Turtlebeach X42 Headset
The X42’s are my first experience with surround sound in gaming and my oh my, have they provided an extraordinary experience, one that I never expected to be so rich nor immerse. With a bounty of features altering the sound aspects, to the option to have an analog 3.5mm jack for external output while running a digital optical cable in/out simultaneously to which comes in handy if you wish to play music via a mp3 player, or if you wish to have separate sound channels while playing games on PC which I find is incredibly useful for recording.
Sleek matte black with green rings around the ear cups brings a simple color theme, while the general shape and look makes the headset screams out the average gaming headset look, although that is not a bad thing as many people prefer the typical look a headset like this brings out. There is a detachable microphone located on the left ear which could have had an improvement via some sort of lock and release mechanic as it can be pulled out too easily.
The transmitter is of relatively small size and light weight, but very durable nonetheless. Very simple to set up and very appealing with the blue lights indicating Digital input, surround sound usage, Dolby Digital detection and power.
The headset has mesh padding for the ear cups and consists of a lightweight design and although at first they can feel slightly uncomfortable, that doesn’t take long to go away and provide a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. The ear cups while made from soft materials isn’t quite so soft once pressed against your head, but it isn’t too hard preventing pressure against your head as some headsets can do causing somewhat of an annoyance.
The X42’s have spectacular sound quality and really shine with the surreal surround sound. Having spent the majority of the time playing various first person shooters with Battlefield 3 being the most played game, the audio direction has really stood out bringing an advantageous to those who haven’t previously played with surround sound with the ability to hear the precise direction and enemy soldier or vehicle is coming from.
The clarity also stands out with just the press of a button located on the headset switching between regular sound, treble boost, Bass boost and both treble and bass boost. Located on the Transmitter is a button which allows you to switch between various presets of speaker locations to adjust to your preference, as well as the ability to switch surround sound of completely.
- Wireless headset
- 15+ hours use per Charge of 2x AAA Batteries (Not included)
- Digital Optical and 3.5mm ports for various devices
- Talk Back function keeps you from accidentally shouting
- Doesn’t work well with a wall between Headset and Transmitter
- Treble/Bass boost button easy to accidentally press
- The inability to use Digital Optical and 3.5MM simultaneously