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Turtle Beach XO Seven Xbox One Headset - Review

The Xbox One has had a few issues with Headsets since it launched late last year. The Optical out-option on the Xbox One has only recently allowed Dolby 5.1 surround sound out of it and it even took until March for Microsoft to release proper headset support via their Stereo Headset Adapter. 

The good news is that most of these issues have been rectified, and despite my personal disappointment that the Xbox One can’t do at least 5.1 surround sound via the headset adapter to reduce cabling I’m pleased to say my first foray into Xbox One headsets thanks to the Turtle Beach XO Seven has been pleasing. 

Turtle Beach have been some of my favourite headset makers for some time. I find their headsets comfortable to wear for long stretches of gaming which makes all the difference at times. They are also highly configurable with removable mics, settings and more. 

So the XO Seven is classed as a premium Xbox One Gaming Headset. It’s certainly well-built and weighty with a good look to it. The trim of the headset mixes in blacks with the Xbox’s token green colours. It comes with swappable speaker plates which you can buy online from Turtle Beach in varying designs for around £12.50 each.  

The feature list is pretty much what you would expect from a wireless headset designed specifically for the Microsoft console: 

  • Wireless to the Xbox One™ Console 
  • Full Chat Functionality on Xbox One 
  • Game and Chat Volume Mix Controls
  • Swappable Speaker Plates
  • Premium 50mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Noise-Isolating Memory Foam Ear Cushions  
  • Mobile device compatibility

The XO Seven is a breeze to setup, it is as simple as making sure that your Xbox One is up to date with the latest firmware and that you also update the controller firmware too. Doing this involves connecting up your controller via a provided USB cable and running the firmware update option within the Xbox One settings.  

Once the firmware update is done, attach the Microsoft headset adapter to the Xbox One Controller and then the XO Seven to the Adapter via the provided Headset Breakaway Cable. Then you are ready to go, it is as simple as that. 
 

There are no other cables to attach (other than the boom mic if you want in-game chat) unlike most surround sound headsets, this is down to the fact that the XO Seven operates in stereo only. 

If you have previously updated your controller firmware, you really must make sure you have updated to the latest version. The reason I say this is that the older build caused crackling and breakup for some people (Including me) and this has been eradicated in the latest version and sound quality is far better than before. 

This headset is comfy, so comfy that now and then I forgot that I was even wearing them, which can only be a good thing. Sound quality is great, despite the lack of the surround sound. Playing games like Titanfall fill up the headset with all manner of noises and the XO Seven doesn’t flinch once and remains clear even at higher volumes. 

For those who like to game as quietly as possible so as not to disturb anyone else in your household, you will be pleased to know that the noise isolation works well with only a small amount of sound escaping, compared to another headset I’m currently reviewing you hardly hear a peep. 

Chat is an important part of this headset and from the party chats and in-game chatter I have had with other people while playing games such as Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare and Titanfall, everyone has said how clear the audio is coming directly from the XO Seven mic. Voice quality coming back through the headset from other gamers always varies in quality, though this is due to connection speeds, varying headsets and more, rather than any issue with the XO Seven headset itself. 

Final Thoughts: 

Overall the XO Seven is excellent, voice quality via the mic has been superb and the audio levels and clearness of sound when in-game is great. The XO Seven is also very comfortable to wear for long lengths of time and this is where it differs from many other cheaper headsets. The lack of needing to charge it despite being wireless is also a plus for many users who don’t want all the cables around. 

Yes you could argue that the price is a little high for a stereo headset, but the sound is great and the build quality is a step above anything else you’ll find right now. 

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My advice, get the headset adapter and you can plug in any headphones like Dre Beats ,and if they have a mic your good to go.

I went with the XO Four instead. I don't care for the faux leather ear cups because the material simply doesn't allow airflow and it can become a sweaty mess.

The one thing that I really miss is the voice passthrough so that you can hear yourself, ever so slightly, in your own headset. Apparently, the Xbox One chat adapter doesn't allow for it.

A review without any actual pictures of said product except stock marketing ones? I'd be interested to know how much different these are from the cheaper official stereo headset.

watkinsx2 said,
A review without any actual pictures of said product except stock marketing ones? I'd be interested to know how much different these are from the cheaper official stereo headset.

I'll add some of my own when home in a few hours. Lack of a DSLR meant I couldn't take decent ones before submitting the review

Would love to review the official headset too. Haven't had a chance to try them myself although a friend of mine wasn't impressed.

Overpriced and overrated... Turtle Beach is the Monster cable of headphones. I don't know why they are so expensive and sought after by gamers. I know they aren't really for music and maybe I'm spoiled by my own studio headphones (which cost less than these) but considering the price I would expect much better sound.

Aside from terrible sound they always seem to end up breaking too and they just feel cheap. Personally I'd much rather pay less for a quality pair of headphones (Sony, Sennheiser, etc) and buy a seperate mic.

JustAnotherTechie said,
I'll never understand people who'd pay £130 for... uhmm... no benefit whatsoever (as noted, incoming audio will primarily be from the default, free headsets, and most will also be listening to your crystal clear audio on said cheapo headsets) unless you happen to live in a very noisy steel works. The price of your Xbox One just went to £550 :\

I would class other people being able to hear you clearly as a benefit, as is having decent quality from the in game audio (which is in fact the primary source).

Are they over priced? I'm not sure, but decent cans cost money, wireless even more so.

D. FiB3R said,
I would class other people being able to hear you clearly as a benefit, as is having decent quality from the in game audio (which is in fact the primary source).

Are they over priced? I'm not sure, but decent cans cost money, wireless even more so.


I'd say so. I've spent less for a wireless 7.1 headset with all sorts of awesome controls/macros, voice over effects, etc.

Unless console headsets are really that much more expensive for some reason, I couldn't justify it.

dead.cell said,

I'd say so. I've spent less for a wireless 7.1 headset with all sorts of awesome controls/macros, voice over effects, etc.

Unless console headsets are really that much more expensive for some reason, I couldn't justify it.

They sound interesting. Make/model?

dead.cell said,

I'd say so. I've spent less for a wireless 7.1 headset with all sorts of awesome controls/macros, voice over effects, etc.

Unless console headsets are really that much more expensive for some reason, I couldn't justify it.

I have had a Logitech one which cost more than this which was 7.1 but not wireless.

D. FiB3R said,
They sound interesting. Make/model?

They're for PC gaming, but they're the Logitech G930:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech...&keywords=g930+logitech

They're normally $160 but you can frequently find them on sale. Best Buy has had them for $89.99 and I think Amazon at one point around $79.99 if I'm not mistaken. I own a pair as well as my friend; my brother otherwise got the G430 instead which is a wired 7.1 headset for $50.

I love my G930s personally, they cancel out sound pretty damn well when I have music going. My favorite feature is probably the muting of the mic when you flip it up; makes bio breaks that much quicker heh.

I'll never understand people who'd pay £130 for... uhmm... no benefit whatsoever (as noted, incoming audio will primarily be from the default, free headsets, and most will also be listening to your crystal clear audio on said cheapo headsets) unless you happen to live in a very noisy steel works. The price of your Xbox One just went to £550 :\

JustAnotherTechie said,
I'll never understand people who'd pay £130 for... uhmm... no benefit whatsoever (as noted, incoming audio will primarily be from the default, free headsets, and most will also be listening to your crystal clear audio on said cheapo headsets) unless you happen to live in a very noisy steel works. The price of your Xbox One just went to £550 :\

I spent ~$140 for a 5.1 headset and I'm damn happy about it even though I don't use it all the time.