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Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A 5.1 Headset Review

Rating: 8.5.

Many serious gamers will have heard of Turtle Beach as they are renowned for producing some of the best gaming headsets on the market for both console and PC gaming.  Turtle Beach as a company have actually been around for over 20 years now so they have many years more experience than newcomers such as Tt eSPORTS and CM Storm.

Today we are going to look at one of Turtle Beach’s latest PC headsets, the Ear Force Z6A which boasts an impressive feature set considering the reasonably modest price tag.  The most prominent feature is that the Z6A features proper surround sound with no fewer than four drivers in each earcup.  Unlike some surround sound headsets, though, the Z6A isn’t overly heavy, weighing only 380g.


Front Channel Speakers

  • 30mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnet
  • Angled design for better 3D audio perception
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz, >120dB SPL+3dB/mW

Surround Channel Speakers

  • 30mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnet
  • Angled design for better 3D audio perception
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz, >120dB SPL+3dB/mW

Center Channel Spakers

  • 30mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnet
  • SFrequency Response: 80Hz – 16kHz, >110dB SPL+3dB/mW

Subwoofer Channel Speakers

  • 40mm diameter with high-impact magneto-resonant vibration coil
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 500Hz

Other Specifications

  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Weight

Surround Sound Amplifier

  • Includes six independent amplifiers
  • Frequency response Sub Channel: 20Hz – 200Hz
  • Frequency response (Front, Surround and Center channels): 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Amplifier power (all 8 channels): >100mW rms @ THD <1%
  • 3.5mm stereo line input jacks x3 (Front, Surround, Center/Sub)
  • 3.5mm microphone jack
  • Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2 Vpp (700mV rms)
  • 2.5mm Xbox 360 controller input jack
  • Quick Disconnect for easily removing headset from the amplifer
  • Weight 120g

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  • Colin

    The appearance is fantastic, thats for sure.

  • Harry

    Its quite expensive, only thing putting me off a purchase. Even the steelseries alternative is cheaper, which isn’t often something you can say.

  • Burke

    I bet the sound is quite a bit better however, as Turtle beach are renowned for their audio quality. well worth the money. I have one of their sounds cards and it is brilliant.

  • FiveOneHeadphoneFanatic

    For PC – I have/use the previous Turtle Beach 5.1 headphones, as well as a set of Zalmans and a set of Tritton 5.1s. The Trittons were the most expensive, least comfortable, tinniest sounding of the three.

    These new Turtle Beach Z6A headphones look *SUSPICIOUSLY* like the AWFUL Tritton AX360 set. Try wearing these for 4 hours of CS, and get back to me about their comfort level.

    The only saving grace of these headphones is probably that they’re using the same speakers for both front and rear. The Trittons use a smaller driver in the rear, which makes directionality very pronounced – mostly due to the fact that sounds from the rear sound tinny and horrible.

    I’m really curious to this new set out and see if they are any more comfortable (doubtful, it’s the same design), or sound better (likely, due to the consistent speaker size) than the Trittons.

    Also, FWIW – the Turtle Beach Amps have the same pinout as the Trittons and I can plug my Trittons into the Turtle Beach Amp. This and the common design I’ve noted, suggests that both companies use the same manufacturing source. Tritton’s “digital” amp is noisy compared to the Turtle Beach Amp.

  • Sam

    Interesting. Do you think that Tritton 5.1 with smallest rear speakers have a better directional sound?

  • Vernwei

    this or steelseries siberia v2’s?

  • Strongbow

    I’ve had this headset for a few months now, and I know I am a little late on this, but i’m looking for a new headset and wanted to find reviews of this product as a base for other products. These head phones are not comfortable at all on the top of my head after a few hours of gaming. They leave my head sore the bands pad flattens very fast and all the weight is on the top of your head. The audio is great, the mic is extremely sensitive, be careful with any back round noise and the boom is hard to adjust right where you want it. The reason i am getting a new pair is because the adjustable part between the head band and the ear cup, is apparently super brittle and it snapped tonight. I am not hard on headsets at all, it slipped off my desk after I bumped this wobbly desk they fell, and the band snapped from the weight of the headphones falling, they are connected through the bottom of the left ear. Never dropped before, always on my desk with nothing around them, I am sad they were uncomfortable but actually upset they broke. I figured I would share my experience with anyone who finds this review.

  • Mamba

    Just bought these headphones for my home setup last week, and was VERY impressed with them. The sound quality was great in my opinion, and since the channels can be configured independently, the surround was excellent after adjustment. Surround effect is definately noticible (left for dead was my test for that, and I always knew where the shrieks were coming from, especially when teammates were shooting from behind me) and the richness of the bass (sub) was on par with my amplifier itself. Of course since each channel has it’s own speaker set, the clarity is FAR better than a standard headphone setup where all channels get mixed into 2 speakers and start interfering with each other…a point I’m surprised wasn’t mentioned. When watching a DVD in 5.1 surround, the same richness and surround was also noticible (of course) and so recommended for movie experiences as well!

    Controls were easy to use, though a slightly longer cord between the volume box and the headphones themselves would have been nice. Maybe they sell an extension to their properity connection? Don’t know…

    Not sure why some people say it’s uncomfortable…I was using them all night on the weekent (literaly 10PM to 5AM) and had no issues at all. The only thing that hurt was my eardrums, but that was becasue I like the subwoofer high, so can’t blame ’em for that one.

    Overall HIGHLY recommended for those who like surround sound and don’t want to wake the others in your area in the middle of the night.

  • Mark

    Yup seems to be the Norm! CHEAP plastic, 2 hrs use right ear snapped from band, 2 weeks left ear, 1 month mic knackered, was refused refund! then tried to resin, now duct tape! seems to be the norm for this product, never got to really test the 5.1 surround sound! They substituted cheap plastic instead of a re-enforced metal band to obviously lower costs of making but in the process have lost thousands of customers to the overlooked shody design! first time customer and last time! shame!!!

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  • BamBam

    Same problem, both ears broke off in less than a month, and the connection on the volume control box is a bit tricky… duct tape has done wonders, need to add a roll in the box when they sell them, lol