Last week Rob wrote a review on the Turtle Beach – Ear Force Sierra. Well that wasn’t the only headset Turtle Beach sent us. Being a console gamer I jumped on and went full out and grabbed the Ear Force Tango, the wireless headset for Xbox 360 and PS3. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, I’ve tried wireless headsets that were $100+ for audio and they were complete junk. Hopefully this $299 Call of Duty: Black Ops II headset won’t let me down.
The first thing I noticed was the box, designed to have the Black Ops II look. After carefully opening everything I examined the headset. The black and orange look great. There is orange stitching that just set it apart. The outer ear cups has the Black Ops II logo and a ton of buttons. The buttons were a little overwhelming at first. Once you know what they do, it all made sense.
Connecting this bad boy up was very easy. I was expecting to have to pair the base and the headset together but when I turned everything on it just worked. There are so many presets built for Black Ops II multiplayer gaming: bass boost, treble boost, bass & treble, action enhancer, footstep focus and superhuman hearing. Same goes with the chat side of things. You can amplify the chat or morph your voice.
First thing I did was turn the volume up all the way. It wasn’t as loud as I was expecting which I think is for safety. Rob was telling me that these things put some much audio into your ears that being too loud it could damage them. Science and stuff I guess. I actually found out after tweaking things in the Advanced Sound Editor and making sure the headset was snug, the max volume was too high and I had to crank it down. I also noticed the bass. Thank you Turtle Beach. I like bass and if I can feel the headset shaking on my head I feel like they paid attention to the bass. It sounds awesome.
Advanced Sound Editor? Oh, did I not mention that you can customize everything with the Advanced Sound Editor? My bad. Not only can you customize everything, you can even upload your sound configs to the Turtle Beach community for others to use. It’s actually pretty neat.
The biggest complaints I see online with any kind of over the ear headset is ear sweating and how comfortable the headset is. One thing I’ll tell you is that after a while, any over the ear headset will start to sweat and it depends on a number of factors so to me that’s always a non-issue. How comfortable it is, is another thing. This headset has some weight to it. This is no problem though, the headset sat comfortably on my head and with the swivel ear cups it fit the shape of my head great. I don’t have a weird shaped head or anything but stiff headphones are not comfortable for anyone.
Once charged the headset will last up to 10 hours. This is awesome. Over the course of a week I put in almost 10 hours without plugging it back in to recharge. The headset has a range of up to 30 feet but I found it going only about 25 feet in my house. This of course was through multiple walls.
The base station has a surround sound setting that gives you six different choices for simulated speaker set ups. I didn’t really notice a difference between them and just ended up putting it on the setting that I think I would set my surround sound system up.
One of the coolest features is the dual Bluetooth pairing. This means you can also pair your mobile phone to the headset as well as your console. When you have a call coming in, you can easily answer without missing a beat.
If you are looking for a wireless headset you won’t go wrong picking these up. Even though the Ear Force Tango is branded with Black Ops II, they will be great for any game or any multimedia on your Xbox or PS3. The quality and features is well worth the price tag.