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Ear Force DSS 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor

Platform : Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X
221 customer reviews

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  • Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound processor
  • Works with any stereo headset or headphones
  • Headphone amplifier with variable bass boost
  • Digital optical and analog stereo inputs
  • Works with XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Mac
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Product Description

The Ear Force DSS 7.1 channel Dolby surround sound processor transforms any stereo headset into full, immersive surround sound for playing Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC games and watching movies with Blu-ray or DVD players. It works with any set of stereo headphones and is the perfect complement to the Turtle Beach Ear Force series of stereo gaming headsets (X31, X11, XLC, Z1, Z2 and PX21). The optical digital input easily connects to a game console or media player for Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound and the analog input can also be used to upgrade analog stereo audio sources to Dolby Pro Logic IIx for virtual surround sound. A bass boost control adds sub-woofer effects for enhanced realism to any audio source.With the Ear Force DSS, video game and movie fans will be able to hear distinct audio events happening all around them, greatly enhancing the overall experience and rewarding gamers with a newfound competitive edge. DSS users playing games and watching movies on their game consoles will actually hear the 7.1 surround sound from certain 5.1 channel audio tracks via additional “hidden” channels called Dolby EX.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS - 5.1 | 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor

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Overview

The Ear Force DSS works with any set of stereo headphones and is the perfect complement to the Turtle Beach Ear Force series of stereo gaming headsets (X31X11XLCZ1, Z2, and PX21).

The optical digital input easily connects to a game console or media player for Dolby 5.1/7.1 channel surround sound and the analog input can also be used to upgrade analog stereo audio sources to Dolby Pro Logic IIx for virtual surround sound. A bass boost control adds sub-woofer effects for enhanced realism to any audio source.

With the Ear Force DSS, video game and movie fans will be able to hear distinct audio events happening all around them, greatly enhancing the overall experience and rewarding gamers with a newfound competitive edge. DSS users playing games and watching movies on their game consoles will actually hear the 7.1 surround sound from certain 5.1 channel audio tracks via additional hidden channels called Dolby EX.

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Dolby 5.1 | 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Technology Click here to enlarge

Dolby 5.1 | 7.1 Channel Surround Sound

The DSS uses immersive Dolby Digital Surround Sound technology to greatly enhance your multimedia experience. Video game and movie fans will be able to hear distinct audio events happening all around them, greatly enhancing the overall experience and rewarding gamers with a newfound competitive edge.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx

With stereo audio sources, the Ear Force DSS Dolby Pro Logic IIx takes over. Using an advanced matrixing technology, the DSS creates an incredibly realistic virtual surround sound environment with greatly improved directionality over standard stereo audio.

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Bass Boost Effect

The Ear Force DSS has a variable Bass Boost feature, which enhances deep-bass effects and makes the audio even more dynamic. This is similar to adding a subwoofer to a home theater system where extra bass introduces additional depth to the overall sound. The Ear Force DSS Bass boost effect will allow you to hear deep audio cues that would otherwise be difficult to hear, resulting in a valuable advantage over your competition.

Multiple Input Options

Convenient digital and analog audio inputs make the Ear Force DSS versatile enough to connect to virtually any gaming or audio set up.

Powered by USB

The Ear Force DSS front panel pass-through connects to other USB devices for power or data transfer, reducing the number of USB ports needed in your gaming or audio set up. To use a wall outlet, an optional USB-to-AC power adapter is available from TurtleBeach.com so the device can be used with a Blu-Ray or DVD player.

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The Ear Force DSS is also a full function headphone amplifier. Click here to enlarge
S/PDIF-to-Analog Converter

In Bypass mode, the Ear Force DSS becomes an audio converter that accepts a digital optical input and outputs a decoded analog signal. This allows you to connect a digital source such as a game console or Blu-ray/DVD player to other devices such as a home theater receiver via standard stereo analog audio connections.


Product Details

  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B003O0KICS
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches ; 8.3 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,656 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By csmith400 on June 28, 2010
If you are traveling, and you need something that can handle optical 7.1 channel audio, this is a fine item to bring along. It's a little smaller than a pack of smokes and can be run off of a usb to ac adapter. I live in a small apartment in Japan, so I don't have space for a huge sound system. Also, I suffer from insomnia, and sometimes I want to play a game or watch a movie late at night. This gadget allows me to hook up some good headphones and enjoy my movies and games without being a pain to my roommates or neighbors.

It's also worth noting that the surround sound, even on standard headphones, is remarkably well-done. I have been testing it with Metal Gear Solid 4 on my ps3, which I connected to the unit with an optical cable. I'm hearing things I never noticed before in the game, and I really can sense the location of enemies and other things by sound alone with this device.

I think audiophiles would prefer other DACs for listening to cds or lossless music, but if you want a surround sound system that can fit in your pocket or go with you on a trip, or want to be able to listen to surround sound without disturbing your neighbors or flatmates, this is what you've been waiting for.

My only other suggestion is to use good headphones with this unit. It'll work with whatever you hook into it, but better headphones will reveal the high-quality bass, mid, and treble sound that this unit produces.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on April 14, 2011
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Overall, the Turtle Beach is great little Dolby Headphone surround sound processor for gaming/movies/etc.

Dolby Headphone surround scales up nicely with nicer headphones. However, know that some headphones work better than others for gaming and surround sound. You want to pair this with headphones that have a large "soundstage" with good positioning within that soundstage. These will give you the best surround sound effect. There's more information on the interwebz about this if you look for it, but 'll list a few solid headphone recommendations below...

Good Headphones for gaming:
- Koss KSC75 - not bad for $15 :)
- Sennheiser HD558/598/PC360 Headset
- Audio Technica AD700
- Beyerdynamic 880/990/MMX300 Headset
- AKG K701/K702

I also own an Astro Mixamp 5.8, and I've compared the two. A lot of people debate which to get so I'll give you some info on them both:

- Sound quality wise they are essentially the same. They both have the same Dolby chip in them, so the surround quality is identical. I will say that the Ear Force DSS has a more powerful bass boost and its adjustable, while the Mixamp 5.8's bass boost is more subtle and simply on/off.

- Functionality wise they are different. You are paying more for the Astro mixamp for better build quality, features, and functionality (and its wireless!). The DSS is a cheaper bare bones processor but it does a fine job for what it was designed to do. It doesn't have good support for microphones and voice chat. Its designed to be paired with Turtle Beach headsets, and third party headsets can't use their mics with it. The Astro mixamp however adds voice/game mixing features and is compatible with third party headsets.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James on September 30, 2010
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Like any self respecting gaming/movie buff college grad, one of my top priorities for survival after graduating was a solid entertainment system. To this end I got myself a PS3, hooked it up to my TV and z-5500 5.1 surround sound speaker set (I know, fancy right?). This set-up was pretty fantastic, especially for the price of entry, and served me well for a couple years.

Then, one stormy night, lightening struck way to close to my apartment complex. Actually, it might have even hit our complex, I don't know as I wasn't actually at home that night. Unfortunately, that managed to fry some of my stuff. I even had one of the Ethernet ports on my PC get zapped, because (and I did a little research on this because I thought it was so weird) the Ethernet cable was so long (coiled up 25' cable) and the lightning struck so close the it acted like an antenna and picked up a ton of EM. FYI, I guess it happens.

Anyway, the z-5500s were also a casualty. I decided that since I had an excuse I should maybe just invest in serious speakers. In the mean time, I definitely needed something to provide sound! TV speakers just don't cut it for gaming. After doing a ton of back and forth on the Astro A-40 mix-amp vs. cans with multiple drivers, I settled on a virtual surround processor with "real" headphones as the answer. Instead of the Astro mix-amp though, I decided to give this new kid a shot. Because this is cheaper. Hah.

The Ear Force DSS itself feels well put together. It doesn't have the heft of a serious gadget, but really it's just a processing chip after all. Actually, it is pretty much feather light. No rough edges on the matte plastic case, and it fits together nice and snug. The volume knob has some nice resistance that gives it a pretty good feel.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Simple Shopper on November 10, 2010
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Well, teamed up with my px21s this little box is a dream. It actually does work, and my game play has gone up by loads on Black Ops.

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Thought I would update now that I have spent some time with the device. I am still loving everything about it. I took a while to find the perfect balance between the px21 settings and the dss setting, but I have found it and the sound is amazing.
All I have played is Black Ops and as we know the sound with the game still has some issues, but even so it works a treat. I can hear enemy footsteps/rc car engine from afar and also what direction it is coming from. I can not count the amount of times I saved myself from a certain death by knowing which way the enemy is coming from.

My kills have also shot up, where as before I was a very below average player, I end up now in the top three much more often than not. My K/D ratio has gone from .45 in MW2 to 1.25 in B Ops. And all of this changed since the day I started using the headphones and the DSS.

So yes I am 100% convinced this little gadget was worth the buy and I would recommend it 100%.

It works very well with turtle bay headphones.
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