By Lisa Johnston
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Turtle Beach will ship this summer a high-fidelity headset for use with PlayStation3 consoles.
The Ear Force P21 headset, introduced at the E3 Expo last month, is designed to enhance communication on the PlayStation Network (PSN).
“The P21 gives PS3 gamers privacy, realism, and a competitive edge at an affordable price.” said Peter Ronick, marketing director. “By combining game sound with PSN online chat, PS3 gamers can now enjoy the same immersive gaming experience Xbox 360 gamers have been experiencing for years with our Ear Force Xbox headsets. They can play PS3 games any time, day or night without being disturbed or disturbing others.”
Features include: independent volume controls for game and voice; variable bass-boost control; proprietary Chat Boost that automatically increases PSN chat levels during loud gaming sequences, so online communication from teammates isn't drowned out; a stereo expander that supplies a wider sound field; a microphone with an oversized, flexible boom; and a microphone monitor that helps keep gamers from raising their voices louder than necessary, eliminating the “clogged ear” feeling that results when you can't hear yourself speak.
Sound is delivered by wide-bandwidth 40mm speaker drivers with high-density magnets and DC-coupled amplifiers for low distortion.
While designed for the PS3, adding an optional RCA to 3.5mm adapter enables the Ear Force P21 to be used as a PC headset. By combining the functions of a USB headset and amplified stereo headphones, the P21 allows the sound level of from online VoIP programs and group communications software to be controlled separately from the stereo game sound.
The Ear Force P21 has a suggested retail of $79.95 .
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