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Great for listening, not so great for talking....,
I bought this Ear Force XL1 headset a month or two ago. It's good for sound quality, it's durable, and the cords are very long (useful if you sit far away from your Xbox). I had a pair of wireless Turtle Beaches a few years ago, and while they were good, there was often feedback from the transmitter and they lost connection fairly regularly. So, I was not exactly ready to drop any money on another wireless headset. The XL1 is a low-price headset, and the features are good for the price. The sound isn't going to blow you away, but it's a nice solution for late-night gaming. I'd give this headset a higher rating, but there's one HUGE problem with them.
The built-in microphone is incredibly noisy and my Xbox Live friends refuse to play with me if I'm using it. They complain that all they can hear is feedback from the game I'm playing, and my voice comes out garbled and muddy. I tested it with people out of my friends list, and same thing: very annoying feedback. I've given up on using the mic altogether, so I really only use the headset now for offline and solo gaming. Perhaps this is only an issue with my pair, because I've not seen much on other sites describing the same problem. Maybe I'm unlucky, but I can't give this a great review because of this issue.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2012 12:42:26 PM PST
P. Tong says:
I don't know if it is too late but you should get a replacement. I have been using mine for over 2 months now and have none of the sound issues that you described.
Posted on Jan 19, 2012 7:22:49 AM PST
L. Talhouarne says:
I had the same issue with my Headset and nobody would play with me because of that buzzy sound. Well, I googled it and apparently you cannot charge you controller as the same time as using your headset. I am talking about the USB charger that might be connected to your controller (if you are using a wireless controller without charging it then I really don't know what's going on). Apparently there is an interference between the two. Let me know if that helped.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 7:27:44 PM PDT
Dmitry Kristal says:
It could also mean that you are sitting too close to the TV and your friends hear everything. I usually mute those myself.
Posted on Jan 20, 2013 8:45:14 PM PST
Andre Alforque says:
Definitely too late for the reviewer, but not too late for anyone else: the included 2.5mm wire was loose on my pair. After purchasing a new wire (cheaply at Monoprice), my microphone issues were completely resolved.
I tested using a voice recorder and adapter (2.5mm-3.5mm). The included wire for the headset created the symptoms indicated by this reviewer. With the new cord, all problems disappeared.
Posted on Nov 29, 2013 8:41:29 AM PST
Eric Seitz says:
Do you realize that if your wearing your headset, you can turn your TV volume completely off, and the sound only comes through your headphones. You can now turn the headset volume up as loud as you want and get absolutely no feedback through the mic, and disturb no one else in the room.
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