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GIGABYTE Force H3X Gaming Headset Review
     Wed, Feb 18 2015 | 12:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Don't you hate that when you are camping with a sniper rifle and all of the sudden some one sneaks up behind you and puts a knife through your head? Of course! We have all been there. Don't you wish you heard that guy who was sneaking up on you? Maybe then you could have switched to a Desert Eagle …
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones Review
     Mon, Feb 16 2015 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whenever we receive a set of headphones to review, we have a set criteria that we compare them to: quality, performance and price. While there are other factors that come into play, these really are the main three concepts that we focus on. When we first got the Sennheiser Urbanite on-ear headphones, we knew that we could expect the audio quality to be at the higher end – just by the manufacturer alone. As we opened it up and starting listening, we were thrown aback. We encourage you to keep reading as we break down our thoughts on the Sennheiser Urbanite.
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

Asus Echelon Forest Multi-Platform Gaming Headset Review
     Sun, Feb 15 2015 | 3:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There’s no shortage of gaming headsets on the market and it can be hard to find the one best suited to your needs. You may want it for gaming at your desk, but what if you also want something good enough to listen to music, or watch movies. What if you want to travel with it and have it work with your mobile devices, or even a games console? That’s where the Asus Echelon Forest comes into play. The Echelon is a multi format headset, which means it will work with multiple devices. It comes equipped with a 4 pole 3.5mm jack plug, making it compatible with devices such as your mobile phone, the PlayStation 4 (connects to the controller), a tablet, or a portable device such as the PS VITA. It also comes bundled with an adaptor to change the single 4-pole connector to a dual 3.5mm setup, making it compatible with your desktop PC.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

LUXA2 Lavi-S Bluetooth Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sat, Feb 14 2015 | 3:39P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LUXA2 has slowly been growing on customers as they have been coming out with some really great mobile products and accessories. Today we have one of their latest products, the Lavi-S, which is a Bluetooth headset that not only sounds great but has a feature you just will not find on other headsets. First off the headset features 40 mm drivers that will give you a balanced range of bass, midrange and treble tones. The really interesting thing about this headset is that it has three different play modes. So you have Bluetooth and wired (aux in) playback, which is typical on most Bluetooth headsets, but with the Lavi-S you also have external speakers on the earcups. This allows you to share the music you are listening to with your friends and the people around you. Will this 2-in-1 device replace the need for a separate Bluetooth headset and speaker? Read on as we find out."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Creative Sound Blaster Z and Zx Sound Card Review @ Legit Reviews
     Tue, Feb 10 2015 | 3:39P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For some time, we?ve shared our underwhelming experiences with sound cards and headsets with integrated audio processors that featured virtual surround sound. Positional audio is a desirable and much wanted feature gamers want, but obtaining a set of 5.1 or 7.1 speakers may be neither reasonably priced nor practical for some people. Unfortunately for headphone users, it is an unattainable challenge to recreate the sound of six or eight speakers on just two speakers. However, some implementations are better than others and we listened to the few audio recordings on the internet that gave us the opportunity to listen to those implementations we previously were not able to experience. We got our hands on the Creative Sound Blaster Z and Zx Sound Cards and thoroughly explored their capabilities!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

ASUS STRIX 7.1 headset review
     Tue, Feb 10 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Spacial positioning is very important for gamers. Knowing the exact location of other players can make the difference between winning and losing. Because of this many headset manufacturers add ‘virtual surround sound,’ via their back-end software. This is not good enough for ASUS who went ahead and upgraded its already well received headset to a full, actual surround sound system.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review
     Sun, Feb 08 2015 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At CES 2015, Kingston announced an update to the original HyperX Cloud gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset. If you are familiar with the HyperX Cloud gaming headset, the HyperX Cloud II looks nearly identical. Physically, the difference comes from a difference in color options, and a new mid-line controller. What separates these headsets is the inclusion of virtual 7.1 Surround Sound thanks to a USB sound card on the HyperX Cloud II. Read on to see how they perform!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset Review
     Fri, Feb 06 2015 | 7:08P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen. You can go out and buy one for $20 or shell out a few hundred. What Kingston had done with their original HyperX Cloud last year was that they created a quality headset for a value price. Now, they have built upon its success and have released the HyperX Cloud II. It offers plenty of features such as a removable microphone, inline sound card with virtual 7.1 surround sound, and cross platform compatibility for a low price of $99.99!
  FULL STORY @ TECHNOLOGYX

HyperX Cloud 2 Headset
     Fri, Feb 06 2015 | 7:08P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HyperX Cloud II headset has landed and landed chock full of a quality you can’t expect in a sub $100 Pro-gaming headset. From the powder coated brushed aluminum to the memory foam ear cups you’ll be hard pressed to find one thing on the Cloud II not geared toward quality. With 53mm neodymium rare earth magnets capable of 15Hz on the low side to 25000Hz on the high side these cans scream quality.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
     Wed, Feb 04 2015 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset is much like it’s predecessor in both features and aesthetics. The HyperX Cloud II features 7.1 channel virtual surround, which is accomplished with an advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card. The Cloud II still retains the ability to function with other devices that utilize a 3.5mm plug, including cell phones, tablets, and gaming console controllers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will investigate how well Kingston delivers this revamp to it’s acclaimed HyperX Cloud headset.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

BitFenix Flo Gaming Headset Review
     Tue, Jan 27 2015 | 12:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
BitFenix takes on the APH audio challenge with the Flo. How will it step up in our infamous audio tests?
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Lexar Workflow DD512 Review
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 4:03P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today's sample offers a huge 512GB of storage courtesy of Micron technology and is an external drive that can be used alone or as part of Lexar's Workflow product line. Connecting up to a USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 backwards compatible) means that most modern PCs or laptops can take advantage of this diminutive storage device that promises to offer SSD speeds without a compromise on storage capacity.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 12:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall I thought the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital headset is a solid performer. The audio quality from the headset is excellent. At just slightly under full volume the headset is LOUD!
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

Turtle Beach Stealth 400 Multi-Format Wireless Headset Review
     Mon, Jan 26 2015 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s fairly common for gamers to own more than one console, and when you’re ready to play online, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to find the right headset for the right console. The best way to reduce the need for multiple headsets is to purchase a multi-format headset; that’s where the new Turtle Beach Stealth 400 comes into play. The Stealth 400 is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and mobile device. This means that quickly flicking between consoles should be relatively easy, with the added bonus that you can take the headset on the go with you for use with your mobile device. The Turtle Beach Stealth 400 is a wireless headset, meaning you won’t have to suffer from trailing cables while gaming. Not all devices allow for wireless connectivity, so Turtle Beach have also included a 4-pole 3.5mm cable that will work great for hooking the headset up to your phone, tablet, mp3 player, or portable gaming device such as the PlayStation Vita.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Patriot Blaze 120GB Low-Cost SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 23 2015 | 1:12P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today Chris takes us on a tour of Patriot`s low capacity Blaze SSD, the 120GB model. Is this low-cost SSD one for you to consider or not? Read on."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Palit GTX 960 Super JetStream 2 GB @ techPowerUp
     Thu, Jan 22 2015 | 1:12P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Palit`s GTX 960 Super JetStream is the highest clocked GTX 960 we are reviewing today. It also comes with an overclock on the memory for that little extra speed boost. The card is cooled by a dual fan triple slot cooler which stops the fans in idle and light gaming."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

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