Classical music, revisiting Logitech's Artemis Spectrum G933

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2018 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: logitech, Artemis Spectrum G933, wireless headset, audio

As [H]ard|OCP is quick to point out, the Artemis Spectrum G933 is not new to the market, but has seen improvements since its release.  The issues some users experienced when using it with a USB connection are gone and it now supports Frag Harder Disco Lights instead of just the original RGB software for those whom this interests.  For around $100 it is less expensive than higher end wireless devices, with the expected effect on audio quality.   That said, there are many for whom audiophile quality is lost on, either because of the use the headphones are put to or perhaps a few too many concerts in their past.  If you are shopping for a just good enough headset that offers wired and wireless connectivity you should take a peek.

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"In our recent discussions about wireless headsets, the Logitech G933 has come up lately as one of the headsets to surely be on your $100 short list. So we bought a set, and have done a good bit gaming, movie watching, and music listening this past week and have a good hold on what the G933 is all about. "

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Out of the world wireless audio, Alienware's AW988

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2018 - 03:51 PM |
Tagged: wireless headset, gaming headset, AW988, audio, alienware, 7.1

Alienware obviously wanted a compact design for their wireless AW988 headset, the microphone almost disappears when it is folded up, the logo also functions as the power button and the other controls are almost flush with the earcups.  The headband is made of soft rubber, with a coating to ensure it doesn't bring hair along with it when you re-position it on your head and [H]ard|OCP found it to be quite comfortable.  The audio quality was top notch, with one of the better instances of virtual 7.1 surround implementations [H] has tried and even more importantly, the RGBs are easily disabled.  The whole review can be found here.

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"We have spent the last few days living with the Alienware AW988 headset perched on our head and have gotten a very good idea of what the first headset from Alienware in nine years is all about. We gamed, we watched movies, and we listened to a lot of music. We tell you how it did and all the features and build quality."

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Cutting the cord; painless or not? Corsair's HS70 7.1 headset

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2018 - 02:20 PM |
Tagged: wireless, stereo, review, music, HS70, headset, gaming, corsair, audio, 7.1 channel

In case you missed the launch this week, Corsair have released a new set of wireless headphones, the $100 HS70.  Sebastian has already offered his impressions of this headset, slapping an Editor's Choice sticker on them but audio quality is quite subjective and you might not have the same ears.  The Tech Report and others also tested these cans out, finding them as good as the less expensive HS50s without the need for wires, which was both good and bad in their eyes.  Check out their review and recommendations here.

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"Corsair's HS70 wireless headset starts with a proven wallet-friendly design and removes the potential annoyance of having to plug in a permanent cord when it's time to game. We jammed out with these cans to see whether that improvement alone justifies the HS70's higher price tag."

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Specifications

Corsair’s HS70 gaming headset offers 2.4 GHz wireless operation, the option of 7.1 channel virtual surround effects, 50 mm neodymium drivers, and an impressively light weight. The big questions going into this review, as with all gaming headsets: how do they sound, how comfortable are they, and are they worth the price tag. Let’s find out!

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While you will quickly discover that the majority of this review concerns sound quality, it’s worth first noting the attention Corsair has made with the build quality of the HS70. As the company explains:

“Like all other CORSAIR products, carefully selected materials and components ensure long term reliability. Unlike many competitors that resort to low grade plastic components in critical structural support areas to reduce cost, HS70 WIRELESS uses rigid (AL5052) aluminum alloy yokes and a metal internal headband for increased strength and durability. High quality ABS plastics are used to further reinforce the outer headband and improve impact resistance. We built this headset to last.”

Comfort has also been considered with lightweight construction (330g or about 11.6 oz) as well as memory foam padding in the ear cushions and headband. Clamping force, heat and moisture resistance, and weight distribution have all be considered in this design, according to Corsair, and it all looks really impressive on paper. Now we just need to take it out of the box!

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Continue reading our review of the Corsair HS70 Wireless gaming headset!

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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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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Source: TechPowerUp