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Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card

Price: $59.99 USD


With surround sound being more popular than ever before, the demand for sound cards that can handle a 7.1 speaker setup is quite high.  Everyone wants to be immersed into their music, games, and movies. So what is a better way to do that than get the big 7.1 speaker home entertainment system? In order to use that entertainment system, you'll need a sound card that can handle the system and put out the sound you desire to hear. Turtle Beach’s Montego Dolby Digital Live (DDL) card is the first 7.1 sound card released from Turtle Beach. Let’s see how it performs when it’s put to the test of an avid gamer, musician, and movie-goer.

Turtle Beach is one of the biggest companies of the audio technology industry.  It has been around for more than 30 years, providing some of the most innovative audio products backed with a world renowned standard of high quality. Turtle Beach has always been an elite and innovative manufacturer in the audio industry and the company continues to strive to keep its place at the top of the list.

Closer Look:

The shipping box that the Montego DLL came in had the Turtle Beach logo tape on it and was in near perfect condition. The inside of the shipping box had plenty of packaging peanuts to keep the box from being damaged during shipping. The box has the card’s name over it, with a magnificent wave in the background looking as if it’s about to crash over the logo.  The back of the box boasts about how the card is the “complete surround sound solution” as well as the uses of the card and its software.  On the side of the box, you can read the specifications of the card.



Once you open the box, you’ll find a piece of cardboard folded up to securely hold the sound card in place. Included with the sound card is a quick start guide, a few messages for the user, and the software CD.


The sound card is packaged in an anti-static bag, which is the only way to safely ship a sound card.

I took out the card and examined the front and back. On the front you can see the Aux In/CD In ports and the audio chipset on the card. The back of the card has the card’s logo printed in white. There are 8 ports on the sound card. Starting with the green port, you have the front-out, rear-out, center, bass, microphone in, line in, S/PDIF Out, and S/PDIF In ports. The S/PDIF Out/In ports have plugs which you pull out in order to plug in the respective cables.  



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Configuration (Cont.) & Specifications
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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