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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and bass quality are on the whole positive. The reliability and usability also get good opinions, but many are critical about the comfort and price.

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price, comfort

On average, users rate this product 85/100 and experts rate this product 60/100.

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Expert review by: Jeff Bakalar (

Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS review: Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS


Over the past few years, we've seen a noticeable spike in the amount of surround-sound headphone solutions aimed at the video game market. Turtle Beach has led this initiative most recently with the X41s , which do a solid job at recreating a...

Provides virtual surround sound in normal stereo headphones and headsets; works with video game consoles, PCs, Macs, and any other analog or digital source with an optical audio interface; solid bass booster; supports in-game chatting.

Inconsistent surround-sound performance; included cables may not be long enough; final set up is cluttered and awkward; no devoted AC power option.

Though the DSS has its moments of excellence, most are less than stellar. Factoring in the clutter associated with setting up such a device, we think gamers who are passionate about surround sound are better off buying something that natively supports...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Indybird (

Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS Review


Having a surround sound speaker system for games and movies is a definite advantage in immersion these days. Both games and movies have had surround sound (5.1 and 7.1) for a while now, but unlike movie-watchers, gamers are a little slower in adopting...

Solid Build Quality ; Stereo Enhancements ; Easy to set-up and use ; USB Powered + USB Passthrough ; Bass Control

Surround sound is very hard to distinguish ; Pro Logic IIX is slightly redundant

The Ear Force DSS is an interesting take on a concept that has been in development for a few years now. Surround sound simulation seems fairly reasonable from stereo headphones because we do, of course, only have two ears. However, I just don’t think...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Marty Sems (

Turtle Beach EarForce DSS


Surround-sound headphones—both real and simulated—have a checkered history. The trouble is that it's rare to find light, comfortable headphones a) in the style you prefer, b) with overall audio quality, and c) with believable multichannel imaging ...

Bottom line: Does the EarForce DSS help you discern front sounds from rear ones? It does, as we verified with our sound card's diagnostic routine that sent test noise to each channel one after the other. The effect may not be as starkly noticeable...

Consumer review by: Phil (

I'm so glad I got one."


I heard about this thing on a message board and decided it was just whatI was looking for, and I was stunned to find it was available in New Zealandas I'd never heard of anything like it. I'm amazed Mighty Ape don't advertise itmore instead of just...

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Devan (

Turtle Beach is my new be-ach!"


This affordable set is awesome if you have an existing head set that is ofgood quality. I played with these on my HD280 Sennheiser and they thumped! Theenviroment it created was fantastic, but it was fiddly with all the cords.I passed these onto a mate...

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: Abdullah (

Thumbs Up"


Just got the DSS recently gave it a quick run through and it seems to bepretty good. Im currently using TB EForce Px21's They're an amplified headset so adding the DSS just compliments it well,boosting up the bass and volume. So far I'd say a must have...

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Darren (

Worth the wait"


When the X41 headset was released it was a rather pricey device. I have beenwaiting for a local release of the DSS, and it's finally arriving. Definitely a great option for those that want Dolby Headphone surround in alltheir device, not just their...

Mar, 2011