Turtle Beach Releases Revolutionary Ear Force AK-R8 USB-Powered True Surround Sound Headphones

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Programmable eight-speaker headphones are driven by multi-channel USB audio interface- bypassing the need for an internal sound card.

Turtle Beach®, a pioneer in digital audio and multi-channel headphone technology, today announced the pinnacle of PC gaming headphone gear--the Ear Force® AK-R8. The AK-R8 is a perfectly tuned, portable surround sound system for serious gamers, combining professional-grade, 8-speaker, dual sub-woofer headphones with a multi-amplifier USB audio interface enhanced with digital signal processing. By designing the headphones and USB interface as an integrated system, the Ear Force AK-R8 delivers the comfort and isolation of headphones with the full impact and positional accuracy of true, multi-speaker surround sound.

While headphones and sound cards have traditionally been considered separate items, the Ear Force AK-R8 multi-speaker headphones and USB interface are designed to work as an integrated system to enhance the unique surround sound capabilities of the headphones. To custom-tailor the surround sound experience, users can program the sound field reproduced by the headphones and save the settings as presets. For example, the system provides five independent 10-band equalizers for the two front, two surround and center speakers, allowing individual customization of the frequency response. In addition, separately adjustable room-environment settings for the front and surround channels provide variable depth to the surround sound field. As an added bonus, built-in stereo microphones allow monitoring of room sounds while wearing the headphones.

"The importance of sound, and 3D audio in particular, in gaming and PC-based entertainment can not be understated," said Seth Dotterer, director of marketing for Turtle Beach. "The AK-R8 marries the privacy of headphones with the full sound and positional accuracy of a multi-speaker surround sound system. The headphones are comfortable, rugged and include multiple speakers for an amazing sound experience, and the USB audio interface is one of the most versatile USB sound cards ever to ship--yet it's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand!"

Some of the AK-R8's features include:
·True 5.1 surround sound from 8 speakers
·Ability to monitor outside sounds while wearing headphones
·USB audio interface with multi-channel amplifiers
·DSP sound environments with presets
·High-fidelity large-diaphragm drivers
·Dual sub-woofers for deep vibrating bass
·Professional grade, durable construction
·Super comfortable ear cup and headband design
·10 band, 6-channel EQ
·Ambience effects
·Positional and removable boom microphone
·Built-in stereo microphones

The USB audio interface, which drives the multi-channel headphones, also features separate 5.1 or 7.1 analog and digital outputs. In addition to the headphones and the USB interface, the AK-R8 includes a USB cable, an optical S/PDIF adapter for connecting to home theater equipment, an installation CD and a quick-start manual. The AK-R8 are compatible with WindowsÒ 2000, XP or Vista.

The Ear Force AK-R8 has a MSRP of $149.95 and is available at retail outlets nationwide, as well as through the Turtle Beach website (http://www.TurtleBeach.com) and direct sales center (914-345-2255). For more information, visit http://www.turtle-beach.com/site/products/earforce/AKR8.

Turtle Beach (http://www.turtlebeach.com) designs, manufactures and markets high quality, competitively-priced audio peripherals for video game consoles and personal computers. Famous for its innovative, award-winning line of Audio Advantage® USB and Santa Cruz™ computer soundcards, Turtle Beach is winning worldwide acclaim for its growing line of Ear Force® headphones, which are designed for the uncompromising gamer who demands the best audio experience possible.

Turtle Beach, with headquarters in Elmsford, New York, is a division of Voyetra Turtle Beach, which has been a pioneer in the synthesizer, software and network audio device marketplace for more than 3 decades.

Turtle Beach® Audio Advantage® and Ear Force® are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. All other trademarks are copyright of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

Editor Note: Artwork, including a cutaway of the Ear Force AK-R8 speaker design, is available at http://www.turtlebeach.com/artwork


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