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iLogic Sound Hat with headphones built-in

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2008

iLogic Sound Hat with headphones built-inThe iLogic Sound Hat actually lives up to it’s name by being fairly logical. It eliminates the need for headphones or earbuds, with the added benefit of keeping you warm and in style if your style is a plain beanie hat with a fake equalizer on it.

The speakers fit snugly over your ears and it’s lined with comfortable fleece. Just put it on and connect it to your iPod or mp3 player. Forget hassling with earbuds and carrying around headphones. Plus, others still won’t be able to hear whatever it is you listen to.

Plantronics unveils new USB headphones for PC gamers

Posted in Plantronics by Shane McGlaun on August 29th, 2008

Plantronics GameCon 777I have said it before, and I will say it again — PC gamers need a good set of headphones. Headphones are a great way to keep the neighbors/wife/girlfriend/mom from complaining every time you fire up Call of Duty to frag some noobs. Headphones also let you hear more nuances of the sound as well.

Plantronics makes all sorts of headphones and headsets for different tasks — including PC gaming. The latest gaming headphones from Plantronics are called the GameCom 777 and are connected to the PC and powered by one USB connection. The headphones have a built-in USB sound card and utilize Dolby Pro Logic II and virtual 5.1 surround sound.

Razer announces Megalodon 7.1 surround sound headphones

Posted in Razer by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2008

Razer Megalodon 7.1 HeadphonesThe PC gamer needs to have a good set of headphones with a mic. Many gamers prefer headphones to external speaker systems, because they feel like they can hear more of the game sounds with headphones. Razer has a set of headphones on the market called the Barracuda that work very well. Today, Razer announced two new sets of gaming headphones that use its new Maelstrom Audio Engine.

Razer says that its Maelstrom engine can process positional audio 800% faster than comparable virtual surround systems. The Razer Megalodon headphones feature 7.1 surround sound and will retail for $149.99. The headphones have a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz and 40 ohms impedance. The headphones also feature a mic for in game chat and will be available in Q4 2008.

Dell taps Creative for color-coordinated speakers, headphones

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 4th, 2008

Creative Inspire T10

Creative has contributed two different types of products – speakers and headphones -to Dell’s “Designed for Dell” program to match accessories from select manufacturers with Dell computers. These two products are the Inspire T10 speakers and EP-610 headphones, priced at around $40 and $24, respectively.

The Inspire T10 speakers are available in a variety of colors to pair with Dell computers. Key features on these include individual tweeters, bass enhancement, magnetic shielding and separate controls for volume and bass. A headphone connection is included as well.

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones get launch date and lower price

Posted in Monster by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2008

Beats by Dr. Dre HeadphonesWay back in January at CES 2008 we first heard of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones from Monster. The headphones promised new technology that would bring sound quality to headphones that was not previously seen in consumer grade products. The catch was the price was right at $400.

Monster has announced that the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones will be available on July 25 and will be exclusive to the Apple store and Best Buy. The headphones are being aimed squarely at users of the iPhone and iPhone 3G as well as iPods.

Ear Force X4: Xbox 360 Surround headphones

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2008

Ear Force X4: Xbox 360 Surround headphones
Turtle Beach has a new pair of surround headphones for the Xbox 360. It’s pretty nice looking. It offers a wireless connection to the 360 and doubles as an Xbox Live communicator so you can talk smack during multiplayer games.

It delivers full Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround decoding, plus standard optical digital and analog stereo inputs, so you can connect to other AV sources. It will cost you $200 and it’s shipping now.

Retro Space Invaders headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on June 19th, 2008

Retro Space Invaders headphones
Who doesn’t love Space Invaders? Answer: Those being invaded of course. Say you’re chillin’ in your room, by the gentle light of your Space Invaders lamp. Just outside your window, the moonlight gently illuminates their latest message to Earth. Soon the invasion will begin. But you don’t need to worry about that. Not after selling out your entire race. You will be spared and given your own island in the Bahamas.

What better way to drown out the sound of human extinction, then by donning a pair of retro Space Invaders headphones. They can be pre-ordered and will ship in mid-late October 2008 for $19.90. They’re free to traitors.

Klipsch launches more affordable Image X5 headphones

Posted in Headphones by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2008

Klipsch Image X5 headphonesAccording to Klipsch, they had such a great response to the Klipsch Image headphones after the release during CES 2008 that they decided to come back with a slightly larger and less expensive model called the Image X5. The company is renaming the original Image headphones as the Image X10. Klipsch boasted the “X10″ headphones as the “smallest, lightest full-range earphone design” available, and the new X5 model is larger by only about a 2mm diameter and carries a price cut of about $100.

Klipsch says the slightly large design makes the X5 less expensive to manufacture than the original Image headphones, and that lets them make their super-small headphones affordable to more consumers. Aside from the larger overall size, the X5 still has a lot of the great features found in the more expensive X10, including 5 different sizes of the silicon Ear Gels, a balanced full-range armature driver, the tuned bass-reflex system and a pretty cool look.

Review: Skullcandy Skullcrusher headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2008

Review: Skullcandy Skullcrusher headphones
Skullcandy is known for their quality headphones. Skullcandy’s Skullcrusher headphones are not new, but I wanted to give them a try and see what all the fuss was about. They don’t have any sophisticated active noise canceling features, but still manage to drown out background noise with a nice level of bass rumbling and sheer over-powering volume. And they do it very well.

The folded headset takes up an amazingly small amount of space. They are pleasingly lightweight and portable, perfect for anyone on the go, especially if you use have a backpack. You get a vinyl protective carrying pouch, one AA battery, a 1/4″ plug adapter and a two-prong plug adapter. I really like the fact that with the included adapters, I’m covered no matter what. The cord is about 5 feet long, so you have plenty of freedom.

DigiFi digital Opera wireless headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

DigiFi digital Opera wireless headphones
DigiFi has been showing off their new Digital Opera wireless headphones, which combine an over-the-ear headset with an iPod adaptor. Using Kleer’s wireless audio technology, the system includes “point to multi-point” Listen In. That means that up to four people can hear music from one transmitter. Through Kleer’s RF wireless connection, it promises “lossless CD-quality stereo”.

DigiFi claims that you can get in excess of 10hrs of playback through the headset, with a 20HZ to 20KHz frequency range, 86dB signal to noise ratio and less than 0.1-percent distortion. The short-range Kleer wireless has 2.37Mbps bandwidth and a range of up to ten meters. When the Digital Opera set goes on sale in Korea first, then in the US and Japan it’ll cost around $98.

Teknmotion Pulsar SX headphones do Vegas Strip glow on your head

Posted in Headphones by Nino Marchetti on April 17th, 2008

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A company by the name of TekNmotion recently unveiled some new gaming headphones which make your head glow like a searchlight. They are called the Pulsar SX gaming headphones and you’ll find them pricing around $60.

The TekNmotion Pulsar SX headphones do a light show of sorts tied to the game action or music you are listening to. Apart from making you look like a bit of a freak, these headphones have some other interesting features of note. It supports, for example, both 7.1 channel virtual surround sound using a USB 2.0 connector and 2.1 channel stereo sound using a standard 3.5mm audio plug.

Audio-Technica ships new noise-canceling headphones

Posted in Headphones by Nino Marchetti on March 26th, 2008

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3Audio-Technica announced the availability of some new noise-canceling headphones recently. These particular in-ear headphones are known as the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3 and pricing is set at around $170.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3, according to its maker, blocks up to 85% of outside noise via “patented” technology which uses embedded miniature microphones to detect ambient noise and adjust the sound-canceling signal appropriately. It comes with three sizes of ear tips (small, medium and large) for a customized fit.

Review: Skullcandy Icons headphones

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2008

Skullcandy Icons headphones
Normally I’m not a big headphones kinda guy. I mean, I use them fairly often, but I don’t really get much enjoyment out of them as for the most part, one pair always seems pretty much like the other. So I don’t really go out of my way looking for quality and comfort. It’s been my experience that there really isn’t much room for improvement in headphone design.

I was wrong. I can admit it after listening to these headphones. When you plug a pair of Skullcandy icons in and crank up the music, the difference between these headphones and a standard pair is obvious. First, the double headband design and weight of less than 45 grams, makes for an exact fit and total comfort. You don’t even know they are on you and they don’t bother your ears. As far as sound, the 30mm audio driver really does provide absolutely crystal clear and amazing sound.

New Genius headphones offer surround sound

Posted in Headphones by Nino Marchetti on March 18th, 2008

Genius GHP-05 LiveA brand division of KYE Systems known as Genius introduced today some new headphones which offer surround sound as an option. It is called the Genius GHP-05 Live and it prices at around $60.

The Genius GHP-05 Live offers up a a type of surround sound called DRD True 3d sound. This reportedly enhances bass and dynamic ranges for a better listening experience. It comes outfitted with padded ears which swivel for more comfort.

Dolby enhances PC sound options with new features

Posted in Digital Audio by Nino Marchetti on March 12th, 2008

dolby-home.jpgDolby wants to make your next PC sound experience more pleasant and to that end it’s updating its PC Entertainment Experience program with new audio features and more. This program was first launched more than four years ago.

The Dolby PC Entertainment Experience program consists of several Dolby audio post-processing and connectivity technologies. The company specifically put into second generation Dolby Home Theater and Dolby Sound Room. New features of the former, geared towards a surround sound experience, include a sound stage enhancer, bass enhancement and a virtual 7.1 surround sound experience.