Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor (PC/PS3/Xbox/Blu-ray/DVD players/Home Cinema etc) £25 officialturtlebeach @ Ebay and sold by Turtle Beach UK Official Distributor (Grade A but states Brand New product)
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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor (PC/PS3/Xbox/Blu-ray/DVD players/Home Cinema etc) £25 officialturtlebeach @ Ebay and sold by Turtle Beach UK Official Distributor (Grade A but states Brand New product)

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Found 14th Mar 2013
Seller is The Official Turtle Beach UK Distributor

471 in stock as I checked with the quantity box

"A brand new product undamaged and fully functional with absolutely no signs of wear. The item is not suplied in its original retail packaging and has been repacked into plain box packaging by the manufacturer."

"This product carries a 6 month warranty."

Okay so not as cheap as the Game deal I posted a while back:

hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…672

which was £20 delivered but this is still a good price. Worth having a look at that thread..


The Ear Force DSS 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby surround sound processor transforms any stereo analog headset into full, immersive surround sound for playing XBOX, PS3 or PC games and watching movies with Blu-ray or DVD players. It is the perfect headset or headphone accessory for audiophiles everywhere. It works with any set of standard stereo analog headphones and is the perfect complement to the Turtle Beach Ear Force series of stereo gaming headsets (XLC, XL1, X11, X31, P11, PX21, PX3, Z1, and Z2)

Manual: turtlebeach.com/sup…32/ (has links to DSS and DSS2)

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Original Poster

This is the DSS and not the DSS2.

The DSS I bought from Game has been working well. I've used it with headphones and also outputting the sound to stereo speakers via a line in connection.

Original Poster

Here's a link to some reviews of the product on Amazon UK: amazon.co.uk/Tur…ICS

This is basically just a USB Dolby Headphone DSP, right? Alright for consoles I guess, but for a PC then I'd probably go for a Xonar DG instead.

Edited by: "mamboboy" 15th Mar 2013

I've got some Turtle Beach Wireless headphones. ear force bravo modern warfare 3 ones I think.

can I use this with them or not? I can't work out how it would connect up if so.

I'm wondering how u hook up a wired mic to a ps3

What's the difference between the DSS and the DSS2 ?? Neither will decode DTS from what I can see... Still interested heat added! Missed out on the game.co.uk deal last time around.

a good product as long as you have decent headphones. I bought one when the game deal was on and you really do get a quality surround sound experience

searchersearcher

What's the difference between the DSS and the DSS2 ?? Neither will decode … What's the difference between the DSS and the DSS2 ?? Neither will decode DTS from what I can see... Still interested heat added! Missed out on the game.co.uk deal last time around.


have the dss2 and the only difference is the equalizer presets and variable speaker angles.

Original Poster

Gstar2006

I've got some Turtle Beach Wireless headphones. ear force bravo modern … I've got some Turtle Beach Wireless headphones. ear force bravo modern warfare 3 ones I think.can I use this with them or not? I can't work out how it would connect up if so.



turtlebeach.com/sup…68/

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sirspendalot

a good product as long as you have decent headphones. I bought one when … a good product as long as you have decent headphones. I bought one when the game deal was on and you really do get a quality surround sound experience



Yep, good headphones/earphones enhance the experience but they don't have to cost a fortune to reap the benefit of this device.

Ordered. I like the idea. Should be handy for my little setup, fingers crossed I can hide all the wires behind my monitor.

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mamboboy

This is basically just a USB Dolby Headphone DSP, right? Alright for … This is basically just a USB Dolby Headphone DSP, right? Alright for consoles I guess, but for a PC then I'd probably go for a Xonar DG instead.



For sole PC use there are probably better options. However, this device can be used with several devices; is compact; is reasonably priced and therefore may be more appealing to some people.

I and others have stated in the previous thread that they have connected it up to external speakers. I think someone even connected it up to the headphone socket of a TV and outputted the sound to external speakers...therefore making this device a great little amp. Yes it won't be up there with full scale A/V amps and setups but for those on a budget or can see it being used with one or more of their devices; then it is a worthwhile investment

Original Poster

Here is a link to a web page containing both the DSS and DSS2 manuals which should help answer some questions:

turtlebeach.com/sup…32/

Great product. The difference between DSS &DSS2 is that DSS supports Dolby 7.1 and DSS2 doesn't. You can use any headphones with both of them.

So from what I've read I need to plug this into a USB port on the Xbox, then the optical out cable into this and then a 3.5mm lead from this to the Earforce bravo box which is also plugged into USB and then it wirelessly transfers the surround sound to the wireless headphones?!?

I thought the bravo box was a pain in the bum having to be plugged into a USB port but adding this will give 2 boxes, 2 ports used up and more mess. Also means that when I want to charge my controller I have to pick between using the headphones with or without the DSS in the middle.

Sounds loads of faffing and will look a right mess..... But is it worth it?!?

I ordered this a couple of days ago from them. Well worth it, got it all set up today and its great playing games on my Xbox with 5.1 DD sound in my ears from my X12s.

It has a USB out port so you can put the headset USB into this too.

Edited by: "danhufc" 15th Mar 2013

babyboxer85

I'm wondering how u hook up a wired mic to a ps3




USB 3D sound card, they cost around £3. I use one with my MixAmp for game/voice volume balance.

I can help

I had the DSS2 but sent it back, most reviews said only get the DSS as it is better, if not as well built...

However the problem you will have is this...

Unless you have cat like ears you really will struggle to notice a difference,you see 5.1 et al needs space, space you dont get between your ear and the ear cup, that is the science of it...

is it worth £25 probably, but be prepared to be underwhelmed, a good pair of stereo headphones is all you need imo

I got this (DSS unit) with some with some Turtle Beach headphones. These aren't great for PC gaming unless you have a top end sound card (it has to output Dolby Digital Live* over optical output for most PC games, as they don't output Dolby Digital). It will play some games that output Dolby Digital Surround (often modern console conversions - Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs, etc; and also any movies formatted in Dolby Surround) perfectly well. But for the rest (i.e. most PC games) you're looking at the best part of £100 for a Dolby Live card.

Apparently some on-board Realtek sound cards do Dolby Live (so I read somewhere - mine certainly doesn't).

You can of course bypass the Dolby Surround processor and use whatever virtual surround processor comes with your sound card driver, it won't sound as good as this does when playing a proper Dolby surround game. I sacked them on the PC tbh and just them on the Xbox now.

As someone posted above, I too wouldn't recommend these for PC use, there are better alternatives. With the benefit of hindsight I wouldn't have bought this (They really sound great on the Xbox, so for console use I give it the thumbs up, but I really wanted them for use on an upstairs PC so I could crank up the volume to 11 at night without waking the rest of the house).

* "Live" in bold for a reason - just about every sound card does plain "dolby digital". It's not the same thing as I found out after hours of searching for the answer as to why games weren't lighting up the dolby light on the DSS unit.



Edited by: "flawed" 15th Mar 2013

flawed

These aren't great for PC gaming unless you have a top end sound card (it … These aren't great for PC gaming unless you have a top end sound card (it has to output Dolby Digital Live over optical output for most PC games, as they don't output Dolby Digital). It will play some games that output Dolby Digital Surround (often modern console conversions - Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs, etc; and also any movies formatted in Dolby Surround) perfectly well. But for the rest (i.e. most PC games) you're looking at the best part of £100 for a Dolby Live card.Apparently some on-board Realtek sound cards do Dolby Live (so I read somewhere - mine certainly doesn't).You can of course bypass the Dolby Surround processor and use whatever virtual surround processor comes with your sound card driver, it won't sound as good as this does when playing a proper Dolby surround game. I sacked them on the PC tbh and just them on the Xbox now.As someone posted above, I too wouldn't recommend these for PC use, there are better alternatives. With the benefit of hindsight I wouldn't have bought this (They really sound great on the Xbox, so for console use I give it the thumbs up, but I really wanted them for use on an upstairs PC so I could crank up the volume to 11 at night without waking the rest of the house).



Can it handle stereo pcm?

awesome little piece of kit got one from same ebay turtle beach seller last year for £35 grade a just means brand new but not in original packaging ,mine came sealed in wrap in a plain box

Sweet. Was looking at the dss2 but this will do nicely. Ordered, thanks.

Banned

excellent

mamboboy

This is basically just a USB Dolby Headphone DSP, right? Alright for … This is basically just a USB Dolby Headphone DSP, right? Alright for consoles I guess, but for a PC then I'd probably go for a Xonar DG instead.

outputs same Dolby headphone as the xonar, the USB is just for power it still has 3.5mm jack for audio output

searchersearcher

What's the difference between the DSS and the DSS2 ?? Neither will decode … What's the difference between the DSS and the DSS2 ?? Neither will decode DTS from what I can see... Still interested heat added! Missed out on the game.co.uk deal last time around.

there's no modern day headphone device that outputs DTS currently, hopefully with the next gen consoles astro or turtle beach will bring out a DTS compatible mixamp

flawed

I got this (DSS unit) with some with some Turtle Beach headphones. These … I got this (DSS unit) with some with some Turtle Beach headphones. These aren't great for PC gaming unless you have a top end sound card (it has to output Dolby Digital Live* over optical output for



The Xonar U3 would be the closest thing to a DSS equivalent for PC as it an external USB device that also does Dolby Headphone surround...

ebay.co.uk/itm…c02
Edited by: "Coljj" 15th Mar 2013

Aeschylus

I can helpI had the DSS2 but sent it back, most reviews said only get the … I can helpI had the DSS2 but sent it back, most reviews said only get the DSS as it is better, if not as well built...However the problem you will have is this...Unless you have cat like ears you really will struggle to notice a difference,you see 5.1 et al needs space, space you dont get between your ear and the ear cup, that is the science of it...is it worth £25 probably, but be prepared to be underwhelmed, a good pair of stereo headphones is all you need imo



Sound is subjective, so I'm not going to tell you that you're wrong, but my experience is different. I used a DSS whilst my MixAmp was being repaired. Whilst it isn't as good as the MixAmp, the difference between using a Dolby processor and not using one is huge. I used both devices with my Sennheiser HD598 and simply cannot (ok, WILL not) game without one any more. Directional audio is improved whilst using one and sound clarity is improved using optical out from the console

I have an astro mixamp (latest wired) and a dss and much prefer the dss with my Sennheiser HD 598's. The mixamp is good for the A40's & A30's but the DSS has more frequency range and a bass slider and tbh the mixamps aren't very good quality internally.

got one off ebay great once you unlock the perks on call of duty. better than the usual argos ect price of £70

Ichi

I have an astro mixamp (latest wired) and a dss and much prefer the dss … I have an astro mixamp (latest wired) and a dss and much prefer the dss with my Sennheiser HD 598's. The mixamp is good for the A40's & A30's but the DSS has more frequency range and a bass slider and tbh the mixamps aren't very good quality internally.



I have the old MixAmp, it's far better than the DSS. I'll pray my MixAmp doesn't die if the new one is as bad as you say.

Good price. However from my experiences these are really pointless, hardly notice a difference.

flawed

I got this (DSS unit) with some with some Turtle Beach headphones. These … I got this (DSS unit) with some with some Turtle Beach headphones. These aren't great for PC gaming unless you have a top end sound card (it has to output Dolby Digital Live* over optical output for most PC games, as they don't output Dolby Digital). It will play some games that output Dolby Digital Surround (often modern console conversions - Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs, etc; and also any movies formatted in Dolby Surround) perfectly well. But for the rest (i.e. most PC games) you're looking at the best part of £100 for a Dolby Live card.Apparently some on-board Realtek sound cards do Dolby Live (so I read somewhere - mine certainly doesn't).You can of course bypass the Dolby Surround processor and use whatever virtual surround processor comes with your sound card driver, it won't sound as good as this does when playing a proper Dolby surround game. I sacked them on the PC tbh and just them on the Xbox now.As someone posted above, I too wouldn't recommend these for PC use, there are better alternatives. With the benefit of hindsight I wouldn't have bought this (They really sound great on the Xbox, so for console use I give it the thumbs up, but I really wanted them for use on an upstairs PC so I could crank up the volume to 11 at night without waking the rest of the house). * "Live" in bold for a reason - just about every sound card does plain "dolby digital". It's not the same thing as I found out after hours of searching for the answer as to why games weren't lighting up the dolby light on the DSS unit.



Dolby Live capable sound cards can be had for £20 quid mate, they aren't "top end" at all, sure 7-8 years ago it was all the rage, but using DD live/DTS Connect lowers the sound quality noticeably on a good quality sound card/speaker setup.

£25 for dolby headphone on consoles is super cheap! Does this device suffer from hissing?

AST3R

£25 for dolby headphone on consoles is super cheap! Does this device … £25 for dolby headphone on consoles is super cheap! Does this device suffer from hissing?

it does at loud volumes but that's only if everything is quiet and the hissing isn't that loud anyway just saying that there is hissing present that's all

nerd187

it does at loud volumes but that's only if everything is quiet and the … it does at loud volumes but that's only if everything is quiet and the hissing isn't that loud anyway just saying that there is hissing present that's all



Greatest reason I prefer the MixAmp - no hiss but, as you say, it isn't even noticeable under normal conditions, ie it's only there if you look (listen) for it.

For £25 I'd recommend this to anyone and I'd certainly buy another if I ever had to be without my MixAmp again.

Absolutely can't stand hissing. I've got the x41's and the headphone itself is unbearable. Thankfully the dock it comes with is all wired so I can plug my other headphones in and not have to worry about any hissing problems. Was just wondering, because this is a turtlebeach product, whether these suffer from the same problem.

Bo0td

USB 3D sound card, they cost around £3. I use one with my MixAmp for … USB 3D sound card, they cost around £3. I use one with my MixAmp for game/voice volume balance.

cool thanks, what brand do u use on ur ps3

Original Poster

nerd187

there's no modern day headphone device that outputs DTS currently, … there's no modern day headphone device that outputs DTS currently, hopefully with the next gen consoles astro or turtle beach will bring out a DTS compatible mixamp



A shame Creative no longer produce these or do a USB powered version instead of 2 AA batteries. They are brilliant and have DTS although the headphones they came with are not so good.

http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/151d9a/30a0/2387-1269.jpg

Also there used to be the dearer JVC SU-DH1 which also did DTS. See here

[img]www9.pcmag.com/med…jpg?thumb=y[/img]

babyboxer85

cool thanks, what brand do u use on ur ps3



I've bought several, but the best is the cheapest one I got from Hong Kong, ''USB Music Fairy,'' it's the best in the sense my voice is a lot louder using this one than any of the others. Others are better quality, but are very very quiet.

Just to be clear, the device allows you to use any mic that has a 3.5mm jack... The reason I needed the ability to use a wired mic is I love my Sennheiser 598 and never found a headset that compares to them in terms of sound quality

I use my 598 with the soundcard, a 2.0 version mic (3.0 is noise cancelling so will sound quieter) from modmic.com/ and the Astro MixAmp.

I'm convinced that surround sound with regards to headphones is a complete scam. Stereo signals give perfectly good directional audio, and I never noticed a difference between stereo and surround on good quality headphones.
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