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When it comes to gaming headsets, a few companies are recognized as being a cut above the rest. One of those companies just so happens to be Turtle Beach, and they just so happen to have a new line of gaming headsets that'll surely please Modern Warfare fans. The latest version of Call of Duty now has matching handsets, with support for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. These Ear Force cans are said to be custom-optimized to deliver enhanced experiences for the year’s most anticipated entertainment launch. They all feature unique sets of audio presets designed specifically by the audio teams at developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and they span a range of price points with a range... Read more...
E3 means games, but not just games. It also means peripherals. Turtle Beach has arrived on the scene with a new generation of Xbox 360 gaming headsets, with the super premium XP500 joining the economy-centric XL1. The former offers 7.1-channel surround sound as well as Bluetooth chatting, while the Ear Force XL1 handles just the basics. These headsets join the recently announced PX3 and Z6A models, all making their debuts at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California.   Like the Ear Force PX5, the new Ear Force XP500 delivers all of the PX5’s features, along with wireless Xbox 360 chat via Bluetooth. Like the PX5, the XP500 incorporates programmable custom presets... Read more...
E3 just wrapped up this week, but a whole ton of new gear was introduced in the few days that the convention ran. Including these. SteelSeries, a company known for their PC gaming peripherals, announced a new family of exclusive Diablo III accessories, co-designed with Blizzard Entertainment. There's a lot of big names attached to the release, and it's fitting for it all to launch at a show as mega as E3. The Diablo III Mouse, Headset and a pair of QcK mousepads made their debut, with the Witch Doctor and Barbarian boasting illumination features that supposedly highlight the next installment of the Diablo series. The mouse ($69) has a laser sensor with up to 5000 CPI, seven ergonomically positioned... 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 Xbox 360, which is expected to be the world's first truly wireless Dolby 7.1 surround sound headset... Read more...
Although the idea of a 2.1 speaker system isn’t terribly exciting to some users in this era of multi-channel gaming audio and 5.1 channel speaker systems, the technology employed by the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system is intriguing. Not only that, but the simple fact of the matter is, most PC users don’t have the right room and / or desk setup to properly install and configure a surround sound speaker system. If you own a high-end, 5.1 channel speaker system and your rear satellites aren’t positioned properly, at the right angle and distance from your ears, don’t scoff at the idea of an advanced 2.1 channel system. Odds are the 2.1 channel setup sounds better... Read more...
It was back at the Consumer Electronics Show that we first caught a glimpse of the Corsair SP2500 2.1 channel speaker system. Dave and I were traversing the show floor while our compadres Mat and Jennifer were off gallivanting at a few private meetings at some lavish Las Vegas hotels. As we headed straight into the Corsair booth to check out some new cooling gear, new solid state drives, and a slick, white 600T case, we walked right passed the SP2500s, which were positioned on and end-cap at one of the corners of the booth. As our discussion with reps from Corsair winded down, we asked if we had seen all that Corsair was featuring for the show. The answer was no. At that point we were escorted... Read more...
We've said it before, but at this point, it bears repeating. The gaming headset game has really cranked up of late. Razer, Logitech and Turtle Beach are now just three of many companies out there with great headsets, and newcomers like ASTRO Audio and Harman Audio are now coming through with compelling options. This week, Harman debuted the AKG GHS-1 headset, which is actually one of the more attractive gaming headsets that we have seen. It won a Red Dot design award, and it's easy to see why. Rather than being bulky and ugly, these are rather space-age and svelte. Harman also designed these to be extremely lightweight and comfortable for longer gaming sessions, and the boom mic also filters... Read more...
The competition has most certainly heated up over the years in the headphone space, and while Turtle Beach and Logitech (among others) still maintain a high profile, smaller companies are swooping in and grabbing their own slice of attention. Cyber Snipa is one of those companies, with a clever name and a pretty impressive product. The Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset offers a nice, collapsible design, with four speakers in each ear cup and independent channel control via in-line controller. There's also a unique foam padding for added comfort, not to mention a noise-cancelling boom mic. It ships with a padded carrying case, and features of the headset include eight individual drivers to true multi-directional... Read more...
Bluetooth headsets aren't nearly as huge as they once were, but they aren't dead yet. Samsung Mobile has been pretty reliably releasing new ones over the past few years, and this week they're introducing three more. The HM1610, HM3600 and the dual mono/stereo Modus 6450 are available today at www.samsung.com/accessories for $39.99, $59.99 and $99.99, respectively, but let's dive in a bit to see what each offers. The next-gen Modus 6450 is a noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset with the capability to stream stereo audio, and it can be worn as a mono-style headset for placing and receiving calls and readily transforms into a stereo Bluetooth headset when connected to the included stereo ear bud headset... 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 Sound Editor software tool for the soon to launch PX5 Programmable Wireless Dolby Surround Sound... Read more...
Gaming peripheral maker Razer continues to make a play for console gamers, this time with the release of a pair of new wireless cans, the Razer Chimaera 5.1 Surround Sound and Razer Chimaera Stereo Gaming headsets. Both of these are intended for use with the Xbox 360 console, and both give you the freedom to jump around and do cartwheels without getting tangled up in cords. "Putting on this headset may cause serious jaw-dropping aural intensity," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President Razer USA. "With the Razer Chimaera 5.1, we're giving every gamer the opportunity to experience surround sound in complete wireless freedom. We drew from our expertise in PC gaming audio and worked with Dolby®... Read more...
Third-party peripherals have come a long, long way. A few years ago, third-party accessories were generally frowned upon, with first-party accessories being far superior. But today, the quality of third-party peripherals has improved tremendously. Some are even more comfortable than first-party alternatives! Mad Catz is also a company on the rise. They've been branching out in recent years, improving and growing their portfolio, particularly when it comes to supporting Microsoft's Xbox 360. This week, the company landed a licensing deal with Microsoft to produce a licensed, co-branded wireless Headphones for Xbox 360. The company isn't revealing specific details or images yet, but it's clear... Read more...
Jawbone unveiled the Jawbone ERA headset, a Bluetooth headset that features a built-in accelerometer, HD Audio, and a connected app platform. In addition to a 25% larger wideband speaker for HD Audio, the Jawbone ERA comes with the latest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology for noise cancellation. Thanks to the Jawbone ERA's integrated motion technology, you can "ShakeShake" the headset to enter pairing mode, "TapTap" to answer a phone call, and more. Finally, the new Jawbone ERA features various apps, such as Caller ID that will identify callers by name in a non-robotic voice. JAWBONE LAUNCHES THE WORLD’S FIRST MOTION-CONTROLLED BLUETOOTH® HEADSET WITH HD AUDIO:... Read more...
There's a saying in the computing world that your new computer is usually already outdated before you can fully get it out of the box and setup. It's only funny because it's partly true. Technological innovations move rapidly these days, and anything "new" doesn't stay too "new" for long. Looxcie's lifecasting camera is a good example. The company launched their original version just a few months ago, and now there's a new version hitting the market. The Looxcie LX1 for iPhone is a slightly modified version of the original, which launched in September, but it's important to understand that this new version does something that the first will cannot: support iOS functions. That's likely to be very... Read more...
Quick, what company has a Bluetooth headset named after a boulder? Jabra, of course! The accessory company has just revealed the second many rock-like headset today, with the Stone being called an improvement over the original. It's also offering a glossy finish, a voice command system that allows users to answer and place calls with their voice and an optimized voice system when interacting with voice-enabled applications. With talking-while-driving tickets spreading like wildfire, Jabra is assuming that more and more people will be looking for a way around that. And with a Bluetooth headset, it's truly only as good as the speech recognition behind it. This particular device is taking home an... Read more...
With the introduction of the PlayStation Move, people are cutting even more cords on their PlayStation 3 console. So why not cut another? If you're an avid multiplayer gamer, and you like to chat with your team members while in the heat of the battle, it's somewhat of a hassle to have wired headsets following you as you dodge missiles and nearby family members. But there's a solution: the new Bluetooth headset for PS3. The original version was introduced in 2008, and now a new version is coming to market. The 2010 model, which will be called 'Bluetooth Headset' plain and simple, will be available later in the month for $49.99. Just like a normal Bluetooth headset, this unit is designed to reside... Read more...
We've heard of eyewear. Fancy glasses and sunglasses have made a market for themselves. But EarWear? That's a new one! Jawbone has been producing stylish headsets for years now, some of the most stylish on the market. And now they have coined a new term: EarWear. The new ICON headset is a part of the EarWear collection, with four meticulously-crafted designer editions expected to go on sale next month. Cashmere, Denim, Mesh, and Suede are the colors, and they are all new takes on the existing ICON headset build. The EarWear Collection, along with all Jawbone ICON headsets, can be updated with new apps via the web ensuring that users have the very latest technologies. Just sync ICON directly to... Read more...
Sennheiser probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think about gaming headsets. That's because the company really isn't in that market. They're best known for higher-end headphones for musicians and music lovers, but rarely do they enter the same territory as Razer and Turtle Beach. Now, that's different. With gamers shelling out so much for accessories, Sennheiser has decided to try their hand at this game. They're announcing four new gaming headsets today, with the PC 360 being the flagship device. It uses an open-air design, while the PC 163D and PC 333D are equipped with Dolby Headphone technology for 7.1 surround sound virtualization. All three of these have fold-down... Read more...
Just the word "StarCraft" probably brings lots of memories to gamers of old. And now, gamers of the new. StarCraft II has taken the gaming community by storm this year, but what good is a great new title without great new accessories? You could argue that either way, but Razer has three new peripherals that are StarCraft through and through. There's an entire suite of peripherals designed specifically for the acclaimed real-time strategy game, and all three are up for pre-sale now. The entire line includes the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard and the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset, all of the Razer StarCraft II gaming peripherals... Read more...
Bose. It's a name that most people recognize. It's a respected, and equally controversial, name in audio. But mostly, Bose has focused on home theater and bedroom audio systems. They have branched out into headsets and over-ear headphones in recent years, as well as putting their name on a new HDTV setup earlier in the year. But now, the company is doing something radically new and different: a Bluetooth headset. What's interesting about this move is that Bose isn't riding a bandwagon. In fact, most would argue that this ship has sailed. Bluetooth headsets aren't nearly as popular now as they once were, but obviously Bose believes that they have something special here. The company has revealed... Read more...
When you think PC Audio, there's a good chance that Logitech rings a bell. But mostly, those guys have focused on PC gaming sound systems. In the headphone world, there's Turtle Beach and Razer, but now even Logitech is joining that crowd. Their newest headset, the F540, is downright serious. These aren't built for casual gamers; they're built for gamers who take audio seriously, and who want the audio cupped around their ears rather than coming out of an array of multi-channel satellites. This new set is designed primarily for PS3 and Xbox 360, and it lets you connect up to three audio devices. It's also wireless (both audio and voice chat), so there aren't any extra wires to worry over. The... Read more...
Jawbone and Cisco are working together to make it easier for employees to move from one device to another throughout the day. The new Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headset can connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phones, or Cisco Cius, letting you make and receive calls from all sources via the same headset. The Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headsets is currently shipping with Cisco Unified IP Phones 9951 and 9971. International shipments will begin in October. Jawbone and Cisco Introduce Wireless Headset for Enterprise Collaboration and Beyond Jawbone Integrates With Cisco Video Endpoints Extending Unified Communications Inside... Read more...
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