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 +====== Unofficial XBox 360 Headsets ======
  
 +===== Dead Turle Beach X11 =====
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 +My son chewed the cord on my $65 Turtle Beach X11 headset, ruining it.  As a result, I went on the hunt for a replacement. ​ Even though the Turtle Beach was a great headset I didn't want to invest in that again, especially if my kid was going to chew on it.  As an alternative I tried the official $20 headset, a 2.5mm cell phone headset, and a 2.5mm headset for a cordless landline phone. ​ This has encouraged me to try a few other headsets and here are my experiences so far.
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 +===== 2.5mm Mobile Phone Headset =====
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 +First, I purchased a 2.5mm cell phone headset (the Body Glove Sport). ​ It worked, sort of, but I wasn't happy with it.  I didn't pay a lot of attention to exactly what was wrong, I just noticed it wasn't working well.  I figured there was something special about official headsets, so I took it back to try again.
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 +===== Going Official =====
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 +Next I found the official XBox 360 headset for just a few dollars more.  Slam dunk, I thought, so I picked it up.  When I got home I found that the official headset didn't pick up my voice unless I spoke really loud, basically a yell.  I went into my settings, hoping to find a volume control, only to find that my voice volume was already all the way up.  At the time, I didn't think to try the volume "​lower"​. ​ Maybe it would reduce the pickup sensativity if the volume was lower? ​ I doubt it, but it's something I should have tried but didn'​t. ​ So, the official headset had to go back, but what other options did I have?
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 +===== Phillips SHU3000 Cordless Phone Headset =====
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 +My next purchase was a Phillips headset (SHU3000) designed for landline cordless phones. ​ It had a 2.5mm plug and looked like a little better quality than the official XBox headset. ​ I had a gift card at the box store from my previous purchase, so I thought I'd give it a try.  This headset performs at least as well as the official one and probably a little bit better. ​ I still have to talk a little louder to have the speaker icon appear next to my name but other players seemed to hear me okay.  I'll continue trying this one for a few more days.  I may even try lowering the volume to see if it improves or gets worse. ​ But, at the very least this headset is a couple bucks cheaper and at least as good as the official headset.
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 +{{ headset.jpg?​250 |The Philips SHU300 Works on the XBox 360}}
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 +===== Generic on Amazon =====
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 +I've also recently picked up some generic headsets on Amazon and I've been as happy with them as anything else I've tried. ​ Each of these links to an inexpensive set on Amazon.
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