Turtle Beach Earforce NLA Headsets Review for Wii U/3DS: Is it worth purchasing?
Turtle Beach Ear Force NLA Headsets Review for Wii U/3DS: Is it worth purchasing?
Currently, the Wii U has a limited selection of Sound and Audio peripheral for pure gaming purposed. At the moment Wii U has available the Turtle Beach Ear Force NLA Headsets for Wii U and the upper range Triton Kunai’s. Of course, you probably already know that any normal headset with a mic that is compatible with the iPhone works perfectly for the Wii U. However, if you are looking for pure gaming headsets – then the NLA’s and the Kunai’s are the only viable options at the moment.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force NLA Headset is the cheaper of the two – purchasing mine for a bargain price of AUS $12 during the Christmas clearance. However, at normal retail price it would be at a discouraging AUS $50 price tag. Like most things in life – you get what you pay for – and this is most certainly true with the NLA. Now, before I get into the review – I have to confess that I am not well verse in the subject of sound and audio nor do I know the specific jargon– therefore I don’t have a strong scaffold to structure my review around. In order to write a fair and balance review – I will use the Turtle Beach P11 for the Ps3/PC as a standard point for comparison.
Unfortunately, with the NLA’s you will not get the same level of sound quality as you would with a higher range headset like the PS3’s P11. Like I said before – my knowledge of all things surrounding sound tech is fairly limited, so please excuse my limited analysis. But I would liken the sound quality to a normal earphone/headphone in the$ 30-50 range. However, if you are looking for a headset that will give you a distinct advantage in games like Call of Duty – then these are the wrong headsets. During my test with Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U – I found it difficult to pick up delicate sounds like the precise direction of gun fire and footsteps of nearby enemies. In comparison, when using the P11’s for Ghosts Wii U – I found “sound whoring” much easier with the footsteps and gunfire easily distinguishable thanks to the substantially better sound quality. In addition, I found the maximum volume of the NLA to be too low. Even with game specific settings tweaked – the volume from the Turtle Beach NLA was still inadequate.
Furthermore, the NLA has a cheap feel. The ear cups are padded with a cushion material, which upon feel are cheap and seems prone to tearing. The P11’s on the other hand has cups made from decent material and encase the entire ear – so those around you will not be able to hear sounds emanating from the headset. Fortunately, the Ear Force NLA’s are very comfortable to wear. Even with prolonged use, my ear did not go red with the burning sensation which is commonly associated with cheaper headphones.
Overall, the Turtle Beach Ear Force NLA is an average headset. I would recommend it, only to those looking for an entry level option for sound and audio on the Wii U. If you are looking for something more suitable for games like Call of Duty, then it might be better to save your money for a higher range gaming headset that is compatible for Nintendo’s new console.