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Xbox 360 Ear Force XP500 Programmable Wireless Headset

by Turtle Beach
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews) 6 answered questions

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  • Configure up to 18 personalized presets to optimize game, chat and mic audio for different gaming situations.
  • Immersive 360 degree audio lets you hear the direction of every sound, as if you were playing with speakers all around you.
  • Widen or narrow the sound field to focus on audio cues that are difficult to hear like footsteps sneaking up on you or the click of someone reloading in the distance
  • Uncompressed wireless digital audio signal achieves CD-quality game sound that rivals professional-grade wired headphones
  • Chat wirelessly on XBOX LIVE, answer mobile phone calls or listen to streaming music while gaming
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  • ASIN: B0050SYR74
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches ; 8.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,846 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Ear Force XP500 Turtle Beach
Programmable Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound + Wireless Chat Gaming Headset
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The Turtle Beach XP500 is a special version of the critically-acclaimed PX5 that's designed specifically for the XBOX 360 and includes an XBA Bluetooth adapter for wireless XBOX Live chat. Just like the PX5, the XP500 delivers the ultimate gaming audio experience with a programmable digital signal processor, Dolby Surround Sound, Bluetooth technology, and XBOX LIVE wireless chat, making it the most technologically advanced headset ever designed for the XBOX 360. The DSP allows gamers to enhance and personalize the entire gaming audio experience with fully customizable game, chat and mic signals. Custom presets stored in the Turtle Beach XP500 headset can be selected during specific parts of the game to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads that might otherwise be difficult to hear. It can even be programmed to disguise your voice or to enhance the voices of online players so you can hear them more clearly during intense parts of the game. Bluetooth technology lets you chat wirelessly on XBOX LIVE and PSN, answer mobile phone calls and stream music all while gaming in immersive 360 degree surround sound. Although optimized for Xbox 360 gaming, the Turtle Beach XP500 is also perfect for watching movies and listening to music, with its impeccable audio performance, large, deep, fabric cushions, soft headband, and twist cup designed for resting the headset on your shoulders. The Turtle Beach XP500 continues the evolution of a new breed of wireless gaming headset that serves as the ultimate "secret weapon" in the arsenal of serious gamers seeking unmatched audio quality, sonic control and a competitive advantage.

Compatible With:

Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3

Turtle Beach Audio Advantage

Our revolutionary digital signal processor allows gamers to enhance and personalize the entire gaming audio experience with fully customizable game, chat and mic signals with the creation of audio presets. The custom audio presets stored in the Ear Force XP500 headset can be selected during specific parts of the game to emphasize any sound for a competitive advantage or deeper immersion experience. Download the Turtle Beach-created audio presets we've produced for all the top game titles out or get the audio presets developed by your peers from the Turtle Beach website ( to fully equip yourself to be able to hear everything and defeat everyone!

Bluetooth, Dolby Digital Pro Logic II, Digital RF, Digital Signal Processing
Technological Superiority
7.1 Dolby Surround Sound

Pinpoint the direction of every sound with amazing accuracy using the 360 degree 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound that is packed into the XP500.

Ear Force XP500 Turtle Beach
Cord Free Entertainment
Truly Wireless Chat

Enjoy complete wireless freedom without the need for any chat cables via the included XBA for Xbox LIVE Chat and Bluetooth for PSN Chat.

Ear Force XP500 Turtle Beach Gaming Headset
Play On Anything

Go from a console player on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to a PC or Mac gamer and back again with a quick switch of wires to the transmitter.

Ear Force XP500 Wireless Gaming Headset
Play Music & Never Miss Calls
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Stream Music & Answer Calls

Take advantage of Bluetooth and you can replace the game soundtrack with your own music or take phone calls while never leaving the game.

Ear Force XP500 Xbox Gaming Headset
Customizable Audio Presets
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Customizable Audio Presets

Only Turtle Beach allows you to enhance various game sounds for a competitive advantage or deeper immersion via free downloadable audio presets.

Ear Force XP500 Gaming Headset
Advanced Chat Technology
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Dynamic Chat Boost

Only Turtle Beach offers chat volume that automatically increases as the game volume gets louder so your teammates are never drowned out by sudden explosions.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This headset... February 16, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Is probably one of the more extraordinary headsets I've ever had. I've been playing games for years, and have owned many headsets starting from the x31's moving to Tritton's then to Astro's. I've even had studio quality headsets as my stepfather is a DJ (side job). Now I can't say that these headpsets are up there with the DJ equipment. But that's in the price range of 500+, and to ask for something to outperform something when it costs half as much is simply outrageous.

But let's get to the review part.


The sound quality with these are amazing. I've always been a huge fan of Bose because they create speakers that just blow the doors off of the expected. What I mean is that the clarity of these headsets is amazing. If you're in a game and your job is to kill that enemy, you can simply find him because you can hear his every footstep, that click of the magazine as it get's pushed in the well, the cocking of the charging handle. The sound is crisp and clean like a good headset should be.

Astro's? They're good. They're REALLY good. I'll give them the performance of an x41. These blow those out of the water. Listen to music? That's pretty much all I do with these now that MW3 came out and ruined xbox for me (pc gamer now). The clarity of these headsets is simply astounding. The "Main" setting is perfect for all kinds of music. Want that extra bass? Put that switch/button on 4 and lose yourself in the nuance of sound. However; I have found that on this setting I have to lower the overall volume as the bass drowns everything out. Do not fret though, It's still plenty of sound to burn your ears off.


At first, these hurt my ears after long uses. I can't deny that it took about a month for these to "break in".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the GOOD the BAD the UGLY and the XP400 November 27, 2012
By steven
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me be thorough yet as concise as I can be

Setup is fairly easy considering that there's no extra cables needed, due it it's wireless capabilities, all you need is the usb power adapter that you plug behind your headset dock/transmitter into the usb port of your Xbox. An optical cable is connected the same way (only for Xbox slim) otherwise you would need to purchase other cables and hookups in order to get the 5.1 Dolby that you paid for.

Now let me start with the GOOD stuff
--Wireless, which means no more tripping over cables and no more running wires under the carpet.
--Bluetooth capable which can be paired to up to two devices (one more device if youre already connected thru your XBA during wireless chat). You can purchase a separate item to connect your headset to your controller like regular headsets and do a wired chat that way. The XBA is very small and doesnt get in the way of gaming, however it consumes a lot for juice.
--A standard double-A batteries which means you can simple change it when it's low (there's a voice prompt that tell you when your juice is slow)
--Programmable and loaded with presets. This thing can hold up to 9 presets (18 total counting the ones for PS3) that you can use to enhance your gaming experience. There's 8 preloaded presets + the MAIN. Theres awesome pre-loaded presets such as "footsteps" which is exactly what it sounds like and "superhuman" which enhances all the subtle sounds around you. Its also programmable that you can change your voice or other players voice, perhaps to a chipmunk or a robot if you prefer. You can download hundreds of presets at TB's website. You can also install a free software and make your own presets.
--Comfort. The comfort on this headsets are amazing!!!
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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tb's Flagship uses the most crowded freq on the planet October 1, 2012
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought a pair of these only to end up returning them a week later due to frequency saturation. They run on 2.4Ghz. That means it's competing with every device in your house. The microwave, cordless phone, WiFi, smartphones, etc. most of these devices use 2.4Ghz. Why Tb made a flagship product using a freq that is so over crowded it's comical is beyond me. Avoid if you have a house full of wireless devices. The amount of signal noise and drop outs are legendary.
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Turtle Beach Community Support saysJanuary 25, 2013
Sorry to hear of your difficulty with the XP500. Most interference issues can be resolved with a few tweaks to your wireless home environment, many of which are listed here:

But yes, if you have an overwhelming amount of wireless devices in your home, in addition to neighbors nearby that have their own devices, then the wireless spectrum may be too crowded. Don't be fooled into thinking that 5ghz is better than 2.4ghz either. 5ghz is simply a less crowded lane in a 2-line highway for the moment. Soon enough, this will get bumper-to-bumper traffic as well.

Our newer products do have dual band WiFi technology, which searches for the best connection between *both* 2.4 and 5ghz frequencies.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 28, 2011
By Gino
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Just finished playing Battlefield 3 using the XP500 Bluetooth wireless headphones and they are simply amazing. Setup was a breeze and the overall sound quality is great. I was originally hesitant to purchase the product due to the price, but after receiving them am happy that I placed the order. The dual Bluetooth sync with my phone or computer is also a great feature to have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Great... February 21, 2012
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I used to own X41's, and I decided to get these because I wanted something to switch between xbox 360 and ps3 chat and sound. On the Xbox, the Bluetooth adapter does not do chat justice, as my friends are always telling me my mic cuts in and out every now and then. On Ps3 and with the cell phone, bluetooth chat works amazingly well.

As far as sound, well, if you have X41's, you won't really notice much of a difference. Sure, there are customizable sound profiles, but I find myself resorting back to the main profile and never really using any of the customs.

Overall, they're decent, but I would expect more for the price.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Simulated Surround Sound, but still simulated. November 30, 2011
By CMayhem
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
From dorm rooms to bedrooms headphones are the one of the best accessories you can have for gaming in private. Since I have never owned a pair of simulated surround sound headphones I can only compare the sound to stereo headphones and real 5.1ch surround sound and the XP500 fall between the two. The XP500 does a great job with low frequency, front mains, and center channel sounds; unfortunately it falls short at accurately reproducing the rear channels. However you may never notice this if you do not have access to a real surround sound setup.

The Bluetooth connectivity is very nice but will kill rechargeable batteries in both the headphones and the controller faster than normal. It's important to note that BT frequency is 2.4ghz as is the "Digital RF" channels used by the base station. With all things using this spectrum, a hiss can be heard within 30f of an operating microwave, wireless phone and any WiFi device. Yes, even a WiFi connect XBOX 360 will cause hissing. However the hissing isn't loud and cannot be heard while gaming.

The base station is powered by usb and comes with a lengthy optical cable. Missing from the package is a 2.5mm to 2.5mm RCA cable that will be needed for direct connection to the controller when Bluetooth communication is not preferable. The base station's base is not removable, while it did fit in my checked luggage it would not fit in my carry on.

Over all the XP500 made my gaming experience much more fun while away from home and it pairs very well with the G155-Gaming and Entertainment Mobile System (Xbox 360/ PS3 Not included)
In the future I will probably pickup the ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System (Black) the newest version uses 5ghz RF and the base station is portable, but there is no BT connectivity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars decent sound quality but overall it needs clear line of ...
decent sound quality but overall it needs clear line of sight to work, it kept dropping or giving static when i did have it
Published 4 days ago by Vinod Kali
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, great sound quality.
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Published 28 days ago by Sibylle Timmermans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the headphones work beautifully just as good my last ones thank you so much
Published 2 months ago by Allie Swanson
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
I am trully amazed. I bought these when I was overseas, came home and they were simply amazing. Then 8 months later the wireless adapter broke. The button simply broke. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great headset
this headset is absolutely amazing. It's almost like cheating when you game as you can hear where other gamers are when they are approaching or running away from you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hacksaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Amazing headset. Recomend care when useing they can break.
Published 3 months ago by Aaron Braddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality is excellent and the headphones are comfortable
Bought as a present. Receipient loves it and it is in constant use. Sound quality is excellent and the headphones are comfortable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ampersand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My gamer loved these! The quality is great; they're worth the price.
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