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Creatives products
     Wed, Sep 16 2015 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hi, we’ve been slowly working our way through Creatives products, primarily focusing on PC items but also dipping into their mobile and console compatible items too. Given there has been so much we felt it worthwhile bringing it all into one place ...

JBL Synchros E50 BT Bluetooth Around-Ear Headphones Review
     Mon, Sep 14 2015 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
How many of you knew that audio quality is not the very first thing people check when out to buy a new pair of headphones? Well as it turns out according to official statistics people care most about design, price and brand name than they do about audio quality and although it's understandable that not many people can afford to get a expensive pair of headphones (that didn't really come as a surprise to any of us) still not everyone is aware that SONY and Philips although both very good brands are not the only leading brand names in that particular market. Other manufacturers like JBL have been around for ages (JBL in particular was established in 1946) and have won the hearts of not only music professionals and audiophiles but also casual consumers all across the globe. Today we're taking a look at one of the last and highest end Bluetooth wireless headphones released by JBL the Synchros E50 BT.

Sennheiser G4ME ONE Headset Review
     Sat, Sep 12 2015 | 4:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following should sound familiar - you are driving through the virtual enemy ground with your M1A2 Abrams Battletank, firing your 120mm cannon, when suddenly the door opens and your girlfriend or mother says friendly, that you please turn down the volume of your 1000 watt 5.1 surround station. For those poor Gamer souls we have the Sennheiser G4ME ONE Headset in our test lab today.

Cooler Master Pitch Pro Earphones Review
     Fri, Sep 11 2015 | 12:30P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2013, Cooler Master launched the CM Storm Pitch gaming ear buds and at the time, they were positively received, we even gave them our ‘WORTH BUYING’ award. Now here we are two years later with Cooler Master launching the revamped CM Storm Pitch Pro ear buds. Are they worth a purchase? Let’s find out…

Olixar SoundPear Duo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System Review
     Thu, Sep 10 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SoundPear Duo bluetooth speaker system from Olixar harnesses the power of two wireless bluetooth speakers to provide true stereo sound. The speaker system has been receiving great reviews from all who’ve tested them out, and with the speakers also boasting powerful 1.75-inch drivers with built-in subwoofers and portability we’re not surprised by the excellent reviews.

SteelSeries Siberia X300 Gaming Headset Review
     Tue, Sep 08 2015 | 5:12P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At E3 2015, we noticed a number of third-party headset adapters for the original Xbox One controller including the one bundled with the SteelSeries Siberia X300 we are reviewing. Microsoft probably won't state why it chose to not integrate the headset jack directly on the controller from the beginning though we can expect pressure from the competition as a factor for the refreshed controller. After all, the $20 official adapter as a separate addon was just another reason to go for the PlayStation 4...

Ozone Onda Pro X-Surround Pro Gaming Headset Review
     Sun, Sep 06 2015 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I get to take the latest headset from gaming peripheral experts Ozone, the Onda Pro X-Surround Pro Gaming Headset. It’s been a long time since I reviewed an Ozone headset, in fact the only Ozone headset I’ve reviewed prior to this one would be my first ever review here at eTeknix around two years ago, which was the Ozone Onda 3HX, so it will be interesting to see how much Ozone have changed in that time. eSports is a big industry these days, it doesn’t matter if you’re competing in a pro team and big events, or just working your way up the ladder by playing games at home, it never hurts to have a range of good peripherals at your disposal. A new headset might not make you world #1, but being able to hear everything on the battlefield, or having clear chat audio with your team can make a big difference. Targeted at the pro gaming market the new Onda Pro is packed full of features such as DSP to help improve / tweak audio performance , a detachable omni directional microphone, powerful drivers, comfortable padding and support for both PlayStation 4 and PC. Pro or not, it’s sub £70 price tag also makes it reasonably affordable too, so it does have a lot of appeal to a wider gaming audience.

Silverstone SST-EB03 Desktop Headphone Amp & SST-EB01-E DAC Review
     Sat, Sep 05 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to kicking back and enjoying your favourite albums, having a great set of speakers or a set of high-end headphones can really make or break the experience. Of course for many people out there, the £20 set of headphones they got from their local electronics store will be more than enough, offering them many hours of happiness when needed, but there are certain people, myself included, that demand a lot more from their audio equipment. While some like to use the term Audiophile to describe those who love premium grade sound components, I don’t think you have to take it that seriously just to want the best quality from your music, much in the same way you don’t have to be a complete TV nerd just to want a quality HDTV. Desktop PC audio has certainly improved over the last few years, many motherboard manufacturers are including higher quality audio components directly onto their motherboards; sure there are some lovely sound cards out there, but with GPU’s often dominating the PCIe slots in our systems, it’s getting difficult to find the room for a large sound card. The devices we’re looking at today offer two solutions to improve your audio, the first would be the EB01E, a powerful XMOS XS1 TQ128 DAC which supports Asynchronous USB 24bit / 192 kHz audio. If all of that was nonsense to you, let me put this as simple as possible; you connect the EB01-E to your PC via a digital connection (USB, Optical or Coaxial) and then connect your speakers to the EB01-E and it will provide you with improved audio quality.

Thermaltake Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset Review
     Fri, Sep 04 2015 | 12:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we have come to experience with Thermaltake and their gaming gear, they continue to push the bar with quality and entice us with visual stimulation. Today we have the privilege of looking at the Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset.

ROCCAT Syva In-Ear High Performance Headset
     Thu, Sep 03 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Often overlooked, in-ear headsets are more useful than you may think. ROCCAT's Syva high performance audio product is worth a look at for the price."

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum - A Surprising Gem!
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming keyboards can be considered a dime a dozen, and really when you think of it, there are but a couple of things that are necessary: a solid build and great performance. Everything else can be considered luxuries. Today we have the privilege of reviewing a keyboard that we not only found to have mastered both of our credentials, but it did so unexpectedly!

Asus Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset @ LanOC Reviews
     Thu, Aug 27 2015 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to headsets, just about every company you can imagine makes their own. You can find them in all different shapes and with countless features. That said I can’t honestly say that anything out on the market is the end all be all gaming headset. That is because everything about them is subjective. That said when a company like Asus puts out what they market as a high end gaming headset, I take notice. In just about everything they do they do an amazing job, especially on the audio front. So when the Asus Strix 7.1 gaming headset came in I couldn’t wait to test it out.

Asus Xonar DGX 5.1
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 4:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Recently there has been a debate about whether modern motherboards are able to produce audio quality that matches dedicated sound cards for gaming and listening to music. This can be largely subjective, as some users report hearing no difference whatsoever, whilst others swear by dedicated audio solutions. For the purposes of recording and studio production, dedicated sound cards and interfaces are a necessity. This is due to the ultra-low latency on the input section of the cards, allowing users to record and produce multi-track audio without worrying about latency issues. However, for the purposes of gaming and basic sound reproduction such as listening to music and watching films, is there a tangible, perceivable difference between modern motherboard audio and dedicated sound cards?"

Kingston HyperX CLOUD II Pro Gaming Headset Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 4:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quite a few months have passed since we last reviewed a gaming headset but since we finally got out hands on Batman Arkham Knight we decided to use it with some of the gaming peripherals we have here (along with Battlefield 4, Planetside 2 and Star Citizen) including several gaming headsets. Now some of you may recall that roughly a year ago we reviewed the HyperX CLOUD Pro Gaming Headset by Kingston a stereo model (actually manufactured by Qpad) with surprisingly good audio performance and certainly a lot better compared to its immediate competition. Still a stereo gaming headset may not have the same "impact" as a virtual surround one and so it didn't take but just a few months for Kingston to release the CLOUD II 7.1 Surround Sound Pro Gaming Headset which we have here with us today.

Olixar BoomBrick Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a mobile Bluetooth speaker can at times be a little daunting, there are so many options out there, where do you begin? Well today we will be looking at the Olixar BoomBrick, which offers excellent sound for an excellent price.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 WindForce 3X OC 4GB Graphics
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now is a great time to be a PC gamer. The GeForce GTX 970 has brought high-performance graphics to tantalizingly low prices. One question remains: which one to get? We look at GTX 970 cards from Asus and MSI in order to find an answer.

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