Turtle Beach Introduces Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headphones

Turtle Beach has been a respected name in console audio for years now, so when the company puts out a new pair of headphones, people listen. Literally. The Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headset has just hit the announcement pages, with Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound tucked into two major earcups that are sure to provide brain-rocking sound while engrossed in Halo: Reach.

The new headset will be sold exclusively at Best Buy, and the company claims that the 7.1 audio support will let users gain a competitive advantage by being able to hear exactly where enemies and stray fire is coming from. These also have a pull-down microphone for chatting over Xbox LIVE, and there's even a bass booster, 40mm sound drivers, S/PDIF-to-analog converter, front panel USB pass-thru that allows other USB devices to be connected for power or data, and independent volume controls for game and voice signals to balance XBOX LIVE® chat and game sound.

No pricing is mention yet, but we're guessing these will fall in the $100-$200 range.

Turtle Beach(R) Unveils Ear Force(R) DX11 Dolby(R) 7.1 Surround Sound Headset System for XBOX 360(R) and PC Gaming
System Bundle Available Exclusively at Best Buy Offers Superior Value, Immersive Surround Sound and Multi-Platform Compatibility

Elmsford, NY (PRWEB) September 13, 2010

Turtle Beach, a leader in premium gaming headsets and audio entertainment accessories, today announced its new Ear Force DX11 7.1 Surround Sound System Bundle, available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide. The Ear Force DX11 combines the exceptional audio quality and comfort of Turtle Beach's battle-tested Ear Force X11 gaming headset with the Ear Force DSS Dolby® 7.1 surround sound processor. This dynamic duo delivers a rich and immersive surround sound experience with full chat support during Xbox 360 or PC gaming and while enjoying movies, TV and music.

"The DX11 headset bundle represents the ultimate in value and performance for discriminating gamers seeking a Dolby® surround sound experience," explains Michael Arzt, vice president, marketing and business development at Turtle Beach. "Players will gain a competitive edge and greater enjoyment of all their games (and movies) thanks to the well-defined directional cues and immersive power of the DX11."

With the Ear Force DX11, video game and movie fans will be able to hear distinct audio events happening all around them, greatly enhancing the overall. DX11 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.

Visually compatible with the Ear Force X31 and X41 wireless headsets, the X11 sports a black and white design motif with circum-aural ear cups, a deep-cushioned headband and long, adjustable boom mic. For added comfort, the ear cups have been made larger with deep fabric-mesh cushions that sit comfortably around the ears, allowing for enhanced game play for longer periods of time. An extra-long 16-foot cable makes it easy to move around the room while playing XBOX games.

Other key features and user benefits of the Turtle Beach Ear Force DX11 include:

    *     Variable bass boost to enhance the sound of explosions, gunshots and additional deep bass effects to increase the realism of games and movies;
    *     Large, acoustically-tuned ear cups with 40mm drivers produce superior audio with deep bass for all types of games, digital music, and entertainment.
    *     S/PDIF-to-analog converter that can down-mix multi-channel audio from digital devices to 2-channel analog headphone output. This enables digital sources to be connected to devices such as home theater receivers via standard stereo analog audio connections;
    *     Front panel USB pass-thru that allows other USB devices to be connected for power or data, eliminating the need for a power adapter and reducing the number of USB ports needed in a gaming or entertainment setup.
    *     Available AC power option from wall outlet via an optional Turtle Beach USB-to-AC power adapter (which can be purchased via TurtleBeach.com);
    *     Independent volume controls for game and voice signals to balance XBOX LIVE® chat and game sound.

The Ear Force DX11 will be available exclusively through Best Buy and BestBuy.com. Other Turtle Beach premium gaming and audio products are available at Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon.com, Newegg, Meijer, Best Buy Canada, The Future Shop and other fine retailers.

Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets premium audio peripherals for personal computer and video game platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for XBOX360® and PS3™ game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach's Ear Force X41 wireless headset is Official XBOX Magazine's "2009 Peripheral of the Year." Turtle Beach, headquartered in Elmsford, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today's PC audio industry.

Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. XBOX, XBOX 360 and XBOX LIVE are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Corp. PS3 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
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animatortom 4 years ago

Those are pretty cool looking, and I would definitly go for a pair like that! But how can I stress this enough......MAKE THEM WIRELESS!!!!!!

It is not that friken hard people, just put Bluetooth in it! There are so many pro's for wireless and really no con's, unless they use cheap materials and the power only lasts a few minutes. But even with my Kodak batteries, they last almost 18 hours when listening to music.

That is more than enough time when you are playing Halo before you need to take a break and change the batteries :P

I guess they are just hoping that people go crazy when they get fragged, that they jump up and break the cord and their neck, so they have to go out and buy a new pair!

SO TurtleBreach, if you want me to buy this, then put Bluetooth in them and then let me know!

Otherwise I am still aiming for these....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106438

jturnbull65 4 years ago

[quote user="animatortom"]It is not that friken hard people, just put Bluetooth in it! There are so many pro's for wireless and really no con's[/quote]

There is a big con: wireless (including bluetooth) struggles to approach the sound quality of a wired headset.  I think bluetooth is making strides, but it's still virtually unanimously agreed that the top tier bluetooth headsets do not sound as well as their wired counterparts.

animatortom 4 years ago

That might have been true about fifteen years ago. The sound quality on my RF headset is still going strong and sounding better than any other wired set I have used.  Current quality of components allows for great range in smaller sets. The only problem is that more times than not, the wireless is unstable from a manufacturing standpoint. so they end up loosing more money if the customer gets it and it is not functioning. Plus people tend to be to harsh on these type of products so most people end up banging around the wireless system and blaming the company.

That is just a marketing tactic they use to sell you cheap products at higher prices.  And the Sennheiser wireless ones are supposed to be 100 times better than the set I currently have.  The only time there is and loss or decrease in quality is if you go out of range with them. As long as you are within a few meters then you will not notice a difference.  I can go to the bathroom and have Metallica cranked, or the subtle nuances of Floyd with better quality than wired sets. Now with this new MoBo I have a DTS option and the clarity is absolutely amazing, the Eagles and DTS movies sounds almost as good as having a full 5.1 system. cept I can walk round the room and not wake up sleeping beauty :P

Don't feel bad, I too was also duped into believing that, and used to go out and get all the best wired headsets going upwards to the $400 range.  Then you stand up to get your pen behind the desk and it rips your computer off the rack and goodbye cord.  If wired pairs are so good and everyone is buying them then why aren't these 300bones? That's because they are expensive even at $120 @ BB. While the wireless ones are actually going up in price. If you can take care of a pair, then I do recommend a set of Sennheisers, you can get a pair of the 120's for less than a bill. I would say one good design about these are that they do have the single DJ cord, which means less hassle and tangle.
Yet, if you have been convinced that you will not like something, then it is almost certain that you will not like that something!
PChenna 4 years ago

they are a cheaper version of the wireless x41's so if u want the same thing with wireless its already out for 6 months or so -.- http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/xbox-gaming-headsets/ear-force-x41.aspx

realneil 4 years ago

These probably won't work for me and my hearing aids. Too bad, because they're cool.

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