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Corsair unleashes wired Dolby 7.1 VOID surround-sound headset

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 1:31 pm

Suitable for those wanting to game on a Microsoft Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, Corsair has today announced its VOID Surround headset - adding a wired version to the previously all-wireless product range.




"Most gamers don't play on just one platform, so we wanted to build a headset that can be used anywhere" said Corsair's headset product manager, Joshua LaTendresse, with this headset adding the same sound quality and comfort enjoyed in our VOID 7.1 RGB wireless review. Made with a cast aluminum construction and microfiber ear cups, lovers of leather should look elsewhere.


This headset functions with Dolby 7.1 functions only when plugged in through USB, as we're not being offered a 'true surround-sound' experience here - but as my reviews go to show, that's not really a bad thing. Being released with an MSRP of $79.99 compared to the newly-announced wireless RGB white model at $129.99, this product is available for purchase immediately.

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Home Bluetooth audio gets fancy with the birch wood Get Up Stand Up

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 19, 2016 3:33 pm

With a minimalistic design and body constructed of birch wood, the 'Get Up Stand Up' home Bluetooth speaker system by House of Marley is a fancy new addition to this saturated market.




When a market is saturated you have to do something different in order to stand out from the crowd, with Hosue of Marley opting for this great wooden design and frame, while including what seems to be a decent audio setup. Available for $329.99 from Amazon or the company directly, this unit offers two 4.5-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters and an internal amplifier for maximum sound output.


Connection options include Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX and RCA, while the speaker can be completely controlled via the supplied remote. As for extra features, this speaker has an included USB port in order to charge your smartphone while in use.

Boombox and projector in one - it even connects to your smartphone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 19, 2016 2:32 pm

When you're simply wanting to run the best house parties, it seems that Dashbon is the company to call up. Its new invention is called 'Flicks' and these two models offer up to eight hours of playback when operating off an internal battery while pumping out sound at the same time.



Available in a 140WH model which is priced at $599 and a 280WH model at $699, these LED projectors both display content in 720p HD, offer a HDMI connection that includes smartphone support, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The smaller edition provides four hours of movie playback or 28 hours of Bluetooth jams while the larger 280WH model offers the claimed eight-hour movie experience or 56 hours of Bluetooth music.


Weighing in at 6.17 lb (2.8 kg) and 7.72lb (3.5 kg) respectively, you can further connect these all-in-one projectors to your Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromcast or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

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Epic Gear announces THUNDEROUZ headset, TweakTown review to come

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 17, 2016 12:29 pm

New to the world but not to us, Epic Gear has just announced its new THUNDEROUZ headset to the world - something that I've been pre-release testing with a review to follow soon.




This headset features Epic Gear's own EG-Amp technology, working as an amplifier for the headset when plugged in through USB, supporting the provided 3.5m AUX connection. Another unique feature on offer here includes the touch sensor on the side of the earcup, allowing users to seamlessly change through different lighting modes and effects, great for those after something a little more fancy.


Sporting 50mm neodymium drivers, plush leatherette earcups and a stereo 2.0 sound configuration, this headset will be available mid-March for around $79.99.

Arctic tries its hand at gaming headsets, looks like a Razer ripoff

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 12:29 pm

Known for its wide range of mobile accessories and reliable power banks, Arctic has recently announced a new company direction - gaming headsets.




Announcing the P533 Series in a recent press release, this technology and lifestyle brand has signified a slightly altered company direction. The two headsets on offer are identical in specifications but offer different color schemes, being released in both Racing and Military color schemes.


Sporting cloth earcups, a 2m extension cable, a 3.5mm AUX connection, neodymium drivers and compatibility with Xbox, PlayStation, tablets, smartphones and PCs, this new range is available for $79.99 from the company directly.

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Fender's new headphones range from $99 to $499

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 5:02 pm

Guitar maker Fender is now in the headphones game with its Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors line. Designed and assembled in Nashville by last year's acquisition Aurisonics, the price ranges from $99 to $499, depending on which of the five models you choose.




The higher-end models include 3D-printed Digital Hybrid Technology (DHT) shells, which are based on thousands of ear scans with the aim of creating a universal fit (Fender claims they 95 percent of ears will love them). Some others feature Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array (HDBA) for a "rich, full frequency response with substantial bass."

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Amazon Echo and Alexa can now read books to you

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 17, 2016 9:03 pm

An update to the Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read you a nice story. And this new feature has a chance of replacing you as the head minstrel, reading bedtime stories to your kids.




This update comes completely free to all owners of the Echo, and works rather simply. Just ask Alexa to "read "insert book name here" and she'll start exploring the depths of that particular novel. Unfortunately her voice isn't quite so natural sounding as of yet, but it's quite the innovation, especially if you'd rather listen to that while engaged with other activities. She's able to read any book in your Kindle library.


The interesting thing is how this will conflict with another Amazon company, Audible, which serves up actual narrated audio-books. Granted, Alexa isn't quite as sultry and smooth as some of the great narrators used for Audible books, but given time we could see a rise in the popularity of using a well-developed AI to do such things instead. Siri even sounds a lot more natural now, even if some of her responses are pre-programmed.

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Our first taste of the score from Batman v Superman is here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 17, 2016 6:34 am

Warner Bros. is definitely not shy when it comes to revealing details about the most expensive movie ever made: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.




The studio has just released a tease of one of the tracks from the score of Batman v Superman, called "Their War Here". Personally, I think this will be the music we'll hear during the flashback scene where Bruce Wayne is running through Metropolis when Superman and Zod were fighting in Man of Steel.


The official soundtrack for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drops on March 18, one week before the movie hits theaters. It'll arrive digitally, on CD, a 2-disc deluxe CD, and on a Limited Edition 3-disc deluxe vinyl. As for the full track listing, check it out:


"Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice" Tracklist


  • Beautiful Lie
  • Their War Here
  • The Red Capes Are Coming
  • Day Of The Dead
  • Must There Be A Superman?
  • New Rules
  • Do You Bleed?
  • Problems Up Here
  • Black and Blue
  • Tuesday
  • Is She With You?
  • This Is My World
  • Men Are Still Good (The Batman Suite)
  • Blood Of My Blood (Bonus Track)**
  • Vigilante (Bonus Track)**
  • May I Help You, Mr. Wayne? (Bonus Track)**
  • They Were Hunters (Bonus Track)**
  • Fight Night (Bonus Track)**


** On deluxe versions only.

This speaker is designed better than your house, get in quick!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:04 am

Currently on Kickstarter with under three days remaining, Hult Design has presented its Pavilion wireless speaker and D-spiral acoustic system.


Pavilion Sound System Test from Hult Design on Vimeo.


Sitting at $64,613 raised of the $70,000 goal and 65 hours to go at the time of writing this article, this speaker features some amazing design characteristics and has been based on architectural influences from around the globe. Featuring three-dimensional audio, a D-spiral acoustic bass booster, a 20W peerless driver, APTX + AAC codec and touch controls, this product has had its internal speakers provided by Tymphany, a company with over 85 years of experience.


However, style and class comes at a price, with an investment of $279 earning you a black of white Pavilion Q speaker, marked at $110 off retail. If you're looking for more sound, two units are the maximum per person and will set you back $449.

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Sennheiser is leading the way in VR audio

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 8:12 pm

CES 2016 - Sennheiser's booth was a very alluring audio enthusiasts paradise, but they were showing off far more than just fancy and expensive headphones. They're pioneers in VR audio.




The most interesting and significant technology that they demonstrated was their proprietary 3D algorithm for they developed for games. The game demo they had running was called EDEN and was mostly a barren landscape rendered with Unreal Engine 4. In that hilly landscape though are a swathe of dinosaurs that are stomping about to help demonstrate what a 3D audio landscape sounds like. And it's a remarkable difference. What this algorithm does is work with HMD's to give an illusory feeling of aural freedom. So when you move your head around, the audio changes appropriately. This is a far cry from typical sound encoding for games.


The API they've created is able to easily calculate those changes, which will likely be a bit more computationally intensive than in the past. This middleware will hopefully make its way to game developers soon, and it would be cool to see a partnership with AMD so they could use their TrueAudio technology to use the GPU to do those calculations. The demo was a bit sparse and it could definitely have used a bit more interactivity, but it was a good first showing of what'll eventually be available. The future of audio is looking bright, such as it did back when Aureal and Creative were battling it out with their a3d and EAX API's.

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