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Turtle Beach Ear Force Stereo XLC Headset (Xbox 360)

by Turtle Beach
Xbox 360
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Noise-reduction ear cups block out distractions
  • Eliminates game sounds picked up by chat mic
  • Convenient in-line master volume control
  • Hear XBOX LIVE chat plus stereo game sound
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B002PXRXNW
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 19 x 7.5 cm ; 268 g
  • Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,501 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Ear Force XLC is the ideal headset for cost-conscious gamers who want to enjoy improved game sound with their Xbox 360.

Unlike basic communicator headsets that only let you hear Xbox Live chat in one ear, the XLC combines high-quality stereo game audio with Xbox Live chat, eliminating the need for the mono communicator and external speakers.

The unique noise-reduction ear cushions help block out distractions, so you can concentrate on the game, enjoy the full impact of the stereo sound from your Xbox 360 and become a better player.
The XLC features twist-style ear cups and a multi-pivot headband which folds into a compact design for easy portability.
Key Features:
  • Noise Reduction Ear Cushions:
    Specially-designed noise-reduction ear cushions block out external sounds and help you focus on the game in a distraction-free environment.
  • Twist Style Ear Cups:
    Unique twist-style ear cups allow you to rest the headset on your shoulders when taking a break from the game.
  • Portable Design:
    The multi-pivot headband lets you fold up the head set into a compact size so it's easy to take with you wherever you go.
  • No Game Audio Bleed
    Blast the volume without the aggravation of game audio bleeding into the mic from external speakers, so you can communicate more effectively with teammates during Xbox Live sessions.
  • Voice Chat plus Stereo Game Sounds
    The XLC combines stereo game audio with online chat in a high fidelity stereo headset, so youll get a better gaming experience with privacy and clarity.
The Ear Force XLC headset for the Xbox 360 combines Xbox Live chat and stereo game audio for an immersive gaming experience.
Key Specifications:
  • 40mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnet.
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz, >120dB SPL at 1kHz.
  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz.
  • Headphone Volume: Stereo.
  • Mic Mute Switch.
  • 2.5mm plug for XBOX mic output.
  • 3.5mm plug for audio line input.
  • Cable length: 12 ft. (3.657m).
  • Weight: 6.4 oz (233g).
What Comes In The Box
  • Ear Force XLC headset with microphone boom.
  • RCA splitter Cable.
  • In-line volume control.
  • Users guide.
Connecting the XLC to your TV Headphone Jack.
The XLC has two connections on the cable: One is for the game sound and the other is for the microphone. The microphone connects to the Xbox controller and lets you communicate with other players during Xbox Live multi-player gaming sessions. The game sound and chat voices from other players come from the TV or Xbox connection.

Step 1: Connect the Xbox audio cables (red/white) to the TV (or sound system). This lets you hear the game sound and chat from other players on the TV or sound system.
Step 2: Connect the XLC's 3.5mm plug to the headphone output on the TV (or sound system). This lets you hear the game sound in the headset and, on most TVs, will shut off the TV speakers so others won't be disturbed by the game sound.
Step 3: Connect the XLC's 2.5mm plug to the Xbox game controller. This allows the mic to be used for Xbox Live chat.
Step 4: Configure your Xbox settings to send the chat signal to the speakers.

Connecting the XLC to your TV that DOES NOT have a Headphone Jack.
If your TV or sound system does not have a headphone jack, you can connect the XLC headset to the Xbox audio outputs using the included splitter cable as follows:

Step 1: Connect the Xbox audio cables (red/white) to the XLC splitter cable (red/white).
Step 2: Connect the XLC splitter cable (green), then connect the XLC splitter cable (red/white) to the TV audio input (red/white). This lets you hear the game sound and chat from other players in the headset. If you don't want to hear the game on your TV speakers while you're playing, just turn down the volume on your TV.
Step 3: Connect the XLX's 2.5mm plug to the Xbox game controller. This connects the microphone to the Xbox Live feature.
Step 4: Configure your Xbox settings to send the chat signal to the speakers.

Product Description

Turtle Beach's Ear Force XLC is the best choice for XBOX 360 gamers who need the competitive edge through a high quality stereo headset without breaking the bank! The Ear Force XLC is the ideal headset for cost-conscious gamers who want to enjoy improved game sound with their XBOX 360. Unlike basic communicator headsets that only let you hear XBOX LIVE chat in one ear, the XLC combines high-quality stereo game audio with XBOX LIVE chat, eliminating the need for the mono communicator and external speakers.The unique noise-reduction ear cushions help block out distractions, so you can concentrate on the game, enjoy the full impact of the stereo sound from your XBOX 360 and become a better player.

  • Soft, cushioned noise-reduction ear pads
  • Folding, multi-pivot design for portability
  • High fidelity mic with flexible boom
  • Comfortable for long play sessions
  • High-fidelity 40 mm stereo speakers

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129 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Turtle Beach XLC Review 17 Dec 2009
The newly released Turtle Beach XLCs from - you guessed it - Turtle Beach, is their attempt at making an affordable alternative to the high-end headsets on the market while still maintaining great quality. Well you're probably wondering if it's worth your hard earned money, so read on and find out.

Headset Quality - Well honestly the XLCs do not look expensive. I've got quite a few headsets and closed-back headphones that look cool, and what I think is appealing about them is having some massive and awesome 'phones to wear, in comparison the XLC has a slim design with smaller ear pads than normal.

Headset Sound Quality - I have to say the sound quality of the XLC was average. I tested the headset on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and I found the clarity and general quality to be pretty good, everything from the explosions of combat and the rattling gunfire came out well. I also found that Turtle Beach made good on their promise of noise-cancellation as the XLCs don't really leak sound like other padded headphones.

The only downside to it is the sound is a little distant which isn't that noticeable, and the headsets sound output isn't huge. This is probably due to the absence of the amp in the XLCs like the X1s, so you can turn up the volume and yes it'll be loud but it's not going to blow your head off. So gamers who like to play their games on a deafening volume or play survival horrors with the eerie music immersing them in the game might not be that impressed.

A great redeeming feature however is hearing your friends and the game sound on multiplayer games through your headset.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Set up XLC to use. 26 Dec 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Some important info on how to set up the XLC for Xbox 360 for all those people like me that have kids and don't have a clue. when you follow the instructions on the back of the box on how to connect these headphones one thing they don,t tell you is to alter the settings on the xbox itself, here's how. Go into Xbox settings, preferences, voice, then click play through both, then adjust the volume to what you want. Now weve done his the head phone work great and my son is happy.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turtle Beach Headset 28 Aug 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this product for my lad to use on his XBox 360 as all the previous headsets had broken or failed after very short periods of time. Admittedly they were also a lot cheaper. To be fair though and to give a balanced assessment of this product, the 1st set that was delivered in a sealed package was faulty, one of the earphones was dead. The supplier was extremely supportive and gave simple instructions for it's return and gave a speedy replacement delivery service. These headphones really make you feel part of the game as all external noise is cut out and you feel really close to all your mates who are also participating in the game. The downside of this is that you're in a world cut off from reality so you can't hear your mum and dad shouting their heads off trying to get your attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can balance voice chat and game levels!!!! 19 April 2010
By Daz
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
As a budget product from Turtle Beach it's good.You can actually hear sound cues you would'nt pick up before.Quite comfortable for long use,fold up neatly for storage,long cable can be annoying,but you need it.
Now the cons,incredibly difficult to set up to hear both game and chat for on-line gaming,but with a bit of persistence you CAN get good results,contrary to other reviews.
Here is what you do.Say for example Modern Warfare 2,and actually nearly every game I set up.Go to system settings in the xbox menus and turn voice chat level all the way up.Set sound playback for both speaker and headset,this for the voice chat channel.
Then go into the game main menu.Set the master game volume,effects, music etc to 1/4 or below,sometimes just above OFF.I know this seems low but trust me.As the voice chat level is still low even when turned all the way up in the xbox menu,you have effectively set the two levels just about equal levels (fine tune it to yourself) .
Then you just turn up your tv with the headset plugged in and it should ballance game and voice chatter to good levels.You may have to do this a few times,and as most games volume control is in the main menu and not useable from on-line lobbies you will have to duck in out a couple of times.When you do this wear the cans "half ear" so you don't blow your head off if you get it wrong!!!!
Don't forget to turn the in-line volume control to half way then you can adjust to a comfortable level.Hope this works for you,as it is a pretty good headset overall for not too much dosh.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Good to Me! 6 Feb 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This headset ticks all the boxes in all the right ways. First off, the sound is great: a good range with good bass, and compared to the sound from my TV, every game feels just so much more atmospheric. Everything just sounds better, I wear them now even when I don't have to! :) That brings me to my second big plus, they are just so comfortable. I have a couple of different voip headsets, and none of them are comfortable to wear for long durations. The turtle beach headset, well, you could wear it all day, every day, and they wouldn't bother you at all. I especially like how cushioned they feel.

All in all, probably one of the best headsets I've ever had, in every regard. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this headset to everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Top buy
Son loved them on his xbox so he could play and chat away all night! Thank you very much !
Published 2 months ago by lady penelope bates
4.0 out of 5 stars nice bargin
nice clear and loud ,do not need usb power, they are not total noise canceling but they are great for the price
Published 2 months ago by charlie
1.0 out of 5 stars Came In The Post Broken
Came in the post broken and due to hygiene rules or whatever neither Amazon or Turtle Beach would send me a replacement. I would have had more fun burning the 15 I wasted.
Published 7 months ago by Death
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good just what i wanted sounds great would recomend to every one fitted good on my ears comfortable will buy again
Published 8 months ago by carole dunlop
5.0 out of 5 stars present
this was a present for my brother who needed this for his x box so pleased to have got it thank you
Published 9 months ago by collettecox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great headset but breaks easily
I bought this headset and was very pleased as it is cheap but the quality of sound was amazing. My only problem was after a while the sound when in one of the speakers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jamie DeSouza
5.0 out of 5 stars great
good quality product for the price bought as present for nephew who apparently spends hours on his xbox like my son !
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. J. E. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars turtle's budget end.....
in terms of Turtle's products, it's at the cheaper end, reasonable sound quality and comfort and sufficiently long wire to reach the xbox.
Published 15 months ago by The Aura
3.0 out of 5 stars Fragile not for kids
My son is on his third set in three years cost of running game system or built in failure rate ?
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Chris Simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your money
Bought these for my 10 year old son. He managed to break them while trying to get them out of the packaging, will NOT be buying these again! flimsy and a total waste of mo
Published 19 months ago by tmoo
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