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A mediocre device made for a specific problem

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Pros: Easy to connect, multiple surround speaker angles

Cons: Poor equalizer, poor volume control

Disclaimer: Many of the problems I note with the DSS2 can also be attributed to the lossy compression of Dolby Digital. However, since the DSS2 is intended to be used as a surround sound processor, I feel it would be disingenuous to review it as a simple headphone amplifier. I believe that most people looking to buy the DSS2 are looking at it to provide Dolby Headphone, and therefore will be trying to run a Dolby Digital signal to the device.   Let's be clear, the Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS2 was made to solve a very specific problem: How do we add Dolby Headphone to a console? For that, it actually does a decent job with its six-position configurable speaker...
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The best headphones I have ever worn

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Pros: Soundstage is spectacular, feeling is flawless, audio is awe-inspiring

Cons: I wish the cable was 1/8" to 1/4"

These are literally the best headphones I have ever put on my ears. After a five minute settling period, I can't even feel them on my head. They're very lightweight and both the ear cup and headband padding is absolutely top notch. The tension literally could not be more perfect and the center of mass is tight to my head, keeping them from sliding or shifting when I turn. The Fidelio also sounds amazing, with a depth to the soundstage that feels like I'm being surrounded by the music instead of having it shot at me, and the entire range of sound is extremely well reproduced. The drivers respond very well to equalization: I prefer a very slight "smile" shape to my...
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Good choice for $20

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Pros: Extremely long cable; Included cable wrapper

Cons: Extremely long cable; Fixed cable

If you're looking for some headphones in the $20 range, you could absolutely do worse than the HD-202. As far as "cheap" headphones go, they have a decent sound and feel reasonably comfortable, just don't expect them to sound like you spent $100.   I tried them in three different contexts, for this review:   FPS gaming was a serious let-down. There is very little positional audio, even with Dolby Headphone turned to the maximum; and I got significant fading when the source moved from one side to the other. I wouldn't recommend, nor even suggest these, for gaming.   Listening to music was decent enough. Even with the various features to improve the bass...
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Comfortable, but so is a pillow

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Pros: Comfortable

Cons: Poor range, echoing microphone

This is the most comfortable headset I have ever worn, especially for long gaming sessions, but the audio is so bad and the microphone echo so frustrating that I cannot possibly recommend these to anyone. If all you want is something comfortable on your ears, strap a pillow to your head.   So, specifically, *how* is it so bad?   The drivers have very little bass, making them useless for anything but gaming, and poor at that: I like the full experience of the game, and when a machine gun sounds like a cap gun, it ruins the experience.   The microphone picks up the drivers a little *too* well. After multiple complaints from teammates, I made some recordings of...
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