Turtle Beach EarForce X12 Headphones
Turtle Beach makes some amazing headphones. I purchased their EarForce X12s for gaming, listening to music, and watching movies.
I had a cheap headset that met an early death and had to be replaced. They fell off my head, taking my glasses with them, one too many times. I have a bit of a temper and they were not Nick proof. During my research for a replacement set, I read many positive reviews for the Turtle Beach brand. I found the EarForce X12s and they seemed to meet my needs. These Turtle Beach headphones have more than impressed me. The sound is great. They are not audiophile quality, but they have a nice rich sound that most other headphones that I have owned lacked. They do seem to have a break-in period, so be patient the first few hours of listening to them.
There are three types of headphones: over-the-ear or circumaural, on-the-ear or supra-aural, and in-the-ear or ear buds. Turtle Beach offers several models of headphones, the X12s are circumaural, so just about anyone can find a good match. The circumaural type headphones can be uncomfortable for some people, so keep that in mind when shopping. I prefer the circumaural due to their noise canceling abilities. I also like the larger drivers typically offered by the circumaural sets.
Another choice that has to be made is wired or wireless. From my research, wireless headphones are almost always a little more expensive than their wired counterparts. I don’t mind the wire most of the time, but I can see the benefit of wireless. The biggest downside, in my opinion, to wireless is the battery life. There are headphones out there that allow you to plug them in to charge and still use them. This type may be next on my list, when the X12s die or break. The X12s are wired, but the wire is really long and I have not felt like I needed a longer wire to be comfortable. They also have a control module in-line, on the wire itself, to adjust volume and bass. The bass adjustment is awesome. I love being able to turn up the bass for hip hop and adjusting it down for rock. I wish all headphones had a bass adjustment.
There is not much to say about the microphone. To me, either the mic works or it doesn’t. The X12’s mic works well. I spend many hours in vent, talking to friends and raiding. Not one person has said I sounded scratchy or they couldn’t hear me. In fact, some people had to adjust their vent settings for me, down, since this mic works better than the one I had previously.
The X12s are very comfortable. I have worn them for hours while gaming without any issues. I wear glasses so I know it’s sometimes hard to find over-the-ear headphones that don’t pinch. They do have a left and a right side, so be sure to have them on your head correctly or they might feel weird. The foam that Turtle Beach uses is also very comfortable. It’s not too soft, so you don’t feel like you are wearing plastic cups on your head, and it is not too hard.
The X12s are compatible to use with a computer, via USB, or an Xbox 360. I can’t comment on their performance when using them with an Xbox, since my Xbox died and I refuse to buy another one. I had no problems getting them to work with my computer. I plugged them in, verified audio settings in Windows, and changed my vent settings. I haven’t had to adjust anything since then.
For the money, the Turtle Beach EarForce X12s are some of the best headphones you can buy. I know there are better headphones out there, but they are also quite a bit more expensive. One other thing that I will mention, a few weeks after I purchased the X12s, Turtle Beach released the EarForce Z6As. While I have not tried the Z6As, I would have probably bought them instead of the X12s, since they are aimed at the PC market. Either way, you should be comfortable purchasing any of the Turtle Beach headphones.
- 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
- Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz, >120dB SPL @ 1kHz
- Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz – 15kHz
- Cable length: 16 ft. (4.87m)
- Weight: 6.4 oz (233g)
- Headphone Amplifier: Stereo DC-coupled, 35mW/ch, THD <1%, Frequency Response: DC – 30kHz
- Bass Boost: Variable up to +12dB@150Hz
- Mic mute switch
- Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms)
- 3.5mm plug for line input
- 3.5mm plug for mic output
- 2.5mm XBOX 360® controller input jack
- USB connector for power (5VDC @ <60mA max)
- Dimensions: Height .5in (1.27cm), Width 2in (5.08cm), Depth .75in (1.905cm)
- Xbox 360 console with AV cable to support analog audio output:
- HDMI Configuration- HDMI audio adapter cable (dongle)
- Standard Def- Advanced SCART AV cable
- Available USB port
- 8.75 x 6.75 x 3.75 (inches)
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. I purchased this product with my own money for my personal use, and decided to write about it. For more information on Turtle Beach’s products, feel free to visit their website .