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Ear Force DPX21 Headset and 5.1-7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound - Playstation 3 by Review Summary ,  Sep 7, 2015

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Ear Force DPX21 Headset and 5.1/7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound - Playstation 3
Report Date: 09/25/2015
Based on 206 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 8.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming4.7   above average
Audio4.3   average
Surround4.3   average
Sound4.2   average
Price4.0   below average
Quality4.0   below average
Comfortable3.8   below average
Control3.8   average
Volume3.6   average
Microphone3.3   below average
Beach2.7   below average
Cable2.7   below average
Speaker2.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"I tried fixing it to no avail, so I decided to take apart the audio tuner (which I suspected was where the problem was)."
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"The surround sound and chat was great, but occasionally the audio would glitch."
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"In less than one year of normal usage and excellent maintenance, the headset failed to produce audio on the right cup."
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"The surround sound and chat was great, but occasionally the audio would glitch."
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"If you can tolerate the white noise the audio quality is actually pretty decent, no real complaints there."
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"The DSS will allow you to play audio out from it's headphone jack as well as your speaker system simultaneously meaning you can quickly switch between headphones and speaker listening without unplugging anything or changing any settings."
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"At the end of the day though this is a very adaptable headset that works very well with optical in audio feeds on my X1 and PC."
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"A great headset to use on both Ps3 and Ps4 (with optical audio cable).10 10"
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Beach

Beach:
"Also Turtle beach does 't provide support other then forum and email if you have a problem."
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"My first pair broke at the earpiece swivel and Turtle Beach sent me another pair which broke in just the same way."
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"The combination of these 2 Turtle beach products was not the best in my opinion."
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"I've heard many times that Turtle Beach headphones are prone to failure but at the time these were the only headphones in stock at Fry's - note I did not buy these from amazon but yes it is the same product."
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"So I am done with Turtle Beach, for so much money receiving such a crappy product is just a joke."
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"I ran a quick search and found out that this problem is very common with Turtle Beaches."
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"It's hard to review this product because it does sound great when it works this set of headphones broke over five times turtle Beach to not have a problem with replacing the unit but I had to pay for shipping every time they broke within months with faulty cheap parts."
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"I love my turtle beach headset."
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"The sound was wonderful and like most other Turtle Beach headsets it improved my gaming skills."
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"The Turtle Beach DPX21 were good in sound quality, nice amount of bass, easily hear footsteps."
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"Turtle Beachs customer service is alright at best as well so if it does happen to break you may have to wait a bit to recieve a new one."
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Cable

Cable:
"Cons, the cord from the processor is fairly heavy to the unit you control the volume, chat control and from there gets real small going to the headset and I'm worried picking them up the weight of the cord is going to damage the smaller wires that goes to the headset so I use two hands, one holding the cord before the volume control and the other the headset."
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"only complaint is the length of the cable can't be shortened or replaced with a short cable."
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"The headphones worked amazingly for less than six months, the cable assembly has this huge volume control that pulls on the cable leading in to the headphone and ultimately broke.. go with the wireless version to avoid this."
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"There is a downside for this wired rig and something you might want to consider if you have animals or children running around and that is that cables seem a little excessive."
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"I would say that the cord is annoying at times though and if I had a chance, maybe I should have tried out the wireless ones."
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"The only downside to these are the MASSIVE amount of cables that accompany them."
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"A great headset to use on both Ps3 and Ps4 (with optical audio cable).10 10"
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"The headphones worked amazingly for less than six months, the cable assembly has this huge volume control that pulls on the cable leading in to the headphone and ultimately broke.. go with the wireless version to avoid this."
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"my son bought the headphones for his playstation 3. the headphones are very good quality but only 4 stars because the cord needed to adapt to the playstation doesn't come with the headphones."
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"Summary:PROS:- Affordable- Great Dolby decoder- Sounds better with movies and TV series than games- Long sturdy cable with volume control- Comfortable, not too tight or loose."
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"Surround sound effects are good as well, just make sure you turn off the expander on the PX cable, otherwise it sounds like it's in stereo."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Anyways my third and most irritable problem with this product is that the PX21 is not comfortable."
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"Biggest problem is comfort, second is its requirement of its own power source, and finally it isn't even 5.1 by this definition ([...])."
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"great seround sound, and comfort however, the plastic broke from 3 weeks of use from only being put on my head and being set down on my desk... way to flimsly,,,,, for 130 bucks"
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"I will say, that they are not as comfortable as the TB's and are heavier, but those that also complain of fatigue or neck strain from the axpros should really get outside more."
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"However the pads which are supposed to make long game sessions more comfortable actually irritate and make my ears painful to the touch."
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"This headset is also very light which makes them more comfortable as well."
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"I am confident if you are looking for comfort and a great sound you will not be disappointed in these."
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"It is extremely comfortable and one of the best gaming headphones with its enormous soundstage."
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"Looks good and comfortable for long sessions."
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"The reason why I like the DPX21 Headset is because of it's nice quiet comfortable sound and easy chat."
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Control

Control:
"Bought these for my PS3 back in the day... now they work perfectly with my PS4.I was thiiiiiiiis close to buying a pair of the Sony Wireless Gold headphones... as the amount of wires laying around are a little out of control... but the sound on the DPX21s are hard to beat."
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"So bi fiddling with one of the controls, you then have to make adjustments on the other control to compensate which gets really irritating after awhile."
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"I had bought this product and right off the bat the button to adjust game sound was broken, only one ear muff was playing and the chat button was ridiculous to control and press."
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"I think it has to do with a faulty connection in the volume control device."
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"When chatting I'm in total control of the volume and the bass expansion for easy listening, and I can flip the mic up with ease when playing games, c u ya heard me! "
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"Summary:PROS:- Affordable- Great Dolby decoder- Sounds better with movies and TV series than games- Long sturdy cable with volume control- Comfortable, not too tight or loose."
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"Another big issue with these is that you have the DSS control box as well as the control box for the headsets."
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"It's nice to have a Chat Volume control, so that you dont have to listen to annoying players."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"however...if you wear glasses then you might be disappointed because because for me they hurt my ears after a couple hours of gaming."
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"Honestly, with my few weeks of gaming with this headset, I can find nothing negative to say about them."
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"It's well worth it just for a gaming mic."
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"Its so good for gaming that even my 7 to 1 sony surround sound sounds worse for gaming, this thing can pic up all the foot steps in the game and even the shell casings hitting the ground after there ejected from your gun in COD games."
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"It does make things sound nice but not exactly the portable type nor the gaming type for use other then the computer."
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"It is extremely comfortable and one of the best gaming headphones with its enormous soundstage."
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"I'd recommend these if you want a great headset for gaming! "
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Level

Level:
"They don't have the absolute best sound on the market, but they DO greatly enhance the level of immersion in games, and they do provide a great advantage in popular competitive games such as COD Battlefield, etc."
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"Once you solve this by greatly lowering optical output levels it works great though."
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"This is a good thing btw.. it allows you to tweak the bass to a level you enjoy."
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"as a fair warning, do not use the bass on the cable and the dss as it will provide to much bass even when the volume is on at a comfortable level."
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"This was a good purchase, and any gamer looking to boost their experience to the next level really needs a nice gaming headset."
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"They don't have true surround sound (they offer simulated surround sound) but that doesn't mean that you don't have a sense of directionality besides left vs. right, quite the opposite- you'll be amazed at the level of 3-dimensional precision that these headphones add to your sense of perception while playing a game."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Especially great for shooter games, since you can hear if someone is coming up behind you (which can also be a bit confusing until you start understanding the sound pattern)The mic is very sensitive, which means you don't have to yell to have anyone hear you, but it's still not too sensitive."
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"Another problem with this is that unless you have your TV volume off, your mic is going to pick it up, so you're forced to use the headphones for game audio even if you strictly want it for chatter."
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"Finally, and probably the worst problem of them all for me, the mic is incredibly sensitive."
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"I didn't have much of a problem with this as I didn't need to turn it up that much to hear people, but if you're playing with a friend who has a quiet mic, it would get annoying fast."
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"There is also no option to turn down the volume on your own mic and I've had a couple complaints about it being a little too loud, even with the mic seven or eight inches from my mouth."
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"A really good all around mic headset."
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"It's well worth it just for a gaming mic."
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"The noise gate does not seem to work well with the X1 in that I am almost always broadcasting my mic."
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"Decent clarity and has the mic feedback so you can hear yourself as you speak."
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"The mic is actually quite decent."
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Price

Price:
"Afterwhile I got sick of packing up the headphones and shipping them back so the company is a very good company in regards to customer service but a very flimsy cheap product"
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"Finished products are poorly assembled; they show a complete lack of attention to detail that is inexcusable at any price."
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"they also have a cheap n nasty feel to them and they distort quite easily."
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"It's annoying, and I'm very disappointed after I spent so much money on them."
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"So I am done with Turtle Beach, for so much money receiving such a crappy product is just a joke."
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"For the price you pay, this is unacceptable."
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"Sound quality was good while it lasted, but for the money I would have expected better durability."
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"I did not think they made a quality headset and for the price I highly recommend these."
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"If you are going for cheap then I highly recommend these."
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"The sound is unreal in clarity, bass and having depth being the best headset I've owned and for the price can't be beat!"
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"The sound quality as noted by many reviewers is near the best available at any price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I won't go into great details of sound quality.. but thanks to the surround sound, I can clearly hear directional noise and sound effects such as bullets whizzing by and footsteps sneaking up on me."
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"Controls for mute, volume and tone are low quality, prone to static and premature failure."
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"The build quality was very weak, could see the headset breaking in a matter of time."
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"It does have a really good directional pinpointing when in games and packs a punch with its bass but the quality of the speakers themselves are mediocre to above average."
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"Immediately I was disappointed with the sound quality of these as the surround sound makes the overall loudness weaker."
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"I feel compelled to write a review because I am very disappointed with the build quality of these headphones."
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"If you can tolerate the white noise the audio quality is actually pretty decent, no real complaints there."
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"Unreal sound quality and great surround sound."
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"Sound quality is great."
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"Sound quality was good while it lasted, but for the money I would have expected better durability."
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"The sound quality for these are great, but good luck having the little time to enjoy them until these pieces of s**t break on you in less than a year's time."
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Setup

Setup:
"I don't know what it is, but I usually feel underwhelmed in some way by most setups - either by weak sound, inconsistently delivered volume on separate channels, or when they're properly powered and loud the reverberation in the wall or some other factor takes the cleanliness from the sound, not to mention it's usually bugging someone somewhere."
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"I am really pleased with this setup."
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"This setup sounds great, but I have had two separate ones break on me."
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"Ease of Setup:10 10Talking about the setup , well there really isn't anything to say it was so easy .Cons:There is hell lot of wires at 6feet."
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"The setup is easy for both computer and PS3 and took me two minutes to connect and set the system."
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Sound

Sound:
"Anyway, the sound glitches got worse, and recently, the left speaker on the headphones died."
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"The surround sound and chat was great, but occasionally the audio would glitch."
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"Bought these for my PS3 back in the day... now they work perfectly with my PS4.I was thiiiiiiiis close to buying a pair of the Sony Wireless Gold headphones... as the amount of wires laying around are a little out of control... but the sound on the DPX21s are hard to beat."
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"I won't go into great details of sound quality.. but thanks to the surround sound, I can clearly hear directional noise and sound effects such as bullets whizzing by and footsteps sneaking up on me."
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"I have owned several headsets and had the DX12s as well and returned them because the sound is terrible and too much bass."
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"Normally when I have put a headset on I got the expected, sounds like everything is right there and focused, hard to describe!"
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"The surround sound and chat was great, but occasionally the audio would glitch."
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"Great sound, just don't abuse them as they are lightweight."
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"Love the sound and works well with my iMac but there are a lot of wires and I had to get a special adapter to make it work, which should have been included for the price I paid."
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"Overall, DSS is a nice piece of equipment for a good virtual surround sound experience that is pretty versatile in how many ways you can use it."
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"The DSS takes audio input from your PC's surround sound optical output and translates that into virtual stereo surround sound, and the effect is pretty convincing."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Anyway, the sound glitches got worse, and recently, the left speaker on the headphones died."
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"I am very disappointed in how fragile the speakers are, and how easily the wires get twisted up."
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"It does have a really good directional pinpointing when in games and packs a punch with its bass but the quality of the speakers themselves are mediocre to above average."
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"The fact that you have the bass control in the Dolby decoder is nice (great if you connect other headphones or PC Speakers) but if you also have it in the headphones, for me, it wasn't the best combination."
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"I bought this headset back in January and after 6 months the wiring failed and the left speaker was mute, I got a replacement from the Turtle Beach website, not through Amazon and the second pair they sent me lasted me about 2-3 months and the microphone just made a random tear pop noise and blew out."
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"there is a piece that connects my left speaker to the base... well that piece just broke off."
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"The DSS will allow you to play audio out from it's headphone jack as well as your speaker system simultaneously meaning you can quickly switch between headphones and speaker listening without unplugging anything or changing any settings."
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"Great sound, when the speakers work."
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"I am very disappointed in how fragile the speakers are, and how easily the wires get twisted up."
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"comment on that but the DSS sure sounds nice with better headphones or PC Speakers."
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"there is a piece that connects my left speaker to the base... well that piece just broke off."
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Surround

Surround:
"I won't go into great details of sound quality.. but thanks to the surround sound, I can clearly hear directional noise and sound effects such as bullets whizzing by and footsteps sneaking up on me."
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"I got these for the Surround Sound, and I was disappointed with the DSS, along with the headphones."
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"Immediately I was disappointed with the sound quality of these as the surround sound makes the overall loudness weaker."
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"I bought this product to replace the older models turtle beaches that didn't have surround sound and also broke on me."
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"It took me a good three days for me to get intergrated with the DPX21 surround sound(sorry im slow) and once i got used to the different sounds,it was gg for the enemies."
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"The surround sound and chat was great, but occasionally the audio would glitch."
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"Overall, DSS is a nice piece of equipment for a good virtual surround sound experience that is pretty versatile in how many ways you can use it."
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"The DSS takes audio input from your PC's surround sound optical output and translates that into virtual stereo surround sound, and the effect is pretty convincing."
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"Unreal sound quality and great surround sound."
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"Its so good for gaming that even my 7 to 1 sony surround sound sounds worse for gaming, this thing can pic up all the foot steps in the game and even the shell casings hitting the ground after there ejected from your gun in COD games."
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Voice

Voice:
"Voices are not clear and distinguished, rather they're muddy and feel like they're meddled in with the rest of the music into one big pile of tones, instead of being separated and true to its own element within the larger symphony of a song."
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"The headset is too fragile, have seen many many people have the same issue, voice quality is good but overall product is not worth the total price"
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"i love it but the left headseat is lower voice than the right one so what the hell it's not good"
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"It's very flexible, and your voice will go through outstandingly clearly, and with zero to very very little background noise."
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"Great sound from the game and voice talk."
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"The headset has two separate slider buttons labeled game and chat so you can raise the voices of your friends on Skype independent of the game - a very nice feature."
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Volume

Volume:
"Another problem with this is that unless you have your TV volume off, your mic is going to pick it up, so you're forced to use the headphones for game audio even if you strictly want it for chatter."
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"There is also no option to turn down the volume on your own mic and I've had a couple complaints about it being a little too loud, even with the mic seven or eight inches from my mouth."
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"there is a chat boost function that is built in so when the game volume (excessive explosions, constant engines reving up, guns firing) is up, so are your friends voices."
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"At best, with the sound cranked up, you can hear more subtle noises however the DSS processor makes them sound very weak, forcing you to up the volume."
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"I think it has to do with a faulty connection in the volume control device."
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"I have no idea how this product gets positive reviews i read about the constant hisssssss sound in other reviews and several saying its not that bad well I'm here to tell you it is that bad even with volume turned off these have a constant hissssssssss."
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"It's also awkwardly long so it doesn't clip on the neck of your shirt very friendly and it also has very sensitive volume knobs that can be easily moved to low or extremely high volumes with a slight brush of your clothing."
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"When chatting I'm in total control of the volume and the bass expansion for easy listening, and I can flip the mic up with ease when playing games, c u ya heard me! "
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"The separate chat volume is great."
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"Summary:PROS:- Affordable- Great Dolby decoder- Sounds better with movies and TV series than games- Long sturdy cable with volume control- Comfortable, not too tight or loose."
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