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Turtle Beach Headset Has DTS Headphone:X

Turtle Beach launched what the company calls a "world's first:" a PC gaming headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Called the Ear Force Z60, this headset was first introduced during CES 2014 back in January, and it's now available at online retailers and in local stores for $119.95.

"DTS surround sound represents a new approach to audio that is sweeping across the film and gaming industries and fundamentally changing the way consumers experience sound," said Bob Picunko, chief marketing officer of Turtle Beach. "At Turtle Beach we are incorporating DTS Headphone:X into our gaming headsets to ensure players have the best possible audio experience."

According to the company, its engineers created presets so that gamers can better hear their footsteps in the snow, or shell casings that hit the ground. They accomplished this by pulling the center channel in towards the players' midsection, which supposedly makes those noises sound even more realistic.

The headset includes 60 mm speakers surrounded by "breathable," around-the-ear mesh cushions. Other features include a microphone monitor so you can hear your voice without having to shout, Dynamic Chat Boost that automatically raises the chat volume when the game volume grows louder and a high-sensitivity microphone mounted on a flexible and removable boom.

The headset also includes an inline control unit, shown above, for controlling the main and chat volumes and the surround sound modes, and it has a button for muting the microphone. This controller connects to any PC with a USB port, and it doesn't require software to set up.

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  • ratchet256
    > gaming headset
    > $120

    Get Audio Technica ATH-m40x headphones, and a mod mic 4.0. That's about $150. Infinitely better than any gaming headset could ever hope to be.
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  • TeddyShotgun
    I have the Ear Force Phantom for $120 two weeks ago, (improved version of the XP510) its a fantastic headset, in terms of comfort, sound, and design. On top of that it is compatible with almost all platforms. However the new generation of Turtle Beach headsets are restricted to only one or two platforms per headset, for example the newest flagship TB is restricted to PS4 and PS3 (you can use it on Xbox but without chat support). Turtle Beach needs to make another flagship model with full compatibility like the XP510.
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  • TeddyShotgun
    I have the Ear Force Phantom for $120 two weeks ago, (improved version of the XP510) its a fantastic headset, in terms of comfort, sound, and design. On top of that it is compatible with almost all platforms. However the new generation of Turtle Beach headsets are restricted to only one or two platforms per headset, for example the newest flagship TB is restricted to PS4 and PS3 (you can use it on Xbox but without chat support). Turtle Beach needs to make another flagship model with full compatibility like the XP510.
    Reply
  • drapacioli
    No thanks, I'll stick with my Sennheiser studio headphones and Blue Yeti/Samson Go mic tandem. Much better headphone and microphone quality than any "Gaming" headset.
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  • schwatzz
    Correct me if I'm wrong but DTS is just a sound format and has been around for quite some time. I don't think you need specific pieces of audio equipment to get the most out of DTS. I thought Dolby Atmos is the new kid on the block in sound design, allowing for sound to be produced vertically.
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  • schwatzz
    Correct me if I'm wrong but DTS is just a sound format and has been around for quite some time. I don't think you need specific pieces of audio equipment to get the most out of DTS. I thought Dolby Atmos is the new kid on the block in sound design, allowing for sound to be produced vertically.
    Reply
  • thee_prisoner
    14208821 said:
    > gaming headset
    > $120

    Get Audio Technica ATH-m40x headphones, and a mod mic 4.0. That's about $150. Infinitely better than any gaming headset could ever hope to be.

    Everybody knows that regular headphones have better overall quality. I have high quality headphones. The point of these headsets and ones like it, is they can do 7.1 and with the DTS Headphone X can offer 11.1 simulated surround for gaming. Really the point is the surround sound processor Z60 amp. I'm sure the Technica doesn't
    include a surround processor amp.

    Schwatzz, DTS offers sound to be produced vertically like Dolby Atom.

    At least in terms of music and movies, I prefer DTS but with games, the audio quality is average anyways so DTS or Dolby will work well.

    Happy surround, the Prisoner...

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  • TheMentalist
    2 words: too expensive
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  • thee_prisoner
    14210403 said:
    2 words: too expensive

    Compared to the Astro's, great value...

    Reply
  • Drejeck
    It's kinda sad that people spend money on audio equipment because of "cheap plastics looking cool" and boasting "gamer" on the box. I would stick to some audiophile brand. Discrete mics are 99% of the time better than those integrated.
    Sennheiser PC360 has very good performance and a superior mic.
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