Elmsford,, N.Y., June 10, 2010 – Turtle Beach, a leader in XBOX 360®, PlayStation® and PC gaming headsets, today announced that the new Ear Force Z2 professional-grade PC/XBOX gaming headset will debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 in Los Angeles (LA Convention Center, South Hall, Booth 417). The Ear Force Z2 features a wealth of Turtle Beach’s signature gaming audio advancements, including extra-large 50mm speakers with focused directionality, acoustically tuned ear cups and deep-seated ear cushions for sonic detail that elevates the PC gaming experience to the next level. In addition to demo stations at the Turtle Beach booth, visitors to E3 can experience the Z2 in the Ubisoft booth (South Hall, Booth 1023), thanks to a partnership between the companies. The Ubisoft setup will also showcase the new Ear Force DSS Dolby® digital processor, Turtle Beach’s “digital audio processor” that easily converts any stereo headphone into a Dolby surround sound headset.
The Ear Force Z2 can be used with all desktop, notebook and netbook PCs (including Apple’s iPad), as well as with XBOX 360 consoles via an optional talkback cable (available at TurtleBeach.com) for XBOX Live chat. The high-fidelity sound makes it a perfect add-on for home entertainment applications (movies, TV and music) for additional flexibility and value.
“The Ear Force Z2 is an incredible headset that delivers the sound, quality and comfort of products costing more than three times as much. It immerses listeners in the gaming and movie-watching experience by enhancing even the most subtle sound cues, such as faraway footsteps, a car approaching from behind or softly-spoken passages that are difficult to hear with normal speakers,” said Michael Arzt, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Turtle Beach. “When combined with our new Ear Force DSS Dolby surround sound processor, the Z2 can also be used as a professional-grade surround-sound headset for Xbox or PC gaming. You can even turn the Z2 into a USB headset by combining it with our Amigo II USB sound card.”
Designed for optimum fidelity, the Ear Force Z2’s extra-large 50mm speaker drivers feature high-density magnets to deliver full bandwidth and linear sound reproduction, rich bass sounds and enhanced sonic detail. Acoustic-tilt speaker panels focus sound towards the front of the ear, rather than directly into the ear canal, improving the phase-directionality of game and movie sounds.
The high-sensitivity mic with flexible boom adjusts to any position or flips out of the way when not in use. An in-line volume and mic-mute control, which can be conveniently clipped to a belt or shirt, provides for easy audio adjustments. The 10-foot long cable has a Velcro® tie wrap to easily adjust the length. A unique “quick-connect” jack enables the Z2 headset to be easily separated from the volume cable, which can be left plugged into the PC. (A second volume cable – which can be purchased at TurtleBeach.com – can be left in an XBOX 360 console or home theater system for quick transfer between systems.) The comfortable, oversize fabric mesh ear cups also feature a twist-style design so the headset can conveniently rest on the shoulders between gaming sessions, and the multi-pivot design easily folds up into a small form-factor for storage.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z2 is just one of several exciting new Turtle Beach products and accessories that will debut at E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 15th – 17th, 2010. The Ear Force Z2 has an MSRP of $69.95 and will be available soon at www.TurtleBeach.com and other online retailers and major US and Canadian retail stores. Turtle Beach premium gaming and audio products are available at Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon.com, Newegg, Meijer, Best Buy Canada, The Future Shop and other fine retailers. Turtle Beach products are distributed in Europe by Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ www.madcatz.com.)
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Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com) designs and markets premium audio peripherals for personal computer and video game platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and headsets crafted for XBOX360® and PS3™ game consoles and PC games. Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X41 Wireless Headset is Official XBOX Magazine’s “2009 Peripheral of the Year.” Turtle Beach, headquartered in Elmsford, New York, is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as a pioneer of today’s PC audio industry.
Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc. XBOX, XBOX 360 and XBOX LIVE are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Corp. PS3 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Labs.