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the GOOD the BAD the UGLY and the XP400,
This review is from: Xbox 360 Ear Force XP500 Programmable Wireless Headset (Video Game)
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!!! I can sleep through it if I could. Youd forget you're wearing it.
--Sound quality. There's only one word to describe this "PERFECT" plus its compatible upto 7.1 true Dolby!!! imagine a surround sound directly on your ears.. hmmmmm
now the UGLY and the BAD.
--It runs thru 2.4ghz... do you know what else in your house runs in that frequency?... almost all electronics in your household. Which means that more often you'd hear cracking and popping noises despite the fact that you're sitting 3 feet away from the transmitter.
--Button layouts. I've had this for 2 days and probably used them for 18hrs of game play already...and I still get confused of the buttons. This is more like an opinion tho instead of a fact..maybe other people get used to it faster than I did.
--Quality. Like I've said it's very very comfortable..however for the price you pay, the material seems very very cheap. Everything is plastic (all TBs are) and seems almost fragile. Its also not as good looking as the tritons or the Astros...but thats probably not the reason why you wanna buy this product anyway.
--Price. I wouldn't say its not worth the price but it could be justifiable around $150-$200 instead of $220-$270. Everything you paid for is the programmable feature of the headset..which let me tell you is not that big of a deal and, of course, the name!
Now.. the XP400
I usually don't do a comparison review but since I want you to get your money's worth...
Basically the only differences are
1) XP400 doesn't have a stand/dock. HOWEVER, it uses both 2.4 and 5.4ghz which means you get a WAY BETTER connection because there's virtually no other equipment running on the same frequency.
2) XP400 comes with rechargeable batteries that are also removable plus you can charge it while playing - a GREAT asset that the XP500 is greatly lacking.
3) XP400 is not 7.1 Dolby capable, only 5.1.... but this may come surprising to most of you but your Xbox and optical output can only handle up to 5.1 Dolby. So this 7.1 Dolby feature is NOT even existing because you would need a different and complicated setup to do that and I'm already running on both optical audio and HDMI. So really there's nothing to lose here. Plus if you're running on 5.1 I guarantee you won't need anything better!! You can literally hear ambient noises and even a pin getting pulled from a grenade...YEAH!
4) XP400 not programmable. You can't use presets or alter your voice but Like I mentioned earlier, its not really that handy..I often put mine on "main" which is the default. (UPDATED) I just installed a new preset called "footsteps focus" from the website and I really like it.
5) now the game changer..... XP400 is a LOT cheaper!!!!
I bought my XP500 on black Friday for the same price of XP400 ($170) so I still believe it's a good purchase.
That sums it up!!
Just remember that a gaming headset is only an accessory and it won't make you a better player and it doesn't work like you probably imagine it to be. Yes you can hear footsteps but it's impossible to locate where they are coming from exactly.. the only thing that can make you better is by keep playing!
Hope this help.
Im on BO2 :P