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Ear Force HPA2
Ear Force HPA2, by (Turtle Beach), starting at $0.50
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Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA-2 5.1 Headset Review
Author: André Gordirro
Type: Reviews Last Updated: June 22, 2009
Page: 1 of 5
Introduction
Hardware Secrets Golden AwardYou don’t have to be a bona fide audiophile to enjoy listening to a home theater setup. Nowadays the 5.1 system is as ingrained in our culture as the stereo system was for our parents. For those lacking in space/money to invest in a true home theater setup for the PC, and those who like a little privacy while gaming/seeing DVDs, there’s the option of buying in a 5.1 headset. The Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA-2 is aimed at gamers and people who want to have a small home theater experience without waking up the neighbors. Let’s see how it fared.


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Figure 1: The Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA-2 setup.

The Ear Force HPA-2 comes with the headset itself, which is kind of huge, and a staggering amount of wiring. There’s a cable coming from the headset that you have to hook up to a small amplifying unit by a DIN connector, and from that you get a long wire that splits into five other wires, four ending in 3.5 mm minijacks (front, center, surround and sub-woofer channels) and one terminated in a USB plug (to power the amplifier). There is also a set of splitter cables to connect the Turtle Beach to 5.1-channel multimedia speakers. Finally you have a removable microphone. Overall the setup has 11.5 feet (3.5 m) of cables.


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Figure 2: The headset itself.

The amplifier has a general in-line volume control as well as separate volume controls for center, front, surround, and sub-woofer channels. The unit should rest upon the table (taking up more space), being midway the whole wire, which also features a shirt clip.

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Figure 3: The amplifier.
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