice a little too scary sounding."
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"The voice feedback system is a little weird at first, but works just fine."
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"Even with that small problem, the X4 is easily the best implementation of voice in a 5.1 headset, and a must own if you plan to play multiplayer while using your headphones."
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"However, as great as the voice is, it also is not perfect."
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".. wow.. but the sense of direction.. and friends voices.. is just an experience that well... just has to be Experienced.. lol.. you can find these on sale for as low as 139.."
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"The biggest advantage for me is the incorporation of the voice chat into the complete experience."
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"They have reported that my voice is loud and clear (actually clearer then the standard xbox mic)bass boost: I really didn't care much for this feature for in game sound but it was nice for watching DVDs."
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"When you use the headset, you get the gaming audio and stereo voice chat making it easier to interpret the game audio."
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"The feedback loop that plays your own voice back through the speakers is fantastic."
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Volume

Volume:
"I find it very annoying and will actually play games at a lower volume to reduce it as much as possible."
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"All the features work great, including the dynamic chat volume adjustment (when the game sounds get loud, the chat volume is temporarily increased), the bass boost, the Dolby 5.1 sound, and more."
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"-Easy to access volume power bass boost on the headset without having to look or pause the game."
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"Also, the X4 has an easier to access volume control."
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"Audio comes over pretty well but any time (and i mean ANY) there is a slight dip in volume you hear a overbearing hissing sound."
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"Another great feature is that you can turn the game volume down independently from the chat volume."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"They deliver on their promise of a wireless 5.1 sound experience with a few caveats."
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"Second, the wireless component of the headphones works relatively well."
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"Pros of the X4:-Wireless (much nicer than I thought it would be, so relieving to be free of wires everywhere that I would constantly snag things on).-Excellent audio quality (no cracks or pops unless you are 30 ft away from the signal or the IR unit is completely blocked from the headphones).-Very comfortable to wear."
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"Although this is great in many ways, I have my wireless router along with a couple of other wireless components nearby so those didn't work unless I completely changed all my stuff, again I didn't want to change anything."
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"The Ear Force X4 Dolby Digital Wireless (Headphones) by Turtle Beach are simply THE BEST."
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"Wireless is nice for sound and they are comfortable and light."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"Please correct this information if it is wrong (with sited sources), but the Xbox website claims the 360 can only output 5.1 from its optical ([...])."
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"I cannot use the chatpad on my xbox controller with these and they're not the 7.1 with the X41's, but the sound is great and it works great for my demands in movies, tv and gaming."
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"Because this, if you dont have a sterio receiver that can convert the audio (I researched this and it seems that only the $2000+ receivers have this ability) you will not be able to connect the headset to the Xbox 360."
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"If these aren't everything you want in a pair of wireless headphones, nevermind xbox360, there is either something wrong with you, or you already have the wrong equipment."
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"When I first purchased these, use of surround sound headphones was still pretty rare on Xbox live."
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"It works great for watching a TV and playing my XBOX 360."
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"The microphone works really well with the Xbox360."
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"Other than the helpful reviews already written, a few items to point out:-the microphone is detachable-auto off feature works well-comes with a SFDIF cable unlike similar products-nice way to store the headphones onto the transmitter-color scheme matches the non-elite xbox 360-cable lengths are nice and long-earcups are felt and is my main complaint"
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"The plug puck for connecting to the xbox headset is a great design, puts the mute switch and volume control right on the controller within thumbs reach and the jack stays connected, unlike the standard headset plug.3."
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