- + Flexible sound configuration with the mixamp
- + Mic monitor is a delight
- - Uncomfortable ear cups
- - Unreliable mic levels
For the past few years I’ve been Astro A50s for my gaming, so when we received the Ear Force PX24s from Turtle Beach I was keen to see how they compared.
At first I’ll admit, I was sceptical, I’m not a fan of wires, who is?! And I’ve never had a problem with the Astro A50s, but Astros aside I delved into the world of Turtle Beach to see what they had to offer.
The headset itself is fairly sturdy and made entirely out of a plastic construction; featuring a material headband and not-so-comfy ear cups. The first thing I noticed about the PX24s was how well they gripped your head, unlike my pair of Astro A50s. Being able to tilt my head back and forth without them sliding around is fantastic. But with every positive comes a negative and with the PX24s it’s the ear cups.
They’re made out of a surprisingly solid material and are covered in a plastic feeling, leather-looking fabric. After many hours wearing the headset it started to hurt and I frequently had to take them off. The microphone, on the left of the headset, rotates down and is super flexible, allowing for nearly any position you’d need.
As previously mentioned, this a wired headset and plugs into the bottom of your controller, whether that be PS4 or Xbox One. They also work with PC and plug straight into the headphone jack. Connecting the controller to the headset is the mixamp, and this groovy piece of kit truly impressed me.
With three function buttons and a scroll wheel, it was pretty simple to use. The central function button allows you to select volume, surround sound, monitor levels and bass boost. You then use the scroll wheel to adjust the levels. Having a headset with a monitor is something I, personally, have been looking for since my early days of online gaming.
For those of you who don’t know, a monitor allows you to hear yourself when talking through the microphone; I’m sure plenty of us have had the strange experience whilst gaming of not actually being able to hear your own voice. The two further function buttons allow you to mute the microphone and enable ‘Superhuman Hearing’, this essentially boosts the volume of all in game sounds. The mixamp lights up depending on what function you’re amending so there’s no confusion.
You’d think, with this being a wired headset, that there wouldn’t be the age old issue of charging. Wrong. The mixamp requires charging and can use the same cable as a PS4 controller, although one is supplied. This was a shame as, for me, the only benefit of opting for wired instead of wireless is the lack of charging.
The PX24s forgo traditional surround sound and instead opt for virtual surround sound; this is enabled on the mixamp and works pretty well. I found that when I had the surround sound level at its highest I struggled to hear my friends and certain announcements within the game. Yet when the surround sound was off everything seemed a little too flat. Being a bit of an audio nerd, this bugged me.
The overall sound was impressive; after I spent a few minutes tweaking the surround sound and bass boost I was hearing full, deep and vibrant sound through the 50mm Neodymium speakers. When I activated the Superhuman Hearing there was nothing I couldn’t hear, and this was particularly effective when playing online.
I could hear the enemy from a mile away and pin point exactly where they were coming from. Unfortunately the PX24s don’t offer any particular ‘modes’ to cycle through i.e. gaming, movie, music etc. But, with a little bit of knowledge, you can tweak the mixamp yourself to achieve the same effects.
I spent many hours online with my friends using the mic and only ran into a few issues. Every now and then they would explain that my voice was incredibly quiet, almost too quiet to hear. This resulted in me having to boost the mic volume on my PS4 and position the mic to nearly touching my lips.
This then caused problems down the line when my voice volume wasn’t too quiet and all of a sudden it would become way too loud. I wasn’t sure whether this was to do with the settings on the mixamp or whether the mic was just a bit temperamental.
Overall I’m extremely impressed with the Ear Force PX24s. The sound quality was pretty darn good and the mixamp (dubbed Ear Force SuperAmp) made the experience so much better. It’s a shame about the comfort though, as I’m known to play hours and hours non-stop and I just wasn’t able to do this.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX24 can be picked up from Turtle Beach’s website for £69.99.