The Turtle P11 Playstation 3 headsets from Turtle Beach are mid-level wired stereo headsets, but like the previous Xbox 360 version of these that we tested, I would remind you that Turtle Beach is a high-end brand. So you can expect good finishing materials – plastics and sturdy rubber, and more importantly, you can expect performance. The finishing is black with red trimmings to fit the Playstation 3 more suitably.
The P11’s are powered by USB and ships with audio cables and 3.5mm jack that allows you to connect to not only them with the Playstation 3, but PC and MAC too.
Performance and Design
The amplified sound delivers a very full sound, the 50 mm drivers deliver crystal-clear sound throughout most of the volume range. It is only at a very high volume that the amplifier and drivers start to struggle. The online performance is very good thanks to separate volume controls for the in-game chatter and the game’s sound.
After spending over a week with the pair of headsets, I cannot deal with lesser performance anymore. The amplifier and bass-booster make for not only greatly capable volume, but clarity too. Bass compliments the rest of the sound, rounding off the sound, and resulting better performance over the average bass-featuring headsets. The clarity levels are increased too thanks to the amplifier and the benefits are immense through the volume range. I have a decent pair of Phillips headsets (non-gaming) and I use them offline. I used to be pretty satisfied with them as they produce a good quality of sound at average volumes. Directly testing them after using the P11’s – the difference was drastic, and the Turtle Beach’s only cost around R200 more than the Phillips. If I had tested the P11’s and the Phillips a week apart, I probably wouldn’t have noticed such a difference. Testing one after the other demonstrated just what the extra bass, and maybe the more capable amplifier, adds to the sound quality.
The online communication is fantastic with the P11’s – the volume controllers coupled with amplified sound, allows you not to have to miss a beat or word. The headset also allows you to hear what you are saying through your mic, as the sound is channelled back to the speakers.
Like the previous set I tested, I cannot recommend the Turtle Beach brand enough, as if I need to. If you are reading this, you are probably an avid gamer, so you will know that the brand is one of the most trusted and most popular brands amongst gamers.