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ASUS Strix RAID Pro 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card
     Fri, Oct 30 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you take audio seriously then the onboard processing on many motherboards simply wont deliver an immersive enough experience. Today we look at the mid range solution in the new range from ASUS – dubbed the Strix RAID Pro. This card has full support for 7.1 surround sound. Asus have adopted an ‘audiophile grade DAC’ and a 600 ohm headphone amplifier to enhance audio reproduction through your favourite cans.

Corsair Void 3.5mm Stereo Gaming Headset Review
     Fri, Oct 30 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair VOID gaming headset range is here at last and while we’ve already taken a look at the flagship headset in this range, the Corsair Void Dolby 7.1 Wireless, today we’re taking a look at the other end of the spectrum, the Void Stereo 3.5mm. The Wireless absolutely blew me away, it’s by far one of the best headsets we’ve ever tested and the price was a real surprise, coming in at under £100. The wired stereo model is a fair bit cheaper though, coming in at around £60 from most major retailers, so it’s certainly going to appeal to a wider audience and the 3.5mm connector means it’s also going to be universally compatible with a huge range of audio devices, including mobile.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:14P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Turtle Beach is famous for making gaming headsets. We took in their latest model, the Ear Force Stealth 450, to find out how much will a $130 wireless unit deliver in our in-depth audio analysis.

Ozone BLAST 4HX Review
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 4:11P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The BLAST 4HX is equipped with premium 44mm drivers, soft leather earcups that automatically adjust to the contours of your head, Red LED lighting, and a metallic headband for durability. The design is made to be lightweight and foldable for transport and storage.

Should You Buy a Sound Card?
     Thu, Oct 29 2015 | 1:32P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There's no clear-cut metric to use as a guideline if you're shopping for a sound card. Lengthy audiophile reviews are available, but they generally don't offer a quantifiable takeaway if you have a limited point of reference and don't know much about the subject to begin with. I fall into that category.

TDK TREK Flex A28 Wireless Speaker Review
     Thu, Oct 22 2015 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Portable speakers have been amongst my favorite mobile gadgets ever since i started using them roughly 5-6 years ago when i went to a place where there was hardly any electricity available (the generator just wasn't that good i guess). It didn't take long for me however to realize that wireless portable speakers could even replace full sized ones in some places (areas where you will never throw a serious party for example) so as i type these lines i use a grand total of 6 such devices. One of those i use whenever I’m away, three are permanently located in my place up in the mountains and 2 more located in both my house and the lab. Choosing however the proper wireless portable speaker is certainly not easy not only due to the very large number of manufacturers out in the market today but also due to the plethora of features and specifications offered by such devices. TDK just launched the latest addition in their TREK Flex line of portable speakers called the A28 and we've spend a good part of the last month using it to see if it's worth spending your hard earned money for.

AKG K845 BT Closed-Back Over Ear Bluetooth Headset Review
     Tue, Oct 20 2015 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I still recall a time when I’d go out with my Sony Walkman attached to my belt so i could listen to my favorite songs until i reached my destination (which back then was usually school). In time that Sony Walkman was replaced with a Philips waterproof Discman and i still remember the difference in audio quality since it was my pride and joy back then (was quite expensive too). In the end however i spend more time than with the above players while going back and forth from work with a Sony minidisc since it was smaller, easier to use (could record pretty much everything on-the-fly), had longer battery life and needless to say because its audio quality was excellent. One thing i never liked however is that although one had to pay quite a bit (especially for the mini disc model) to get the above players when released none was bundled with a descent set of earphones. There were several over ear headphone sets in the market but aside being extremely bulky (at least the good ones) they came with long, thick and heavy cables. Bluetooth changed that and although it did take a while and several improvements for it to compete with wired connectivity over the last 3-4 years we have seen several wireless headphones aimed at audiophiles. AKG is amongst the very few manufacturers in the market respected by both professionals and audiophiles alike (thus no introduction on our part is necessary) and today with us we have their top of the line K845 BT closed-back over ear Bluetooth headset.

upcoming SD / microSD product reviews
     Sat, Oct 17 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One big photographer note on these speeds. Most cameras and other portable recording devices do not operate in UHS modes in the interest of power conservation, and many of them limit themselves to SDR25 or SDR50 for that same reason. This means cameras can empty their buffers only as fast as the maximum physical bus speed of the SD interface present in that camera. Most modern SD cards are capable of sustaining those maximums. This means that SD cards with crazy high optimal speed ratings may see no difference in continuous shooting on their expensive camera. Those faster cards will only see the added speed when unloading the card to a PC, or when using that SD card as a secondary storage device. Keep in mind the reader must be capable of those higher bus speeds."

ASUS Strix 7.1 Headset Review @HiTech Legion
     Sat, Oct 17 2015 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sometimes you really need to ask yourself “what’s in a name?”. Seeing a name like Sennheiser, Beyer Dynamics or Grado will immediately equate with audio excellence…..but not always so much for the gamer. "

Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2
     Fri, Oct 16 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 sounds as good as any $200 portable speaker we have tested before and with a feature list that just seems to go on and on, it is incredible value. The best part being while we feel the Roar 2 is great value at the $230 MSRP, it can actually be had for just $170 online. I know... what are you doing still reading? Go buy one!

Corsair VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Oct 14 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 is one of five different headsets in the VOID lineup. Wired analog and USB models are also available, but the analog model does not support the Corsair CUE software due to a lack of compatible interface. Also available is the VOID Wireless SE Yellowjacket Edition that features a yellow colored frame and black accents, with all of the other pertinent features exactly the same as the standard VOID RGB Wireless 7.1. The Corsair VOID RGB Wireless 7.1 that we are looking at today is currently available for $129.99....

Mionix Nash 20 Gaming Headset Review
     Tue, Oct 13 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I get to take a look at the latest headset from premium gaming peripheral manufacturer Mionix, the Nash 20. Mionix aren’t the biggest name in the industry for peripherals, but their reputation is incredible, anyone I know who has tried their products has been immediately converted to a fan of the brand, and that’s simply due to their attention to quality and performance, creating products suitable for the enthusiast PC user, without charging the kind of money often associated with that level of quality. Unfortunately for Mionix, their reputation is a tough one to live up to, with each new product I see from this brand I expect the same unwavering attention to detail, so I’m hoping to see something pretty special from the Nash 20 today. The Nash 20 is priced at a little over £100, so it’s obviously a premium price product, and at this price range you’re obviously going to want to see a good return on your investment in terms of build quality, features and of course performance. As you can see from the quote below, Mionix takes their products pretty seriously so it will be interesting to see if it lives up to both their own standards and mine.

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Logitech requires little introduction and many of our readers should recognize their respectable presence in the gaming headset market which goes as far back to 2005 with the Precision PC Gaming Headset. What we're looking at today is one in a pair of new flagship Logitech gaming headsets which boast RGB lighting on top of years of experience in audio products...

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 4:15P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether someone is at home, work, school, hotel, or sporting events, chances are they would love to be connected to Wi-Fi. Cellular networks are much better than they were years ago, but there’s still nothing like a quality Wi-Fi connection. Like every radio, Wi-Fi access points only have so much output power, and even at ideal power levels for an access point, it may not extend to the far reaches of an area. A common way to reach hard to reach areas is with an extender. D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender will help extend a 2.4GHz b/g/n Wi-Fi network and also has a little bonus, audio streaming!"

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 3:58P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The graphics consistently remind me of console graphics, but nothing is bad looking, except for one issue that is likely a bug. The performance is there, which is really the most important thing when it comes to graphics. The story has a lot of complexity to it, but despite not having experience with the rest of the series, I am not feeling lost or overwhelmed by it. The story can also have a good sense of humor without losing its seriousness. The gameplay has many quirks to it, but still offers a solid and fun experience. With almost 70 hours into it so far, and still plenty more to go, I know I am happy with it, and I think many of you will be, too.”

Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 5:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the VOID Wireless, we are getting quite a bit of improvements regarding product comfort, LED lighting system and software configuration. Corsair has added the RGB system for extra eye candy, but we have found more useful the two LEDs near the MIC which light up in order to signal different product statuses. The two 50mm drivers are able to deliver good gaming-grade quality sound and we found the microphone fidelity about the same as on the Vengeance 2100 and this is not a bad thing since that one impressed us positively too.

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