Turtle Beach Earforce x11 Wired Stereo Headset
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  • Although most parts are only made of a high quality plastic, this makes the headset very light, and out of personal experience of dropping the headset many times, I can say that its light weight probably saves the headset from damage
  • Probably the best part of the headset is the plush-like foam cups that surround your ears as you are wearing the headset
  • My friends instantly noticed that I sounded clearer and louder (but not too loud)
  • There is nothing else to really say about the sound quality, it is what you would expect from a stereo headset, and if compared to other stereos, it probably isn't that amazing, but if you have never had a headset, and this is your first one, it will be very enjoyable
  • Many of my friends own Earforce x11's, and we all share the similar problem of the rather iffy chat cable connection


    • by Keanu
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      In terms of wired stereo headsets, the Turtle Beach Earforce x11 is a great deal considering the price of (at the time) only $59.99. Although it sits at the lower end of most buyer’s budget, it is of very high quality, and should be highly considered by anyone looking for a durable, long-lasting stereo headset. I personally have owned mine for around two years now and they show absolutely no signs of breaking or wearing down, and I plan on keeping them for a while to come. This is coming from someone who has gone through several headsets as well.

      The first subject I would like to cover is build quality. As I stated before, the x11 is very sturdy. Although most parts are only made of a high quality plastic, this makes the headset very light, and out of personal experience of dropping the headset many times, I can say that its light weight probably saves the headset from damage. The adjustable portion that goes above your head is made of a sort of imitation leather, and it feels very comfortable, cushioning your head during long hours of playing time. This has not ripped on me yet, which is very surprising. The head-strap is fully adjustable, and can fit to basically anyone’s head (I have lent it to multiple friends and it fits all of them just fine). They stay in place well and do not have to be readjusted for size. Probably the best part of the headset is


      the plush-like foam cups that surround your ears as you are wearing the headset. They made of a sort of foam-like mesh material that breathes very well on your head, and they stay extremely comfortable. This factored in with the low weight makes it overall a very comfortable headset to wear.

      The second feature I would like to cover is the built-in adjustable microphone. Turtle Beach makes excellent microphones on their headsets. The one on the x11 has nothing left to be desired. It is exceptionally adjustable, just like a piece of wire, meaning it can fit pretty much anyone wearing it. It can also swivel up and down at the joint where it is attached. This means that it can be swiveled out of the way in case you need to cough/sneeze, and don’t want to blow your friend’s ears out or you are eating but don’t want to take the headset off. The sound quality on the mic is also of very high quality. My friends instantly noticed that I sounded clearer and louder (but not too loud). It also has a “microphone monitoring” feature. Basically this allows you to hear yourself speaking, so that if you have people talking and the volume on the game relatively high, you don’t have to end up yelling to hear yourself, you can still hear what you are saying. This is a great feature and I am very glad they implemented it so well in the x11.

      The third feature I’d like to ...


      • talk about is the wiring. I can see the headset wiring being a bit confusing to a new user, but it can be picked up on quite fast. Basically, the headset has a chat cable connected to the controller, which allows you to talk, and for in-game sound, it has another cable going to a little white box with dials on it for Chat Volume and Game Volume. It also has a mute mic toggle switch. From the box, it goes to another cable that connects to your TV via red and white RCA cables. It is connected to this cable via a 3.5 mm headphone jack. This is a VERY good feature, because it means that it can be connected to your computer and used just the same, meaning you can watch videos, listen to music, and play games on your PC using the x11 headset. Very convenient.

        The fourth main feature is sound quality. Although it may only be stereo sound (left/right) and not surround sound like some other headsets, it delivers exceptionally high quality sound, considering it is only $60 dollars at the time of purchase, and now, $45 on Amazon.com. The sound has very good treble, allowing you to hear in-game footsteps quite well if the sound is turned up enough. The bass could be a bit stronger, but it is not lacking enough to drop the overall performance by much. There is nothing else to really say about the sound quality, it is what you would

        expect from a stereo headset, and if compared to other stereos, it probably isn’t that amazing, but if you have never had a headset, and this is your first one, it will be very enjoyable.

        The last main thing I’d like to talk about is the negatives. Although the headset is overall quite spectacular for the money, it is not without it’s flaws. Probably the biggest down side to the x11 is the material it is made of. Although I did say that it is very lightweight, and does not break easily from drops, I can easily see it cracking, for example, from being sit on. I would like to see it made a of a more durable material. This does keep the cost down, though, so there is not too much to complain about. The second minor flaw would be the chat cable, which Turtle Beach is notorious for. Many of my friends own Earforce x11’s, and we all share the similar problem of the rather “iffy” chat cable connection. Sometimes, it will cause people to echo in other’s mics, and sometimes, it will simply cut out completely and have to be moved around before it comes back. It also can sometimes make a very irritating crackling noise from being moved even slightly. This would be the major flaws, and although they present, they are in no ways prominent, and they do not keep the headset down from being an excellent buy for any low-budget stereo headset buyer. It is definitely worth the money.




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