Turtle Beach PX5 Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Headset PS3 | Zombiegamer Review

Specifications

  • 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
  • Digital Wireless RF carrier reception (2.404-2.476GHz)
  • Bluetooth radio with dual-pairing mode and A2DP compatibility
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz, >120dB SPL @ 1kHz
  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo 27mW/ch, THD <1%
  • Digital Signal Processor for independently controlled chat, game and mic signals
  • USB port for programming the DSP via a Windows XP/Vista/7 computer
  • Digital Wireless RF wireless carrier reception (2.404-2.476GHz)
  • Digital RF wireless transmission range up to 30 feet
  • Stereo headphone output with volume control for external wired headphones
  • Optical TOSLINK digital audio input compatible with 48kHz digital audio stream
  • Optical TOSLINK digital audio output pass-through of digital input stream.
  • 150MIPS Digital Signal Processor for Dolby processing
  • Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms). Input sensitivity may be adjusted to accept higher level signals by lowering the volume control.
  • Battery booster circuit extends battery life for up to 15 hours

RRP R 2 699.00

Design

The PX5’s are for the serious gamer, who is looking to squeeze every last bit of gaming goodness when they boot up their Playstation 3. Turtle Beach took the wonderful 7.1 Dolby surround sound system, which is an event on its own, and added the stellar ability to customise and programme different presets [for different genres for example].

There are eight available presets which you can customise, or download other users settings. Firstly you will need the downloadable software by registering on Turtle Beach’s site, and then save them to your presets. This is takes some time to get used to, so for the purpose of reviewing, I ended up using the standard presets that ship with the headset. The software features a mixer of sorts where you can tinker around with the different sliders – something the audiophile will love. I personally know how I like sound, but proved to be pretty clueless in getting the levels to where I would want. I am sure a thorough play-around could get anyone to understand how to achieve the optimum levels they want.

The PX5 is predominantly Playstation 3 compatible, but will work on the Xbox 360. The in-game channel is carried to the PS3 via Bluetooth and there’s a wired/jack system for the Xbox 360. With the Turtle Beach stereo headsets I reviewed, with the Xbox designed headset, I found they performed better with the 360. With the PX5, and I could be wrong, the performance seemed similar with both consoles, if not exactly the same.

Performance

I have always been an expert in convincing myself I don’t need something when I don’t want to spend the money. “Stereo is fantastic,” I would convince myself, and it really is, but surround sound is just stunning when set up properly. The problem I have always had with the surround sound experience is that if it’s not set up correctly, it’s just sound from different angles. The speakers actually need to set up at the correct height and distance, the levels need to be correct and and and… With headsets, this issue is eliminated – the speakers are optimally set up in the ear-cup, and be it by voodoo or science I do not understand, they work. You get that proper surround sound experience and because you are getting it from a headset, it drowns out any would-be interfering sounds.

The programmable presets may sound gimmicky, but is far from that. The advantages are worthwhile, and for a gamer like me who enjoys various genres, the benefits are logical. If I owned this set, I would play around with the presets to cater for shooters; sport games; arcade etc. where you would not always want to have the same levels for the different sounds. And eight presets is probably even a bit of overkill.

The sound quality is absolutely superb, and in all honesty when I first tried them out and before I knew the price, I thought they would be more expensive than they actually are. The deep bass enhances the treble and other ranges; creating a full, crisp sound that immerses you in the game’s world.  The surround sound has a definite impact on how you experience the game, taking the gaming experience to the next level. Playing a shooter for example, the direction in which you are getting shot from is so more apparent. And it’s not just the surround sound itself, but the quality of the sound that the drivers deliver that overwhelmed me. With WRC 3 the in-car sound was mesmerizing – the banging of the exhaust, the metallic clunk of the gear changes all fill your hearing in splendour.  With NBA 2K13 I could hear the every last squeak of the rubber-soled shoes on the wooden court and from the direction of the player that it was coming from. Gun-shots are piercing, not because of the volume, but because of the sharp sound levels – the battlefield was all the more intense.

The only reservations I had prior to testing wireless, was how stable the signal would be. In my modestly sized living room, I had no interference or drop in signal, and therefore cannot think of any reason why I would opt for a wired set.

Verdict

If I was to spend what I consider a fair amount of money on something like a headset, for me it would have to be a reputable brand, and there is no doubt that Turtle Beach is one of the foremost brands in gaming headsets.

As for the price-tag compared to performance – money well spent in my opinion. The preset functionality alone justifies the purchase. The surround sound works, and works well, delivering performance that I have not yet matched and taking the gaming experience to new heights.

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