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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and reliability. The bass quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the comfort and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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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...

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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...

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Awesome! Sounds great!


Simulated 7.1 DSS sounds awesome in games (Battlefield, CoD, etc.). The bass in Battlefield is just amazing and in Call of Duty you can hear all around you.

7.1 Surround Sound Sounds Great ; Increases the bass

Little more than I wanted to pay for ; Optical Cable is really cheap


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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS




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Very nice, works perfectly


All in all a VERY good product and the bottom line is that it works! The build quality feels solid and the switches are very nice, BUT the audio quality is why you should buy this. If you have made the switch to gaming with headphones for whatever...

This unit is incredible. By using the 5.1 or 7.1 encoding from your PC or Xbox 360 (PS3 also) the DSS gives you situational awareness for stereo headsets. The DSS works, plain and simple. Playing any FPS i can detect footsteps/or enemy fire above,...

The only con i can think of deals with the USB pass-through. When you turn the DSS off (on/off switch on side) the USB pass-through stays powered, providing power to whatever you have plugged in. My x11's stay on (LED on x11's stays lit) and i have to...

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Good but not for the price.


Bass Boost on max may cause distortion on some headphones! Take off the plastic tips on the Optical-In cables. I tried to plug my Optical cables in with the plastic tips on and was wondering why it would not fit :P

Improved sound quality for any headset you use with it ; Improved bass even when bass boost is off ; Looks sexy, uses blue LED's :D ; Has a Dolby Bypass button. This transfers between stereo and Surround Sound ; Can hear footsteps from farther away ; I...

Not surround sound.. I used it on black ops so that may be the problem. I set it up correctly, I went into audio settings in BO and on the xbox but It doesn't have much directional Sound IMO ; When bass boost is too high on the X11's, there is tons of...

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Great if you are using it as a portable amp. Make sure to buy a 100$ sound card if u want something just for your desktop though. You wil get much better sound. I can def see this being pretty solid if you are using it to watch movies with your...

IF u are using this for a portable device, it is nice and def improves sound quality for the price

If you are using it for your desktop, just buy a sound card for 70-100. It will give you far better sound quality, and the simulated 3d on sound cards is much better. I think it shouldnt be this expensive

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Surprisingly good


The price is better than $100 tag it debuted with ; Adds depth to sounds and ambiance ; Can be used with ipod,and other devices ; Has a toggle switch so you can compare the before and after

Still kinda pricey but worth while if you need a better sound quality. I can now hear people walking behind me in COD. I can pretty much tell what surface they're walking on, which direction, and what kinda shoes they have on! lol

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Pretty Good Device


I have never tried true 5.1/7.1 headphones, so I can't compare it to that. I have to wonder also if using a Turtle Beach headset specifically made to work with the Earforce DSS would sound more accurate.

Easy set up, almost works "out of the box." It does add 3-dimensional ambiance to the sound, but does it sound truly 7.1? I'm not sure. E.g., I once had enemies in front of me and they sounded like they were behind me. I have nice, studio quality...

Can't think of any, other than what I've said above already. I like it so far

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Surround Sound Processor


OVERVIEW: I first owned a set of wireless headset x31. They got too much interference with all my electronics in my home (plasma tv releases lots of distortion). I then purchesed the PX21 for my ps3, good stereo headsets. Then decided to try the DSS....

PROS ; 1. Easy Setup ; 2. More enriched sounds ; 3. Improves stereo headsets ; 4. Does what is advertises

CONS ; 1. Too pricey ; 2. Only Pseudo Surround Sound (obviously utilizing stereo headsets)