Turtle Beach Brings
New Level With PX5
By Lisa Johnston On Feb 21 2011 - 5:01am
NEW YORK —
Turtle Beach is looking to
bridge the gap between gaming headsets
and home theater headphones with its new
flagship model, the PX5.
TWICE sat down with Turtle Beach last
week to demo the headset, which was initially
introduced at International CES and
will begin shipping in the spring for $249.
In addition to customizable presets that can
be stored on the headset (up to 18), the PX5
features Dolby 7.1 surround sound, 50mm
drivers and a detachable mic.
It also features Bluetooth A2DP capability,
so users can not only answer calls while
gaming but they can also stream music from
their cellphones, toggling between the two
by pressing a button on the headset.
The PX5 will come with software (downloaded
from the Turtle Beach website) that
will enable users to further customize their
presets, down to a level that is unprecedented,
according to the company. Christopher
Bridle, senior community marketing manager
for Turtle Beach, said such software
is unique to the PX5 and will come in two
versions: a pro-level and a consumer-level.
Among other things, users will be able to adjust
such details as the lows and highs of
their voice should they want to disguise it
while wirelessly chatting.
The headset also comes with several default
presets that users can take advantage
of, including the ability to boost high frequencies,
or tune out excess noise to focus
on the sounds of enemies approaching in
games like “Call of Duty.” Other game-specific
presets will be able to be downloaded
from the website as well.
The PX5 is billed as a PlayStation3 headset,
but it works with the Xbox 360 as well.
Switching between the two consoles can be
done by pressing the headset’s Power button