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Looking for a respectable 2.1 speaker kit without outlaying a lot of cash? Klipsch may peak your interest with a new offering in the Energy-branded EM.2.1s. Klipsch are renowned for delivering some very good quality speakers in the computer world and this, while being a more budget focused model, still promise to give a clear and strong performing audio experience while being quite compact in stature.
The EM-2.1 gives a total output of 25W and features a front-firing subwoofer with volume and bass controls built in. Each of the two speakers use a 1.3-inch fiber composite cone driver. The set is expected to hit store shelves sometime this month with an associated price of $99.99 US.
Audio specialists Bose have just released a couple new sets of headphones to market in the OE2 and OE2i. These on-ear headphones promise a super comfortable fit to the head while being slim profile by design with foam ear cushioned, foldable earcups to make transporting more pleasant.
Bose says the sound quality of these headphones in comparison to their predecessors has been improved upon thanks to the use of a TriPort acoustic structure for improved audio reproduction.
The OE2 headphones use a standard audio cable, coming in at $149.95 USD, whilst the OE2i is a step up with its inline remote and microphone, priced at $179.95 USD.
SpeedLink, makers of the well received Medusa series of gaming headsets from years past, has just launched a new model into its lineup, the Xanthos stereo gaming headset.
Compatible with Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, it is a lightweight offering at just 310 grams whilst promising to deliver crystal clear audio along with deep bass and sharp treble.
It sports a flexible headband with padded earcups, a rugged fold-away mic, LED lighting, an in-line remote giving volume adjustment and mic muting and has a 3 meter-long cable.
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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.