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Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

CES 2012: Turtle Beach Reveals New Headsets w/ Bluetooth Chat for Xbox 360

I own an Ear Force X41 for my Xbox 360 and I love everything about it. Well, almost everything. Despite being completely wireless, to chat online you still needed to have the headset wired to the controller. Last year I previewed the awesome Ear Force XP500 and later got to try it myself and see the adapter which allows Bluetooth chat functions. For a while now the XP500, along with its hefty price tag of $269.95, was lonely in the Bluetooth chat department, but not anymore.

Turtle Beach has announced two new headsets which produce great audio and include improved 5Ghz Wi-Fi wireless performance and, of course, Bluetooth chat.

“Interference from common 2.4 GHz wireless devices like game consoles, routers, telephones and other gadgets is now a thing of the past with these new headsets.” said Michael Arzt, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Turtle Beach. “Not only have we jumped to the 5GHz spectrum, completely avoiding the crowded 2.4GHz band, we’ve also adopted the Wi-Fi specification so our headsets can coexist within the wireless-LAN spectrum rather than search for free space around LAN signals. Adding dual-pairing Bluetooth chat from the XP500 and a rechargeable battery makes these headsets perfect for Xbox 360 owners, who want premium performance and convenience.”

Ear Force XP400 Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset Key Details:

  • Dolby(r) Surround Sound: Immersive 360 degree audio lets you pinpoint the direction of every sound
  • Adjustable Surround Sound Angles: Alter the positioning of the surround sound angles for the best audio experience for every gamer
  • 2.4/5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi Wireless Digital Game Sound: Uncompressed digital RF audio signal delivers CD-quality sound by auto-selecting the optimum frequency in the 2.4GHz/5GHz spectrums
  • Wi-Fi Friendly: Easily coexists with wireless networks and Wi-Fi devices
  • Dual-Pairing Bluetooth: Chat wirelessly on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and answer mobile phone calls while gaming
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery: Provides up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gameplay and can be recharged while gaming
  • Equalizer (EQ) Presets: Multiple EQ presets include the bass, treble and midrange boost combinations
  • Blast Limiter: Reduces the effect of loud game sounds so you can turn up softer sounds
  • Digital Optical Connection: Delivers the highest quality of digital surround sound
  • Digital pass-through: Connect your home theater to the XP400 optical connection to hear the sound on both the headset and external 5.1 speakers
  • Analog input: Connect a TV or other analog stereo source to the transmitter to hear it processed with virtual surround sound
  • Dynamic Chat Boost: Chat volume automatically increases as the game volume gets louder
  • Variable Microphone Monitor: Hear your voice in the headset while speaking and adjust the level
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    MSRP: $219.95

    Available: Q1 2012

    Ear Force XP300 Wireless Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset Key Details:

  • 2.4/5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi Wireless Digital Game Sound: Uncompressed digital RF audio signal delivers CD-quality sound by auto-selecting the optimum frequency in the 2.4GHz/5GHz spectrums
  • Wi-Fi Friendly: Easily coexists with wireless networks and Wi-Fi devices
  • Dual-Pairing Bluetooth: Chat wirelessly on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and answer mobile phone calls while gaming
  • Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery: Provides up to 15 hours of uninterrupted gameplay and can be recharged while gaming
  • Equalizer (EQ) Presets: Multiple EQ presets include the bass and treble boost combinations
  • Sound Field Expander Presets: Boosts the level of sounds on the left and right sides while lowering sounds in the center
  • Dynamic Chat Boost: Chat volume automatically increases as the game volume gets louder
  • Variable Microphone Monitor: Hear your voice in the headset while speaking and adjust the level
  • Auxiliary Input: Listen to your favorite songs while gaming by attaching an MP3 player to the XP300 transmitter along with the game audio
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    MSRP: $ 169.95

    Available: Q1 2012
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