Gears of War 3 Throat Communicator for Xbox 360
I read the reviews on this and decided i probably wouldnt get it however the sales rep in store said he had one adn highly suggested it. For the price its great, sure there are better throat microphones out there.......but its only $20. as for everyone complaining about said mic, i have had these issues adn with adjustments to where i place the mic on me affects the sound. the mic must make contact with your throat at all times however if you have a very high pitched......(i.e. you havent finished puberty) then you will have problems. if you speak through your nose adn not your throat you will also have a problem. my friends that had problems with this mic were my gf's little brother and one of my friends whom is on the much larger size of life so mu suggestion is, if you dont have some form of depth to your voice dont but this mic. and if you cant feel your throat without stretching your chin to the ceiling while chugging maple syrup DONT buy this mic. THANKS!
Better Value than Turtle Beach
Honestly I love this mic. Other reviews complain about sound quality and the mic not picking up their voice but thats not the case at all. I have had my mic for about 6-7 months now and it works just as well as the day I bought it. People say it doesn't pick up their voice but in my case it works perfectly and it does pick up some background noise but my voice can still be heard clearly. This is a great mic for a great price and I don't have any complaints or regrets for buying this mic. Why would you spend $100's of dollars on a Turtle Beach when you can get this mic for a better price. My experience with Turtle Beach has been awful. They break easily from the smallest drop and honestly the sound quality isn't all that great. I have accidentally dropped, stepped on the mic, and yanked the mic cord and it still works perfect. Best thing is if your mic does get damaged it will cost you a lot less to replace than it would an overpriced Turtle Beach. I don't mean to seem like I'm stomping on Turtle Beach but from experience this mic is better.
Surprisingly good deal
I was actually advised by my gamestop that this mic has a lot of static and many people didn't like it. The only static I've gotten comes from maxing out the volume, and almost every speaker on Earth has this same exact problem. But voice comes through clear enough.
My only real gripe has to do with the earbud. The boxart shows the earbud in the left ear. The GoW logo on the side of the mic also indicates that it's intended for your left ear. However, the earbud is clearly designed to fit into the right ear. Comfort wise, putting it in your right ear and dropping it straight down is the best placement. This does put the logo upside down, but it's only a cosmetic consideration. Most likely, there was a miscommunication between the art department and the actual engineering team, but the mic still has great functionality.
I often play with headphones, and this fits very comfortably underneath them with zero feedback or static. If you need a replacement headset, need something to fit under studio-style headphones, or just want a cool looking accessory, it's not a bad buy.
Looking forward to it
I started out having bad luck with Xbox headsets. The headsets that both the Xbox and the Chatpad came with did not work for me; people could not hear me better than half the time. I picked up the MW2 throat mic, and suddenly the problem went away. Still works like a dream after all this time. The guy at my store was kind enough warn me before I bought them that if your voice is too high, it has problems picking it up. He didn't see why I'd have a problem with it, he was just making sure I was aware of a known issue. Definitely not recommended for most younger or female Gamers (and indeed, it was good that I kept the old headsets, because my wife can't use the throat mic at all), but otherwise a solid product. I hope these ones at least meet with the same level. Would be cool if they could fix the problems with it in the new one, though.
not for bigger gamers
Apparently other people are having issues, but I was so excited to get this. I thought it'd be awesome, it'd work great, and be a heck of a lot better than the boom mic thing I have now.
Unfortunately, when I opened it up and thought to try out the sound by sending my friend a message, it sounded like I was chewing on it and when I said "can you hear me, hello" it sounded like "Mmabaaabmmm mmmmmllooo". I tested it at different places on my throat and they all ended up being relatively the same. However, I thought maybe it was because of the size of my neck that made the difference, so I held the mic part out in front of the middle of my throat and it recorded crystal clear. So in order for me to make use of this mic, I have to somehow hold it out in front of me while still having two hands to play Gears of War with? Okay, cool.
I am so disappointed. The issue here is that the amount that it adjusts to accommodate neck sizes is about half an inch, which in reality is nothing. Had it been able to adjust more, I would probably be able to better utilize this microphone contraption. I will try to make it work tonight before ultimately returning it tomorrow and letting them know not to recommend this to bigger people such as myself.
Great sound. very comfortable.
I had at first been hesitant to buy this product after reading reviews. However, I can honestly say that in the time I have had it all my friends have said they can hear me a whole lot clearer. Unlike with the microsoft standard mike to use this I don't end up yelling. Even mummbling can be heard clearly by anyone on the other end of the party or game chat. While it blocks noise from one ear it does'nt completely stop you from hearing noise from that dirrection which for an FPS like Gears, Modern Warfare, or Halo is important. The comm fits snugly but comfortably around the neck and does not restrict neck movement. Also I'm a gamer who usually ends up needing to drink something or eat and I know that I hate hearing someone chewing their food, this mike is no where near your mouth so the stupid thing isn't in your way at all. While other reviewers might complain how the mute button and volume controlls are to small they are allowed their opinion but I must disagree, the switch to mute is easy to find and even at a quarter volume I could clearly hear my friends as they ragged on each other for there exceedingly pathetic deaths. In short weather your a hardcore gamer or even a every now and again gamer this product is a great investment over the normal mike.
Not for people with big necks
I was hyped when I saw this mic and I couldn't wait to get one. But I was so disappointed that it could not reach far enough around my neck for people to hear me. When my son or brother use it they sound great and both said we all say that the clarity is awesome. If you have a small to medium sized neck I would definitely recommend it, but if your a big guy your feelings will be hurt. My ratings would have been higher if it could be further extended, and I put no to recommend to a friend because most of them who play xbox 360 have big necks.
good idea, bad item
I bouth this throat mic thinking that it would be just like the ones I have used in service at times. Sad to say the microphone has many issues with making the voice come out clear. Instead of relying on vibrations of the voice box, it seems they put to regular microphones on the neck boom and went with it. Vocal clarity of the headphone piece is amazing where as my friends in my party couldnt understand a thing I was saying (see original voice of an Elite in Halo). I would not recommend this to anyone seeing as it is a $30 gimmick.
Piece of garbage
This thing does not work. The earpiece is fine, but the mics do not project a clear sound at all. As soon as I used this online, all of my friends were begging me to take it off and use my normal mic. I recorded a message of myself using these, and when I played it back it sounded like i swallowed the whole thing. The only reason I bought this is because it matched my Gears of War 3 controller. While they both look great together, the quality of this headset is significantly lower, as in it's a piece of trash!
Give'em A Try
For all the other nay-sayers. You obviously didn't read the product details. These are a new style, not the MW2 throat communicator. These ones allow you to adjust the size and claim to have better sound quality. I have the MW2's and haven't heard any complaints from my friends so I think I'll pick these ones up too. But if you don't like throat comms stick with the standard 360 headset, turtle beaches fail too often and have faulty wiring from headset to controller.