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Ear Force DSS 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Ear Force DSS 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 244 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 1.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Xbox5.0   above average
Stereo4.8   above average
Video4.8   above average
Beach4.7   above average
Surround4.7   above average
Gaming4.6   average
Headphone4.6   above average
Setup4.6   average
Quality4.5   average
Audio4.4   above average
Sound4.4   average
Volume4.3   above average
Price4.1   average
Headset3.9   average
Dolby3.1   below average
Speaker3.1   below average
Cable3.0   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"I noticed when this happened the processor's DD light would go out and the PLII would kick in, leaving a short but very annoying gap in audio."
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"I thought my unit was broken at first, since it would only show PLEX Audio coming out, but I found the problem."
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"Good for audio."
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"Audio quality with good headphones through this device is exceptional."
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"Very easy to setup, just plug an Optical audio cable from the xbox to the DSS, plug a USB cable from the Xbox to the DSS for power and plug in your headphones and you are up and running."
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"This audio processor is amazing!"
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"Works great as an accessible audio jack, volume control and USB port."
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Beach

Beach:
"This little Turtle Beach sound processor is cheap and flimsy, but it does the job and will probably last a long time if treated carefully."
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"i use this with the Audio-Technica ATHM50RD Pro DJ Headphones - Red and i must say that every footstep gunfire and explosions are really clear i presently have the Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Tango Programmable Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset and between the two i'd rather use the DSS with a wired headset the surround sound is amazing"
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"Got it so that i can connect my optical out on my XBOX one to my existing x1 turtle beach headset, works perfectly allows me to hear game sound and my chat support will start working once the adapters come out, the product does also improve the quality of your headset because if the optical digital connection is better then the standard analog."
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"I bought this to help with my turtle beach x 12 everything is crystal clear and now I can hear enemies walking up from behind me"
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"So I'm pretty satisfied overall, but a second optical input would have made a huge difference to me, and I think Turtle Beach should have made it more clear that you can't plug into your tv and get 7.1- the 2 reasons why it doesn't get 5 stars."
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"I hooked it to my turtle beach 11X heaset and the sound now is perfect."
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Cable

Cable:
"It might just be a faulty optical cord but I contacted TB customer support so hopefully it can be resolved."
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"Found this will work in the mean time but be careful about like new because the one I got does not let me use dolby bypass to add a aux cable so that I can also listen to music will by another but annoying"
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"Missing cables cant test it out."
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"Not happy the product not included cable"
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"I had to get cables (this doesn't come with any) and with some clever hookups works with ps4 chat too."
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"due it's pretty messy on the cable side but that's my fault cause I needed to know before i've bought it."
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"Update: bought a new optical cable and it didn't fix the problem, but I plugged it directly into my ps4 instead of the TV digital out and that fixed the problem."
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"I got mine second hand from Amazon so no cables were included but they are easily available from most electronics stores."
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"Very easy to setup, just plug an Optical audio cable from the xbox to the DSS, plug a USB cable from the Xbox to the DSS for power and plug in your headphones and you are up and running."
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"I connect to my Xfinity cable box and Xbox 360 using a digital optical cable, which takes full advantage of the surround sound signal."
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"It's good just what I was looking for no cables if there was it would be 5 stars"
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Dolby

Dolby:
"Not a fan of the Dolby Mode because the reverb is annoying for me."
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"At first I tried it with an analog input, the results with the Dolby Pro Logic IIX are mediocre at best."
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"The only negatives for me are the mediocre Dolby Pro Logic IIX quality (better with the bypass on or just don't use it for analog inputs), and it feels kind of cheap (which it is cheap) it's just a small light plastic box, no heft or presence at all."
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"The problem is this- while you can do that, the DSS will only give you Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which is certainly an improvement, but it's not the 7.1 surround sound you're really paying for."
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"Only complaint is when using Dolby Digital, some of the sounds are not as loud as they used to be with regular stereo (such as sounds of players' footsteps)."
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"At first I tried it with an analog input, the results with the Dolby Pro Logic IIX are mediocre at best."
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"However, when I used the optical connection and got the true Dolby Digital Decoding, it was as good as I was hoping it would be."
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"This device enhances the sound to Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 and it truly sounds great."
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"Dolby Headphone surround scales up nicely with nicer headphones."
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"Overall, the Turtle Beach is great little Dolby Headphone surround sound processor for gaming movies etc."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"As stated, my gaming headset is pretty good, but not the best - the DSS takes them to a whole new level."
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"I dont know if it is the headphones or the DSS unit but my BC2 gaming never sounded so good."
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"If you dont need a mic like me when gaming this is the best thing out there for adding surround sound to any headphone."
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"He originally bought a package gaming headset at best buy for the xbox one that was roughly $300 (not sure which brand but they were huge with a big boom mic from the headset and a bunch of flashing leds while on playing)."
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"too long, summary first: at a tenth of the cost and a pair of decent headphones these sound better than a $300 gaming headset package my nephew had originally bought to use while playing single player games on his xbox 360 one."
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"It's made a huge difference in my TV, movie, and gaming experiences, while not upsetting my cranky neighbors! "
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"ConsCumbersome cable (laser)Annoying LEDsI purchased these used and feel like it was well worth it for my gaming audio needs."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I thought my headphones it self was good, men was i wrong after i set up there's more bass,5.1 it make a huge difference."
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"I also read in many reviews of PS3 headphones that they do not give great sound to movies only games, GRRRR!"
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"Unfortunately, I lost my virtual surround sound for headphones because I no longer had a Dolby Headphone jack from a Home Theatre system."
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"I think one thing missing from many of the previous review was what headphones they are using."
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"My previous review was done with the WRONG type of headphones for this device."
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"I bought this because I wanted to be able to play my ps3 via headphones and it was connected via hdmi To my LCD monitor that had crappy 3w speakers and no headphone jack."
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"If you dont need a mic like me when gaming this is the best thing out there for adding surround sound to any headphone."
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"Arrived on time, woundnt say it was in excellent condition as it was all scratched up and the headphone jack needs to be replaced as it was worn out and does not make a good contact."
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"SADES SA-708 Stereo Gaming Headphone Headset (a little small for ears, but great sound! )"
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"The processor works really well for my headphones but I noticed early the sound would briefly cut out."
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"too long, summary first: at a tenth of the cost and a pair of decent headphones these sound better than a $300 gaming headset package my nephew had originally bought to use while playing single player games on his xbox 360 one."
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Headset

Headset:
"I have the Logitech G230's and while I think they are fantastic sounding, they are not the most efficient headset around."
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"I say mainly because I hoped it would have a cable to introduce chat into the headphones but it doesn't - What I've done is changed the Xbox to play chat audio through the speakers AND the headset and then I just sit my headset round my neck with the mic bent up near my mouth and hear the chat audio through the DSS into my headphones - The voices are much clearer than with my old cheap headset - The only downside is there is no mixer to adjust the volume while in game so if you get a prat you have to go into the settings and mute them."
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"As stated, my gaming headset is pretty good, but not the best - the DSS takes them to a whole new level."
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"I generally keep it all the up to compensate for the weak bass of my headset."
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"Not the greatest sound experience, to be honest, since the headset's sound is somewhat airy and the bass is a bit weak."
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"Plus with a surround sound if you have neighbors close you really can't enjoy it without getting complaints, with a headset the only limits are if you want to blow your ears out."
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"SADES SA-708 Stereo Gaming Headphone Headset (a little small for ears, but great sound! )"
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"He originally bought a package gaming headset at best buy for the xbox one that was roughly $300 (not sure which brand but they were huge with a big boom mic from the headset and a bunch of flashing leds while on playing)."
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"too long, summary first: at a tenth of the cost and a pair of decent headphones these sound better than a $300 gaming headset package my nephew had originally bought to use while playing single player games on his xbox 360 one."
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"The same if not better than the a40 mixamp... also get sennheiser headphones or headset work good together! "
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"i use this with the Audio-Technica ATHM50RD Pro DJ Headphones - Red and i must say that every footstep gunfire and explosions are really clear i presently have the Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Tango Programmable Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset and between the two i'd rather use the DSS with a wired headset the surround sound is amazing"
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Price

Price:
"Great product hard to find cheap."
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"I say mainly because I hoped it would have a cable to introduce chat into the headphones but it doesn't - What I've done is changed the Xbox to play chat audio through the speakers AND the headset and then I just sit my headset round my neck with the mic bent up near my mouth and hear the chat audio through the DSS into my headphones - The voices are much clearer than with my old cheap headset - The only downside is there is no mixer to adjust the volume while in game so if you get a prat you have to go into the settings and mute them."
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"This little Turtle Beach sound processor is cheap and flimsy, but it does the job and will probably last a long time if treated carefully."
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"The optical may look flimsy and cheap and you may be inclined to buy another, more expensive optical cable."
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"For someone who is looking for a headphone amp I think this is a good option for the money, those looking for Surround may be disappointed overall."
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"the not so great part is the price!"
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"well worth the money."
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"Great product hard to find cheap."
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"Pretty remarkable at that price if all your looking for is getting surround sound out to a pair of headphones via optical out."
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"Got it nice and cheap now that the DSS2 came out a while ago."
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"its great for the price but there is noise no matter the volume but it works great"
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Processor

Processor:
"This little Turtle Beach sound processor is cheap and flimsy, but it does the job and will probably last a long time if treated carefully."
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"The processor works really well for my headphones but I noticed early the sound would briefly cut out."
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"This audio processor is amazing!"
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"This sound processor works great."
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"But that is not the case and I will try my best to explain the science behind the processor to the skeptics in the audience."
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"Overall, with the combination of the headphones and the processor, it's a reasonable setup for under $100."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm using the PX22's with my ps4 the sound quality is amazing was worried about it being the dss rather than dss2 but works great! "
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"The only negatives for me are the mediocre Dolby Pro Logic IIX quality (better with the bypass on or just don't use it for analog inputs), and it feels kind of cheap (which it is cheap) it's just a small light plastic box, no heft or presence at all."
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"Read manual and adjusted settings, tried different power sources and cabling; amp electronic quality was cause of problem."
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"The sound quality is amazing."
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"Audio quality with good headphones through this device is exceptional."
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"I'm using the PX22's with my ps4 the sound quality is amazing was worried about it being the dss rather than dss2 but works great! "
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"But I love the quality of sound!"
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"Fast shipping and good quality product definitely recommend this to every body"
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Setup

Setup:
"This isn't even accounting for any weird room acoustics or space issues with setup."
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"Very easy to setup, just plug an Optical audio cable from the xbox to the DSS, plug a USB cable from the Xbox to the DSS for power and plug in your headphones and you are up and running."
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"Great sounds and simple setup."
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"I know it's designed for headphones, but I want to see how it handles a 2 speaker setup, if it's half decent, I might have to get another one."
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"I chose this sound processor because it works with any headphone, considering that I do not play any online fps game the microphone is just useless, so I made up a kit with creative arduana headphone and this is an excellent setup."
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"Overall, with the combination of the headphones and the processor, it's a reasonable setup for under $100."
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Sound

Sound:
"The downside to having the DSS installed is that, in order to update the sound profiles for the headphones, you have to disconnect the headphones from the DSS and plug them directly into the computer."
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"I have the Logitech G230's and while I think they are fantastic sounding, they are not the most efficient headset around."
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"Honestly very nice only to hear it bottom out and distort at louder volumes :CTurning off surround sound made things sound better (less echoey) but sound mix was horrible as in... A car driving from left to right would have a hard cut sound separation."
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"I'm using the PX22's with my ps4 the sound quality is amazing was worried about it being the dss rather than dss2 but works great! "
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"I have used a good pair of earbuds, and the sound was ok. My ears got tired quickly, and the sound response wasn't as good as my over-the-ear phones."
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"This little Turtle Beach sound processor is cheap and flimsy, but it does the job and will probably last a long time if treated carefully."
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"GIves amazing surround sound to budget cans, the difference this makes is unreal."
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"Don't wast your money just pay a little more on a mixamp there way better then this garbage I can even hook up regular medium size speakers to my mixamp and nice good decent sound."
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"If you dont need a mic like me when gaming this is the best thing out there for adding surround sound to any headphone."
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"Nice little sound card."
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"The sound is very good."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I have a nice flat screen television, but it's on the smaller side, thus the speakers are somewhat tinny and weak."
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"When I play games at my buddy's house now on just TV speakers, the experience seems weak."
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"You will actually hear sound and bass notes that you're not able to hear through the TV speakers."
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"While I miss having the rumble of a subwoofer, the experience of having the sound stage enveloping my head in this way is probably not something I'll be able to replicate with full speakers for quite a while, given what I'm willing to spend."
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"I bought this because I wanted to be able to play my ps3 via headphones and it was connected via hdmi To my LCD monitor that had crappy 3w speakers and no headphone jack."
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"Don't wast your money just pay a little more on a mixamp there way better then this garbage I can even hook up regular medium size speakers to my mixamp and nice good decent sound."
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"I'm usually scared of buying anything used but audio hardware is usually one of the safer used items you can buy as long as there are no physical damage to the actual hardware (speaker broken, electronics don't work, etc.)"
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"I know it's designed for headphones, but I want to see how it handles a 2 speaker setup, if it's half decent, I might have to get another one."
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"Because I am cheap however, I am using this with a Turtle Beach PX22 and while it won't replace your speakers, the surround emulation does give an impressive sense of space and direction for such low quality headphones."
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"Watching a movie and being able to use the sub on my speakers while having that virtual surround sound is so nice."
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Stereo

Stereo:
"Pros: Dolby digital decoding Compact design Under $100 Good Sound (depending on headset used) Cross platformCons: Not really 7.1 surround Needs a quality stereo headset Better surround products (although more expensive) on the market Not able to mix analog and stereo signals (MP3 player & game) like the Astro MixampVerdict: Buy it if you already have a quality stereo gaming headset or can't afford the pricey Turtle beach PX5 system."
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"The sounds are amazing, it would be difficult to go back to stereo."
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"These sound great with my skullcandies that have 40mm drivers, I am using them to simulate surround soundon a nice set of stereo headphones."
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"I've been playing video games with a nice little stereo headset that only cost about $50."
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"If you are looking for an impressive update for your stereo headset, this is really for you, especially if they are lack of an adjustable bass boost because the DSS provides one, I highly recommend this product to gamers sound's lover..."
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"Some games do give a good sense of immersion [GTA4] others sound worse [non DD Tracks] than regular stereo so its really just a nice bonus when it works well and will be worth buying if you spend hours in a game that it works with."
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Surround

Surround:
"For someone who is looking for a headphone amp I think this is a good option for the money, those looking for Surround may be disappointed overall."
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"Unfortunately, I lost my virtual surround sound for headphones because I no longer had a Dolby Headphone jack from a Home Theatre system."
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"Unfortunately, this would leave me without surround sound, which gives a remarkable advantage in my game."
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"GIves amazing surround sound to budget cans, the difference this makes is unreal."
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"If you dont need a mic like me when gaming this is the best thing out there for adding surround sound to any headphone."
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"I Love listening to music and playing game when in the surround sound mode."
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"Pretty remarkable at that price if all your looking for is getting surround sound out to a pair of headphones via optical out."
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"I'm able to watch movies in my apartment in surround sound without disturbing my cranky neighbors."
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Video

Video:
"I also read in many reviews of PS3 headphones that they do not give great sound to movies only games, GRRRR!"
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"But for movies, it became clear that basically everything was about the same volume."
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"I could hear sounds and voices behind me, which made for a great movie experience!"
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"I'm able to watch movies in my apartment in surround sound without disturbing my cranky neighbors."
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"It's made a huge difference in my TV, movie, and gaming experiences, while not upsetting my cranky neighbors! "
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"Combined with sennheiser hd 558 I found it really great choice for private movies."
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Volume

Volume:
"I say mainly because I hoped it would have a cable to introduce chat into the headphones but it doesn't - What I've done is changed the Xbox to play chat audio through the speakers AND the headset and then I just sit my headset round my neck with the mic bent up near my mouth and hear the chat audio through the DSS into my headphones - The voices are much clearer than with my old cheap headset - The only downside is there is no mixer to adjust the volume while in game so if you get a prat you have to go into the settings and mute them."
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"Annoying to have to adjust the volume on the unit as there is no remote."
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"Honestly very nice only to hear it bottom out and distort at louder volumes :CTurning off surround sound made things sound better (less echoey) but sound mix was horrible as in... A car driving from left to right would have a hard cut sound separation."
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"Works great as an accessible audio jack, volume control and USB port."
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"But for movies, it became clear that basically everything was about the same volume."
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"its great for the price but there is noise no matter the volume but it works great"
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"Because I use a TB headset I have volume controls and bass boost inline as well, so I can always change things without having to go to the decoder (because we all know how hard it is to get out of your seat when playing).The sound is great and I did notice a difference between running the wired headset as an analog signal without the decoder and a digital signal with the decoder."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"Works well on my PS3,PS4,and Xbox One no problems."
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"He originally bought a package gaming headset at best buy for the xbox one that was roughly $300 (not sure which brand but they were huge with a big boom mic from the headset and a bunch of flashing leds while on playing)."
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"Works great on my XBOX One."
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"plugged this little gem into my xbox one and was able to get a nice surround experience from some older 360 headphones! "
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"UPDATE: I just got the Nyrius SW100 Digital Audio Optical Toslink 3 Input Selector Switch Compatible with Fiber Optic Cables, HDTV, Blu-ray DVD player, PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, XBOX360, PS3 and it seems to be working well so far with the DSS- I used the 3rd input to connect my PS2."
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