Originally Posted by Beerstalker
The Turtle beach site says •Power: USB (5V @ 380mA max). I believe USB 2.0 ports are supposed to all be able to output 500mA, so you should be fine.
You're right. The Sony's USB port does power the DSS2. I'm testing it now but can't totally recommend it for other HDTV users for two reasons.
1) Even though the DSS2 has a volume control I wish it were a smidgen louder. I'm playing with the 7 preset equalizer settings to see if I can find one that handles most movies.
2) The included optical cable (that plugs into the Sony HDTV and the amp) is only 5' long so I can't have the cigarette-pack size amp next to me as I'm viewing (gotta get up to switch the EQ).
It could be that the impedance of my cheap Sony headset causes the volume to be not quite high enough. The surround sound and stereo effects are
very good. One nice thing (beside not adding to my electric bill) is the amp shuts off when I turn off the TV.
I've tried switching the input from optical-in to digital-in but don't notice a change in volume.
This said, unless I can find another such amp I plan on keeping the DSS2 (Amazon, $73.58 w/free s&h).
I'm presently shopping for a 5.1 Dolby surround sound wired headset (without mike). Any suggestions? I'd like to try in-ear buds but worry that I might not find a pair that both optimizes the DSS2 and feels comfortable—so returning them might be a problem. We only have Radio Shack here on the Big Isle.