Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
5.6
Mixed Usage
6.6
Neutral Sound
5.0
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.3
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
6.9
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X is a decent budget gaming headset. These headphones have a moderately well-balanced sound that's a bit cluttered but delivers a good bass. They're also lightweight and have no latency for gaming and watching movies since they're wired. Unfortunately, their build quality is sub-par and not as durable as comparable models in their price range. They also do not fit well on all listeners, making them a bit uncomfortable and poorly isolating. Note that we tested the Xbox One variant of this headset, but we expect similar results for the Recon 50P PS4 variant.

Test Results
Design 5.8
Isolation 4.1
Microphone 8.3
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Decent sound quality.
  • Great microphone.
Cons
  • Weak build quality.
  • Awkward over-ear fit.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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5.8

Design

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / Recon 50x have a mediocre-at-best design and feel a little cheap. They have a weak build quality and an awkward fit that doesn't completely cover the ears. The pads are a little stiff, and the headband is not sufficiently well padded. On the upside, they are lightweight and come with a pretty easy-to-use gaming control scheme. They also have a removable mic so you can use them outdoors like casual headphones, although their control scheme will not be ideal for mobile devices since you won't be able to skip tracks. Unfortunately, their cable is not removable so you can't use another, more phone-friendly cable with an in-line remote, and they do not come with a case or pouch, which is a little disappointing.

Style

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X look a bit cheap. The mic is detachable and gives them a more casual over-ear design that you can use outdoors. However, the somewhat flashy color scheme, the lack of good padding, and the plasticky build quality does not look great. The stereo audio cable is not detachable and linked to each ear cup which can get a bit bothersome. On the upside, they have decently sized oval ear cups and a thin headband that keeps a low profile once on your head.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.4 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.9 lbs

The Turtle Beach Recon 50x have an awkward fit that doesn't quite rest around the ears as well as some of the of the other gaming headsets we've tested, like the Turtle Beach Stealth 300. The ear cups look fairly large, and they're decently well padded but unfortunately, the pads are stiff and the opening they create is not large enough for all listeners. The headband is barely padded, but since they're fairly lightweight, you will not notice it as much. They won't be the most comfortable headphones to wear for long gaming sessions. For a more comfortable Turtle Beach headset, take a look at the Recon 70.

6.1 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x have a fairly simple gaming control scheme similar to the Logitech G Pro. They also have a volume dial that's responsive and straightforward to use but doesn't have distinct notches. On the upside, the dial has definite endpoints, so you know when you've reached the full volume by touch. They also have a very basic on/off switch for the microphone. Unfortunately, their cable is not removable so they do not have an alternate control scheme that will work better on mobile which is a little disappointing since you can remove their mic and use them outdoors like regular casual headphones.

6.7 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 4.9 C

The Turtle Beach Recon 50x are decently breathable for an over-ear design mostly because they do not seal the ears within their cups as well. They partially rest on some ears, which will make them a bit cooler to wear on average than some of the other closed-back gaming headsets with non-porous pads. They won't be the best option for more strenuous activities but they should be fine for casual listening and gaming if you can get over the awkward fit.

6.0 Portability
L : 6.4 "
W : 5.2 "
H : 3 "
Volume : 99 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones do not fold into a more compact format. The ear cups do lay flat but it doesn't save much space and actually makes them considerably wider due to the angle of the cups. Unfortunately, this means that like most gaming headsets, they will not be easy headphones to carry around on your person and since their build quality is a little weak and they do not come with a case or pouch, they won't be ideal to throw into your backpack either.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones do not come with a case or pouch.

5.5 Build Quality

The build quality feels cheap and plasticky and will not last as long as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested. The plastic used for the headband feels a little flimsy and cheap and their cable is not removable and a bit thin so if it snaps you will have to get a new headset. On the upside, the fragile build quality keeps them fairly lightweight and the ear cups are decently dense so they won't get damaged from a few accidental drops. The mic also feels fairly durable and a bit more premium than the rest of the build quality. Overall they are not the worst built headphones but they feel a bit like a toy and especially when compared to other headphones in their price range like the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

6.0 Stability

The Turtle Beach Recon 50 are moderately stable. They are just tight enough on the head to not move around much and since they are fairly lightweight, the ear cups do not slide or move around as much as some of the bulkier gaming headsets. Unfortunately, since their cable is not detachable it will yank the headphones off your head if it ever gets hooked by something.

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Sound

They have a deep and powerful bass, an even mid-range, and a decently balanced treble. However, their bass delivery is prone to major inconsistencies across multiple users, their mid-range sounds cluttered and thick especially on vocals, and their treble lacks a bit of detail. Overall, they have a decent sound which should cater well to most genres, especially bass-heavy ones, but may not be the best choice for vocal-centric or classical music.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
-2.04 db
Treble Amount
:
-5.7 db
5.3 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
1.8 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 50 have a poor frequency response consistency. In the bass range, the maximum amount of deviation across our five human subjects is more than 24dB at 20Hz. This is quite significant and noticeable. Even at 100Hz, there is more than 12dB of deviation across multiple users. The treble range, on the other hand, has a good and consistent delivery.

8.0 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.75 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-1.06 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.59 dB
High-Bass
:
4.71 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x have a great bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music is within 1dB of our neutral target. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of kick drums, is also within 1dB of our target which is great. However, high-bass responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by almost 5dB. This makes the bass boomy and muddy sounding. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

6.7 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.41 dB
Low-Mid
:
6.19 dB
Mid-Mid
:
3.86 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.41 dB

The mid-range reproduction is about average. The response is quite even and balanced throughout the range but with a 5dB tilt favoring lower frequencies, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump. This thickens the vocals and makes the overall sound a bit cluttered.

7.3 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.1 dB
Low-Treble
:
-2.62 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-3.13 dB
High-Treble
:
-6.82 dB

The treble performance is above-average. The response is relatively even and balanced throughout the treble range. Low-treble is underemphasized by more than 2dB, which along with the narrow 10dB dip at 5KHz reduces the detail and brightness of vocals and instruments a bit. On the upside, the response in the sibilance range (6KHz-10KHz) is well-balanced, so they won't sound too sharp on S and Ts.

7.5 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.56 db
Dips
:
1.38 db
8.9 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.14
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.93
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.11

The imaging performance is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.14, which is great. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay is within the audibility threshold. The large spikes in group delay below 20Hz are not in the audible range, so shouldn't have a noticeable negative effect on the sound. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.

5.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.51 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.86 dB
PRTF Distance
:
4.75 dB
Openness
:
8.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.9

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x have a sub-par soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a little pinna activation, and the interaction is not very accurate. There's not a notch present around the 10KHz area either. This and their closed-back design suggest a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in-front.

7.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.623
WHD @ 100
:
0.197
4.1

Isolation

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X have bad isolation. They are not active noise cancellating and they don't seal tight enough to reduce ambient noise levels very much, except for some chatter. Since they don't leak a lot though, you can always increase the volume to block out surrounding noise and chatter.

2.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-7.21 dB
Bass
:
0.63 dB
Mid
:
-1.75 dB
Treble
:
-20.48 dB

The isolation performance of the Recon 50X is sub-par. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they don't provide any isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve less than 2dB of isolation, which is barely noticeable. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they isolate by about 20dB, which is about average.

6.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.65 dB

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X have a decent leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 500Hz and 2KHz, which is not too broad. The overall level of the leakage is not very loud either. With the music 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 42dB SPL and peaks at 54dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of an average office.

8.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
Yes

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x have a great boom mic. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this microphone will sound full, natural, detailed, and present. In noisy situations, this mic is able to separate speech from background noise to a good degree even in loud environments, like a subway station or a game competition.

8.9 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.34 dB
HFE
:
9805.86 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.303
Gain
:
28.07 dB

The recording quality of the boom mic is excellent. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 20Hz, which is great. This results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 9.8KHz is very good too and means recorded speech will be detailed and present. The response between the LFE and HFE points is flat and even, so the speech would sound natural.

7.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
25.52 dB

The boom microphone of the Recon 50X is good at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 26dB in our SpNR test, which means it is able to separate speech from ambient noise to a good degree in even in very loud environments.

0

Active Features

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X do not have any active features. They are completely passive headphones with no companion app support.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A

These wired headphones do not have any battery.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

There is no companion app available for the Turtle Beach Recon 50X and they are not supported by the Turtle Beach Audio Hub.

3.6

Connectivity

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x are wired headphones that do not support Bluetooth. The included TRRS cable works with most devices but may require a separate adapter in order to use the microphone with a PC. Since they are wired there is no measurable latency, which is great for gaming or watching videos.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Turtle Beach Recon 50X are wired headphones and do not support Bluetooth. For good wireless gaming headphones, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

As the TB Recon 50X are wired, there is effectively zero latency.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 4 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms

The included 1/8" TRRS cable is universal and works with PS4 and Xbox One controllers for audio and microphone. It can be used with a PC as well, but most computers will require a Y-adapter which is not included, unlike the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

There is no charging station or dock for the Recon 50X. For good wireless headphones with a dock, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition.

In the box

  • Turtle Beach Recon 50X Headphones
  • Detachable Mic
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x are a budget gaming headset with a decent mic. They're lightweight and easy to use but their plasticky build quality is not on par with other headphones and gaming headsets in their price range. They also do not have the best fit around your ears, the cups are somewhat shallow, and the pads a bit stiff. On the upside, the mic is detachable so you can use them outdoors but they won't be as versatile as some of the other models compared below. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50, the best PS4 headsets and the best gaming headsets.

Turtle Beach Recon 70
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Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 and Turtle Beach Recon 50X models are very similar, but the Recon 70 might be a better option thanks to their more comfortable design and better sound profile. However, the Recon 50x have an excellent microphone and outperform the Recon 70 in that regard. Overall, since the recording quality of the Recon 70’s mic is still good, we suggest grabbing them instead of the 50x.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 are a better, wired headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 50X. The Stealth 300 have a better-built design that's more comfortable to wear during long gaming sessions. They also feel a lot more durable than the Recon 50X and have a better-balanced sound that caters to a greater genre of music and games. They also come with 3 other audio profiles you can cycle through. The only factors that should make you choose the Recon 50X over the Stealth 300 are price and battery life, since the 50X are completely passive, unlike the 300 which run out of battery and have no passive playback.

5.6 Mixed Usage

The Turtle Beach Recon 50x are below-average mixed usage headphones. They're a decent option for gaming thanks to their great boom mic and low latency wired connection. Unfortunately, they have a plasticky build quality that does not feel very durable, and an awkward fit that causes a lot of seal issues and makes them a poor choice to use in loud, noisy environments. They also won't be as convenient as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed since they are limited by the relatively short range of their audio cable.

6.6 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. These are not the most comfortable headphones to wear for long listening sessions, but on the upside, they have a decently well-balanced sound. They have a good and extended bass and a decent treble range that's not too sharp. Unfortunately, the high-bass/low-mid bump does make them sound a little muddy and cluttered. They won't be the ideal headphones for more neutral listeners since they have a muddy sound and can't create a good soundstage but they should sound decent enough for most listers and for gaming.

5.0 Commute/Travel

Poor headphones for commuters. The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x don't have any active features, and don't have a noise cancellation feature, so they can't block out the noise of a busy subway platform or a bus engine.

5.7 Sports/Fitness

Disappointing headphones for sports. They have mediocre stability and won't fall during brisk movements, but they are a bit bulky and could get in the way during workouts. Since they are wired, the cable will get in the way during intense workouts.

5.3 Office

Disappointing headphones for use at work in an office. They have decent comfort, but they are a bit bulky and get warm with longer listening sessions. They have decent leakage, and you can listen in peace without bothering your neighbors.

5.2 Wireless Gaming

Decent headphones for gaming. The Turtle Beach Recon 50p / 50x produce decent sound that works well for in-game sound effects and deep bass, but voice isn't as clear. The detachable microphone has excellent recording quality. They are wired, so there is no latency, but they don't have any customization options unlike many other gaming headphones.

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