Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset with Bluetooth (Certified Refurbished)
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- Configure up to 18 personalized presets to optimize game, chat and mic audio for different gaming situations
- Widen or narrow the sound field to focus on sound cues that are difficult to hear-like footsteps sneaking up on you
- Disguise your voice by changing the sound from deep lows to screeching highs
- Pairing Bluetooth Wireless Chat allows you to chat wirelessly on the PlayStation Network
- Enjoy total silence by eliminating ambient noise pickup on your mic and cutting background noise
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If you are looking to buy a high-end headset for your gaming sessions, then the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 headset is a great choice. Equipped with a 50 mm neodymium driver unit, this Turtle Beach wireless headset delivers fast and punchy bass with smooth-highs. Additionally, this over-the-head headset employs Bluetooth and RF technologies for wireless distribution of audio signals. Incorporating a microphone with sonic silencers, this Turtle Beach wireless headset filters out background noise and makes your voice conversations clear with fellow gamers. Thanks to its large, fabric ear cushions and soft headband, this black over-the-head headset gives you extreme comfort. As this Turtle Beach wireless headset features programmable audio presets, you can enhance the game and chat audio for different gaming situations by configuring each preset with different settings. What’s more, the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5’s transmitter has Dolby decoder for giving you an immersive 7.1-channel surround sound.
Top customer reviews
The quality of the sound is awesome! I play COD Ghosts and run the dead silence perk, and after downloading and installing a custom preset that amplifies the footsteps, I can even hear mine now. Being able to pin point where the sounds are coming from makes me a happy girl! No more sneaking up on me!! I love that I can customize my sounds for what I need, either music or different types of gaming. Really, it's been a very my favorite purchase ever. Keep a bunch of extra AA batteries in hand, I noticed it getting a little scratchy when the batteries are low.
1. Sound quality is much improved. The X4's always had a slight hiss in the background the PX5's do not. Overall the sound seems crisper with slightly better base.
2. Bluetooth for game chat is a must. The X4's require a cable and while the PX5's also use a cable out of the box, I've upgraded by adding a XBA bluetooth game chat adapter to my setup. Now I'm totally wireless which is a big improvement. Chat audio is much clearer without any background noise with either connection.
3. Overall the build quality seems better. They are still molded plastic but they seem to be sturdier but also slightly heavier.
4. The PX5's are much more comfortable.The PX5's have larger elliptical ear pieces where the X4's were round and smaller. The padding is improved with a mesh over the foam that is more comfortable.
5. You can pair these with another Bluetooth device. By pairing these with your phone or MP3 player you can have them do double duty as a wireless headset for music. The X4's you needed to plug your device in to the base. When paired with your phone you can take phone call's while in a game which is a nice feature.
The not so good.
1. Battery life is much shorter that the X4's. This is due to the wireless being RF vs. IR I'm sure. Even with the larger AA batteries I'm swapping them out every 8-10 hours. My X4's would last more like 16-18 hours. Plan to get some rechargeable batteries.
2. As good as the Bluetooth & Wireless is most of the time, it's not as reliable as a cable. Sometimes you will get interference that interrupts game audio and chat from time to time. It's rare but it happens. As a counter point the X4's needed line of sight where the PX5's do not. It's a trade off I can live with.
3. The power button on the PX5's is annoying. On the X4's you just pressed the button, simple. On the PX5's you need to hold it for a second to power on, but hold it too long and it changes modes between Xbox and PS3. To turn it off again you need to hold it for a short time then release. Do it wrong and your headset stays on. Not a deal breaker but a pain. If you're going to have a multifunction button don't make it the power button.
4. I miss having chat volume and mute controls on the controller or chat cable. The chat volume and mute are now on the underside of the right earpiece. I'm constantly hitting the wrong button when trying to mute chat. Of course this is only when using Bluetooth for chat, with the included wire there are controls on the cable. It would have been nice to have these controls on the Bluetooth adapter where I can see them.
My X41s were pretty good. The volume could have gone higher, but they were solid. However, when I moved into a large condo building with a ton of wireless access points around, the interference from all of the devices (including my own, esp. if they were near me when using the headphones) got pretty bad. For MORE background: I use HDMI out from the XBOX360 to connect to my TV, then optical out to the TB base, then the optical out from the TB base to my soundbar. The optical out on the X41 base died about six months ago, so I bought a powered optical splitter so I could split the TV optical out to my X41 and to my soundbar. This made things worse, as sound would drop out in the headphones when too much was going on in a game.
So, I heard the PX5s were dual-band and would resist/deal with interference better. They also have more presets for sound, Bluetooth, etc. (not that I want to pair my phone to my headset... at least not yet). So I just bought a set.
They definitely get louder, which is awesome, but I was still getting drops in sound the first few days. Then I remembered my splitter. I can report that getting rid of the optical splitter helped for 9 out of the 10 times sound drops, but interference still causes drops (for example, if I set my phone about 10ft away, the interference decreases). I'm a little disappointed and now sort of wish I'd just gone with a wired set of headphones. Still, the fact that the volume goes much louder, the presets offer real choice and programmable options, and they are actually more comfortable evens things out.
EDIT (3/12/14): I'm returning these. They got worse and worse to the point at which they just go silent (even with fresh batteries) for ten seconds at a time, and no amount of moving the base station around, turning off other WiFi devices nearby, etc. would help. I'm not happy about this -- they worked for awhile, so I believe this is a defect vs. an interference issue.