Turtle Beach Xbox One Headset Review

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO vs Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

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Ear Force XO Four Stealth is the latest model of gaming headset in the ‘Ear Force’ line. Manufactured by Turtle Beach, this company has been in the gaming headset market from as early as 2005. Some hardcore gaming enthusiasts will remember them as one of the few companies offering aftermarket accessories for the PS2 during it’s launch. Turtle Beach were the first company to release Xbox One compatible wireless headsets to the market. There are no doubts over Turtle Beach’s level of quality.

Specifications: Turtle Beach Ear Force XO

  • Form Factor: Closed Back, Over Ear
  • Output Mode: Stereo
  • Weight: 10.62 oz
  • Frequency Response: 16 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Connectivity: USB, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Cable Length: 1m cable, plus additional adapter

Visually, the Ear Force XO Four Stealth is very simple. The headset only comes in a matte black finish with sparse neon green details on top of it. Other than the Turtle Beach logo itself, the surface of the headset is mostly empty. At first glance, you would be fooled into thinking of the Ear Force XO as toy. Despite its appearances, the headset is built fairly tough and does not succumb to scrapes or scuffs.

Design: Turtle Beach Ear Force XO- Xbox One

The outer plastic frame on the headset is scratch resistant, surviving just about any accident thrown its way. That is not to say that comfort hasn’t been taken into the equation. Although the majority of on the ear headsets, such as the Ear Force XO, feel very cumbersome, the headset manages to keep its comfort level largely in check. A large amount of comfortable foam lines the inside of this headset.

All the points of stress are distributed evenly relieving any clamping you might otherwise experience. The ear cups on the headset come with green felt padding on the inside which is a nice touch. Being an on-the-ear headset, the cups on the Ear Force XO are fairly small. They are also rotatable leaving them flat for better portability. The overall size footprint of the Turtle Beach Ear Force is incredibly small, this is one of the few headsets that can fit easily into a small backpack pocket or carry pouch.

The Ear Force Four XO comes with its own proprietary stereo adapter that lets you use the headset wirelessly. To get it working, simply attach it to the port located on the bottom of your controller, the fact that the adapter stays on your controller makes it easy to access all the buttons on it. Apart from your usual mute buttons and volume adjustments, the adapter also has switches for the EQ profiles.

Features: Turtle Beach Ear Force Xbox One

The adapter itself is very sturdy in its construction, made of tough rubberized material. This is a stark contrast to Microsoft’s half-hearted attempt at its own official adapter that would break without much notice. Using the headset in wired mode is also a viable option if you plan on running it on any other devices. There are not any real compatibility problems considering the headset uses a standard 3.5 jack. Simply ‘plug and play’ the cable into any gaming device and it will instantly recognize the headset.

Bear in mind that the volume levels will be a little lower considering the headset gets less power from a 3.5mm connector. Plug and play support is provided for many devices like computers, Playstations and consoles. Essential adapters are provided where needed, such as on tablets and mobile phones. Turtle Beach does you the courtesy of providing ample cabling for the headset, which is a nice touch.

All of the standard cables you get with the headset extend a good 6ft and are also very durable. The in-line controls of the Ear Force Four Stealth are really helpful and give you quick access to tweaking your settings for the headset. Volume levels can be turned up surprisingly loud. There is virtually no distortion in the quality of the sound when maxed, this is due to its 50mm neodymium audio drivers.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, SkyGone Inc, loves adventures and chocolate sprinkles!