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Troubleshooting Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Problems

Max holds a B.S. in mass communications from SIU, an M.A. in communications from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC can be crippled by various issues, including: overheating, chat or game echo, one side of the headset not working, buzzing and hissing in the headset, and more. Most of these problems can be resolved through troubleshooting, keeping you from having to fork over the cash for another nice headset or having to revert back to the headset that came with your gaming console.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset offers flexibility and can be used with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and computer systems.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset offers flexibility and can be used with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and computer systems.

Ear Force X12 Gets Hot When Hooked Up to PC

  • Too many USB devices connected to your computer can result in the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset becoming warm or even hot. One cause of this is that the PC's USB root hub can't handle the number of USB devices connected to your computer. Disconnect some other unnecessary USB devices from the computer and then try using the headset.
  • The headset's power supply may be damaged or not up to the task of handling the power demands of both the computer and the headset, even with no other USB devices connected. Check the computer's power supply for signs of physical damage, and also check the specifications on the power supply to see if it can handle the power needs of both the PC and the headset. If it can't, consider upgrading the PC's power supply.

One Side of X12 Headset Not Working

  • Make sure all of the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 audio cables are firmly connected. If the headset is connected to a PC, this means ensuring the green connector is plugged in firmly to the headphone jack on the PC, and if you're connecting the headset to a gaming console, this means ensuring the red and white audio cables are firmly connected to the correct audio outputs on the audio source and that those cables are firmly connected to the green connector on the headset's primary cable.
  • If you're encountering this problem listening to audio in a program on your computer, ensure that the balance output of the program is set to play in both the left and right channels and not just one channel.
  • If the headset works fine with a PC but you encounter this problem with a gaming console, try using a different 1/8-inch audio cable, if you have one, to connect the gaming controller to the headset. You can find these cables at most electronics stores or order them from Turtle Beach.

X12 Headset Buzzing/Hissing

  • Disconnect the charging cable from the wireless Xbox 360 controller and see if the noise goes away. A buzzing or hissing sound while the headset is connected to the Xbox 360 wireless controller can be the result of the charging cable and headset being connected to the controller at the same time.
  • You may be suffering the effects of a ground loop, which occurs when the headset is connected to two devices that are both plugged into an AC adapter with a grounding prong. Connect one or both of the power cables to two-prong adapters and then connect them to an AC outlet and see if you're still experiencing that specific problem.

Ear Force X12 Echo

  • You are likely playing the game and/or chat audio through both an external sound system and the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 headset. Access the sound settings in each gaming console and then set up the console to output all audio through the headset only. However, keep in mind that you'll need to change this setting when you don't want to use the headset.
  • Alternatively, if your gaming console is set correctly or you're hearing an echo in your headset during a game on one of the gaming consoles or on a PC, you may be hearing the external audio coming through the headset of someone in your party.

X12 Mic Not Working

  • The Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 microphone may be muted on your computer or gaming console. Checking your computer's audio settings to ensure the mic isn't muted and move the "Mute" button on the control plate on the headset's primary cable until the light on the control plate is green to un-mute the mic.
  • Make sure the chat volume isn't turned down in the gaming consoles audio settings or in your computer's audio settings.
  • Make sure the mic cable is firmly connected to the mic input jack on a computer or that the audio cables connecting the headset to the gaming console are all firmly connected.

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Klaudijus on May 26, 2018:

When i plug my pink cable, green cable and usb cabel the only cabel that works is green, when u plug in the usb cable on the little rectangle where shows mic mute or volume up the light doesnt light up for me what should i do?

Sully on June 07, 2017:

On my PC I can hear audio on google and on my desktop fine, but on any steam game or any form of communication I can't hear a single thing! HELP

jaden on January 23, 2017:

i got a x12 and had to wait to use now i am and it is saying i dont have a mic on the game but i do what the hell

Carl on May 24, 2015:

I put my x12 away for a little over a year. I got them out today, and everything works fine except the vox function. The mic won't stop transmitting. Is there a mic sensitivity issue that I don't know about?

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luis on June 21, 2014:

Hi I bought a x12 in October last year they worked fine until I recently tried to play on pc but other players say that my mic give loud static and I can figure out why

James J on October 11, 2013:

Help please, my turtle beach x12 mic is working I can hear people they hear me but the sound of the game is not playing through the headset? any suggestions please thanks

WitherdHarp on August 27, 2013:

PLEASE HELP! My X12s worked fine until I was booted from a party, and when I joined again I couldn't hear any chat audio(others were completely silent),but they could hear me and talk to each other. I made sure that all the wires are connected (externally, not inside the turtle beaches). This happened about 40 mins ago, and my turtle beaches are less than 1 year old.

benben_471 on July 25, 2013:

I was hoping you would be able to help me i have an echo issue but, its on the PC and its causing me to sound like a robot and the echo help only seems to work for the xbox

Joey on May 23, 2013:

I accidentally plugged my cord for the controller in the cord for the game sound and chat sound and vice versa. There is no green or red light on it's just off. I can't talk in the mic but I can faintly hear the game and chat volume. Is it broken or can I fix it?

Brandon on February 25, 2013:

I was in the middle of a game and my mic just turned off randomly. The light signaling whether its on or off has no light and I can hear faint audio.

Gabe on February 21, 2013:

So these headphones were working fine until I unplugged them from my computer and tried plugging in my sony headphones (I normally use them for my phone) Then the sony headphones didn't work and when I tried plugging in the turtle beaches there's no sound.

Andrew on February 02, 2013:

Hi I recently purchased the x12 headset and when i hook it up to my XBOX and play with my friends, it is constantly cutting them off and i can barely make out what they are saying. is it a problem with my headset or my internet? Thanks

James on January 16, 2013:

Hi Max, my X12's have been working perfectly up till a couple days ago, when I'm skyping with my friends, they say they can hear a buzzing noise from my mic - and I can hear it too (I assume because of the 'hear what you're saying' feature), I've only had the X12's for a couple months...

Leon on January 03, 2013:

Hello max , my x12's are working fine , ingame sound and all that but for some reason when i go to record my voice for videos it wont detect voice , all the cables are in the right colours and i have checked my audio , the only thing i can see wrong is that it says cable not detected but they are tight in ive tried a few times but its still not working , i only recently got them

Angrykid on November 30, 2012:

I'm getting extremely frustrated. I just bought the x12s today and I go to use them, everything's plugged in correctly, I can hear chat, my mic works, but I CAN'T HEAR THE INGAME SOUND. and it's driving me up the wall. I see others on the internet with the same problem, but I can't seem to find a friggen solution. Why won't it work... is it because I have an HDMI cable attached to my xbox?

daniel on November 26, 2012:

Hey i just got my turtle beach headset for the ps3 and have everything connected to the right spots but its not letting me change the audio device settings like i was told to do it wont let me use my mic i mean i can hear myself talking so i know it works its just that no one else can hear me any suggestions u have will be great. thx

Hi on November 06, 2012:


I got a problem with my new turtle beach x12 headset

whenever i hear something with this headset it is somehow recording or better sending the sounds i hear

at first i thought it was just too loud and the mic where toosensitive but then i realised it's the same problem if i mute the mic

I use windows 7 64-bit and I already tried several things in audio-options

thank you for your help in advance

p.s sorry for my bad english I'm not a native speaker but i think i made my point clear

Rodregas on October 28, 2012:

I got Windows 7 (Using it on a PC) and when i try to use the mic. It works fine and everything but when i speak into it. It plays the voice back to me and my sound control panel doesn't show the microphone. Can i turn off the playback in anyway or do i just have to live with it/ buy a PC made one.

Ben on October 18, 2012:

I have had my turtle beaches for about a month and they just broke I hate turtle beaches they are cheap B******

Michael on October 11, 2012:

Hello Max.

I have been having a problem with my Turtle Beach X12 Headset.

My Xbox Live friends have been telling me that my mic has been making ruffled/static noises. I believe it is when I move the wire that connects from the "volume controller" to the xbox controller.

This might just be a problem because I move/turn/spin the wire slightly when I move around (in real life).

I don't know if there is a way to fix this, or if I should just not move around at all (impossible).

Thanks if you can help.

William on September 21, 2012:

When ever i plug my turtle beach x12 Nothing happens.... It was working fine the day before but now i can't hear anything and my friends can't hear me.. help?

Mike on September 04, 2012:

My turtle beach X12's mic won't work. All wires and cables are plugged in properly but people still can't hear me. I'm not sure what's wrong could anybody please help?

Mathew on August 22, 2012:

I have to correct wiring and can hear everything I just can't see anything. Nothing

Rigo1226 on August 15, 2012:

Hello, my turtle beaches x12 for Xbox were working perfectly today and I unpluged them for a while and I connected them again and I can't hear any chat I put my volume all the way up but I can't hear my friends , they can hear me but I can't please help me.

Caleb on August 13, 2012:

Hey, my turtle beaches won't work at all. They worked fine a little while ago, but now the green light on the area where you change the volume is off. All my cords are placed correctly. Any help appreciated. Thanks

Gamv on August 13, 2012:

My friends hears themselves when im using my x12 headset, they say its really annoying is there a way to fix it, im using it on a pc with windows 7

miles on July 22, 2012:

i don't think my cord from the amp is connected to the cord in side the acctual headset. so how do i take apart my X12

Alex on July 12, 2012:

Hi I have the x12 and whenever i launch fullscreen applications the sound coming in from other sources (Teamspeak, mumble etc) go down so much I can't hear anyone talking. I have to relaunch the voip or apply new settings for the sound to come back to normal

Jesse on July 08, 2012:

I have the Xbox 360 I have the x12s and it shows the mic thing as if my mic is pluged I. Whitch it is. But they can't hear me. Only for a split second when I wiggle the USB cord into the port. Any ideas

andypee on July 04, 2012:

Hi, x12 problem. When plugged into xbox 360 controller I can't hear friends but they can hear me. When I unplug.them from controller its the other way around, I can hear them but they can't hear me. Please help.

max on July 03, 2012:

hey, i got the turtle beaches x12 and i plugged everything in properly but i can't hear the people in my xbox live party but they can hear me pls help me.

Jack Richards on July 03, 2012:


Apparentaly, my friends are telling my that my headset is making a staticy noise. I don't hear it, but they say its on and off. When i unplug the wire from the headset and plug it back in, it stops for just 5 seconds and starts the noise again. My headset is the Turtle beach earforce x12.



Jonnie on June 30, 2012:

hello... i have been having a problem with hearing people... they can hear me fine but i can BARELY hear them. I had them for i think almost 8 months and it worked fine and i could hear everyone perfect... then one day it didn't work for some reason... the hole on the left of the headset where the wires go in i would push more of the wire in and i could hear them like normal but now that dosent work... i think its something to do with the wires... please help... it seems like you have not been responding lately but i really need your help...

corey on June 24, 2012:

My friends can hear themselves after they talk in party chat on the xbox. it seems to be my mic but have no idea how to fix.

Kez on June 15, 2012:


let me quickly stress this my problem is not related to play n charge.

After around 15-30 mins people in my party start to hear a loud noise like static and buzzing and there is no way to stop it without removing the mic cable even when it is put back in it still will contiune making this noise until the xbox is rebooted, also sometimes when i first join a party or create on even though i can hear my voice in the background of the speakers there is no audio detection. I am sending these back tomorrow i just would like to know if you know what is wrong with it

My set up is as follows Xbox x12 HDPVR Surround sound TV

The X12's are directly pluged into the xbox cable of which the x12s are then pluged into the HDPVR and so on


Julian on June 13, 2012:

@brady as you see i had the same problem

I found a solution which isn't the best one probably but it works:

I turned down the audio recordinh volume in windows itself and moved the mic much closer to the mouth

hope this works for you too

brady on June 07, 2012:

i bought a set of x12's from a ebay store and i was getting complaints in chat like skype or steam chat they could hear my music playing thru the head set thru my mic when the mic was muted on the head set i returend them to the store and got a brand new set sent ... quess what... exactly the same problem so a friend i have on second life has the x11's so i told her to turn up some music and mute her mic n turn it up loud with mic muted thru her phones and i could hear her music thru her mic so there is definatly a design fault on the x series turtle beach of the what u hear in the phones relaying thru the mic out put even when its muted on the switch on the side .... try it for ure selves chat on skype or any other programme crank up the music in the phones ... mute ure mic n see if ure friend ure chattign with can hear it... so i wasted money rerturning them for a new set for the same fault....

Eric on June 07, 2012:

I have a dell inspiron 1525 , and when I go to the Recording tab in sound the Turtle beach pop's up and its all connected but it says it's disconnected. Help?

Micah on June 04, 2012:

Everything is plugged into my computer correctly and firmly, yet when i go to look in my audio devices i see nothing other than my sound system, i have looked everywhere yet i cannot get my headset recognized by my computer. The headset is a week old, and i have never tried to use it on my pc before.

Anthony on May 28, 2012:

I pluged everything in the right spot it comes on and the mic wont let me talk and isn't muted and the audio from the tv wont come on to my turtle beaches! please help me

Julian on May 24, 2012:


I got a problem with my new turtle beach x12 headset

whenever i hear something with this headset it is somehow recording or better sending the sounds i hear

at first i thought it was just too loud and the mic where toosensitive but then i realised it's the same problem if i mute the mic

I use windows 7 64-bit and I already tried several things in audio-options

thank you for your help in advance

p.s sorry for my bad english I'm not a native speaker but i think i made my point clear

Mike on May 02, 2012:

Alright so i just got a brand new xbox controller and the x12 turtle beach headset, only problem is i had bought a black controller to match the headset and every time i talked there was nothing but static so i exchanged the controller for another one. It did the same thing until i exchanged the black ones out for a white one, everything was working ok. Now im getting complaints that when i talk it sounds like theres a fan in the back ground and when i stop talking the mic still shows saying im still talking. *NOTE* I haven't had any problems until i started playing mw3. I have no idea what could be wrong and i definitely can't take it back to walmart to exchange it.

TheBigTiki24 on May 01, 2012:

Ok so my x12's mic isn't working. The sound from the game is find but when I speak it doesn't read through the headset of something.. But if I immediately plug in my x11's everything works fine.. I don't have money for a new one and have no other mic on acount of the x11's breaking. Please pease help.

Geneva on May 01, 2012:

Thank you Max. I'm going to best buy, they said to bring them in and get a new pair, i have no clue what could have caused the problem, they were fine! Thanks very much Max, i appreciate your help : )

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on May 01, 2012:

Hi Cath,

Make sure the mic aspect of the headset is enabled and turned up. I don't know what operating system you're using, but dig around in the audio settings for the mic component and check which mic is selected and the volume to see if this helps. I'll go home and connect my headset to my PC tonight and take a look at things and see how it's set up and let you know if I find anything out.



Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on May 01, 2012:

Hi Geneva,

I played around with my headset on the Xbox 360 and PC, and I can't replicate this problem at all or really get a grip on what could cause this. Sorry I couldn't help. I think your best bet is to get in touch with Turtle Beach, as this seems like an issue that's beyond me.



Cath on April 27, 2012:

Hello, i have the beaches x12 and they work perfect on the xbox but when i plug them into my desktop pc to use for skype and such, the mic does not work or isn't getting recognized whatsoever. Everything is plugged in and i can hear from them but the mic wont work, is there a way to fix it or is it a defect?

Geneva! on April 26, 2012:

also when i turn my chat volume up i hear voice more in right, and turn up game volume i hear them more in left ear

Geneva! on April 26, 2012:

Hi! so i reconnected all of the wires, and still not working, i can hear perfect out of the left side for the game volume, but i can't really hear it on the right side, but when i turn the chat volume up, i can hear perfect out of both sides, it was working last night, can you please help me!? :)

luke on April 25, 2012:

can you give me a step by step on were and how to do that on windows 7 please that would be great

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on April 25, 2012:

You'll have to change that in your audio output settings, and accessing that is, I think, slightly different depending which version of Windows you're using.



luke on April 25, 2012:

hi please help i plug my x12 in to the pc and i can't hear game sound i changed my headset to the default communication device instead of my internal but i can't change it to the default device for my sound please help

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on April 21, 2012:

Hey Jen,

Check the advanced audio options on your computer. That's about the only thing I can think of. Also, make sure all of the headset's cables are connected to the correct inputs. It is a strange problem. Also, check the audio settings associated with chatting on the game you're playing. I think that may be your problem.



Jen on April 20, 2012:

I bought these to play online multiplayer on my PC (Windows 7), and everything works great--can chat, hear the game--but other players' voices won't come through the headset. I can hear them on my speakers, but not the headset. They hear me fine when I talk into the mic, so I'm not sure what's going on. Any ideas, Max? Thanks!

Anthony on April 13, 2012:

It was a wire problem. I took it to the store and got a new pair. Thanks for trying though

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on April 13, 2012:

Hi Eric,

I'd disconnect other non-essential devices connected to the other USB ports on your computer, restart it and then connect your headset and see if it works. Try connecting the headset to another computer or a gaming system. If the headset works, it sounds like there may be an issue with your sound card, but I can't say for certain without seeing the computer.

Sorry I can't be more specific, but it doesn't sound like the problem is with your headset.



Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on April 13, 2012:

Hi Anthony,

Try connecting the headset to your computer to see if it works. If you're still experiencing the same problem, the headset cable may be damaged or defective in some way, and your best bet in that case is to contact Turtle Beach. However, if the headset works without issue when connected to the PC, navigate to the Sound part of your Xbox's settings and ensure the game and chat audio are both turned up, and that the system is set up to output audio to the headset. There is one other thing you can do: Connect a two-prong adapter to your Xbox 360's power cable and see if you still experience the problem.

Let me know if any of that works.



Anthony on April 11, 2012:

Also my mic does not work either. Is the amp not receiving power? Please respond. I have barely had them for a month

Anthony on April 11, 2012:

When I plug this in to my xbox using the correct component setup I get a very small amount of sound or no sound at all. Help?

Eric Beauregard on April 10, 2012:


When I hook up my mic to my PC, for some reason a problem occurs that I can't find a solution for on the internet. When I plug it in, with all the cables, the sound comes through for a second, then it dies and no sound comes out. When I then unplug it, no sound comes out of the computer until I shut it off and turn it back on. The mic won't work either, again, until I turn off my PC. I don't know what causes this, and I need help, please respond.

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on April 04, 2012:

Hi Brandon,

Do you get any sound if you don't put pressure on the wire? If you do and that sound is normal, I'd just let it be. Just because the wiring looks doesn't mean there's not a problem, and taking that piece apart may have made matters worse. You could try plugging the headset in to an iPod, other MP3 player or TV to see what kind of audio you get. I suspect this is a case where you'll need to contact Turtle Beach and cross your fingers you're still under some kind of manufacturer's warranty. Also, check the cable for damage. I have a buddy who ran over his all of the time with a rolling chair he sat in that messed up his headset over time.



Brandon Smith on April 03, 2012:

My wiring is messed up in my x12's. If i put pressure on the end of the wire going in to the control box thing, it will fade in and fade out. i opened it up, and looked at the wires, and I'm not electrician but everything looked okay to me. I'm not sure what else is going on but i really do not want to spend money on a new headset.

Max Dalton (author) from Greater St. Louis, Missouri on March 26, 2012:

Hi Brandon,

It sounds silly, but make sure the cables associated with the X12 headset are all connected to the correct matching-colored inputs. In your case, if you plugged the white audio cable into the wrong connector, such as the yellow video jack, you won't hear any audio.

Additionally, try connecting the headset to a computer and see what kind of audio you get. If you experience the same problem, your headset has a larger issue, but if you don't, reconnect the headset to your gaming console and make sure that all of the cables are firmly connected to the connectors.

Hope this helps.



Brandon Myers on March 23, 2012:

My left side of my headset is not working. It used to work fine but now it is just not working.