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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2009
Color Name: black
I am very pleased with these headphones. The gameplay sound quality is excellent. I am hearing things in games like Gears of War 2 and Fallout 3 that I had never heard before. Most ambient noise is kept out, so all you hear is the game audio. Another bonus is that I can turn the television volume to zero and turn my headphones up so that late at night my family can sleep and I can still hear my games. The first day I used this headset, my friends immediately commented on the improvement in voice quality that they could hear.

My only complaint with this headset is that there is no Mute button (at least, not that I have found yet).

If you want a good alternative to the Microsoft products, and if you want stereo game audio combined with chat, this is a good option.

Regarding the negative reviews: Every single negative comment that I have read about this headset I experienced, too, all on the first night I used the headset. No chat functionality, no instructions, overly loud game audio or inaudible chat audio... I experienced it all in my first hour with this headset...

So I got off my rear and went to the computer, pulled up the Skullcandy website, and found answers to all of my questions. There are instructions on how to make this headset function properly, as well as a connection blueprint. Furthermore, the XBox 360 owner's guide explains how to adjust volume levels on the XBox and XBox Live. And most games have their own volume levels to work with. After 10 minutes on the computer, I had the settings for my headset tuned in precisely.

In closing, this is a good headset, and I recommend it. Regarding the negative reviews: If you are intelligent enough to post a review on Amazon.com, you should be intelligent enough to visit the manufacturer's website and read how to use their product.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
Color Name: black
Using their birthday money, my two sons each purchased a Skullcandy headset which, out of the box, did not function as expected. The following instructions, at the time of this writing, restored functionality.

Xbox and Xbox LIVE settings for LOWRIDERS for Xbox 360 headphones

Xbox 360 Settings

1. On the Xbox (not Xbox LIVE) go to dashboard "System Settings" and
press "A" button on your controller.

2. Scroll down to "Console Settings" and press "A" again.

3. Select "Audio" then "Digital Output", pressing the "A" button to
view each menu, and change the setting from "Dolby" to "Dolby
Digital with WMA Pro."

Xbox LIVE Settings

1. From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, press the Xbox Guide button to access
your Xbox LIVE Settings.

2. Navigate to the Settings selection, and press the "A" button on
your controller.

3. Select "Preferences" from the menu that follows and press "A".

4. Once in the Preferences menu select "Voice" and press "A" again.

5. On the "Voice" screen, make sure the "Play Through Both" radial is
selected for the Voice Output selection and that the volume is set
to "10".

I hope you find this helpful; my boys were very relieved to find their birthday money was not squandered!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2008
Color Name: black
I am not a big review writer but after reading the first review I felt that it was needed. I bought two of these, one for myself and one for my son. We use them to do exactly what the first reviewer says can not be done. I mix the audio of the game with the audio of the voice chat all the time. I also like it better than Turtle Beach Ear Force X1 because the Amplifier on the Skullcandy is driven by battery, the Turtle Beach has to be plugged into a USB port. The Turtle Beach also had three wires going to it and is in my opinion kind of ugly.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2009
Color Name: black
I bought this Mic/Headset thinking that it would be nice to have the game sound and voice all in one. I do a lot of late night gaming, and with a pregnant wife and a 3 year old, keeping things quite is key.

Let me start out by saying the game sound is fantastic. I sit about 8 feet away from my TV and the wire reached fine. There wasn't much slack, but once you get situated, it wasn't an issue. You could hear everything beautifully in games such as Battlefield, or GTA.

The issue comes in with voice chat. Firstly, there are no instructions in the package, so if you don't have your voice setting turned to both (speaker and headset), you won't hear anything, or have any idea why. Secondly, you can't hear the voices over the games. In the dashboard you can hear everything fine, although it's a little quiet. During a game however, with explosions and general game noise the voice chat is so quiet you can't hear. On most games you can turn the audio down from the game options to even everything out. But on those games that you can't, such as Too Human, you are stuck.

Lastly, there is no Mic mute option, or the ability to turn up the voice volume without also turning up all sounds from the game.

So I leave disappointed. But, at least I know what not to recommend in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2008
Color Name: black
I originally considered the Turtle Beach Ear Force X1 headphones. That was until I found out that the plug that connects to the controller will not work with the Messenger Chatpad. The Skullcandy headphones were basically the only ones I could find that would work. They're standard 3.5mm stereo headphones with a 2.5mm microphone plug. The package does not include installation instructions, but if you look on Skullcandy[...] they have them. Basically you connect headphone jack to the included extension cable. This cable has the red & white RCA connector that plugs into the back of the TV and also has the plug that accepts the same cables from the Xbox. This allows the game & chat audio to be sent to the headphones when its connected, but works normal when the 3.5mm plug is disconnected. Next, plug the microphone cable into the controller or chatpad if connected. The microphone does not output through the headset unless you have the Xbox Guide personal settings selected to "Output Through Speakers(or Both)". A couple of drawbacks include: 1) no mic mute switch, but it does include an in-line volume knob 2) It doesn't seem to amplify the audio directly from TV/Xbox. So it might not get loud enough for some if you don't own surround sound receiver. 3) It might hurt your ears after long periods of use if you happen to have a larger than normal head. ;) Other than those few minor issues, they work as advertise and cost about the same Turtle Beach ones. I like them, but if hadn't been for the lack of Chatpad support, I might have bought them instead. Send me a message on Live if you want to hear how they sound or need more details. Gamertag: AzBat360
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2010
Color Name: black
Ok, yes i know how these are supposed to be correctly wired and configured on Xbox. These things I have done, yes. however, having to hook up headphones to my TV defeats the purpose of having a wireless controller. if I and my controller are tethered to the TV by a cable, then I'm not wireless. Once I gave in just to see how they sounded, I agreed with many of the reviewers prior that it is still hard to hear and be heard as the game volume is just too much. This would be a one-star rating, except these headphones are way comfortable. Other that that, I am perfectly happy with a lame Xbox360 standard wireless headset. Buy these if you dont care about in game audio/chat that much, and do not buy them if you want to maintain wireless capability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
Color Name: blackVerified Purchase
The 2.5mm audio side seems completely inop... thats the main point of buying a headset for xbox live... when I unplug the 2.5 side i can hear the other players voices fine, i plug it in, they can hear me but i cant hear them... I have tried them on different controllers, even tried a 2.5mm(female) to 3.5mm(male) adapter and plugged them into my phone, and my macbook... nothing... what a waste... never buying skull candy again.. this wasnt my first bad experience with their product... but it will def be my last
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
Color Name: blackVerified Purchase
Some people have given this product decent to bad reviews, they are the ones who didn't know how to set it up. really its not hard to do. Once installed they really are amazing for sound quality. They plug into the TV, which I thought would suck, BUT the wires are son long that its really no big deal. The fit perfectly over my giant head and are adjustable for (almost)anyone else. The sound helped my wife sleep through the night as I played ODST all night long. Really a great buy, there is also a little adjuster for the sound level in your ear if its too loud for you. Would recommend to any one of my Halo 3 ODST peeps who dont want to disturb their better halves.
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on February 14, 2011
Color Name: black
since I have used both these and the turtle beach's there is not much of a difference..expect your wired in and the game chat while u are playing is not loud enough..I had to turn down my settings from the game to hear but with this said you still hear everything like ur were right in the action just like the over priced turtle beach's... the only turtle beach's i would buy over these is the wire less 200 dollar one but really who has that type on money to spend on a system when u already get sound and chat for free lol... no very hard to set up just make sure u have voice though speakers and headset and ur off!! HDMI setup is difficult if u dont have a audio output on ur tv if u do then just plug them up on ur audio out on ur tv and go!!!!!!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2009
Color Name: black
i just purchased these headphone today from Circuit City <which is going out of business. i bought these from them cuz they where on sale. all sales are final>. i got on xbox live and i was like wtf they dont work. i hear the game and other ppl can hear me, but i cant hear them. well i did some searching and found this [...]. this is from skullcandy's site. it tells you how to setup your Skullcandy Lowrider Headphones for xbox 360. this guide will help you setup up the voice chat audio. hope this has helped.
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