Originally Posted by Firepr00f
I'm a Mac user as well, and while I like all the features of the set, and the generally positive reviews, I'm not going with Turtle Beach since Mac isn't supported. I don't feel like jumping through hoops to get a $300 pair of headsets to work.
I think I'm going to try the Astro A50s first, as I can get them (and return them, if needed) at my local Best Buy. If they don't wow me, I'll try the SteelSeries H Wireless.
Just FYI, the TB 500x are retail $229, but are currently $199 on Amazon, not $300 as stated. If you want to spend $300, go ahead and pick up those Astros. I know I didnt want to spend that much.
And to answer the question, the headset will work without applying the firmware updates, you just dont get the options of pre-programming your specific sound fields that you can cycle through. I used them for a few days before applying the FW update just to make sure the FW didnt brick them because I bought them the day they were released. I honestly didnt hear any difference in the "Default" mode prior to or after the FW update, which is what I use. All of the other sound fields to scroll through seem like gimmicks to me (Heavy Bass mode, Music Mode, etc..)
And as stated earlier, this is currently the only 100% wireless solution for both sound and chat.
Hope this clears up some confusion. I dont think I am qualified as others to give a comparison to other headsets, as this is the first I have ever owned. I needed a 100% wireless mic, would have preferred a solution like the 360 clip on ear one so I could continue to use my 7.1 theater. Hopefully they will release somethign like that in the future.