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PAX Australia 2015 - One of my oldest memories of Creative is using the Sound Blaster AWE 64 sound card back in the days of Wing Commander, but the company walked us through their booth at PAX Australia 2015 this year in Melbourne, impressing us with their latest headsets and audio products.
The company has launched its new Sound BlasterX range, with the highest end model in the H7. We tested out both the H7 and the more mid-range H5 model with some impressive results. The audio range and sound were great, with more than impressive bass levels. CS:GO was being played on the headset, and the explosions and gun fire sounded quite good for a pair of headsets priced at under $200.
Memorabilia masters Mondo have put together quite the early Christmas present, slapping the entire score from the 'Back to the Future' trilogy onto an awesome-looking vinyl set.
You can grab each movie individually as a two-record set for $35 each, or the entire vinyl kit for $105. The individual album versions include artwork by Matt Taylor, who was responsible for the screen-print Back to the Future posters for Mondo while the box set artwork and design was done by DKNG Studios.
If you buy the kit, you'll get it in an awesome radioactive box, the same box that Doc had in the first movie. The album art itself looks incredible, with any 'Back to the Future' fan set to jump at the chance to secure themselves this beautiful kit.
If you're a real fan of BBC's DR WHO and simply can't get enough, Massive Audio has just announced its new DOCTOR WHO Bluetooth wireless and wired headphone models. With the information being released recently through a press release and stock expecting to arrive very soon, these headphones are a continuation of Massive Audio's TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth speaker products.
Designed with an over-ear design across all models, the Bluetooth edition further features an inbuilt microphone, song controls and a claimed 30-hour play time on a single charge.
If you're interested in one of these for yourself, the Bluetooth edition will set you back $119.98 and the wired edition $79.98. There will be a plethora of stores stocking this 57mm driver-packing product, including the BBC SHOP, Think Geek, Amazon and Game Stop.
Audio company V-MODA has unveiled the Crossfade Wireless Over-Ear headphones, a hybrid audio device that supports both wired and wireless listening.
The headphones can maintain a wireless Bluetooth signal up to 33 feet away, with 12 hours of continuous listening. V-MODA also supports a dual-diaphragm 50mm driver, and plugging in a cable immediately switches off all electronics so zero latency can be achieved. The built-in hidden microphone supports phone calls and voice recognition, whether connected to a PC and notebook or smartphone.
"As an avid analog purist, for years I said I would not make a wireless headphone; instead, we decided to make our best over-ear wired headphone yet featuring the best wireless mode," said Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. "After years of R&D, we can proudly say that Crossfade Wireless is versatile enough to be the everyday audio weapon of choice for music professionals, audiophiles, gamers and savvy consumers, alike."
Audio company Phiaton has launched its PS 202 NC earphones, an audio product featuring active noise cancellation designed to block 95 percent of ambient background noise.
The earphones also have a half in-ear design, and should deliver additional listening time. The 14.3mm drivers provide an adequate level of optimized vibration, and includes everplay-x so owners can keep listening even if battery power runs out. For those of you interested in using the earphones while connected to a smartphone, it's possible to use the in-line remote and microphone to manage a playlist and answer phone calls.
The Phiaton PS 202 NC earphones are currently available for $109.
Audio company Turtle Beach has announced the Star Wars-themed Sandtrooper gaming headset on the same day Star Wars Battlefront will be released to gamers.
The Sandtrooper headset has an over-ear design, high-sensitivity boom mic, 50mm speakers, and pair of removable speaker plates.
"With as many Star Wars fanatics as we have at Turtle Beach, it's been hard to not let the droid out of the bag about this unique gaming headset," said Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach. "Our top-quality gaming headsets allow us to work with the biggest brands in the world, and we're very happy to continue our ongoing collaboration with Lucasfilm and EA to support Star Wars Battlefront."
Scosche has launched the boomBOTTLE+ Bluetooth speaker, a waterproof audio device designed to withstand being taken into nature.
The speaker has 55mm drivers and two passive radiators that provide 360-degree immersive audio. It features a 6000mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and 15 hours of playtime, while also being able to charge mobile devices. BoomBOTTLE+ also supports an Outdoor/Indoor EQ function, so music listeners are able to adjust sound based on physical location.
The Scosche boomBOTTLE+ is available for $179.99 MSRP.
For those looking at a set of earphones that will last just a bit longer, CM Storm has announced and released its Pitch Pro series of earphones - sporting 10mm neodymium drivers and an aluminum headset body.
Further featuring a myriad of accessories including three different sizes rubber ear grommets in total, a snap-lock carry pouch, a splitter cable (turns one 3-ring 3.5mm into two 2-ring 3.5mm plugs) and even an airplane adapter, CM Storm's $40 (34,9 Euro) release price certainly doesn't skimp on optional extras.
Targeted towards all users looking to game and listen to music on the go, check out our own pre-release review of the Pitch Pro here.
Recently I headed down to the Surprise Attack PR agency in Victoria, Australia to check out exactly what Plantronics are looking at releasing in the near future. From stellar beginnings including "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" being broadcasted through the help of a Plantronics product, this audio company is looking to help step up the gaming scene with its new RIG 500 series of fully modular headsets.
Mainly pictured in this article is the RIG 500e. Coming in as the top of the range model with the most options, expect it to he hitting retail shelves soon for a MSRP of $149 ($199 AU in Australia). The 500e is endorsed by the ESL and is known as the eSports edition. Coming jam-packed with features, included in the package is a fully modular design, a closed-earcup with soft leatherette padding, an open-earcup with cloth padding and an in-line extension unit which includes a 24-bit Dolby 7.1 surround-sound USB sound card.
All headsets across the range include fully modular design, a microphone that mutes when flipped up and the ability to mix and match your accessories later in life. The standard RIG 500 headset will set you back $59 ($99 AU in Australia), with the middle option 500HD costing $99 ($129 in Australia), but if you're wanting to add the extra ear cups, 7.1 support or change your headband to something awesome in the future when your finances permit - you will be able to log on to the Plantronics website and pick and chose parts as you see fit.
Audio maker Turtle Beach has launched the EAR FORCE Stealth 420X headset for the Microsoft Xbox One game console. Turtle Beach announced the headset earlier this month, available for $149.95 MSRP.
The EAR FORCE Stealth 420X headset is fully wireless, and is easily installable via USB connection, active mic monitoring, and 15 hours of rechargeable battery life.
"As the market leader, we continuously challenge ourselves to innovate and create new headsets with unique offerings for each segment of the gaming audience," said Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach. "Our third fully wireless Xbox One headset, the Stealth 420X, delivers the perfect mix of best-in-class features and functionality from its Elite 800X and Stealth 500X siblings for a more immersive and comfortable gaming experience at a great price."