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Toshiba NB550D AMD Fusion Netbook w/ Harman Kardon Speakers Review
     Thu, Mar 10 2011 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Toshiba NB550D comes with a 10.1-inch glossy display, but instead of running an Intel Atom CPU, like a typical netbook, the NB550D is based on the AMD C-50 CPU (1GHz) with ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics. It also comes with a 250GB HDD & 1GB of RAM (it supports up to 4GB, but you'll have up upgrade to a 64-bit OS). The Toshiba NB550D featuring Harman Kardon speakers makes a good first impression with its soft rubberized finish and sound quality unlike any other netbook. This 2.6-pound device sports an EasyGrip finish on the lid that's available in lime, metallic brown, turquoise and blue."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Corsair HS1A Stereo Gaming Headset Review
     Tue, Mar 08 2011 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our first introduction to the HS1 Headset from Corsair was quite a pleasant one. We found it to be a sturdy, well built headset that offered great audio performance for what was a decent pricing point. However, Corsair has sensed the yearning for a non-USB version of the successful headset and has thus come out with a new one. Well, sort of... You see, while the paint has indeed changed and the USB connection is now gone, below the surface this is in fact nearly the same product as the original HS1. And we do not have an issue with that, simply because as we have stated above, it was already a great sounding set of headphones. So in affect, what we have here is a slimmed down 'light weight' version of the original HS1 - Minus all the fancy software working in the background, which we must add worked extremely well on the original when we tested it."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card Review
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 10:59P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out one pretty sweet value in an upgrade audio card ... *ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card Review* The inclusion of integrated audio solutions on every motherboard pushed discrete audio solutions into the luxury purchase market. So why do people still purchase them? Today, we are going to look at the Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Audio Card which is a very affordable entry level discrete audio solution. The Xonar DG is priced well below many competitive solutions that we are used to seeing from the likes of Creative Labs and even their own Xonar line. In this review we?ll see if this audio card is better than the built in audio solutions on motherboards today, and most importantly, whether spending the extra few dollars is worth it. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Corsair HS1A
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 1:42P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The HS1A is certainly a high quality headset and certainly worthy of a little more money than something from Labtec or even Ozone, but, it's not worth as much money is it is, especially when the HS1 is available for very little more. Even without Dolby Headphone, if the HS1A was priced at $50, I would heartily recommend it, because it is much better than cheaper headsets. However, because it lacks Dolby Headphone and is only $15 cheaper than the HS1, the HS1A just isn't a good value. So, if you want to buy the HS1A, don't: buy the HS1."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

How to Buy the Right Headphones
     Tue, Mar 01 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“These days, some people happily spend more than half a grand on a new tablet or portable media device with an estimated lifespan of around three years, yet the question I'm asked most often is still, "What's the cheapest pair of headphones I can buy that don't completely suck?" Headphones, earbuds, and earphones are generally viewed as the least essential link in the musical chain—the part you can easily skimp on. In reality, your headphones are the most important link in that chain.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

iP90 Dual Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod with AM/FM Reception Review
     Thu, Feb 17 2011 | 5:56P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The iP90 from iHome comes with an easy adjustable dock to fit our Ipod or Iphone, features dual alarms, EQ, a 3D sound setting, top buttons for different adjustments with backlight and more; the bass is more powerful than the iP49, but it is not as compact as the former.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Asus Xonar DG Headphone Amp Sound Card Review
     Thu, Feb 17 2011 | 12:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Asus' Xonar line continues its impressive lineup with the Xonar DG, proving to be an exceptional value at $30. It does a good job providing richer, fuller sound over speakers, but the built-in headphone amp is where this card really excels."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

 
Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review
     Sun, Feb 13 2011 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We all know Antec for making great PC cases and power supplies. We all know someone with an Antec case and that just shows the quality of their products. Antec knows a lot about making cases and power supplies, but when I heard they were going to making speakers a was a little bit skeptical. We have seen so many companies just use an OEM to get into another market, and what comes out is a very poor product. Luckily Antec is not one of those companies, they introduce you to Soundscience an Antec subsidiary that is set to produce audio and video lifestyle products. Their first product is the Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System and we have them up on the testing block today."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset Review
     Sat, Feb 12 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“It has been a while since I have reviewed a headset. I have been using the same one for quite some time and I was in need of an upgrade. I decided on the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset that features Dolby 7.1 sound, user-defined profiles, 3 swappable headbands, on-ear audio controls and much more. Let’s take a look and see if this headset was the right choice for my upgrade."
  FULL STORY @ LOGITECH

Mad Catz TRITTON AX 720 High Performance Audio System Review
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TRITTON AX 720 High Performance Audio System from Mad Catz is a great addition for people that own consoles and prefer listening to headphones but also PC; the system comes with an AMP/decoder box that features Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Headphone Technology, delivering surround sound to our ears even if the headphones are stereo.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

MXL V89 Condenser Microphone Review
     Thu, Feb 10 2011 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Today I am reviewing the V89 Condenser Microphone from MXL. The V89 is one of the newest microphones that MXL has released into their line of many great microphones. I have used other MXL microphones before and the V89 is by far one of the best ones I have had the pleasure of testing out. For the price range of the V89 you will find it hard to pass by, especially with other microphones in the same price range offering fewer features and less quality components.”
  FULL STORY @ GEEKINVADERS

Zalman ZM-NSP100 Portable Notebook Speaker Review
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 3:21P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Zalman ZM-NSP100 Clip On Notebook Speakers are designed to give your notebook a big boost in volume, clarity and sound field. The Zalman ZM-NSP100 speakers are not fixed mounted in a notebook, so positioning can be correct for you to get the most from your audio. Featuring 6 watts RMS total and two 30mm drivers, the ZM-NSP100 speakers can fill a room with sound, but are still small enough to be easily portable. With Plug and Play through a single USB 2.0 connection, set up and installation is a snap. The Zalman ZM-NSP100 speakers are available in black/silver and white/green to match your style."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kit Review
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system showed up in the test lab we hooked it up and were shocked to hear our music. We were able to hear details in the audio that we weren't able to make out on our old speaker system. The satellite speakers on the SP2500 are amazing and the midrange audio is crystal clear. Most audiophiles talk about sound separation and having bass that overpowers vocals and we finally get what they were talking about. The Logitech Z-5300 system that we were running appears to have had greatly exaggerated bass and as a result we were actually missing out on the clarity of our audio tracks..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Corsair SP2500 2.1 audiophile-quality speaker review
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 2:25P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
( When a memory company starts getting into the computer speaker business... is that a good sign, or a really BAD sign? What's your take? )

"Trying its hand at something new, Corsair launches a premium speaker set. We find out how good it is."

  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Review
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is the latest sound card from Creative, aimed at both gamers and audiophiles, thanks to the included high quality components. For the first time, Creative offers us the possibility to swap the OPamps, to fine-tune even more the sound quality.
  FULL STORY @ SOUND

Logitech Lapdesk N700 USB Speaker Cooler
     Sun, Jan 16 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With today's fast paced world, mobile and convenient notebooks gradually replacing their immobile and clumsy desktop cousins, the fidelity and immersion of entertainment offered by full sized speakers are often sacrificed for portability. While enjoying your favourite movie in HD while on the couch, it's often difficult to miss the warpdrive-like fan spooling up over the distant and artificial sound produced by the "it will do" speakers. While there are plenty of notebook coolers on the market, as well as portable speakers, Logitech's Lapdesk line attempts to combine the two in a perfect fusion of both convenience and quality. Today, I have the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, the alpha dog of the product line, to see how it improves the experience of notebook entertainment. Read on for my full review.
  FULL STORY @ SPEAKER

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