I remember my first day with a universal remote controller — it was heaven. I controlled my sound system, DVR, and television without fumbling through different controllers. It was fast, easy, but most of all convenient. I wish more things were universal. Turtle Beach has heard my pleas and has released the Ear Force PX22, an amazing universal headset that works with all of your electronics. More importantly, these universal cans come with a consumer friendly price. To top it off, the PX22 is MLG branded ensuring that you’re using what the pros use. Turtle Beach once again provides a comfortable wearing and listening experience while also achieving excellence in build quality.
The PX22 has a similar look and feel to the premium XP 500, although it’s smaller and lighter. The headband has bright blue stitching that gives the headset a distinct look, and the cups use a mesh padding like the XP 500. One can appreciate the attention to build quality Turtle Beach applies to each headset. Think about it: the XP 500 is almost $300.00. These are less than a third of that price, yet they’re just as comfortable and visually appealing. The packaging is attractive, too, and gives the set a premium feel. The headset comes in a elegant fold-up box that also includes an inline amp and controller, RCA splitter cable, and Xbox 360 chat cable.
Of course, a beautiful headset will only get you so far if it doesn’t produce a quality sound. Fortunately, the PX22 thumps with more ferocity than any other headset I’ve tested in its price range. I put the headset through a gauntlet of audio tests: I watched movies and have yet to miss a crisp line of dialogue while wearing the PX 22. I listened to bass heavy 808 beats, heavy guitar riffs, chiptunes, and not once did the PX 22 falter. There’s a thrill that comes with to listening to a tune you’ve heard over a thousand times and picking up sounds that you didn’t know were there. Taking phone calls was also a breeze and highly convenient while wearing the PX 22 I probably have the 50mm speakers to thank for that.
The PX 22 really shines when it’s used for gaming. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the convenient and fast setup. If the audio source is a USB device, just plug-in the amp via USB and then plug the headset into the amp — you’re ready to go. The Xbox 360 has a slightly different setup, nothing which requires technical skill. Simply plug the 2.5mm end of the 360 chat cable into the controller and the other end into the headset and you’re set. PC and PS3 mic connections require the headset to be plugged into the amp, and the amp into the system. It’s simple, clean, and clutter free. The PX 22, unlike the XP500, isn’t battery-powered, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice.
Reading headset reviews has become repetitive — they’re full of clichés about the buzzing and whizzing bullet sounds and the enhanced footsteps. I’ll admit I’m guilty of such reviews. Think of the PX 22 as a gaming tool. When playing first-person shooters you become more aware of your surroundings more adapt to patterns. You’ll also notice sound that you didn’t notice before like the distinct flap of paper caught in a breeze. At first it’ll distract you during a gunfight — in fact, it might even cost you your life — but it’ll teach you to travel more secluded and less noisy routes. When you travel through quiet, distraction-free areas, you’ll notice small details like a soldier’s equipment shuffle and empty shells rolling on the ground. This is the advantage that the Turtle Beach PX 22 provides. You won’t wear these and become a better FPS player overnight, but with practice you’ll learn to pick out sounds and use them to your advantage.
When playing Resident Evil: Revelations I was drawn into the experience because of the things I could hear and not see. It’s a cold fear, you know somethings around the corner because you’re listening to it, but it freezes you dead in your tracks. That’s what makes for quality audio that you might not appreciate without a good headset. For communication, the PX 22 does an amazing job. My voice projected well, and the noise cancellation kept side conversations and noises out of my gaming.
The drawbacks that arise are few in number. Unlike its expensive cousin, the PX22 isn’t wireless meaning you’re tied down to an area in your room while wearing them. The cables are long enough so that it never restricts you, but it’s still a pain. You also don’t get the customized presets which capture different sounds in the environment while gaming. And lastly you lose the XP 500′s surround sound.
Turtle Beach has given gamers the opportunity to experience luxury without draining their wallets. The Ear Force PX22 is a versatile, universal headset that sounds great. If you’re in need for a new headset, and game across multiple platforms, look no further.
You can buy the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset at Amazon.com for $79.95.