Items tagged with headphones

Turtle Beach has been a respected name in console audio for years now, so when the company puts out a new pair of headphones, people listen. Literally. The Ear Force DX11 Gaming Headset has just hit the announcement pages, with Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound tucked into two major earcups that are sure to provide brain-rocking sound while engrossed in Halo: Reach. The new headset will be sold exclusively at Best Buy, and the company claims that the 7.1 audio support will let users gain a competitive advantage by being able to hear exactly where enemies and stray fire is coming from. These also have a pull-down microphone for chatting over Xbox LIVE, and there's even a bass booster, 40mm sound... Read more...
Anytime a company can attach "gaming" to the front of a product, it usually ends well for them. Gamers flock to anything that they think is built specifically for them, but lately the term has been watered down somewhat. We've got gaming mice, gaming keyboards, even gaming mouse pads. Do all of these things actually cater to the needs of the gamer? Let's ask Sony, who just issued a new pair of headphones that they proudly claim as "Gaming" headphones. In fact, Sony calls these the ultimate weapon in gaming, with 7.1 surround sound within the DR-GA500. These are made specifically to hear shots and sound effects from all angles, but without requiring a full 7.1 speaker rig. If you live in a studio... Read more...
Gaming peripheral company Razer has just released a pair of headphones that, depending on your perspective, qualifies as the most awesome set of cans you've ever laid your eyes on, or the fugliest headset you've ever seen. We tend towards the former, but maybe that just means we weren't given enough hugs as children. Razer's new Orca headphones have more going for them than just an attention-getting green exterior. They're purportedly comfortable to wear, and you can switch between gaming at home and listening to music on the go without worrying about getting all tangled up with the cable. That's because Razer includes two sets of braided cables for the Orca headphones, including a shorter, standard... Read more...
If you think PC gamers have an expensive hobby, well, you're right, but holy moly do those $150 headphones feel like Blue Light specials compared to the new Bose A20 Aviation Headset, the latest pair of earbuds aimed at pilots. These things run $1,095, or $995 without the the Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity feature thrown into the mix. So what does this have to do with PCs? Nothing really, but we're suckers for technology, and the A20s have that in spades. And if we're to believe Bose, the A20 is the "most advanced aviation headset ever." Ever!? Part of the reason Bose makes that claim is because the A20s come equipped a new way of battling noise reduction. As Bose explains it, a proprietary... Read more...
If you really want to let the world know you're the biggest Metal Gear Solid fan on the planet, head over to your local tattoo parlor and get yourself inked. If you're not into that sort of thing and/or want something a little less permanent, Astro Gaming has you covered. Known for their line of high-end headsets aimed at professional gamers, Astro Gaming has just come out with a customized version of their Astro A30 Cross-Gaming Headset called the Astro A30 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Edition. "Our new Astro A30s have entirely reinvented what gamers expect from a modern, mobile-fluent headset. Whether at home tearing up some multiplayer, traveling with a MP3 player or on the go with a favorite... Read more...
You know Sennheiser as the German maker of high end audio devices, perhaps most notable for the company's line of top notch earphones and headsets. It's the name that inevitably comes up whenever someone asks for recommendations for headphones, which is largely the result of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser's audio expertise and ability to run a business, giving his developers the creative and technical leeway to do what they do best. May Fritz now rest in peace. The professor, who was born on May 9, 1912, passed away on Monday evening, the Sennheiser company announced today. He had just turned 98 years old and is survived by his son, Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Jörg Sennheiser, who took over the company... 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 ear cup. According to Psyko, this unique arrangement allows sound to flow to your ears more naturally... Read more...
Did you tune into the start of the Major League Baseball season last night? A great many people did, and anyone watching ESPN2 from around 7PM ET until near midnight probably saw lots of product placement. An iPad was there, as was LeBron James and Dr. Dre, both of which were at the game primarily to pump up their latest product: the Red Sox version of a new headphone. These are the first-ever sports-themed Beats by Dr. Dre headphones available to the public, and they've been officially branded by the Red Sox baseball franchise. These headphones are, of course, tied in with Monster Audio, and as with other wild products that we've seen from the company, these are both high-quality and high-brow.... Read more...
Gaming headsets are becoming more and more popular with online gaming becoming a more well-integrated aspect of gaming in general, and Astro Gaming has been at the forefront of the revolution. The new Astro A30 Cross-Gaming Headset uses the same audio and voice communication DNA in the A40, but it utilizes a lightweight, street-styled design that can be used on consoles and even cellphones.It's basically a headset or a set of headphones, or both. There's a built-in, Dolby-powered ASTRO MixAmp, which is an audio engine that mixes voice and game sounds. It also sports speaker tags that can be customized with their own artwork or with our pre-loaded imagery, and the dual mic system makes sure that... Read more...
Here's something we have always despised: tangled cords. Here's something we have always loved: flat HDMI cables. Now, headphone maker JAYS is making what amounts to our perfect product: earbuds with tangle-free, flat cabling. We can't believe it has taken this long for someone to do it (on lower-end models), but we're thrilled that this little company is getting their name on the map thanks to something that we honestly believe everyone yearns for. The Sweden-based company is expanding their product line with the entry-level a-JAYS One, Two and Three. Each of the three have the same sized speaker, with a dynamic element at 8.6mm and differ slightly in sound. The group will be available at $39.99,... Read more...
Headphones just aren't what they used to be. Back in the day, whatever earbuds came bundled with whatever MP3 player you purchased were considered "good enough," but these days, any self-respecting audio player owner doesn't even unwrap the factory headphones. Instead, they head straight for the accessory department, where more and more high-end alternatives are finding themselves parked.Monster had a set of $300 in-ear headphones hit the market late last year, and now Ultimate Ears has a resounding pair of its own ready to wow those with enough cash to plunk down on them. If you'll recall, UE is now actually a part of Logitech, which knows a thing or two about marketing PC peripherals. The Ultimate... Read more...
Audio-Technica added to its lineup of QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones with the new ATH-ANC1. These compact, on-ear headphones use Audio-Technica’s active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology to block up to 85% of outside noise. In addition, the headphones are compact and fold for easy storage and travel in the included carrying pouch. These headphones are expected to be available next month for a suggested retail price of $129.95. Audio-Technica Expands Its QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones Lineup with Introduction of Ultraportable ATH-ANC1 on-Ear Model STOW, Ohio--Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling... Read more...
Headphones and earbuds are a dime a dozen these days, and frankly it's tough to keep track of which ones are worth a listen and which are just worth passing over. Sleek Audio has been a trusted name in the industry for some time now, though most of its loyal fan base were of the affluent type. Sleek's earbuds are generally expensive, and some are custom tunable to give buyers that perfect sound they've been searching for.Now, that same tunable luxury is hitting the lower-end, as the SA1 earbuds are priced for just about anyone. Or at least anyone that would seriously consider investing in a good pair of 'buds. Another interesting tidbit about the SA1s are that these have wireless capabilities... Read more...
Bowers & Wilkins is a well known name in the high-end audio world. If you're spending big bucks on a new sound system, you're probably at least giving B&W a look. But if you're not one of those high rollers, you probably only know this company because of its Zeppelin iPod sound system (and its wild design).Now, however, you may end up knowing it for one other thing: headphones. As the world moves towards becoming the "iPod world," it seems like just about everyone wants to get in on the accessories game. The P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones are the company's first-ever headphones, and according to B&W, these deliver bright, clean audio with a "a natural, unfatiguing performance."You'll... Read more...
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