Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS 5.7 / 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound Processor for Stereo Headsets (Xbox 360/PS3/Windows XP/Vista/7)

by Turtle Beach
Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
 Ages 12 and Over
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.


  • Enjoy Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound with any stereo analog headset
  • Heart-thumping bass boost adds sonic realism
  • Digital and Analog connections for the best possible sound
  • A USB connection provides power - no AC adapters or batteries necessary


Game Information

  • Platform:      Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B003O0KICS
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 15 x 3 cm ; 236 g
  • Release Date: 21 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,154 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

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

The optical digital input easily connects to a game console or media player for Dolby 5.1/7.1 channel surround sound and the analogue input can also be used to upgrade analogue stereo audio sources to Dolby Pro Logic IIx for virtual surround sound. A bass boost control adds sub-woofer effects for enhanced realism to any audio source.

With the Ear Force DSS, video game and movie fans will be able to hear distinct audio events happening all around them, greatly enhancing the overall experience and rewarding gamers with a newfound competitive edge. DSS users playing games and watching movies on their game consoles will actually hear the 7.1 surround sound from certain 5.1 channel audio tracks via additional “hidden” channels called Dolby EX.
The Ear Force DSS 5.1/7.1 channel Dolby surround sound processor transforms any stereo analogue headset into full, immersive surround sound.
  • Stereo headphone output with volume control.
  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo 35mW/ch, THD less than 1%.
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz.
  • 150MIPS Digital Signal Processor for Dolby processing.
  • Optical TOSLINK digital audio input compatible with 48kHz digital audio stream.
  • Maximum analogue stereo input with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms). Input sensitivity may be adjusted to accept higher level signals by lowering the volume control.
  • Dimensions: Height 3.0 in (7.5 cm), width 2.125 in (5.5 cm), depth 0.75 in (2cm).
  • Weight: 1.4 Oz (40g).
  • Power requirements: 5VDC at 120mA max.
What Can I Use It With?
The DSS connects to either a passive or powered headset. It receives its signal from a PC, Xbox 360 or PS3.

Using The DSS With A Passive Stereo Headset.
The DSS has a built-in headphone amplifier that can drive any passive stereo headset, like the Ear Force XLC and Z1, or passive headsets from other manufactures. Connect the headset to the headphone output and then adjust the volume control to a comfortable level. For example, you can use the Ear Force XLC headset, which is a passive design with a mic connection to the Xbox controller for chat mic. Combining the XLC with the DSS provides a low-cost wired Dolby surround sound headset for the Xbox, however, the chat and game volume controls are not separate and chat is processed by the Dolby Headphone feature.

Amplified Headset.
When used with an amplified headset, such as the X1 or X11, the headset is connected to the headphone output jack, just like a passive headset, and the power can be connected to the DSS USB pass-thru socket.

USB Composite Headset.
A composite USB headset, like the Ear Force P21 or PX21, gets its power and chat signal from the USB connection. This type of headset connects to the DSS in the same way as a powered headset, except in this case the DSS USB port provides both data and power to the headset.

Wireless Headset.
When used with a wireless headset, such as the X31, the transmitter USB power connects to the DSS USB pass-thru socket just like a powered headset, and the transmitter line input connects to the DSS headphone output using the included 3.5mm to 3.5mm adapter cable. This sends the DSS headphone output to the X31 transmitter input which then transmits the sound to the X31 headset via the RF signal, so you can hear Dolby surround sound on the X31 headset.
Setting Up The Xbox 360 and Ear Force DSS.
  1. Connect the Xbox 360 A/V cable as described in the Xbox user's guide.
  2. Connect the DSS digital optical cable (included) from the digital output on the Xbox A/V cable to the digital input on the DSS.
  3. Connect the DSS USB power cable from the power socket on the rear of the unit to a free USB port on your Xbox.
  4. Slide the power switch to the ON position. Check if the DDS top panel LEDs turn on.
  5. Insert the audio cable from your wired headset/headphones or a wireless headset's transmitter to the Headphone Output Jack on the front of the DSS.
  6. Adjust the volume control knob to adjust the overall volume level of the Headphone Output.
Setting Up The PlayStation 3 and Ear Force DSS.
  1. Connect the DSS digital optical (included) from the digital output on the PS3 to the digital input on the DSS.
  2. Connect the DSS USB power cable from the power socket on the rear of the unit to a free USB port on your PS3.
  3. Slide the power switch to the ON position. Check if the DSS top panel LEDs turn on.
  4. Insert the audio cable from your wired headset/headphones or a wireless headset's transmitter to the Headphone Output Jack on the front of the DSS.
  5. Adjust the Volume Control knob to adjust the overall volume level of the Headphone Output.
With A Digital Output.
Setting Up The Ear Force DSS On A PC/Laptop Or Mac With A Digital Output.
  1. Connect the DSS digital optical cable (included) from the digital output on the PC/laptop or Mac to the digital input on the DSS.
  2. Connect the DSS power cable from the power socket on the rear of the unit to a free USB port on your PC/laptop or Mac.
  3. Slide the power switch to the ON position. Check if the DSS top panel LEDs turn on.
  4. Insert the audio cable from your wired headset/headphones or a wireless headset's transmitter to the Headphone Output Jack on the front of the DSS.
  5. Adjust the Volume Control knob to adjust the overall volume level of the Headphone Output.




Without A Digital Output.
Setting Up The Ear Force DSS On A PC/Laptop Or Mac Without A Digital Output.
If your PC/laptop does not have a digital output, you must connect the DSS using the included 3.5mm audio cable (analogue). This cable will allow you to connect the DSS to the 3.5mm analogue audio output on your PC/laptop or Mac.
  1. Connect the 3.5mm audio cable (included) from the headphone output on the PC/laptop or Mac to the Analogue In input on the DSS.
  2. Connect the DSS power cable from the power socket on the rear of the unit to a free USB port on your PC/laptop or Mac.
  3. Slide the power switch to the ON position. Check if the DSS top panel LEDs turn on.
  4. Insert the audio cable from your wired headset/headphones or a wireless headset's transmitter to the Headphone Output Jack on the front of the DSS.
  5. Adjust the Volume Control knob to adjust the overall volume level of the Headphone Output.
Connecting Your Home Theatre Speakers Or A TV Without HDMI (Xbox).
If you do not have an HD monitor/TV and are not using an HDMI cable, the DSS can be used with a home theatre system and standard-definition television. On the Xbox 360, connect the DSS as described in this User's Guide and then use the red/white RCA plugs on the Xbox A/V cable to send audio to the home theatre speakers or TV.

Connecting Your Home Theatre Speakers Or A TV Without HDMI (PS3).
If you do not have an HD monitor/TV and are not using an HDMI cable, the DSS can be used with a home theatre system and standard-definition television. With the PlayStation 3, connect the DSS as described previously in this User's Guide and then use the standard composite A/V cable that came with your PS3 console to send audio to the home theatre speakers or TV.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely makes a difference 3 May 2011
This is a genuinely good product for anybody who, like me, wants surround sound but doesn't have the space or needs to keep the volume down. I'm using it with a PS3, and by switching the bd/dvd optical audio to bitstream it passes a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to the DSS when available.

The sound difference especially with movies is a real improvement, I've been using Sennheiser HD555's hooked up to a stereo amp for a while now, and the sound stage has always been great, but this makes a difference. It widens the soundstage and separates the channels so it feels like the sound is coming from speakers in the room rather than left to right stereo in your head.

The only drawback I've found is the lack of DTS. Turtle Beach can't be faulted for this, they don't make any claims to decoding DTS signals; but where Blu-ray is concerned, any disc that uses DTS HD will only have DTS as it's standard surround option. If a Dolby 2.0 surround track is available (it has been on one or two I've tried like Avatar) this isn't a problem as the Pro Logic II processor separates the dolby 2.0 track quite nicely, adding a lot of space to the centre channel in particular. That said, when DTS is the only option and this gets downsampled to PCM stereo, I found using pro logic a little dull, but you can just hit the dolby bypass switch and receive an amped stereo signal and still take advantage of the bass boost (which is actually pretty good)... that part will come down to personal taste, you might like using pro logic on PCM stereo.

For games with Dolby Digital (like Mortal Kombat) and any DVD/Blu-ray with a DD5.1 track (that's pretty much every DVD), I'd highly recommend this...
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In 2004, when I was an undergrad student with a part time job and plenty of money to be irresponsible with, I bought a 7.1 surround sound system (you can find the review in my profile) and hooked up my games consoles and DVD player to it. That sound system transformed my gaming and movie experience, albeit at a great cost financially and aesthetically. (It's hard to conceal one hundred cumulative metres of wiring and eight speakers.) I was able to contrive a fairly neat wiring arrangement in my second flat after the purchase, but I simply haven't been able to set up those speakers since.

Flash forward to 2012 and there are a lot of pressures on my gaming time, and loved ones sharing my living space who don't always like the thumping acoustics of Mass Effect 2. Ironically I now own a halfway decent HDTV rather than a 14-inch portable, but my acoustic options have been reduced to TV speakers or nothing at all (my TV has no headphone socket). Combine these pressures and you have a great incentive to get surround sound headphones, and careful consideration of my budget and needs led me to the Turtle Beach DSS. It's a decision that's paid off brilliantly.

First and foremost, the virtual Dolby Digital surround sound is excellent. Although billed as "7.1", the effect never quite manages to fill in the rear centre the same way as physical speakers, but it's definitely on a par with a 5.1 system. The positionality of the audio is impressively accurate, although sounds from the rear never really sound particularly far away (although I'd be willing to put that down to the sound mix on the games I've tested). My definitive test for positional audio is the "dodge bullets" scene from The Matrix, which was recreated flawlessly. "Government lobby" also impressed.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good headphone surround sound solution 6 Oct 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you'd like to have Dolby surround sound on your games but don't have the room for the speakers or can't have them due to the fact that you might live with or next door to people who don't want to hear you play Modern Warfare 3 through a home theater system, then this is the product for you! The Ear Force takes the same chip used in the Turtle Beach wireless surround sound headphones and sticks it into a smaller unit that you can power by plugging into a USB port and then stick your own headphones into to get Dolby Headphone surround sound, and it works brilliantly.

One thing I would advise: get a good pair of headphones rather than connecting it to something like wimpy iPhone ear buds. While you will get a sort of surround sound effect, you'll miss a lot of the bass and the sound will be rather tinny. I paired my one with a Sony MDR-V150 headset, and it is beautiful. When you use it with a game such as Batman: Arkham City or a film with a good Dolby 5.1 soundtrack the Dolby Headphone processing does a brilliant job of replicating the surround effects that you'd get from a 5.1 system. When you play games such as Skyrim or Arkham City you're pretty much put right into the middle of the action and the DSS processes the 5.1 effects very well - in Skyrim I've been able to hear enemies running right up from behind me and in Arkham City fighting right in the middle of a crowd of thugs is a thrilling experience with you being able to hear enemies shouting all around you from all directions.

It also works very well with PlayStation 2 and Wii games as well as although they don't have Dolby Digital a lot of them have Pro Logic II soundtracks which the Pro Logic IIx processing present in the unit will be able to decode.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound for your Gaming
Such a good addition to the gaming experience. The improvement isnt obvious at the first but once you attune to the improvements its something that I couldnt play without. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr Ying Kit Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great virtual surround processor
This does a very good job of simulating surround sound from stereo headphones. I've paired it up with the Turtle Beach X12s and they work great, so much so I've stopped using my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Added depth to gaming
Better than expected. Went for the DSS over the DSS2 primarily due to price plus didn't want to be toggling equaliser and speaker positions all the time, just plug and play. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I was talking to my brother brother whilst he was playing GTA V and he said to me that he wished he had surround sound for the TV so i went and got the DSS and my x11 headset which... Read more
Published 11 months ago by simon
5.0 out of 5 stars great foir hearing ppl
great for hearing ppl coming round the corners on any shootem ups got em hooked up to my headphones wicked
Published 12 months ago by ian clough
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant ,works great
brilliant christmas present, my son loves it, nice price great value for money
highly recommended, would buy more than one of them
Published 18 months ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars it is a great product
I am definitely glad I got this DSS, It is not ALL they say it is but it does bring the gaming and movie experience to a new lvl that I love :D
Published 18 months ago by iggorr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Product arrived promply and does exactly what we expected. I bought this for my sons birthday and he was absolutely thrilled
Published 18 months ago by Mrs B Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Top product for PS3 gaming
Done the usual research, as I buy once and expect to last for the duration. I purchased this and paired with the Sennheiser PC350 headset, a LINDY USB mic for voice. Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Special1
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolby 5.1 Sound Device... That fits in your pocket? ...Earforce DSS.
First off, let me start by saying... This humble little gadget is superb.
It's an ideal solution if like me, you like to watch movies or play games late at night without... Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by Mr. Stephen James Rowland
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category