It’s no secret the headset Xbox provides you with when buying a console is , well… Complete crap. Some I’ve taken perfect care of and they still manage to break at some point, or stop working altogether. They’re flimsy and to be honest, the quality of sound is cheap and disappointing. However, it’s basically free when you buy a console or a messenger kit so you can’t really complain too much.
Having been with Xbox for SO long, I’ve been through numerous headsets, and at this point to be quite honest, I’ve lost count of how many I’ve accidentally broken, went out on their own, lost, or had stolen. So, after my last headset started acting up I finally decided it was time to upgrade. Now I was in search of a moderately priced headset that would meet or even be above my expectations. So, where to start?
Well, to begin a lot of people I know own either Tritton brand headsets or Turtle Beach. Since I’d heard such good reviews on them I figured why not start there. I’m an avid Amazon shopper, so I went straight to amazon and started browsing headsets and reading reviews. While looking through Tritton brand headsets I came across a few that got decent reviews, and caught my eye.
Shown above is a Tritton Detonater Stereo headset. It got 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, the reviews were helpful, and it’s only $63.99. I liked the design, and the price was definitely within my range but I wasn’t ready to stop shopping and I had a feeling this wouldn’t be my choice in the end. So, I continued my search. A few caught my eye that were a bit cheaper,(and I’m sure they were just fine) but I was looking to end my headset problems altogether, so I decided I’d stay within the 60-100 dollar range. Not TOO much, and enough to make sure I was getting a quality headset.
Pictured above is another Tritton headset that I looked at. The Tritton AX120’s. After reading reviews, I decided this was probably not the best headset for me. It got 3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, but the price was right for $59.99. So, once again, back to searching. (I like to shop around) So, after looking at a few more Tritton headsets that were completely out of my price range, but VERY nice, I decided to go take a gander at what Turtle Beach had to offer.
Shown above are the Turtle beach Ear Force X12’s. With way more reviews than what I could find on Tritton, and 4 1/2 stars I decided to really look into these. They were going for 53.50, and I really liked what I saw. However, I figured if this is the first pair I’ve looked at and it happens to be on the cheaper side, I wonder what I could get for more? So, off I went again.
I came across the X41 series shown above, and was drawn to the fact it was wireless. They go for around $139-165 on Amazon, and have 4 out of 5 stars and good reviews all over. But, like I said, my price range was within 60-100 dollars and these were a little too pricey for me. I saw a few other themed pairs of headsets that caught my eye, but they weren’t wireless OR within my price range so I kept looking. Finally I came across something.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force X31 series. These are basically wireless, unless you’re using Xbox chat, you’ll have a small white connection going from the headphones into your controller. They go for $99.00 dollars on Amazon, and have 4 out of 5 stars with lots of good reviews. At this point, I was pretty much set on getting this headset. I looked around on a few other sites, and couldn’t find them for much cheaper without getting charged a crazy amount for shipping and handling. So, I went to the root of all evil, Walmart. I searched my zip code and found that these bad boys were available and in stock at my local store. I also managed to get a 10% discount at checkout. (I have family who works there)
After making my purchase, I rushed home to set them up. I was VERY excited, and the set up was extremely easy. I hopped on Call of Duty and after changing the game volume, and chat volume to my preferred settings, I noticed a BIG difference in how I play. Â I was extremely satisfied with the sound quality. They’re also pretty comfortable, which surprised me because I’d been told on quite a few occasions that these headsets can be somewhat uncomfortable. After playing for a few more hours, and switching the games up a couple times I decided I’d made a good decision, and at a decent price.
Now, I realize this is more an opinion piece than anything, but I also thought it could be helpful to others who might be in the same situation I was stuck in for so long. So, tell me Xbox users, what headset do you use, or which headset do you have on your wishlist, and why? Let us know!