Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4: Wireless Gamers’ Headset Review
Ear Force PX4 from Turtle Beach is an amazing wireless headset that allows gaming, watching movies and listening to music in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. This wireless headset will give users a gaming advantage by experiencing superior and clear sound for hearing footsteps and gun battles for games like Call of Duty or Battlefield on PS4, PS3 or Xbox 360. It will also let users experience movies in a similar environment as a theater all through a headset. The Ear Force PX4 lets users enjoy gaming, movies and music comfortably through a realistic audio experience.
The reason to get the Ear Force PX4 is that Turtle Beach headsets have always been on the forefront of gaming for their audio technology and thirty-five years of audio experience. They are dedicated on providing the perfect gaming headset that delivers pristine audio, wireless functions, sound customization, and much more to improve the gaming experiences of their customers. Also, the best part is the Ear Force PX4 is one of the few fully compatible headsets available for the PS4 system.
Setup for PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360
In order for the Ear Force PX4 headset to receive audio wirelessly, it must be linked to the PX4 wireless transmitter. Setting up the PX4 headset onto my PS3 and Xbox 360 was extremely easy. All I had to do was plug in the PX4 wireless transmitter, hold down the pairing button on the transmitter until you see a blue light blinking rapidly. Then you hold the power button on the PX4 headset for about 6 seconds until you head 2 sets of double beeps. Once the blinking on the transmitter stops, it is done pairing and you should be able to head sound from the headset.
For the PS4, some extra steps were needed due to having some drop off with the received audio. This is fixed by changing some of the audio settings in the PS4 option menu. Here are the following instructions I found at the Turtle Beach website:
Start at PS4 home screen
- Go to Settings > Screen and Sound > Audio Output Settings > Primary Output Port
- Select “Digital Out” (OPTICAL)
- Select ONLY “Dolby Digital 5.1ch”
- Go to Settings > Sound and Screen > Audio Output Settings > Output to Headphones
- Select “Chat Audio”
- Go to Settings > Sound and Screen > Audio Output Settings > Audio Format (Priority)
- Select “Bitstream (Dolby)”
Design and Comfort
The Ear Force PX4 is beautifully designed. It is mostly black with blue accent and matches the PS4 perfectly. Likewise, the buttons and adjustable wheels for specific controls on the headset are placed in well planned positions that are easily reached without having to directly look at. Also, the headset is made mostly of plastic yet it has enough weight and flexibility that it doesn’t possess a “cheap” feel.
The best part of the design is that the PX4 headset is extremely comfortable to wear. The three inch ear pads are thickly padded with highly graded breathable mesh ear cushions. The headbands are also very durable and flexible to fit around any head sizes. My head is above average size and the PX4 headset has a comfortable snug fit on me.
Due to the complex design and comfort, the PX4 headset is perfect for marathon gaming. I played six hours straight of COD: Ghost and I didn’t even notice the headset on top of my head. This has got to be one of the most comfortable headsets I have ever used.
Wireless Sound Quality
The surround sound quality of the Ear Force PX4 is wonderful compared to other headsets I have personally tested. It is due to Turtle Beach using dual band wireless technology to quickly find a clear channel to avoid any interference with other wireless electronics and deliver sound. By doing that, it ensures the headset receives crystal clear surround sound perfect for gaming, movies and music. I tested it and when I was using the PX4 for gaming, watching movies and listening to music, I obtained perfect wireless sound. It definitely allowed me to feel totally immersed into whatever I was listening to.
The Ear Force PX4 also allows users to customize the sounds to each person’s personal preference by allowing the use of the choices of digital optical/analog, surround on/off and different surround angles.
Digital Optical/Analog – The PX4 headset allows the choice of picking either digital optical or analog as your sound output. I tested both options and I easily choose the digital optical option. It allowed me to enjoy a better sound quality in general compared to the analog counterpart. It wasn’t really even competition. I guess Turtle Beach gave users another option just in case they didn’t have the choice of picking the digital optical output.
Surround Angle – The PX4 allows users to instantly change the angles of the surround sound into six different and unique positions virtually. By pressing the “surround angles” button on the PX4 wireless transmitter, it will instantly change the directions of sound coming into the ears. This made me smile endlessly for gaming due being able to accurately locate enemies from their footsteps. I suggest fiddling around with this option to find the perfect angle to suit your personally playing style.
Surround on/off – On the PX4 wireless transmitter, there is an on/off button to switch the surround sound on or off. This allows sound that wasn’t originally surround sound to be converted and allow the joy of a more dynamic and full audio experience. Also, when turning the surround sound off, I instantly notice games, movies and music to go completely flat and jumbled. Games, movies and music obviously become hard to enjoy. There is a big difference between having the surround sound on and off, and I clearly recommend having it on.
Tone – These headsets on default lacks a bit of bass for me. That is easily adjustable though by pressing the “Tone” button on the left side of the headset. By adjusting the Tone of the bass, I thoroughly enjoyed the sounds of explosions, gunfights and other loud noises more. Gaming just isn’t the same if the bass isn’t up to par. Luckily, this wonderful headset delivers.
Wireless Chat Quality
The chat function of the Ear Force PX4 is amazing as long as the chatting is done via Bluetooth. For the PS3 and Xbox 360, I connected the chatting function through Bluetooth and it works perfectly. I received crystal clear audio from other gamers and they heard me clearly as well. I can also easily adjust the chatting and microphone audio instantly.
Now for the PS4, the Bluetooth function for this headset is not yet compatible. This means that I have to use the PS4 chat cable and connect a long wire from my headset to the PS4 controller. I also lose the ability to adjust my chat and microphone audio instantly. This completely changes the meaning of wireless. This problem can easily be fixed by PlayStation with a systems patch. In spite of the negatives, the sound quality of the chatting is still crystal clear.
The Ear Force PX4 has a built-in rechargeable battery. This feature is probably one of my favorite. I do not enjoy constantly having to replace the batteries every time it dies for my other wireless headset. Also, it reads on the box that a full recharge should last about fifteen good hours of straight gaming. I believe a full recharge for the PX4s took me about an hour and a half to complete.
Although I have never played fifteen hours straight of pure gaming, I am sure there are some out there that has. So when the headset dies in the middle of gaming, I or anyone else can just connect the included eight feet charging cable and continue to play. The only downside to charging the headset while gaming is that I would get a light static sound being transmitted through the headset. The noise is endurable but still it’s definitely a negative in my eyes.
Inside The Box
- PX4 Headset
- PX4 Wireless Transmitter
- Digital Optical Cable
- Headset Charging Cable
- PS4 Chat Cable
- Xbox Talkback Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Realistic surround sound and voice
- Comfortable fit for all head sizes
- Fifteen hours of Battery Life
- Charging headset causes audio interference
- Bluetooth is not compatible for PS4
- Not completely wireless for PS4
For PS3 and Xbox 360 users, there are definitely other gaming headsets out there that can compete with the Ear Force PX4 on equal grounds when it comes to sound quality. Even so, the great aspect about the PX4 headset is that it is the best fully compatible wireless headset for the PS4 system due to limited choices. For that reason alone, it is worth the purchase.
Overall, I am thoroughly pleased at the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4. It is an excellent headset to purchase for gaming purposes, as well as watching movies and listening to music. The headset sounds great, feels comfortable, compatible with multiple devices and easy to set up right out of the box. The PX4 headset is definitely worth the asking price. I highly recommend all PS4 users to get these headsets to enhance their future gaming experience.