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Ear Force HPA2 5.1 Surround PC Gaming Headset by Review Summary ,  Sep 7, 2015

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Ear Force HPA2 5.1 Surround PC Gaming Headset
Report Date: 10/23/2015
Based on 90 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 12.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Price4.5   average
Surround4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Gaming3.8   below average
Speaker3.8   above average
Beach3.6   average
Microphone3.6   average
Video3.5   below average
Volume3.3   below average


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Beach

Beach:
"Turtle Beach is the worst company on the planet and anyone who orders their products is in for a real treat if they have any issues."
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"I used to switch from my old Turtle Beach X52'S to the Sennheisers when I was not gaming, but with the great detail the HAP2'S produce I no longer bother."
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"So far 1 out of 4 of these are still working normally, not so good Turtle Beach!"
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"I'm glad I did, at the end I decided to give Turtle Beach a go and I can NOT be more satisfied with my purchase, and here's why:I found out that this Turtle Beach headset has four 40mm drivers!"
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"Will recommend Turtle Beach Headsets without a second thought."
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"Turtle Beach has been decent, considering they replaced the headset twice, but unfortunately this one is poorly engineered, which is nothing their support organization can fix."
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"When I recieved my new headset I was very happy to see that Turtle Beach had made inprovements to the HPA2 headset."
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"Service: 5 5Turtle beach has always had great service for me, and I'm sure if I had ever wanted a new amp I could've easily gotten one."
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"Good Job turtle beach! "
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Cable

Cable:
"The only downside I can see to these headphones is the length of the cord."
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"Cons: not very comfortable compared to others in price range, the cord on these is a joke."
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"I managed to run the cord under my mouse pad table around behind my big chair and up the back of the chair leaving the cord almost completely hidden and extra length to spare."
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"My only complaint to the headphones seems to be the same complaint with all headphones...the cord connectors do tend to fall apart if they get moved around allot."
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"-After about 3 months of using it, the cable for my Triton AX51 had some problems and my mic wasn't working properly anymore."
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"I troubleshooted the heck out of it and am 100% sure that one of the wires within the cable itself must be broken."
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"Also with the USB power cord makes it easier to set up."
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"Besides, I am sure that when I get over being lazy I can make my own splitter out of quality plugs and cable from Radio Shack and all will be good."
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"They are a very nice set of headphones with a nice long cord."
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"And I love the fact they they include cable splitters so I can use either my 5.1 speakers or the headphones without swapping plugs."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"This is an excellent headset with great sound quality and is very easy to use, they could be a little more comfortable however."
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"-Quite comfortable (once you get used to it).-Perfect positioning, good sound quality, GREAT BASS!"
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"I really did like this headset because it was powerful, clear, and comfortable, but that doesnt matter if i cant hear my sound from 1 2 the headset!"
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"Other than that, sounds it great, decently comfortable, and the control pad you get is very nice also."
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"They are much more comfortable to wear with no discomfort after hours of use."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I thought that would be a problem but through several all night gaming marathons I don't even notice it anymore."
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"Cons: The wire seems to twist itself quite a lot (no problem, but it's just annoying), the ear cups become uncomfortable to wear after 3+ hours of gaming."
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"I used to switch from my old Turtle Beach X52'S to the Sennheisers when I was not gaming, but with the great detail the HAP2'S produce I no longer bother."
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"Sadly, much like the gaming end of things, they failed to live up to my expectations."
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"Anyway, two factors influenced my decision to try Turtle Beach; one, I had a pair of Turtle Beach X1s long long ago, when they were first out and quite pricey, I loved them, but they broke after endless abuse from my gaming nights...two, I simply wanted to give it a try, having had an old pair before, I thought, why not?"
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"These are great when listening to music but not for gaming poor sound quality when you need hear foot steps in all directions"
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"If you are you should also own a really good pair of studio quality stereo head phones just for music but if you are the average guy like myself that is on a limited budget then these in my opinion sound great for gaming and good for music."
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"This head set is probable one of the best sounding headsets for both gaming as well as listening to music is you are not a real picky listener of music."
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"If you enjoy watching movies on your PC or do any FPS gaming, then this is the headset for you! "
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"Great for gaming."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The people complaining about the microphone attachment apparently cannot read instructions."
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"I had a broken mic on the first one I had bought and did some surgery to replace the subwoofer on the new one."
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"Unfortunately boosting the volume also makes the microphone very sensitive, it will pick up quiet noises and make them loud."
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"I've had these for nearly a year, and while the sound is decent, it isn't worth the flaws.1) I've had 3 different headsets now thanks to RMA, and all 3 have had microphone problems after a while."
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"This is an absolutely great headset, only problem I have had with it is getting the mic to work, I am not new to having headsets, etc but this has to be the most frustrating mic I have ever set up."
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"Mic attaches easily on & off without a problem when properly aligned as per instructions."
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"The microphone is very quiet and has to be boosted to be able to pick up my voice."
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"-The microphone is detachable, good quality too."
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"The microphone seems to be top notch as I've not had any complaints from Vent users or in-game players."
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"The mic is durable and completely adjustable."
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Music

Music:
"However, if you are also using this headset to listen to music you will be disappointed....sound is distorted and there is way too much base."
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"Music - The biggest disappointment of all."
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"The only negative is I dont feel these are the best cans for music listening, but in their defense, I havent taken ALOT of time to try to tweak them but in short, this is a gaming headset pure and simple."
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"These are great when listening to music but not for gaming poor sound quality when you need hear foot steps in all directions"
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"If you are you should also own a really good pair of studio quality stereo head phones just for music but if you are the average guy like myself that is on a limited budget then these in my opinion sound great for gaming and good for music."
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"This head set is probable one of the best sounding headsets for both gaming as well as listening to music is you are not a real picky listener of music."
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"Honestly, I only purchased these headphones because my older, cheaper headphones had died out (right earphone quit playing sound); these older headphones had a bass amp in them and worked great for music and games as well as movies."
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"They create perfect positional sense, and 2 my surprise, wonderful music playback WITH SOME WORK."
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Price

Price:
"But, for the money saved I can live with the problem."
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"Cons: not very comfortable compared to others in price range, the cord on these is a joke."
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"Great quality, excellent sound, and less than half the price of an equivalant headset."
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"Best money I've spent on audio stuff."
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"Consider the price, this is a great deal."
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"I guess these issues eventually outweigh the benefits of owning a 5.1 surround sound headset and if you want a decent 5.1 surround sound headset for relatively little money, this will be your best bet once you sort out the speaker placement and hissing."
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"This is a decent headset but for the price I would recommend something a little better."
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Quality

Quality:
"Quality is not that great."
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"The biggest problem I have had is with build quality."
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"the sound quality is amazing, and there is very little hiss, which was a problem ive had with previous headsets."
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"Lastly, the sound reproduction in games or movies is unpredictable in quality."
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"was useless, there was so much distortion, I could barely hear anything, the sound quality was simply horrible."
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"when I purchased this headset I thought the sound would be okay, but upon hooking them up I was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality and power coming from this headset."
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"Great quality, excellent sound, and less than half the price of an equivalant headset."
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"If you are you should also own a really good pair of studio quality stereo head phones just for music but if you are the average guy like myself that is on a limited budget then these in my opinion sound great for gaming and good for music."
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"This is an excellent headset with great sound quality and is very easy to use, they could be a little more comfortable however."
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"Pros: Sound quality is good."
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Sound

Sound:
"The only problem is that you need a sound card with 5.1 analog outputs."
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"Pros:- Overall great sound quality- Nice bass- Most comfortable headphones I've owned- Microphone sound pretty good- Included splitter is useful so you can leave your speakers hooked upCons:- Static coming from the in-line amplifier (only noticeable if there is no sound playing)- 5.1 Surround sound is not as clear as I thought it would be."
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"the sound quality is amazing, and there is very little hiss, which was a problem ive had with previous headsets."
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"However, not being able to utilize the sound through my x-fi titanium was a big drawback."
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"This is not bad for those who do not have a decent card or for those who only utilize on board sound."
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"when I purchased this headset I thought the sound would be okay, but upon hooking them up I was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality and power coming from this headset."
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"The headphones sound great, much better than the Zalman 5.1 headphones I had prior."
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"Every sound is clear and crisp and can be heard from an exact position."
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"Great quality, excellent sound, and less than half the price of an equivalant headset."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I received the headset and one of the speakers were broken."
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"The AX51 Pro fails miserably at this even though it has four speakers in each cup."
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"These headphones worked great for the first couple days, and I swear I did not have the bass turned all the way up actually it was on the low end of the scale at about a 3 out of 10 including the bass on my pc soundcard was average-and these weak subwoofer speakers BLEW OUT!"
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"I went ahead and sent the amp to them with the chance it was a channel problem, and not a speaker problem."
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"Sounded pretty good for about a week, and then the front right speaker went out."
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"I guess these issues eventually outweigh the benefits of owning a 5.1 surround sound headset and if you want a decent 5.1 surround sound headset for relatively little money, this will be your best bet once you sort out the speaker placement and hissing."
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"Able to control all speaker levels right on the inline 5.1 module."
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"Pros: Good directional sound, more than enough bass, great sound quality, the microphone is flexible and sounds very clear (I've been told), long wire with a splitter for speakers."
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Surround

Surround:
"Pros:- Overall great sound quality- Nice bass- Most comfortable headphones I've owned- Microphone sound pretty good- Included splitter is useful so you can leave your speakers hooked upCons:- Static coming from the in-line amplifier (only noticeable if there is no sound playing)- 5.1 Surround sound is not as clear as I thought it would be."
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"The game environment sounded great, however, the 5.1 surround isn't accurate at all...matter of fact, it just isn't discernable, even after making adjustments to the different channels."
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"just a blister case and all you need for easily setting up to get great surround sound with easy to complex controls (depending how much the enthusiast you are)."
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"Other than that they were amazing headphones, surround sound makes a hell of a difference in just about any game movie."
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"I guess these issues eventually outweigh the benefits of owning a 5.1 surround sound headset and if you want a decent 5.1 surround sound headset for relatively little money, this will be your best bet once you sort out the speaker placement and hissing."
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"The little power module has adjustments for front, center, surround and subwoofer channels, so you can fine tune to your pleasure."
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Video

Video:
"If you watch a scary movie with these headphones it's gonna be a lot scarier, you're gonna think you're the victim."
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"Lastly, the sound reproduction in games or movies is unpredictable in quality."
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"Movies - I was pretty disappointed with these when it came to my Blu-Ray movies."
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"If you enjoy watching movies on your PC or do any FPS gaming, then this is the headset for you! "
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"Honestly, I only purchased these headphones because my older, cheaper headphones had died out (right earphone quit playing sound); these older headphones had a bass amp in them and worked great for music and games as well as movies."
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"I've also kept them on laying down through 3 hour movies without a break and they are absolutely great, though you do feel only slightly relieved to take them off, it's still nothing hindering."
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"The drivers are all placed just right inside the ear-cups to provide excellent surround sound while gaming or watching a movie and It provides amazing stereo sound with any mp3 player as long as you have an hpx stereo adapter to go along with it."
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"If you already have a good video card and fast computer, this is the next upgrade you should get before considering upgrading other components."
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Volume

Volume:
"Unfortunately boosting the volume also makes the microphone very sensitive, it will pick up quiet noises and make them loud."
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"If there's heavy bass, and especially if you turn up the volume, the experience is not impressive."
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"I have wrapped aluminum foil around the amplifier module to mitigate it, but it looks ridiculous, blocks your access to the potentiometers which control volume on the sides and top, and doesn't completely get rid of the interference."
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"I at first thought the headphones were broken when my x-fi card decided to jack the windows volume to 100% at startup and the headphones at even low volumes had a horrible ringing echo after any sound."
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"The sound quality is pretty good once you find a decent balance between the amplifier volume and the Windows volume so you reduce as much noise or hissing as possible."
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"Pros: True 5.1 sound, great mic, adjustable volume, good quality materials."
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"The cords are plenty long, and the in-line amp volume pod is perfectly placed to allow you to have it on the desk and not dangling in the way."
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"When I got the EQ set, I bumped the volume up to 1 2 which seemed, for me, a pretty good volume."
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