The Turtle Beach XO Three Headset is brand new for 2017 and is a mid range product to complement the best selling XO Four headset. Built to the same design as the XO Four, the XO Three has large 50mm speakers that produce some great sound, they also come as ‘Surround sound ready’ meaning they can take advantage of the Windows Sonic feature on Xbox One and compatible PC’s, it’s pretty easy to set up, just a couple of menu clicks on the Xbox One dashboard (as shown in the video above at 2:40) and you’re good to go.
The similarities between XO Three and XO Four headsets end with the overall design, the XO Three is wired, and simply connects to a controller via the 3.5 mm jack, if you’re still using an older Xbox One controller you’ll need to purchase a separate headset adaptor, if you don’t own one already. The audio cable also features in-line controls for overall volume and mic mute, though you may want to spend a minute or so using the Xbox One’s built in headset controls to balance game and chat audio to your liking.
The mic is removable, and is a fully adjustable ‘goose neck’ design so you can position it exactly where you want, the audio quality of the mic is clear, with no pops or muffled sounds, (mic test in video above at 3:07) just what you need for decent communication while gaming. The lack of mic monitoring is slightly annoying, especially if you are used to having it.
The build quality of the headset is good, although tough and durable I would like to see Turtle Beach move away from the full plastic build and incorporate higher quality materials in the headset frame. Comfort wise, the XO Three ticks all the boxes for me, with a well cushioned leather covered headband, and cloth covered ear cups that sit over the ear, letting the ears breath and not become sweaty when having a long gaming session. Those that have read previous reviews of mine on headsets will know that I loath sweaty ears from leatherette covered ear cups.
So, a bit more about the audio quality of the headphones, and I don’t have many complaints here. The 50mm speakers produce decent sound, well balanced across the spectrum, and coupled with Windows Sonic the experience is very noticeably a step up from standard stereo audio. The lack of mic monitoring does detract a little, but if you can live without it then the XO Three headset is a well rounded mid range headset.