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About the product
- Amplified Audio - Enhances game sounds for a more immersive experience
- In-line Amplifier - Quick access to Turtle Beach gaming audio controls
- Variable Bass Boost - Adds depth and realism to the Xbox 360 game audio
- Microphone Monitor - Allows you to hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting
- USB Powered - No batteries required
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Ear Force X12 Amplified Gaming Headset
The Turtle Beach X12 is the definitive headset for gamers seeking amazing game sound, crystal-clear communication and enhanced comfort – all at an unmatched value. The X12 features massive 50mm speakers, delivering superior audio quality with crisp highs and deep, rumbling lows. The in-line amplifier puts you in control, with quick access to independent game and chat volume controls and variable bass. If you’re serious about gaming, then get serious about the sound. Step up to the X12 and experience game audio like never before.
Enhances game sounds for a more immersive experience.
Variable Bass Boost
Adds depth and realism to the game audio.
Let’s you hear what you’re saying while talking.
No batteries required.
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage
Built for Xbox 360 and also works with PC gaming. The Ear Force X12 also includes:
- Premium 50mm speakers for high-fidelity audio.
- Breathable, fabric mesh ear cushions for enhanced comfort.
- High-sensitivity microphone with flexible boom.
- Fully adjustable and lightweight for long gaming sessions.
The Ear Force X12 is the definitive headset for gamers seeking amazing game sound, crystal-clear communication and enhanced comfort � all at an unmatched value. The X12 features massive 50mm speakers, delivering superior audio quality with crisp highs and deep, rumbling lows. The in-line amplifier puts you in control, with quick access to independent game and chat volume controls and adjustable bass. With separate connections for microphone and line signals, the X12 also makes a great PC gaming headset. The X12 builds on the success of the legendary X11, the best selling XBOX gaming headset of all time, adding 50mm speakers and adjustable bass for professional-grade sound quality that delivers a competitive advantage. With the X12, you can hear sound cues that are missed with conventional TV speakers, such as the sound of enemy footsteps or the click of a loading weapon in the distance. That means you�ll react faster and take them out before they can take you out, giving you the edge that can make the difference between winning and losing. You�ll also enjoy unsurpassed comfort during extended game play thanks to the large, deep-cushioned ear cups and rugged, lightweight design. If you�re serious about gaming, then get serious about the sound. Step up to the X12 and experience game audio like never before.
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-Good sound for the price
-Build quality is a very good for the price
-The microphone sounds good, not much background noise.
-Very good for gaming
-There is a certain sweet spot with the game volume wheel if you go past it the sound will start to sound horrible.
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*Great sounding, and very clear. Bass s perfect and no crackling.
*Microphone picks up voices very well. Perfect for team speak or in games.
*Very comfortable for extended wear, say 8+ hour game sessions.
I can't say that I have any CONS. The first pair broke but after daily wear they took a ton of abuse. So breakage was bound to happen at some point.
Really great pair of headphones!
The sound is good, mic works well, they are comfortable, etc. Its just the construction thats the killer. The earpieces are solid, but the sliding part of the headband is made of two pieces of thin plastic, an inner and outer piece, which are the downfall. They just aren't strong enough.
UPDATE: After receiving a replacement from Turtle Beach of my original headset, the replacement headset had the same problem, although it lasted 6 months instead of 4. It failed completely 4 days after my warranty on the original expired, so the second headset was not covered. I will not be purchasing any further Turtle Beach products.
After finally getting the wiring situation figured out (detailed explanations below), we were wired up and playing online together. The choice for the demo, Black Ops 2. The sound is beautiful! And if you've never played with true surround sound, you are playing at a severe disadvantage. The first time I heard the footsteps of an enemy trying to sneak up on me, a whole new world was opened. One where I was the hunter. One where I had the advantage over anyone who was relying on their TV speakers. It was absolutely amazing.
The mic is great, but on rare occasion, acts funny. it feeds back from the headphones into the microphone and everyone else can head the feedback. However, a simple unplug and replug fixes it right up.
The wires are nice and long and while I miss wireless/controller wired, this cord is freaking long. There's no problems in the living room in reaching from the console to the couch.
- beautiful sound. I'm a musician and these are just great.
- excellent price for fantastic quality.
- Turtle Beach has still got the value behind their name.
- separate game and chat volumes let you find the perfect mix (very helpful with the "loud" friend in chat).
- lots of plugging options for different TV's, model Xboxes, etc.
- earpieces are a comfortable fit and breath without sweating.
- sleek look
- converts to other consoles easily (maybe a converter is required).
- my big head is about an inch too big. the headphones hurt after a while and give me crazy bed head.
- wires suck. They made it really convenient, but wires still suck.
- no convenient mute button. would like to have something to mute without letting go of the controller.
- not built to fold up and transport
We had two different setups between my brother in law and myself. I set them both up. I'll describe the situation and the remedy. It can get confusing, but if you have a basic understanding of hooking up entertainment systems, you should be able to figure out which of the Turtle Beach supplied options will work for your setup.
The Xbox is plugged directly into an input channel on the audio (not HDMI). He could not figure out how to make it work, so he was only plugging in the controller. It still works, but only chat functions work. No game audio. I was crushing him in game because he couldn't hear me coming. But I heard him yelling about it just fine. :)
I hooked up the included VGA HD plugs into the appropriate ports and plugged the Xbox cables into the backs of those. (The included plugs are male on the front and female right behind, offering a piggy bag into the TV for the headphones). Then the other cord goes into any USB outlet for power. Since it's close, I went right into the TV and voila, audio through the TV and headphones without any interruptions.
We have a sound system hooked up to the headphone output of the TV, because the sound system is old and doesn't have anything other than a standard audio jack. So I put a headphone splitter into the TV and plugged the surround sound back in to one of the ports. I plugged the Turtle Beach headphones into the other port, USB into the back of the Xbox (there are 3 USB ports back there) and the chat plug into the controller. BOOM! And if I want to play without waking up my wife, I turn off the surround sound and only get audio through the headphones.
Great product. I'd buy it again tomorrow and would recommend it to anyone who last $40 to throw into their gaming habit. This is just great.
The X12s have great noise cancellation, excellent sound quality, and are super comfortable to wear. I don't get any of the long term wear discomfort I have with other headphones.
And now that they've been out a while, the price has dropped pretty far too. I originally paid about $80 for mine years ago, but I was able to pick this new pair up for only $40.
If you're in the market for an inexpensive set of headphones, consider these, you won't regret it.