Turtle Beach is a company that got their start by manufacturing sound cards, and now a days are one of the leading makers of audio head sets. They had several new models to show at CES this year, ranging from console to PC. Staying true to their roots, however, Turtle Beach was showcasing the Riviera, a PCI expansion sound card with surround sound 5.1 and Windows 7 driver compatible.
On the PS3 side, the EarForce P21 provides stereo sound for use during online play, voice chat, or PSN. With the P21, game and sound are independent from one another, meaing that when you're under fire, you'll still be able to hear your allies trying to save your ass.
The Xbox 360 saw several products, starting with the XLC. This headset is a smaller type, but keep securely to your ears, with 40mm speakers and stereo in both ears. With an MSRP of $29.99, its one of the more affordable options.
The X31 features an RF wireless receiver, with a reception area of approximately 25 feet. This also features the stereo system and 40mm speakers, an MSRP's for $99.99.
The new X41 is the Mercedes of the 360 headsets, with Dolby 7.1 surround sound and 50mm speakers. This model also features voice playback, so you'll be able to actually hear your own voice so you know if you're yelling to loud. Chat boost is also featured in the X41, so voice won't be lost in the mayhem of combat. This headset also has a receiving stand that holds the hardware for the surround sound, and Turtle Beach has included an extra audio jack so when a friend comes over, an ordinary headset can be plugged in to experience the Dolby 7.1 experience.
The final product showcased was a very useful USB deviced, the Micro and Amigo II, that will allow Plug & Play audio without any drivers required from the system or the device itself. What this mean is that any computer, even one that may lack those annoying audio drivers of its own, can have this plugged in and instantly you will have a functioning audio jack. Finally!
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