In this Turtle Beach x41 review, you’re going to get an objective look at the pros and cons of this popular gaming headset. Wireless headsets have been around for some time now, but it’s only been in recent years that the quality has climbed high enough relative to price, that gamers have begun to regularly invest in them for an enhanced sound experience.

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The [easyazon_link asin=”B002KSPKRS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach X41 headphones[/easyazon_link] are an upgrade on a previous model (the Ear Force X4’s) and part of a revamped series along with the [easyazon_link asin=”B0083VTBTY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]X11s[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link asin=”B002KSPL36″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]X31s[/easyazon_link]. They continue the theme of convenience and comfort that attracts a lot of folks to using the Turtle Beach range. Once again, they are more suited to a casual gamer than a competitive one.

The wireless feature is a big appeal and it seems that the days of compromising quality for such a feature are finally over. The Turtle Beach X41’s sound quality is up there with the best with its 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound system, which is a noticeable upgrade on their stereo headsets.

The headphones are around the $200 mark, depending on where you shop. You’re paying for top of the range sound quality with this headset. That’s about it. As I’ve mentioned before in my article reviewing the Turtle Beach X11s, I’m a casual gamer that mainly plays late at night. So, I don’t need a great deal more than a solid pair of headphones that are going to give me good sound that doesn’t bleed into the surrounding ambiance.

There are, of course, cheaper options out there that can meet my needs in this department. However, for those of you that want that little bit more, I’d say the X41s are a good investment.

Comfort and Design

As Steggy mentioned in the Turtle Beach X41 Review video above, the X41s are similar in design to the X31, in that they are the same mix of black and white. So, they go well with the [easyazon_link asin=”B003O6JKLC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Xbox 360[/easyazon_link], which is what they’re geared towards. For you, this may be the basis of your purchase. After all, pieces of equipment do look better together when they’re in a similar style.

Again, as with most of the Turtle Beach range, there is a focus on ensuring comfort with some big, leather earphones that fit around the majority of your ears. They do like to dwarf your ears, but considering how uncomfortable on-ear headphones tend to be, that’s a good thing!

Turtle Beach always scores points with me for comfort. I really haven’t experienced many problems, even after using a variety of their headsets. But the X41s do feel a bit heavy on the head compared to the PX21s, but not to the point where you’re going to experience ear fatigue after an hour of gaming.

The earphones are more circular than the X11s (which, by the way, I consider to be the most comfy gaming headset that Turtle Beach has come out with). The cup is deep so it’s not pushing against your ear. I personally prefer a bigger size but the X41 headphones are still quite comfortable.

Being wireless, the headphone controls are at the bottom of the outer “shell” of the left earphone. At first, it can take some getting used to knowing which button you’re pressing but once you’re at home with them, there’s no problem at all. The controls available with the X41 are a power button, an effects button that is basically a bass boost, and a volume control. There’s no self-monitoring chat volume feature with this headset like in the PX21s. The real focus is on the sound quality from the game or movie you’re watching, not your mates or yourself.

The microphone is the same design as various other models from Turtle Beach in that it’s got that sturdy, metal gooseneck wire that is really flexible and stays where you mold it to. It’s a responsive microphone and does all the basics, and most importantly to some, it’s detachable! I can hear some of you cheering from here. No more pushing it away from your face or it suddenly rotating back in front of you while you’re watching TV. Just simply pull it off, but don’t forget where you put it.

However, the X41s aren’t completely wireless. But then again, not many are. If you want to use Xbox Live Chat, then you’ll have to plug a wire from your headphones to your Xbox controller. No big deal, though.

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 Wireless and Base Station

The X41s come with two main components, which are the wireless headphones themselves and a base station. The base station allows you to switch between a digital audio connection or an analog signal. This essentially means they’ll work with any audio source you have, including other consoles than the Xbox, even though this headset is designed specifically for the Xbox. You won’t be able to access the chat features, however.

The receiver base has a line-in volume control so that you can control the volume of any connected audio source. It also has a standard headphone port so that if a friend is over, they can plug their headphones in so that you can both experience whatever it is you’re listening to. To me, that’s not necessarily a feature I’ll use but I’m sure some people will find it handy.

There’s also a “bypass” button that allows you to hear unprocessed audio. As well as this, the X41s allows you to bypass the signal so you don’t have to hook them up every time you want to use them. If you don’t want to use them, the audio bypasses through the X41 receiver base and right to your standard audio system. Now, to me, that is handy because I can’t be bothered getting off my seat all the time.

Turtle Beach have provided some AAA batteries and say they can last over 20 hours. Don’t believe this. I mean, they probably can last 20 hours but only probably if they’re turned on and doing nothing else. I’d recommend getting some rechargeable batteries. For the stickler in me, I’d like to see a rechargeable pack and docking station on the base, but it is what it is.

Sound Quality

Finally, this Turtle Beach x41 review wouldn’t be quite complete without discussing sound quality.

The sound quality with the X41s is very impressive and exceeded my expectations. I wasn’t really expecting too much, but for the price, you can see why they’re so good.

Turtle Beach X41 Popping Issue Resolved!

Every so often, you’ll hear the notorious Turtle Beach x41 popping and crackling issue in your headset. The Turtle Beach X31s also feature this problem. The reason it’s an issue at all is because it doesn’t get drowned out by the gameplay sounds.

Thankfully, I was able to find a video that walks you through the solution to the Turtle Beach x41 popping and crackling issue. (This solution also transfers to the X31s.) Watch the video is below:

There is one flaw to it that is quite annoying and can be quite a problem, so I’ll get that out of the way first. The X41s run on the same frequency as wifi routers and this causes interference in the headset in the form of cracking and popping. This can simply be altered by moving further away from your router.

In some of the other headsets from Turtle Beach, you can hear a bit of hissing noise that is masked when you play sound through them. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the X41s and if you’re playing a game with explosions, watching a TV episode with just ordinary dialogue, or listening to music, you’ll still hear this popping or cracking over it.

That said, the sound quality really is excellent. If you close your eyes on a game like [easyazon_link asin=”B00269QLI8″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Modern Warfare[/easyazon_link] where there’s a lot of action going around, you feel part of a 3D environment. You can pinpoint the direction and altitude of where distant gunfire is coming from and you can hear footsteps all around you. That’s exactly what some gamers require but for me, it’s more of a luxury that isn’t on the top of my list of priorities. It is really cool, nonetheless.

The bass boost isn’t totally necessary and doesn’t add a whole new dimension to the sound, although it does help if you have the ear for it. I don’t, so I really couldn’t tell much difference other than everything sounding less “hollow”. If you want to maximize your battery life, I’d recommend keeping this feature turned off because you’re not really missing out on much.

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Gameplay Vid

So…Is It Good?

In conclusion, I’d say that the Turtle Beach X41s are a good buy. If you’ve got OCD like me and want a clean looking set up that matches your other equipment, this is a solid purchase and will sit nicely on your shelf along side them.

For the money you spend, you’ll get the convenience of being able to listen to your TV privately while retaining the ability to chat with your friends. You’ll also have more freedom with the wireless setup and have the added bonus of surround sound.

There are better headphones out there for the same price such as the [easyazon_link asin=”B002KSPKRS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Tritton Ax720[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link asin=”B004N7HSGU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Astro A40[/easyazon_link]. There is a bit of a lack of detail in the sound compared to these two headsets which may lead some of you away from Turtle Beach. If you’re new to the surround sound experience though and want a convenient and simple to use headset, then turn to the Turtle Beach X41. The only people I really see turning their noses up at this range are competitive gamers that require the very best, and the veteran audiophiles that have picky ears. If that’s not you, then you’ll probably like this headset.

I hope you got some value out of this review of the Turtle Beach x41 gaming headset. Make sure to leave your comment below!