The PX51, XP510, PX4, XP400, PX5, XP500, Tango, X-Ray and Delta headsets were designed for use with PS3 and Xbox 360 game consoles. It is only possible to use these headsets on a PC or Mac if you have the correct configuration and hardware. The following info is offered on a non-supported *AS IS* basis.
This article is for surround sound. To use these headsets on a PC or Mac for stereo sound, click here.
Note: These headsets are not USB headsets. The headset USB connection is used for programming presets using the Advanced Sound Editor software and/or recharging the internal battery, depending on the particular model. The transmitter USB cable is only for power. No audio playback data travels through the USB connection.
To use these headsets on a PC or Mac for surround sound and for chat, you will need to have the following installed on your PC:
- a Dolby Digital Live (DDL) sound card with a digital optical output jack
- a Bluetooth interface
Part 1: Game Audio (Surround Sound)
1. Connect the transmitter's USB plug to your PC for power.
2. Connect the included digital optical cable to the transmitter's Digital In jack and to the computer's digital optical output jack.
3. Set your computer's digital optical output as the default playback (output) device:
- Windows: Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Playback tab. Right-click digital/optical output (or similar) and choose "Set as Default Device".
- Mac: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound > Output tab. Select digital/optical output (or similar) from the list.
4. Power on the headset, and make sure the headset and transmitter are properly paired to one another. For pairing instructions, click here.
5. Play a track on your PC. You should hear audio in the headset.
Part 2: Wireless Chat via Bluetooth
Your computer will need a properly installed Bluetooth interface, typically in the form of a USB Bluetooth adapter. Many laptops already have Bluetooth built in, but if your computer doesn't have a Bluetooth audio interface, you can add one of the many Bluetooth USB adapters available for little money. You will want to choose an adapter that is Bluetooth 2.1 compliant and has EDR (Enhanced Data Rate).
1. Pair the headset's Bluetooth to the computer's Bluetooth interface.
- Power off the headset's Bluetooth by holding the Bluetooth button (BT MFB) until the Bluetooth LED is off.
- Press and hold BT MFB until the Bluetooth LED blinks blue and red.
- On your computer, activate Bluetooth mode and search for Bluetooth devices as described in its user manual.
- When your computer is finished scanning, select "Turtle Beach Bluetooth Chat". (Your headset might appear as simply the model name, e.g. "Turtle Beach XP510".)
2. Set your Bluetooth interface as the default recording/input device.
- Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Recording tab.
- On the Recording tab, right-click your Bluetooth device, and choose "Set as Default Device".
- Right-click the Bluetooth device again, and choose "Set as Default Communication Device".
- Click Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound > Input tab.
- On the Input tab, select your Bluetooth device.
3. Configure your chat program.
If you use an online chat program such as Ventrilo, also set your chat program to use your PC's Bluetooth interface for both input (mic) and output (chat audio).
Part 3: Wired Chat (Alternative to Bluetooth)
As an alternative, instead of using Bluetooth (as described in Step 2 above), you can use the headset for wired chat on a PC with the optional PC Chat Adapter Cable (sold separately). The PC Chat Adapter is also available bundled with the Amigo II USB sound card at a discounted price: click here
You can use this cable to connect the headset's "Xbox" jack to your PC's pink mic input jack. This way, you will have a wired connection for chat and a wireless connection for game audio. For a YouTube video showing how to use the PC Chat Adapter, click here.
In short, using these headsets on a PC or Mac will require specific, special equipment, and thus we do not consider them to be compatible with PCs or Macs.
1) Please make sure you have installed the proper drivers for your computer's Bluetooth and onboard audio. If you have allowed Windows to find the "best" drivers for your hardware, then it is very likely that the headset's Bluetooth interface and Toslink digital input will not work for you.
2) These headsets, being Bluetooth "dumb" devices, do not require any specific device driver. It's like using a cellphone with your PC's Bluetooth interface. However, the PC's Bluetooth interface ("radio") may require a driver update to work properly with your Turtle Beach Bluetooth-equipped headset. Please check with the manufacturer of your PC to find out about driver updates for your system's Bluetooth interface. We do not provide any such driver.
3) These headsets do not require a device driver for use in Windows or Mac OS X.
4) PC games may not have a Dolby Digital soundtrack to send to the transmitter's DIGITAL IN for surround sound playback. If you want surround sound, you need a sound card capable of delivering Dolby Digital Live (DDL) processing.
5) The Advanced Sound Editor software tool is for Windows only. It may work in Windows emulation on a Mac, but this has not been tested, and is not guaranteed.
6) Only one Bluetooth device can be active on the headset at a time. For example, if you are making a call with the headset while chatting online, the chat will be deactivated until the call is over.
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