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Computex Taipei 2013 - BitFenix have just entered the audio headset market with their new Flo headsets, which come in five different colors. BitFenix state that they are made from precision-tuned acoustic chambers, feature 40mm Neodymium drivers for excellent sound, and more.
There's a self-adjusting headband, detachable microphone, in-line volume and mute controls, and BitFenix's famous SofTouch Surface Treatment. We donned the headset for some Lady Gaga tunes, and I must say, I was impressed. They didn't sound washed out with too much bass like most 'gaming' branded headsets, nor did they feel too cheap for a company who is completely new to audio products.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports is known for their professional gamer-inspired gear and one of their most prevalent designs is the DRACCO CAPTAIN gaming headset which is targeted at the casual-to-professional gaming demographic.
Featuring an exceptionally low bass response, the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset comes tuned for the highs, mids, and lows that the serious gamer requires to be effective on the battlefield. The headset's drivers feature high-output neodymium magnets that provide powerful sound effects with crystal-clear position definitions.
Additionally, the oversize microphone boom with a rigid body structure ensures that you will always have the proper microphone-to-mouth placement. The full-size ear cups ensures fatigue-free use over extended gaming sessions and the ultra-soft airbag covers block out excessive ambient noise.
The DRACCO CAPTAIN features a removable 3.5mm audio cable that can be locked into the headset to prevent in-game mishaps. This headset was co-designed and is endorsed by famous StarCraft II player AlekSey "White-Ra" Krupnyk. Tt eSports says that the DRACCO CAPTAIN headset retails at an MSRP of $89.99 at major online retailers.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Tt eSports, a division of Thermaltake, is demoing their mid-level CRONOS gaming headset that is aimed at PC and mobile users.
The CRONOS is able to function as a PC gaming headset in addition to working with your mobile device via swappable audio cables. The headset features a LYCRA head-pad that reduces pressure on the users head to allow for a longer fatigue-free gaming session. Additionally, the CRONOS features a bendable and pivotable microphone as well as LED-lit Battle Dragon Logos.
Gold-plated 3.5mm connections and an in-line user-friendly control box is present on each of the audio cables. The CRONOS is responsive in the 20Hz to 20kHz audio range and feature 40mm neodymium magnets for the drivers. The CRONOS retails at an MSRP of $69.99 at all major online retailers.
Just days after the Xbox One reveal, and we're hearing that Turtle Beach have been approved as one of the first next-gen headset providers. Turtle Beach aren't unveiling any details on their products just yet, which is something we'll hear more about at E3 in a few weeks time.
The problem here is that existing headsets won't be compatible with the Xbox One, as the controllers on the Xbox One use a new proprietary port that makes your old devices incompatible with the new controller, good work, Microsoft. We should keep our eyes and ears open at E3 for Turtle Beach's goodies.
Neurowear's new Mico headphones are capable of reading your mind and playing music that your subconscious "wants" to hear. The headphones read your brainwaves to figure out what mood you are in and then select the corresponding song (out of a library of about 100) from the company's app.
The headphones connect up to your smartphone via Bluetooth. While they may not be the most stylish headphones ever deceived, they do show a cool step forward in reading brainwaves. If your mood (or brainwaves) change, you can switch the song to your new mood by shaking your phone. Hit up the source for a cool video demonstration.
Tt eSPORTS has a very unique product announcement today, with their Level 10 M Headset now known to the world. The Level 10 M Headset is Tt eSPORTS' third design collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.
Managing Director of Tt eSPORTS, Tony Liu, said:
Its mission is to extend the Level 10 experience to the headset that users can directly interact with. With the Level 10 design, the headset now also functions as the experience itself. And it's a huge part in the world of E-Sports as well - always exciting, always emotional, and full of challenges - exactly the same as Tt eSPORTS' brand mission and the Level 10 M Headset.
Tt eSPORTS' new headset is set to launch in the following days at CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany.
As an avid Spotify user - heck, I'm listening to music on Spotify right now, Black Eyed Peas to be precise - this news comes as a bit of a shock. The House of Representatives has slapped a ban on the use of music streaming and subscription service, Spotify.
The House has a longstanding ban on peer-to-peer technology, and while Spotify isn't exactly a P2P program, it has still been banned. The ban on peer-to-peer software was made to stop illegal file-sharing and to prevent infections on computers with malware. A spokesman for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer told Politico:
To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network. While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities.
After 21 years in the limelight (well, until the iPod was unveiled) Sony's MiniDisc player has been discontinued. Sony are just finishing off the MiniDisc, where the last units will leave the assembly line next month.
Debuting back in 1992, Sony's MiniDisc player was heralded as the next big step in portable music players, where it was capable of cram a bunch of music onto a small optical disc, which at the time was about half the size of a compact disc. This made it easier to take your music with you, enjoying a nice 80 minutes of listening, but it never really took off with US consumers for a few reasons.
Pricing on the format was expensive and didn't slide down to acceptable levels for years, and there weren't many new releases dumped onto the format. Japan was the place to be for the MiniDisc, but elsewhere? Not so much.
Some of you may remember the MiniDisc; it looked like a weird mash-up of a CD-ROM and a 3.5-inch floppy disk and was originally designed by Sony to replace the audio cassette. Much like the PlayStation 2, Sony kept the MiniDisc production alive to appease a loyal fan-base in Japan.
In a statement made to the Japanese website Ashashi, Sony says that it will cease production of the MiniDisc this March. The storage format used a magneto-optical disc that was kept safe inside a plastic case that featured a sliding mechanism that protected the disc when not in use.
It was able to store 74 minutes of audio in the ATRAC format with the linear PCM format and 80 minutes of record time developed later. Sony sold over 27 million MiniDisc players over its 20 year run despite being overtaken by the CD and much more popular Walkman portable CD player. We at TweakTown say sayonara to the MiniDisc and wish it a happy retirement.
While most people can't distinguish the difference in bit-rate between 128Kbps and 320Kbps, the latter has become a selling for most online streaming services. Sony has updated their Music Unlimited service to keep up with the times and that means they will now be streaming 320Kbps audio.
The updated streaming quality will first be coming to Android, web, and the PlayStation 3 players, but desktops, iOS, and the Vita won't be left out. Upgrades for the latter devices and home theater devices will be coming later this year. Sony has staggered the update to make sure it goes without a hitch.