Items tagged with Audio

The doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center may still be largely sealed, but the news from CES 2013 is already starting to flow. Samsung is one of the major players showing up in Las Vegas to debut new products, and a new digital audio line-up will be a huge part of that. The company's 2013 AV products feature a number of wireless connectivity enhancements, including the industry's first soundbar that can connect with a TV using wireless Bluetooth technology. Samsung's Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in vacuum tube to maximize sound quality, and is... Read more...
One of the problems with being a multi-platform gamer that enjoys gaming on a PC just as much as on an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console is that it gets mighty expensive stocking up on separate peripherals for each one. Can't we all just get along? Sennheiser thinks so, and to prove it, the company released its first pair of multi-platform headphones, the U 320. "The average age of gamers today is 25 years old and ‘mature gamers’ play on consoles more than they play on PC. This is why Sennheiser created the U 320, offering gamers a consistent high-quality sound experience on every platform,"... Read more...
There are just under half a billion iOS devices in the world, all of which use the "old" 30-pin Dock Connector. Starting with the iPhone 5, that connector is out, and Lightning is in. As the world must go on, eventually we'll see accessories shipped to support the new adapter, despite the overwhelmingly huge market share advantage of supporting the older one. Bowers & Wilkins is leading that charge into the future, with the introduction of the A7 and A5 AirPlay speakers. These join the pricey Zeppelin Air, enabling users of any iPhone or iPad that supports AirPlay to stream without a cord.... Read more...
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen these days, but names like Turtle Beach and Tritton continue to produce goods that are a cut above the rest. Now, Mad Catz is announcing the Tritton Pro+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset, which is billed as the update to the Tritton AX Pro. It supports both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, with shipments expected to start next month. The Pro+ offers up 5.1 surround sound through eight separate drives. Moreover, there's a redesigned inline Remote and Selectable Voice Monitoring (SVM), allowing users to choose if they hear their own voice in the headset. Price... Read more...
In the press release announcing NXP’s new audio system that portends to jack up the output power of tiny mobile device speakers by a factor of 5, NXP director of marketing Shawn Scarlett hit the nail on the head with this quote: “Digital natives have come of age taking poor mobile sound quality for granted. As speakers have become smaller, the quiet, tinny sound we’ve come to associate with mobile devices has got even worse.” NXP is out to change all that with the NXP TFA9887 IC audio system, which includes an embedded algorithm that can drive over 2.6W RMS through speakers... Read more...
PC gamers are sometimes a forgotten and overlooked class of gamers, shoved aside by peripheral manufacturers in favor of a growing legion of our console brethren. But fear not if you prefer the PC platform, Razer has your back, especially if you live and breathe Battlefield 3. Launched today is Razer's new Battlefield 3 BlackShark 2.0 Gaming Headset for PC. "The Razer BlackShark is a PC gaming headset with crisp audio and booming bass that is built for a highly intense shooter likeBattlefield 3," said Robert ‘RazerGuy’ Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "It lets you hear the gunfire,... Read more...
The audio industry has a tendency to make utterly ridiculous claims surrounding its products, as evidenced by the existence of $550 RCA cables and an $80 iPod cable guaranteed to leave your rig "exploding with sound." Despite this, the idea of using higher-quality sampling to produce better audio files seems like a no-brainer. If 16-bit/44KHz is good (that's standard CD quality), surely 24-bit / 192KHz is better, right? Morrow Audio's guarantees to make Monster Cable look cheap and sensible by comparison As it turns out, no. The full explanation of why is rather lengthy but surprisingly easy to... Read more...
If you aren't streaming, you aren't with the program. That's the general mentality these days, and NuForce is stepping in to give you one more option when it comes to wireless audio playback. The new Air DAC Wireless System for personal audio streaming is said to give users the ability to wirelessly transmit their music from a computer without latency and interference, while preserving CD-quality sound. The Air DAC wireless system is a combination wireless transmitter (NuForce iTX for Apple devices or uTX for computer USB) and a radio receiver (Air DAC) that operates in the 2.4GHz radio band. The... Read more...
Every English student knows that even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, a fact of life even Razer has to contend with. To wit, the gaming peripheral maker had previously promised to have its Tiamat headphones available for purchase by around the end of January 2012, but here we are on the last day of the month and the headset is nowhere in sight. So what gives? Razer addressed the need for a second delay in an open later to its fans. Dear Community, In December we said, 'the Razer Tiamat will be available around the end of January 2012.' Well, the end of January has arrived and... Read more...
Remember Real Player? Evidently that's still around, and Intel -- of all companies -- is interested. RealNetworks just announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a significant number of its patents and its next generation video codec software to Intel Corporation for a purchase price of $120 million. Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products. With patents storming the tech news front these days, it's no surprise to see this company re-emerging with patents at the forefront. "Selling these patents to Intel unlocks... Read more...
This will make Apple cult members swoon, and on-the-go musicians will at least find it worth checking out: iConnectivity is debuting its new iConnectMUSE, a portable digital audio mini-mixer designed specifically for iOS devices. The iConnectMUSE features six stereo inputs and outputs, two USB ports for other devices, a pair of 1.4-inch in/out jacks, a MIDI pass-thru interface, a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and DSP processing. The device will be available in Q2 2012 with an MSRP of $299.99. iConnectivity™ Unveils iConnectMUSE™ Digital Audio Mixer, Bringing Studio Grade, Professional... Read more...
The folks at Turtle Beach know a thing or three about ear candy and so it's no surprise that the gurus of gaming audio used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil a couple of new headsets, the Ear Force XP300 and Ear Force XP400. Both are fully wireless operating on dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and are optimized for use on the Xbox 360 console. "Interference from common 2.4 GHz wireless devices like game consoles, routers, telephones and other gadgets is now a thing of the past with these new headsets," said Michael Arzt, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Turtle... Read more...
Samsung is a company best known for its Android smartphones, high definition television sets, and storage devices, but audio products? Apparently Samsung dabbles in audio gear as well, and to prove it, the company sent us a note announcing its new family of "Your Sound" wired headsets. Samsung EHS-60 "Serious Sound" The new line consists of four different earbuds designed for music, video, and gaming "with exceptional audio quality." It kicks off with the EHS-60 "Serious Sound" ($20) an entry level set of gel-based earbuds with background noise isolation and an in-line microphone and answer key... Read more...
It's a trickle right now, but it'll be a flood soon enough. Samsung has just introduced the first of their CES slate of products, with home entertainment getting the first push. The company just introduced a new line of audio dock systems that look ultra stylish, with one in particular being the first in the world to incorporate Samsung's s proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology and supports a broad range of Galaxy S and Apple devices via both docked and wireless connectivity (model DA-E750). The Audio Dock for Galaxy S and Apple devices is a system that combines functionality with... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last