Turtle Beach hasn't forgotten about PC gamers. In fact, Turtle Beach just announced the availability of its Ear Force Z60 PC gaming headset that was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year in Las Vegas. According to Turtle Beach, the Ear Force Z60 is the first and only PC gaming headset to utilize the new DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound.
We can't recall ever being blown away by a monitor's integrated speakers. Most of the time, the cans that pass for speakers in a display are tinny and muffled at worst, and serviceable at best, which isn't exactly a glowing recommendation. Looking to change that, AOC injected a pair of 7W Onkyo stereo speakers into its newest 24-inch IPS display (i2473Pwm), which sit in an oversized base.
We interview AMD to get the lowdown on the company's new, 3D immersive sound technology
Perhaps the biggest surprise—and the best kept secret of AMD’s new R7 and R9 graphics chips--was the inclusion of a new advanced audio technology dubbed TrueAudio. That’s right, a video card with audio support. With advanced PC audio considered a long forgotten technology, Maximum PC played 23 questions with AMD’s Carl Wakeland. Wakeland is a Fellow Design Engineer and considered the “author” of TrueAudio.
Maximum PC: In one sentence TrueAudio is:
AMD: A programmable audio core built into the GPU, representing our effort to breathe life into game audio environments as the programmable graphics pipeline breathed life into the diversity of PC graphics.
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.
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system will incorporate Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, it has been announced. In a press release on Thursday, California-based Dolby Laboratories revealed that its deal with Microsoft covers both x86- and ARM-based Windows devices.
Mmmmm, eye candy. Who can resist the allure of HD graphics and high FPS rates? Not us, that’s for sure. But all too often, people forget that banging visuals are only half of a satisfying entertainment equation; audio is just as important as video if you truly want to be submersed in your favorite action flick. Along those lines, yesterday, DTS – who sits next to Dolby atop the audio codec heap – announced a partnership to bring its DTS UltraPC II Plus technology to upcoming Fujitsu PCs.
We get it. You have many leather bound books, your apartment smells of rich mahogany, and you're friends with Merlin Olson. All that's left is to show off your golden vocal chords with Samson's new Meteor Mic. The 22k gold-plated mic comes with a braided, gold-flashed USB cable and ships in a numbered, mahogany wood case.
Razer says "you'll be amazed that something so tiny can rock so hard," which describes their new Ferox Twin portable gaming speaker set, but we suppose could also double as a pick-up line (we don't recommend it).
"The Razer Ferox is our sophisticated, modern day boombox for gamers," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "Its sleek and compact structure takes up minimal space but delivers the crystal clear sound quality perfect for gaming on-the-go or for music playback wherever you're at."
Razer says the Twin Ferox boasts a 360-degree omni-directional acoustics for a wider sweet spot than you'll get with front-facing speakers. Other features and claims include:
3.5mm audio jack
Up to 12 hours of playback (can play and charge simultaneously)
LED battery status indicator
The Ferox Twin speaker set will go on sale later this month for $60.
Speakal spent its time at CES showing off a handful of outlandish speakers sets, including a new line designed to appeal to fans of some of the most popular sports.
The company demoed lifelike replicas for football, basketball, and soccer, each one a 2.1 speaker dock, as well as a pair of Bluetooth stereo speakers for golfers. Each 2.1 sets features 360-degree sound distribution, a 15W subwoofer, and volume touch controls.
"The Speakal Sports Line shares passion for the game with the die hard sports fanatics," said CEO David Solomon. "These speakers are the ultimate display of fanhood with high quality audio that will rock your tailgate party with pulse pounding sound. Kick off the new season in style!"
You see all kinds of groovy things at CES, and if you were to stop by and visit Onkyo, you might think you stepped through a wormhole and went back in time. That's because Onkyo decided to mix the styling of classic stereos from the 1980s with modern day hardware.
There are three new models in all, including the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, each one incorporating Onkyo's new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry _DIDRC) to thwart the effects of unwanted high-frequency interference.
But the real gem here belongs to the old school looks. Onkyo opted to mix it up a bit, combining retro with sleek brushed aluminum. The 1980s never looked so good!
Full press release and pricing info after the jump.