Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Headset
It’s been six months since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released, and now that the current generation of consoles has established itself, gamers are finally ready for a new generation of accessories to go with their new consoles. Turtle Beach has come to the new generation with a new generation of their own, in the form of some pretty spiffy new headsets. We’ve already had a look at the Ear Force XO Seven for the Xbox One, so let’s have a look at the premium headset for the PlayStation 4, the Ear Force PX4.
- 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
- Game audio frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz, < 120dB SPL @ 1kHz
- Condenser microphone frequency response: 50Hz – 15kHz
- Game audio Dual Band WiFi Digital 2.4-2.495GHz/5.0-5.8GHz RF wireless reception
- Bluetooth® radio with dual-pairing mode
- Headphone amplifier: Stereo 27mW/ch, THD <1%
- Rechargeable Li-Po Battery (1000 mAh)
- Automatic shut down after approx 5 minutes of carrier loss or audio silence to conserve battery power
- Battery booster circuit extends battery life for up to 15 hours
Similar to the XO Seven, the PX4 comes in black. Instead of green highlights and stitching though, the PX4 has blue highlights and stitching, to match the PS4’s logo. The headband is once again a strong but flexible plastic, which is protected by high quality leather on the top and fabric on the bottom. The ear cups are black plastic, with a number of buttons on the sides. These buttons control a number of features, including equaliser tone, blast limiter, muting, chat volume and bluetooth pairing. On the inside of the ear cups is memory foam covered in breathable fabric, once again ensuring a comfortable custom fit. I say custom fit because unlike other headsets with plastic ear cups of cheap foam, the memory foam in Turtle Beach headsets adapts to your ear shape, instead of forcing your ear into a restrictive position.
Overall I’ve found the PX4s to remain comfortable for extended gaming sessions. The ear cups breathe, and headset overall is quite light.
The PX4’s impressed me the second I started gaming with them. Being 5.1 surround, they are perfectly suited to any game or movie. I played a number of games online using the PX4 headset, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Blacklight: Reribution, DC Universe Online, Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends: Complete Edition and Battlefield 4, and I found the headset’s audio to be perfect each and every time. Gunshots banged, explosions boomed and glass shattered the way they would sound in real life.
If it takes more than just 5.1 surround to impress you, than prepare to be impressed. Using the PX4’s transmitter, you can choose which simulated surround speaker set up you wish to emulate with the headset. Yes, they’re virtual speakers, but you can choose where they sit in your virtual room. Pretty impressive.
You also have four different equalisers to shuffle through, which cater to both accuracy and your personal preference. Would you like to hear speech clearer? Or prefer less bass in your mix? Choose the treble booster equaliser. I found this to be particularly handy for Dynasty Warriors where someone is always yammering in your ear. Want to feel like you’re actually on the battlefield in Battlefield? Turn up the bass with the bass booster equaliser, and all the gunshots and explosions will sound better than you’ve ever heard them. No matter the game, the PX4 had an option to suit it.
Another handy feature of the PX4 headset, is the Blast Limiter, which limits the maximum volume of sudden loud effects. What does that mean? Well, it means if a character in a game is whispering to you and you turn up the volume to hear them, any sudden explosion or noise interrupting that quiet atmosphere won’t hurt your ears or cause you any frustration. It’s a handy feature.
The PX4 is compatible with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, all mobile devices and even PC, making it extremely versatile for the versatile gamer.
- 5.1 Surround sound across a variety of platforms
- Different equalisers and virtual speaker setups
- Wireless freedom!
- Easy to accidentally push a button on the side of the headset
After my time with the PX4, it has easily found a home in my gaming area. It’s versatility and high sound quality sets a new standard in personal gaming audio.