Whenever talk turns to audio, Sennheiser is a name that inevitably comes up. And with good reason -- we've sampled several different Sennheiser brand headsets and earphones over the years, and more often than not, we end up liking what we hear. Will that trend continue into 2015? Time will tell, though in the meantime, Sennheiser is talking up a big game at CES with several new and expanded headphones in the pipeline.
With the much-anticipated release of Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion pack to World of Warcraft, just around the corner, the just-concluded Blizzcon 2014 gaming convention came as a great opportunity for gaming peripheral manufacturer SteelSeries to tout its Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition headset, and that is precisely what the company did. On Friday, our Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang stopped by the company’s booth at Anaheim Convention Center to check out the headset on behalf of all you Maximum PC readers.
If this goes through at $3.2 billion, it would be Apple's priciest acquisition ever
If the stars align just right, the next iPhone model may sport a Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the back. According to various reports, Apple is engaged in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, which would be the largest acquisition in Apple's nearly 40 year history. However, that's less than half of what Microsoft paid to acquire Nokia ($7.1 billion) and is well short of the $19 billion Facebook forked over for WhatsApp.
Never heard of Feenix, you say? The company is a relative newcomer to the field of PC peripherals and appears to be trying to make a splash by combining elegant designs with premium crafted components. Fleshing out a limited (but growing) catalog of peripherals is the Aria, which Feenix claims is a "studio grade" headphone and microphone combination. Let's take a peek at the specs.
Razer isn’t usually associated with audiophile-quality headphones. Most Razer products are clad in an array of gamer-friendly green and black. The California-based company is trying to break into the premium headphone space with its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Razer Kraken Forged Edition.
For whatever reason, audiophile-quality headsets don’t exist unless you can spring for something like the $250 Sennheiser PC 360. Fortunately, you don’t have to use a dedicated headset anymore and can stick a capable microphone right onto your beloved headphones. The Zalman ZM-MIC1, the AntLion ModMic 2.0, and ModMic 3.0 are all priced under $50 and are aimed at headphone users.
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.
According to the results of Piper Jaffray's 25th bi-annual teen survey, Android is growing in popularity among today's teens, but the iPhone is still the most sought after smartphone. Almost half of those surveyed -- 48 percent -- already own an iPhone, up from 40 percent last fall, while nearly two-thirds -- 62 percent -- plan on purchasing an iPhone the next time they buy a handset.
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).