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Ear Force XLC Stereo Headset with Mic - Xbox 360 by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Ear Force XLC Stereo Headset with Mic - Xbox 360
Report Date: 09/01/2015
Based on 225 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.1
Returned or considering to return: 9.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Beach4.1   above average
Price4.1   below average
Quality4.1   average
Sound4.1   average
Comfortable3.8   below average
Audio3.7   below average
Speaker3.3   average
Voice3.2   below average
Xbox3.2   below average
Microphone3.1   below average
Volume3.0   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Few problems: You have to plug in the microphone seperately from the audio."
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"The game I was playing was Left 4 Dead 2 and I had to go to the audio settings in game menu as well and set the game volume and music volume to almost nothing to have it to where I could hear the chat over the game - problem solved."
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"My main complaint is that the audio went out on the right side after less than two months of use."
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"I had to use the splitter that was included if you dont have a TV with a headphone option, and found that hooking the headphones up to the audio output and the game to the input fixes that problem."
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"However despite this - they are a decent pair of headphones and the audio quality is good for the price."
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"The game I was playing was Left 4 Dead 2 and I had to go to the audio settings in game menu as well and set the game volume and music volume to almost nothing to have it to where I could hear the chat over the game - problem solved."
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"You may have to adjust audio settings for the game as well."
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"If you are trying to use these as a replacement for your microphone I would suggest a better model, but if you just want to be able to channel the tv audio through your headphones these are a good option for the price."
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"Other than that its a great headset, comfortable and affordable, and the audio is extremely great."
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Beach

Beach:
"I have to say after owning a pair of Turtle Beach x11's for over 2 years and them being the best pair of stereo headsets mic that i have ever owned, i thought there is no way my son will be disapointed with a pair of turtle beach XLC's,...."
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"Obviously Turtle Beach doesn't put much quality in their less expensive models, but two phones broken THAT easily tells me Turtle Beach makes a junk product! "
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"Most of the negative reviews seems to be because the headset came broken; that sounds like a problem they should direct to Turtle Beach (since the X11's are being constructed decently, apparently), not the review section of an otherwise perfectly functional device."
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"Just like every other turtle beach product i buy it works good for 3 months then breaks.. Peace if junk buy trittons or microsoft bluetooths"
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"I bought these headphones because of the low price and also because of the fact that they were turtle beach they worked fine the first day I had them I could talk to other players and they could talk to me however the next day I adjusted them and went to put them on and a small piece of plastic holding the left speaker on snapped right now I have it taped on and am using these temporarily until I can purchase a better headset if it wasnt for theFact of how cheaply these were built these would be fantastic the speakers are great and so is the microphone but it is just to flimsy and fragile and break to easily I would reccomend turtle beach x12 or x32 they are much more expensive but the quality is much better"
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"Get A Turtle Beach, it's way superior and doesn't break, sounds great and ties right into the system."
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"I have to say after owning a pair of Turtle Beach x11's for over 2 years and them being the best pair of stereo headsets mic that i have ever owned, i thought there is no way my son will be disapointed with a pair of turtle beach XLC's,...."
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"Obviously Turtle Beach doesn't put much quality in their less expensive models, but two phones broken THAT easily tells me Turtle Beach makes a junk product! "
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The positioning of the Mute on these headsets takes some getting used to, and I've accidentally left it On more than once...didn't make me happy to know my discussion was heard OTA.-It's not the most comfortable, but it's pretty good considering the price."
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"This item arrive at my house at really good conditions, mint and all you expect it to be, The sound quality is magnificent & is really comfortable to the ears But... For some weird reason after a couple days the Mic Just died,the ability to hear people talking for that matter, everyone could hear me talking but i couldn't hear anyone... i would say your better off buying one a little more updated."
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"My main points:* Chat was extremely hard to hear* ear cups are not that comfortable."
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"the sound is good the voice clarity is good, its fairly comfortable but i wouldn't recommend for casual gamers."
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"The sound quality was good, they were comfortable, but they just aren't constructed properly for day to day use!"
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"the sound is excellent comfort is reasonible the cost well im always for lower cost but not a bad price."
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"These have great sound and are very comfortable."
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"Pros: amazing quality i can hear the audio beautifulGood mic clear and works perfectCons:not the most comfortable after 4 hours but still not horrible either."
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"This item arrive at my house at really good conditions, mint and all you expect it to be, The sound quality is magnificent & is really comfortable to the ears But... For some weird reason after a couple days the Mic Just died,the ability to hear people talking for that matter, everyone could hear me talking but i couldn't hear anyone... i would say your better off buying one a little more updated."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"they are quite uncomfortable to me and not suited for long gaming sessions."
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"I'm not sure if it's just me, but if ear discomfort is something that'll throw you off while gaming, you might not want to try these."
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"If your going to play games at night, this is a must buy...for serious gaming or anything like that, its not really recommended...But you can't argue with that price"
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"Also after more than an hour of gaming, the headset starts becoming uncomfortable to wear."
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"Basically your paying for the adaptor to be able to use these headphones with your gaming console."
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"I would recommend this headset to anybody who is in the market for a gaming headset for the Xbox 360 but doesn't want to spend a whole lot of money."
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"Great if you are on a tight budget or starting to experience gaming, or have games that you play at night and your wife is wanting you to play with the sound off because you play the speakers in the house too loud."
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"This product is great for gaming like gears of war 2, because you can hear footsteps!"
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"When considering its current $25 price, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gaming headset."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I bought these headphones because of the low price and also because of the fact that they were turtle beach they worked fine the first day I had them I could talk to other players and they could talk to me however the next day I adjusted them and went to put them on and a small piece of plastic holding the left speaker on snapped right now I have it taped on and am using these temporarily until I can purchase a better headset if it wasnt for theFact of how cheaply these were built these would be fantastic the speakers are great and so is the microphone but it is just to flimsy and fragile and break to easily I would reccomend turtle beach x12 or x32 they are much more expensive but the quality is much better"
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"Few problems: You have to plug in the microphone seperately from the audio."
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"I troubleshot for days, adjusted chat settings on Xbox TV, checked the Turtle Beach website but the only conclusion I could come to was that the microphone had somehow broken."
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"its not durable eventually the ear pieces broke off when my dad stepped and the mic doesnt work sometimes on them also the sound quality fades after time you should just spend an extra 16 bucks and get the x12 headset."
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"My original xbox360 mic broke and this is so much better."
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"I am in the process of getting an Xbox 360, so I was unable to test the microphone on these unfortunately."
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"I bought these headphones because of the low price and also because of the fact that they were turtle beach they worked fine the first day I had them I could talk to other players and they could talk to me however the next day I adjusted them and went to put them on and a small piece of plastic holding the left speaker on snapped right now I have it taped on and am using these temporarily until I can purchase a better headset if it wasnt for theFact of how cheaply these were built these would be fantastic the speakers are great and so is the microphone but it is just to flimsy and fragile and break to easily I would reccomend turtle beach x12 or x32 they are much more expensive but the quality is much better"
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"they sound good and can adjust volume and mic, they blow away the included headset."
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"The Ear Force XLC Stereo Headset with Mic works great."
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"However the mic works great, sadly that is not why i bought these for my sons birthday."
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"I have to say after owning a pair of Turtle Beach x11's for over 2 years and them being the best pair of stereo headsets mic that i have ever owned, i thought there is no way my son will be disapointed with a pair of turtle beach XLC's,...."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The left ear cup was broken when I opened the package, and the first time I tried to use them, the right ear cup snapped off."
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"Right out of the package, this headset broke."
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"I took it out of the package and it literally broke while i was picking it up."
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"When I opened the package, the earpiece was ALREADY broken."
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"He was excited upon opening the package but the volume on this headset was inadequate according to his expectations."
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"The only complaint that i have is that the headset itself, Not the amazon packaging, was almost impossible to get into, and took almost five minutes, which only made me enjoy the headset more when i got to it."
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"no problem getting it out of the package."
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"This Item was sent well packaged and works very well... was here within 3 days of shipping... absolutely excellent customer service!"
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"Here are my observations:Pros -+ Easy to Hookup; package contained everything we needed to install these to the Xbox and TV+ Comfortable; my son wears these for hours on end+ Clear Mic; no issues with being heard on Xbox Live sessions+ Good Audio; headset sounds OKCons -- Plasticy Feel; very lightweightThese are also fairly reasonably priced, at least compared to other similar models."
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"In that case you'll need to use the RCA splitter cable that comes packaged with the headset, and you'll only be able to adjust the game sounds and chat volume together, not individually."
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Price

Price:
"For the price, you cant go wrong."
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"Summary: If your headset isn't breaking, then you have a great product for the price."
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"The positioning of the Mute on these headsets takes some getting used to, and I've accidentally left it On more than once...didn't make me happy to know my discussion was heard OTA.-It's not the most comfortable, but it's pretty good considering the price."
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"If your going to play games at night, this is a must buy...for serious gaming or anything like that, its not really recommended...But you can't argue with that price"
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"i got this as a low price alternative to the higher priced headsets, i was dissapointed."
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"The only con is that it is not as good as the more expensive models, but for the price you really get what you paid for, if not more."
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"the price was great only $18."
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"I wanted to buy an affordable headset to game with and this looked good so I went with it."
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"The price is unbelievable for what you get in return."
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"However despite this - they are a decent pair of headphones and the audio quality is good for the price."
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"I wish it was more durable and had better sound quality but for the price, it was good."
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Quality

Quality:
"Cons: The build quality and design is horrible."
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"Overall not great quality though, they become very unconfortable during long play sessions."
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"This item arrive at my house at really good conditions, mint and all you expect it to be, The sound quality is magnificent & is really comfortable to the ears But... For some weird reason after a couple days the Mic Just died,the ability to hear people talking for that matter, everyone could hear me talking but i couldn't hear anyone... i would say your better off buying one a little more updated."
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"I rigged it up with tape to at least use them for a min to see how the quality was and i must say it is mediocre at best."
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"However the quality of the item itself is pretty crappy."
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"Sound quality is pretty good, hard to hear friends talking during the game because there is no seperate volume for game or chat."
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"Good quality, great sound"
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"The sound quality was good, they were comfortable, but they just aren't constructed properly for day to day use!"
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"The sound quality from the 40mm stereo headphones were amazing for the 15 bucks!"
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"Good sound quality and easy to use."
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"However despite this - they are a decent pair of headphones and the audio quality is good for the price."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound was good but a very weak product."
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"With the right balance, you won't be able to tell which generic all-around-you sounds come from your speaker or headset."
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"I was worried the sound wouldn't be good because the ear pieces seemed small but these headphones boost great sound."
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"Most of the negative reviews seems to be because the headset came broken; that sounds like a problem they should direct to Turtle Beach (since the X11's are being constructed decently, apparently), not the review section of an otherwise perfectly functional device."
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"As negative as this sounds for thirty bucks this is the best you can get quality wise for anything under eighty."
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"with the wireless you need batteries and from what i hear it has very crappy sound."
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"The sound was good but a very weak product."
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"good starter set small earpads sound is good"
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"Good quality, great sound"
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"They sound great."
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"they sound good and can adjust volume and mic, they blow away the included headset."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I bought these headphones because of the low price and also because of the fact that they were turtle beach they worked fine the first day I had them I could talk to other players and they could talk to me however the next day I adjusted them and went to put them on and a small piece of plastic holding the left speaker on snapped right now I have it taped on and am using these temporarily until I can purchase a better headset if it wasnt for theFact of how cheaply these were built these would be fantastic the speakers are great and so is the microphone but it is just to flimsy and fragile and break to easily I would reccomend turtle beach x12 or x32 they are much more expensive but the quality is much better"
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"(4) The headphones themselves (the actual speaker coverings) will get dirty."
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"I cherish ever item i own so when the first set broke i was like okay maybe i blown the speaker somehow since it was hooked up to my receiver, chuck that one to bad luck even tho it worked the night before, but the second set how the hell does a copper tip snap off inside a plug u cant bend it left or right it goes in and out, but it was snapped..So my advice is if u never had a set of headphones for the xbox 360 and have a little bit of cash and like to roll the dice buy these they are great but u get what u pay for and thats a something that was cheaply made to save the money on cost for the consumer to buy now."
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"When I recieved this headset it was broken, the mic does not work and only 1 speaker works on the headphone."
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"I bought these headphones because of the low price and also because of the fact that they were turtle beach they worked fine the first day I had them I could talk to other players and they could talk to me however the next day I adjusted them and went to put them on and a small piece of plastic holding the left speaker on snapped right now I have it taped on and am using these temporarily until I can purchase a better headset if it wasnt for theFact of how cheaply these were built these would be fantastic the speakers are great and so is the microphone but it is just to flimsy and fragile and break to easily I would reccomend turtle beach x12 or x32 they are much more expensive but the quality is much better"
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"If you have a smart TV speaker set up, you can fiddle around with the volumes of your speakers and headphones until you find the perfect balance between them -- I got surround-sound like effects with my XLC and TV, and with my PC and XLC."
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"well i found out that if you have a old set of computer speakers that are not being used you could just use those."
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"They aren't as Convenient as the X11 model and higher as there is only one nob that turns up both the game and chat volume, yet the sound is good for the size speaker it has and Call of Duty sounded much better after using the mic."
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"v. speakers overall a good purches thumbs up! "
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Voice

Voice:
"They can prove to be a little bit of a hassle, with it requiring you tweak your settings for voice through your XBOX Preferences, but it only takes 5 seconds to make the change to get the mic, and speakers to work."
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"My only complaint is that it takes a bit of tweaking to get the voice chat volume loud enough."
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"This could've been fixed by adding two separate volume dials on the headset (one for the game and one for the voice volume), unfortunately it only has 1 dial and that will lower raise the volume on both the game and the voice."
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"The voice chat can be hard to hear and require the game volume to be turned down."
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"Cons: of the headset1) not a headset for everyone.2) number one complaint is that you can't adjust the voices from the game play sounds (they adjust at the same rate, so you here everything together) ideally you would want the voices louder then the surrounding game play.3) the the headset is kinda small on your head because the earphones are small.4) i would have liked to adjust the volume louder then were its maximum."
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"its hard to hear voice chat over the game volume unless you and your party are yelling at each other through an intense game of wat have you."
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"You should select play through both when configuring the headset options (right-most tab in the home menu) -- definitely NOT play through TV (I think play through headset will work great too, but then I believe the system will split voice and game sounds between headset and TV -- you don't actually wan't that for reasons I will explain below).Some other things to keep in mind:(1) You don't need a headphone jack for your TV monitor (sadly the Xbox itself doesn't come with one)."
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"Once they are hooked up you will noticed that the game and voice chat will come through the TV and as well the headset."
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"Overall the voice is clear and you can hear everything in the game."
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"Sound quality is great, you hear every nuance form the game, and the voice chat is great."
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"My first review of this was a pretty bad one, I was having issues with the voice chat volume, but thanks to another Amazon review I was able to resolve them."
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Volume

Volume:
"They keep the volume don in the early early mornings if I am laying hate on Battle Field, or Bringing her in on Ace Combat."
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"The volume control is a little bit annoying, but it's very easy to adjust, just read the information guide sent with the XLC headset."
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"However, after doing this I was still experiencing low volume for chat and high volume for game, to the point of not being able to hear anyone on chat during game play, very soft chat in the pregame lobby."
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"He was excited upon opening the package but the volume on this headset was inadequate according to his expectations."
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"Problem is you cant adjust the chat volume separate from the game volume."
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"The biggest complaint people seem to have is about the chat volume."
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"they sound good and can adjust volume and mic, they blow away the included headset."
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"I got these headphones on ebay and they have worked well for battlefield 3.These however are not amplified so don't expect to feel like you are right in the middle of the action as I have had to turn the volume to max for decent sound."
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"True it does not have separate volume controls for tv and chat but that can be easily fixed by going into your system settings and adjusting it to your preference."
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"If you have a smart TV speaker set up, you can fiddle around with the volumes of your speakers and headphones until you find the perfect balance between them -- I got surround-sound like effects with my XLC and TV, and with my PC and XLC."
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"The volume control is a little bit annoying, but it's very easy to adjust, just read the information guide sent with the XLC headset."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"They can prove to be a little bit of a hassle, with it requiring you tweak your settings for voice through your XBOX Preferences, but it only takes 5 seconds to make the change to get the mic, and speakers to work."
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"My original xbox360 mic broke and this is so much better."
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"I am in the process of getting an Xbox 360, so I was unable to test the microphone on these unfortunately."
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"The construction is fine and the mic worked much better than the standard xbox headset, but the earpieces became painfully uncomfortable after more than 30 minutes of use."
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"Do not buy these to use for an xbox live headset...you will be disappointed."
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"You have to control the volume through your Xbox preferences, which can suck sometime when you have an annoying gamer on the other end."
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"Initially I had no problems with this headset; the sound quality was much better than the default Xbox headset and chat was clear enough."
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"In order to be able to hear in both ears you will have to go into the xbox guide button scroll to the right under settings and preferences, voice then change it from play through headset to play through both."
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"So it might be that I've been using the headset that comes with the Xbox but this headset is just amazing."
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"I recommend these for anyone who wants a nice upgrade from the standard plain xbox 360 headphones."
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"I run HDMI out of my xbox, so it was as easy as plugging one plug into my TV's headphone output, and the other plug into the controller."
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