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.
Audio specialists Turtle Beach are jumping in early in anticipation of the likely massive success that will be the third iteration in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, set for worldwide release on November 8.
A press release today sheds light on several new limited edition Modern Warfare 3 themed headsets hitting shelves right around the time of launch of the game. Turtle Beach calls them the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ear Force headsets, a limited run with four models on offer.
Turtle Beach states in their press release that thanks to a partnership with Activision, they were able to obtain unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games - this allowed Turtle Beach to include custom-optimized presets for these headsets to enhance the overall audio experience for the game.
Cooler Master has extended its CM Storm branding into the world of gaming headsets today with the launch of the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 headset.
While being Cooler Master's first shot at a gaming headset, they look to have gone all out when running over the feature set, promising 'true' 5.1 channel surround sound with its eight internal speakers (four on each side), uni-directional mic, gold-plated USB connectors and a cool piece of supporting software included with it that CM calls the "Tactical Mixing Console", allowing players individual adjustment for each speaker and better overall control of the sound delivery, along with customized profiles being possible that better suit individual game titles.
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Since the launch of Spotify in the US is now live, Logitech have been the first to jump forward to announce that from today the Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music player and Logitech Squeezebox Radio Wi-Fi music player are compatible with the service in the US. In order to use Spotify with your Squeezebox Touch or Squeezebox Radio, all you require is a Spotify Premium subscription which gives you access to unlimited, ad-free access to Spotify's entire music library as well as access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers.
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The underdog in this fisticuffs battle of online music services [in my opinion] is Amazon and maybe they know that too which is why they were the first to launch their music service before the great Apple and Google, it nabbed them headlines and probably, groupies. This has given Amazon time to gain a customer base and do some work on their service. Amazon have since studied what Google was offering (free upload of 20,000 songs) and also Apple (unlimited storage up to 25,000 songs for $25) and decided that its own pricing scheme needed some lovin'.
Anyone who purchases MP3s from Amazon should definitely give Cloud Drive a second look: every MP3 purchase before the cloud streaming service launched can now be stored for free and all limitations on music uploading have been removed from paid members. Upon launch, Cloud Drive offered five Gigabytes of free storage to users and the option to upgrade was there. 20GB for $20, 50GB for $50 and so on up to 1000GB. All new MP3s purchased through Amazon are able to be stored for free without counting against that total, but the allowance didn't apply to previous purchases.
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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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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.
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