Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset
Last updated date: January 10, 2020
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In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Turtle Beach Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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Take gaming audio and comfort on Xbox One to the next level with the Turtle Beach Recon 50X gaming headset. The Recon 50X features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, with large 40mm over-ear speakers that let you hear every crisp high and thundering low, plus convenient in-line controls that allow you to quickly and easily adjust Master Volume and Mic Mute. The Recon 50X also includes an adjustable mic, which can be removed when watching movies and listening to music, and the versatile 3.5mm jack makes it perfect for using with the new Xbox one controller, PS4 Pro and PS4 consoles, as well as with PC, Mac and compatible mobile/tablet devices.
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An Overview On Xbox One Headset
It’s no secret that the Xbox One is one of the most powerful gaming consoles on the market. Its massive storage space, rapid-fire processors and slick good looks make it one of the best systems of all time. But you’re not going to get the most out of it unless you pick a great headset for the best gaming experience possible.
Gaming headsets are regular headphones that are optimized for the sound and microphone requirements of modern games. If you’re going to take out some enemies in a first-person shooter, you need a headset that picks up the light shuffle of footsteps sneaking up behind you. If you’re coordinating with online team members for your next attack, you’ll want a microphone with clear sound that doesn’t lag during crunch time.
The most important things to think about when you’re choosing your headset are sound and microphone quality, headset size, padding and compatibility. You won’t complete your “Call of Duty” missions without 360-degree sound to hear enemy footsteps, and an uncomfortable headset will cut your best “Red Dead Redemption 2” sessions short.
If you’re clueless about how to pre-determine sound quality, take a look at the headset’s sound specifications. Driver size is a big bragging point with a lot of headsets and headphones. A driver is a small speaker in each headphone that pushes, or “drives,” sound down your ear canal.
Bigger drivers don’t necessarily mean better sound, but they will change how sound is expressed. Smaller drivers are better at picking up high frequencies and trebles, while larger drivers excel at bringing the bass. The BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset has 40mm drivers, while the ONIKUMA Pro Gaming Headset has thumping 60mm drivers.
The microphone is another huge factor when you’re deciding which headset comes home with you. You’ll need a mic that you can adjust easily, so it’s at the perfect angle for your teammates to hear you. It’ll also need to cancel out or reduce the sounds around you, so you’re not drowned out by noisy family members or roommates. The mic controls are important too: mics with inline controls have options like volume adjustment, on/off or mute built right onto the cable. The ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset has a microphone that automatically mutes when you flip it up.
Noise cancellation is another feature you’ll want in your headphones. This will keep you immersed in your game’s world. The VersionTECH G2000 Stereo Gaming Headset has noise-canceling technology, and most of our top four picks also advertise this feature.
Of course, you can’t wear just any headset if you want to invest serious time in “Fallout 4” over the weekend. You can enjoy 360-degree sound while you game with over-ear headphones, which cocoon your entire ear in plush foam. VersionTECH’s G2000 Stereo Gaming Headset uses top-of-the-line memory foam for superior comfort.
Now that you’re well-versed in Xbox One headset basics, check out our Tips & Advice for must-know tips before you buy.
DYWM Fun Fact
Many modern-day electronics were initially developed to meet military needs, and headsets are no exception. American inventor Nathaniel Baldwin created the predecessor to modern-day headphones in 1910, when he attached small speakers to a sturdy headband.
The Navy rewarded Baldwin with a contract for his creation, but headsets still had a long way to go. Baldwin’s initial creation was the opposite of today’s sleek LED-lit gaming headsets. The metal headbands fit around the wearer’s forehead instead of over their head, and they had to wear a metal breastplate with an attached microphone to talk. The headphones were the definition of a fashion “don’t,” but they were a huge help to the military.
Headsets were used exclusively for radio communication for decades, until two Navy pilots decided that they could craft a better option. Their headset company, Plantronics, looked to the sky for inspiration. The pilots were determined to create headphones for NASA, and they succeeded in 1962 when the first astronaut wore a headset in space. It was one small step for man and one giant step for headsets when Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words through a Plantronics headset during the 1969 moon landing.
Headphones stayed in the professional and military realm until Sony released their Walkman headphones in 1979. From there, headphones became smaller, more portable and more powerful.
“Call of Duty” is one of the Xbox One’s most popular games, and its warfare-inspired gameplay brings your gaming headset’s military roots full circle. Luckily, you don’t have to wear a metal breastplate to communicate with your team anymore.
The Xbox One Headset Buying Guide
- There’s a special kind of frustration you experience when you bring home new electronics and realize that they aren’t compatible with your current devices. The first generation of Xbox One controllers didn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack (the standard headphone port you find on most electronics). In June 2015, Microsoft remedied this problem and released a new controller with the 3.5mm jack. To avoid a headset headache, check and see what type of controller you have before you buy your headset. If you have an old Xbox One controller, you’ll need an adapter to connect your new headset to your classic controller. Xbox One controllers with the 3.5mm jack are compatible with all four of our top picks.
- It’s easy to get wowed by flashy audio features when you’re buying your first gaming headset. However, if you picked an uncomfortable set, you won’t be able to enjoy your immersive sound for long. Your perfect headset should easily adjust to your head size and stay in place without pinching or slipping. The BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset fits well on larger heads.
- Your microphone is just as important as your over-ear headphones. If your teammates can’t hear your strategies or updates, you could blow the whole team’s mission. Omnidirectional microphones, like the one on the ONIKUMA Pro Gaming Headset, pick up sounds from all sides and directions of the microphone, adding a crucial level of clarity to your communication. Omnidirectional microphones might sound like a risk if you’re worried about picking up unnecessary sounds from your home, but don’t worry. Many headsets, including the BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset, also have premium noise-canceling to pick up sounds with greater sensitivity.
- Breathability is another feature to look for in gaming headphones. The headset’s ear cups should be soft enough to withstand hours of gaming, yet light enough to prevent a sweaty mess. The ONIKUMA Pro Gaming Headset has lightweight, breathable ergonomic ear cups for hours of comfortable play.
- Headsets with awkward controls can ruin a great run, so you’ll want to take a good look at the location of the volume, mute and on/off buttons. VersionTECH’s G2000 Stereo Gaming Headset has a sound adjustment wheel right on the cable for quick volume changes and muting. Its microphone also mutes automatically when you swivel it out of the way.
- Gaming headsets are made from a variety of materials. If you want your headset to last (or withstand potential bumps and falls from mischievous pets and rambunctious kids), go for a set with an extra-sturdy headband. The ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset is built to last, with a steel headband covered in tough yet flexible polycarbonite.
- Cleaning your headset regularly will prevent buildup from dust, debris and sweat. You can wipe down your padded headphones with a soft, damp cloth for a fresh start every time you turn on your game. Most headbands can be cleaned the same way, although you might get away with using antibacterial products on tough headbands like the ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset. Your microphone should be wiped down frequently — especially during cold and flu season.
- Properly storing your headset is a must if you want it to last. Headset stands will prevent damage and tangled cords. Stands are made from a variety of materials, like plastic, aluminum and silicone. You can find stands in all price ranges online or at an electronics store.
- Your perfect headset will give you a richer Xbox One experience, but you can use most models for tasks beyond your console. The high-end sound from picks like the ASTRO Gaming A10 Gaming Headset will bring all of your playlists to life. The convenient microphone on your headset lends itself to long phone calls.