Roccat's new headset is perfect to watch the second Star Trek movie

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2018 - 06:42 PM |
Tagged: roccat, swarm, Khan AIMO, virtual 7.1, RGB, gaming headset, audio

Roccat's new Khan Aimo bears a similar design to the Khan Pro, with a subdued colour scheme, apart from the garish RGB infection.  The pair of 50mm neodymium drivers offer true 2.0 audio however with the help of the Roccat Swarm software these headsets are able to deliver virtual 7.1 sound well enough to satisfy Benchmark Reviews.  The headset's High Resolution Audio badge is apparently well deserved, with incredible good playback thanks  to the  10 – 40000Hz response range and the microphone also earned tacit approval.  Check out the full review here.

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"Roccat has added a splash of intelligent RGB lighting to their new HiRes audio headset and given it a new name: the Khan Aimo. More than just a name change and some lighting, this update of the Khan Pro keeps the HiRes designation but swaps the 3.5mm cable for USB to add some new capabilities."

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Sound off about the Sonos One

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2018 - 06:11 PM |
Tagged: audio, sonos one

If you are shopping around for a smart speaker and do not find the options offered by Apple, Google or others compelling the Sonos One might appear on your radar.  The Inquirer has some good news for you, as they have just wrapped up a review of the speaker, at $250CDN/$200USD.  The speaker currently supports Alexa, with plans for Google Voice to be added in the near future which may be worth waiting for as The Inq found some issue with the integration of the Amazonian product.  As long as you are not trying to fill an larger than normal space with the speaker the audio quality is top notch, for a wireless speaker, and unobtrusive design ensures it will fit in with your decor.

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"The compact cylindrical Sonos One is hardly the most strikingly designed smart speaker around. Available in black or light grey, it has a very matter-of-fact utilitarian look that's nowhere near as eye-catching as Apple's HomePod or indeed the Google Home Max, which has yet to hit UK shores."

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Source: The Inquirer

SteelSeries exclusive audio bundle, the Arctis Pro and GameDAC

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2018 - 04:47 PM |
Tagged: steelseries, Arctis Pro, GameDAC, 9018Q2C, DAC, audio, headset

At first glance $250 seems a bit on the pricey side for a SteelSeries gaming headset, however it also ships with a seperate DAC which explains the pricing.  The build of the Arctis Pro will be familiar to anyone who has seen the wireless Arctis 7, inside are a pair of 40m neodymium drivers with a 20-40,000 Hz frequency response.  The DAC is an ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC and offers optical, USB and a 3.5mm line out, the second 3.5mm port labeled mobile is an input so you can play music on the run.  The one thing it does lack is a way to connect to other gaming headests, which may be a deal breaker for many.  TechPowerUp gave it very high marks for audio playback, calling it the best they've heard yet this year.

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"The $250 / €270 Arctis Pro + GameDAC is SteelSeries' new flagship gaming audio system. It consists of an amazing gaming headset based on an improved iteration of the Arctis 3, 5, and 7 and the GameDAC, a high-quality external USB sound card equipped with the ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC chip and a host of advanced features, fully usable and configurable without any drivers."

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Source: TechPowerUp
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: HyperX

Introduction and First Impressions

HyperX announced the Cloud Flight at CES, marking the first wireless headset offering from the gaming division of Kingston. HyperX already enjoyed a reputation for quality sound and build quality, so we'll see how that translates into a wireless product which boasts some pretty incredible battery life (up to 30 hours without LED lighting).

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The HyperX Cloud Flight with a closed-cup design that looks like a pair of studio headphones, and in addition to the 2.4 GHz wireless connection it offers the option of a 3.5 mm connection, making it compatibile with anything that supports traditional wired audio. The lighting effects are understated and adjustable, and the detachable noise-cancelling mic is certified by TeamSpeak and Discord.

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The big questions to answer in this review: how does it sound, how comfortable is it, and how well does the wireless mode work? Let's get started!

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HyperX's Cloudy future

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2018 - 03:59 PM |
Tagged: gaming headset, hyperx, cloud alpha, audio

HyperX have released a new headset, the Cloud Alpha which weighs in at a svelte 336g, the lightest model yet.  Inside you will find the standard 50mm drivers, though HyperX designed the Alpha with two chambers surrounding the speaker, which The Tech Report felt worked very well in enhancing audio quality.  It was the microphone which was the biggest surprise, offering significantly better quality than any of the other headsets they have used, though not quite up to a stand alone model.  At a price of $100, TR has no qualms in recommending purchasing this headset.

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"HyperX has continually refined its Cloud series of headsets ever since the original became a smash hit for the company, and the Cloud Alpha is one of the latest fruits of that work. We put this headset to the test with games and music to see whether HyperX's mantra of continuous improvement has paid off."

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Sennheiser's GSX 1000 7.1 USB DAC; audio the way it wants to play

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2018 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged: audio, sennheiser, GSX 1000, DAC, 7.1

Sennheiser's GSX 1000 is an external USB 24-bit/96 kHz DAC, using Sennheiser's own 7.1 Binaural Rendering Engine with a headphone amp and a line-out port to connect to active speakers. The only difference between the GSX 1000 and the 1200 is that you will not be able to daisy chain multiple DACs together, a feature not many of us need.  TechPowerUp were more than impressed with the sound, but the DAC fell short of perfection as you cannot modify the preset equalizer choices nor disable the noise cancellation on the mic jack; both of which should be possible on an audio device of this price.

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"The Sennheiser GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier is a beautiful external USB sound card equipped with the best 7.1 virtual surround sound system we've heard so far, and a host of other interesting features primarily aimed towards hardcore gaming."

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The sound of the Phontum Cougar

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2018 - 04:50 PM |
Tagged: audio, Cougar, phontum, gaming headset

Cougar have come up with a brand new word to go with their new headset, unless they are referring to a certain old geographical location in Thailand.  At ~$50 it does not represent a major investment even with its 53mm drivers and the two pairs of earcups included in the box.  Neoseeker found the microphone to be decent enough for conversational usage and were thoroughly happy with sound reproduction when listening to music or gaming.  If you are in the market for a headset but can't justify spending $100 or more, this is worth a look.

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"The Cougar Phontum gaming headset incorporates a 53mm driver to provide more audio output across multiple situations than the standard 50mm driver. Next, Cougar utilizes a dual-chamber design to achieve a profound distinction between bass, midrange and treble frequencies. Finally we have a graphene diaphragm to reduce distortion due with their lighter and stiffer construction – making for faster response with less unwanted flex of the cone."

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Hear the roar of the Cougar Immersa Pro gaming headset

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2018 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: virtual 7.1, Immersa Pro, gaming headset, Cougar, audio

The Cougar Immersa Pro offers virtual 7.1 sound when plugged in via USB to a machine with the driver installed, you will only hear stereo from the 50mm drivers if plugged into an audio jack.  On the other hand plugging it into the audio jack also disables the RGB features on the headset, if you don't feel like forcing the driver to disable them.  The Guru of 3D appreciated the comfort of the earcups as well as the overall quality of sound but felt somewhat let down by the quality of the microphone; a common complaint on gaming headsets.

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"They recently sent us a box full of goodies, including the new Immersa Pro, their top headset. If you thought you’d forgotten about RGB all the things, well, Cougar is here to remind you with the Immersa Pro."

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Source: Guru of 3D

Corsair's HS50 continue to recieve kudos

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2017 - 01:59 PM |
Tagged: stereo, review, neodymium, HS50, headset, headphones, gaming, corsair, 50mm, audio

Sebastian was not the only one who listened to Corsair's new HS50 gaming headset, several other sites tested out this $50 headset and offered their thoughts.  The Tech Report contrasted this headset with their favoured Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones which cost roughly three times as much.  They found the audio to be somewhat clearer on the more expensive headset as you might expect, but Corsair's offering came very close and offer congratulations on the quality they managed on such an inexpensive pair of headphones.  Check out their review in full right here.

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"Corsair's HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset boasts solid build quality and classy looks, plus a Swiss Army knife's worth of compatibility. We gamed with the HS50 on consoles and listened to its musical chops to see whether it's a winner for $50."

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Stand in the place where you are ... now plug your headset in

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2017 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: audio, corsair, st100 RGB, headset stand

The Guru of 3D just published a review of a headset stand which, odd as it sounds does actually have a purpose.  The Corsair ST100 RGB headset stand is not just a pretty place to hang your ear hats, it houses a 7.1 virtual surround sound card in the base.  In addition to CUE controlled RGBs, the base provides two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports as well as an audio jack to connect your headset to the internal sound card.  If you are looking for a headphone stand that does more than just sit there, pop over to take a look.

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"We test the Corsair ST100 RGB headset stand, granted not something we'd typically review. However, the ST100 RGB headset stand is something different."

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Source: Guru of 3D