I am a big fan of Klipsch speakers for many uses. The best surround sound computer speakers I have ever owned came from Klipsch and the company has some fantastic home theater speakers as well. Many of the speakers that come from Klipsch are very expensive, but some of them are not out of the reach of most of us.
The latest offering from Klipsch is a speaker that isn't too expensive at $199.99 and is designed to be used outside with the Klipsch LightSpeaker system. The LightSpeaker system isn't included with the AudioRock speaker though and if you don't have one it will set you back another $600. The AudioRock speaker is weatherproof and rustproof. Inside the speaker are dual 0.75" tweeters and a dual voice coil 5.25" woofer.
There are a lot of people out there who swim to keep fit. These folks would probably like to listen to some music while they work out, just as people who work out on dry land like to do. The catch for the swimmer is that water and your typical headphones and PMPs simply don't mix. Those that sweat a lot during workouts in the gym will also tell you that sweat can ruin your headphones. A company called H2O Audio has announced a new set of headphones that can survive in the water called the Surge 2G.
The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% waterproof and can be used up to 12-feet deep. The headphones are also completely resistant to being washed and to heavy sweating. Naturally, you will have to pair these headphones with some sort of waterproof case for your PMP or buy one of the several waterproof players that H2O audio sells. The headphones are designed for bass amplified sound.
Wow, Logitech have been busy!
They've just announced 4 new sets of speakers to join the currently massive range of speakers already available from Logitech.
The new sets are:
Logitech Z623, a THX-certified 2.1 system - for the high end enthusiast who wants THX-certified, high-grade speakers.
Logitech Z506, a 5.1 system, this set lets you connect nearly any entertainment device, including a laptop, plasma or LCD TV, mobile phone, PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), Xbox 360®, Wii®, iPod®, iPad®, iPhone® or even a DVD player.
Finally, we have the Logitech Z305 and Z105 - which are aimed at the casual or laptop user - who want a USB speakers.
More information at the Logitech home PC speakers website
If you are a serious fan of audio in all sorts of formats, you may want a receiver that can handle multiple formats to cut down on the amount of gear around your home. Rotel has unveiled a new receiver that combines some nice features into one device. The RCX-1500 is a receiver with a CD player, FM/DAB tuner, and is capable of receiving internet radio as well.
The device uses a Wolfson 24-bit 192Khz DAC and has a Class D amp inside with 100W per channel. On the front panel, the receiver has a USB input that allows it to play content from music sources and it supports 30 presets for favorite stations. Supported formats include RealAudio, WMA, MP3, AAC & AAC+ (non DRM), AU, WAV and AIFF.
I haven't touched a vinyl record since I was a kid. I know there are a lot of people out there who have large vinyl record collections that they want to listen too. There are also a lot of folks out there who have vinyl that they want to turn into digital tracks to use with modern devices like the iPod. Crosley has announced a new portable turntable that is really cool and will play vinyl on the go.
The device is called the CR6002A Revolution and it is a portable belt-driven turntable. I really like the design that has the edges of the record sticking out and floating over the surface the turntable is sitting on. It will work with small 45 RPM records and larger 33 1/3 RPM records as well. The turntable also has a pair of stereo speakers built-in.
The biggest problem for iPhone users that want to listen to their music on earphones, but want to be able to make and receive calls if needed as well is that many of the best earphones lack support for making and receiving calls. Altec Lansing has announced a new set of earphones that are aimed at the audiophile that uses an iPhone or iPod. The earphones are called the Muzx Ultra MZX606.
The earphones are designed to block sounds from outside to make the music clearer. The maker claims that they can block up to 26dB of noise. That should mean that you could use them in an airplane, car, or bus to block the noise that can drive you up the wall on a long trip. The earphones use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
There are a huge number of docks on the market today for the iPhone. Many of those docks require the iPhone or iPod to be physically plugged into the dock for music to play. There are also a number of systems that allow you to stream music to the device using Bluetooth. The catch is that the Bluetooth wireless systems don't charge the iPhone and your battery can drain quickly.
XtremeMac has unveiled a new audio solution that works with the iPhone and the iPad that combines features of a normal docking station with a wireless Bluetooth dock. The audio system is called the Tango TRX and it uses a 2.1 configuration. The device offers high quality Bluetooth streaming from a remote docking station that can be connected to the AC outlet for charging the iPhone while it plays. A second dock is built into the main device.
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Creative has been around for years and the company is probably most known by gamers for its line of Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs. The company also has a number of popular MP3 players and a myriad of other offerings including speakers and headphones. Creative has unveiled a new weatherproof outdoor speaker for the music fan called the Sound Blaster Wireless Rock.
The speaker sells for $199.99 and is available to purchase right now. The thing uses 2.4GHz wireless technology to connect to your PC and has a wireless range of 100 feet. The speaker strangely lacks a wireless transmitter, you have to buy that separately.
Logitech has gobs of speakers and other gear in its offerings for notebooks and desktop computers. The range of speakers the company offers is very robust running the gamut from cheap stereo speakers up to high-end surround sound systems. Logitech also makes all manner of wireless solutions for streaming audio all around your home or office.
Today Logitech has added a couple new offerings to its line including the Z305 for laptops and the wireless Z515 speaker. The Z515 is a long speaker that has 50-foot wireless range with 2.4GHz technology. The adapter plugs into the USB port on your computer to send the audio. The speaker will also sync with your iPhone or iPod wirelessly. It has 10 hours of battery life and dual 2-inch drivers.
Antec is making a big move into the world of computer audio with the formation of their fully owned subsidiary, soundscience.™ The first product from soundscience will be an all new 3D 2.1 speaker system dubbed the soundscience rockus.
The rockus 3D system uses 3Dsst™, soundscience's proprietary 3D technology, to "actively analyze incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently place them into a 3D sound field." This allows a more realistic and immersive sound experience for movies, games, and video. There is even a dedicated music mode for superb stereo sound reproduction. The rockus will be officially introduced at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin, Germany on September 3rd and is planned to retail for $249.95 USD when it launches this fall.
When you say Corsair gaming headsets aren't what will jump to mind for many people. What I tend to think of when I hear the Corsair name is enthusiast memory products for gaming machines, flash drives, and SSDs. Corsair has announced a new USB gaming headset today that only needs a single USB connection for power and to get the audio from your computer to the headset.
The new headset is called the Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming Headset. As you would expect from any gaming headset the HS1 features a mic that swivels out of the way when you don't need it and flips down when you want to talk in game. The headset uses a closed back design to block out noise and has an adjustable headband for comfort.
I know many people who can't function without music to listen too. If they are outside grilling, playing with the kid's, or at the lake swimming they want music to listen too. If you are the sort that spends a lot of time outside and you want music to listen to while you are out there Grace Digital Audio has unveiled a new line of waterproof speakers that you can use outside without worrying about getting them wet.
The new line includes the Rock Speaker, which looks like a rock unsurprisingly. It has a 1x1" tweeter and a 1 x 4" full range speaker inside. The overall dimensions are 12.13" x 15.51" x 14.29". The speakers are powered by an AC adapter or an internal rechargeable battery and the whole thing is IPX7 approved. Wireless range is 150-feet and the battery is good for 7 hours.
The average desktop computer today can do all sorts of different tasks from normal computer work like typing documents to gaming and watching movies when it's time to have some fun. If you want to get the best out of your music, games, and movies, a quality set of speakers is needed. Logitech has unveiled its most recent set of speakers that carry the THX Certification.
The 2.1 speaker set is called the Logitech Speaker System Z623. All of the controls for the volume and other inputs are on the right side speaker. The speakers can be connected to three different audio sources with RCA and 3.5mm inputs. The system also has an integrated headphone jack for private listening.
Logitech purchased the Ultimate Ears earphone company a long while back. Ultimate Ears makes some very nice sets of earbuds that can be had in audiophile grade offerings that are expensive down to affordable sets that the normal consumer might be interested in. I have used several Ultimate Ears earphones and they generally perform well. Logitech has announced new additions to the line.
The new Ultimate Ears models are the 500, 350, 200, as well as the 500vi and 200vi offerings. The 500 is the flagship offering of the new models with a small design made to sit flush with the ears and noise isolation with a detailed sound stage. The 500vi is the same earphones with inline controls and a mic for use with music phones like the iPhone. The 350 is a set of earphones that are optimized for lots of bass and to resist sweat during workouts.
Logitech has been busy the last month or so rolling out all manner of new products include some new gaming gear and keyboards. The company has also just announced a new wireless headset for computer users called the H760. This headset is designed for the user who makes VoIP calls from their PC and wants to make those calls with no wires.
Back when I used to work in an office, the women were always complaining that the headsets they wore that went over the head messed up their hair. If you are the sort that worries about your hair, the H760 headset uses a behind the ear style. The headset also has molded foam ear pads for comfort.
In the market for a new AV receiver to manage all your home theatre gear? cnet Australia has posted up a bit of a guide on what to look out for in some of the new models rolling out.
AV receivers tend to only see minor adjustments/additions across consecutive updated models, certainly at a slower rate to the likes of flat panels and Blu-ray players, but there are a number of new features that are becoming available on some of the new AV receivers coming out this year which you may or may not need.
Cnet's guide talks about 3D compatibility, Audio Return Channel, Standby pass-through, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and more to give you an idea on whether or not you should be looking for a receiver with one or more of these new features.
Around 1,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you who makes the best quality computer speakers.
While there was no definite clear-cut winner like in other polls, Logitech managed to get 27% of the votes to be voted as the best maker of quality computer speakers at TweakTown.
Second place went to Bose with a very respectable 15% of the votes and a close third place went to Klipsch with 13% of the votes. Not too far behind also in fourth and fifth places respectively were Altec Lansing and Creative.
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Home theater systems can get very expensive if you want audiophile quality speakers and components. In a large room you can pretty much choose any size speakers and be ok. In a small space like a bedroom or a conference room where surround sound is needed choosing speakers that are too large just won't work for space reasons. Gefen has announced a new set of surround sound speakers called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers.
The speaker set consists of five different satellites providing two front and two rear channel speakers along with a center speaker. A subwoofer for improved bass is not included, but these are designed for audio quality not deep bass says the maker. Gefen says that the speakers are designed to work best with its own GefenTV Audio Processor, but they will work with any AV amp you want to use.
Razer is known for making some of the coolest gear for gamers around with a line of keyboards, mice, and audio solutions. The company is also known for choosing names for its products from the animal and insect world. For instance its keyboards are named after spiders, the gaming mice are named after snakes, and its audio offerings are named after water living creatures such as the Barracuda sound card.
Razer has released its latest audio offering and the product is called the Orca. If you watch Animal Planet you know that is the killer whale. The Orca gaming headphones are made in a green color with black trim. With the name being Orca you might expect black and white colors. Perhaps this is the color for irradiated killer whales.