Chatting with the F540 and the Xbox 360 proved easy enough. We simply attached the included patch wire to our controller and headset, and were happy with the in-game results.
The F540's transmitter base is small and thin, though it does require its own power. It's tiny enough that it won't clash with your home theater setup, though it should probably be in your line of sight for charging and PS3 chat functionality.
Around back, three separate audio connections can be made: two analog RCA audio inputs and one 1/8-inch headphone jack input. If you're left with an RCA audio source and just the headphone jack, a cheap adapter can be purchased separately.
A lot of wireless headset manufacturers make a big deal about creating true in-ear Dolby Digital surround. Of course the F540 isn't capable of such things, but after using the system for more than a week, we're not sure a set like the Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 or the Tritton AX 720 is really worth the price differential. Neither of these aforementioned products supports simultaneous system switching, though the X41 can handle two separate sources.
The F540 does a great job of directional firing, so even though there aren't multiple speakers in each earcup, we were left with most of the surround-sound experience.
The only area where these surround-sound headsets can trump the F540 is in bass output. In terms of actually weight, the audio from the F540 wasn't always as rich as we've experienced in the past with other products. Other than bass issues, the sound performance out of the headset is spot-on. Not once did we get audio dropout, and the headset's range is well beyond any practical playing distance.
The various volume controls on the left earcup provide all the customization you'll need to get a desirable mix of game and chat audio. It may take a few rounds of trial-and-error tweaking, but after five or six rounds of Medal of Honor multiplayer, we had smoothed out all the wrinkles.
Here you'll also use the input button, which we found responded quickly to each tap. A microphone mute button sits next to the volume controls, which temporarily cuts off communication. Of course, sliding the boom mic up and out of sight does the trick as well.
With surround-sound headsets priced up to $200, we think most gamers will be satisfied with the Logitech F540 Wireless Gaming Headset at $50 cheaper. The headset's solid sound would be almost perfect if it supplied a bit more bass, but between the multisystem support, internal battery, and onboard volume controls, the system should have you covered for any console gaming situation--not to mention any other source you can throw at it.