Turtle Beach PX21 Overview
The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX21 integrates premium stereo game sound with crystal-clear communication on the PlayStation Network (PSN), XBOX LIVE® and PC/Mac to create the definitive audio environment for playing popular game titles on all platforms.
The PX21 is two headsets in one—a stereo USB headset for chat sound and an amplified stereo headset for game sound. That means you can independently control chat and game sound from a single control box whether you’re playing PS3, XBOX® or PC games. Large, comfortable ear cups with a lightweight, rugged design provide the ultimate in comfort during extended game play.
The PX21 gives you a significant advantage because you can hear sound cues others can’t, so you’ll react faster and take them out before they take you out. Unique gaming features such as variable bass boost, chat boost, stereo expander and convenient volume controls for chat and game audio, provide a competitive edge that can make the difference between winning and losing.
If you’re serious about your PS3, XBOX 360 or PC gaming, then get serious about the sound. Move up to the Ear Force PX21 and become a better player while experiencing your games as they were meant to be heard.
What do you mean by “the PX21 is specifically designed for the PlayStation 3?” What makes it so special?
First of all, the PS3™ doesn’t have a headphone output, so you can’t plug in a set of passive headphones to hear the game sound. Because of this, the PX21 incorporates a stereo amplifier to boost the PS3 stereo game output so it can drive the headset speakers to adequate volume levels for a thrilling game experience.
Secondly, the PlayStation Network (PSN™) used for communicating on line with other players, requires either a Bluetooth® ear piece or a USB headset. The PX21 integrates a USB headset so that the PSN chat is mixed in with the stereo game sound. This combination of chat and game sound in one amplified headset is what makes the PX21 uniquely designed for the best PS3 experience.
Why is the PX21 better than using a BlueTooth ear piece or USB headset for chatting on PSN?
If you’re using a BlueTooth ear piece or USB headset to chat on PSN, then you’ll need speakers to hear the game sound. The drawbacks to this are:
1. The game sound from the speakers will disturb others around you who aren’t playing the game.
2. One of your ears is covered by the ear piece, so you can only listen to the game with the other ear.
3. The game sound can be picked up by your mic, which can be annoying to other players on PSN, especially when it causes feedback.
4. You have to stop what you’re doing to control the game and chat volumes because they’re not easily accessible.
5. The PX21 solves these problems by integrating the PSN chat with the game sound in a stereo headset with a convenient amplifier that clips on to your belt for easy access to all of the controls.
Can I use the PX21 with an XBOX 360®?
You can use the PX21 to hear stereo game audio on the XBOX 360. XBOX LIVE chat connects to the headset through the XBOX controller the same way it does on our other XBOX headsets. Chat on the PS3 connects to the USB port. So, the PX21 is completely compatible with all gaming platforms.
Can I use the PX21 with PC games?
Yes, the PX21 works great with PC games because it combines a USB headset for chat audio with an amplified stereo headset for game audio. This “USB audio plus stereo amplifier” combination lets you independently set the chat and game signals with the PX21 amplifier controls, rather than having to use your mouse to adjust software controls in the middle of a game session.
Why do I need an amplified headset for my PC? Why not use a passive headset?
Passive headsets work with PC games, but the amplifier in the PX21 provides several advantages, including: a variable bass boost control, stereo expander, Chat Boost™, a separate USB channel for chat signals and adequate power to drive the headphone speakers without having to worry whether or not your sound card can handle the load.
I use an HDMI connection between my PS3 and my HDTV. Can I connect the PX21 to the HDMI port?
The HDMI connection is used for HD video on your TV. The stereo RCA outputs (red/white) on the standard PS3 A/V cable are used for connecting the PS3 game sound to the PX21. The HDMI and PS3 A/V cable can be connected simultaneously, allowing you to watch the game in HD while enjoying high quality stereo game sound on the PX21. The PS3 sends audio to both HDMI and its A/V output simultaneously when you activate the "Audio Multiple Output" in the Sound Settings menu.
I use an HDMI connection between my XBOX and my HDTV. How do I connect PX21?
If your HDTV has RCA audio outputs, then the PX21 can also be connected to these. The volume controls on some TV's will effect both the TV speakers and the RCA audio outputs as well. If your TV has this feature, then when you mute the TV speakers, the PX21 will also be muted.
Why is the PX21 wired rather than wireless?
The cost of a wireless game signal would make the PX21 much more expensive to manufacture and would put it out of reach for many of our customers. With its extra-long 16-foot cable, the PX21 provides plenty of room to move around as you play, while assuring a high quality and reliable audio experience at a very reasonable cost.
Can I use the PX21 for just chatting on PSN without listening to the game?
Yes. Just turn down the game volume and turn up the chat volume on the PX21 amplifier.
Does the PX21 have stereo sound or Dolby® 5.1 surround sound?
The PX21 outputs stereo sound. The cost of implementing Dolby certified surround sound would have made the PX21 much more expensive to manufacture and it would have been priced out of the budget range of many of our customers.
Can I use the PX21 with my TV alone or will it only work with a PS3?
If your TV has RCA output jacks, then you can use the PX21 for audio while watching TV. If your TV has a headphone output jack, then you can connect the PX21 there as well. Also note that the PX21 will still require USB power.
Does the PX21 require batteries?
No, the PX21 is powered by USB.
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