Official XBOX Magazine has named the Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 wireless Dolby 7.1 model their ‘Peripheral of the Year’ in their February issue. The X41 includes digital RF wireless CD-quality sound, XBOX LIVE Chat and the tactical advantage of 3-D positional audio for use in games such as Modern Warfare 2. Official XBOX Magazine Editors had this to say:
Official XBOX Magazine editors state,” We’re not sure who loves these more: us or our significant others. The X41s pump Dolby 7.1 surround sound into your skull – convincingly – while also adding a boom mic for XBOX Live use and a digital transmitter for crystal clear, line-of-sight-free wireless use,” and, “They’re almost as indispensable as your HDTV.”
The Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 headsets also include Chat Boost, which automatically increases the volume of XBOX LIVE chat as the game gets louder, which is something that greatly enhances gameplay. The X41 is replacing the X4 as Turtle Beach’s premeire gaming headset for the XBOX 360. Some of the enhancements for the X41 over the X4 Turtle Beach has announced include:
The X4 analog infrared wireless signal has been replaced with digital 2.4 GHz RF wireless technology, for low-latency, uncompressed, CD-quality sound with no background hiss, no interference from plasma TV screens and no line of sight restrictions between the transmitter and headset.
The X41 uses the latest version of Dolby technology to support game sound in 7.1 channels instead of 5.1 channels, for improved surround sound accuracy.
Dolby Pro Logic has been upgraded to Dolby Pro Logic® IIx.
The X41 transmitter includes a headphone jack and volume control for an additional wired headset, so a second player can hear the same Dolby surround sound that’s being transmitted to the X41 wireless headset.
The X41 transmitter is powered by a USB port on the XBOX or nearby PC, Mac or laptop, so gamers will have one less power adapter to worry about. This is especially convenient when using it overseas, since it eliminates the need for special power adapter plugs.
A new “battery booster” circuit in the headset extends battery life for up to 25 hours and assures that the sound quality will stay crisp and clear until the batteries are completely drained. Optional rechargeable batteries can be used in place of alkaline batteries.
The velvet ear cushions used on the X4 have been replaced with rich, soft, fabric mesh cushions that let your ears breathe, for added comfort during long gaming sessions.
The X41 will also work for other gaming systems, but it is noted that the microphone is only compatible with the XBOX 360. The Turtle Beach X41 retails for $199.95 and will be available at Best Buy and other major US retailers in September, the Turtle Beach web site www.turtlebeach.com, and in Europe from Madcatz.