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Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset and Amplified Stereo Sound

by Turtle Beach
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista, Mac OS X, Xbox 360
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,278 customer reviews) 182 answered questions

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Color: Black
Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
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  • Amplified Audio - Enhances game sounds for a more immersive experience
  • In-line Amplifier - Quick access to gaming audio controls
  • Variable Bass Boost - Adds depth and realism to the game audio
  • Microphone Monitor - let's you hear what you're saying
  • USB Powered - No batteries required

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Product Details

Color: Black | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B005EQE0YM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 2 inches ; 8.8 ounces
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

Product Description

Color: Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Ear Force X12
Wired Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset
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Complete Product Description

The Ear Force X12 is the definitive headset for gamers seeking amazing game sound, crystal-clear communication, and enhanced comfort, all at an unmatched value. The X12 features massive 50mm speakers, delivering superior audio quality with crisp highs and deep, rumbling lows. The in-line amplifier puts you in control, with quick access to independent game and chat volume controls and adjustable bass. With separate connections for microphone and line signals, the X12 also makes a great PC gaming headset. The X12 builds on the success of the legendary Ear Force X11, adding 50mm speakers and adjustable bass for professional-grade sound quality that delivers a competitive advantage. With the X12, you can hear sound cues that are missed with conventional TV speakers, such as the sound of enemy footsteps or the click of a loading weapon in the distance. That means you'll react faster and take them out before they can take you out, giving you the edge that can make the difference between winning and losing. The amplified stereo sound produced by the Ear Force X12 will ensure that you hear your games loud and clear. We put variable bass boost at your disposal to give your audio a swift kick in the you-know-what when you need it to! You'll also enjoy unsurpassed comfort during extended game play thanks to the large, deep-cushioned ear cups and rugged, lightweight design. If you're serious about gaming, then get serious about the sound. Step up to the Ear Force X12 and experience game audio like never before.

Compatible With

  • Xbox 360
  • PC

Ear Force X12
Numbers Don't Lie
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Top Seller

Any way you look at the numbers, the Ear Force X12 is a top selling video gaming headset. This headset can speak for itself!

Ear Force X12
Superior Quality and Clarity
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Amplified Stereo

Get an earful of top quality sound the way the game developers actually meant the game to be heard.

Ear Force X12
Deep Immersive Experience
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Bass Boost

Gives your audio a kick in the you-know-what to add depth and realism to the sounds of the game.

Ear Force X12
Total Control Over Sound
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Hear What You Want, When You Want

With Independent Game and Chat Volume, turn the game sound up & chat volume down. Or turn the chat up and the game down! The choice is yours.

Ear Force X12
Voice Level Recognition
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Microphone Monitor

You know how people tend to scream when wearing headphones? Now you can hear your voice in your headset, so you’re not that guy.

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PC Gaming

Play PC games, as well as console games? Well, the X12 allows you to plug and play on your PC right out of the box.

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637 of 671 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic August 17, 2011
Package Type:Standard Packaging| Color:Black|Verified Purchase
+ Super-sensitive mic picks up everything I say, even whispers and mumbles; this was the single biggest factor to my purchasing these to replace my previous headset, the Sharkoon X-tatic SP
+ Great sound, not overly "bass-y", and you can control the amount of bass with the Bass Boost dial
+ XBOX controller connection is compatible with the chat pad and all Rock Band/DJ Hero/Guitar Hero controllers without an adapter, unlike the Sharkoons
+ Extremely comfortable, even with glasses and after multiple hours of continuous use
+ While they're not noise-canceling, I'd say they cut external noise at least in half, if not more
+ Controller dongle/pod is light and well positioned

- Microphone is so sensitive it often picks up background noise
- I don't entirely like the microphone monitoring feature. I don't personally need to hear my own voice when I'm speaking, but it is a useful reminder about whether or not you have your mic muted.
- Due to the position of the mute toggle, it can be a little too easy to accidentally change the Bass Boost/Game/Chat volumes inadvertently
- Very, very slight static hiss when plugged into USB power, which is apparently systemic to USB-powered headsets. The hiss is less noticeable here than with the Sharkoons, at least

Overall, a huge improvement over my previous headset. The group of people I play with regularly noticed a big difference in audio quality and ability to hear me. Highly recommended if you need a PC and/or 360 headset.
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299 of 326 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Headset, nice upgrade from x11's August 16, 2011
Package Type:Standard Packaging|Color:Black
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I just picked these up today, Aug. 16, 2011, which is when they became available. I really love the way these things sound. they are great on movies, music, and especially games. I've had the px 2's, the x11's and these are far superior. The sound is much more rich/full. Without a dss footsteps are crystal clear and no hiss or background noice. the bass boost is great too, if you really want to sound whore turn up the bass a little and those footsteps sound like stomps. I am really pleased because no matter how high i turn up the volume i don't get any distortion. The ear cups are bigger as well making them feel more comfortable than the x11's or px21's. If you liked the x11's then you'll love these. Basically if you have the x11's/px21's and they work then you dont really need these. But if your current headset has distortion or is broken or if your looking to get your first headset for gaming, I highly recommend these without a doubt. This is the best headset you can buy for under $100. Trust me i've tried them all, the plantronics, sharkoon, tritton, & a bunch of others but i just end up returning them because they dont match the quality of the turtle beaches. Hope this review was helpful, if you got any questions please feel free to leave a comment, thanks!
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165 of 190 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great piece of gaming equipment. August 30, 2011
Package Type:Standard Packaging| Color:Black|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
These headphones are the perfect gift or accesoy to any gamer who enjoys FPS games. I can have the volume as loud as i wanted without disturbing my kids or wife. I can also watch movies and even though they are wired it is long and easy to keep under controll and out of reach of little kids. They are ultra comfortable and the sound is great. I would perfer surround sound for sure but did not have enough to invest in the next grade up. the price was a little high 60.00 but it was worth it. On Call of Duty black ops i can hear enemies entering a building on the first floor while im on the second floor, not only that but i can also hear what direction it is coming from. I ultimatley decided upon the wired pair as well because i read many reviews stating the lower end wirless headphones had lots of interference in the presence of wireless products i.e. baby moniter, laptop, cell phones, and basically anything that is wirless. Bottom line great sound, decent price, and looks awesome.
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased December 9, 2011
Package Type:Standard Packaging| Color:Black|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have researched for over three months now about what to buy. My set up requires me to play Xbox on mute most of the time which sucks, so I've been looking for some headphones to let me hear my games and not disturb anyone else. These are wonderful. I bought them along with the DSS Dolby Digital 7.1 Decoder *check my other reviews to see my thoughts on the DSS 7.1 Decoder*. I was looking for a pair that had the 7.1 (yes I know it's not "real" 7.1) built in, but I've read and heard bad things about the wireless (unless you go super-high end). The wire on this is really not a big deal and not a mess at all. The sound is phenomenal. My father works at an Acoustic Engineering firm and gave these a try and was very impressed for the price point. The sound is awesome and with the DSS makes you aware of where everything is as you move around. Understand that these are 2.1 channel speakers and Xbox only puts out 5.1 channels, so it's not true 7.1, but you won't care once you put them on. When I play an FPS I like to stand near explosions or fires and spin in circles just to hear the sounds move around in my headphones. It's not just for FPS either. I have played sports games, FPS, RPG and racing and it really puts you in the action. It's strange to take them off and realize how quiet it is in the room with how much sound those things really pump into your ears. The separate controls for chat and game are great and the bass boost really does make a difference. My first try with them was 3+ hours and they were never uncomfortable or required readjustment--they just feel nice. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, but not built to last...
While I cannot fault the excellent sound quality of this headset, the construction leaves much to be desired. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gaming gadget for PC, Mac and Xbox
The Turtle Beach X12 headphones with microphone are nicely designed gaming gadget for PC, Mac and Xbox that fits great to the listener ears, they are made of quality material and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamer son likes this headset
My son is a huge gamer accessory critic and he really likes this headset. So i would order it again. This one has also lasted a ling time. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alanna m. johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
these a great headphones the fit is comfortable sound is awesome and the mic works perectly
Published 1 day ago by Kcap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by CH
5.0 out of 5 stars greatly enhances gaming experience
I hear sounds in this headset that I can't hear through the tv speakers. This definitely enhances the gaming experience and are a huge improvement over the basic chat headset. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matthew Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice gaming headphones
Very nice and comfortable headphones. I use them for Rocksmith 2014, They have very good sound and do not have any noticeable discomfort after several hours of wear. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Scoobydoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice sound, great price.
Published 4 days ago by iryna
4.0 out of 5 stars Lasted quite a long time and sounded great however I had to be VERY...
Lasted quite a long time and sounded great however I had to be VERY careful with them, finally broke after leaving them out just one time last year. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sound Easy to adjust volume Mic is very sensitive Price Cons
Decent Sound
Easy to adjust volume
Mic is very sensitive

Comfort...The padding around the ears is total garbage. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tee_rox
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