Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: HyperX

A Tale of Two Headsets

There is no shortage of wireless gaming headsets these days, with 2.4 GHz via USB dongle the most common option. The HyperX Cloud MIX provides wireless connectivity of the Bluetooth variety, and if you need or just prefer a wired connection don't worry - as the name implies these provide wired analog audio via a 3.5mm headset plug, with a Y-cable is also included to split off mic and audio to your sound card's requisite I/O.

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An interesting addition to the standard Bluetooth codecs with the Cloud MIX is aptX support, which means this headset has the capability of far better wireless audio quality than the standard SBC codec can provide - if you have a way to connect with aptX, that is. It's also worth noting that the Cloud MIX is actually the first Bluetooth-capable headset HyperX has released, with latency a roadblock to its adoption in this market.

Before moving on here is a look at the full specifications from HyperX:


  • Headphone
    • Driver: Custom dynamic, 40mm driver with neodymium magnets
    • Type: Circumaural; Closed back
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz–40,000Hz
    • Impedance: 40Ω
    • Sound Pressure Level: 100dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
    • T.H.D.: < 2%
    • Weight: 260g
    • Weight with Mic: 275g
  • Cable Length:
    • Detachable Headset Cable:  1.3m
    • PC Extension Cable:  2m
    • USB Charging Cable:  0.5m
  • Connection Type:
    • Detachable Headset Cable:  3.5mm plug (4 pole)
    • PC Extension Cable:  3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
  • Boom Microphone
    • Element: Electret condenser microphone
    • Polar Pattern: Noise-cancelling
    • Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
    • Sensitivity: -42dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
  • Built-in Microphone
    • Element: Electret condenser microphone
    • Polar Pattern: Omni-directional
    • Frequency Response: 50Hz-8,000 Hz
    • Sensitivity: -33dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
  • Battery Life (50% headphone volume) 20 hours
  • Bluetooth Version: 4.2
  • Wireless Range: Up to 10 meters

Pricing and Availability: $199.99, Best Buy

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Continue reading our review of the HyperX Cloud MIX Wired Headset with Bluetooth!

Mixcder E8 headset, no wires, no noise, no worries

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2019 - 01:43 PM |
Tagged: audio, mixder, mixder e8, active noise cancellation, wireless headset

The Mixcder E8 offers Bluetooth 4 connectivity using the SBC codec, active noise cancellation and a $70 price tag.  It doesn't offer support for other codecs, nor does it provide more than stereo playback, which does seem reasonable for the price point.  It does use standard 40mm neodymium drivers and offers 32 Ω impedance, with a battery which will offer 16 hours or more of playback.

TechPowerUp tested them and found them to be about what you should expect from a wireless ANS headset at this price, with one small caveat.  The headphones offer a wired mode for extended use, however doing so disables the microphone.

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"The Mixcder E8 is a pair of wireless, over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling, and a price that's much lower than you'd expect after going over the list of features. Just about everyone is after a pair of wireless headphones nowadays; here's something worth considering if you're on a tight budget."

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Source: TechPowerUp

EVGA Introduces Nu Audio for Life Like Sound from your PC

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2019 - 12:50 PM |
Tagged: sound card, pcie, evga, DAC, ces 2019, CES, Audio Note, audio, amp, AK4493

EVGA has announced a brand new product offering for enthusiasts, but this PCI Express device is not a graphics card - it's a premium sound card. And yes, I know that many people have written off audio boards in the era of ubiquitous motherboard audio, but if you are at all interested in quality audio and have ever looked into external DACs and headphone amps the Nu Audio card is shaping up to be a fantastic alternative to external component solutions.

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The product is a result of a partnership with UK-based Audio Note, a high-end audio equipment manufacturer that emphasizes technology and internal component quality in their designs, and the design of the Nu Audio card was made to those standards. EVGA says that is the pursuit of life-like sound that inspired this card, and their efforts have resulted in something that would be completely at home in an audiophile setting, RGB effects notwithstanding (yes, it has RGB!).

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Ok, so what is this exactly, and why is it any different from other PCIe sound cards? This is not your typical DSP-driven surround audio solution, and truly the emphasis is on 2-channel stereo audio reproduction. Reading over the specs this begins to look more like an audiophile product, with native DSD support and PCM audio up to 24-bit 384 kHz - and dual clock generators for native 44.1 and 48 kHz-based sample rates. Component choices were made to improve audio quality through the signal chain and to the output, with some impressive specs:

Premium Components:

  • DAC: AKM AK4493
  • ADC: AKM AK5572
  • OP-AMP (Headphone): ADI OP275
  • OP-AMP (Line Out): ADI AD8056
  • Capacitors: WIMA, Audio Note(UK), Nichicon
  • Power Regulators: Texas Instruments TPS7A47/TPS7A33 ultralow-noise power solution

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The demo in the EVGA suite featured a nice setup featuring some of the entry-level Audio Note components, showcasing hi-fi music playback from lossless files on a PC. It was quite impressive considering the sound card was fed directly into the integrated amp, and on display were also such features as separate analog control of the volume output (the internal amp can be controlled independently of the sound level in Windows), and the integrated RGB lighting that dynamically respond to music playback.

The Nu Audio sound card will retail for $249 when it launches, specifics on release date to follow.

Source: EVGA

The HyperX Cloud Mix has a Bluetooth lining

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2018 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: audio, hyperx, cloud mix, bluetooth headset

HyperX have avoided Bluetooth headsets, citing the latency inherent in the connection, which obviously haven't hurt them as they have been #1 in the US for a few years now.  The Cloud Mix changes this, as it is BlueTooth capable as well as offering 3.5mm connectivity.  The specifications look right, 40nm neodymium drivers and reported frequency range of 10Hz – 40,000Hz. 

Are they worth a try?  Find out over at Legit Reviews.

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"Back in October 2018, HyperX released the Bluetooth-enabled Cloud Mix gaming headset. The Cloud Mix came as a bit of a surprise to me. I’ve talked to HyperX many times over the years to inquire about Bluetooth wireless gaming headsets and was always told that the latency of the audio broadcast over Bluetooth introduced too much latency to be considered a good gaming headset. Yet, here was HyperX introducing the Cloud Mix... Read on if you still have an attention span!"

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That's no Zune, it's a FiiO M7

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2018 - 03:51 PM |
Tagged: audio, FiiO, m7, Exynos 7270, Sabre 9018Q2C, DAC

There are those for whom the idea of listening to audio via a phone is painful to contemplate, as the lack of a dedicated high fidelity DAC will ruin the experience.  They will quite happily drop $200 on something like the FiiO M7 and consider it a bargain.  The device is also interesting technically, with a DAC and Exynos processor running it, which is why the device is somewhat interesting to non-audiophiles as well.   Check out Nikktech for a look at the interface, hardware and audio quality if you are curious.

It also has an FM receiver!

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"It may not be the flagship music player in the entire High-Resolution lineup by FiiO but thanks to its Exynos 7270 Processor and the Sabre 9018Q2C DAC/Amp the M7 should have no problem satisfying even the most demanding audiophiles."

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Source: Nikktech

Pacify your prepubescents for parental peace

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 04:04 PM |
Tagged: audio, bluetooth headset, JBL, JR300BT

JBL have released a set of Bluetooth headphones specifically designed for young kids to use, the JR300BT.  Apart from the colour scheme and bundled stickers there are a few other features to make these headphones kid friendly, such as the audio being limited to a maximum of 85dB so your child can't damage their ears before their first concert.  The only input is a micro-USB plug for charging so there is not much to break off or to insert questionable things into.  The power and link buttons are large enough for small hands and are relatively flush so inquiring young minds won't be able to remove them easily.  

Pop by Legit Reviews for a full review.

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"That also means that millions of kids will be traveling for the holidays and parents will be stuck trying to keep them entertained for hours on end. Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the JBL JR300BT wireless headphones that are 85dB limited to protect hearing, are super lightweight and properly sized for kids ages 3 to 10 years old."

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Have you ever heard Audeze headphones before?

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2018 - 07:07 PM |
Tagged: audio, Audeze, mobius, gaming headset, planar magnetic

It is certainly possible that you have heard of Audeze headphones before, but for the vast majority of readers, your experiences with high end audiophile headphones may not include them.  You probably also read the title in a way that almost makes sense, which means you are pronouncing it as incorrectly as I.  They've recently added a Mobius gaming headest model, connecting via Bluetooth or USB.  The controls are somewhat impressive with dials, buttons and hybrids all present, some for wireless connectivity and some for wired.  Even if a $400 gaming headset isn't on your list, the review at [H]ard|OCP is worth checking out ... for reasons.

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"Audeze is a well known name in the headphone world, and it recently used crowdfunding to fund its first foray into the world of gaming headsets. We are reviewing the Mobius headset that promises us that it is more than a headphone, "it's an experience." For $400 we want to know exactly what kind of experience it gives us when it comes to gameplay."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ba-Nomma Pro ... doo doo de doo doo ... Ba-Nomma Pro ... doo doo doo doo

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2018 - 02:55 PM |
Tagged: razer, speakers, 2.1, Nommo Pro, audio

Razer's Nommo Pro speakers have a very distinctive look to them, even before you fire up the RGBs on the base.  The scope on the top of the satellites is actually an additional tweeter, which Kitguru decided was a decent implementation once they tested it out.  Part of what makes this speakers significantly more expensive than the original Razer speaker is the aluminium body, which in the case of the downward facing sub makes for a very heavy speaker.  The roughly $500 price tag is fairly steep for many, but for a certain crowd that might even be considered a bargain.  The full review is here.

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"Back in June we took a look at Razer’s first set of desktop speakers – the Nommo Chroma. The 2.1 speaker system we are looking at today, however – the Nommo Pro – makes the Nommo Chroma pale in comparison."

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Source: Kitguru

Bone conduction headphones, just in time for Halloween

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2018 - 06:09 PM |
Tagged: bone conduction, vidonn, F1, earbuds, audio, bluetooth

Using bone conduction to transmit audio into your ears is not new but it has not been common when talking about computer headphones.   It is something more advantageous for young ears which have yet to be damaged by years of listen to loud music, but even those looking at the top of the hill could use all the help we can get.  Vidonn's F1 were investigated by PC Review recently, which you can check out right here.  The headphones performed as expected, allowing you to hear your audio as well as everything around you, at the cost of sound quality.  If you are interested in the idea but don't have to worry about your surroundings then grab some earplugs as using them in conjunction with the conduction does offer improved audio quality.

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"Vidonn is a Chinese company which makes wearable smart technology designed to be worn during sport activities. Currently their range is limited to smart watches and one pair of Bluetooth headphones; the F1."

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Source: PC Review

1MORE is at the spearhead of 3D audio design

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2018 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: audio, 1MORE, Spearhead VRX, gaming headset

While it might look like 1MORE's Spearhead uses an ancient voice tube style microphone but the truth is far more terrifying.  That tube is part of the RGBs and will glow whenever you are talking; in fact there are three microphones on this device.  The one which picks up your voice is a pinhole style, providing audio quality at the exact level TechPowerUp and you would expect.  The two additional microphones are rear facing and are used for the sound cancellation feature on the Spearhead.  On the plus side, this is the first headset to feature the Waves Nx technology that enables 3D audio very effectively. 

Take a read through the whole review here.

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"The freshly released 1MORE Spearhead VRX is the newest, technologically beefiest, and most expensive gaming headset 1MORE has to offer. It comes with a unique head-tracking unit that works in conjunction with an advanced DSP to achieve an immersive surround sound experience."

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Source: TechPowerUp