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Audioengine HD6 Desktop Computer Speakers Review
     Thu, Jul 28 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If heaven is installing a new sound system, they will be getting the Audioengine HD6.

Gainward GTX 1060 Phoenix GS Review
     Wed, Jul 27 2016 | 1:12P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the spotlight today is the GTX 1060 Phoenix GS. Gainward’s Golden Sample cards have been the mainstay through many generations and are representative of the brands best offering. The graphics card we’ll be looking at today features a custom design with a dual-cooling fan configuration, as well as a factory overclock taking the GPU to just 7.5% over the reference settings. Will a tame overclock to the GPU and a reluctance of any memory overclock still deliver good results? Let’s find out!

HiFiMAN Edition X Planar Magnetic Headphones
     Fri, Jul 22 2016 | 12:54P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HiFiMAN's newest high-end headphone, the Edition X, bears a striking resemblance to their flagship HE-1000. It uses the same driver design without the fancy nano materials found in the $1200 more expensive HE-1000, but is, at $1799, still the second most expensive headphone in HiFiMAN's line-up.

Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Headset Review
     Thu, Jul 21 2016 | 2:25P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you ready to take your audio to the next level? If the answer is yes, then keep on reading, as Creative are telling us that their new headset is one of the best around, and we’re eager to find out how it performs as much as you are! This isn’t our first venture into their pro gaming headset range, and their mighty impressive Sound Blaster H5 gave a flawless performance when we reviewed it recently. With that in mind, the H7 promises to be even better in almost every possible way, so let’s not beat around the bush any longer, and get stuck into the details.

Astell & Kern AK Junior Review featuring Sennheiser HD650
     Thu, Jul 21 2016 | 2:24P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Astell & Kern has had a place in the high-end Digital Audio Player market for years now, with its top-tier model running up a hefty £3300 price tag. However, there are those out there who enjoy quality audio products but don’t want to spend thousands of pounds on equipment and for those there is the Astell & Kern AK Junior, a £399 portable player that packs in a lot of quality with a more manageable price tag.

Edifier Studio R2730DB Speaker Review
     Wed, Jul 13 2016 | 8:20A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Edifier Studio R2730DB Bluetooth speakers are aimed at those who want uncompromising audio quality, a range of connectivity options and appealing aesthetics – all without breaking the bank. The speakers certainly look good, but how do they perform? We will find out.

HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset Review
     Mon, Jul 11 2016 | 11:42A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2014, the HyperX Cloud gaming headset launched to rave reviews including our own and quickly became a big hit amongst gamers around the world across all platforms. This level of success was unprecedented for a high-end gaming headset, yet its good sound quality, outstanding construction, and comfortable design, easily made it the best value competitive gaming headset despite the price. Building on the tremendous success of the Cloud is an all new premium competition gaming headset from HyperX called the Cloud Revolver.

Bose SoundLink Mini II @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Jul 07 2016 | 12:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s crazy just how much smartphones have changed things over the last 9 years. We went from carrying around a phone to carrying around a PC replacement for some as well as things like a camera. Even with everything that smartphones are capable of, we can still expand their reach with a few accessories. This is why our friend over at Verizon sell a whole variety of things in their store beyond phones and phone chargers. To give us an example they sent over a box with two new products they carry. Today I’m taking a look at the first of those two products, the Bose SoundLink Mini II. This is a small portable battery powered speaker from Bose. I’ve been testing it for a few weeks around the office and today I’m going to dive into its features and how it performed.

GeForce GTX 1070 2-way SLI review
     Wed, Jul 06 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We grab two MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X editions graphics cards and set them up in 2-way multi-GPU SLI. We'll obviously focus at Ultra HD performance as well as a micro stuttering analysis with the help of FCAT. Join us in this review where we'll once again look at everything.

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds Review
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 1:37P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds by Jabra may not feature the longest battery life in their category but thanks to the very good audio balance, excellent build quality and the integrated heart-rate monitor they are among the best of their kind (and did we mention Jabra has performed a significant price drop?).

Free Thought Project
     Sun, Jul 03 2016 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Conspiracy theory website, The Free Thought Project, got trolled by SoFlo when that notorious Facebook content thief posted his iPhone hack hoax. Not only did they fall for his hoax, they crowed about how “the FBI looks silly now”. Well, it looks like they will have to eat crow now!"

Antion Audio ModMic
     Sat, Jul 02 2016 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It might be news to people who don’t consider themselves to be audiophiles, but for the most part gaming headsets aren’t exactly known for having top level audio performance. They are expensive, but they generally are focused on styling, and adding features that can be used in marketing when promoting. I’m not saying they are bad, but there are better options when you drop the microphone and start looking at headphones. You can also sometimes save some money going this route. This is why when you walk around a LAN you are going to see a few people sporting big headphones. The problem of course is for online gaming you are going to need a microphone. There are a few different options with the most popular being microphones sitting on your desk. They can be cheap old school microphones or production quality microphones that costs as much or more than your headphones. Well if you are looking for something that is closer to a traditional gaming headset you need a microphone on your headphones and Portland, Oregon based Antlion Audio stepped up to fill this void with their ModMic. Today I’m checking out the 4th iteration of the ModMic to see how they perform in combination with our V-Moda headphones.

Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Gaming Headset Review
     Thu, Jun 30 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Despite the fact that we are dealing with a steel reinforced headband, brushed aluminum and large cups which do hold 50mm drivers that should add some weight, the Sound BlasterX H7 headset remains quite light, having about 364g. By including a 24-bit/96kHz USB DAC, Creative is basically offering us a 2-in-1 product, but can be only used when the headset is connected via USB. If the product is plugged in via analog connection, the DAC is bypassed and the audio quality will highly depend on the sound card/CODEC we are working with."

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G - Silent Gaming + Major OC Headroom
     Tue, Jun 28 2016 | 5:35P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI hits yet another home run with its GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming 8G, with it being totally silent during gaming, and has huge OC potential!"

Razer ManO'War Wireless PC Gaming Headset
     Tue, Jun 28 2016 | 5:34P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The ManO’War headset is also marketed as a 7.1 virtual surround sound solution and thanks to the Synapse software, it can deliver good precision on the battlefield if we calibrate it to match our preferences; also, thanks to the 50mm drivers we will get powerful bass which immerses us further inside the game. With the ManO’War we no longer need to think about battery life much when having long LAN parties because the headset can provide us with up to 14 hours of continuous usage, while keeping the Razer Chroma lighting active. If we decide we do not need the LED lights in order to impress our rivals, then the usage time can climb up to 20 hours; if the headset is not used for a while, it will turn itself off in order to conserve battery life."

Radeon R9 380 vs. GeForce GTX 960 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jun 25 2016 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Let's compare a Radeon R9 380 and a GeForce GTX 960 4 GiB video cards, to find which one is the fastest mainstream video card on the market.

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