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Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro Virtual 5.1 Surround Channels USB Interface Sound Card

  • Virtual 5.1 Surround Channels
  • USB Interface
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Don't settle for weak audio performance from your laptop or desktop. Turtle Beach's Audio Advantage Micro is a portable USB audio adapter (or USB sound card) that enhances your digital music connection in seconds. Simply plug the Micro into an available USB port on your PC and connect headphones or powered speakers and you're ready to rock! There's even a built-in headphone amplifier to give your bass a boost and help hitting those highs.

The compact adapter has both analog and digital (S/PDIF) outputs (with an included Digital Audio adapter) and an integrated surround-sound simulator for creating immersive audio with standard headphones or stereo speakers. A 10-band equalizer lets you tailor your sound to suit your music tastes and preferences and ambience effects give you the experience of listening to your audio in different environments.

  • newegg USB Interface The USB interface makes installation of the Audio Advantage Micro extremely convenient.
  • newegg Crystal Clear Music Reproduction Music, movies and games at home and on the road are enhanced with the Audio Advantage Micro. The built-in headphone amplifier provides laptop audio the sound boost that is often missing from laptop headphone outputs.
  • newegg Add Digital Audio Output to Any PC or Laptop A Digital Audio adapter is included for a simplified digital connection to your home theater or recording equipment. Simply plug the adapter into the Audio Advantage Micro and connect your equipment via an optical digital cable for pristine sounding digital audio.

Learn more about the Turtle Beach/Voyetra Audio Advantage Micro

Model

Brand
Turtle Beach
Model
Audio Advantage Micro

Audio core

Channels
Virtual 5.1 Surround

Ports

SPDIF Out
S/PDIF Optical Digital Output (Includes S/PDIF TOSLINK to 1/8" jack adapter)

Spec

Interface
USB

Features

Features
Home Theater Experience for Music, Movies and Games
Conveniently connect to the USB port of your PC or Laptop
Crystal Clear Music Reproduction
Add Digital Audio output to any PC or Laptop

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime limited
Labor
Lifetime limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2010 4:26:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice - would buy again

Pros: Pretty good sound for the money; no audio feedback; easy to install and use having only one mic jack; software is quick and painless; actually comes with a cd so you don't have to hunt it down on the internet; software comes with a quick and easy update system; easy to run and exit program; no stability problems so far; makes sound from music, movies, and games comparable to my high quality digital audio players minus actual surround sound.

Cons: You still have to install software but I don't think there's anyway out of that yet. That previous review wasn't kidding about the blinding led on this card. I may paint over mine too. The surround sound is just regular stereo but for under $50 I wasn't buying it for surround sound.

Other Thoughts: With my limited testing time so far I installed the software on my desktop and laptop then alternated between the two removing and inserting the card back into the usb ports during program operations. As long as I insert the card, run their software, then open my programs my computers have no problem alternating between onboard sound and this sound card without a reboot.
Also, some reviews for products on this site will lower the overall rating if what they buy doesn't meet their high expectations. We all know this less than $50 card isn't going to offer as many features as a $xxx pci card so please write reasonable reviews balancing performance for the price, thanks. Honestly this card is pretty inexpensive, easy to install, and easily an improvement over onboard sound.

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  • Blake M.
  • 2/16/2010 9:00:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's so loud!

Pros: I needed a headphone amp because my built in sound on my netbook was horribly weak. I did some research and this seemed to be the best one. This thing is CRAZY powerful. Just at 10% volume and my ears are buzzing. Some of the best sound I've heard from my headphones. Just plugged it in and it worked just fine under windows 7 without installing anything. It's very small and fits in my ear buds pouch.

Cons: Has a somewhat annoying bright blue light on it, could always paint over it.

It's also too loud (yes this is a con) seeing as I won't be ever going over 10% volume on my large Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and this is still louder than any internal sound card I've ever used. At full it could blow out your ears or maybe damage your headphones.

Other Thoughts: I'd defiantly recommend this if you're looking for a headphone amp, esp ones with high powered drivers. I still haven't tried the optical out.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/1/2010 6:39:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFixed a Problem for me

Pros: This device worked right out of the box. I plugged it into the USB, plugged the speakers into the audio device and I had sound. I am running Mandriva Linux 2008.1, kernel 2.6.24.7. The price was right, and installation was a breeze.

Cons: The fancy 5.1 surround sound features are not available. My sound mixer, Kmix, shows only volume control. The control software for this device is a Windows application and will not run on my Linux. That is OK because I do not have a fancy speaker system anyway. I took off one egg because the controls are not there for Linux.
FYI, it does not mention Mac compatibility either.

Other Thoughts: I had to replace the Mother Board in my computer, and my Linux is incompatible with the new onboard sound card. Rather than upgrade my OS I bought this to get some kind of sound working until I can get around to an upgrade.
I cannot comment on the quality of the sound because I am piping it into cheap (old) powered speakers and then into cheap (old) headphones. I just wanted sound of some kind, and I got it with this device. It sounds OK given the circumstances.

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  • Tyson W.
  • 12/17/2009 4:22:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what it says

Pros: Does what it claims, is passing DD 5.1 thru to my receiver and will pass the rest of my audio thru as stereo PCM when set as the default directsound device. Was easy and painless to install and setup on a 32bit Vista system for somebody with high tech knowledge.

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: Came with a usb extension cable. Can't evaluate the sound because my receiver is probably the bottle neck for quality here, but if you are an audiophile you're probably not looking at this $30 device anyways. My thoughts for the money the sound is great.

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  • Helen M.
  • 12/14/2009 9:15:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome for 29.99USD

Pros: Recently, I have been doing testing with on board sound, after taking a major notice to how much processing was devoted to it I decided to try out external sound cards. Since the things I've owned prior to this were actual sound cards converted to USB (huge bulky units) rather then a USB sound card, I felt it was time to try something new. The OS this was for was a XP rig, however I've used it from everything to Vista and Win7 now. If I have any reason to split the sound channels I now can very easily. Being that it is a USB setup time is non existent, just plug and play. I've plugged this in everything from 5.1 surround, headphones and power speakers. All of the sound is rather crisp and good for 30 dollars. The 5.1 surround used the software, and had a direct 1 aux in. Worked fine and all speakers played correctly.

Overall excellent.

Cons: The fact there is no MIC input, as stated before. That is my only beef with this.

Other Thoughts: I've recommenced this to my friends and family. Will make a great gift for any tech which likes to experiment and try new things.

May try out other products offered by Turtle Beach. :D

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  • Michael I.
  • 12/3/2009 12:07:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou need this.

Pros: I just purchased this to go along with my Bose Companion computer speakers.

I never knew what I was missing. I enjoy a wide range of music from classic rock, folk and classical. This is just a great little sound card. The software allows you to choose from a concert hall environment to a padded cell! Actually about a couple dozen choices and yes, they do make a difference. You can also adjust the direction of sound, from stationary to "moving" from side-to-side, etc. Makes the music sound like you're actually there. Worth every penny.

No pulling apart my computer and it's plug'n play.

Cons: None that I know of.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2009 12:15:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsListen Up!

Pros: Cheap. S/PDIF output.

Cons: Cheap. Lackluster analog performance.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for an Optiplex GX620 Desktop (sub-par OEM audio, of course) to interface with a digital A/V Receiver. Not using it for Blu-Ray, so this suffices as the most it will handle is 2-channel 44.1/48 uncompressed or DolbyDigital/DTS.
This device would have no cons if it were only a digital adapter.
Analog Users: I don't know what to tell you. One can only expect so much from something so small and inexpensive.
Vista Users: please don't whine about the lack of compatability with this device. You're problems are much greater than this USB adapter. Besides, Windows7 is now out.
Thanks for your consideration and time.

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  • Nathan B.
  • 9/24/2009 12:17:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks As You Would Expect

Pros: Sooo easy to setup and use! Plug it in as you would any USB memory stick or bluetooth dongle etc and connect headphones or use the digital optical adapter (which is why I made the purchase). Processes everything I need for the application (hooking up the laptop to the bedroom tv to access the network media drive)

Cons: It doesn't appear to be amplified. It doesnt carry a signal along 50ft optical cable like my other powered devices can, but works on shorter line. The connections are pretty flimsy. But again, for this price and size... I can't complain!

Other Thoughts: Pretty slim pickings out there for anything better. Does the job so get it!

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  • Michael P.
  • 9/21/2009 10:02:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery impressed so far

Pros: It was relatively inexpensive, the software loaded into my Toshiba laptop with Vista Home and it worked with no problem. The sound is noticeably better going into my Yamaha amplifier than just routing it though the onboard earphones jack.

Cons: Very minor - it seems a little delicate, you wouldn't want to bump it.

Other Thoughts: I bought it so get the most out of my 5.1 surround sound system, rather than playing cd's thru the DVD player. The seemed more versatile than using a internal card in a desktop. I mostly wanted the optical output. I haven't cranked it up loud yet though to see if there's distortion.
My system - YAMAHA YHT-391BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater System ; Toshiba - Satellite Laptop with Intel® Celeron 900 Processor

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  • William R.
  • 8/25/2009 5:57:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOptical Solution

Pros: If you need an optical/TOSLINK output to a home theater system - this device works for a relatively small cost. The 5.1 surround sound from my PC to a Samsung Home Theater system couldn't be better.

Cons: When this device is used as my sound device, the mute-all option in Windows Sound Mixer (or the turtle beach application) does not work. I can mute individual applications, but the 'all' will not mute. (Vista Ultimate 32-bit).

Other Thoughts: I am pleased with the device, despite the above inconvenience. I need to check if updated drivers are available that might help.

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