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The Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro is a small form-factor external USB soundcard.

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Pros

affordable

5 agree

includes a USB extension cord - allows for more convenient headphones cord placement

5 agree

small - easily used on the go

5 agree

Powerful amplifier will be superior than a weak laptop headphone output

5 agree

superior sound quality to the majority of onboard desktop and laptop sound chips

4 agree

you don't have to connect your headphones to the back of your computer

4 agree

digital out for use with a computer and nicer non-USB DAC later down the line

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Cons

volume settings are reset when you reconnect the device to a USB port

3 agree

ridiculously loud amp might hurt your ears on first listen if your volume is up at all

3 agree

supplied drivers add some noise; use the built-in Windows audio drivers for superior sound

3 agree

can be easily lost due to its size

2 agree

sound cuts out when using the USB extension cable

1 agrees

all audio is upsampled to 48 kHz; whereas CD/mp3 are typically 44.1 kHz

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The Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro is a small form-factor external USB soundcard. The Micro has a stereo analog output that can be connected to headphones or stereo speakers, and it also features a digital optical S/PDIF output (with included adapter) for connecting to your home theater via a digital connection. The idea behind this product is that it offers a simple, cost-effective sound quality upgrade to your existing soundcard in your laptop or desktop computer. Internal sound cards are typically susceptible to electronic interference inside your computer, whereas this product is more likely to have a static-free signal. This Micro is the base model in the Audio Advantage line with the Amigo, which adds an external volume control, and the SRM, which adds 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound. The Micro retails for $29.95.

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Omar
01/14/2009 11:26

Just got one of these today after listening jealously to Amanie's device. I'm not a big audiophile, but even I can hear the difference, it's pretty sweet. For someone who's using $20 headphones then obviously this thing is overkill, but if you use your headphones on your computer a lot then it's also better to buy one of these than get some $80 headphones. The downside to these is that they're ONLY useful on your computer, while good pair of headphones can be used in a myriad of devices. I use my headphones 90% of the time on my computer, so that's why it's a good fit. RECOMMENDED!

Omar
11/25/2008 02:57

These things are really really friggin loud, so keep that in mind.

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