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Arctic Sound P531 Headphones
     Sat, Mar 26 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I got a chance to review the Arctic Sound P321’s a while back, letting you know they were a good and affordable set. As such, I made sure to let Arctic know that I'd love to get my hands on their upgraded Professional 5.1 Gamer headset. Well my wish was granted, and I found a set waiting at home for me after work. Now I know I’ve talked about how I always skimped out on the audio side of things, but I had been trying to change that. I had hoped to improve my first person skills a little and to enjoy my music a bit more, so I had been looking at upgrading my audio. While keeping my eyes open for a great deal for this audio upgrade I became big fan of Newegg’s shell shocker deals, and over the last year I’ve gotten pretty lucky and picked up a set of Creative Fatality Gaming Headset and the Creative Fatality sound card. Those two really are meant to be together and truly provide a boost to your listening pleasure by improving the overall sound quality. So I must admit I’m a bit spoiled, which sadly to say despite my pleasant experience with the P321, was not that confident that the P531’s would be able to compete with the paired, high priced (before shell shocker) Creative set.
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS

ECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
     Thu, Mar 24 2011 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What can you get for $10 these days? Not much really, but if you check over at Wireless Ground you can get a Bluetooth headset for $9.95! is it worth it? Well maybe it is, that is if you’re looking for a throwaway type headset and not too worried about sound quality and comfort. The product is the ECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetooth Headset. I’ve never heard of Eco Sound before until now, and at $10 I wasn’t expecting much, but for the price it’s not that bad. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Antec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 Speaker System Review
     Sun, Mar 20 2011 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Antec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 Speaker System is Antec's entry product into the sound market. The Rockus 2.1 Speaker System offers out-of-the-box professional quality sound. The Rockus contains two 25 Watt satellite speakers constructed out of anodized aluminum that offer clear highs and mids. There is a 100 Watt active subwoofer with a passive radiator that creates an extended low frequency response. Total output for the Ruckus is 150 Watts. SoundScience has also added 3Dsst™. This technology uses digital sound processing algorithms to simulate a surround sound environment. Inputs include 3.5mm, RCA, and optical (TOSLINK)."
  FULL STORY @ SOUNDSCIENCE

OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe SSD Review
     Sun, Mar 20 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our recent trip to CeBIT revealed OCZ Technology's endeavours as they remain market leader for SSD storage solutions. They were keen to show off their revolutionary PCIe SSDs at the show, amongst the bunch, the RevoDrive X2, which is poised to steal the spotlight from the conventional SATA SSD. The RevoDrive utilises the PCIe bus allowing it to access greater bandwidth over the SATA port (even SATA-III).
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System
     Fri, Mar 18 2011 | 5:32P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Movies aren't so involving with the SP2200. Newer movies often have audio that favors bass, and, as mentioned, the bass must be turned down quite a bit on the SP2200 to prevent it from being overwhelming and boomy. Unfortunately, this means that the overall volume must be turned up rather high to have a traditional movie experience. Fortunately, because most movie audio is intentionally very quiet so that any dramatic, loud moments are emphasized, means that quiet listening of movies is possible. Simply note that you might have to increase the volume to hear quiet parts."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 speaker system
     Fri, Mar 18 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our review of the Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec is the first time that the acoustic analysis capability of the SPCR anechoic chamber and advanced acoustic analysis tools have been used for speaker testing. Happily, the test results have been helpful, shedding light on subjective impressions and putting the review on a more empirical footing. It was also a good excuse to revisit the AudioEngine A2 speakers, reviewed just before the anechoic chamber came into service.
  FULL STORY @ SOUNDSCIENCE

Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G audio card
     Thu, Mar 17 2011 | 4:02P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Auzentech have been around for a few years now and that's a good thing; as well as being impressive. They entered the sound card game when it was all about Creative and they did so by simply taking a popular chip, the X-Fi, and throwing it on a board of their own with some nice tweaks. A winning formula. Now though, they're branching away from these roots with the re-tooled X-Meridian 7.1, named the 2g. Packing a C-Media CMI8788 audio processor with support for plenty of connectors, a daughter board and replacable OpAmps; audiophiles look like they're in for a treat. Let's see if the rumours are true. "
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

 
Corsair SP2200 2.1 PC Speaker System Review
     Tue, Mar 15 2011 | 5:28P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We have looked at the high end SP2500 model previously and today we follow that up with a detailed evaluation of the mid-range SP2200 2.1 desktop speaker system. Rated for a constant 46 Watts RMS, featuring a compact subwoofer and priced at a level that is sure to draw in consumers it should make for a very interesting product."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

MEElectronics M9 Earphones Review
     Sat, Mar 12 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“There are a lot of contenders in the earphone market. The prices range from $10 up into the $200s or more for those simple little speakers folks plug into their ears for a few hours at a time, listening to a variety of forms and genres of music. Some folks can’t tell the difference between the low-end ones and the high-end ones, and prefer affordability over demonstrable sound quality. After all, if you can hear something, the earphones are working well, right? Clearly, we audiophiles know there is a difference. However, we, too, fancy ourselves frugal, so we’ll find the highest-quality au dio devices we can afford. Enter the MEElectronics M9 earphones, a $20 set of earphones which sound like $80 earphones."
  FULL STORY @ MEELECTRONICS

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

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