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Speakers/Headphones News (78)

LUXA2 Releases E-One Aluminum Headset Holder

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: April 15, 2014 08:52AM
Author: Brentt Moore


LUXA2, a Taiwanese based designer and manufacturer of award winning portable accessories, has launched its new aluminum headset holder, the E-One. The E-One, which expands the LUXA2 holder solution range, is a diamond cut all aluminum headset holder that helps organize desk space and provide physical protection for headsets. The E-One prevents headband damage by using rubber along with holder that conforms to the shape of any headset. Scratches and tugged wires are also prevented with storing a headset on the E-One, and its rubber soles help the headset holder to maintain its position while in use.

The LUXA2 E-One has a suggested retail price of $34.99.

Source: Press Release



Thermaltake Announces Boom Box for Smartphones

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: March 6, 2014 04:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Thermaltake has announced the availability of a boom box speaker system targeted at smartphones. The GroovyT Magic Boom Box Speaker is released under the LUXA2 brand name and offers a quick method to turn your smartphone into a stereo. The T in the product name stands for "touch" as that is how devices are connected. Users only need to place their devices on the GroovyT and the sound will begin to play through the speakers. An 800mAh battery provides for up to five and a half hours of playtime and a charge time of three hours ensures that you will be back to listening in a small amount of time. The GroovyT will be available at an MSRP of $14.99.

Source: Press Release




ROCCAT Releases Kave XTD 5.1 Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 31, 2014 11:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

A German manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, ROCCAT Studios, has announced its new Kave XTD 5.1 digital gaming headset. The new headset takes its place as the flagship model within the Kave XTD series. The ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 incorporates plenty of features, to include the ability to connect a smartphone to the headset via Bluetooth, the ability to mute chatting automatically when a call is picked up, and 5.1 speaker ports that let customers use their existing speaker system with the headset. Three individual drivers per ear cup, combined with each driver being aligned at a 12 degree angle, ensure that sound is immersive and clear. ROCCAT has made use of redesigned materials that make the headset 25 percent lighter while increasing comfort and durability.

The ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 digital gaming headset is available immediately for customers to purchase, priced at $169.99.

Source: Press Release



X2 Introduces SATURN Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 28, 2014 04:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

X2, based out of The Netherlands, has announced its new SATURN real 5.1 gaming headset. This new headset is the company’s latest addition to its series of gaming headsets. The SATURN headset by X2 is a professional gaming headset built with high quality components, ensuring durability, performance and comfort. Three speakers are built into the headset, along with a bass vibrator in each ear cup that provides real 5.1 sound. A flexible microphone is integrated into the headset along with a line cable that allows separate audio channels to be adjusted, such as sub, front, center, rear, microphone, and overall volume. Gamers will find that the headset not only delivers optimum performance, but also enables ultimate comfort with its lightweight design and noise cancellation ear cups. Specialized downloadable software is available for the SATURN headset, which enables unique configuration settings through the USB connection that the headset supports.

X2 is currently selling the new SATURN gaming headset with 5.1 sound from X2 Shenzhen and X2 Europe, and is pricing the device at $81.95. A two-year manufacturer service warranty is provided.

Source: Press Release



Func Announces the HS-260 Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 27, 2014 07:01AM
Author: bp9801


Func is a company that many know for high-quality mouse pads, however things have been expanding lately to encompass keyboards and mice. Now it gets expanded a little further, as Func is releasing the HS-260 Gaming Headset. The HS-260 is a closed-back design to help keep you fully focused on your gaming, which should sound pretty great thanks to the 50mm tuned and paired drivers. The earcups are large to better fit around your ears, and you can customize the feel with swappable ear cushions (velour and leather). Since the HS-260 is a headset, Func has included a detachable microphone that can be used on either the left or right earcup. The cable for the headset is also detachable and can be connected to either side, too. On the left earcup you'll find the integrated controls for both audio volume and microphone mute.

The Func HS-260 Gaming Headset will be available soon for $79.95. It comes with a two-year warranty so you should be covered in case the unfortunate happens.

Source: Press Release



GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker Introduced by LUXA2

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 24, 2014 09:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

LUXA2, based out of Taipei, Taiwan, has announced their new GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charging Station, a new addition to the Groovy audio series.  The new speaker combines innovative technology and excellent build quality, while providing exceptional sound quality and wireless charging at the same time. With the GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker, NFC technology is built in that provides the ability to charge the speaker itself as well as any smartphone that features Qi compatibility. Other devices, to include smartphones incompatible with Qi technology, are able to be charged via wired USB. The LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charging Technology incorporates a 4000mAh battery, aux-in connection, Bluetooth 3.0 with NFC technology, built-in microphone with speakerphone functionality, LED battery indicator, and LED touch panels.

Source: Press Release



ASUS Announces New Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 16, 2014 02:37PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

ASUS makes products that fit in almost any PC category, and headsets are one of them. The company already has both the Vulcan Pro with and without ANC and the Orion headsets, and now the company expands the product line with its new Cerberus gaming headset. The headset has the usual ROG red and black theme with round ear cups and a self-adjusting frame. The cable is 1.2 m long, which can be extended with a 1.3 m splitter cable, so it can reach all the way behind your desk and down to the back of your PC.

The headset has two large 60 mm neodynium-magnet drivers that, according to ASUS, "deliver unrivaled punch and audio immersion that's utterly convincing, allowing the wearer to clearly hear positional audio and game effects," while also offering "faithful audio reproduction, be it roomy stadium rock, crisp and clear spoken-word listening or lifelike movie soundtracks." The ear cups has been fitted with 100 mm noise-isolating ear cushions, so you will not get disturbed during an important match or listening session, while also ensuring that your ears will not be hurting horrendously after a 5 hour gaming session. Furthermore, the headset comes with a dual-microphone design, which ASUS does not elaborate on. 

There is no details on a release date or price, and we will have to wait for a review to know how they sound.

Source: ASUS




BitFenix Steps Into Audio with Flo Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: December 16, 2013 05:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga


BitFenix is a company that I have always associated with computer cases, but the company is looking to shake things up a bit with its first step into the audio market. The Flo Headset was designed to be useful in multiple settings, both at home and on the go, thanks to a lightweight design. The headphones are driven by "40mm Neodymium drivers with precision-tuned acoustic chambers." A steel frame provides excellent durability while SoftFeel™ earcups provide comfort for the wearer. Four colors are available in a matte finish and the package is rounded out with an in-line remote and microphone.

Source: Press Release




Razer Adds New Headphones to Lineup

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: December 2, 2013 05:19PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Razer got its start with gaming mice but has since expanded its business to include all sorts of high-end peripherals, with the Kraken Forged Edition headphones as the latest addition. The hand assembled headphones are made from aircraft-grade aluminum with leather ear cups to provide for comfort during extended use. Countless hours of design and test have led to a pair of headphones that "deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that’s optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming." Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said, "These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period. We’ve made some incredible audio products in our time, and I’m proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish."

Source: Press Release



Sennheiser Announces Two New Gaming Headsets

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: November 20, 2013 06:42PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Sennheiser is a name synonymous with high quality audio equipment. I own several pairs of Sennheiser headphones and couldn't be happier. The company has now announced that it will be adding two new headsets targeted at gamers through a partnership with Io-Interactive, creators of the Hitman series. Lead Sound Designer at Io-Interactive Frans Galschiøt Quaade explains the partnership saying, "Sennheiser equipment makes our games sound better- both for us and the gamer. Not only are these great gaming headsets for both producing and playing games, but using Sennheiser equipment during development ensures a great and consistent audio experience all the way from the production to end consumer." The G4ME ONE and G4ME ZERO feature designs that resemble some other Sennheiser products and that should mean that gamers are in for a treat. Both headsets have a black and white color scheme built around large earcups, adjustable microphones, and audio quality. Both headsets are available immediately.

Source: Sennheiser



Evercool Steps Into Audio Market

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: September 12, 2013 05:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Evercool is a company that I have always associated with a variety of computer cooling products, but the company is branching out into new territory. The BH-530 is a Bluetooth headset that will allow users to connect to any device with the wireless technology and listen to whatever suits their fancy. An included omnidirectional microphone will also allow the BH-530 to be used for communication in game or through the phone. Soft leather earpads provide comfort for hours, which goes great with a battery life up to 10 hours.

Source: Press Release




X2 Launches the SolarBlast Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: September 6, 2013 03:14PM
Author: bp9801


X2 may be relatively new over here, but this Netherlands-based company is looking to change that. It recently introduced its new SolarBlast gaming headset that's designed for long-term comfort during all your gaming sessions. The SolarBlast headset connects via a USB port and supplies virtual 7.1 surround sound, so you never have to miss a moment of action. A volume control dial is on the left ear cup, as well as a bass boost button if the explosions need to really rock your senses. The attached microphone lets all your buddies hear your voice clearly, and can even fold into the ear cup so you can easily keep it out of the way when needed.

The X2 SolarBlast gaming headset should be available soon for $59.95 / €49.95. It's backed by a two-year manufacturer warranty and works with any USB 2.0/3.0 port on Windows XP and higher systems. An extra set of ear cushions are included with the SolarBlast, as is a carry on pouch.

Source: Press Release



Corsair Launches New Gaming Headsets, Keyboard, and Mouse Pads at PAX Prime

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: August 29, 2013 06:36PM
Author: bp9801

The Penny Arcade Expo is kicking off this weekend up in Seattle, Washington, and various companies are debuting new gear at PAX Prime. Corsair has a plethora of gaming headsets at the show, as well as a keyboard and two mouse pads. The headsets cover the Vengeance and Raptor lines, with the Vengeance 2100, 1500 v2, and 1400 alongside the Raptor HS40 and HS30. The Vengeance 2100 is a wireless headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround, the 1500 v2 also has Dolby 7.1 Surround and various improvements over the older model, while the 1400 is a stereo headset with 3.5mm analog connections. The Raptor HS40 features 7.1 Surround sound in a circumaural design, while the HS30 is an analog model with a circumaural design.

As for the keyboard, it's part of the Raptor line: the Raptor K30. It's a rubber dome keyboard with red LED backlighting, six dedicated gaming keys that can have macros for 18 total combinations, multimedia keys, onboard memory to save profiles, and a Windows lock key to prevent you from going to the desktop during a game. The two mouse pads are in a couple of different sizes, with the MM20 Extended coming in at 930mm x 300mm (36.6" x 11.8"), while the MM40 Compact is a nice 310mm x 235mm (12.2" x 9.25") .

All the products can be viewed at PAX Prime this weekend, with retail launches for them in September. The Vengeance 2100 is priced at $149.99, the 1500 v2 at $99.99, and the 1400 at $89.99. The Raptor HS40 is $59.99 and the HS30 only $49.99. The Raptor K30 keyboard comes in at $59.99, while the MM20 Extended mouse pad is $34.99 and the MM40 Compact is $19.99.

Source: Press Release




Plantronics Introduces the Cross-Platform RIG Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: August 22, 2013 06:49PM
Author: bp9801


Plantronics is known for its GameCom line of gaming headsets, but earlier today it introduced something a little different. Called the RIG, it's a cross-platform gaming headset that is fully capable of providing audio on computers, consoles, and mobile phones. A wired mixer allows for a phone to be plugged in on one connection, while either a computer or console is plugged in via the other. There's a slider on the mixer that allows for game and chat volumes to be adjusted, as well as a rocker switch to let you speak on the phone or in your game. Game audio, even voice chat, can be filtered in while you're on a call and vice versa thanks to a second balance slider.

As for the RIG headset itself, well it's a circumaural model so the earcups go all the way around your ears, and they can even fold flat for easy transport. It's a stereo headset with a boom microphone for gaming, with an in-line microphone for phone calls. Three EQ profiles can be set as well, including one to deliver some truly impressive bass if the "Seismic" name is anything to go by. Device compatibility includes PC, Macs, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, smartphones, and tablets.

The Plantronics RIG gaming headset will be available this fall for $129.99. More products in the RIG line are expected to follow after the headset arrives.

Source: Engadget



ROCCAT Adds new Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: August 22, 2013 01:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Kave XTD 5.1 is the latest addition to the line of gaming products from ROCCAT. The headset was revealed today at the Gamescom show in Cologne, Germany and was designed as an improvement to the original Kave 5.1. An included desktop remote has a built-in sound card that allows users to plug in speakers for when headphones aren't desired. Another interesting feature is the patented ROCCAT Smart Link, which connects to a users phone through Bluetooth and allows them to make calls using the headset. The headset itself was also improved with new audio drivers, a new headband, and new materials that make it 25% less than its predecessor. The Kave XTD 5.1 will be available in November at an MSRP of $169.99.

Source: Press Release



Cooler Master Releases the CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: July 31, 2013 09:18AM
Author: bp9801


Cooler Master, one of the leaders in all things computer related, has released its newest gaming headset: the CM Storm Pulse-R. The Pulse-R is the company's first modular headset for gamers to customize the removable laser-etched aluminum ear plates with a design of their own choosing. It's a good way to show off which e-Sports team you represent or follow the most, while the white LED lighting gives the headset a unique flair. As for the sound, well the Pulse-R has 42mm drivers to deliver incredible audio and clarity for all your games, music, and movies, while the detachable cable with in-line remote can easily come off for transport. The noise-canceling microphone is also detachable, which is always nice to see. Cushioned ear cups and an aluminum headband help give comfortable support during long or intense gaming sessions, so you won't have to worry about any pain while enjoying the latest game or competing in the e-Sports circuit.

The CM Storm Pulse-R is priced at $89.99 and will be available soon at all (r)etail locations that stock headsets.

Source: Cooler Master




Razer Offers Surround Sound for All Headphones

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: June 26, 2013 02:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest release from Razer is a piece of software called Razer Surround. This technology will provide 7.1 virtual surround sound for any pair of stereo headphones. The software can be calibrated differently for different users through a series of listening tests, providing the optimal listening experience for each user. Razer is offering the software free of charge for the rest of this year with the price increasing to $19.99 on January 1, 2014. Users will be presented with the opportunity to donate to the Child's Play Charity at the start of their download, but it isn't necessary to access the software. CEO Min-Liang Tan said, “We’re a big believer of giving back to our fans and the gaming community, and making Razer Surround available free with a donation to Child’s Play in 2013 is a testament of our commitment to giving back to current and future gamers of the world.”

Source: Press Release



Thermaltake Unveils Level 10 M Headset at Computex

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: June 4, 2013 03:41PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Thermaltake is showing off the latest fruits of its collaboration with BMW DesignworksUSA at Computex in the form of the Level 10 M Gaming Headset. The new headset features an interesting visual design and "outstanding acoustic engineering as the frequency and the pitch of the sound driver are tuned specifically to meet most game genres' environment." An Axis-Movement microphone rounds out the headset and provides a method for gamers to communicate. Thermaltake also took the opportunity to show off a number of other products for the first time including the new Urban and Chaser PC cases and the Water 3.0 all-in-one cooling solution. Members of the Tt eSPORTS team were also on hand to meet the fans.

Source: Press Release



ASUS Announces New External DAC Converter and Headphone Amplifier

Category: Sound Cards, Speakers/Headphones
Posted: April 27, 2013 01:40AM
Author: Tobias Thydal


ASUS has announced the new Xonar Essence STU, which is an USB external DAC converter and headphone amplifier in one. It is based upon the company's Xonar Essence ST/STX sound cards, which are ASUS' top tier sound cards. The new product is aimed primarily at laptop users, who seek better sound quality and more power for their headphones. 

The Xonar Essence STU delivers a 120 dB signal to noise ratio, a 600 ohm headphone amplifier, asynchronous USB audio, and room for three swappable Op-Amps to allow audiophiles to tweak the sound to their liking. To appease HiFi users, the Xonar Essence STU offers precision clock tuning technology. That along with the aforementioned asynchronous audio transfer helps ensuring accurate and jitter-free sound fidelity. It is also possible to use the Xonar Essence STU as a pre-amplifier, if it is connected to a power amplifier. 

The user can control low and high gain settings on the device itself to match headphone specifications. There is also dual volume controls for separate speaker and headphone sound levels, so these can be controlled independently. The I/O ports include stereo RCA out, a 6.3 mm headphone jack, two digital inputs, and auxiliary in. So there should be plenty of connectivity options depending on what device the consumer wish to output to. 

Source: ASUS



Corsair Updates Vengeance 2000 Headset with Software Driver

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: March 27, 2013 03:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Corsair has announced the release of a driver update for the Vengeance 2000 gaming headset that will enable Dolby Headphone® 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic® IIx on the wireless headset. With this driver, surround sound quality and game compatibility will both be improved. Dolby Headphone signal processing technology offers the ability to deliver 7.1 audio sound while Dolby Pro Logic IIx takes stereo and 5.1 channel sound and converts it to 6.1 or 7.1 channels. The driver is available for immediate download on the Corsair website.



Thermaltake Unveils the Level 10 M Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: March 5, 2013 11:36AM
Author: bp9801


Thermaltake has been slowly expanding its Level 10 product line, and today it's branched out into the world of audio. The company announced the new Level 10 M gaming headset today, which has once again been designed with help from BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The Level 10 M gaming headset features square ear covers hiding more conventional oval-shaped ear cups and 40mm Neodymium magnets to deliver the audio. The headset features bilateral connectivity, which means you can plug in the cable to either ear cup to suit your preference. An external in-line controller is included for precise volume adjustments. Currently, the headset is only offered in a stereo configuration, though a USB version with DTS 5.1 surround sound is planned to arrive later. Each headset comes with a three meter cable for plenty of give while gaming, plus the microphone can swing up and out of the way when you aren't yelling at your teammates.

Thermaltake's Level 10 M gaming headset is due to arrive in late May or early June for $150. The USB version should launch a bit later in August for $190. Black and white are the two colors currently announced, though red and green are planned, too.

Source: Thermaltake and Engadget



Astro Gaming Updates A40 Headset and MixAmp Pro

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: October 17, 2012 12:20PM
Author: bp9801


Astro Gaming is built around delivering an audiophile experience for gamers. The original A40 headset and MixAmp Pro launched way back in 2007, and while there have been some new additions to its lineup, the A40 has remained a popular choice. Astro has refined the headset over time, and is ready to launch the 2013 version of the A40 headset and MixAmp Pro. The company has refined the quick disconnect system to use a single 3.5mm connection and tuned the drivers for better bass response and lower distortion. It still has the features that made it so popular, like a wired connection, switchable and removable microphone, Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound, interchangeable speaker tags, and compatibilty with multiple systems.

As for the MixAmp Pro, Astro has made it so game audio and incoming/outgoing voice can be livestreamed over a single cable. It also features new custom audio profiles, a smaller size, and optical port. All of those are in addition to its regular features, like Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 sound, game-to-voice balance controls, and a dedicated voice channel and mixer/preamp.

The Astro A40 headset and MixAmp Pro can be bought together for $250 from Astro's website or your favorite (r)etailer.




Cooler Master Launches CM Storm Ceres-400 Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: August 28, 2012 06:52PM
Author: bp9801


Cooler Master, one of the leaders in a variety of computer gear, has announced a new addition to the CM Storm line with the Ceres-400 gaming headset. The Ceres-400 features 40mm drivers to deliver the best possible audio, be it in games, music, or movies. Large 90mm earpads help to fit over your ears and give you a comfortable fit for hours on end. The headband on the Ceres-400 can be adjusted to accomodate any size head, which is useful for gamers with larger craniums. An in-line remote control allows the volume to be adjusted or the microphone muted with relative ease. The noise-canceling mic is designed to focus on your voice, but if you do not need it at the time then push it up and out of the way.

The CM Storm Ceres-400 should be available soon for $49.99.




Genius Releases SW-G2.1 3000 Speakers

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: March 14, 2012 05:14PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Genius has announced that its SW-G2.1 3000 gaming speakers are now available in the United States and Canada. The 70 watt set features a 6.5" subwoofer that puts out 40 watts and two stereo speakers at 15 watts each. The stereo speakers have 3" metal cones that play the mid and high range audio, while the subwoofer is capable of frequencies down to 35Hz. A controller is included to provide for easy adjustment of volume and bass settings. The set features connections that will allow for connection to computers, TVs, and game consoles. The speakers carry an MSRP of $119.99.



Genius Releases Cavimanus Gaming Headset

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: February 19, 2012 09:54AM
Author: Nick Harezga


Genius has announced the release of a new gaming headset, the HS-G700V Cavimanus. The highlight of the Cavimanus is the creation of virtual 7.1 sound. The headset also includes a vibration function that can be toggled on and off with the press of a button, while an on-ear volume control knobs allows you to easily turn the sound up or down depending on the situation. A uni-directional microphone is included to enable you to communicate with your teammates or talk smack to an opponent that you happen to be dominating. The Cavimanus is now available at an MSRP of $79.90.



Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset Delayed Again, Projected for February

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 31, 2012 05:53PM
Author: bp9801

This is some bad news for anyone wanting a new headset, but not totally unexpected considering what day it is. Razer has announced its Tiamat 7.1 headset has been delayed and will launch in February, and apologized to customers hoping to get their hands on one. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 was originally supposed to have launched before the end of 2011, but then was moved to January. January has come and gone, and now the first true 7.1 surround sound headset is delayed until February. Hopefully gamers eager to get the headset will finally have it soon, and can enjoy their games in true 7.1 bliss. You can head on over to the Razer blog to see how you can get a free t-shirt and flask when you order the Tiamat.



Fiio Shows Off E17 Alpen Headphone Amp

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 24, 2012 09:25PM
Author: bp9801


If you have been following along on the forums here lately, you will notice an uptick in the amount of topics asking about high-quality headphones and even headphone amps. Whether you are just getting into the world of audio or want to expand your collection, this bit of news should interest you. Fiio, known for its line of affordable yet effective headphone amps, has just shown off its new E17 / Alpen USB DAC headphone amp. This is decidedly its new top-of-the-line unit, and includes a 3.5mm output, SPDIF and AUX inputs, and a mini USB connector. The E17 also has a proprietary connector in order to hook it up to the L7 dock or E9 amp. There is even a dot matrix OLED screen so you can easily see what the volume level is at or how much battery life is left. Fiio says the battery on the E17 can last for 15 hours, so you should be able to enjoy it on long trips.

The sample rate over USB is 96K / 24 bit, while SPDIF can do 192K / 24 bit. The E17 is capable of powering headphones up to 300 ohm impedance, which means plenty of sets can be hooked up to it without issue. You can even adjust the treble, bass, mid, and gain controls to better suit your liking, although I have a feeling Fiio knows a thing or two about setting a good mixture.

The Fiio E17 is expected to retail at $150, and should be available in the next week.




Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 Headset Leaked Early

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: January 5, 2012 08:47PM
Author: bp9801


When CES starts in the next several days, we should be seeing a wealth of new information on all the products coming out this year. A few things do get leaked early, and this time from the company itself. The Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 headset was leaked early by Plantronics, but this headset has a different appearance than other models in the GameCom line. For one, it has a distinctly retro appearance with the exposed metal and wires, but the internals are all new. It packs 40mm drivers into each ear piece, and makes use of Dolby Headphone and ProLogic IIx to deliver the best sound possible for your games. The GameCom 780 also has reinforced joints and wiring to better protect it when you take it to LAN parties, plus the ear pieces can fold up flat for easier storage. There is a noise-canceling microphone on the headset, a button to toggle the surround sound on/off, plus an on-ear volume wheel and mute switch. The GameCom 780 connects to your PC or Mac via a 6.5 foot USB cable, but the surround sound will only work on the PC.

The Plantronics GameCom 780 7.1 headset will launch on January 10th for $80. The Plantronics GameCom 380 headset, identical to the 780 but lacks the Dolby technologies and USB connection, will only set you back $50.



Finding Speaker Dead Spots with Lasers

Category: Speakers/Headphones, Science & Technology
Posted: November 16, 2011 12:14PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In a curious combination of technology, researchers at the National Physical Laboratory have devised a way to make pictures and even video of sound waves as they are generated by a speaker. Many modern speakers suffer from dead spots, where the sound waves it emits will cancel each other out. Manufacturers look for these spots by moving a microphone around a speaker during an experiment, or by using computer simulations, which are not always correct. What NPL has done is aimed a laser past the front of a speaker. Light is affected by the density of the air it passes though, and sound waves change the density of air. This acousto-optic effect produces a phase change in the light which can be measured to produce a map of the sound waves. This technique can have an impact on the speakers used for outdoor events as well as inside our homes.



Energy Unveils Energy Power EM-2.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Category: Speakers/Headphones
Posted: November 3, 2011 03:11AM
Author: Daryn Govender


Indianapolis-based Energy, part of Klipsch Group Inc, today unveiled its Energy Power EM-2.1 multimedia speaker system. The EM-2.1 consists of two compact satellite speakers and a space-saving subwoofer, designed to fit almost anywhere whilst still providing an output of 25W. Each speaker contains a 1.3" fiber composite cone driver, while the subwoofer is equipped with a 3" front firing fiber composite cone. The EM-2.1 speaker system will suit a variety of uses, ranging from gaming, movies or music with the included 3.5mm jack for portable MP3 players. The subwoofer also has volume and bass controls for quick and easy sound tweaking. The EM-2.1 is bundled with a five foot 3.5mm audio cable and should be available soon, retailing at US$99.00.




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