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About the product
- Adjustable Bass and Treble Boost - Tune bass and treble levels to add depth and realism
- Dynamic Chat Boost - Automatically raises the volume of chat during intense, explosive game situations
- Variable Mic Monitor - Adjust the volume of your voice in the headset while speaking
- Independent Volume Controls - Separate game and chat volume controls plus mic mute right on the inline amp
- Phone/Music Input - Connect a mobile phone or digital media player to take calls or enjoy your favorite music while you game
- USB Powered - No AC adapters or batteries ever required
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The Ear Force Z22 HP PC Headset delivers exceptional sound and comfortable design for hours of immersive gaming, entertainment and chat. The advanced in-line amplifier punches up your audio with innovations like Dynamic Chat Boost, microphone monitoring and separate controls for game and chat volume keep communications crystal clear. Plus, disconnect from the amp to use with your mobile devices: from tablets to mobile phones, MP3 players to portable game systems and more.;
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So I went ahead and took the risk of buying these knowing very well that Windows 10 and these headphones may not be compatible with each other, but that was not the issue at all.
These headphones work very well with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Linux Mint and Linus Ubuntu. you just need to make sure that you have a USB 2.0 slot or adapter and even a USB male to female 2.0 adapter will work fine if you don't want a bunch of stuff hanging around, and unfortunately all of my USB ports on my motherboard are at 3.0. So a quick little fix for that. (It was hardware related for me, but different for others.) One last thing: I did use my USB 3.0 slots on the motherboard and I did get the USB device malfunctioned error, unplugged and plugged these headphones back in and the Microphone came up, but would stop within 2 minutes, and I'm not sure why. Since Windows 8, again for me, most of my USB 2.0 devices will not work directly with USB 3.0 slots without a USB 2.0 hub connected into the USB 3.0 slot.
On the software side: Also I researched on Turtle beach website that you can download their Deview utility and view all usb devices that are connected and uninstall the devices in which may have malfunctioned/installed incorrectly. Surprisingly enough you will see a bunch of garbage that you won't understand but you will see TURTLE BEACH manufacturer on there as the device is being read but is in a state that it will not work properly with what you have.
About the headphones themselves.....
They work perfectly with stereo, the chatbox system is great just make sure playback is on motherboard device and the microphone for me is on the chatbox and it works great with curse, just check the forums.
My favorite part about these: I can play Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and shut the music off for that game and plug in my mp3 device to the auxillary component of the chat box controller and play the Touch (Stan Bush) and the music from my mp3 device and the fx sounds from the game blend so well together, I've never had anything so cool before. (Sad i know.)
Physical aspects about these. I have a big head and a big face with glasses. After 4 hours of blowing stuff up on the computer with these on, I still feel comfortable and fine. The padding on these are awesome, much different to the padding you would find on corsairs or razor brand, (in my experiences). The microphone is attached firmly and can swivel wherever you want it to.
The microphone: I've been told that my voice is clear and crisp on Steam, curse, skype, and raidcall. Automatically if you check recording tab on the system tray, you'll that these are auto set to DVD quality which is pretty dope imo.
So if you are hesitant about these because you read reviews about a certain operating system not working well with these, know that there is always a fix if you do your homework. (You shouldn't have to do this I know, but there are people out there like me that like to fix things.) I like these very much and I hope that this review/epistle will help those out having issues with these headphones. I'm sure there is much better out there, but for a poor bum college student like me, they're perfect.
That said, after about a year one of the wires connecting the amp to my computer started to fray very badly and stopped working. After hunting around I found that Turtle beach will sell you the in line amp but for the same price as the entire headset which is ridiculous. Finally I broke down and bought a whole new headset and then things got really frustrating. Between my two desktops and laptop I tried about 15 different USB ports and it would only properly recognize the drivers in 1 of them and only if i used a USB extension cable. It was soo frustrating trying to diagnosis what was wrong, and on top of that once i finally got it working everyone on voice chat said it sounded absolutely awful.
I loved the idea of this inline amp/mixer but the quality control has seriously went downhill at Turtle Beach.
the headphones sound great with variable treble and bass boost features
my problem was figuring out how to set up this headset with my razer surround software and still use chat boost
this is how to do if your in my scenario
from windows (im using windows 7 but it should work on 8)
1: make sure the USB connector is plugged into yur PC and the 3.5mm cable is plugged into the headphone jack on our PC I/O port make sure u install the Razer surround software and the Synapse 2.0 software
2: Windows should automatically install a driver for the headset Let it install
3: right click on the speaker icon on the taskbar (found on desktop mode on windows 8) and click on playback devices make sure the Razer Surround audio device is the default audio device and also go to recording tab and make the Z22 chat the default Mic
4: set up the Razer Surround software from the Synapse 2.0 software (make sure when u click speakers as the audio device for me its realtek speakers)
Now u have 7.1 audio now to use the chat boost function for VOIP Programs like Teamspeak 3 and Razer Comms or Skype
from your VOIP Program select Z22 Chat for both yur Mic and Audio device
i hope that helps anyone who was was in my scenario who needed help