OXCGN’S Turtle Beach PX5 review
Sit back and be immersed
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
So, when I got the chance to review Turtle Beach’s PX5, I knew I was in every position to experience games on a whole other level.
I had recently decided to partake in another playthrough of Dead Space 2 and earn some achievements I hadn’t previously acquired.
Let me begin by telling you I fell in love with Dead Space 2 again not because of how brutally gruesome the game can be at times, but because the crisp audio experience provided with the PX5’s were nothing short of amazing.
After a few hours of sitting on my bed immersed in the world of Dead Space 2, my ears had basically gone numb from the sheer force of the audio these headphones produce. Not only are they comfortable, but they produce some incredible, quality audio that you can adjust to your ears’ content.
If you’re not happy with the default settings the PX5 offers, you can easily change the presets via the headphones. The Turtle Beach PX5 comes with a total of 9 different presets all with various levels of tuning.
From deeper base to more crisp spoken dialogue, there are enough settings on the fly to suit every situation.
If the presets don’t tickle your fancy, you can install the software that comes with the headphones onto your PC or laptop and create your own presets for audio. You’re given a good amount of freedom to get an amazing audio experience. For the retail price that the PX5 goes for, it’s great to see this level of user customization.
Before you can begin your enjoyment of this headset, however, you need to actually set it up to either your PS3 or Xbox 360. In the packaging you’ll receive an extremely detailed booklet that will explain every nook and cranny of the PX5, and how to set it up.
There are only a few cables you need to plug in to certain slots and then a receiver that needs to sync with the PX5’s, and then you’re ready to go. It’s quite simple and takes no more than five minutes to complete.
If you’re unaware of what step you’re up to or oblivious to the fact that it hasn’t synced, the PX5 does have a female voice operator which will tell you if you’ve successfully synced the headset to the receiver. Likewise, when you turn them on or off or change presets, it’ll again speak again, announcing your action.
It’s definitely much better than a simple beep where all the beeps sound the same.
While installation and use are both a breeze, the PX5 does unfortunately encounter some type of interference during use. I found that at random points for a split second the audio would cut out without any explanation. I made sure there were no other wireless objects interfering with my headset, yet no matter how clear the path to the receiver was they would intermittently cut out.
Other devices that operate on a wireless frequency in my room were turned off yet this problem still persisted. It usually happens at the most random moments so you may be immersed in a cut scene explaining some important information about a character only for the audio to cut out.
It’s nothing too major, but it can become an annoyance if you’re playing for hours on end.
Another cause for concern would be the size of the PX5 itself. If you’re a gamer with a small cranium, then even on the default adjusted sitting it may sit a little lower than expected. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can really do, so if you’re really set on getting these headphones do try and test them out beforehand.
The PX5 usually sits on my head just right; however, after a few hours of continuous use, they do become a little tedious and heavy. Your ears will feel a bit sore and you’ll need to have a breather for a bit before popping them back on.
When my family are sleeping and I cannot use my surround sound, they’re an excellent substitute.
Turning up the volume real loud won’t make you deaf, it’ll just allow you to hear an enemy’s footsteps creeping up behind you, giving you the upper hand.
They look great among any collection of games and entertainment system, and they produce some stellar audio.
If you get the chance, do test them out before purchasing to see if they sit on your head correctly, because the last thing you want to do is purchase some expensive headphones and have them not fit and become a major annoyance. (Major annoyance! Sorry, I’ve been re-watching How I Met Your Mother and I believe I’ve caught on…)