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Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB Analog by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB Analog & Digital Audio Adapter
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 291 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 6.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Cable4.7   exceptional
Price4.4   average
USB4.4   above average
Plug4.3   above average
Video4.2   average
Sound4.0   average
Quality3.8   below average
Surround3.8   below average
Adapter3.7   average
Audio3.6   below average
Windows3.4   average
Beach3.3   below average
Headphone2.9   mediocre
Volume2.4   mediocre
Connector1.7   mediocre


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Adapter

Adapter:
"Despite repeated attempts, the downloaded Dolby Digital drivers from the Turtle Beach website failed to detect the adapter, repeatedly asking me to plug in the adapter and press yes (I tried on three different PCs).Running out of options and attempting to salvage my purchase, I tried the adapter on my MacBook Pro."
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"In the end, I was unable to find computer where the adapter functioned as intended."
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"Used the toslink adapter and playback was unacceptable on both systems using various tracks and players."
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"However, the adapter had so much signal loss that my amplifier was unable to see the signal on the other end."
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"Suffice to say, this adapter is wonderful."
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"So if you're like me and are using either Windows 7 or 8, your chances of being able to install the software necessary to use this adapter for 5.1 output are zero."
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"Finally, I plugged the adapter into the laptop's USB port and was able to install the Windows drivers."
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"First I must say that I have been a fan of Turtle Beach for over 15 years, and have enjoyed several of their sound cards and adapters throughout the years."
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"One of those adapters is the original Amigo, which is still performing beautifully; unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the AA Micro II."
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Audio

Audio:
"At least for entertainment purposes, there are no strange sounds while I play games, but the problem remains the audio is not true audio and as an audio professional, this leaves much to be desired."
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"Not only does it sound great, the mac audio keys (volume up, down, mute) understand that the new device handles audio and it is allows me to use those controls properly."
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"Did exactly what I wanted - Added optical Audio out to an Intel NUC that didn't offer it - Very easy to install and works well :)"
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"Even though this is marketed as a gaming audio accessory, that isn't all that it's good for."
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"The $100 devices should have zero audio problems, include the required pass-through for today's Movies and entertainment sound, including recording via S PDIF."
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"I got the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II to add optical audio output to the Nvidia Shield TV."
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"The audio is good and clear and crisp."
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"And follow those directions to a T. I have enabled through playback devices, Digital Output 2-audio advantage Micro 2, and it is sounding great! "
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"Just gonna say my PC needed to be rebuilt, got a great 6 core motherboard, but it had no audio outs for 5.1 and was wondering what to do about a sound card Forgot I owned this, yanked it out, returned to some reviews here.. figured I'd check their website."
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Beach

Beach:
"Massive Fail Turtle Beach and shame on you!"
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"This is a KNOWN problem by Turtle Beach for some time and HAS NOT been addressed."
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"NO THANKS TO TURTLE BEACH, shame that a user actually solved the problem for Turtle Beach."
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"A bit disappointed with Turtle Beach for its lack of driver support for Windows 7 and 8."
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"Despite repeated attempts, the downloaded Dolby Digital drivers from the Turtle Beach website failed to detect the adapter, repeatedly asking me to plug in the adapter and press yes (I tried on three different PCs).Running out of options and attempting to salvage my purchase, I tried the adapter on my MacBook Pro."
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"I got the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II to add optical audio output to the Nvidia Shield TV."
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"Turtle Beach makes a good product."
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"Enter the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB."
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"I have an active USB repeater extension running into BR with the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB with a Toslink cable to Vizio soundbar...WORKS LIKE A CHARM!"
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"You need a driver from Turtle Beach's website to have anything other than simple stereo, but it's an easy install and will give you full 7.1 surround capability."
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Cable

Cable:
"I could use a simple aux cable but then I am not able to monkey around with the special audio settings on the computer."
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"I have the correct, latest driver installed and am using a new direct mini-toslink to toslink cable that works perfectly with an airport express."
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"I have an active USB repeater extension running into BR with the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB with a Toslink cable to Vizio soundbar...WORKS LIKE A CHARM!"
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"This was to go with his headphones, (Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21) he loves them and this cable does exactly what it is supposed to do."
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"Although this worked, and was better than no audio at all... it caused a loud hum due to the interference the cable picked up, as well as the fact that the volume had to be turned way up in order to hear it."
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"Before getting this great little device, I was using a 50' 3.5mm cable to run an analog audio signal to my A V receiver to complete the whole multimedia home theater experience."
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Connector

Connector:
"So if you are faced with a broken headphone jack, this is a great option! "
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"In fact, with the improvement in sound that this unit offers over that of a usual laptop headphone jack, you may end up being glad that the laptop's headphone jack got broken."
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"It's also great for laptops on which the headphone jack may have become broken."
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"I bought this to use with a MacBook when I broke the headphone jack."
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"Now that it is here I love it, and it is a great alternative for a broken headphone jack on your computer."
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"If this is to replace your broken headphone jack on your laptop - excellent product."
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"So if you are faced with a broken headphone jack, this is a great option! "
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"It's also great for laptops on which the headphone jack may have become broken."
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"Now that it is here I love it, and it is a great alternative for a broken headphone jack on your computer."
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"This Audio Advantage by Turtle Beach does not have a microphone jack but it works great otherwise."
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"If this is to replace your broken headphone jack on your laptop - excellent product."
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Control

Control:
"i usd this device for the first time straight out of the box, but later i learned once i had music blowing out my eardrums that its volume control doesn't work very well even as low as it will allow the volume to go is extremely loud and unbearable."
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"product: Turtle Beach Micro IIupdated: February 23, 2011Pros:+ Plug and play with no drivers+ Sounds good+ Corded USB plug more versatile durable than boxes with built-in plugsCons:- Volume control is annoying unless you download install Turtle Beach driver- Pointless blue LED (simply cover with opaque tape)- Somewhat overpriced?"
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"It took a little bit of playing around in the Windows 7 control panel to make it work but an otherwise great product."
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"Maybe with higher impedance headphones it'll be ok. Bought an extender with in line volume control (the turning knob) to lower the volume to reasonable level."
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"It installed in Windows Vista automatically in just a few seconds, and as others have noted, please do yourself a favor and go into the control panel setup for the Micro II and unclick the loudness check box."
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"Installation was a breeze on win 7 x64 and you just need to set these as the default audio in the control panel>hardware and sound and your good to go."
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"product: Turtle Beach Micro IIupdated: February 23, 2011Pros:+ Plug and play with no drivers+ Sounds good+ Corded USB plug more versatile durable than boxes with built-in plugsCons:- Volume control is annoying unless you download install Turtle Beach driver- Pointless blue LED (simply cover with opaque tape)- Somewhat overpriced?"
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Headphone

Headphone:
"The whole deal is very disappointing as all I wanted was a better place than the headphones outlet to plug in the line to my plain-vanilla stereo."
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"So if you are faced with a broken headphone jack, this is a great option! "
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"In fact, with the improvement in sound that this unit offers over that of a usual laptop headphone jack, you may end up being glad that the laptop's headphone jack got broken."
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"It's also great for laptops on which the headphone jack may have become broken."
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"I bought this to use with a MacBook when I broke the headphone jack."
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"Now that it is here I love it, and it is a great alternative for a broken headphone jack on your computer."
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"The sound it really great with headphones in as well."
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"I haven't tested the analog to optical audio adapter piece, but just using my headphones with my computer, the sound is great."
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"Easiest way to connect a set of headphones to a computer with no audio out plug."
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"So if you are faced with a broken headphone jack, this is a great option! "
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"It's also great for laptops on which the headphone jack may have become broken."
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Plug

Plug:
"Despite repeated attempts, the downloaded Dolby Digital drivers from the Turtle Beach website failed to detect the adapter, repeatedly asking me to plug in the adapter and press yes (I tried on three different PCs).Running out of options and attempting to salvage my purchase, I tried the adapter on my MacBook Pro."
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"The problem manifests as the installer continually asking for you to plug the device in, even if you have."
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"Plug and play, works nicely on w8.1"
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"Plug and play....07 Mac Mini.....best thing ever!"
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"Plug and play is nice, just be careful about the volume."
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"Have not had any issues with this produce- excellent plug and play."
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"Install it and then use it to extract the installer.2)Use it on data1.cab file that was extracted from the installer.3)Plug your Advantage Micro II in now."
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Price

Price:
"Not as good as the more expensive one I tested, but very good for the price."
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"My only minor complaint would be the price."
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"The original onboard sound failed, so I picked the Micro II as an inexpensive, convenient to install, and fairly well-rated sound card replacement."
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"Everything works great, though it did take quite a bit of time, extra money, and frustration to get it working."
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"Well worth the money, well worth the time."
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"The Quality of Sound this product produces for the Price is GREAT."
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"Was looking for somthing cheap and easy to use for my Windows 7 notebook to have it output 5.1 optical to my receiver."
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"That being said this is the best dongle in this price range, the nicer ones run you a lot more."
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"Works really well, is nicely inexpensive, is really easily transportable and using it introduces a negligibly larger footprint than plugging a set of small earphones into a laptop's headphone jack."
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Quality

Quality:
"While it works with Windows natively with no extra drivers, it isn't great quality, is 16-bit, and the output is *way* too loud."
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"I don't know if this improves sound quality; I won't pretend to have that good an ear."
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"But the sound quality is totally unacceptable."
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"Sound quality is good enough, if not great."
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"Since the DAC of the laptop is the weak point here, I wanted to use the quality DACs in my surround sound amp."
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"I was looking at expensive and bulky products like the FiiO E10 thinking I had to spend a lot if I wanted to improve my laptop's terrible sound quality when someone turned me onto this little wonder."
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"The Advantage has excellent sound quality and can connect a digital optical output or analog audio output instead."
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"The sound quality is good, virtually no setup involved."
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"The Quality of Sound this product produces for the Price is GREAT."
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"Very satisfied with the audio quality from this."
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"I have been completely satisfied with the audio quality, and find it much better than using a headphone jack."
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Sound

Sound:
"At least for entertainment purposes, there are no strange sounds while I play games, but the problem remains the audio is not true audio and as an audio professional, this leaves much to be desired."
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"Not only does it sound great, the mac audio keys (volume up, down, mute) understand that the new device handles audio and it is allows me to use those controls properly."
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"I don't know if this improves sound quality; I won't pretend to have that good an ear."
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"But the sound quality is totally unacceptable."
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"It's like listening to a distant AM station in bad weather, except that when the source is silent, like between musical selections, the sound is dead silent too -- no hums or buzzes."
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"My Dell Inspiron N4030 came with a sound card that is so terrible, that I can only hear a video with the sound all the way up, and complete silence from everything else in my house."
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"The Advantage has excellent sound quality and can connect a digital optical output or analog audio output instead."
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"Easy to use, sounds great, and works on a Raspberry Pi 1 2."
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"The sound quality is good, virtually no setup involved."
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"And follow those directions to a T. I have enabled through playback devices, Digital Output 2-audio advantage Micro 2, and it is sounding great! "
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"I use this with my phone and tablets, and the sound difference is amazing."
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Stereo

Stereo:
"I purchased this to add surround sound to my HTPC, The problem is out of the box it only supports stereo sound."
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"You need a driver from Turtle Beach's website to have anything other than simple stereo, but it's an easy install and will give you full 7.1 surround capability."
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"The Turtle Beach Micro II will only support stereo output in analog or digital mode from a mac making this device useless to me because I already have a very nice stereo DAC."
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"It is a nice device for listen to audio in stereo but I can't configure the speakers for 5.1."
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"transmit a standard, but very crisp and clear, stereo 2.0 signal and no amount of fiddling with drivers and settings will change that."
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"Headphones on this adapter sound great, but the real joy comes from using an optical cable to connect up to my stereo -- the sound is wonderful."
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Support

Support:
"Cryptic is the best word that I can use as the tech support rep. seems to indicate there is a problem with their published driver but makes no mention on how to fix this issue other than following the post published about bypassing the Windows 7 driver signature."
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"I purchased this to add surround sound to my HTPC, The problem is out of the box it only supports stereo sound."
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"A bit disappointed with Turtle Beach for its lack of driver support for Windows 7 and 8."
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"I saw other reviewers stating that a driver download was needed to obtain 5.1 surround sound support, and also heard complaints about the volume boost."
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"Unfortunately Turtle Beach do not support these features on the Mac, and do not provide any custom drivers."
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"Cryptic is the best word that I can use as the tech support rep. seems to indicate there is a problem with their published driver but makes no mention on how to fix this issue other than following the post published about bypassing the Windows 7 driver signature."
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"After fighting with support for 3 days and having it clear that their tech support has no idea what they are doing or how their product works, this thing is going back."
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"Software support is pretty much everything isn't it?"
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"I have no choice but to return it, I don't want to because of the small size and price but I simply cannot put up with this crappy support."
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Surround

Surround:
"I purchased this to add surround sound to my HTPC, The problem is out of the box it only supports stereo sound."
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"I saw other reviewers stating that a driver download was needed to obtain 5.1 surround sound support, and also heard complaints about the volume boost."
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"The driver that gives it the surround sound option is the problem."
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"You need a driver from Turtle Beach's website to have anything other than simple stereo, but it's an easy install and will give you full 7.1 surround capability."
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"I found this bought it and I just plugged it in and now I can use my new headset on PC as I intended (Surround is AMAZING in DayZ for those of you who want to know the sound quality of this product)!"
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"Sounds great using my Onkyo surround system."
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"Now I run a 50' optical cable from the PC to the A V receiver, with no signal loss, no interference, hum or distortion, using normal volume levels, and I get perfect sounding surround sound (no driver needed when using it in optical mode)!"
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"For me, using Windows Media player solved this issue (it sent Dolby Digital stream directly to the sound card).After all this changes, I was finally able to get Dolby Digital surround sounds correctly."
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USB

USB:
"The Micro II from the front case USB was the solution, completely eliminating the noise problem."
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"Though I'm leaning toward it being the turtle, since I don't think theres any problem with my usb port bandwidth, or CPU usage."
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"It keeps asking to connect the device to an usb port but it fails to detect it every time."
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"Xubuntu 11.10 recognized that there was a generic usb sound device installed but failed to recognize that it was a turtle beach audio advantage micro ii."
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"The design is nice, as there is less strain on your USB port, but the premium sound enhancement is too much, especially with music."
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"Enter the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB."
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"I have an active USB repeater extension running into BR with the Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB with a Toslink cable to Vizio soundbar...WORKS LIKE A CHARM!"
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"Very easy to adapt USB output to Digital Audio"
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"My HTPCASRock FM2A88X-ITX+AMD A10-6700 APU stock heatsink and fan4GB GSkill RAM 2x2Corsair HX520 modular PSTurtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB"
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Video

Video:
"My Dell Inspiron N4030 came with a sound card that is so terrible, that I can only hear a video with the sound all the way up, and complete silence from everything else in my house."
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"The $100 devices should have zero audio problems, include the required pass-through for today's Movies and entertainment sound, including recording via S PDIF."
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"This is not ready to use out of the box for surround sound, if you follow the simple steps created by the owner of the you tube video pointed to above, it is easy to install."
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"After installing the driver, excellent for playing 5.1 movies fro my laptop through my 5.1 sound system (via TOSLINK).Our how to video: youtu ."
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"Watching movies is a much more pleasant experience now! "
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"With this device I was able to utilize the Dolby 5.1 in movies by connecting it to my audio receiver's optical audio input."
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"Plugged this into the back of the computer, inserted the adapter and connected my optical cable and it worked perfectly, giving me 5.1 from movies and games, which is what I wanted."
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Volume

Volume:
"Not only does it sound great, the mac audio keys (volume up, down, mute) understand that the new device handles audio and it is allows me to use those controls properly."
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"i usd this device for the first time straight out of the box, but later i learned once i had music blowing out my eardrums that its volume control doesn't work very well even as low as it will allow the volume to go is extremely loud and unbearable."
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"I saw other reviewers stating that a driver download was needed to obtain 5.1 surround sound support, and also heard complaints about the volume boost."
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"The volume is also a serious problem."
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"I connect my laptop to TV but regardless of laptops I have a hard time hearing the audio (using the headphone jack)First i bought one for myself which solved my problem, i used to have the volume anywhere from 80% to 100% (Netflix, Hulu and...) now it's on 10% to 15%.Just bought the second unit few days back for friend of mine which is have a similar problem and she is more than happy with hers."
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"Maybe with higher impedance headphones it'll be ok. Bought an extender with in line volume control (the turning knob) to lower the volume to reasonable level."
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"Like I said, the volume can blow your eardrums through a decent set of headphones so be careful."
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"Plug and play is nice, just be careful about the volume."
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"I'm using this to drive a pair of headphones, and cannot get the volume low enough to be comfortable without the audio completely cutting out."
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"Pros:The sound quality and volume are really good on Micro II, especially for the price."
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Windows

Windows:
"For two channel it works just fine and sounds great, but I downloaded the newest drivers from the manufacturer, as well as tried many other versions of the driver package available and it fails to install in Windows 7 Pro, it keeps saying the driver isn't digitally signed."
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"Unfortunately the driver software cannot be installed on Windows 8, and Turtle Beach has said on their forums that they have no plans to update the drivers for this product."
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")I was never able to install the driver on Windows 8 or Windows 7, so this item has been returned to Amazon."
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"So, I cannot recommend this product for users of Windows 8."
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"when used with the built-in drivers in Windows 7 x64.My only complaint is that the product description makes it sound like the Micro can utilize digital 5.1 surround with anything on your computer that supports it."
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"If you have any knowledge of windows it's an easy install process."
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"Was looking for somthing cheap and easy to use for my Windows 7 notebook to have it output 5.1 optical to my receiver."
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"So if you're like me and are using either Windows 7 or 8, your chances of being able to install the software necessary to use this adapter for 5.1 output are zero."
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"UPDATE:Windows 8 users are better off with the Creative X-FI THX SB1095 for double the cost."
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"If you don't care about optical audio and don't use windows 8 then this would probably be 5 stars as it is otherwise great."
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