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Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS Review



The Ear Force DSS is an interesting take on a concept that has been in development for a few years now. Surround sound simulation seems fairly reasonable from stereo headphones because we do, of course, only have two ears.  However, I just don’t think that the processing technology is quite there yet. The DSS did have great audio quality performance. As I’ve mentioned, it actually enhances the stereo imagery in movies (and debatably in music also) . This, and the "Dolby Bypass" function actually makes the DSS great as a simple digital to analog converter for headphones, despite that not being its main purpose.  Aside from the great base audio enhancements I really could not distinguish surround sound in my Ear Force Z2 headphones.  Along with the inclusion of Pro Logic IIX (which, as I discussed, is somewhat unneeded here), the DSS has a lot of processing capabilities that go to waste.

I can’t really recommend these for their purpose of simulated 5.1 or 7.1 audio, but enhancements to stereo listening plus USB power and Bass control still make it a useful device. You’ll definitely get better results from your stereo headphones for stereo listening, but don’t expect any magic from surround sound in games and movies.  Though it still has some great features, the surround performance keeps it from being worth the $90 price tag.



  • Solid Build Quality
  • Stereo Enhancements
  • Easy to set-up and use
  • USB Powered + USB Passthrough
  • Bass Control



  • Surround sound is very hard to distinguish
  • Pro Logic IIX is slightly redundant

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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