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Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21

7.1 Surround Sound Universal Gaming Headset Bundle for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

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Full Dolby Digital Surround Sound Headset

The DPX21 combines two of Turtle Beach’s hottest products into one deluxe combo package. We took our battle-tested PX21 headset, designed for PS3, XBOX 360 and PC/Mac gaming, and partnered it with the Ear Force DSS to transform the PX21 into a full Dolby digital surround sound headset. The PX21/DSS combo pushes your PS3 and XBOX 360 gaming experience to a new level with the thrilling realism of Dolby 7.1 surround sound and crystal-clear communication over PlayStation Network or XBOX LIVE—and saves you a bundle over the cost of buying the PX21 and DSS separately.

The DPX21 gives you a competitive advantage by bringing out sound cues in the game that are difficult to hear with speakers—such as the footsteps of an enemy sneaking up on you or the loading of a weapon at a distance. By combining online chat while immersing yourself in DSS-powered Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound, you can efficiently communicate with online players without being distracted from the game.

With its exceptional audio quality, online communication and comfortable ergonomic design, the DPX21 can help you become a better player while making it a lot more fun to play your favorite video games!

Headset:

  • Ear Force 7.1 Surround Sound Universal Gaming Headset Bundle for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
  • 40mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, >120dB SPL @ 1kHz
  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable gaming sessions
  • Cable length: 16 ft. (4.87m)
  • Weight: 6.4 oz (233g)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Processor:

  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo DC-coupled, 35mW/ch, THD <1%, Frequency Response: DC - 30kHz
  • Bass Boost continuously adjustable from 0dB to +12dB @ 50Hz
  • Mic mute switch
  • Stereo expander switch
  • Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms)
  • 3.5mm plug for line output
  • USB connector for power, mic connection and stereo audio
  • 2.5mm mic output jack
  • USB connector for power (5VDC @ <60mA max)
  • Dimensions: Height 1/2" (1.27cm), Width 2" (5.08cm), Depth 3/4" (1.905cm)

Processor:

  • Full Dolby Digital Surround Sound
  • Stereo headphone output with volume control
  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo 35mW/ch, THD <1%
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • 150MIPS Digital Signal Processor for Dolby processing
  • Optical TOSLINK digital audio input compatible with 48kHz digital audio stream
  • Maximum analog 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 @120mA max

System Requirements:

  • PS3 console (supports optical output)
  • Available USB port

Package Contents:

  • Ear Force PX21 Headset with Amplifier
  • Ear Force DSS digital Audio Porcessor
  • RCA Splitter Cable
  • Digital Optical Cable
  • USB Cable
  • XBOX Controller Talkback Cable
  • Turtle Beach Sticker
  • User's Guide

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

On-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Gaming
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Boom Mic
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Yes
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
120 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
40 mm
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.6
Features
5.0
Design
4.4
Usability
4.8
JohnnyZera

Brazil

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Very nice!

December 23, 2013

I've not used the DSS yet since i'm not home and my notebook does not have one digital audio output but even without the DSS (i have teste it this way till now) the headphone is great! Dont know much about lots of brands but into Turtle beach i know this DPX21 is great!

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thiS

Orange County, CA

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Great for all your consoles

October 24, 2013

I own a PC, ps3, and xbox. Most of my gaming is done on my PC and these headphones work wonders for media, gaming, and skyping. If you happen to have a digital audio connector on your motherboard or sound card plug the dsp system in for a world of difference.

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Nate

Colordo

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Fits my needs perfectly!!

January 27, 2014

I bought these headphones because I live in an apartment complex with 2 other roommates and needed a way to be quiet, but still get awesome theater type surround sound for gaming and movies.

The headphones arrived with everything you need. A short optical cable (3ft), USB cable to power the Dolby Digital Processor, and the headphones. If you don't have a lot of knowledge with setting up audio systems then it might take a while longer, but it took me 5 min to plug in and power up. Changed the audio settings on my playstation 3 and put In the latest grand theft auto game.

After tweaking all the audio level and bass settings on both the processor and headphones, I was blown away. I was not expecting this much sound for the price. I have a pair of Bose earbuds and simply put, these turtle beach headphones are way better. The sound processor is incredible. The surround sound is unbelievable especially for the fact that it's only a left and right speaker next to your ear. Listening to cars drive by or people talking in the background or behind you really sounds where it's coming from. The amount of bass is nuts. I have it turned all the way down of the processor and a quarter of the way up on the headphones and it's just perfect.

Popped in the Transformers Bluray and hands down the best quality audio I have heard in a long time. Surround sound isn't as pronounced as the game but it's there and just awesome.

All said and done if you need a quality private surround sound system, look no further. You cannot beat the price.

The only con I can think of is that I don't use the chat function much and wish the mic was detachable. I also think you can get a set of turtle beach phones with this feature, but again for the price, who cares.

The processor feels very light for what I expected, but it does what it says and amazes me the more I use it.

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Henrique

Brazil

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Pretty good for my first turtle beach

September 17, 2013

It is a great headset. It's good looking and it has a very good sound quality, especially with Dolby Surround Sound processor. It feels like you have a 5.1 home theater on top of your head. Every sound you hear comes precisely from the direction it was produced. Only bad thing is the install it's kind of complicated, but that's the only bad thing, and it is that much of a problem. Buy it, you won't regret it.

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Welltor

Canada

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Amazing Headphones!!

September 17, 2013

Superior sound. Great styling. ...very happy with them and would buy Turtle Beach stuff again.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

Ear Force DPX21

UPC

731855021338

Weight

2.00lbs

Internal SKU

tbs-2133

Internal Product ID

63431

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21