*Note: The majority of this review is based off experiences had on the Xbox One.
Sound Quality: Turtle Beach is a staple in the industry, and being so they are known for having quality products at a wide array of price ranges and options. The XO3s run for about $70 on most markets. At that price range, the sound quality is very good. You get very clear sound with enough thumping bass to keep it feeling lively and not dull. In those surround sound heavy moments, you will not get the crisp depth of a higher end, $120+ headset, but you still get some depth and the clear sound continues. In those cinematic moments, voices and music do not muddle each other, and every part remains distinct. This carries over into the multiplayer feedback for the most part as well. Voice feedback came in very well, and only in some extremely heightened action moments would your teammates be somewhat drowned out. This could be game specific though, and an eye needs to be kept on your mixer when playing on Xbox. Turn your party chat up more, and you should be in the clear.
One additional tidbit is that if using on Xbox One, you can use Windows Sonic with these headphones to essentially amplify the surround sound like style of the headset. I tried it out and liked the difference in distinct depths, but not everyone may notice it.
Design: The style of the XO3’s is one of my favorites that I have come across of any headsets that I have ever owned or tried. It’s simple yet sleek, having a very sturdy head band and just as sturdy ear pieces. A lot of headsets I have run into before have had, for lack of a better word, floppy ear pieces. These ones are easily adjustable and pretty comfortable. The headband itself is wrapped in a faux leather and has a solid padding to it that sits well on big noggins like mine. The pieces that connect the earpieces to the headband are a bit cheaper in build, but have held up well. The headset is sturdy, which may cause some head fatigue for some, but it was nothing that bothered me in moderate play sessions. The headset is almost entirely black, with some green accents to feel out the Xbox centric side of things (navy blue trim is featured on the Recon 150s.) All in all it’s very well put together from end to end.
So who is this headset for? Really anyone who wants to invest in a quality headset without breaking the bank. You are getting very good sound quality, and excellent voice quality for only around $70. While it is not wireless, it is versatile, and definitely comfortable. I have never been disappointed in a Turtle Beach Product, and that does not change today. The XO3’s are a great addition to anyone’s lineup of accessories, and are certainly a welcome addition to mine.
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*Note: The product was provided for the purposes of the review