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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is well aware that the music streaming battle has just begun, with invites now disappearing because... well, the flood gates are open and it's available to everyone. 6 months free, no subscription required. At the moment, this cannot be fully verified by Spotify, but if it is true, what happens to those who have been paying for Unlimited or Premium subscriptions? The move from Spotify is quite the large one, with previous news fresh from a few hours ago that Spotify will integrate with Facebook allowing people to listen to songs together.
At the moment, the news is a bit hot off the oven, but with competitors MOG and Rdio both recently introducing free or "freemium" plans, it is hard to think how these businesses would be turning in a profit.
Corsair picked up a talented new product manager over the Summer, Stan Kwong. Stan's roots trace back to Creative and Logitech and he's wasting no time using his skills at Corsair. Yesterday TweakTown made a quick stop in San Francisco to see the new Vengeance Gaming Headset products just down the road from Intel Developers Forum.
The new Gaming Headphone Lineup consists of three products, Vengeance 1500, 1300 and 1100 and are designed for excellent gaming audio reproduction, outstanding comfort and convenience.
Creative are back in the limelight once again today after previously announcing both the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player and Sound Blaster Recon3D. The company has also rolled out a new line of PCI-Express sound cards that, while impressive by design, may bring on a bit of a sad panda face for some due to the obvious end of the X-Fi generation for good after its over half decade presence since August 2005.
The new line-up is called Sound Core3D and it has one major difference to the X-Fi family of cards. Where X-Fi used high-performance native audio processing (through hardware) by making use of the processors on the card such as the CA20K series, the focus is now on the set of DSPs (digital signal processors) resident on the Core3D; there being four of these that give it a "quad-core" moniker, but this is not in the sense of there being four actual processing cores. These four DSPs are also not necessarily hardware-accelerated, but due to the presence of four of them, they work together in order to produce the best overall audio output.
Along with the launch of their new ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player, Creative has also extended its Sound Blaster family of audio products with the Recon3D today. This is a USB bases audio device which gives cross-platform support for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac.
Running dimensions not much different to your typical gaming mouse, the Sound Blaster Recon3D is a compact USB audio solution which promises a dramatic improvement in audio playback quality and immersion thanks to THX StudioPro, a full suite of audio enhancements developed by Creative and THX audio engineers.
The Recon3D also features Dolby Digital via its optical input, giving full 5.1 surround decoding, which combined with THX TruStudio Pro promises excellent accuracy and positional audio playback in conjunction with a gaming headset.
Creative have unleashed the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player. The ZEN X-Fi3 sports the apt-X codec which brings superior Bluetooth transmission, and also features X-Fi technology which restores rich detail and retains high level of clarity for audio tracks. It's housed in a stylishly-designed player which delivers the best wireless audio while you're on the move. ZEN X-Fi3 also supports a huge range of audio formats inclusive of FLAC for die-hard lossless audio fans.
The player also includes video output so you can share movies and photos with family and friends on your big-screen. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones. The ZEN X-Fi3 also features responsive touch keys for easy navigation and playback control and surprisingly, a microSD card slot for additional storage. An integrated FM radio is also included.
After months and months of waiting following its official announcement back in January, Creative is finally getting its Tactic3D Omega wireless gaming headset shipped to stores and etailers worldwide.
The headset (supporting PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) while looking somewhat contemporary by design, features a steel core providing high endurance, customizabe earcups (that are illuminated while in use) and houses full spectrum 50mm drivers that promise excellent bass and crispy highs. It has an integrated volume control, mute and connection controls, as well as a detachable noise-cancelling microphone and VoiceFX functionality for live voice morphing.
Creative has obtained official support from THX with several of its technologies including THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer, THX TruStudio Pro Surround, THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume, THX TruStudio Pro Dialog Plus and THX TruStudio Pro Speaker.
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Here's an interesting looking pair of headphones, which perhaps may be quickly dismissed if you're not looking to spend much due to the $299.95 price tag. First announced back in March, SOUL by Ludacris have just made available their SL300 headphones via Amazon at the aforementioned price point. Clearly these aren't your basic stereo headphones as indicated by the price alone; rather, some big claims are made from the U.S. based company with a 'high definition, fully isolated listening experience' for professionals and audiophiles also seeking unique styling.
The SL300s come in two color options; gold, and black/white. They feature a breathable headband pad and fully articulated earcups that promise a very comfortable fit and are foldable for convenient storage when not in use. Using dynamic drivers with a Neodymum magnet, they also feature active noise cancelling technology (two AAA batteries required for this), gold-plated 3.5mm connector, an in-line remote and tangle-free cable. They ship with a cleaning cloth and carrying case included.
Sharkoon has just announced the North American launch of its new X-Tactic SR gaming headset, exclusively availabile only through Amazon.com. This headset is compatible with PS3, 360 and PC, featuring support for DD 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby headphone, promising an immersive 3D sound experience.
The adjustable headband is wrapped in leather, while its earcups are softly padded. It has a built-in microphone, in-line volume controls and comes bundled with Sharkoon's SCU (Sound Control Unit) with a 3D Sound Expander that can connect up to two sets of headphones.
Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the X-Tactic SR at $139.99 USD in which you will be given a $10 promotional credit offer for other purchases. Shipments will commence on August 16th.
Razer have debuted a pair of cushy headphones designed for gaming on-the-go. The most obvious feature the Electra headset has is the detachable 3.5mm jack cables on the headset, sure it looks like something you might not use, but if you've ever tripped on your cord, accidentally pulled it out or heck, even transportation, this is a godsend. Razer pushes the headset for gamers who want a headset for their hones as well as for gaming, the mic-enabled cable is made compatible with the iPhone, BlackBerry and HTC phones.
The Razer Electra headphones are getting prepped for an October launch and should have a price of US$59.99.