Turtle Beach PS4, PS3 & Mobile Ear Force PX4 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach have long been one of the leading brands in the gaming audio market, offering some of the best headsets for console and PC gaming. They cross a wide band of budgets too, with models ranging from the budget friendly to enthusiast models that cost in excess for £200 / $300. We’ve had a lot of fun reviewing Turtle Beach products in the past and it was only a few months ago that the Turtle Beach PX22 and the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven earned our Games Choice Award.

the last two headsets we reviewed from Turtle Beach were two extremes of what the company has to offer, the PX22 was priced at around £60-70 and the XP Seven would set you back a staggering £250. The Headset we are looking at today comes in at a still expensive, but not unaffordable £150 and given that it is also wireless, and the only wireless headset to officially work with the PlayStation 4, it is also rather special.

Wireless technology in headsets often hikes the price up a fair bit, you’ve got transmitters and receivers, batteries, some kind of recharging system, a docking station and more to contend with and for the most part, these are expensive components. In terms of price, £150 for a premium wireless headset is actually pretty decent and is on par with much of the competition, although it is worth pointing out I mean similar headsets for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC since there are no other wireless headsets that support PS4 at time of writing.

As you can see from the specifications below, the headset and it’s transmitter pack some impressive features. Powerful 50mm drivers, high quality microphone, a dual band WiFi transmitter, Bluetooth dual-pairing, built-in amplifier and a decent range of audio inputs for maximum compatibility.

Headset Specifications 

  • 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
  • Game audio frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz, < 120dB SPL @ 1kHz
  • Condenser microphone frequency response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Game audio Dual Band WiFi Digital 2.4-2.495GHz/5.0-5.8GHz RF wireless reception
  • Bluetooth® radio with dual-pairing mode
  • Headphone amplifier: Stereo 27mW/ch, THD <1%
  • Rechargeable Li-Po Battery (1000 mAh)
  • Automatic shut down after approx 5 minutes of carrier loss or audio silence to conserve battery power
  • Battery booster circuit extends battery life for up to 15 hours

Transmitter Specifications

  • Dual Band Digital 2.4-2.495GHz/5.0-5.8GHz RF wireless transmission with up to 30 foot range
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Optical digital audio input compatible with 48kHz digital audio stream
  • Optical digital audio output pass-through of digital input stream
  • Stereo 3.5mm analog input jack
  • Maximum analog input level: 2Vpp (700mV rms)
  • USB Power – (5V DC @ 350mA max)

The packaging is lavished with technical details and a run down of the headset features, these include the wireless functionality, surround sound engine, bluetooth and EQ modes. The side of the box also details how it can be paired to your mobile to take calls without interrupting your game.

Around the back of the box we have the full specifications as well as a few more technical details about the Dolby codecs, and Bluetooth compatibility.

In the box we found another box that contains all the cables & accessories, a wireless hub and a bundle of leaflets, setup guides and some free stickers.

In the cables box we found a long and durable USB cable, perfect for charging the headset while using it should you really need to pull a long gaming session. A USB to 3.5mm cable, optical Toslink cable and 3.5mm male to male cable. Pretty much everything you need to hook the headset through your console, TV, surround sound, mobile phone or even an external audio device such as an mp3 player.

Turtle Beach Release The PX4, Their First PlayStation 4 Compatible Headset

Turtle Beach already sport one of the strongest ranges of console headsets on the market that cater to a wide range of budgets. Now it looks like one of the leading audio brands in the games industry is making their first move into the next-gen console race. This week, Turtle Beach announced the launch of the PX4, a wireless gaming headset that is designed to be fully compatible with the PlayStation 4 and it is being released just in time for the new console’s launch on the 29th of November. That means that the PX4 is the only wireless headset on the market that is compatible with the new console at launch!

In addition to the PX4, Turtle Beach announced that the wireless programmable surround sound XP510, PX51, and Call of Duty: Ghosts Phantom headsets are all equipped to offer next-gen audio on the PS4 (with a firmware update). The update will be available at turtlebeach.com when the PS4 launches.

The new PX4 wireless headset is fully equipped for next-gen gaming, boasting Dolby Surround Sound and interference free dual-band Wi-Fi to provide the ultimate “secret weapon” to gamers, and supreme audio quality to film and music fans. The PX4 has an MSRP of £149.99 GBP. Built in, dual-pairing Bluetooth offers the ability to take phone calls or stream music from a mobile phone or other Bluetooth devices without interrupting gameplay and EQ presets enable users to personalise their audio experience.

“At Turtle Beach we maximise the compatibility and flexibility of our headsets because there are so many potential gaming scenarios,” said Bob Picunko, Chief Marketing Officer at Turtle Beach. “We want people who invest in a Turtle Beach headset to be able to use it as broadly as possible.”

To maximise flexibility, Turtle Beach’s newest wireless headsets also provide a wired connection for mobile devices. The headsets can use that connection to get chat audio through the PS4’s DualShock controller and use an optical cord for game audio to provide a fully-integrated headset experience.

“We are delighted to announce that not only will three of our newest, premium wireless headsets provide an integrated chat and game audio experience with the PlayStation 4 console right out of the box*, but that we are launching a new next-gen headset – the PX4 – in time for launch,” said Juergen Stark, Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Beach.

Thank you Turtle Beach for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Turtle Beach.