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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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Product Details

  • 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: Accessory
  • Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

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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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42 of 44 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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87 of 97 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perspective from an X-4 Owner April 16, 2012
By Jim M.
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This review is from the perspective of one who had the X-4 headphones and bought these X-42 headphones to replace the X-4 model. I am disappointed that the X-42 isn't really better than the X-4 from two generations earlier.

On the plus side:
- the headphones do block out much more external noise than the X-4 did
- no power receptacle is required - runs off the X-Box 360 USB port (can be considered a plus or a minus depending on how one looks at it)
- more choices for customizing the surround sound experience (six possibilities)

On the negative side:
- the X-42 ear cups are less comfortable than those of the X-4
- the X-42 has dropped the signal for a second or two on numerous occasions from a distance of 6-8 feet - the X-4 never dropped the signal for as long as I owned them (three or four years) until I got about 25-30 feet away.
- the on/off button needs to be held down for two seconds to turn the headphones on or off - a pain if one needs to leave for a short break and wants to conserve the batteries. And when turning them back on, it takes a few seconds beyond that two second button push to completely power up. The X-4 was an instantaneous on/off and took maybe a second to fully power up.
- it was not paired upon receipt. When attempting to pair them (I have two sets), one set paired relatively easily (not intuitively though - had to break out the instructions), but the other set would not pair up. The LED on the transmitter would "rapid flash" and the headset would flash twice instead of once like it should when properly paired. Went to the TB web site and there is no information on what a "double flash" on the headset means. Maybe it is defective?
- not thrilled with the bass and treble boost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality. Great buy
Published 1 day ago by Elijah
4.0 out of 5 stars extremely comfortable but bad bass. Good buy though
This headset is extremely comfortable and doesnt hurt your head when wearing for long gaming sessions. And the first thing i noticed is the surround sound. Read more
Published 1 day ago by casey mccracken
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Turner
Son loved these.. amazing sound
Published 2 days ago by jim malushizky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with this product.
Published 2 days ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing headsets
great headsets i love how they work its been 3 weeks and 2 days since i had them it took me a while to connect them to the wireless receiver but theyre really great headsets
Published 5 days ago by Erik Larsen
3.0 out of 5 stars not 100% wireless
It said it was wireless it is not you still have to plug into the controller. this is what i was wanting to get away from so if i would have known this i would not have bought... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend these headphones
I would not recommend these headphones. I did give one star for excellent sound quality. However I had to constantly re sync to the base unit. Read more
Published 10 days ago by steve raml
5.0 out of 5 stars good headphones
This is my 2nd set of Turtle beach headphones. They work very well. decent battery life reasonable range
Published 11 days ago by Lou
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This item did not function right out of the box.
Published 12 days ago by Becky Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement to gaming
My son loves these. Of course he can't hear us anymore when we call for dinner though.
Published 12 days ago by Triton
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