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The Turtle Beach booth this year had quite a few new headsets out on display, not only in the PC lineup but for game consoles and mobile devices as well. Turtle Beach had their entire headset lineup on display alongside all of their updated models, with a nice description of each headset and a feature list next to them.
The first two headsets that we saw were the X12 and the XP500. While both of these were engineered for the Xbox 360, the XP500 also works with the PS3 while the X12 works well for the PC. One cool thing about the XP500 is that it is a wireless headset that works on a digital RF audio signal. The XP500 has up to 18 personalized presets to optimize game, chat, and mic audio for different gaming situations; you can also chat wirelessly on Xbox 360 and PS3 and you can even answer mobile phone calls or listen to streaming music while gaming. Looking at the X12 headset, some of the biggest features are the amplified audio, variable bass boost, independent volume controls, microphone monitor, and all of this is USB powered which means no batteries are required.
One of the other headphones featured was the PX3 gaming headset which was engineered for PS3 but also has support for Xbox 360, PC or Mac. The PX3 has 18 interchangeable presets which are optimized for gaming and chat in different situations; the headset also delivers wireless game and chat audio on PS3, includes a rechargeable battery, features a sonic lens with sound field expander, ear guard with blast limiter, sonic silencers, dynamic chat boost, microphone monitor, and an auxiliary input.
The X32 is a wireless amplified stereo gaming headset that is engineered for the Xbox 360. The headset uses a 5GHz dual band wireless Wi-Fi connection from the headset to the docking station for enhanced wireless performance. With the X32 you will find massive 50mm speakers for high-fidelity audio, a high-sensitivity microphone with a flexible boom. The earpieces are made of a breathable fabric mesh for enhanced comfort. Positioned a step up from the X32 is the X42 Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset which admittedly has pretty much the exact same feature set as the X32; however, you are also getting Dolby Digital Surround Sound for an enhanced gaming experience.
Continuing down the lineup, we come across the XP500 headset, a programmable wireless Dolby Surround Sound gaming headset. As with the other headsets, you are going to be getting 18 personalized presets to optimize game, chat, and mic audio for different gaming situations. You are also going to be getting the Dual-Pairing Bluetooth which allows you to chat wirelessly on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 while also allowing you to answer your mobile phone calls, or listen to streaming music while gaming. Turtle Beach also included Voice Morphing which allows you to distort your voice from deep lows to screeching highs. There is also a real voice that announces the headphone status such as a low battery warning, preset numbers when switching between them, and many more status prompts. A step down from the XP500 is the XP400; with this headset you are going to be losing the customizable presets and the Sonic Silencers that eliminate background noise on your mic and online chat. You are also going to be losing the Voice Morphing and Voice Prompts.
Now that the Turtle Beach booth is completed, it?s time to look at an emerging case manufacturer in the US market.