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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.

AudioMX HB-8A Bluetooth Headphones Review
     Sat, Jun 25 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You're on a tight budget but in urgent need for a new pair of Bluetooth headphones? If the answer is yes then look no further than the HB-8A model by AudioMX.

Corsair Void Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset Review
     Thu, Jun 23 2016 | 2:14P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to be taking a look at the Corsair Void series of headsets. The VOID comes in many options; Stereo, Surround Hybrid, USB and Wireless. On hand we have the Void Surround and will give you a more in depth look, just follow along.

Corsair VOID Surround Gaming Headset
     Sun, Jun 19 2016 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The VOID Surround gaming headset offers solid construction, good comfort (depending on head shape), and convincing surround effects using the included USB adapter. Corsair describes the headset as a hybrid product, since the VOID Surround can be used without the USB adapter with game consoles, etc., and they work just fine for this. While they don't especially shine as passive stereo cans, they really come to life with Dolby Headphone enabled using the dongle, which is how I recommend using them."

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum
     Sat, Jun 18 2016 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Logitech and more specifically their Gaming or G line has been constantly evolving over the years to follow the latest in technology when it comes to keyboards, mice, headsets and other peripherals. Only a few weeks ago we had the honor to review the G910 Orion Spark keyboard and today we have the pleasure to test and review their new G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse. So in this review we put this mouse through rigorous testing.

AntLion ModMic 4.0 Uni-directional with Mute
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:19A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Although I'm sure I wasn't the only one to complain, it seems my complaints from the first version were heard. The length of the cable was a challenging, tangling, mess if you weren't careful. The addition of the accessory pack and the ability to connect the ModMic cable to my headphones cable is a much cleaner and less "permanent" solution than zip ties. So I'm happy to hear I was heard, even if was everyone else complaining too. It's always nice to see "response" in future releases. The ModMic sounds significantly better than my lazy Logitech web cam mic and best of all, lets me use MY favorite headphones. No matter what companies claim about having studio quality headsets, they just never seem to measure up. Take my last review for example, the Kingston Cloud Revolver. They were listed as a top end model with supposed epic sound. They personally fell short and left me hanging just to have a darn mic. They were also up there in the spectrum of cost and honestly didn't feel worth it to me. But this conclusion isn't about them; it is however about the epic ModMic that lets me have whatever the hell I want! Heck yes! I pick my audio quality, shitty or good, and attach a little mic that sounds damn good and go with it. The ModMic is just as impressive as its first generation model and has grown up a little with some additional features and accessories, making it a priority over any conventional headset on the market.”

HTC Vive virtual reality headset indepth review
     Sat, Jun 11 2016 | 9:02A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HTC Vive has proved to be quite a formidable piece of kit. Not only did it surprise when it stole much of Oculus’ pre-release thunder with roomscale and hand tracked controllers, but it surprised post launch by being more widely available. Where it does not surprise us though is in the quality of its virtual reality. We got our first glimpse at its potential with the Vive Pre sent to us by HTC a few months ago. Today’s review sample is not a ‘Pre’ though, nor a devkit. This is the real, CV1 Vive, complete with new packaging, a newly designed head strap and a lot more content to play with.

Kingston HyperX Cloud Drone Gaming Headset Review
     Fri, Jun 10 2016 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston is a very well known player in the PC memory and flash storage market from RAMs to SSD drives to even USB storage drives and SD/micro SD cards. Kingston has been releasing new gaming headsets under the HyperX brand name very regularly. Kingston introduced its first gaming headset ‘HyperX Cloud’ back in 2014 and have been pushing out newer units at an incredibly fast rate compared to similar higher-tier manufacturers. The headset on review is the Kingston HyperX Cloud Drone headset which is their basic model in the series. The other models are HyperX Cloud Core, Cloud, Cloud II and, Cloud Drone. Unfortunately, their naming convention needs a little bit of work as I found the naming very confusing!

     Tue, May 31 2016 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ultimate Ears' line of BOOM speakers recently got updated with the arrival of the BOOM 2 speaker. The BOOM 2 shares the same footprint as the original BOOM, but has been updated with a few nifty features. Among these is wake-by-bluetooth and stop/start/pause slapping capability.

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