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Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Gaming Headset - Playstation 3

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #16 in Gaming Headsets

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Pros: Good sound, works with every device

Cons: Terrycloth ear cups could be softer, larger/rounder, huge/heavy cables ... durability (supposedly)

I bought this headset yesterday to try it out, it was onsale for $67+tax at best buy.  Supposedly the X12, X22, and Z22 headsets all have exactly the same 50mm drivers and headset portion, just different colored plastics (green, blue, red) are associated with each product, and an amp/mixer with the X22 and Z22 models.  I am impressed by the sound quality, the 50mm drivers are superior to many other headsets and they are the same size as on the SteelSeries V2 which has had this feature for several years.  The remote control seems to have every feature imaginable (Bass, Treble, volume, mic-feedback-mixin, mic-output-volume).  I played some Jann Arden guitar music on these headsphones and sounded great.  However, when I turned up the Bass the limitations of the speakers became beyond 3/4 of maximum, after that the Bass became muffled, indicating that the speakers were either overdriven or overdamped.

 

My comparison is the SteelSeries V2 which does not have Bass/treble controls, although it does have a surround sound card ($80 onsale after xmas).  In side-by-side tests, the SteelSeries has a little more Bass out of the box, however, if you crank up the Bass control knob on the Turtle Beach PX22, it sounds the same when the Bass button is at 3/4 of maximum.

 

Because all the controls are analog and there are NO drivers for these headsets, I believe this is a foolproof headset and that will work with anything.  The equalizer and several extra cables are supplied allowing it to work with every major game console (PC, Phone, XBox, PS3/4).  If you just want to make phone calls, you can leave the heavy cabling of the mixer / USB / 4-way phone plug behind and use the first 3' of lightweight 4-way phone-plug cabling only.   You won't have a Bass tone control in this case, however.

 

The biggest downsides I have are (a) The ear cups are cloth, which is a selling point for some people who get sweaty with leather or leatherette ear cups, HOWEVER, the cloth material is not terribly soft and the foam underneath the cloth is rather hard, and not only that, the oval muffs are not as large as e.g. the SteelSeries so the comfort may be less than expected.  (b) The mic is a boom mic (not retractable into the headset) and does not have noise cancellation compared to the SteelSeries V2, so that is a downside. (c) I wanted to run the equalizer with my phone.  Well, the split between USB and 4-way phone plug only happens 12 inches up the cabling.  So if I plug the USB into a wall outlet on the floor, I have to leave my phone on the floor, whereas the headphones and remote can be operated 10 feet away.  That's a downside for usage with a phone.  (d) I wish the equalizer had a micro USB input for a micro USB cable and/or a phone cable so I could I had a choice of a lighter weight or shorter cable to supply power to the headset.

 

I am very happy with my purchase so far and recommend this headset very highly.  These Turtle beach products don't get much respect but I did notice that the sister product the X12 is the #1 selling headset on amazon.com and it has the same hardware. I think that because they share designs among all of their wired headphones under $100, I think that for the money I paid I there is no better headset.  If you don't need the XBox / PS3/4 versatility, save yourself $20 and get the Turtle Beach X12 instead!

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Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Gaming Headset - Playstation 3
Description:

Totally immerse yourself and focus on the task at hand with the Ear Force PX22. As an official headset of Major League Gaming, this amplified stereo headset is sure to take your play to another level with awesome Turtle Beach sound and comfort for hours of play. Plus, it'll work with virtually anything you throw at it: from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to PC and Mac, From PS Vita to tablets and more. It's time to play with the same gear that the pros use to compete-- hear everything, defeat everyone. Turtle Beach Audio Advantage The PX22 uses Dynamic Chat Boost which is only found in a Turtle Beach headset to automatically raise chat levels whenever game sound increases to ensure that the voice of any teammate chatting with you will never be lost in the unexpected blasts, crashes and explosions to happen throughout an intense gaming session. The amplified stereo sound produced by the PX22 will also ensure that you hear your games loud and clear. Turtle Beach put variable bass boost at your disposal to give your audio a kick when you need it to. You'll be able to 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. In short, you'll react faster and take them out before they take you out, giving you the edge that can make the real difference between winning and losing. Ear Force PX22 Key Features Tournament Grade Gaming: Officially licensed major league gaming headset Play On Anything: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC/Mac and mobile compatibility Play Your Music & Answer Calls: Plug in your phone to swap game audio with music and never miss calls Dynamic Chat Boost: Never have teammates drowned out by loud, sudden noises Hear What You Want: Turn game sound up or down, adjust chat volume, and have total control over sound Tournament Grade Gaming Created in tandem with our partners at Major League Gaming (MLG), the PX22 is an officially licensed MLG headset designed for the gamers who have the skills to go pro. Versatility Go from a console player on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 to a PC or Mac gamer to playing on your smartphone, tablet or mobile gaming device and back again with a quick switch of wires. Play Your Music & Never Miss Calls Quickly plug in your smartphone and you can replace the game soundtrack with your own music or take phone calls while never leaving the game. Advanced Chat Technology Only Turtle Beach offers chat volume that automatically increases as the game volume gets louder so your teammates are never drowned out by sudden explosions. Total Control Over Sound With independent game and chat volume, turn the game sound up & chat volume down, or turn the chat up and the game down. The choice is yours. Voice Level Recognition Know how people tend to scream when wearing headphones? With Turtle Beach's microphone monitor, you can hear your voice in your headset so you're not that guy.

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FeatureAdvanced in-line amp with easy access to audio controls Premium, 50mm speakers for crisp highs and thumping lows Disconnect headset from the inline amp to use with your mobile phone, tablet or portable game systems Breathable mesh cushions and soft, padded headband for hours of comfort USB Powered - No AC adapters or batteries ever required
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TitleTurtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset - Playstation 3
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