Hardware: Turtle Beach Recon Spark Gaming Headset

The reason I am starting off with this headset is because despite the fact I have only had it for just under 12 months its performance has not only gone down hill but its less comfortable than it was and I have found Turtle beach customer service to be totally lacking when I tweeted them about the issues I was having. I also received no response to my email inquires – so it has been replaced now but prior to this need for a replacement it was a solid gaming staple since March 2021.

First up, the specs:

  • Works with all consoles and devices that have a 3.5mm jack. Simples. It even comes with the green/pink splitter needed to utilise this properly for PC.
  • Speaker frequency 20Hz – 40Hz (What the fuck does that mean?)
  • Speaker Size 40mm with Neodymium magnets
  • Fixed Omni-Directional Flip-to-Mute Microphone
  • Synthetic Leather with Foam Cushioning
  • Over Ear, Synthetic Leather with Foam Cushioning
  • Weight 0.45kg

Its also supposed to be glasses friendly but this is sadly something that literally wore off with time.

Initially I loved this headset, its got good sound quality for games and music and means I can block out the world when I need to work or when I am really in the zone on gaming. It also looked good on streams and fit my overall purple aesthetic but is that enough? Sadly no.
In November it had started to become heavy feeling and really uncomfortable on the ears after only a few hours of streaming or gaming. In addition to this the roll up for volume control meant now I was often lacking sound in both ears – which for game is a huge nope for games like Dead by Daylight.

For the price though it was solid investment, and given I have streamed over 1000 with this on and gamed, watched TV and listened to music for a least another 500 from that its done well for how much it cost, and although it has been ‘replaced’ as my main headset for games and streams it is still connected and use for other purposes (where the 3.5mm is better when a USB headset is not).

I don’t regret the purchase but I should have gotten more than a year out of it, surely?

Shiney rating
3.5 out of 5
It became heavy and horribly uncomfortable with my glasses despite being touted as ‘glasses friendly’. A problem with the volume control now means if you aren’t 100% precise with it, it dips out in one ear. Good for those on a budget, but there are better one out there, I did love it initially though.

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