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Ear Force X41 (XBOX LIVE Chat Wireless Digital RF Game Audio with Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound) by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Ear Force X41 (XBOX LIVE Chat + Wireless Digital RF Game Audio with Dolby Headphone 7.1 Surround Sound)
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 665 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 9.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light5.0   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Performance4.6   above average
Weight4.6   average
Surround4.5   above average
Base4.3   above average
Dolby4.3   above average
Gaming4.3   average
Setup4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Headphone4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Price3.8   below average
Wireless3.8   below average
Xbox3.8   average
Headset3.7   below average
Plug3.7   average
Stereo3.7   below average
Connector3.6   average
Packaging3.6   below average
Beach3.2   below average
Battery3.1   below average
Controller3.1   below average
Speaker3.1   below average
Transmitter3.1   below average
Cable3.0   below average
Loud3.0   mediocre
Power2.8   below average
Plastic2.7   average
Communication2.3   mediocre
Hissing2.1   below average
Noise2.1   mediocre
Static2.1   mediocre
Size2.0   mediocre
Wi-Fi1.9   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"The biggest downside to the headset that prevents it from being 5 stars is that the Audio from being wireless does make a popping noise sometimes from wireless interference."
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"We have not been able to ever use the audio as it never worked we requested the correct cord or whatever makes the audio work a couple times but never got the correct one."
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"You may have to tweak some of the settings on the PS3 audio out to block settings that are incompatible with this device."
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"I was so disappointed by the consist popping and audio loss during my live matches I couldn't believe I didn't listen to everybody's negative reviews."
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"Most Blu-Rays have DTS-Master Audio tracks, with which the x41 is not compatible."
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"Overall it is a frustrating device that for the price does not deliver the audio experience any gamer is looking for."
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"Audio quality is really well done and has held up over the years."
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"Well just leave the party then I'm only listening to the game audio because it's a cutscene."
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"Good wireless headphones that work for both game audio and voice chat for those times you can't crank up the surround sound."
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"Setup was easy (if you ignore the 360's issues with optical audio out and HDMI out), and everything has sounded great since then."
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"I played with this headset for an easy 8+ hrs over the span of a week and the audio and surround sound was awesome."
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Base

Base:
"All in all, a great gaming headset, my only complaint is that the headphones require the wireless base, they are not at all portable since you have no secondary option of using a cord."
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"the bottom foot on the base can come off so it can lay flat but i wouldn't recommend it, i accidentally broke mine."
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"you can take the bottom off so the base can lay flat but not recommended."
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"Only issue I had was crackling popping sound which was pretty bad.. Had to shut off routers near the X41 base station to get it to go away..(I have not tried changing channels on the routers) In my house I have a main router in one room and a secondary slave in another using WDS (wireless link)so that I can feed ethernet from the secondary to various components.."
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"If you buy these, give them a solid testing at different distances from the base and different base locations to ensure you don't regret your purchase."
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"I use a WiFi to connect my Xbox to the internet and my Xbox sits further from my router than the headphone base station and I have had no problems."
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"I'm pretty sure this happens in their house because they have a G B wireless router, I have the apple N router base station and have NEVER had this problem."
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"If you hear no sound a quick look at the top red light will let you know if the base is able to communicate with the headset by a either a steady light or a slow pulsing light (not communicating)."
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Battery

Battery:
"The only complaint I had was the battery life."
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"The biggest issue is more of an annoyance as when the batterys go dead you won't get a warning."
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"Another problem is the horrible battery life."
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"It gets 2 stars because no matter the batteries used it crackles and isn't nearly as comfortable as even cheaper Turtle beaches."
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"Only downside, batteries do go fast so i started using rechargeable ones."
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"Headset is overall excellent but the battery usage is terrible."
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"Need to change two triple A batteries pretty often but that's the price for wireless."
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"Definitely recommend rechargeable batteries though."
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"Dropping them 1-2 times a week and smacking the heck out of them to remove batteries instead of doing it the nice way is my norm."
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"Headset is overall excellent but the battery usage is terrible."
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"The highs are crisp and the bass is booming without sounding muddy; battery life is pretty good and there is very little interference with the wireless connection; surround sound is very believable and immersing"
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Beach

Beach:
")- If you have more then one set of these (or any turtle beach on the 2.4ghz) they will not work well together"
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"It gets 2 stars because no matter the batteries used it crackles and isn't nearly as comfortable as even cheaper Turtle beaches."
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"Please let me know how Turtle Beach intends to rectify this problem ASAP."
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"However I changed the console that i played on ( because of my playing preference ) and when i switched i found that turtle beaches weren't compatible with my other device."
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"However if you have two systems and you play both i would day Tritton, no only do they look great but they are more affordable than Turtle Beaches."
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"Believe me i play the game also and the wife hates it until Turtle Beach came along and saved me THANK YOU im telling u get this product and u can never go wrong,THE KIDS WILL LOVE YOU AND THE WIFE or HUSBAND will LOVE YOU MORE LOLLLLLLLLL gaurantee !"
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"He always loves turtle beaches and after a lot of research I got these."
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"My son still loves his Turtle Beaches."
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"I don't care what others say about Turtle Beach, they sound great, feel comfortable, and work great."
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"Please let me know how Turtle Beach intends to rectify this problem ASAP."
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"We have purchased many of Turtle Beach products in the past and we have always been very pleased."
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Cable

Cable:
"::Bad:: (Not worth buying a headset with these problems)The cord is cheap."
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"The cable was sealed in the box so this has to be a manufacturer packaging error."
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"The cable was sealed in the box so this has to be a manufacturer packaging error.)."
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"A flaw is the chat cable does eventually break no matter how well you treat it."
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"Now for my review, i have owned a few pairs of turtle beach headsets, turtle beach x1's which were fantastic in my opinion, i still have them and they work great and ive had them for 3 years, but the talk back cable broke so i had to buy a new pair."
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"I did however swap the crappy toslink cable with a nice mediabridge one i had."
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"Aside from the mic cord being worthless crap that I had to replace, the headset itself is durable if anything, and shows no sign of being damaged or even old."
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"However, the fact you have to use the highly outdated and unnecessary Standard AV cables means you either don't have an HDMi cord and thus have to have your station thing awkwardly pressed to your TV (or get an extender) or you're like me and sawed off the blocking plastic to allow for both HDMi and Standard output."
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"Please confirm that this is the cable you need so we can arrange another shipment."
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"The two cables are unique enough that they cannot be mistake from each other so i figured that it was a bulk mess up."
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"We can easily provide you with the proper cable at no charge."
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Charging

Charging:
"The only thing I think they are missing is rechargeable batteries and perhaps a charging station for when they are not in use."
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"We can easily provide you with the proper cable at no charge."
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"Other than that, I have 4 rechargeable AAA batteries:Energizer CHP4WB4 Recharge Smart AA AAA Charger with 4 AA NiMH BatteriesThis works well when you don't want to buy new batteries."
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"I also bought rechargeable batteries since I use these headphone almost every day (I use it about 1 hour every day and charge it once in two weeks).I recommend these headphone although it is not a cheap choice (it cost almost as half as a new PS3! )"
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"I bought a pair of rechargeables with a wall charger and it's all good."
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"A good improvement would be some sort of charging set up with the receiver."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"bad things1-Short range wireless range if I move my head fast or anybody move between me and the wirless receiver the sound stop and sometime I need to restart the headphone.2-The white sound is so high and if the sound is low I can here the annoying sound of the white noise3- Quality of this headphone is not the best in the market.4- its not comfortable for my ears I can't use it for 1 hour without puling it from my headgood things1- not heavy for your head.2- if the sound is high you will not hear the white noise and the sound quality is good3- you will found that the headphone don't use a lot of battery so you will not change the battery quickly.4- I don't chat with this headphone but I like this and how its easy to install the headphone to the xbox"
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"Your mileage may vary, but for me the cheaper X31s not only sound excellent, but are just perfect in the comfort department."
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"The earmuffs are COMFORTABLE and have yet to give me any problems."
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"Ear cups are not leather, which at first I was disappointed with because leather is comfortable but I see why they did this."
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"* The cans are made of comfortable material but the design does not work well for glasses wearers."
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")They're expensive, they're not as comfortable as I would have liked for my 3-4 hour gaming sessions, and the playback of sounds from the mic through the headset is a bit annoying.... but... the improvements over previous Ear Force headphones, 7.1 surround, and 15 hour battery life far outweigh these small annoyances."
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"They are comfortable and have good sound and good comms, but wth the(very loud) popping, I have simply stopped usng them."
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"As for comfort, these are very nice."
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"They are good for comfort, and they don't squish your ears, they cover them."
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"These are some of the most comfortable headphones I've had the pleasure to use, their light weight and soft on the head."
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"they are very comfortable and durable."
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Communication

Communication:
"If you get beyond the 'happy' communication range, you will notice some nasty hissing and pops."
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"I am not all that tech savvy so sorry if I get some things wrong, but i believe that the way the headset and the transmitter communicate blocks the connection to xbox live sometimes."
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"Getting up to grab something out of the next room 15 feet away with the headset on resulted in crazy loud static as the headset was out of range from it's base as wells as disconnection from communication capabilities, which were incredibly hard to reconnect without shutting off the communication device and turning it back on again."
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"- The microphone cord for the controller communicator is flimsy and causes problems."
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"This is a small frustration given with the standard communicator you'd be lucky to only miss out on the first few syllables."
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"If you get beyond the 'happy' communication range, you will notice some nasty hissing and pops."
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"The communications side of them is also pretty good."
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"If you hear no sound a quick look at the top red light will let you know if the base is able to communicate with the headset by a either a steady light or a slow pulsing light (not communicating)."
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"Getting up to grab something out of the next room 15 feet away with the headset on resulted in crazy loud static as the headset was out of range from it's base as wells as disconnection from communication capabilities, which were incredibly hard to reconnect without shutting off the communication device and turning it back on again."
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"Considering this set debuted, however, we aren't likely to see X42s for the foreseeable future, so in the meantime if you purchase this set you can be pretty confident you are receiving the best game sound communicator headset available on the 360."
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Connector

Connector:
"I find this to be annoying because the jack is always in the way and rubbing against my shoulder or neck when I turn my head."
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"its easy to set up the only problem is the imput jack was loose and the optical wire wouldn't connect you had to wiggle the connection and once it worked you could not breath next to it."
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"The only thing I was VERY disappointed in is that I had to switch out my HDMI connector (which I just recently purchased! )"
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"The only problem I have is that the headphone microphone jack that connects to the controller is poorly manufactured and causes the wire to fall out disconnect easliy."
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"I just plugged my XLC's into the wire jack thingy in the wireless adapter and I'm good to go."
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"its easy to set up the only problem is the imput jack was loose and the optical wire wouldn't connect you had to wiggle the connection and once it worked you could not breath next to it."
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"The headphones come with a receiver, which connects to a digital output on the Xbox 360 and also has a USB connector which connects to the 360 as well (this is actually where the receiver gets its power supply from)."
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"This is great because any headset will work with an 1 8 jack."
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"Not wanting to send them back, and knowing a little bit about electronics I opened up the headset and was able to tweak the mic jack so that it made a better connection."
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Controller

Controller:
"I've also had a few issues with minor feedback, but I suspect my controller is the problem, not the X41."
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"I'm missing something and it was very obvious, it didn't have the xbox controller cable (I checked the whole house and even outside my door just in case some freaky accident)."
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"My only problems are the fact that you have to connect the headset to the controller to enable voice chat, and how the xbox does not fully support 7.1 dolby digital rendering the 7.1 surround sound useless, but this does not deter the product."
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"Also, about 4 months ago I had accidentally broken off the tip of the mic cable inside the controller."
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"- The microphone cord for the controller communicator is flimsy and causes problems."
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"The only problem I have is that the headphone microphone jack that connects to the controller is poorly manufactured and causes the wire to fall out disconnect easliy."
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"The cord plugs into both the controller and the headphones with ease."
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"Unfortunately, their gaming headset neither lived up to my expectations nor proved to be compatible with the controller I use."
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"Had to replace the wire that goes from the headset to the controller for $10 after a year and a half but it has been working perfectly since!"
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"XBOX's standard headset that comes with the console has the mute button right at the tip of your thumb on the controller where it plugs in, incredibly easy use and highly more convenient."
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"There was a small hissing sound but that was just because the controller had low battery so don't get scared if you hear that, just change your batteries."
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Design

Design:
"Could be we just had a bad set, but not entirely sure that this problem is a design flaw."
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"so after reading reviews and hearing mixed emotions about these headsets and the whole dolby 7.1 come on people you got one midgrade speaker on each ear your not gonna get that much detail and i must say (GOOD) when i put them on they are light comfy maybe just a little too loose and dont start to sweat around the ear muff area but (BAD)i notice if i move to quickly they will shut off possible bad design with battery compartment and as far as online they are horrible."
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"I highly recommend these headphones if you are doing online voice chat, although I'm surprised they aren't a totally perfect design at this price point."
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"Occasionally I get a pop like people complain about, but that hasn't really been a big problem for me.2)The stand transmitter is a mediocre design that tends to topple easily unless you put the phones on with care."
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"* The cans are made of comfortable material but the design does not work well for glasses wearers."
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"Other reviews talk about hearing extra audio effects that you never heard on the TV and that's true, but those two NPCs talking over in that bunker sound just as loud when you a good distance away as they do if you were right next to them (it is this problem that bugs me the most, but maybe that's sound design and not the headphones)."
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"They worked well and I enjoyed them, but they had one design defect - they didnt hold up to being slammed in a moment of rage on MW3 lol."
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"The results of my research led me to the EarForce X41: Turtle Beach's top-of-the-line headset designed specifically for the XBox 360."
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"I am really happy with the overall design."
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"My kids absolutely love them; they are light weight by design (not cheap) so they can wear them for long periods of time."
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"Occasionally I get a pop like people complain about, but that hasn't really been a big problem for me.2)The stand transmitter is a mediocre design that tends to topple easily unless you put the phones on with care."
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Dolby

Dolby:
"I was told it the Dolby chip had a fault and they should be replaced."
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"The Dolby Digital Pro-logic IIx, is also great, but it's not really true surround sound, so it doesn't sound as good as the 7.1 Dolby digital."
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"While the x41 are great for 5.1 Dolby Digital sound offline, it's horrible during online play."
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"There are some good comparisions of why Dolby isn't necessarily great on AVSForums and I won't cover that here, however keep in mind that your 360 isn't capable of putting out 7.1, it's a 5.1 device only."
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"I really think it had something to do with being so close to my WIFI router that was causing all the problems,.now I listen to movies in beautiful 7.1 Dolby and never had a problem again and its been a week now, So maybe its something about the reception from the 2.4 RF X41s and WIFI .Canceled those x31s."
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"I love the full sound I get from the dolby 7.1 surround."
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"The sound quality is amazing, the 7.1 dolby surround sound makes everything so crisp and sharp and the ability to change between surround sound and regular stereo is nice especially if you want to switch from a game to a movie."
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"Be sure to hook these up with a good dolby digital cable."
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"The X41's psychoacoustic interpolation of Dolby's surround sound encoding is so good that when a helicopter flies overhead in Battlefield 3, I instantly know exactly where in the sky it is."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Getting noise complaints from neighboring apartments from your gaming?"
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"Occasionally I will hear a pop if I'm using my phone between matches, but nothing has ruined my actual gaming experience since I'm not using my phone WIFI aggressively while playing."
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"Unfortunately, their gaming headset neither lived up to my expectations nor proved to be compatible with the controller I use."
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")3.Uncomfortable after very long gaming sessions (Usually like more than 3 hours)4.Can't hear footsteps as well as the x11's (And the x11's cost about 50 dollars less."
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"They are comfortable on my huge adult head, are fully adjustable and have probably saved my marriage because my wife hates hearing any Xbox-related gaming (anyone feel my pain?"
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"This is by far the best gaming headset for the 360, one downside is that it does NOT include the necessary adapter to connect it to the Xbox."
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"There a few years old and still work great, not only are they awesome for use when gaming, but they are also great when your watching TV & you want full surround sound but you don't or can't disturb the rest of the house with wall rumbling sounds from your home theater."
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"nothing more needs to be said except that I am extremely pleased with this gaming headset."
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"I needed a solution to be able to listen to gaming on my XBox."
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"Best gaming headset hands down and a really good quality mic to boot."
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"Gaming requires good sound on a constant basis, but when the sound drops even for brief seconds, that's the difference between life and death in games."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"The only negative comment about these headphones is unlike my X2's they do not turn off automatically if you accidentally leave them on."
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"These headphones are great when they are being annoying as hell."
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"My only complaint of these headphones."
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"The real downside to these headphones is the physical quality compared to price."
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"bad things1-Short range wireless range if I move my head fast or anybody move between me and the wirless receiver the sound stop and sometime I need to restart the headphone.2-The white sound is so high and if the sound is low I can here the annoying sound of the white noise3- Quality of this headphone is not the best in the market.4- its not comfortable for my ears I can't use it for 1 hour without puling it from my headgood things1- not heavy for your head.2- if the sound is high you will not hear the white noise and the sound quality is good3- you will found that the headphone don't use a lot of battery so you will not change the battery quickly.4- I don't chat with this headphone but I like this and how its easy to install the headphone to the xbox"
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"They are only 2 downsides to the headphones."
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"Great headphones really awesome for COD online play."
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"They are well worth the money, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants headphones for playing video games or watching movies."
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"These headphones sound amazing and I love them very much."
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"Love the wireless headphones, couldn't ask for a better product, at a awesome price!"
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"The base takes up very little room as it is vertical, and the headset hanger is great for stowing the headphones."
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Headset

Headset:
"The biggest downside to the headset that prevents it from being 5 stars is that the Audio from being wireless does make a popping noise sometimes from wireless interference."
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"As of now I am using a cheap, uncomfortable $15 headset because it is A LOT nicer."
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"This is by far the worst headset I have ever used."
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"X 41 are the worst headset I have ever have gotten."
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"The static I get from the headset being wireless is annoying as shit."
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"The only complaint about this terrific headset is that it tends to crackle here and there because of it being wireless"
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"It is truly the most durable headset I've ever had."
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"nice headset that works well with the xbox 360"
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"The headset is very comfortable to wear for hours of game play."
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"As of now I am using a cheap, uncomfortable $15 headset because it is A LOT nicer."
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"Best headset for the money."
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Hissing

Hissing:
"If you get beyond the 'happy' communication range, you will notice some nasty hissing and pops."
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"Even without the the hissing, crackling and popping noises, the x41 is mediocre at best."
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"Audio Quality: 5 5I continue to hear complaints about popping, hissing, and just overall degradation of signal."
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"After 3-5 hours, the popping and hissing escalates to an unbearable level."
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"Here is a list of problems I have with them:There is an underlying white noise hissing, and it gets worse when you plug in the boom mic and even worse when you plug in the cable to the controller."
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"Nasty hissing, crackling, and popping erupted in both ears, loud and immediate."
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"If you get beyond the 'happy' communication range, you will notice some nasty hissing and pops."
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"The wireless signal was very good....no humming or hissing noises, although there are no cordless phones or wireless routers in the same room, which could be the reason I had no interference issues with sound."
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"Even without the the hissing, crackling and popping noises, the x41 is mediocre at best."
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"The x41 sound quality, when it's not popping or hissing and when the volume level is adequate, is excellent."
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"The sounds are clear, crisp, and there is no hissing if you setup your microphone per the instructions."
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Hook

Hook:
"I wish I could hook them up to a laptop but they aren't compatible."
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"For Music:Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice to hook this up to my iPod?"
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"One thing that I see in other reviews that is incorrect is that you can't hook two or more of these headphones to the same game console."
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"I liked that i can hook them up to my surround sound and listen to sports events or movies."
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"The Astros are also usable with other sources - so I can easily hook them into my phone or computer or anything with a headphone jack."
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"Be sure to hook these up with a good dolby digital cable."
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"Our family loves these headphones, Very good quality and easy to hook up."
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"Hands down BEST way to hook these up (Not even Turtle Beach knows about this) Use the optical audio cable to go straight into the back of your tv (Not just the back of your xbox) and all you have to do is switch the input on your tv and the headset will play anything."
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Light

Light:
"These are some of the most comfortable headphones I've had the pleasure to use, their light weight and soft on the head."
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"The construction seems solid, but being so light (which is good) they feel fragile."
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"The headphones are nice and light and feel great even after a couple hours of wearing them."
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"They fit nice on my head, and are light and comfortable."
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"PROS:1) Light2) Looks Decent3) Cheap on AMAZON."
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Loud

Loud:
"The volume chat to hear others goes from a volume where I can't hear anything to overbearingly loud with barely moving the knob at all, not to mention my friends all complain about how loud I am thanks to my mic."
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"I like it to very loud, despite the health aspects..lol and I was disappointed that my X11's could be louder volume wise."
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"Sound - Bass is good but I was disappointed on how loud I could turn it up."
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"The intrusive sound was so loud that I was subjecting myself to long-term hearing damage if I continued using them."
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"Just make sure that ya have the transmitter at least 5-6 feet away from your router or you'll have really loud annoying popping in your ears."
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"Also, if my batteries get low, there can be a weird and loud POP."
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"They are comfortable and have good sound and good comms, but wth the(very loud) popping, I have simply stopped usng them."
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"Great headphones, but they get interference in the form of loud pops and crackles unless you're very close to the receiver"
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"They have good sound, I can mute the TV, and turn them loud as I want."
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"The sound still comes in good, but after only a month the sound is not as loud."
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"The sound quality is excellent; while not as loud as my px-21 headset; the sound quality is more detailed."
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Noise

Noise:
"They are extremely brief (thankfully), but they're also very high volume compared to the ambient noise in the game that is borderline painful."
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"Another problem with these is that you do hear a small fuzzing noise when no sound plays."
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"bad things1-Short range wireless range if I move my head fast or anybody move between me and the wirless receiver the sound stop and sometime I need to restart the headphone.2-The white sound is so high and if the sound is low I can here the annoying sound of the white noise3- Quality of this headphone is not the best in the market.4- its not comfortable for my ears I can't use it for 1 hour without puling it from my headgood things1- not heavy for your head.2- if the sound is high you will not hear the white noise and the sound quality is good3- you will found that the headphone don't use a lot of battery so you will not change the battery quickly.4- I don't chat with this headphone but I like this and how its easy to install the headphone to the xbox"
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"I realize this is mostly personal, but I missed a fair amount or ambient noise (game environment sounds) or in-game sounds (shooting or footsteps, etc.)."
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"Getting noise complaints from neighboring apartments from your gaming?"
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"The only thing that irritates me, is the poping noise I get when I am doing something on my laptop."
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"However, those are much more noise cancelling, yet they are also less comfortable after a few hours."
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"Also at one point I tried moving my router behind the TV this caused crackling and background noises as well, I just moved it back to its original location and was good to go."
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"Once I get to about 30' (the listed range) I have to take them off the background noises are too great."
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"The wireless signal was very good....no humming or hissing noises, although there are no cordless phones or wireless routers in the same room, which could be the reason I had no interference issues with sound."
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"- Good battery life (about 24 hours of solid use)- Good microphone noise canceling for the recipients of your war cries."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The cable was sealed in the box so this has to be a manufacturer packaging error."
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"The cable was sealed in the box so this has to be a manufacturer packaging error.)."
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"During Xmas the packaging was discarded by mistake or I would return these to Amazon for a refund."
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"We all know and hate the clam shell packaging companies use for antitheft purposes."
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"package came in on time, was happy with the overall product."
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"Aside from a gashed finger from the heat-sealed plastic package, set-up was surprisingly easy - the RF transmitter is powered via USB, and both batteries (! )"
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"The package was well padded and arrived in pristine condition."
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"Upon receiving these, I was really quite happy with the packaging as well as the build quality of the base station."
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"This product arrived in time and was well packaged."
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Performance

Performance:
"For these games and movies alike you might not be completely satisfied with the performance but you can't expect everything to work as good as a real surround sound."
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"Seeing as wireless headphones in general chew through batteries like they're going out of style, these perform quite well at about an 8 hour average with rechargeable energizers."
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"These are great, and I am absolutely satisfied with their performance."
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"Comfortable and high performance digital sound under $200 total, can't beat that! "
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"I am a Playstation 3 user for BluRay movies and NetFlix movie streaming and these headphones perform perfectly."
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"Performance - They worked well enough at first."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"They are made of plastic so they feel really cheap and flimsy (but they're not) and sometimes if there is a signal interference with the GHz of the headphones, there is a loud popping noise that the headphones produce that hurts the ears."
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"I was worried that they were made almost entirely of plastic and to my surprise they are very durable and more durable than my trittons ever were."
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"and now you come out with a new headset P5 charging more than the originally price for the x41 (notice everything looks the same except the new dye when they casted the plastic mold) did not fix any original problems just added bluetooth looks like to me turtlebeach is just a money hungry corporation losing one customer at a time just go to the trouble shooting guide at their website to see how many problems are associated with these headphones"
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"Construction - The plastic felt cheap and flimsy."
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"Unfortunately, not only are they made of cheap plastic (I could overlook that) and the buttons controls are cheesy (I could overlook that too) but the static and popping are just unbearable."
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"Cheap plastic, no durability."
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"Plastic and easily breakable."
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"I was worried that they were made almost entirely of plastic and to my surprise they are very durable and more durable than my trittons ever were."
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"Aside from a gashed finger from the heat-sealed plastic package, set-up was surprisingly easy - the RF transmitter is powered via USB, and both batteries (! )"
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"Such as yes they are light (cheap) plastic, but that is a good thing if you are gamming all day on a Saturday."
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"While the padded headband and earcups are fine, the plastic feels pretty cheap, and the letters and lights the front panel of the decoder unit are not centered but shifted to the right...Overall and excellent purchase and it will really improve your gaming experience, especially if all you use now is your TV speakers."
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Plug

Plug:
"I do have one small complaint though, the plug for the wire that connects headset to xbox360 controller is rather cheaply made."
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"And good luck if you have an OLD Xbox controller or well-used one, because most likely the hole the plug goes into is probably worn and makes the problems WORSE!"
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"I have to admit i didnt have any poppin or cracking but i did have echo when i put them on, not me but my friends online heard themselves so i was worried and realized i didnt plug in the mic all the way in and then everything was gravy."
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"every once and a while i will get static through the head set from the chat cord plugged into the controller i just unplug it and plug it back in problem solved."
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"First let me start with the positives: The device is easy to set up, simply plug and play."
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"The cord plugs into both the controller and the headphones with ease."
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"if i could recomended something with this purchase is a USB plug so you dont need to plug in your xbox 360. iam using this on my optical out from my TV so iam playing my Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and even my Super Nintendo its F#%$ sweet."
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"XBOX's standard headset that comes with the console has the mute button right at the tip of your thumb on the controller where it plugs in, incredibly easy use and highly more convenient."
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"Sound quality is great but it only uses digital audio, but you can plug in an additional head set if you wish and it gets simular sound quality."
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Power

Power:
"I use Energizer Rechargeable AAA Batteries to power it so when the headset goes dead, I can pick up where I left off pretty quickly."
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"Unfortunately, the USB cord to power the transmitter is not correct."
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"Once I got it I was disappointed to realize it was missing a cable, the usb to DC power cable that actually powers it on."
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"Everything seems to be okay except that it came with the wrong cable...It was missing the power cable that has a usb end (which connects to the headphone) and the DC end (which connects to the power supply)."
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"Caveats:1)There is a slight background hiss when I power these on."
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"Also I am disappoint that there is no wall adaptor, it powers by USB--in a way it is good to save wall space but that also means now it is stuck near my WiFi and I cannot move it so it has its pros and cons."
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"I recommend buying a USB power adapter (I bought the cheapest I found) and connect it to an AC outlet and not to the PS3 USB input (the less power which is consumed by the PS3 the longer it will live...)."
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"Set up is also extremely easy, USB is used for power, fiber optic cable for sound (which I actually plug in to my tv instead of the xbox so I can use the headset when I watch movies in my man cave) and since the headset comes paired with the base it's ready to plug and play and then all you need is to control the settings on the console about sound and chat input output."
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"The headphones come with a receiver, which connects to a digital output on the Xbox 360 and also has a USB connector which connects to the 360 as well (this is actually where the receiver gets its power supply from)."
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"Connection and setup is easy enough, power from the USB port of an Xbox360, and audio via the included optical cable."
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"(keep in mind the headset gets sound from them, its just the chat feature)A little advise, get an extra optical cable for your PS3 or other component so you can easily swap between them and connect the usb cable to the tv to power the transmitter."
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Price

Price:
"As of now I am using a cheap, uncomfortable $15 headset because it is A LOT nicer."
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"::Bad:: (Not worth buying a headset with these problems)The cord is cheap."
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"The real downside to these headphones is the physical quality compared to price."
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"However if you have two systems and you play both i would day Tritton, no only do they look great but they are more affordable than Turtle Beaches."
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"Overall it is a frustrating device that for the price does not deliver the audio experience any gamer is looking for."
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"They are made of plastic so they feel really cheap and flimsy (but they're not) and sometimes if there is a signal interference with the GHz of the headphones, there is a loud popping noise that the headphones produce that hurts the ears."
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"They are well worth the money, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants headphones for playing video games or watching movies."
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"As of now I am using a cheap, uncomfortable $15 headset because it is A LOT nicer."
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"Best headset for the money."
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"The price was great and they have been trouble-free so far."
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"I think I paid around 250 including the tax, thinking these have to be the top of the line brand name best headset money can buy."
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Quality

Quality:
"Sound quality is horrible and it keeps crackling during use."
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"The quality of the headset is just UNACCEPTABLE for such a high cost."
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"The real downside to these headphones is the physical quality compared to price."
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"bad things1-Short range wireless range if I move my head fast or anybody move between me and the wirless receiver the sound stop and sometime I need to restart the headphone.2-The white sound is so high and if the sound is low I can here the annoying sound of the white noise3- Quality of this headphone is not the best in the market.4- its not comfortable for my ears I can't use it for 1 hour without puling it from my headgood things1- not heavy for your head.2- if the sound is high you will not hear the white noise and the sound quality is good3- you will found that the headphone don't use a lot of battery so you will not change the battery quickly.4- I don't chat with this headphone but I like this and how its easy to install the headphone to the xbox"
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"There are two primary reasons for this: The first is sound quality; While the surround sound is very good, the sound quality is pretty terrible."
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"I got these because I heard they were really good head phones so I did my reserch and some people rated it really good some didn't .well I say the quality is very good sound us amazing but the life of the batterys suck."
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"The sound quality is nice and still holds up."
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"Audio quality is really well done and has held up over the years."
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"They run like they're new and the build quality is amazing, surprised they've lasted this long."
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"Sound quality is decent, coming from a $175 pair of Razers, it's decent for what it is."
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"Sound quality is really good."
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Setup

Setup:
"They aren't going to out-perform a good traditional surround setup, but I'd recommend these over a cheap 'home theater in a box' setup with crappy little speakers."
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"I do have two complaints, first is a low level hiss in the headset but this is probably do to my wireless setup in the house, second complaint is the ear cup shape."
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"Overall: 5 5Why did I give these a 5 5 when there are obvious down sides, setup a bit confusing, look, signal interference, and most of all battery usage?"
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"Sound quality is really quite good and setup couldn't be easier."
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"I thought I may have installed it wrong, so I re did the installation and setup."
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"Great product easy setup and delivery was as promised."
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"I'm sure a full surround sound setup might improve it as well but, the headset doesn't bother other people in my home."
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"It also offers a decent 10m range, so it works perfect in a basic entertainment setup."
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"Setup was easy (if you ignore the 360's issues with optical audio out and HDMI out), and everything has sounded great since then."
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"Now the set-up was easy and I didn't even read the manual or look at the pictures but if you are having trouble then I suggest that you do."
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Simple

Simple:
"pros:they have really good sounds, one of the best wireless headsets out there with the price in mind...simple set upvery little cablescons:are eats up batteries like a mother...if you have it set up anywhere near your wireless router you will get interference all the timecustomer service sucks for them... so if you call them you'll have a hard time."
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"The headphones have a nice and simple set of controls built on them and battery life has been good so far, 2 AAAs and Ive put at least 8-9 hours on them so far."
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"The sound is great, hookup is simple, and they are very comfortable."
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"one thing I did have to do was YouTube how to remove the ear cups, but that turned out to be quite simple and they are easy to hand clean with a bit of detergent in the sink once a year!"
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"The sound quality is terrific, it's simple to set up, and I haven't had any significant problems."
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Size

Size:
"Another problem with these is that you do hear a small fuzzing noise when no sound plays."
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"I am not sure if your staff has give you the full story here and I am very frustrated that something as small as this has come to this point."
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"The room in which my xbox is, is fairly small, so I was thinking this might be a problem."
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"The only downside is when talking to people it's harder to hear small cues in the game like rocks being ruffled, grass, reloading, whistling of tank shells, the roaring of dragons, Arrows flying by, crunching of snow, etc."
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"Another small problem is with very low bass sound."
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"It's a small hassle, and you could get an optical switcher if you really wanted, but it works for me."
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"The ear cups are a little small, but they still fit over my ears (barely) and were comfortable for using several hours at a time, at least."
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"It also gives a small, but awesome advantage by enabling for you to hear people sneaking up behind you in any FPS I know."
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"bass boost really makes a difference and no matter how much you've played a game you haven't heard everything they say or sounds that are made till it's on your earscomfortable- the ear pieces are a good size but light and they don't make your ears sweat."
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"Don't get me wrong...these headphones are great and I would buy them again knowing about these small problems."
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"So other than ( to me ) a very small annoying things, this headset is GREAT."
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Sound

Sound:
"If not prepare for a lot of clicking and popping and other annoying sounds."
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"Sound quality is horrible and it keeps crackling during use."
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"We bought this for our son and he is very dissapointed because the surround sounds is horrible to play games."
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".Tips:Wireless modems really mess with wireless headsets so make sure you set the stand a good 4+ feet away from WIFI modems and cordless phone bases and you should have very few problems with popping sounds and such."
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"The sound is extremely annoying.2."
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"The sound is GREAT, very rich sound and I didn't realize what I was missing with the sound muted."
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"The sound quality is nice and still holds up."
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"They have good surround sound be sometimes crackle for some reason."
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"Sound is pretty good."
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"These headphones sound amazing and I love them very much."
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"Love the 7.1 surround sound on these."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"You can pick up a lot more game sounds using this head setMic and hearing your voice in the head set is awesomeCons:Fit is tight and it is not really that comfortable, I stretched them out a bit on a speaker and this improved the situationSound quality is thin and too tin can in tone."
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"The quality of the speakers is horrible, every time there was a deep bass noise it would be accompanied by this crackling noise."
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"They aren't going to out-perform a good traditional surround setup, but I'd recommend these over a cheap 'home theater in a box' setup with crappy little speakers."
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"I thought about upgrading to 7.1, but some buddies who get paid to know about audio stuff convinced me that it's not worth the money (or hassle of re-burying speaker wire) to replace the system I've already got."
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"I was disappointed to learn that these ear phones only had two speakers in them."
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"I have a Creative X-Fi souround card and when it was detecting the speakers it failed misserably.... never had to return anything to Amazon, but im not keeping 165 dollar item for nothing, dont waste your time and get the the ACP TRI-GA600, or what i am using atm a Sony MDR-IF540RK."
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"i love the 50mm speakers compared to 40mm or lesser quality."
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"You'll hear them coming from every angle, and you will have great advantage opposed to regular tv speakers! "
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"As a result, the headphones have larger speakers and can produce better audio fidelity than smaller speakers would be able to."
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"I was actually surprised to find out that the headset does not use discrete speakers for the different channels but instead takes advantage of the way our mind PERCEIVES directional sound."
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"through the comfortable and breathable ear speakers.1 huge flaw to the device is the mute feature, which is highly valuable for online play."
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Static

Static:
"The static I get from the headset being wireless is annoying as shit."
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"Oh by the way skeptical customers, alot of people complain about static with these but what most people don't understand is that these operate on the same radio frequency that your phone, microwave, and router operate on."
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"If I got more than 10 feet away, or was not in line of sight to the transmitter, I got terrible static and popping noises."
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"Unfortunately, not only are they made of cheap plastic (I could overlook that) and the buttons controls are cheesy (I could overlook that too) but the static and popping are just unbearable."
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"I had read tons of reviews about all the problems from static to simply poor service."
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"The first things I wanted to test and find out were complaints others had, popping, static, malfunctioning mic, etc."
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"Although it's true you get a little bit of background static with this headset because it's wireless, you get used to it pretty quickly, and the sound quality you'll get completely makes up for it."
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"I have not had any issues with static since I found a good place for the transmitter."
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"But besides minor static interference with other 2.4GHZ signals these are very good."
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"Getting up to grab something out of the next room 15 feet away with the headset on resulted in crazy loud static as the headset was out of range from it's base as wells as disconnection from communication capabilities, which were incredibly hard to reconnect without shutting off the communication device and turning it back on again."
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"I would rather listen to the game through my tv speakers, at least then I wouldn't get the annoying static that is always present."
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Stereo

Stereo:
"Worst case scenario you have to use the stereo track on the Blu-Ray, which works just fine, but you can definitely tell the difference in the quality of sound."
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"It is unbelievable how much audio is missed and wasted on even stereo surround sound systems."
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"I was really surprised how much detail I was missing though my 5.1 stereo."
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"Sound QualityI typically hate the cheap sound of digitally processed stereo equipment but these head phones have such a great tone and warmth to there sound its incredible."
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"The sound quality is amazing, the 7.1 dolby surround sound makes everything so crisp and sharp and the ability to change between surround sound and regular stereo is nice especially if you want to switch from a game to a movie."
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"Yes they are in stereo, but man they sound great and are extremely comfortable (More so than the x41! )"
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"The 7.1 really makes it so much easier to hear footsteps or gunshots, than a traditional stereo headset."
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"I'm not sure I buy the 7.1 so much, as it sounded pretty good even in stereo, but the headset is solid."
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"I don't get the whole surround headphones thing- I still feel like they are just good stereo headphones."
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Surround

Surround:
"We bought this for our son and he is very dissapointed because the surround sounds is horrible to play games."
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"Surround effects are good, but not great."
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"I fired it up and played some MW2, the 360 3D Fake Surround Sound was HORRIBLE."
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"Bottom Line - While the 7.1 surround sound is good, it is not $140 good; ESPECIALLY when you factor in the cons I've listed above."
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"I have owned the x11's and they are good, but the sound quality isn't nearly as good (41's have the surround sound)."
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"The only thing I'm missing out on is the 7.1 surround because the 360 only puts out a 5.1 signal."
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"They have good surround sound be sometimes crackle for some reason."
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"Love the 7.1 surround sound on these."
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"When it worked it was awesome, surround sound was great and it worked for call of duty."
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"I liked that i can hook them up to my surround sound and listen to sports events or movies."
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"These headphones are very nice the surround sound is like your personal movie theater and it crisp and clear and can distinguish where the sound is coming from in the game."
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Transmitter

Transmitter:
"Unfortunately, the USB cord to power the transmitter is not correct."
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"I was a little hesitant to buy this at first, by all the reviews about broken bands and constant scratching or constant beeping, but i can tell you for sure that anyone who had a problem with this headset either doesnt understand how 2.4 ghz spectrum works or just lazily placed it anywhere, If you are having a problem with scratching or popping place the transmitter infront of wireless access points like laptops phones or your xbox, Also this headset came with all the wires i would need like a spdif wire and a usb power wire."
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"Unfortunately about 2 weeks ago the transmitter stopped connecting to any device I hooked onto it as it wouldn't find the Dolby source."
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"If I got more than 10 feet away, or was not in line of sight to the transmitter, I got terrible static and popping noises."
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"Another minor problem is how the transmitter can sometimes interfere with your Xbox Live Connection when you are not using the headset, signing you off every once in a while."
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"Occasionally I get a pop like people complain about, but that hasn't really been a big problem for me.2)The stand transmitter is a mediocre design that tends to topple easily unless you put the phones on with care."
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"Okay so simply put this headset is worth the money despite some of the negative reviews on it, I have had my headset for a while now and to be honest i was a bit put off at first due to some bad reviews about it, firstly i have never had a single issue with humming or buzzing regardless of where i places the transmitter, i have also never had an issue with it being uncomfortable or hurting my ears and i wear this thing for hours on end, i have also seem complaints that it is heavy which simply is not true i mean compared to a wired headset it maybe slightly heavier but not enough to where you would notice it."
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"I have not had any issues with static since I found a good place for the transmitter."
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"To eliminate this change you router settings to the lower end of the 2.4 frequency or to 5.2) Replace to cheesy optical cable that comes with the X41 with a decent one.3) Place or move the X41 transmitter as far away from your router and Xbox, PS3, etc."
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"Opening the box i was surprised to found that everything i needed was included and i was very happy to find that the transmitter was powered by USB."
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"Aside from a gashed finger from the heat-sealed plastic package, set-up was surprisingly easy - the RF transmitter is powered via USB, and both batteries (! )"
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Weight

Weight:
"Please give some weight to the negative reviews on here, as I've experienced most of the same problems and they sum up to a really frustrating experience."
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"They're lightweight yeah to have less weight on your head, but are they comfortable?"
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"These are some of the most comfortable headphones I've had the pleasure to use, their light weight and soft on the head."
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"They are lightweight and simply comfortable."
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"com4) WirelessCONS:1) RCA Analog2) No Digital Opitcal In Out3) Need Adapter if you want to use HDMI w XBOX4) No Surround SoundTURTLE BEACH X41My first impression of this headset, was that it was light weight, felt good and was SUPER comfortable on my head and ears."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"The sound may pop once or twice (same as the occasional wifi or cordless phone interference) and then go dead."
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"You know it's an issue when it's 6 feet from my xbox and it's still confusing the wifi and making me disconnect from Live."
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".Tips:Wireless modems really mess with wireless headsets so make sure you set the stand a good 4+ feet away from WIFI modems and cordless phone bases and you should have very few problems with popping sounds and such."
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"I use my wifi to connect to LIVE, so I am assuming that was the problem."
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"I'm not super Wifi savvy so I'm not sure if that's accurate."
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"If you connect via WiFi and attempt to do anything other than game (for example download an app) the headset will make the horrible noises."
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".Tips:Wireless modems really mess with wireless headsets so make sure you set the stand a good 4+ feet away from WIFI modems and cordless phone bases and you should have very few problems with popping sounds and such."
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"Since it's an Android with sync turned on it is constantly using the WIFI, but no problems with that as per my original test."
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"Also, I noticed that my wifi networks became much less reliable with these turned on."
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"The wireless is great as long as no WiFi is around."
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"They don't interfere at all with the WiFi in our house and the quality is fantastic."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"The biggest downside to the headset that prevents it from being 5 stars is that the Audio from being wireless does make a popping noise sometimes from wireless interference."
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"The only downside is that the wireless receiver runs on the same frequency as most modems, which causes popping in the headphones and a massive cut in internet speed."
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"The static I get from the headset being wireless is annoying as shit."
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"The only complaint about this terrific headset is that it tends to crackle here and there because of it being wireless"
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"Lastly it seems to have issues occasionally with its signal and will make clicking sounds like its having trouble sending sound to the headset although this could be due to its wireless signal conflicting with my Xbox's wireless, or my laptop, or my ps3, or my wii, or my cell phone, etc."
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"Love the wireless headphones, couldn't ask for a better product, at a awesome price!"
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"Need to change two triple A batteries pretty often but that's the price for wireless."
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"The wireless connection is digital so you don't have to worry about line of sight which is really nice, There is occasionally some interference though from other wireless objects."
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"The only complaint about this terrific headset is that it tends to crackle here and there because of it being wireless"
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"*Overall i'd say even with these flaws they are pretty good if your looking for wireless headset with sourround sound."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"You know it's an issue when it's 6 feet from my xbox and it's still confusing the wifi and making me disconnect from Live."
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"Lastly it seems to have issues occasionally with its signal and will make clicking sounds like its having trouble sending sound to the headset although this could be due to its wireless signal conflicting with my Xbox's wireless, or my laptop, or my ps3, or my wii, or my cell phone, etc."
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"I'm missing something and it was very obvious, it didn't have the xbox controller cable (I checked the whole house and even outside my door just in case some freaky accident)."
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"After a few months of use, my headphone jack got messed up some how and I had to hold it in place so I could hear others, and it would prevent them from producing the worst echo you will ever hear on xbox."
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"The room in which my xbox is, is fairly small, so I was thinking this might be a problem."
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"I'm not sure if having the Xbox wireless adapter will make the problem more prominent, but it might."
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"It works on the Xbox one as well as the 360 but you do need to change around some settings to stop the crackling."
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"nice headset that works well with the xbox 360"
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"Best headset I've used so far for xbox 360."
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"Works on Xbox and PC perfectly."
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"First I have to say this are first or second generation so there outdated but man this beautiful headphones are badass in a good way lol they look great sound amazing works for ps3 and xbox 360 and wii how u say you connect it to ur tv lol awesome I say."
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