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    Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Anyone else have this issue, and if so were they able to fix it?

    Basically, the headphones work fine (the sound is amazing) - but I'm getting random (fairly loud) "popping" noises (mabye 1 every minute or two at random intervals).

    This is not releated to the voice-comms as I still get them with the controler mic lead unplugged.

    After a bit of reading around it seems to be a commons issue, and there seems to be no specific cause. Some people are claiming their wifi is the problem (interference).

    Its really really annoying though - as the sound from the headphones is the best I've ever heard, but the popping is driving me insane. Strangely it seems worse in some games (MW2) than in some other games (e.g Fable II), which almost makes me think its in some way sound related not wireless related.

    The other annoying thing with these headphones is that when my wife is sitting next to me on the couch she can hear EVERYTHING from the headphones. They do a really crappy job of sound isolation.

    I kinda wish I'd done a bit more reading around first :(

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Just a wild guess, have you tried plugging the phones into another source of sound?

    Process of elimination [yes]

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Quote Originally posted by Z0iCc3Li View Post
    Just a wild guess, have you tried plugging the phones into another source of sound?

    Process of elimination [yes]
    These headphones are designed specifically for connection directly to an Xbox360 via an optical connection. This is the only way (or device) I can connect them to.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Doesn't the dongle have a standard optical connection cable?

    Wouldn't it work on any other optical source? (your soundcard)

    From Turtle Beach website.
    Can I use the X41 with my PC games?
    If your PC has a digital output, you can connect it to the X41 transmitter and listen to Dolby surround sound with the headset.
    Last edited by Z0iCc3Li; March 5, 2010 at 12:34.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Don't press the wrong button!

    (double post)
    Last edited by Z0iCc3Li; March 5, 2010 at 12:34.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    The only time I get the popping Chris is when I am to far away from the reciever, or if there is interference. I used to have the reciever on top of my 360, but my wifi adapter was interfering so I moved it and all good. Also the only other time it gets fuzzy or pops is when the batteries are about to go. Try moving the reciever.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Quote Originally posted by SwingingSushi View Post
    The only time I get the popping Chris is when I am to far away from the reciever, or if there is interference. I used to have the reciever on top of my 360, but my wifi adapter was interfering so I moved it and all good. Also the only other time it gets fuzzy or pops is when the batteries are about to go. Try moving the reciever.
    Thats what I think I'm going to try when I get home this evening. Currently the headphone receiver is immediately behind my xbox (although my wireless router itself is the other side of the room). My xbox is connected via wifi, so this placement could well be the issue.

    From quick google, its also been suggested the setting your wireless router to broadcast right at the end of the wifi spectrum (channel 12 or 13 for Europe) might potentially help.

    Although I usually have my laptop and bluetooth mouse right next to me, so I hope that is not interfering at the headphone-end of things, because that would be a pain.

    These headphone are amazing, provided I can get this popping issue resolved.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    I've moved the receiver to the other side of my TV (about 1m away from the xbox). Seems a lot better.

    What worries me is that some people are reporting this issue is not constant, and sometimes gets worse after extended play.

    I've tested for 10mins in MW2 after moving the receiver and it seems a lot better than before, but I'll reserve judgement until I've used it for a bit longer.

    Looks promising so far though.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    I have only noticed a popping sound when I walked fairly far away from my room and the signal became interrupted. Hopefully having moved the transmitter will alleviate your issue.

    Quote Originally posted by chrisinthesun20 View Post
    These headphones are designed specifically for connection directly to an Xbox360 via an optical connection. This is the only way (or device) I can connect them to.
    They can be connected to almost any source as they have optical in as well as stereo analog inputs.

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    Re: Turtle Beach X41 popping sounds

    Also, try turning off your mobile phone, I know it sounds strange but my Blackberry causes interference on everything, literally.

    The other day it received a push form one of our servers and it caused my Son's toy garage to make it's car revving sound.

    Interferance is a bugger, it can be from the strangest of items.

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