Items tagged with 5.1

Sure, you can spend several grand on a swank home theater setup that kicks out enough volume and bass to knock the dishes out of your neighbor's kitchen cabinet, but hey, times are tough and disposable income isn't as disposable as it once was. So for most of us, we're simply looking for a modest speaker set that (A) won't break the bank, and (B) doesn't suck. Hoping to meet both of those goals, Best Buy today announced the new Insignia 5.1 Home Theater System with Audyssey audio technology. Best Buy is the only place you can snag the speaker set, which the electronics chain promises will be "reasonably... Read more...
If you want to make a boisterous entrance at the next LAN party, then you owe it to yourself to look into the new Psyko 5.1 PC gaming headset. You won't have a say a word as you walk through the door, these funky looking headphones will do all the talking; after that, you're on your own. Well, not entirely. The Psyko 5.1, which is now available in the USA and Canda, taps into the company's PsyckoWave Technology to give gamers an "unfair advantage." If we strip out the marketing babble, what this does is pump 5.1 channels of sound through 5 speakers located in the headband, with a subwoofer in each... Read more...
Creative has just released the USB 2.0-based Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 audio adapter, making it now much simpler to get surround sound on laptops and cramped small-form-factor PCs (LAN party anyone?)--or allaying the fears of those who are hesitant to crack open their systems and start mucking around inside. While Creative calls it a "sound card," it is really a small external adapter, powered by the USB port."Why settle for basic, built-in sound? Your music and movies deserve Xtreme Fidelity. Simply connect the Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 sound card to your PC or notebook and turn your... Read more...
Graphics card owners everywhere can rejoice today, as Nvidia and ATI release a holiday treat with their latest driver releases. Catalyst 5.13 is the 13th driver release for ATI this year, as they didn't want to wait until next month's driver release to unlock their new AVIVO technology. Not one to stand back and watch, Nvidia has also released their new 81.98 Forceware drivers, brining mixed vendor support for SLI, and PureVideo high definition MPEG-2 de-interlacing support. ... Read more...
Catalyst 5.13? That's right, and it's slated for this month! In ATI's words, they're out for "dominATIon" of video quality, and with their new drivers, it looks like they may have succeeded. As FiringSquad explains, Catalyst 5.13 is set to deliver a huge leap in image and video quality. "ATI owners (and prospective owners) must have been good this year because Santa has brought the thirteenth Catalyst driver release of 2005. With this new version, ATI claims that they've raised the bar in video performance and set the stage for worldwide... Read more...
Another driver release, another performance review. ATI has recently released their last driver set of the year, Catalyst 5.12. Today, TweakTown benchmarks the new Catalyst driver against last months version, and reports on some interesting results."As we near the end of the year, we see the final official Catalyst release from ATI under the 5 series name. Next year we will have the 6.1's and start all over again as long as ATI keep up with their promise for monthly driver releases, which has remained true for a long while now."... Read more...
Good afternoon ladies and gents. Hell bent developer, ID Software, has posted up some info on the 10th annual QuakeCon. Mr. Hollenshead claims "This one, our 10th now, I feel confident in saying, will be the best one yet.". Of course, I'm not going because I'm just to good a gamer, I'll be nice and let someone else split the $150,000 :) Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard @ PCstats "The Intel 955X Northbridge supports Intel Pentium Extreme Edition and Pentium D dual core processors as well as any other LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processor. Two PCI Express x1 slots... Read more...
For those of you not watching football at the moment, I ask you to take a look below at our latest news offerings. I'm going to get straight to it since I'll be off shortly to watch my beloved Patriots battle the Pittsburgh Steelers. Enjoy! Gigabyte GA-81915P Duo Pro-A @ Club Overclocker "This board gives you the flexibility to keep your DDR and your AGP video card with the option to later upgrade to DDR2 and PCI Express. This sounds perfect for the person that wants to gradually upgrade their system. I know that upgrading your CPU and board can be a little expensive, but at least now you... Read more...
Good morning everyone, the news front is moving at a fantastic rate.  So, needless to say, we have a quiet the variety of fresh juice on tap this AM.  I don't know about you, but I am planning on kicking back for a few minutes and indulging my hardware fetish... Here is your first shot for the day...  BigBruin.Com Article: Monitors - LCD vs. CRT "As the technology has improved and the prices have come down, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors have rapidly been replacing CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors on desktops around the world... The question is why choose LCD over CRT?... Read more...
Good evening folks, it's time for a little news. For those of you who are Counter-Strike: Source fans, Bots are now available! Just restart your Steam client to receive the update. NVIDIA Delivers GeForce 6 Series for AGP-Based Systems NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), today extended the world-renowned GeForce 6 Series architecture and performance into the value PC segment of AGP-based PCs with the introduction of the NVIDIA(R) GeForce™ 6200 AGP graphics processing unit (GPU). The GeForce 6200 GPUs offer best-in-class performance in the value segment by taking the GeForce 6 graphics architecture,... Read more...
My head feels like a brick. My head feels like it got hit by a brick. In other words, being sick sucks. I need more sleep, so I'll keep this short... MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review @ PCSTATS "Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD /-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD /-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course... Read more...
Good evening friends, welcome back to HotHardware :)  The news flow slowed down this afternoon, but we managed to scrap up a few interesting articles for your reading pleasure.  Here is your evening shot of juice... Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 Review @ The Tech Zone "With a subwoofer enclosure that is 20 percent larger, the ProMedia Ultra 5.1 subwoofer incorporates a series of refinements designed to increase efficiency for more total output, lower distortion and deepen bass extension. These improvements include a lower tuning frequency, a voice coil that is 60 percent longer and... Read more...
The Logitech Z-680 5.1 Channel THX-Certified Speaker System A Killer Home-Theater Sound System for Your PC... By - Marco Chiappetta February 5, 2003 PC enthusiasts are constantly upgrading their systems in an almost never-ending endeavor to improve their multimedia and gaming experiences.  All too often we find ourselves replacing our once top-of-the-line video cards and adding RAM or a faster processor, only to be unimpressed with the overall impact made by these upgrades.  That's not to say having a fast system isn't paramount to an enjoyable gaming experience though.  If your... Read more...