Turtle Beach had a strong presence at PAX East, and with one third of our staff enthusiastic supporters of their headsets, we wanted to get a chance to talk to them. Peter Ronick agreed to step in front of our camera and tell us about some of the latest and greatest they have to offer. He had some things to say about two new products, and even updated us on some old favorites.
The first product we heard about was the PX21. This is a universal gaming headset that will serve you equally well on the PS3, XBOX, PC, and MAC. Naturally, huge care has been put into providing superb audio quality, you would expect nothing less from Turtle Beach. What really impressed us was the list of features they managed to pack into this thing. It sports both USB and standard stereo, so it is useful for everything you would generally use a standard headset for, but the USB serves several purposes, from carrying the actual chat signal in the case of the PS3 to powering the inline amp. The amp is what really stood out to us. The built in amplifier gives you control the volume of the both the game and the chat, and coupled with their Chat Boost feature, the headset will automatically jack up the chat level to compete with blasting game audio. No more screaming over machine gun fire or fiddling with the volume wheel to hear warnings about that sniper. Now your hands and your mind can stay on the game.
Not to be ignored is the X11. An update to the wildly popular X1, the X11 is an overall equipment upgrade. Better build, better engineering in general. Peter wanted us to know that they are improvements are in direct response to feedback from their tech support line and their forums. Keep that in mind if you pick up a Turtle Beach headset. If you don’t like it, speak up. The next upgrade might be just around the corner. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, after all.
The X41, beloved standby around BLHQ, was addressed as well. It was the recent well deserved recipient of the Xbox Magazine Peripheral of the Year Award, and when asked about the possibility of use with the PS3, we were told that an adapter was now offered that would allow it to be used with the PS3 at the expense of no longer being wireless. After taking a look at their site we weren’t able to find such an adapter. We plan to get back to Turtle Beach for clarification and availability and get back to you.
At the end of our discussion we were left with a maddeningly vague teaser of things to come, assuring us that there were some products in the pipeline for the next few months that will be “blowing away the competition.” Considering what we’ve heard and seen already, one can only imagine what is on the horizon.