Turtle Beach Ear Force AK-R8 Gaming Headset: The Eight Means Eight Speakers

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While it's not packing the force feedback boom of Ben Heck's recently unveiled AudioFX Pro 5+1 gaming headset, Turtle Beach's latest 5.1 surround sound USB headset (also gamer-oriented), the Ear Force AK-R8, will sock your skull with dual sub-woofers and eight speakers. Eight, for real surround sound.

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Besides sporting a removable boom mic, it features a 10-band, six-channel EQ and allows you to hear outside sounds as well. (Though I'm not sure why you'd want to be distracted by the real world or your girlfriend during a hardcore fragging session.) The $150 price tag seems reasonable for a solid headset, but that could just be because I'm hung up on the eight speakers—the $30 pair on my desk seem so inadequate now.

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DISCUSSION

I can understand the need for separate speakers for center, front, and rear but do you really NEED subwoofers? I mean, unless you want your head to shake, regular headphone speakers CAN achieve frequency response down to even 14hz.

Or maybe they're just made for the LFE channel specifically?