A wireless headset that works with virtually any device
You may own a gaming PC, Xbox 360 console, tablet, and other devices, all of which pipe out audio. Buying a dedicated headset for each one can be both unwieldy and expensive. To get around that, SteelSeries today introduced its multi-platform H Wireless Headset with support for PC, Mac, game consoles, and a range of other devices via an array of inputs and outputs including mini USB, optical in/out (S/PDIF), analog input (3.5mm, 3-pole), and chat output (3.5mm, 3-pole).
Sharkoon is claiming that its Rush Core headset for gamers teeters on the high end with a premium design and feature-set, yet manages to carry a low price tag of just 17 euros (~$23 in U.S. currency). We're a little skeptical at how well a budget priced headset can sound, but on paper and in pictures, it certainly has the look of a quality set of cans (we'll reserve judgement until we get a chance to audition them).
SteelSeries has begun taking pre-orders for two new pairs of audio gear, including its 9H headset and Dota 2 headset. Starting with the former, the 9H headset is "tournament grade" with a rugged industrial design that's lightweight, has custom enhanced sound, and three types of Dolby technology baked in, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Headphone, and Dolby Prologic IIx.
It's always with heavy hearts what we pass along the news of a technology pioneer's passing (it happens more often than we like), and so it goes today with the announcement that Ray Dolby, a billionaire American inventor and founder of Dolby Laboratories, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco at the age of 80. Dr. Dolby was living with Alzheimer's Disease and also had been diagnosed in July with acute leukemia.
Sound cards aren't perhaps as prominent as they once were now that onboard audio solutions have upped their game (it also helps that today's multi-core processors are able to handle audio chores without a significant hit to frame rates), but they still exist. Enter Diamond Multimedia and its newest addition to its sound card collection, the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1, a low-profile PCI-Express sound card with support for 24-bit playback and recording.
SteelSeries, one of the players in the gaming peripherals market, introduced its new Sibera Elite Gaming Headset at GamesCom in Colgone, Germany this week. The company tells Maximum PC that this headset is three years in the making. That was enough time for SteelSeries to develop next-generation drivers with "new layers of sound and power that we've yet to have in a pair of cans," as well as implement 7.1 virtual surround sound via Dolby Pro Logic IIx.
Roccat, a German manufacturer of gaming peripherals with an increasing presence in the U.S. market, unveiled its Kave XTD 5.1 Digital headset for gamers at Gamescom. It's the successor to the original Kave 5.1 and incorporates new and improved features based on community and customer feedback, the company claims. One of those feature upgrades is the addition of a built-in sound card.
In need of a new audio headset? Razer's Kraken is back, this time in the form of a 7.1 surround sound USB headset for gamers with an advanced virtual surround sound engine that the company claims is capable of ultra-low latency audio processing simulating a 360-degree surround sound experience normally only achievable with multiple positional speaker drivers in each cup.
Disappointed with the audio in your Ultrabook or ultrathin laptop? It's a common complaint, and the only real solution is to invest in a pair of external speakers. If that's the road you're going down, Logitech hopes you'll gear up with its new Z600 set of Bluetooth speakers, an "elegantly designed" pair of cans intended to "complement the sleek good looks of Mac and Ultrabook computers."
Gaming peripheral maker Razer wants to hammer your head with its new family of Hammerhead in-ear headsets made from aircraft-grade aluminum. They come in two versions, the Razer Hammerhead and Hammerhead Pro, both with 9mm neodymium drivers, advanced passive noise isolation, and interchangeable ear-tips with bi-flanges. The Pro model adds an omni-directional microphone with an in-line remote for phone-call control.