As ar as the protection plan, your credit card will double the warranty to 2yrs for free. SquareTrade offers a 4yr plan for $41 from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/SquareTrade-4-...e+trade+4-year
which is the one I'm going with(make sure you select the right price range btw-$200-250).
A few quick bullets/observations:
-First thing I can tell you is these are EXTREMELY comfortable. Most comfortable I've ever had by far. Very thick/plush. It follows because my X41's were great in that repect also; TB has always done well there. They seem very light. I say that because I forgot they were even on my head, which I guess proves the point. My Tritton Warheads for the 360 are comfortable, but even they leave you a little sore after marathon sessions.
-The physical set up is EZ/same as others: plug the optical cable into the console/headset receiver, USB power cable into console/headset receiver, then pair(they already come paired btw).
-geez, there's a lot of buttons to learn: Music, Game, or Movie. Then once you pick the mode, you pick the subset within the mode. Ex: Game has Signature Sound(TB's configuration), Shooter, Racing, or Sports. Movies/Music also have their own subsets. Then there's the mic button(setting for hearing yourself)-mute, low, and high. The mic boom itself is flexible. The mic button is actually my 1st criticism. On low I don't hear myself loud enough, on high it's a tad loud-it has a slight reverberation in your inner ear. Would've liked a complete volume control, not 2 choices. The game/chat volume really has to be adjusted on a per game basis. Destiny required some adjusting between my headset controls and the in-game menu audio. One party everything was perfect, the other I could barely hear them w/ the chat turned full up. Keep in mind, ALL gaming headsets have that depending on the game to some extent. One thing to try is turn the in-game volume down to its lowest setting w/o being off. Then adjust the headset's volume from there. This gives the headset complete control of the sound. The type and subset in the sound modes is well-rounded, and is denoted by the number of tones. Ex: one tone is TB's signature sound, two tones is shooter, etc. same for Game, Movie, or Music.
-it's nice to have a USB charging cable. There's an outlet by my Lazy Boy which I've plugged in a Monster 2-outlet w/ USB plug-ins. I set these down on the end table, plug in to 'em and start charging. There's a light on the bottom of the right ear cup which goes out when fully charged. I haven't tested to see if it's really 15hrs like on the box(thought I saw 10hrs in the manual???). I've only used them for a couple of hours so far.
-Now what you're all waiting for: the surround processing. Well, I'm not gonna post too much yet, because I've only used them for 2hrs. It takes awhile to avoid knee-jerk reactions, and give an objective assessment. At least you know they weren't god-awful, or I'd be telling you that LOL. Also, keep in mind my Warheads for the 360, while overpriced($300), processed the surround VERY, VERY, well. I'm talking really localized effects, much better than my X41's were. I wanna use these for another day or two b4 I make an unfair critique/comparison. Just because they *MIGHT* not be as good as my Warheads, DOESN'T mean they're not still very good. After all, the 500X's were 25% cheaper. I will say again, there was nothing bad about the surround by any means. I just haven't had them long enough to tell you if they're excellent or not.
Hope that helps, more to come later...
Forgot to mention, these things get plenty loud in your ear. No problems w/ volume. Also, there's been ZERO interference so far. My MacBook is open right next to me and the headsets w/ the router direct line of sight 11' away, so once in awhile(maybe two or three times total 5hrs) the sound cut out completely, but for like literally a second. Closed the MacBook, hasn't happened again. I'm also noticing much more detail in sound effects-footsteps, reloading the gun, etc. are all crystal clear. More to come...