Logitech Z606 Review
Logitech this week released a new model of affordable 5.1 surround sound speakers. Priced at $129.99, the Logitech Z606 is a 5.1 powered speaker setup aimed at users looking for a budget-minded upgrade to their home theater or PC audio experience.
We got an early look at the Z606 and found that, despite some improvements over previous Logitech surround sound packages, its lack of digital inputs may limit its appeal. But if your specific audio setup conforms to the system’s limitations, you’ll end up with a nice sounding 5.1 system that’s hard to beat for the price.
Gaming headsets are an ever-growing segment, with seemingly every hardware company offering their own take on this popular concept these days. Logitech is far from a new player in this space, with a number of headsets on the market over the years. Their most recent lineup included the top-end G930, and this headset has been superseded by the new G933 (wireless) and G633 (wired) models. We’ll take a look - and listen - in this review.
With the new Artemis Spectrum headsets Logitech is introducing their new 40 mm Pro-G drivers, which the company says will offer high-fidelity sound:
"Patent pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the audiophile-like performance gaming fans have been demanding. From your favorite music to expansive game soundtracks, the Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones."
More than a pair of stereo headphones, of course, the Artemis Spectrum G933 and G633 feature (simulated) 7.1 channel surround via selectable Dolby or DTS Headphone:X technology. How convincing this effect might be is a focus of the review, and we will take a close look at audio performance.
While these two pairs of gaming headphones might look identical, the G933 differentiates itself from the G633 by offering 2.4 GHz wireless capability. Both headsets also feature two fully customizable RGB lighting zones, with 16.8 million colors controlled through the Logitech Gaming Software on your PC. But a computer isn't required to use these headsets; both the G933 and G633 are fully compatible with the XBox One and PlayStation 4, and with a 3.5 mm audio cable (included with both) they can be used as a stereo headset with just about anything including smartphones.
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2013 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, gaming headset, ozone, rage 7Hx 7.1, surround sound
The Ozone Rage 7HX has two 40mm drivers with a frequency response range of 20 to 20kHz and offers virtual 7.1 surround as opposed to covering your head in multiple speakers. That certainly helps with the weight but some purists are not satisfied with virtual surround on headsets while many gamers just want to hear someone sneaking up behind them. Funky Kit did like the virtual surround when gaming but also took advantage of the ability to turn off the virtual surround when listening to music or videos. Check out their review here.
"First I want to thank Ozone Gaming Gear for sending me this awesome Rage 7Hx 7.1 Surround headset. Its a 7.1 surround headset with a volume control module, it has a detachable microphone what i find very nice, sometimes the mic is just sitting in your way if you are not talking to anyone. And like the title said this is the White version of the Rage 7HX, there is also a Black one available."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Cooler Master CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Tesoro Kuven 7.1 Virtual Surround Gaming Headset @ NikKTech
- TDK STi710 High-Fidelity Headphones With iPhone Control @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Siberia V2 HyperX Edition Gaming Headset @ Funky Kit
- OZONE Oxygen In-Ear ProGaming Headset @ NikKTech
- Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset Review @ Techgage
- Astro A50 Multi-Format Wireless Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Gamester Gear Cruiser P3210 Gaming Headset Review @HiTech Legion
- Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Headset @ eTeknix
- SteelSeries Siberia v2 vs. TteSports Dracco Captain Headset @ Legion Hardware
- Five Of The Best PC Headsets Available For Under 100 Pounds @ eTeknix
- Panasonic SC-NT10 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Antec SP1 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker @ Funky Kit
- Jabra STONE3 Bluetooth Headset @ NikKTech
- Bitmore Universal Bluetooth Wireless Audio Adapter @ Benchmark Reviews
- iCirround AirMedia @ Funky Kit
- Gear4 StreetParty 5 Portable Speakers / iPod/iPhone Dock @ Kitguru
- 9 computer speakers tested: with or without subwoofer? @ Hardware.info
- ASUS Xonar Essence STU DAC/Amp @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2013 - 12:50 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: headset, gaming, kave xtd, roccat, audio, surround sound, 5.1 headset
German manufacturer Roccat recently took the wraps off of the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital gaming headset at Gamescom last week. The new headset is a 25% lighter update to the original Kave 5.1 and has a tweaked headband and mic. The new Kave XTD 5.1 Digital includes 5.1 over-the-ear style headphones, a removable microphone, and a desktop control pod with various audio controls.
The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital has three drivers per ear that are placed at a 12-degree angle and reportedly provide realistic surround sound. The removable microphone has been reworked to provide better sound quality, according to the Roccat press release.
In addition to the headset itself, the Kave 5.1 Digital comes with a control pod with built-in sound card. The desktop remote has a volume dial, mic mute, phone call answer, speaker, and movie mode buttons. Four 3.5mm audio ports on the control pod allow users to connect and control surround sound speakers. Users can then switch between audio going to speakers or the headset by hitting a button on the desktop remote. Further, it has a technology called Smart Link that allows users to pair the pod with a smartphone over bluetooth in order to answer phone calls without removing the headset.
In all it looks like an interesting product, though I would wait for reviews before putting down cash for a 5.1 headset. The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital will be available in november for $169.99.