Turtle Beach Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset 2020 Detailed Review.
Turtle Beach Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset: If you know gaming headsets, you’re sure to have heard of Turtle Beach. If you’re shopping for affordable headphones, you’ve probably read the same advice as us. “Don’t buy, save your money, everything inexpensive is poor quality.”
It’s disappointing advice. Considering there are so many great headphones available in the entry-level market, why are there so few high-quality gaming headsets?
The answer, sadly, is unscrupulous manufacturers. Gamers are a passionate audience. Many of them love to get into their games, and any company that promises to enhance that experience can make a lot of cash.
Unfortunately, many of them choose to release the cheapest headset they can manufacture and overcharge for it. Since Turtle Beach has such a great track record of giving gamers what they want, let’s take a look at the Recon 50X and see how it stacks up.
The Turtle Beach Recon 50X Gaming Headset definitely has a certain type of appeal to it. The pure white sheen stands in sharp contrast to the lime green accents.
The smooth gradients and bevels almost have a bit of an industrial look to them, although the soft earpads fit firmly into the “luxury” category. They are quite light and a little short on features, although all the basics are there.
When you first pull the Recon 50X headset out of the box, you can tell they’re an inexpensive headset. Fortunately, that is where the disadvantages end. Although they tried to keep the headphones simple, all of the mechanical features you’d expect are there.
The ear cups extend and retract in order to adjust to the size of your head. We’ve seen so many headphones in the past that had weak mechanisms here. Turn your head the wrong way and one of the ear cups was either extending or retracting. But gamers need a headset that will stay in one place, and the 50X doesn’t disappoint.
When adjusting the ear cups, every notch of adjustment you make falls into place with a firm “click.” The ear cup will stay in that position unless you genuinely want to re-adjust it.
The headphones are very lightweight. It’s easy to forget they are even there. At first, we were a little worried about the lack of padding on the upper band, but it turns out this isn’t a problem at all. Most of the pressure is on the ear cups, which allows them to stay firmly planted on your head.
This is one of the aspects we were most concerned about with the 50X. Surely for such an affordable headset, there must have been some serious compromises made with the audio quality?
Well, if you were expecting sound quality akin to a $500 pair of audiophile-grade headphones, you might be a little disappointed. But we were pleasantly surprised.
Usually, at this price point, you get tinny, undefined sound and boomy, overpowering bass. What we found with the 50X was much different. All frequencies were relatively well defined.
Even when things got loud, the sound didn’t degrade into a mess of a distortion. All of the different elements had just a bit of separation from them, allowing us to pick up the relevant audible information out of a sea of noise.
The microphone is not the best we’ve seen in a headset, but it’s not the worst either. Although there are no controls to adjust it, the mic is on a very long boom so you can place it (physically) exactly where you need to.
One of the largest problems we’ve had with microphones is sibilance and distortion. Ever talk into a mic and all of your “S’s” turn into a “PSHHHH” sound? This is called sibilance.
It comes from the air from your mouth directly hitting the microphone’s sensing diaphragm, and the mic doesn’t know how to handle it. Many compact boom mics suffer from this, and yet the solution is so easy and cheap.
The primary advantage of non-wireless headsets is that they are compatible with virtually every device on the market. The Turtle Beach Recon 50X connects to your devices using a standard 3.5mm jack.
This means that it will work with your Xbox One, your PS4, your PS3, and even your computer. There are very few devices on the market that don’t have a 3.5mm jack.
If you’re looking for a great gaming headset on a strict budget, you can’t get much cheaper than the Turtle Beach Recon 50X. They’re incredibly inexpensive, and unlike many other headsets, you actually get some value for your money.
However, it is important to note that these are absolutely an entry-level headset. Serious gamers might want to check out something a little more powerful.