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

High-ish end, in-ear headphones from Etymotic

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2018 - 04:05 PM |
Tagged: in-ear, Etymotic, ER3XR, audio

In-ear headphones are generally a compromise between convenience and quality; short of some royal sized ears no one will be introducing a 40mm driver into their ear canal.  Etymotic does not follow this assumption however, the $180 ER3 series is not their high end earphones, a set of ER4s would set you back almost twice that much.  TechPowerUp have tried both, and sing their praises so it seems there must be something to this design.  Check out their full review of the ER3XR here, if you feel your ears might be worth of such ostentatious treatment.

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"Etymotic's ER3-series in-ears aim to bring their ER4 design into a lower price category. Priced at $179, the ER3s are nearly half the price of the ER4-series in-ears, and their specification sheets show that they are not far off. We take a good look at the new in-ears to see how they fare against their bigger brethren."

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Logitech

Logitech G560 Review

Continuing the seemingly unstoppable trend of RGB-enabled PC accessories, Logitech last month introduced the G560 LIGHTSYNC PC Gaming Speaker. The G560 is a $200 2.1 speaker system with multiple RGB lights that works with Logitech's LIGHTSYNC platform.

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The company loaned us the G560 for review, and we spent the last few weeks using it as our primary speaker system for movies, music, and games. Does adding RGB lighting to your PC speakers make a positive contribution to your multimedia experience? Or is it just a gimmick?

Check out our impressions of the Logitech G560 RGB speakers.

The sound of a Cloud in Flight from HyperX

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2018 - 04:17 PM |
Tagged: audio, wireless, hyperx, headset, headphones, gaming, Cloud Flight

Back in the early months of this year Sebastian judged the HyperX Cloud Flight gaming headset worthy of an Editors Choice Award thanks to their comfort and usability.  It has been a while since then, but that is no reason not to revist them, especially as different ears will have different experiences.  The Tech Report just tested these out, contrasting their performance to the Cloud Alpha headset they were impressed by.  Check out their thoughts on this wireless headset in their full review.

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"HyperX's Cloud Flight takes the company's considerable experience building gaming headsets and applies it to a set of wireless cans for the first time. We cupped our ears with the Cloud Flight's memory-foam padding to see what a cord-free gaming experience can be."

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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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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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Source: The Inquirer