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Ear Force X1 Stereo Headset with Chat - Xbox 360 by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Ear Force X1 Stereo Headset with Chat - Xbox 360
Report Date: 10/23/2015
Based on 166 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming4.7   above average
Audio4.2   average
Beach4.2   above average
Sound4.1   average
Volume4.1   above average
Price3.9   below average
Quality3.7   below average
Voice3.5   below average
Cable3.4   average
Xbox3.4   below average
Microphone3.0   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"It's just too much of a hassle to hook up the headset to the TV audio and is easier to use the 'crappier' headset that came with the xbox."
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"The audio quality in the X1 headset isn't as good as the sound coming from my Mitsubishi HDTV rear project tv that is 6 years old, but my tv sounds really good."
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")Finally, the audio quality is decent."
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"The audio is clear and the bass is deep, I like the bass better in these than the new Earforce X11's."
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"It's just too much of a hassle to hook up the headset to the TV audio and is easier to use the 'crappier' headset that came with the xbox."
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"They are perfect for in game audio chat."
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"If your television does not have a headphone jack, this is a great alternative because there are audio red white audio splitters included."
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Beach

Beach:
"I'll be hitting up Turtle Beach's site in hopes of some solution, but until then will be feeling very dissapointed and annoyed that it died, especially when I took such gentle care of it."
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"Turtle Beach website support is not that easy to navigate, but the FAQ does mention a ground AC connector causing interference, and I assumed it meant the charge kit cable."
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"These are some of the best turtle beach has to offer!"
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"I would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent headset; would that is, until Voyetra Turtle Beach released their next model."
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"Well, because the new and improved Turtle Beach X11's come out on 3 15 2010 but I couldn't wait until then and from what I read, there was very little improvement on an already solid product."
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"The Turtle Beach X1's are very good for the price the come for."
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"Turtle Beach X1 is a great headset if you want stereo sound and voice chat."
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Cable

Cable:
"Spent $15 on a new microphone cable that briefly fixed the problem but now one month later the microphone operation is hit or miss."
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"The only little fault I can find is that the cable is a bit crazy."
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"In saying that, my primary reason for returning this item (and giving it 4 stars) is due to the fact that the cord that runs from the Xbox to the headset is annoying and could, possibly, pose a safety hazard if you get into your games or move frequently."
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"On a side note, I found plugging the unit into the back of the Xbox became nothing short of cord surgery which is Microsoft's fault."
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"The mic cord is flimsy and sometimes it will buzz when plugged into my controller."
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"Some people may say having a cable this long is a nuisance; I see no such problem."
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"Your ears won't get red and hot from the pressure of them, but if you wear them for a couple hours the lack of fresh air will make your ears a bit warm (this really isnt a complaint at all).The 18' cord is more than adequate, and has not been inconvenient for me in any way."
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"I don't have problems with the wires getting tangled and appreciate the long cable so that your not stuck sitting close to your TV when your couch or chair is probably at least 8 feet from your TV."
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"They are comfortable and the cord is definitely long enough."
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"If you are using regular component AV Cables (red,white,yellow) then you should have no problem."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"It's not the high end model like the others out there, but as a functional gaming headset for a good price, this is one that is hard to beat."
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"Best gaming headset for part time gamers."
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"To me, surround headphones are still a gimmick as the only way to get true surround is with a good home theater setup and good sound imaging and most gaming headsets only do an ok job and to me not worth there price tag."
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"It is great for gaming at a high volume without affecting those around you."
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"It's not the high end model like the others out there, but as a functional gaming headset for a good price, this is one that is hard to beat."
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"This headset is $15.00 CHEAPER, than any of the gaming stores (Gamestop Target BestBuy)."
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Loud

Loud:
"When I have them up pretty loud it's weird to talk over the mic because I cant hear myself very well."
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"If you need it that loud, you probably have hearing damage."
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"It even cuts off from those annoying people who play with their tv's too loud, and you hear everything you just heard through the headset."
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"(theres a loud, annoying buzzing noise unless you do that)-BREAKS EASILY!"
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"Whenever the mic is plugged in, there is a LOUD annoying buzzing sound that won't go away until I unplug the puck and mic from the controller."
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"According to my friends my voice came through loud and clear."
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"When I have them up pretty loud it's weird to talk over the mic because I cant hear myself very well."
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"I am 18 and living at home with a house of 7 people so it can get pretty loud sometimes."
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"(family members) The sound is LOUD and being able to balance the chat with the game audio on two different controls is great."
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"I came away amazed at how clear & most importantly, LOUD, this headset was."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Spent $15 on a new microphone cable that briefly fixed the problem but now one month later the microphone operation is hit or miss."
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"When I have them up pretty loud it's weird to talk over the mic because I cant hear myself very well."
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"The mic in this headset is good, not perfect but good :) the other guys on xbox live can hear me more clear than the original headset."
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"I bought 2 different pairs of Skullcandy headphones for my little brother and I ended up having to take both back to the store because with the first pair, the microphone was physically broken and with the second pair I couldn't hear any voices."
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"I'm only writing to say that the one drawback for these headphones is that there is a noticeable buzzing when using the mic portion in conjunction with the M$ Play & Charge kit."
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"Mic works great and is very clear."
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"{Sound quality} 10 This thing sounds just as good as my BOSE headset minus the extra $200... dope as hell{Microphone}: 8 The mic is pretty darn decent compared to my xbox live one and my webcam on my computer so definitely an upgrade, friends have no problem hearing me over Comp or Xbox liveCons: the only con about this headset is the wire."
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"When I have them up pretty loud it's weird to talk over the mic because I cant hear myself very well."
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"$45 buck for a 40mm Stereo Speakers with a mic that a plus, I think that a good hustle."
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Noise

Noise:
"The Positive: Clear breathtaking sound, Easy to use volume control for both Voice Chat and Game Volume, Effective Noise CancellingThe Negative: None (BUY THESE...THEY ARE AWESOME)"
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"There are people complaining about a hiss noise, but like any pair of sneakers, that problem is easily solved by turning the volume down to a reasonable level."
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"(theres a loud, annoying buzzing noise unless you do that)-BREAKS EASILY!"
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"But the game volume is great because the gun noises didn't bother anybody around me."
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"This headset is very comfortable and there is no hissing noise."
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"The Positive: Clear breathtaking sound, Easy to use volume control for both Voice Chat and Game Volume, Effective Noise CancellingThe Negative: None (BUY THESE...THEY ARE AWESOME)"
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"the noise cancelation works so good that i have trouble hearing my voice when speaking on the headset mic."
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"But when the games start you wont be able to hear it because of the game backround noise."
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Price

Price:
"While not the best available, it's good for it's price."
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"Bottom line - it's nice to be able to hear the game sound through the headset, and the X1 does a decent job of that, but the reliability is not good enough, especially for the price point."
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"It's not the high end model like the others out there, but as a functional gaming headset for a good price, this is one that is hard to beat."
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"The only possible downer I have with it is that they are wired - but I knew that going in - and for the price and quality, definitely worth the hassle."
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"These headsets are a must for any serious gamer not as powerful or clear as the x3 or x4 but tfor the price they are the best out there."
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"for all u people that are complaining with the buzzing sound its just u or the people yr playing with or ur tv if it is cracking on the side then ur head is to big i have had this since Around December of 2007 and no problems except for too much wires but that is what i get for not chipping out more money for the wireless one IF U HAVE A PROBLEM NOW U KNOW TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR STUFF OR RETURN IT AS SOON AS U NOTICE OR CALL THE COMPANY NO PROOBLEMS FOR ME I CAN TALK TO MY FRIENDS AND I DO HEAR THE TV THROUGH THE SPEAKERS AND MY HEAD ISNT GIANT"
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"Not too much for money spent and they sound GREAT! "
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"cant beat the price, great chat quality, hear footsteps well in call of duty, if the 400 dollar head phones are way better then this they must be amazing unreal"
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"Overall, I found this to be an excellent purchase that is well worth the extra money over a cheap headset, and great for those not wishing to buy the truly expensive ones."
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"I purchased these headsets yesterday at a Best Buy for $59.99 plus tax which was retail price and cheaper than the prices I saw on Amazon currently."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality on these headphone are good but not great."
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"I'm very disappointed with the quality."
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"The only possible downer I have with it is that they are wired - but I knew that going in - and for the price and quality, definitely worth the hassle."
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"The sound quality is good, not spectacular."
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"The audio quality in the X1 headset isn't as good as the sound coming from my Mitsubishi HDTV rear project tv that is 6 years old, but my tv sounds really good."
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"The sound quality for this headset is acceptable - ok, but not great."
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"cant beat the price, great chat quality, hear footsteps well in call of duty, if the 400 dollar head phones are way better then this they must be amazing unreal"
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")Finally, the audio quality is decent."
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"There are no issues with the device, and the sound quality is great."
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"The sound quality on the X1's are amazing!"
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"{Sound quality} 10 This thing sounds just as good as my BOSE headset minus the extra $200... dope as hell{Microphone}: 8 The mic is pretty darn decent compared to my xbox live one and my webcam on my computer so definitely an upgrade, friends have no problem hearing me over Comp or Xbox liveCons: the only con about this headset is the wire."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound quality on these headphone are good but not great."
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"The bass is lacking and muffled, not very boomy and doesn't have much attack and the hi's don't sound great either."
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"No matter what mic you have, it'll always sound crappy."
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"This setup is physically a bit uncomfortable but the sound is incredible."
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"The sound quality is good, not spectacular."
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"and a lot of them had hidden sounds."
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"Not too much for money spent and they sound GREAT! "
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"Great Sound you can hear footsteps when they are trying to sneak up on you!"
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"The bass is a little punchy when listening to music, but 99% of the time, they sound amazing."
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"Comfortable fit, good sound and durability."
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"The sound is great though :)"
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Advantage edge over using TV speakers isn't as great of a difference I had hoped for."
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"In general I would say it helps more than TV speakers, but not as accurate as it used to be playing with my old school plantronics audio90s on my computer."
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"Not great, but better than your average tv speakers."
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"Left-side speakers losing sound: The problem was identified and solved."
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"I'd compare the sound to playing music on a nice pair of speakers, then going in the other room, shutting the door, and trying to listen through the wall."
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"Pros:Slight advantage over the TV's built-in speakers for knowing where people are using sound."
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"$45 buck for a 40mm Stereo Speakers with a mic that a plus, I think that a good hustle."
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"--[...]edit: ps: if the speaker falls off yours, (and the wiring is still good) strong superglue over the entire joint there fixes it very well."
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"First of all, these are the most comfortable speakers of any kind i have ever worn on my head."
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Voice

Voice:
"I bought 2 different pairs of Skullcandy headphones for my little brother and I ended up having to take both back to the store because with the first pair, the microphone was physically broken and with the second pair I couldn't hear any voices."
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"In summary, here we have the..Pros:-extremely comfortable, even through hours of playing-perfectly tuned sound-crystal clear mic-runs on power from the xbox (no replacing batteries)Cons:-can be hard to hear voice chat on xbox live when game volume is loudReally important cons:-NOT FOR USE WITH THE PLUG AND PLAY CHARGE KIT THING!"
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"In a brief summary, great sound through the headphones (although a little hissing), but the terrible way the chat voice is brought out makes this a no no for multiplayer gaming, which is why I bought it in the first place."
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"Voices on XBOX Live are very muffled, and it is very hard to understand what people are saying."
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"The voices that come in are extremely muffled and hard to understand."
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"The Positive: Clear breathtaking sound, Easy to use volume control for both Voice Chat and Game Volume, Effective Noise CancellingThe Negative: None (BUY THESE...THEY ARE AWESOME)"
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"the noise cancelation works so good that i have trouble hearing my voice when speaking on the headset mic."
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"According to my friends my voice came through loud and clear."
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"Voice seems very clear and understandable from others."
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"Turtle Beach X1 is a great headset if you want stereo sound and voice chat."
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Volume

Volume:
"My only complaint, the volume dial on the in-line amp is mounted backwards...scroll down raises the volume..."
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"The Positive: Clear breathtaking sound, Easy to use volume control for both Voice Chat and Game Volume, Effective Noise CancellingThe Negative: None (BUY THESE...THEY ARE AWESOME)"
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"The further downside to that is lower volumes."
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"There are people complaining about a hiss noise, but like any pair of sneakers, that problem is easily solved by turning the volume down to a reasonable level."
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"But the game volume is great because the gun noises didn't bother anybody around me."
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"The Positive: Clear breathtaking sound, Easy to use volume control for both Voice Chat and Game Volume, Effective Noise CancellingThe Negative: None (BUY THESE...THEY ARE AWESOME)"
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"It is great for gaming at a high volume without affecting those around you."
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"A MUST for anyone who wants to be able to crank up the volume in order to hear all the essential in game sounds."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"Missing a part, could not use with Xbox 360 as posted."
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"(X-Box LIVE) - This was actually the fault of my xbox 360 charging kit."
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"Now the only problem is getting him off the Xbox 360! "
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"The mic in this headset is good, not perfect but good :) the other guys on xbox live can hear me more clear than the original headset."
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"It requires NO batteries, which is great, because it uses a USB port on the back of the Xbox."
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"-The other reviewers must be deaf, or something is wrong with their xbox."
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"It's just too much of a hassle to hook up the headset to the TV audio and is easier to use the 'crappier' headset that came with the xbox."
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"I just wanted some great sound for when I play xbox 360."
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"The wires are very long so you can easily have over 10 feet between you and your xbox, allowing for easy movement around your room."
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"The Ear force X1's are a great add on to your Xbox360 accessories!"
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"It took me a minute to figure out how to hook it up to the Xbox but once I hooked it up it worked perfectly."
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