(AVguide.com and The Perfect Vision are always on the lookout for innovative new ways to enjoy surround sound, and so our curiosity was piqued by a recent Turtle Beach press release announcing the firm’s Ear Force DSS device, which promises to deliver 7.1-channel surround sound via headphones. We present the text of the Turtle Beach press release along with some images of the DSS, below.).
Elmsford, N.Y., May 25, 2010 – Turtle Beach, leaders in premium gaming headsets and audio entertainment accessories, today unveiled its new Ear Force DSS, a 7.1 channel Dolby surround sound processor that delivers full, immersive surround sound through any stereo headset. The Ear Force DSS is the perfect complement to the company’s extensive lineup of performance stereo headsets (including Ear Force X31, X11, XLC, Z1 and PX21), that instantly transforms any gaming, movie-watching or other audio listening experience via digital outputs from XBOX 360, PS3, PC and other sources such as Blu-ray or DVD players. The DSS device delivers convenient “plug-and-play” technology that also instantly upgrades audio from analog stereo sources to Dolby Pro Logic® IIx for virtual surround sound.
“As consumers enjoy more and more HD and 3D entertainment content, or just want to breathe new life into a favorite pair of stereo headphones, our new Ear Force DSS is the ultimate audio accessory,” said Michael Arzt, VP Marketing and Business Development, Turtle Beach. “When it’s all about getting the most-immersive gaming or movie watching experience, our new DSS sound processor is the ‘bolt-on supercharger’ that takes you there.”
With the Ear Force DSS and their favorite headphones, 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.
Other key features and benefits of the Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS include:
The Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS is just one of several exciting new Turtle Beach products and accessories that will debut at the upcoming E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 15th – 17th, 2010. The Ear Force DSS has an MSRP of $89.95 and is available now on the Turtle Beach web site www.turtlebeach.com and will be available soon at other online retailers and major US and Canadian retail stores. Turtle Beach premium gaming and audio products are available at Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon.com, Newegg, Meijer, Best Buy Canada, The Future Shop and other fine retailers. Turtle Beach products are distributed in Europe by Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ www.madcatz.com.)