Reviews and Problems with Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA2
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construction and amp vs power and play
Scott W., Newegg
23 May 2011
Summary: I really wanted to give this headset 4-5 eggs if your talking about the old revision which i don't think you can find anymore, i would give it 5 eggs but since the revision 2 is all that is out there now i have to give it 3.
Pros: I love the sound of the these headsets in terms of versatility with respect to gaming and music. Turtle beach really nailed that part of the equation. I own 2 of these, both of which were bought on sale from newegg. Directional targeting is very good, and music on these can blast your ears which ...
Cons: The amp problem: to understand this you have to know that there are 2 versions of the HPA2's technically but they are same model and UPC code. The old version had a true powered amp that plugged into your power strip with your computer. This version was by definition more clunky because of the ex...
Summary: I'm sure if i get this problem fixed i will change this review to 5 eggs as the headset looks and feels fantastic. But without being able to hear it playing a game yet it was tough to give anymore than 3 eggs. Anyone with a possible solution to this please email me at Traumatophobia@gmail.com.
Pros: Very comfortable resting on your head, seems like you would have no issues with it getting too heavy after long gaming sessions. The padded ear-pieces are very comfortable. The 5.1 surround sounds promising, with the option to raise or lower the columes for each part ( center spkr, front, surroun...
Cons: One problem. one of the main reasons i purchased it was because it was USB and i am having problems getting my system to recognize it when i plug the USB cable in. I thought it may be the USB ports on my new system but i tried my older USB headset and it worked immediately. Not sure if i have to ...
Summary: not bad. reasonably priced. my only complaints are the unshielded wires and the speaker driver quality and the lack of software to accompany the product. although with creatives software i don't have much need, it's still nice to have native software from the manufacturer.
Pros: full 5.1 surround. decent audio quality. not a bad strap design. nice foam ear enclosures.
Cons: speaker driver quality not really up to par. the front channel drivers are already crackling on my set. probably wont rma though. i recommend that if yours do go bad just get some equivalent drivers and solder in new ones yourself to be sure of sound quality. just make sure they are the same size...
Summary: On sale these were wicked cheap for actual multiple speaker surround headphones. Can't argue with the price. There is quite the octopus of wires leading from the amp to the PC for all of the surround connections. Four audio wires AND USB for amplifier power.
Pros: When you get the PC volume and the amplifier adjusted correctly, the sound is decent. The surround effect could be stronger, but hey, their headphones. Still, you can hear which way the hidden bad guys are walking, so good deal. The construction seems decent so far with a removable microphone.
Cons: I get wicked nasty interference from my cell phone. If the phone receives a call, there is a pretty horrible hum through the headset which can occasionally become a piercing feedback shriek. Phone updates result in a pulsing noise that can be very loud. In addition, the in line amplifier is prett...
Summary: The included splitter cable is handy for plugging in your speakers and headset at the same time, but I do miss the ability to get game audio through my speakers and voice comms through the headset simultaneously.
Pros: Very comfortable Good sound 5 volume controls on amp is convenient
Cons: Mic connection is sketchy - I need to firmly press the connector into the hole, not just insert and twist the locking mechanism into place or it doesn't work. Picks up a lot of radio interference. I can hear local stations faintly in the background, and get loud (far louder then on my previous US...
Summary: For the money its a good set, produces good sorround sound effects.
Pros: Got a set of these for myself and father in law. Both sets work fine, controller is nice. Only use the speakers in the head set, still prefer a boom mic, though when I tried the included mic, sound was clear.
Cons: dependog on what I set the control module on, I sometime hear a whine. Seems like the quick connect near the control module is connected to the shields or something.
Summary: At first they seemed pretty good especially for 50 bucks but after wearing for an hour or so each night my ears would start to hurt from the snug fit and I would start getting headaches
Pros: Not a whole lot, for me at least. Sound is OK and the controller is nice
Cons: As other reviewers stated noise will randomly start more so with mic plugged in but even without it. space in between headphones and ear is why to small. Also these things will squeeze your head and mine is not even that big. Sound is not great with everything I've noticed
Summary: Turtle Beach offered me a "discount" on the purchase of just the headset for $69, which so happens to be Newegg's current retail price for the whole retail product. Really lame, Turtle Beach. I cannot buy another one knowing this will happen again.
Pros: Good value for features. Comfortable once broken in. Plenty of cable length. Granular speaker controls.
Cons: Hiss from amp. The material it's constructed from is prone to failure where the headphone bracket holds the headphone. After 2 years of use it basically started to disintegrate on me. The more I touched it, the more it fell apart. Was an unusual experience and there's no way to fix or rig it.
Summary: It's a shame that these are assembled so cheaply as they do sound good, and the bass is quite nice. It'll really rattle your teeth out. Unfortunately, it rattles the speakers out too. For the 'white noise' complaints..
Pros: They sound incredible for gaming. I often prefer to use them over my 5.1 speakers, although the positional audio for speakers is better. For picking up faint sounds they seem to be better than speakers. When used with Ventrilo/Mumble/Teamspeak/etc the mic is good, doesn't pick up background noise...
Cons: Read other reviews...quality control is not that great. Construction quality is what I would expect from headphones costing much less, but for what these sell for even on sale I expect sturdier construction. In three months of ownership I have had to open the left side and tighten the screws on t...