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Turtle Beach Montego DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 96KHz
  • PCI Interface
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Looking for a hi-fidelity audio board for your computer? Maybe Turtle Beach makes what you're looking for.

Ordinary CDs, with their 44 Khz sampling rates, revolutionized the way we listen to sound. This PCI board samples audio at up to 96 Khz, at 24 bits of resolution. Line In, Microphone in, SPDIF optical input and optical output and you can hook your CD drive directly to the board's CD/Aux input as well. Better than CD sound coming out of your computer in 7.1 channel sound that surrounds you, immersing you in the experience.

Whether you're playing the latest game or the William Tell overture, listening to your MP3s or watching the latest blockbuster movie, you really ought to look at this board. The decision's up to you, but we're right here ready to please once you make up your mind.

  • newegg PC Games Come to Life In addition to broad support for Game Surround Sound APIs such as EAX, A3D and DirectSound 3D, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL also features Dolby Digital Live technology to provide exciting and realistic Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround effects during interactive gameplay.
  • newegg Home Theater Surround Sound The S/PDIF optical digital output provides a pass-through feature for sending DVD digital sound from a PC to a home theater surround-sound decoder, or for enjoying stereo music in pure digital format.
  • newegg Digital Signal Processing A virtual surround processor upgrades any stereo to multi-channel format so your digital music and movies sound more alive than ever before! A wide range of digital signal processing effects are provided such as 10-band EQ, environments, key-shifting, voice morphing and voice canceling to enrich your audio experience.
  • newegg One-step Connection With the Turtle Beach Montego DDL, hook up your PC to a Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single optical digital cable for audio signal integrity.

Learn more about the Turtle Beach/Voyetra Montego DDL

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


Customer Reviews of the Turtle Beach/Voyetra Montego DDL

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  • Clayton A.
  • 5/1/2011 1:00:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Easy to install, drivers are easy to find (quick Google search for updated ones) and sounds really good on 5.1 headset and 7.1 speakers, much better than realtek onboard audio.

Cons: None

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  • Matthew G.
  • 1/3/2011 11:48:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, optical S/PDIF in/out, reasonably good sound. The control panel application is great, and includes a full graphical equalizer and the ability to change the frequency and number of output channels.

Cons: There's no connection header on this card for your front panel audio jacks. I have a separate headphone amplifier, so it isn't a problem though.

Other Thoughts: The main reason I bought this card is the optical IO. I have a really expensive DAT player/recorder with optical inputs and outputs and wanted to use it to output and record sound on my workstation. This part works great, you can select the output sampling frequency (from 44.1 to 96kHz) and number of channels that matches your device (I use 48kHz/2 channel for the DAT player) and since it converts all outgoing sound, regardless of the original format, to linear PCM it should be compatible with any DA converter. Best of all, the optical connection electrically isolates noisy computer components from your stereo. That being said, I feel that they kind of skimped on the card's analog outputs, they just don't sound as good as the Realtek soundcard built into my mainboard, and nowhere near as good as the DAT player. It loses an egg for that, but otherwise it's a great card and I highly recommend it, especially if you're connecting it to an external decoder.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 1/1/2011 1:26:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood performance and fidelity

Pros: Good Signal/noise ratios and frequency response. Good sample & bitrate. Decodes Dolby Digital, EAX, A3D. Installed flawlessly using the drivers from C-media website. Performs well with games, movies and digital music.

Cons: Input signal/noise could be a little better, but still good.

Other Thoughts: A solid overall performer based on the C-Media CMI8768+ chipset. Great for gamers and movie lovers on a budget. Musical fidelity is adequate, but I would recommend something a little better for enthusiasts, such as the HT Omega 7.1, Asus Xonar or cards in similar price/performance range.

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  • Shaun T.
  • 12/2/2010 8:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUsing with Windows 7 x64

Pros: Cheap 7.1 sound card with Optical In and Out.

Works fine with Windows 7 X64.

Nice to have Stereo Mix if I want to use it.

Much better sound quality than the on-board I used previously and worthwhile for that alone.

Cons: DDL was a slight disappointment to me, but not a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: Bought it to upgrade on-board sound on a Dell Dimension 9200 (XPS410) which is used primarily as an HTPC connected to an Onkyo 7.1 receiver by Optical SPDIF.

I have installed and tried both the Turtle Beach drivers and the c-media 8768 drivers.

Personally, I found the c-media drivers to be better - they are a slightly later revision and I found the layout was more intuitive to use, especially under Windows 7.

Using DDL with a stereo source, I find that too much voice is mixed to the rear speakers and I had to reduce the rear level to make it acceptable. I'll probably just feed it as PCM and use a Prologic setting on the amplifier.

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  • Michael S.
  • 12/2/2010 7:47:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsget new drivers from website

Pros: As segolden stated, go to http://www.turtlebeach.com/support/index.php?View=files&CategoryID=394 and get the latest drivers. With the latest drivers for Vista\Win7 64bit, the card sounds great.

People complaining about it not working with Vista or Win7 obviously didn't read the specs Newegg listed nor did they check Turtle Beach's website.

Just something I always do, is check the manufacture's site for latest drivers and toss the drivers CD in the trash.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Configuration software is a little clunky and looks "messy".

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  • Samuel G.
  • 11/6/2010 10:03:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine with Win 7 64-bit

Pros: Installed and works fine with above OS. Really only bought it as an upgrade to on-board sound quality. Online drivers installed and worked with out hitch.

Cons: None but haven't tried recording or multichannel modes

Other Thoughts: None

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  • David S.
  • 11/3/2010 4:44:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNice paper weight !

Pros: None

Cons: Can't get it to work on any of the 12 computers running at my place. XP Pro,Vista Ult., Win 7,,don't matter.

Other Thoughts: Had same problem last year when tried turtle bay,,I thought maybe would be different this year. I was wrong.

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  • Jason F.
  • 8/13/2010 8:29:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo 5.1 S/PDIF In

Pros: Works as a sound card but I already had one of those. Guess I'll give up on using the computer speakers for 5.1 and buy a real surround sound system.

Cons: The S/PDIF In is for stereo only no 5.1

Straight for the manufacture
Many Montego DDL owners ask us if it is possible to play
the game sound from their Xbox or PS3 into the Montego
DDL's optical digital (S/PDIF) input, have the Montego DDL
decode the Dolby Digital audio, and play the surround
soundtrack through their computer speakers.

Unfortunately, the answer to this is "no."

Other Thoughts: I should have read up a little more before ordering. But honestly I can think of another reason to buy this kind of add on card. All motherboards have sound now and most have 5.1 out built in now days. Mine did.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/14/2010 5:36:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdell optiplex gx270 dual boot

Pros: works with mythbuntu works in windows. no problem using the spdif passthru to my HT receiver.

Cons: probably not the highest fidelity, but no noticeable problems

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  • Trevor H.
  • 8/13/2009 9:38:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible for x64 systems

Pros: Supposedly works well with Windows XP x32.

Cons: SPDIF does not work with Vista 64. Not with turtlebeach drivers, not with cmedia drivers. SPDIF works with community-supported open source drivers (after turning off UAC and using a 3rd party program to fake-sign each driver 1 by 1) but it does not support DDL.

Other Thoughts: A card with no real support, can't do what's advertised in Vista. Do not buy.

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