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Need a new gaming headset? No problem. Mad Catz has just announced to shipment of the Trigger Stereo Headset for Xbox 360. It's a co-branded device with Xbox 360 and Tritton, complete with 40mm neodymium drivers and an in-line audio controller allowing gamers to separately adjust volume and in-game chat levels. The Trigger Stereo Headset includes all cables necessary to connect to any Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and with just a $50 price tag, it'll probably fit into quite a few budgets. Mad Catz® Announces Shipping of the Trigger™ Stereo Headset for Xbox 360® Co-Branded... Read more...
It's hard to create a new brand that really grabs people these days, but somehow the folks behind Beats Audio have managed to do just that. It's the headphone company that's taking over the world, and it's spreading faster than wildfire across the entire consumer electronics landscape. Look at HTC's newest smartphone, for instance. The Sensation XE follows the traditional HTC slate-style phone bloodline in many ways, but the addition of the Beats logo on the back lets you know that this is something special. And fans of the brand (or music in general) may buy into what the company has going on... Read more...
Hercules revealed its new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection of multimedia speakers. In all, the company is launching five new models that are designed to be friendly to your wallet. The XPS ARC WHITE speakers feature a streamlined and slightly arched design. These speakers are available in two models. The XPS 2.1 20 ARC WHITE includes two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, a wired remote with volume control and a line input. The XPS 2.0 10 ARC WHITE is a 2.0 version of the previous speaker system with a volume control, on/off button and line input located on the left satellite speaker. Hercules is also... Read more...
E3 means new games, but it also means new game consoles, and new peripherals. The accessory makers are certainly out in full force, with Mad Catz using the show to launch a new series of Xbox 360 co-branded, co-licensed headsets. They're some of the most wildly designed headsets that we've seen to date, bringing both aural and microphone abilities to Xbox 360 gamers. They're co-branded under the Tritton and Xbox 360 brands, and will include two wireless headsets and a wired headset. A total of three new ones are being launched. The Tritton Warhead is a 7.1 Dolby Wireless Surround Headset for the... Read more...
Creative is on a serious roll this week. First, the D80 Bluetooth speaker, and now a line of new BT headphones. The new WP series is comprised of the 450, 350, and 250, ANC all three feature support for Bluetooth calling and music listening. The company is really playing up the invisible mic angle, and they're insinuating that these were specifically designed to work with mobile devices. You'll find a degree of noise killing powers throughout, with the 450 able to last around 8 or 9 hours when listening to music. Pricing on the trio ranges from $60 right on up to $129, with the 350 on sale this... Read more...
Earlier in the year, 50 Cent and Sleek Audio decided to partner on a set of wireless over-the-head headphones, and while the company had traditionally stuck to earbuds, this seemed like a great opportunity to brand out. After all, Beats by Dre are as popular as ever, so why not try to steal a piece of that market? Evidently the plan hasn't worked out so well. The company today announced that they were killing all hopes of collaborating with 50 Cent on these headphones, and in fact, the enter licensing agreement between G-Unit and Sleek Audio has been "terminated." It's interesting that the two... Read more...
Luxury audio has always demanded a hefty price premium, and Harman Kardon has consistently been a major audio player in the upper-end of the conventional mid-range. For the average consumer H/K equipment is rather expensive, but there's obviously far more expensive gear out there if you go searching. At any rate, the company's new MAS 102 mini stereo system is easily one of the pricier options we've seen, but it's also extremely classy and highly styled. Those familiar with the brand will probably recognize the motif right away. It's a tapletop system with two stereo speakers a 2x65-watt amplifier,... Read more...
Altec Lansing has been cranking out speaker systems for years on end, and it doesn't look like that flow is slowing anytime soon. This week, they announced the ltra-portable Orbit USB Stereo (iML247), a USB powered speaker system engineered for the multimedia user who needs an on-the-go audio solution with plug and play functionality. It uses a unique compact design that interlocks two speakers and stows the cord. To use it, you just pull apart the drivers and connect it to a computer via USB.  Retractable stands let the user aim the sound in any direction, and since it's USB-powered, there's... Read more...
Looking to start your own personal studio? Your own podcasting network? No need to spend a fortune -- Samson's got your back. The company has just revealed the Studio GT Pro, which will be sold exclusively at Best Buy. The package includes studio monitors, condenser mic, and music production software, which sounds like just about everything you'd need to convert your computer room into a complete music production studio. The pair of monitors include 4.25-inch magnetically shielded, inverted cone, copolymer woofers and 1-inch silk dome high frequency drivers, and they ship with 2x20-watts of power.... Read more...
Turtle Beach had a good thing going with the PX5 headset, and they still do. In fact, good is getting even better. The company has just announced the PX5 Advanced Sound Editor, and Dead Space 2 by Visceral Games is the first title to receive a custom developer-made preset list. The idea is simple: the PX5 accepts customized presets based on individual games, so each one could theoretically be custom tailored for use with the headset. If you're a fan of precision audio, you'll be a fan of this concept. The idea was revealed at GDC 2011, and we highly doubt this marks the end of them. The PX5 Advanced... Read more...
It's something that was once reserved for only the highest of the high-end home cinema setups, and the average Joe simply never considered wiring his home for whole home audio. But these days, as technology has improved, blossomed, and become cheaper and easier to install, having whole home audio isn't the chore that it once was. Largely due to improvements in wireless protocols as well as the explosion of handheld wireless devices (smartphones and tablets come to mind), Sonos has been able to exploit a growing niche. The company's forte is to put audio into every room and just about every device... Read more...
Is the surround sound system dead? Not quite, but it's not nearly as necessary as it was just five years ago. At that point, running miles of speaker cable around your den was a dreadful requirement to get legitimate surround sound, but audio technologies have evolved quite substantially in the span of just a few years. Sound bars in particular offer a great balance; there's the compromise of not actually having 5, 6 or 7 independent speakers, but the size and ease of installation usually makes up for that. Harman Industries are today introducing the new Harman Kardon SB 16 2.1-channel soundbar... Read more...
The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) released figures for music sales in 2010, sparking a debate over whether or not piracy is playing a role, or at least a significant one. According to BPI, combined 2010 digital and physical album sales declined 7 percent overall in volume to 119.9 million. This, the organization says, is due to illegal downloads and overshadows the fact that digital singles hit a record high for the third successive year, up nearly 6 percent to 161.8 million in 2010. "2010 showed that the digital single highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke -- music fans continue... Read more...
Shopping for headphones? Obviously a lot of other folks are as well. With the proliferation of digital audio players, there has been a huge boom in people looking for aftermarket headphones that'll actually sound decent. If you're interested in buying headphones that may actually cost more than your media player, Westone has a new pair that may be perfect for your golden ears. The Westone 4, or W4, is a new pair of audiophile-quality earphones, right up there with Shure and all the other high-end brands. What makes these special? A few things, actually. First off, these are the world's first universal... Read more...
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