CES 2013: TURTLE BEACH ANNOUNCES NEW WIRELESS AND WIRED HEADSETS FEATURING CATEGORY-LEADING TECHNOLOGY
Sydney, AUSTRALIA – January 9, 2013 – Turtle Beach, U.S. based pioneer and market-leader in gaming headsets, is showcasing its new high-end wireless and SEVEN Series wired gaming headsets during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 1 – Booth #20618, from January 8 to 11, 2013. The new line-up reinforces Turtle Beach’s commitment to portability – headsets that are designed to work across consoles, PCs and mobile devices – and represents a strategic expansion in the PC and mobile categories. All of Turtle Beach’s gaming headsets feature the sound quality and comfort that have made the company No. 1 in the industry.
The New High-End Headsets for the Wireless Gaming Category
Ear Force XP510 for Xbox and Ear Force PX51 for PlayStation3
Already the best-selling premium wireless headset company, two new models expand Turtle Beach’s high-end for wireless gaming. Featuring Turtle Beach’s proprietary digital signal processor (DSP), Dolby® Digital surround sound, Dual Band Wi-Fi for an interference-free connection, a rechargeable lithium polymer battery and Bluetooth technology, the Ear Force XP510 and Ear Force PX51 are the most technologically advanced headsets ever designed for console that are also perfect for gaming, movies and music on mobile devices.
With Bluetooth enabling cable-free wireless chat, the Ear Force XP510 and PX51 headsets allow gamers to take phone calls and stream music easily. Immersive Dolby® Digital surround sound while playing games or watching movies ensures an audio experience that rivals even the highest-end home theatre sound system. Powered by a rechargeable battery with a 15 hour lifespan, these headsets deliver signal processed sound for uncompromised audio across any entertainment scenario. These two models continue the evolution of a new breed of wireless gaming headset that serves as the ultimate “secret weapon” in the arsenal of serious gamers seeking unmatched audio quality, sonic control and a competitive advantage.
- XP510 Available Q1 2013
- PX51 Available Q1 2013
Ear Force SEVEN Series
Tournament-grade quality and functionality is now available for everyone.
2013 marks the much-anticipated release of Turtle Beach’s SEVEN Series, the ultimate option in versatility for avid gamers on the move. Featuring the most precise and powerful tournament-grade audio headsets, first announced at the 2012 Entertainment Electronics Expo, the Ear Force XP SEVEN for console gaming; Z SEVEN for PC gaming; and M SEVEN for mobile gaming comprise the SEVEN Series and raise the bar for wired headsets.
The SEVEN Series provides total portability to meet the cross-platform needs of active gamers by leveraging a modular design for total performance control. Gamers are increasingly playing across multiple screens, with 24 percent regularly gaming on a console, PC and or mobile device in 2011*. Using unique interchangeable cable kits, the SEVEN Series uses the same headset across any platform – console, PC, Mac or mobile – and delivers a high-quality audio experience. A removable boom microphone and in-line microphone provide additional flexibility.
The SEVEN Series headsets for console and PC come with Turtle Beach’s state-of-the-art, touch capacitive Audio Control Unit which gives players the ability to instantly change the mix of game, chat and microphone audio levels to provide a competitive advantage in changing game situations. Using Turtle Beach’s Advanced Sound Editor (ASE), gamers can also replace the standard audio presets with up to eight game and eight chat audio presets – for over 64 possible preset audio mixes – to match their personal or team preferences. Audio presets to enhance the audio quality of music and movies are also available via Turtle Beach’s thriving audio preset community.
Complementing the SEVEN Series gaming headsets is the TM1 audio mixer designed for console and PC use. Optimized for LAN multiplayer gaming, the TM1 enables tournament-grade quality and functionality for consumers and tournament organizers. The TM1 offers communication for up to six players on the same team, or two teams of three players, as well as a number of input and output features such as a broadcast feed. When combined with the Audio Control Unit, the TM1 represents the most powerful revolution in game tournament audio to date.
The SEVEN Series is the official audio headset platform for Major League Gaming, the world's largest competitive video game league, which exclusively uses the Ear Force SEVEN Series PC and console headsets, Audio Control Units and TM1 tournament mixers during all MLG Pro Circuit tournaments. For the first time in Q1 2013, consumers will be able to purchase this tournament-grade equipment for home use.
- XP SEVEN Available Q1 2013
- Z SEVEN Available Q1 2013
- M SEVEN Available Q1 2013
- TM1 Available Q1 2013
Turtle Beach Upgrades PX21 Headset and Releases Ear Force PX22
Turtle Beach is announcing the Ear Force PX22, a universal wired headset that upgrades the Ear Force PX21 to offer additional benefits for an enhanced gaming experience. Licensed by MLG, the high performance PX22 features cross platform capabilities and amplified stereo sound. It will also offer variable Bass and Treble Boosts, Dynamic Chat Boost™ and a 4-pole connector for compatibility with mobile devices. By strengthening its feature set and usability, the PX22 will upgrade the overall experience of the popular Ear Force PX21. First launched in 2009, the PX21 ranks as the #4 best-selling third-party gaming headset of all time according to the NPD Group.
- Ear Force PX22 Available Q2 2013
New Range of Headsets Arrive and Boost PC Gaming Audio
Ear Force Z SEVEN, Ear Force Z300 and Ear Force Z22 for PC gaming
In 2013 Turtle Beach is releasing a collection of gaming headsets that will provide superior quality, comfort, control and customization to meet the unique needs of PC gamers. From the SEVEN Series, the Z SEVEN will be the first gaming headset available for gamers in need of a tournament grade audio that can also deliver an extraordinary experience with movies and music.
The Z300 headset further supports Turtle Beach’s commitment to PC gaming with an advanced wireless solution that includes high-end features such as Dual Band WiFi for an interference-free connection, a rechargeable lithium polymer battery with a 15 hour lifespan and Bluetooth technology. The Z300 is the only Bluetooth enabled PC headset capable of answering calls or streaming music via a mobile device while playing a game.
Lastly, Turtle Beach is releasing the new USB powered Z22 headset for PC gamers in search of a high value audio experience. With full mobile compatibility and analog inputs, the Z22 is the first PC headset featuring Chat Boost, variable Bass and Treble Boost for a powerful audio performance across the sonic spectrum.
Both pricing and availability for the Ear Force Z300 and the Z22 headsets will be released in the coming months.
When combined with the Turtle Beach’s competitive advantage in distribution and retail point-of-sale presence, the company expects the new range of PC headsets to deliver innovative features and superior audio quality to PC gamers. According to The NPD Group, in 2012 Turtle Beach led all first and third party manufacturers on sales, in units and dollars, of gaming headsets.
Mobile Headset Sales Poised for Growth as More Gamers Turn to Mobile Gaming
Gaming is both a driver and a beneficiary of the huge growth in the mobile device market. After checking email, gaming represents the second most frequent use of a tablet**, and ranks ahead of making phone calls, emails and texting on smartphones. Mobile device unit sales now exceed PC sales, and for the first time in 2012 broadband use on mobile devices exceeds use on PCs***.
As the displays, processing power and battery life of mobile devices has improved; mobile video games have increased in quality and complexity. As the excellence of games and gameplay continues to improve on mobile devices, more consumers will seek a superior audio experience to compliment the raised mobile standard.
Only Turtle Beach has a full line of mobile gaming headsets to fill that need, delivering excellent audio quality at all price points. With an emphasis on portability – headsets that are designed to work across consoles, PCs and mobile devices – Turtle Beach has a distinct advantage with gaming enthusiasts who are likely to play games on multiple platforms. And within the category, only Turtle Beach is delivering a robust retail point-of-sale presence, with superior product packaging and in-store kiosks. As mobile gaming accessories emerge as a category, no gaming headset company is positioned as well as Turtle Beach to benefit and support the expanding market.
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(E3 2012) - Turtle Beach Announces Limited Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops II Headset Range
Turtle Beach, pioneers and market-leaders of the gaming headset category, today introduced a new line of exclusively licensed, limited edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Ear Force headsets. Custom designed and optimized to deliver enhanced audio experiences for the year’s most anticipated entertainment launch Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Turtle Beach, Activision Publishing, Inc. and award-winning game developer Treyarch are collaborating on every facet of the line, from design to the unique features of each model, offering select compatibility across most major platforms. As with last year’s highly successful launch of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 headset models, Turtle Beach will work with Activision to deploy an extensive mix of marketing, media and retail initiatives to support the new line.
The Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Ear Force lineup is built with the latest in video game audio technology and is comprised of five products; Ear Force TANGO, Ear Force SIERRA, Ear Force X -RAY, Ear Force KILO and Ear Force EARBUDS. Each limited edition model contains a unique feature set, special packages, bonus content and a price point suitable for casual gamers to serious competitors. These models are specifically designed to enhance the audio experience across each scenario within the epic gameplay of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, while placing the technology of the future in gamer’s hands today.
The Turtle Beach limited edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Ear Force headsets are now available in Australia.
(E3 2012) - Turtle Beach Announces Tournament Series Headsets
The Ear Force XP Seven (for consoles) amd Ear Force Z Seven (for PC), offers the ultimate in game tournament and lifestyle performance. The XP Seven/Z Seven are the perfect headsets for the elite e-sports player or any gamer seeking a pro-audio gaming experience, featuring Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and a fully programmable digital signal processor (DSP). The programmable DSP allows gamers to enhance and personalize the entire audio experience with fully customizable game, chat, and mic signals. On-the-fly audio preset switching, independent game and chat volumes and more are now at players’ fingertips thanks to the handy control unit. With a sleek and distinctive new design, gamers can now also customize the look and feel of the headsets thanks to its removable mic boom and easily interchangeable speaker plates; it’s the ultimate audio weapon for competitive console gamers.
Team these up with the Ear Force TM1 – Tournament Mixer is the new standard for tournament audio. Officially licensed by and developed in cooperation with Major League Gaming®, the Tournament Mixer allows up to six players to connect and chat with teammates or a coach during competitive play. The Tournament Mixer provides a closed chat network for a zero latency chat experience. Connect more than six players by connecting two Tournament Mixers together to create a network of 12 players. Each player has control over their game, chat, and/or mic audio volume for the perfect personal balance. The noisy atmosphere of a big tournament is no match for the Ear Force TM1, which uses noise gate technology to eliminate distracting background noises that might be picked up by players’ mics. Turtle Beach and Major League Gaming are dedicated to providing the optimum experience in tournament play. Step up your game and compete to the max with the Ear Force TM1.
The Turtle Beach Tournament Series range will be released in Australia in late 2012. Click here for more information.
(E3 2012) - Turtle Beach Announces 'La' Headset Range
Ear Force ZLa: A PC Gaming Headset, compatible with Windows and Mac systems, featuring acoustically angled speakers to deliver optimal sound quality through 40mm speakers. In-line volume controls allow for quick access to volume and mic mute controls. With a 3.5mm, 4-Pole connector and PC adapter cable, the ZLa also easily connects to computers and mobile devices,such as tablets.
Ear Force PLa & XLa: These amplified gaming headsets are designed for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively. Both offer a more immersive experience through amplified audio and built-in bass boost for increased depth and realism. Independent volume controls allow for personalized balancing of game and chat audio, and a microphone monitor allows you to hear your voice naturally as you speak. Both are USB powered and require no batteries. The PLa is also compatible with Windows and Mac systems.
The ZLa, PLa and XLa will be released in Australia in late 2012.
Ear Force Z6A Collects More Awards!
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A PC gaming headset has collected a swag of awards and fantastic reviews since its recent release in Australia. PC User magazine awarded the Z6A a score of 95% and a PC User “Best Buy” award.
“Looks good, sounds great and has an outstanding set of inline controls.”
PC User Magazine
PC & Tech Authority gave the Z6A 4/5 and the PC & Tech Authority “Recommended” award.
“…a quality product that any PC gamer would be extremely happy with.”
PC & Tech Authority Magazine
In addition, PC Powerplay Magazine awarded the Z6A a review score of 8/10.
“Succeeds where so many others have failed.”
PC Powerplay Magazine
Click here to find out more about the Ear Force Z6A PC headset and how it can give you the gaming edge.
Load Up Your Turtle Beach Headset with Custom Presets!
The highly anticipated Turtle Beach Custom Preset microsite, home of the Turtle Beach Audio Presets Community, has now launched. This microsite has been designed to allow owners of the PX3, PX5, XP500, Bravo and Delta headsets to share user-generated presets, as well as Turtle Beach and official game developer created presets. This Audio Presets Community micro site is an all-in-one destination for custom audio, giving registered users the ability to download Advanced Sound Editor (ASE) software for the Ear Force PX5, XP500, and DELTA which lets you connect your PX5, XP500 or Delta headset to a PC and live-tweak in-game audio for amazing results. This micro site will let users upload and share their custom presets for the PX5, XP500 and Delta with the community quickly and easily, with an interface that features details for each preset and user ratings.
Titles for which presets are currently available on the site include The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3, amongst many more.
The new community can be found at www.turtlebeach.com/presets and already features a variety of custom presets created by Turtle Beach audio designers and community members for a wide range of titles on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Please visit the new Audio Presets Community micro site now and download the updated tools so you can start uploading and sharing your presets today.
Start Sharing Presets now!
Ear Force Z6A Awarded Atomic Magazine "Hot" Award & 96%
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A PC gaming headset has been awarded a score of 96% by Atomic MPC magazine and given its’ highly coveted ‘Hot Award’, in the March 2012 issue. Key comments in the review included:
“…the Z6A is perfect.”
“…the sound quality produced by the Z6A is amazing.”
“…a solid investment for the serious PC gamer.”
“Like strapping two extremely vocal turtles to your skull.”
The Ear Force Z6A features 8 acoustically angled speakers (including 2 subwoofers) delivering true Dolby surround sound from a 5.1 channel amplifier. Experience for yourself PC gaming audio as it is meant to be heard with the “perfect” PC gaming headset.
Click here to find out more about the Ear Force Z6A.