Razer Surround: Can virtual surround sound software do the job of a real 7.1 headset?
Razer Surround is a program for gamers to get surround sound in any pair of headphones, be itRazer or otherwise. That’s right, install it and Razer claims that you’ll have “the best virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience [possible] with any stereo headphones.”
Typically you shop a sound bar to improve to your HDTV's audio without having to invest in a full fledged home theater setup, and Sceptre's SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer will certainly do that. However, it will also serve your ordinary TV a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in effect turning it into a smart TV through plug and play technology without having to invest in a new television.
Bummed that your headset doesn't support 7.1 surround sound? Cut your cans a break, perhaps there's unlocked potential within those drivers just waiting for somebody to tap into. With the help of Razer, you can do just that by adding a new dimension of sound. Specifically, Razer has developed a new audio engine that it claims will add 7.1 virtual surround sound support to any stereo headset, even earphones.
Logitech has built more computer speakers over the years than just about any manufacturer, and it’s learned a thing or two about building decent low-cost models. Take the 2.1-channel Z323 system: We could name any number of speaker systems that sound better, but few that are priced better.
Note: This review originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
The H820e boasts 10 hours of talk time on a single charge.
It's not just gamers and music buffs who need a solid pair of headphones, office workers trying to collaborate across the globe and close sales can benefit from a high quality headset, too. It's with that in mind that Logitech built its new Wireless Headset H820e for unified communications and PC-based soft phones. In an attempt to deliver the best of all worlds, Logitech claims the H820e brings together "enterprise-grade audio and innovative features in an affordable package" for every type of work environment, from traditional cubicles to open and/or home offices.
The newest sound card from Asus works with desktops and laptops.
One of the limitations of a notebook is that only select parts are upgradeable. The sound system isn't usually one of them, though external sound card solutions provide an end-around to achieving superior audio. One of the newest options is Asus' newly introduced Xonar U7, a compact and external USB sound card and headphone amplifier that you can use with your notebook or desktop system.
The sound card is back—but does your PC need one anymore?
If you think of your PC as a lifeboat full of components floating in the Atlantic Ocean after one of those ARM-based subs put two fish into the side of the PC’s troop transport, you can better understand the plight of the sound card.
Note: This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
That CD you bought from Amazon 10 years ago now appears in your Cloud Player account.
Mega online retailer Amazon is embracing the digital age in a big way. The company today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a retroactive service that provides customers with free MP3 versions of CDs they purchased from Amazon dating all the way back to 1998. For better (2Pac, Aerosmith) or worse (Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls), those tunes you purchased so long ago are automatically added to your Cloud Player library, free of charge.
Phiaton shows off its Moderna and Bridge headphones.
After spending some time at the Munitio booth, we took a stroll over to where Phiaton was situated to see what new audio products it brought to CES. Phiathon was eager to show us its new Bridge headphones with a perforated leather design, machined aluminum construction, and a cable that can attach to either earcup.
Munitio makes the only 'bullet' we'd ever want to take to the head.
Usually when there's a bullet plugged into someone's ear, they're not getting up, at least not until they respawn. A company called Munitio, however, has built a pair of bullet-shaped earphones that aren't lethal. If you're familiar with the company, you know the referenced earphones as the Nines, which are shaped like tactical 9mm bullets. Munitio's relaunching the Nines with added features for mobile devices, and the company also shared a brand new product with us at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).