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Surround Sound Headphone Adaptor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by JVC

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  • Plays the following formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, MPEG-2 AAC, PCM
  • Surround functions: Dolby Headphone (Studio/Cinema/Hall), Dolby Pro Logic II (Auto/Movie/Music)
  • Optical digital mini-jack
  • Line-in analog cord
  • Requires 2 AA batteries


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JVC
  • Model: SUDH1
  • Color Name: Black

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 10.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ETBZ5G
  • Item model number: SUDH1
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Amazon.com

With more portable media players capable of playing movies, wouldn't it be great to listen to them in surround sound? If you've invested in a quality pair of headphones or earphones for your home or portable entertainment, here's a wonderful adapter that'll upgrade your stereo sound. The JVC SU-DH1 Surround Sound Headphone Adapter uses Dolby Headphone technology to provide 5.1-channel surround sound through any two-channel headphones. The slim, wallet-sized JVC SU-DH1 weighs in at just 3.5 ounces with two AA batteries installed and easily connects to a laptop computer, portable DVD player, handheld video game system, or other portable product. With Dolby Headphone technology, it delivers virtual surround sound on-the-go from multimedia material labeled with Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS-ES, and MPEG-2 AAC. In addition, the headphone adaptor includes Dolby Pro Logic II. This means that it can provide surround sound from two-channel sources like in-flight movies, portable music players, and portable game systems. It offers three different Dolby Headphone modes: the DH1 replicates a studio environment - a room with little reverberation; the DH2 replicates a typical listening room environment and the DH3 delivers a theater or concert hall effect. You can select among three Dolby Pro Logic II settings: Auto, Movie and Music. In Auto mode, the DH1 automatically selects the Movie or Music mode, selecting just the right input source. Movie is selected when the source is digital DVD or analog, and Music is selected when the source is CD. The Movie mode is used with Dolby Surround entertainment. Music is used for any two-channel music source. The JVC SU-DH1 comes with an analog input cord that can be stored easily into the bottom of the unit. There is also an optical digital mini jack for use with an optional connecting cord. Two AA batteries provide approximately 10 hours of use.

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Surround Sound Headphone Adaptor

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My son keeps borrowing it for use with his PC video games.
Dennis L. Coonich
I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a set of NiMH rechargeable batteries, preferably with a "quick" (15-minute) charger.
Christopher Nielsen
It makes my DVD's sound great and it is so small and light.
Ben Dover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Dover on March 22, 2006
I travel alot and enjoy watching DVD's on the plane with my laptop. This device does a Dolby Digital Surround Sound using any kind of headphone.

It makes my DVD's sound great and it is so small and light.

I have also used this with my Video ipod for watching video's in surround and I was blown away.

Highly recommended !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Boyce on November 10, 2006
This unit sounds super. With a noise reducer headset and this unit, my TV sound is great! However, this unit goes through batteries like crazy. It's too bad JVC didn't allow for an external power source.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Jolly on November 4, 2007
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Highly recommended if you need to game with headphones a lot.

I'm using it with an Xbox 360 (connected via optical SPDIF cable), on the DH1 setting, with Sennheiser Ovation HD650 headphones.

Optical digital connection is very important. If you connect it via the analog connection, you're not going to get anything like the same experience.

PROS

- Great price, much cheaper than getting a DH enabled receiver.

- Great for gaming (and probably also other 5.1 sources like movies). It really is night and day compared to using headphones without this device, especially for FPS games like Halo 3 and Bioshock where directionality of sound really does matter. Creates a very smooth "out of your head" soundfield, can be a life saver in Halo online. Very easy on the ears. Initially I found myself taking the headphones off to check my surround speaker system wasn't accidentally turned on!

CONS

- 2 channel music - just ok. Certainly takes the music "out of your head", but quality/detail does suffer IMO, particularly the higher frequencies (some 'ringing'?). May not be as noticable with less revealing headphones?

- Battery operated (does NOT accept a power supply, contrary to one other review here). Eats batteries (approx couple of hours with 2 AA alkalines?). Would be nice if it had a DC in socket for non-mobile use. Not the end of the world though - NiMh rechargables are pretty cheap these days...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nielsen on May 29, 2007
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The JVC SU-DH1 is a very simple, elegant product: it provides full 5.1-channel surround sound through a set of standard headphones. And it works very well: the surround experience is just as enjoyable through headphones, without disturbing others. Thanks to this product, I can now enjoy movies late at night -- at full volume levels -- without having to worry about disturbing my neighbors.

The only downside to this product is that it consumes batteries very quickly. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a set of NiMH rechargeable batteries, preferably with a "quick" (15-minute) charger. I bought a Duracell 15-minute charger and a set of four NiMH batteries, and they work very well in this JVC.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FireHawk on June 30, 2006
I'm a HUGE proponent of Dolby Headphone processing. I have the Pioneer Wireless SE-XB1 headphone set at home and I feel comfortable in saying they are the single best tech purchase I have ever made.

That being said, this box does perform the Dolby Headphone process, but the output is low volume and seems to lack frequency range. I tried several sources both analog stereo and digital and several headphone on the other end. The digital is obviously a bit better because it is true 5.1, but still the low end is lacking no matter what headphones I use.

I'm going to use it mostly between my MP3 player and headphones just to play stereo music. I realize I'm not using the device to its fullest this way, but I actually bought it specifically for that. Once I started using DH on my laptop's music player, PowerDVD, I just can't go back to plain stereo in headphones ever again.
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