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Turtle Beach Ear Force X42 Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset

by Turtle Beach
Xbox 360
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  • Dolby Surround Sound - Immersive 360 degree audio lets you pinpoint the direction of every sound
  • 2.4/5GHZ Dual-Band Wi-Fi - Selects the optimum frequency in the 2.4GHz/5GHz spectrums, virtually eliminating interference
  • Equalizer (EQ) Presets - Multiple EQ presets including bass and treble boost combinations
  • Adjustable Surround Sound Angles - Alter the positioning of the surround sound angles to customize your audio experience
  • Independent Volume Controls - Allows for personalized balancing of game and chat audio. Operates on dual AAA batteries.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006W41W3M
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.8 x 4.7 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Turtle Beach Ear Force X42 gaming headset
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The Ear Force X42 puts you in the middle of the action with Dolby Surround Sound and a stunning 3D audio environment.

Powered by a state-of-the-art 2.4/5GHz Dual-Band Wi-Fi radio, the X42 easily coexists with Wi-Fi networks and virtually eliminates wireless interference with other devices. Multiple EQ presets and variable surround sound angles let you customize audio settings for any gaming situation. Its massive 50mm speakers deliver amazing audio fidelity and bone-rattling bass, while its lightweight design and breathable mesh ear cushions provide ultimate comfort.

If you're serious about gaming, then get serious about the sound. Step up to the Ear Force X42 and experience game audio like never before.

At a Glance
  • Adjustable Dolby Surround Sound speaker angles
  • Interference-free wireless connection via Dual-Band Wi-Fi
  • Dynamic Chat Boost prevents teammates from being drowned out
  • Microphone Monitor allows you to hear your own voice as you chat
  • Designed specifically for Xbox 360

Key Features

Technological Superiority

Adjust the speaker angles inside your headset to ensure that your 360-degree Dolby Surround Sound audio is fine-tuned to your individual liking.

Ground-Breaking Innovation

Get a static-free wireless connection with Dual-Band Wi-Fi.

Advanced Chat Technology

With Dynamic Chat Boost, chat volume automatically increases as the game volume gets louder so your teammates are never drowned out by sudden explosions.

Deep Immersive Experience

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

Total Control Over Sound

With independent game and chat volumes, turn the game sound up & chat volume down. Or turn the chat up and the game down. The choice is yours.

Voice Level Recognition

Know how people tend to scream when wearing headphones? With Microphone Monitor, now you can hear your voice in your headset so you’re not that person.

Turtle Beach Audio Advantage

The Dolby Surround Sound produced by this headset will ensure that you hear every sound in your game with pitch-perfect 360-degree accuracy. The Ear Force X42 allows you to adjust the angle of each speaker inside the headset so you can fine tune the surround sound audio to your specific individual taste.

Turtle Beach uses Dual-Band Wi-Fi technology to provide a non-static, interference-free connection by navigating to a less crowded bandwidth around all the laptops, tablets, smartphones, microwaves and other wireless devices that compete for space in your home.

The Dolby Surround Sound, adjustable speaker angles and Dual-Band Wi-Fi combine to give you an audio advantage in gaming like no other.


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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The TB x42 is my first gaming headset and I would normally use my Tv's speakers (ie non-directional)

Packaging was secure and easy to open, the item got delivered (to Australia) in 4 days with express postage through DHL.

Product - compact, light (not flimsy), well balanced, easy to set up, over detailed instructions with pictures(which is a good thing I guess).

Sound quality is great, 5.1 surround took a while to get used to, and there is obvious ~360 sound directions. Bass isn't going to rumble the set of my head, Treble isn't going to pierce ear drums either. There is button on the headset to adjust, and I have found in multiplayer that I lean toward more treble than bass.

Wireless has worked seamlessly.

Mic is great, picks up all I say and my friends have said my voice is clear with no ambient noises. Chatting feels/sounds natural, and Mic monitoring controls the volume levels

UPDATE: after two month or ~100 hours of use.
Sounds is still great and the the Direction altering button on the transmitter is useful once you get used to the directional sound.
The head band for my average sized head is very comfortable, I have worn for a couple of long gaming session and have had no discomfort, but they feels a little lose if I move around, I can still walk around the house but wouldn't play Wii bowling/tennis (bad example but I am sure Knentic has a similar game)
The range is good and connection is great, I am not sure about distance but the signal will get through two brick walls (not a third).

MAKE sure you take the batteries out when it starts beeping (low battery warning)...you will only do it once and your chat friends won't be happy. I get about 12-15 hours out of my rechargeable batteries.
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102 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
These finally, finally arrived - were they worth the wait?

Let's start off with what's different from the X41, XP500 and earlier models - things that can be downright confusing. I'm NOT talking specs, which you can read on your own; I'm talking operability.

(For sake of reference, I've owned the EarForce Deltas (which are remodeled XP500s), the X41s and the earlier analog-version X4s.)

* The Unusual (and Not So Good) *

Unlike earlier Transmitters which were always "On" so long as they were attached to an active USB port and powered on, the X42 Transmitter and its LEDs will turn OFF when you turn off the headset OR if there is no active audio signal for around 5 minutes. (For this latter, the headset will also turn off - this information is hidden at the back of the User Manual in the "Technical Specifications" section - something we never read, right?)

There are two ways to turn the Transmitter back on: (1) power on the headset or (2) unplug/replug the Transmitter's USB connection. (Obviously, turn on the headset.) It takes a few seconds to power all the way back up, which is, again, an issue we never had with the previous, always-on Transmitters.

Frankly, this is a little confusing if you're expecting the X42s (and probably the XP400s) to function the same as previous wireless Turtle Beach models.

Build quality. I hate to say it, but these feel definitively cheaper than ALL of the models I've mentioned so far, especially the XP500 branch. The smaller and very portable X42 Transmitter feels flimsy and delicate. The headset feels like a light, hollow-plastic housing. And out-of-the-box, they're not as comfortable or well-fitting as previous headsets. This may change after a break-in period, so I'll update accordingly.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey... I like them! June 15, 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am not a hard core gamer. I'm just your average one who upgraded from the Turtle Beach x3's from many years ago. I expected these headphones to be better than the older ones from many models ago. I must say that overall I'm pleased. In most categories they are better than the old x3's. Although, you would expect them to be.

Better because:
*They look cooler.
*Dual Band WiFi. There was no interference with my router,
*There was no buzzing, or humming, or noise of any kind. They are very quiet!
*Microphone is removable!
*Range works well for me. I can hear throughout most of my (small) house. Almost got the 30ft they claim.
*The wire to hook up to my controller for chat now will work with my "Chatpad."
*They do a much better job at letting me hear where the noises are coming from.
*Sound quality is good enough to allow you to hear the subtle things you want to hear.
*No more infrared blackout areas if I bend down, or leave the room.
*Uses optical audio cable to deliver 5.1 Surround Sound
*No more faulty/crackling/noisy microphone to controller connecter that plagued the x3's.

No different because:
*Sound quality is no better than the old x3'a. I thought it would be much better. But it is hard to tell any difference.
*They feel about the same quality. Not too bad, but certainly a lot of plastic. Not a major problem though. They don't feel flimsy or feel like they'll break.

Worse because:
*The bass on these is for sure worse than my old x3's. The bass on those was actually impressive. These headphones do a very poor job of giving you any punch. After playing more games, I'll update.
*The bass boost or treble boost give only a very subtle change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: For Xbox 360 'E' & Xbox 360 'S' game consoles, you MUST...
For Xbox 360 'E' & 360 'S' owners, you MUST purchase an adapter to use these great headsets. The headset requires an optical connection, which neither the 360 'E', or 360 'S'... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by umeweall
5.0 out of 5 stars bad price
Just a heads up it only cost 89.99
Published 1 day ago by john franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound. Uses for x box
Got these for my son's birthday. He really likes them. Great sound. Uses for x box, computer, and phone. Only issue was setup. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Yvonne McGilvary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got this for someone else. Hope he likes it.
Published 1 day ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Son says they are perfect!
Published 1 day ago by Jeff M
1.0 out of 5 stars who knew you need an adapter?
I'm annoyed. Bought these as a Christmas present for my gamer daughter. When we tried to hook them up to her Xbox 360 we realized she needed an adapter. What a disappointment!!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I received it just fine, but after 2 weeks it failed to work ...
was not impressed with it. I received it just fine, but after 2 weeks it failed to work with a static noise coming in over everything
Published 1 day ago by dean zalis
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrable doesn't work what so ever never but from these people ripped offs
Published 2 days ago by Thomas W. McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome headset....worth the money
Published 3 days ago by Chris Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Please buy X42's for your Xbox One & not XO Seven Premium's
I just recently purchased these to replace the XO Seven Premium's that I bought for $160. I don't know who designed those but there was no mic feedback so you had to yell to hear... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alec C. Balzer
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