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Logitech G930 Review

Logitech G930 Review

Logitech G930 Review

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Review Date: December 17, 2013

Summary:

If you are into PC gaming. This Logitech G930 review will help you decide if this is the right headset for you. There are several things this headset has going for it. One is the Dolby 7.1 surround sound. The 7.1 Dolby surround adds some nice separation to the sound picture. Standard’s 5.1 Dolby surround has six channels of separation, the 7.1 places two more channels to the left and right. This is great for FPS games when you want to know who’s around you at all times.


PC Gaming Headset

The Logitech G930 gaming headset is specifically designed to work with the USB port on your PC.  Many people wonder if there is a way to connect it to your PS3 for PS4.  There are ways of using the 3.5 mm jack to connect a console and get audio out to your G930, but it requires additional hardware make the connection to get the PS3 to work.  There isn’t a way to connect the PS4 at this time.

Sound that the G930s delivers is pretty good for the price. It clear high range, pretty good midrange, and as long as you don’t like your bass very loud you get pretty good response there as well. The bass does get distorted at high-volume.

This headset has some good controls. There are even 3 programmable keys that allow you to customize the set-up for the headset.  This comes in handy if you want to mute your background music or morph your voice.  The volume control has a frustrating wheel and needs to be spun to get any difference in sound level.  Just keep cranking away at it and eventually you can hear a difference.

Wireless Features

The G930s are wireless have a really nice range up to about 40 feet. You will find that they shoot pretty well through walls and allow you to walk around while you are talking. So if you’re popping out to the kitchen for a Dew, this headset will work pretty well for you. They have a tendency to drop out that many find a huge PITA.  There is supposed to be a frequency scanner that finds the clearest channel for communications.  I guess since I have a lot of Wi-Fi signals bouncing around the house there was a lot of interference.  These just use the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi so I guess I have too much chatter on that frequency.  I find the Turtle Beach 5.1 GHz band to be much more stable and didn’t have any of the dropping issues with any of the Turtle Beach headsets.

Battery Life

Battery life is respectable at about 10 hours.  You can charge them while in use so that means you aren’t limited to 10 hours of play.  They do charge pretty quickly but I’m usually still playing so that might make them slower to charge.  There is a low battery beep so you won’t be totally blindsided when they drop on you.  I didn’t have a problem with the charging port but I’m pretty careful when I plug things in.  One of my buddies forgot they were charging and stepped away from the game only to find he had snapped the port right off.

Microphone

The microphone is just dismal.  For me this was the worst mic I have used in several years.  I have returned these for this reason alone.  I just couldn’t tolerate the sound coming out of this microphone and my guild agreed.  They kept telling me to mute the mic and use my Snowball.  If I don’t have a good mic, there isn’t much use in having a headset.

Final Word

If you are a gamer and not an audiophile, this headset will probably work pretty well for you.  I would stick with the G35 wired unit to overcome the Wi-Fi issues. They both have the 7.1 Dolby and give some radical separation.  I would recommend the Turtle Beach PX3 over this one.

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Turtle Beach XP510 Review

Turtle Beach XP510 Review

Turtle Beach XP510 Headset

Turtle Beach XP510 Review

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Review Date: December 13, 2013


Summary:

Headsets have come a long way since the early days.

They were little plasticy things with tinny sound and a toy like appearance and were fragile and easily breakable.  Comfort was rudimentary at best.

The XP 510 is a quantum leap from the early headsets.  This high-end gaming headset has just about everything that you might want. In this Turtle Beach XP510 review, I’ll cover the features, the compatibility and the overall experience that this headset provides.  If you are ready for the ultimate sound experience with your games, this headset will knock your socks off.

Unboxing

When you unbox the XP 510, after removing the sleeve and opening the black shiny box, you immediately see the headset and the digital RF wireless transmitter.  Taking these out of the box,  you’ll find another small box that contains the cables.  Included in the cable box are the XBA Bluetooth Chat Adapter, the microphone, a Transmitter Power Cable, the Headset Charging Cable which can be used while the headset is in use, a Mobile Device Cable, the Digital Optical Cable and finally a USB Data Cable. Also included in the box are two guides for the quickstart and preset references and some turtle beach decorative stickers.

These headsets feel a bit bulky when you first put them on.  Spend a bit of time with them on your head and you will be impressed.  They don’t feel overly heavy, the cushioning feels good on the headband with cross stitched reinforcement and the ear cups with breathable fabric padding to keep your head cool while playing.  The 50mm drivers allow the ear cups to go around your ear instead of sitting on the ear like some of the competitor’s products. One nice additional feature is that the ear cups rotate to allow you to put them around your neck and allows them to sit nicely on your shoulders when you are not using them.

Wireless

The XP510 is designed for wireless communication and has several ways to make this happen.  The dual channel ( 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) Wi-Fi ensures that you will have interference free communication by automatically selecting the frequency with the best connection and least interference.  Bluetooth is available to connect to your phone and a controller dongle is included(XBA Bluetooth Chat Adapter) to allow the microphone connection and make your chat functions wirelessly as well.  Two devices can be connected to the Bluetooth at the same time.

The Wi-Fi transmitter connects to your console via an optical cable for lossless communication.  Power is handled by a USB power connection.  Set-up for the headset should be instantaneous since it is paired at the factory.  It is fairly simple to re-pair the headset if this has somehow been mucked up by the factory.

Controls

The Earcups contain all the controls that you could possibly want on this headset.  The Left side contains the main button, power and presets for the game and chat.  A programmable control switch and Game volume control are reached from the bottom of the earcup.  There is also a talkback cable jack should you choose to use a cabled talkback instead of the Bluetooth.

On the Right Earcup, the Bluetooth volume is controlled with two buttons + and -, the Bluetooth Multifunction button  and mic mute button fill out the buttons.  The charge status light and a USB port are reached from the bottom of the earcup.

The transmitter has two dedicated LEDs to indicate the digital input and Dolby functions and  two additional buttons to turn on the Surround Sound and adjust the Surround Angles to your headset.  A Fifth button/LED indicates power and is used when pairing is required.

The back of the transmitter provides the connections and a master volume dial.  If you are using the Optical cable the Digital connections are here, if an RCA jack is used these are also provided for connection to this style cable.  The USB power cable plugs in as well.

Battery Life

With any wireless headset, battery life is a concern.  These will last you 15 hours of continuous play and then, when they are running low, you can plug them in and keep right on playing.  A battery low nag will drive you bonkers when they are running low but this goes away when they are plugged in and charging.  So don’t worry about interrupting your game.  Grab a Dew, plug and go.

Sound

What about the sound? These are after all Gaming Headsets!

These are some of the best performing headsets I have ever tried on.  Originally designed for gaming, they are perfectly designed for this medium.  The presets and Surround Sound works perfectly.  Want to hear people sneaking up on you from behind.  Got that in a preset.  Need to enhance the bass and rock your socks off.  It’s in there.  There are 8 presets in game mode  Flat (no surround sound), Bass Boost (enhanced low range), Treble Boost(high range boost for greater clarity and crisper sounds), Bass and Treble Boost (combination of high and low frequency boost), Stereo expander (3D effects for subtle audio clues), action enhancer (Amplify intense sounds), Footstep Focus(hear enemies sneaking up on you), and finally Superhuman( Boosts low volume sounds).

In addition to the Gaming Mode, there are Movie and Music Modes and another 8 chat mode presets, you can customize just about every possible sound that you hear for a seriously impressive audio experience.

The Music sounds absolutely fantastic through these classical to hard Rock, these headsets perform beautifully.  Put them in Movie Mode and the action and backgrounds pop.  Godzilla never sounded so good.  One hitch I found in movie mode though is during quiet scenes.  The threshold to automatically turn off the headsets when not in use can get confused  an shut off during the movie.  A bit of a pain but turning them back on isn’t difficult just annoying.

The clarity and quality of these headsets are just beyond compare.  High range is crystal clear and bright, bass rumble is exceptional and reverberates right to your toes.  So if its Call of Duty Ghosts, or Gran Turismo 6 your sound experience will be what you want to hear.

Still not sure if they are right for you?  Turtle Beach has a deal for you.  With the Xbox One release, the chat support is lacking.  Microsoft just couldn’t get the chat dongle done in time.  Turtle Beach will send you one at no charge when they are released.  Just sign-up and provide proof of purchase and you are on the list for 1st quarter 2014 when they are available.  Pretty sweet.

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Turtle Beach XL1 vs. XLa Review

Turtle Beach XL1 vs. XLa Review

Turtle Beach EarForce XLa Headset

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Beach Xl1 vs. Xla Headsets

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Review Date: December 01, 2013

Summary:

Having reviewed the XLa headset the other day, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a set of the XL1s while I was out shopping. Here is a Turtle Beach XL1 vs. XLa review that compares the two units.

The XL1 and the Xla headsets from Turtle Beach are based on the same design. These are both wired headsets and can be used on the XBox 360 and eventually will work for the XBox One when the adaptor is released around Valentines day 2014. Currently, you can use these with both the PS3 and PS4 consoles, use with a PC is possible with the right sound card that provides RCA jacks.

Both headsets get their power from a USB port so you will not need batteries or offline time to recharge them. Each provides separate game sound and chat volume as well as a bass boost feature, the controls for these are on an inline amplifier attached to the cord.

 

Speakers

Both the XL1 and XLa headsets look similar.  The 40 mm speakers in the XLa have been bumped up to 50mm in the XL1.  This change from  40mm speakers to the 50mm speakers makes the XL1 over the ear (circumaural) .  Over the ear will block out more of the noise from your environment and are just a whole lot more comfortable.  

Sitting on the ear is the major complaint that I hear from the XLa users.  They can be uncomfortable for long sessions in game. This was my experience as well, eventually you get used to it but why should you have to.

The 50mm speakers in the XL1 provide you with a couple of advantages.  You get a better sound, they are more responsive  and comparable to the higher end Turtle Beach headsets.

Stereo Sound

The XL1 and XLa headsets are Stereo Sound.  You will be able to hear much more in the game but they are not directional.  You can pick out which side someone is coming at you from but won’t know where they are on the left or right.  

If you want to upgrade these to Surround Sound to give you a more precise idea about your threats, a DSS2 amplifier can be purchased and put in place of the inline amp that comes with these units.  Both are retrofitable.  The XL1 becomes a DXL1 with this modification.

Microphone

Both units have a microphone that is quite responsive, it doesn’t have a foam protector(known as a pop-shield) so you might experience some clipping with p’s and hissing when speaking the “sh” sound.  If you are unconcerned with these drawbacks, the mic is fine for normal use.  

There have been some reports of the Turtle Beach XL1 microphone breaking.  This is easy to fix in most cases by replacing the cable and puck that runs to the controller.  You can get a replacement online so there is no need to replace the headset if this happens.  You will want to verify the mic is working before you buy a new cable.

 Side By Side Comparison

Turtle Beach XL1

Turtle Beach Ear Force XL1

  • 50 mm Speakers- Over Ear
  • Independent Volume Controls
  • Stereo Sound- Upgradable to Surround Sound
  • Amplified
  • Talk Back Microphone
  • Bass Boost
  • $35.96 (Prices may be subject to change)

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Turtle Beach XLa

Turtle Beach EarForce XLa Headset

  • 40 mm Speakers- On Ear
  • Independent Volume Controls
  • Stereo Sound- Upgradable to Surround Sound
  • Amplified
  • Talk Back Microphone
  • Bass Boost
  • $29.95 (Prices may be subject to change)

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Turtle Beach XLa Review

Turtle Beach XLa Review

Turtle Beach EarForce XLa Headset

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle Beach Xla Headset

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Review Date: November 29, 2013

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Summary:

The base model of the turtle beach headset line is the XLa headset. There are certain features that are available with this headset to make it a very good economy option for your gaming. This turtle beach XLa review will outline some of the features that the headset has to give you an idea of how well it works.

The XLa is a step-up from the basic communicator headsets that only have a single earpiece and microphone and only allow you to chat.  This headset gives you sound for the game audio and also allows you to chat through the microphone. It has separate game and chat volume controls and the dual earpiece over the ear design blocks out environmental noise and distractions.  The bass is pretty awesome too.

 

Wired For Sound

This is a wired headset so you won’t have to worry about Wi-Fi interference and all of the problems that you will see when you have Wi-Fi connected in a wireless headset. The cable is a good size and usually comes 18 feet long. You may find that this causes the cable to get tangled at times. There is a Velcro strap to help alleviate this problem.

Audio is Top Quality

What really sold me on this set of headphones was the quality of the audio. You’ll be hard-pressed to find something else, at this price point, that delivers the kind of sound you get from this headset. While this headset only gives stereo sound. It really does pick up all the small noises in the game. You can hear noises coming from all around you. So if you’re tired of getting Rick rolled in Call of Duty and are ready to hear people sneaking up on you give this headset a try.

If you want true surround sound you’ll have to add a DSS2 surround sound amplifier. This will add a whole new level of realism to the game .  The DSS2 adds simulated surround sound.  Its not true surround sound but for the budget minded, this is entirely adequate.  You will find the separation works well and you will be able to respond to threats from behind and to the sides.

Share Your Space

If you are a parent, and are tired of hearing the constant gunfire and explosions emanating from your TV.  Putting one of these headsets under the tree will save your sanity.  Your gamer will appreciate the upgrade and you won’t be subjected to the constant noise.  This can be a relationship saver too, if your spouse is a gamer.  Isolate the noise with a XLa headset.  You can watch your shows or sleep and your Other Half can play to their hearts content without worrying about disturbing your slumber.

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Features:

  • Amplified Stereo Sound
  • Bass Boost
  • Independent Volume controls for Chat and Game sound
  • USB powered so no need for batteries or recharging
  • Microphone monitoring allows you to hear your own voice in the headset and keep track of how loud you are sounding inside the game.  I don’t know about you but I can get pretty loud at times, it is nice to be able to get feedback on how loud you actually are.
  • 40 mm drivers
  • Affordable price
Turtle Beach X12 Review

Turtle Beach X12 Review

EarForce X12 HeadsetTurtle Beach EarForce X12 Review
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Review Date: November 25, 2013

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Summary:

When you’re getting a videogame you’re not just buying the game, you’re buying the gaming experience. Part of the experience is the sound of the game. That is where this Turtle Beach EarForce X12 Review comes in to play. You want to immerse yourself, stimulate your visual sense and you want to hear the sound of the game as well. Not only that, but you want to chat with your friends, you want to coordinate your assault, and you want it to sound like you’re really there.

If you’re interested in really good quality but don’t have a lot of money to spend, the X12 will get the job done for you. This is an over the ear headset with 50 mm audio drivers that make it sound like you spent a whole lot more. The sound quality of this headset is something you only expect when you buy an audiophile headset for much more money.

 

Microphone

There’s a super-sensitive microphone which works well in most games. The biggest problem you might have as that it will pick up sounds from the other room. If you want to hear your own voice, the microphone monitoring is a feature that you’ll like. This lets you hear yourself in the headset. Some gamers don’t like this and you can turn it off if you want, but it is nice to be able to monitor your mic to know if it’s muted or not.

Amplifier

The X12 has standard amplification so it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the higher end EarForce headsets. You can still hear someone sneaking up on you because the clarity of these headsets is amazing. This also allows you to turn up the volume as high as you want and still not get distortion, everything is clear as a bell even at high-volume.

This is a wired headset that gets its power from a USB port so no batteries required. The cable is very long so you can move around without worrying about running out of cable. It does have a tendency to get tangled, so you might find this frustrating but you don’t have to worry about interference from wireless devices causing problems. There is an in-line amplifier that allows you to adjust the game volume, the chat volume, and the bass boost. The bass boost is absolutely amazing. You can adjust the levels so you have just a little bit, a lot more, or you can blow yourself out of the room.

The X12 is a great basic headset. It’s available at Amazon for under 50 bucks right now, so if you’re looking for a great basic headset to get your gamer online and enjoying, the game pick one up.

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