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02-28-2011, 10:22 AM
Hey just got an XBox after 10 years (ish) of PS2 gaming and about 7 years (ish) of original XBox gaming. Had a technical question for y'all...

I live in a small flat above some real noisy neighbours so unless I have my volume waaaaaaaaay up I cannot hear the sound when gaming. It is fine for talking bits in RPG's where you can have subtitles and the like (mass effect being a prime example) but I know I'm missing out on awesome voice acting and soundtracks. Is there any way to play the soundtrack through the 360 controllers headset? I could pay out for wireless headphones into the TV but they are expensive. Any thoughts/ideas?

Starstrukk X360A
02-28-2011, 10:41 AM
I know you can't do it with the standard headset that comes with the console but I know there are some headsets / headphones that do just that.

Genesis x360a
02-28-2011, 10:45 AM
The only way to get sound going straight to your ears and not through the TV is to invest in a Gaming Headset (You cant get sound to come through a normal xbox360 headset). Prices range from 35 all the way up 200+.

If your just needing one for general play then theres no point in spending 100's of 's on one.

Heres some in the 30-50 price range that are perfect for what you would need them for >


This one is a cheap little headset>


Pretty basic but should do the job you want it. You can find all these headsets on other gaming retail sites on the net. I just pulled them from Lime as thats where i buy my gaming headsets from.

The only other option is to buy a complete surround sound set-up and drown your nieghbours sound out with your own :D

Stewie Griffin2
03-01-2011, 02:43 AM
To answer your question, no. You cannot get game sound to come through the headset you get with your Xbox. The reason for this is that there is no audio sent to the controller, but voice chat is. You could always find an extension that also converts to the bigger plug and plug the headset into the jack on the TV, but if you're going to do that you may as well just use the headphones from your iPod.

The cheapest headset I've seen is the Turtle Beach XLC, I've just never heard a review on it from anyone, so I can't tell you what kind of quality to expect that came from someone I know and trust. That said, there are 62 reviews on Wal Mart's site now with 24 people giving it 5 out of 5 stars, but I would caution putting much stock in that because I'd guess that those people are more casual gamers and don't use them often or haven't heard the sound quality of more expensive headsets. They only have about a 2.5/5 on Best Buy's site.

You can double that price and get a more tried and true headset with the X11. You can get them from Best Buy for $60, which is probably the cheapest you're going to find a quality headset without some extremely good luck on eBay. I had a set of X1's for over a year and I never had a problem with them (until my cat got his foot caught in the wire, took off running and whipped them into the wall).

The cheapest you're going to be able to get into a wireless set is the X31. They retail for $99.99, but if I'm dropping 100 bucks on something, I want it to be something that pleases more than 60% of the people who buy it. Even though there are some good reviews on them, I have never heard a good thing said about them from any of my friends that have had them. I even had one friend that had to take 3 sets back within 2 weeks of picking them up because they started getting a ton of static, even with fresh batteries.

My advice would be to get the X11. I'm assuming you don't have children or pets, given your description of your home, so the wire shouldn't be a problem. If you do have kids/pets, I'd advise you to just bite the bullet and invest in some X41, which are twice the cost of the X31, but 10 times the quality. Or, you could do what I did and look on Amazon for a set of X4 (older model of the X41) to save yourself 50 bucks. And although the sound on the X4 is amazing, it isn't quite as good as the X41, but for 50 bucks I didn't really care about going from a 8.5 to a 9 on sound quality.

Lastly, there are other brands out there (Astro for example), but their wired headsets start about 30 bucks shy of the most expensive wireless Turtle Beach. I've never used any of the other ones, but that's just due to the fact that I've never had a reason to because I've been so happy with my TBs.

Here are some links:

XLC Wal Mart (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Turtle-Beach-Ear-Force-XLC-XBOX-360-Gaming-Headset-Xbox-360/13072288), XLC Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Turtle+Beach+-+EarForce+XLC+Gaming+Headset+for+Xbox+360/9853192.p?id=1218184984626&skuId=9853192&st=turtle beach&cp=1&lp=5)

X11 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Turtle+Beach+-+EarForce+X11+Gaming+Headset+for+Xbox+360+and+Mac/Windows/9824298.p?id=1218178657626&skuId=9824298&st=turtle beach&cp=1&lp=2), X31 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Turtle+Beach+-+Ear+Force+X31+Headset+for+Xbox+360/9408704.p?id=1218100316728&skuId=9408704&st=turtle beach&cp=1&lp=4), X41 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Turtle+Beach+-+Ear+Force+X41+Headset+for+Xbox+360/9408679.p?id=1218100314711&skuId=9408679&st=turtle beach&cp=1&lp=6), X4

Hope this helps. I've had some noisy neighbors in the past, so I feel your pain.

03-02-2011, 10:52 AM
Many thanks to all. Will give the XLC's a try!

Stewie Griffin2
03-02-2011, 08:55 PM
Many thanks to all. Will give the XLC's a try!

Just a quick word of advice. If you're going to get a wired headset, make sure you know how much wire you'll need to be able to reach from the back of your TV to your couch, and make sure to give yourself an extra couple of feet just so you can move around. They should say on the package how long the cord is, but you may need some extra length (that's what she said).

newlove dan
03-04-2011, 11:53 AM
How did the XLC's work out for you, or did you opt for something different? I'l looking for something currently to use but would rather have an opinion from a gamer that's used them! ;)

03-04-2011, 07:28 PM
I bought a pair of turtlebeach X11's just before xmas and have to say they are fantastic in terms of sound quality. My only problem with them is that the wires are a bit messy (but I'm too cheap to spend an extra 40 quid on wireless). I have to do most of my gaming once the wife has gone to bed so being able to have a bit of volume again is a real bonus. I would steer clear of the XLC's - my mate has bought a pair and has said that not being able to change the game v voice chat volume is a real problem which means he basically can't hear what people are saying most of the time.

loser geek
03-08-2011, 02:34 AM
I've been using the XLC for a few months and think it's great. It's comfortable for 2-3 hours at a time, no problem, and the sound quality is great for the price.

03-08-2011, 08:10 AM
Turtle beach headsets are your problem solvers. The x11 i believe would be just fine for your problem and it's reasonably priced, i spent $200 on my x41 and they are freaking amazing, main difference between them is x41 is wireless to the system and has 7.1 dolby surround i believe.

Forgot http://www.turtlebeach.com/products.aspx?gclid=CLuxjuPCvqcCFcW8KgodOE9qBA if you want to find the right ones for you

CRA166 T
03-08-2011, 05:23 PM
Just tell your neighbours to shut the F@%K up or buy the headphones and send them the bill :)

Seriously though if you opt for the turtle beaches let me know what they are like, I'd rather wireless but woudl also like to do the same in having the sound through the headset.

siamese snake
03-08-2011, 07:29 PM
Hook up your 360 to a 5.1 surround sound system.I was having trouble with my neighbours at 1 stage with their loud music but now it's them having the problem lol :woop:

RoG Viper RV
03-08-2011, 10:36 PM
Invest in a pair of Turtle Beach headsets. I think you can get a cheap headset for like $50 or $60. I have x11's and I hear everything.

03-09-2011, 01:51 AM
Best ones for your money would be any of the Astro headsets there all super nice.

03-09-2011, 01:54 AM
A little more expensive but yes, its possible and it works well so Ive heard.

03-09-2011, 02:00 AM
I'd say getting the x31's from turtle beach. For 1 they are wireless. From any other company a wireless headset like these will be over 200. but these are only $100. I have had my x31's for almost 6 months and there has been nothing wrong with them since i got them. I would say they are your best bet. The best part is if you wear them the right way it feels so light and it blocks out alot of the outside sound.

X31's- http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/xbox-gaming-headsets/ear-force-x31.aspx