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Wireless headsets on the Xbox 360 seem to only be taking off now, like somehow companies are just seeing the Xbox 360 on the shelves and decide it's a gaming platform that deserves an expensive headset. Today is no different with Microsoft teaming up with Tritton (Mad Catz) to produce a series of cobranded headsets which have unrivalled integration with the Xbox 360, including such things like on-screen battery status and a 100-percent wireless headset with both game audio and chat.
First up we have the Warhead 7.1 and Devastator taking up the premium wireless headset spots and the entry-level wired solution coming in the form of the Detonator. All three headsets feature 50mm drivers, but it's only the Warhead 7.1 that includes support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Headphones. Both the Devastator and the Detonator only support stereo audio.
Computex Taipei 2011 - We met up with Juno from Sharkoon where we were introduced to an upcoming prototype gaming headset for the Xbox 360 console.
It's still a very early sample right now and doesn't even have a marketing name yet, but it looks to have the goods with a small Dolby Digital amp box that plugs directly into your console. From there a wireless audio signal is sent from that box to another small box that sits with you and what the headsets plug into.
Cables have not been completely removed, but much flexibility and freedom is added. Basically you only have a short cable that runs from one of the boxes that sits near you which provides the Sharkoon headset with power and virtual surround sound capabilities.
Thanks for modeling for us Juno - did you guys really need to hire those (additional) booth babes? :)
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Offer: Great price on this refurbished Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset. It sells for about $120 new, but you can save a bunch on this refurbed model.
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Google I/O: Google is set to launch its cloud-based music service at Google I/O in a few hours and all of this without the approval of the major music labels and publishers (oh snapz! as the great Shane Baxtor would say).
Google are set to offer roughly as much as Amazon do with their music service and should offer a service that loads copies of music that users already own into an Internet-based server, which from there, lets users stream the songs over the Web and onto Android-based devices. Google did have grand plans which involved cooperation from music labels but they have hit a brick wall. Instead, Google decided to launch a service with cut-down features over not having a music service at all.
Without the license, what limitations does this service have? Well, Google won't have the power to sell songs to consumers. Of course this might all change in the future and for now, this is better than nothing.
Google are going to be offering an invite-only beta tomorrow, which will offer users to store up to 20,000 songs without charge.
Apple may have just completed one of the best moves in the audio industry without so much as a rumble from the community, they have reportedly just hired Tomlinson Holman who is the audio expert behind Lucasfilm's THX audio and he now has the position of their new head of audio.
Apple have yet to have confirmed his status as a new employee, but we are talking about Apple here - they do things at their own time. Holman has quite the resume, his prevous job was as a film sound professor at the University of Southern California, he has recently received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. Additionally, he has spend the past 15 years as the corporate technical director for Lucasfilm, and all of the groups THX patents come from his work and designs.
Deal of the Day: Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise-Isolating Earphones (Dented Box) - $29.99 Shipped Free!.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Lenovo P950 Headset - $14.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price for this Lenovo P950 Headset. High quality sound for gaming, chatting, music, or movies. Noise cancelling microphone for clear communication. Padded earphones designed for comfortable, long-term wear.
Logitech released its supercharged surround sound Speaker System Z906 today:
"We're delighted to offer consumers a successor to the highly acclaimed Logitech® Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System," said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech's audio business unit. "The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are the logical evolution of surround sound speakers, and we're confident they will become an indispensable part of the living room."
And for $399, it can be! Not that you won't get your money's worth- the new speakers are THX certified, delivering 500 Watts of earthquake-faking audio. Six speakers and subwoofer, easily stackable and adaptable to your current entertainment setup as you can connect up to six different systems.
If you want to be able to wake the neighbors with C-Span, this is the way to go. Preorder here.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Dented Box Special - Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Speaker System - $51.41 Shipped!.
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