Universal Gaming Headset from Turtle Beach

By Josh Wright

March 3, 2010

Tired of having to switch between headsets? Wires are all over the place? Turtle Beach may have the answer your looking for. Announced today, the Ear Force PX21 gaming headset is compatible with all 3 major gaming platforms. The Ear Force PX21 boasts integrating premium stereo game sound with crystal-clear communication on the PlayStation Network (PSN), XBOX LIVE and PC/Mac platforms.

“The P21 has been extremely popular with the PS3 gaming community, resulting in tremendous interest from gamers who wanted the same features on the XBOX 360. In response to this demand, we transformed the P21 into the PX21—an improved version that adds XBOX LIVE chat and other enhancements for the same price as the original P21.” says Peter Ronick, Director of Marketing. “The PX21 is essentially two headsets in one—a stereo USB headset for mic communication and an amplified stereo headset for game sound. That means you can independently control chat and game sound from a single control unit regardless of the platform. Whether you’re playing PS3, XBOX or PC games, the PX21 delivers high quality game audio, clear communications and unique features for a competitive edge that can make the difference between winning and losing—all at an affordable price.”

Many of the same features that have made Turtle Beach so popular with Xbox 360 gamers are included with the PX21 but integrated to work for all 3 platforms. Features including:

Stereo USB audio channel provides separate controls for PSN chat or PC stereo audio.

Deep fabric-mesh ear cushions sit comfortably around the ears to block out distractions.

Twist-style ear cups rotate to lay flat on the shoulders when taking a break from the game.

An extra-long 16-foot cable allows freedom to move around the room while playing and a convenient belt clip secures the in-line amplifier so it stays out of the way.

Independent volume controls for game and voice signals make it easy to balance USB chat and stereo game sounds.

Variable bass boost control makes explosions, gun shots and other deep-bass effects more dramatic by allowing the user to adjust the impact of low frequencies as desired.

Proprietary Chat Boost™ feature automatically increases chat levels during loud gaming sequences, so online communication from teammates isn’t drowned out.

Stereo Expander spreads the stereo signal for increased depth in the sound field.

A microphone with rugged, over-sized, flexible boom accurately reproduces the gamer’s voice while keeping out unwanted ambient noise.

A microphone monitor keeps gamers from raising their voices louder than necessary and avoids the “under water” feeling that results when you can’t hear yourself speak.

Premium sound is delivered by acoustically tuned ear cups, wide-bandwidth 40mm speaker drivers with high-density magnets and DC-coupled amplifiers for low distortion.

Compatible with XBOX LIVE, PSN chat and PC online chat.

3.5mm plug for direct connection to PC or Mac without an optional adapter cable.

The Ear Force PX21 will be available at Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon, Newegg and at major Canadian retailers including Best Buy Canada and Future Shop, as well as from the Turtle Beach web site www.turtlebeach.com. Turtle Beach Ear Force headsets are distributed in Europe by Mad Catz. The retail price will $79.95 and check back with DualShockers for a review. At press time there is no release date.

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Josh Wright

Josh resides in VA and enjoys spending time with his wife Lena, two wonderful kids Peyton and Bailey, and their puppy Marley. He moonlights as an Xbox Ambassador and someday hopes to rule the galaxy. Favorite Games: Mega Man, Tecmo Bowl, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

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