SteelSeries has just announced the availability of the 5Hv3 and 3Hv2 gaming headsets. Delivering tournament-grade audio, the new headsets feature custom-engineered soundscapes and the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers designed specifically to enhance audio performance and sound details. The H-Series can be recognized by its industrial design, solidly constructed for best-in-class durability.
The SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset – USD 79.99
Most recognized for its tournament and award-winning, gaming audio performance and portability, the SteelSeries 5Hv2 was one of the most talked-about headsets on the tournament circuit. The new 5H now features the newest generation of SteelSeries audio drivers with a custom-engineered soundscape for clear and detailed sound without distortion.
The 5Hv3 Headset upgrades the sought-after features found in its predecessor, including:
Crystal clear communication via large, high-end microphone that retracts into the headset when not in use
New sound isolating double enclosure earcup technology with comfortable extra-padded, leather ear cushions
The double-braided nylon cable and in-line audio controls now with SteelSeries’ innovative swappable cable system for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones
The SteelSeries 3Hv2 Headset – USD 39.99
Created for gamers who are looking to experience SteelSeries audio for the first time or without having to make a large investment, the 3Hv2 encompasses the four components that set SteelSeries audio above the rest: performance, convenience, durability, and comfort. The new 3Hv2 headset comes in a compact, foldable design making it ideal for storage or travel and an included adapter which allows for use with PC, Mac, tablets and phones.
Unlike other headsets in this price category, the durable 3Hv2 brings together its powerful, next generation SteelSeries audio drivers, extra-padded leather cushions, a retractable microphone system and in-line audio controls on the soft-rubber cable in a compact and portable headset.
LUXA2 (a Thermaltake’s brand) has announced a brand new product to its portfolio, the Groovy Wireless Stereo Speaker.
LUXA2’s Groovy is designed to give the modern music lover wireless streaming of their favorite tunes to ultimately match their lifestyle. The Groovy is made from premium grade brushed aluminum and finished off with a stylish genuine leather strap; meaning that it not only looks good, but feels good too. This, coupled with the Groovy’s excellent sound quality, makes it the perfect partner for all occasions.
Premium grade brushed aluminum body
Lightweight and portable
Bluetooth and wired connectivity
Interchangeable genuine leather handles
1800 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery
Midrange and woofer made from polyethylene fiber glass
Razer has unveiled the Razer Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound USB gaming headset. Built off the same platform as the analog Razer Kraken Pro headset, the Razer Kraken 7.1 USB gaming headset comes equipped with an advanced virtual surround sound engine capable of ultra-low latency audio processing that simulates a 360-degree surround sound experience, usually achievable only by incorporating more than one positional speaker driver in each ear cup. Driven through Razer’s powerful Synapse 2.0 unified configuration software, the engine is capable of a high degree of customization, allowing gamers to tweak and specifically position each surround sound channel, boost bass levels and even balance incoming voice audio for astounding aural precision. The omnidirectional digital microphone on the Razer Kraken 7.1 comes equipped with an optimized algorithm, promising crystal-clear voice chat that offers better frequency response, sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio than a standard analog microphone. It also has a mic mute button and an LED indicator on the tip to clearly indicate when the mic is active.
For more information about the Razer Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset, and to hear samples of the 7.1 surround sound engine and digital microphone, please visit www.razerzone.com/kraken71.
Today, Logitech introduced the Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600, an elegantly designed pair of wireless stereo speakers that complement the sleek good looks of Mac and Ultrabook computers. With these speakers, you can effortlessly stream music and other audio from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Three devices can be active at the same time, and switching among them is as simple as pressing pause on one and play on another.
With three drivers in each speaker, this system is engineered to provide superior acoustics for any space.
The controls on the Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 are another integral component of the clean design. The entire top panel of the right speaker is a smooth, responsive touch disc. To dial the volume up or down, simply glide a finger around the edge. The other controls – power, Bluetooth pairing and 3.5 mm input – are hidden discreetly in the back. And because every detail is important, even the power cord has been carefully considered. Specially designed, lay-flat cables run between the speakers and the power adapter, so there’s never an unsightly tangle of wires on your desk, table or countertop.
A USB Bluetooth transceiver is included with the Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 to ensure the best wireless experience with computers. Connecting through native Bluetooth may be possible, but some computers may not permit audio streaming or smooth device switching. The included USB Bluetooth transceiver also allows you to connect wirelessly to computers that don’t support Bluetooth. In addition, you can connect the speakers to any device with an audio output using the 3.5mm auxiliary input.
The Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in August 2013, for a suggested retail price of USD 149.99.
Razer has announced the launch of the Razer Hammerhead series of in-ear headsets, two all-new audio solutions for mobile gaming and music. The Razer Hammerhead in-ear headsets offer incredible durability and fantastic audio quality from their 9 mm neodymium drivers, making them excellent choices for music listening on the go. The headsets come in two versions – the Razer Hammerhead and the Razer Hammerhead Pro, with the latter sporting an omnidirectional microphone with an in-line remote for phone-call control, perfect for convenient voice communication.
Both in-ear headsets are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum, promising extreme durability, while maintaining a lightweight and comfortable form factor. With a matte, brushed surface finish, these in-ear monitors look as good as they sound. With interchangeable ear-tips included in three sizes and optional bi-flange attachments, the Razer Hammerhead in-ear headsets offer ultimate sound isolation.
The inner acoustics chambers of the Razer Hammerhead in-ear headsets feature a sonically optimized design to increase aural resonance. Paired with high-performance, precision-tuned, 9 mm neodymium drivers, the headsets produce a sound signature, packing strong bass while maintaining crystal clear mid-levels and highs.
The Razer Hammerhead Pro In-Ear Headset is an in-ear monitor (IEM) engineered from the ground up to set the standard in portable gaming audio. Machined out of aircraft grade aluminum, the Razer Hammerhead Pro embodies ultimate durability packaged in a lightweight, comfortable form factor. Encased within each sleek, brushed shell is a high performance, precision-tuned 9mm neodymium driver. Paired with an optimized inner acoustics chamber in each shell, these in-ear monitors produce a sound signature that packs a mean, earth-shattering bass while maintaining crystal clear mids and highs. The Razer Hammerhead Pro comes through with a full-bodied low-end frequency, pounding in the beats without distortion.
Supreme quality sound would be wasted if drowned out by stray, ambient noises. That is why the Razer Hammerhead Pro comes equipped with interchangeable ear-tips in 3 sizes, along with an optional pair of bi-flanges to provide superior sound isolation and bass response. This exceptional audio solution also features an in-line omnidirectional microphone with one-touch phone-call control for crystal-clear, convenient voice communication with mobile devices on the go. Topped off with a compact carrying case for portability, the Razer Hammerhead Pro epitomizes the way in-ear monitors should be experienced – with style, comfort and aural fidelity.
Razer Hammerhead and the Razer Hammerhead Pro are available now for a retail price of USD 49.99 and USD 69.99, respectively.
Genius has just announced the launch of SP-D150, a pair of USB-powered cube-shaped speakers, in North America. These aluminum-finished speakers boast a clean, modern look and feel. Meanwhile, their rich bass and crisp, clear audio will transform notebooks or portable music players into hi-fi stereo systems.
The SP-D150 speakers help eliminate clutter, as they only need to be connected to a computer: no other wires or power outlets are needed. The speakers connect through a USB cable and a 3.5 mm jack, which means it works with PCs, Macs, MP3 players, phones and tablets.
The volume control knob on the side of one of the SP-D150 speakers provides a convenient way to adjust the sound output. This saves users the trouble of adjusting the audio through the operating system, and also provides a broad volume range.
The SP-D150 notebook speakers are now available in North America in shiny black or white for the suggested retail price of USD 16.90.
SteelSeries has announced the newest edition of the Siberia headset series, the Siberia v2 Heat Orange Edition is now available in North America. The new edition headset glows with orange LED lights on the outside of each ear cup that can be customized to exact user specifications via the SteelSeries Engine. The headset is equipped with large, premium driver units for the loudest and clearest sound while the circumaural earcups are wrapped in soft leather for comfort and increased passive noise reduction. The Siberia v2 Headset is used by competitive players from around the globe, because of the superior audio performance and SteelSeries’ signature over-the-head suspension system, which provides an unmatched lightweight comfort for long game sessions.
Awarded for its unique design and superior sound quality, the Siberia v2 Heat Orange Headset combines the classic Siberia style with illumination, control, and features including:
Heat orange illumination: Super-bright, orange LED lights that glow through the outer mesh grill on each earcup. The illumination offers 6 different modes and can be assigned to behavior and game specific profiles through the SteelSeries Engine, including: Active Mode (responsive pulsing to sound effects, music, and/or voice), Slow Pulse, Fast Pulse, High Bright, Low Bright, and Off.
Superior sound and comfort: It has an incredibly lightweight, over-the-head SteelSeries suspension design with an active noise-cancelling microphone and circumaural earcups that feature large, premium driver units, covered by black leather cushions for comfort and passive-noise reduction.
Noise-cancelling microphone and controls: The Siberia v2 Heat Orange features an active noise cancelling microphone system. The microphone processor reduces the “noise” and focuses on the sound that is closer to the mic, your voice. It can also retract into the left earcup when not in use. The headsets in-line volume and mute controls are found on a durable cord with a USB connector.
Featured at USD 119.99 the Siberia v2 Heat Orange Limited Edition headset is available to purchase via the SteelSeries web store.
Razer has announced the latest member of its software family: Razer Surround.
Razer Surround is a state-of-the-art audio engine that provides 7.1 virtual surround sound with any set of stereo headphones. The current generation of virtual surround technology often provides inaccurate listening experiences because individuals perceive sound differently based on their distinct ear sizes and shapes. As such, virtual surround sound traditionally falls short compared to discrete surround sound setups.
With the patent-pending Razer Surround audio engine, users have the option to calibrate their personal surround sound settings through a series of listening tests to match their preferences, giving them far superior positional sound over traditional virtual solutions. Razer Surround gives gamers a truly individualized 7.1 surround sound and attuned 3D audio experience, allowing them to acoustically pinpoint exact locations of opponents in game, providing “the unfair advantage” in gameplay.
Razer Surround is available as a complementary software add-on, integrated within Razer’s Synapse 2.0 application, offering virtual 7.1 surround sound and storing individual audio signatures in the cloud. These settings can be accessed anytime and will automatically update new systems to previous calibrated settings.
Razer Surround gives gamers an enhanced virtual 7.1 channel surround sound experience with any set of stereo headphones.
Using state-of-the-art technology, the surround sound algorithms powering Razer Surround creates an unbelievably accurate surround sound environment and allows gamers to calibrate positional sound to match their own unique preferences. This level of calibration allows Razer Surround to provide an incredible level of precision in-game, allowing gamers to have the unfair advantage.
Calibrate to your individual preferences
Pre-configured calibrations for all Razer Audio products
Bass boost - For a thundering bass
Sound normalization - Reduce loudness variation
Voice clarity - For crystal clear incoming voice communication
Voice level - Adjust the level of incoming voice communication
Creative has introduced the Creative T3150 Wireless 2.1 computer speaker system with Bluetooth wireless technology, now available at Best Buy. Engineered to pump out smooth audio wirelessly, this compact speaker system is designed to deliver outstanding sound quality for PC gamers, music lovers, and movie fans alike. It stands out amongst other wireless speakers in the same class, while remaining very competitively priced at USD 59.99.
Compatible with most computers and Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, the Creative T3150 Wireless speaker system offers wireless connectivity in addition to wired connection. It comes with a wired remote control that powers ON/OFF and adjusts volume for ease of use.
The superb audio performance of the Creative T3150 Wireless speaker system is achieved by a stringent and optimized component selection process, precision tuning, as well as Creative’s innovative design methodology that features the Creative IFP (Image Focusing Plate) within the compactly designed satellite speakers. The Creative IFP enables the satellites to deliver a wide acoustic sweet spot with a much improved sonic directivity to the listening area, giving music more focus while preserving tonal accuracy. A custom-tuned, down-firing subwoofer ensures a delightful music listening experience.
The Creative T3150 Wireless computer speaker system is available now at the suggested retail price of USD 59.99 at Best Buy stores.
Creative has announced the Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx – the world’s first wireless headsets that utilize a built-in multi-core Sound Blaster SB-Axx1 processor for enhancement and customization of audio quality for playback of music, movies, and games and for voice communications.
The audio-enhancing capabilities of the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx fill a dire need in an age where mobile device users tolerate the sound quality from compressed sources of audio played on smart devices – such as MP3 files, YouTube and other video sharing sources, streamed music, or mobile games – as a primary source of entertainment on-the-go.
Beyond enhanced audio playback quality, the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx headsets are ideal for communication usage with today’s smartphone and tablets. Users can experience crystal clear communications. Even in noisy environments, they can communicate clearly. These two headsets feature a dual microphone array cleverly concealed in their ear cups, which work in perfect harmony with the SB-Axx1 processor and CrystalVoice Focus technology to create an acoustic zone around the user’s mouth to suppress surrounding noise, enabling clear voice pickup - perfect for making phone calls, Skype calls, and for gaming communications. These two top-of-the-range headsets also come with the inNoiseReduction feature, which suppresses unwanted background noise from an incoming call so that the caller can be heard clearly. Users can also transmute themselves into various fantastical characters by applying various fun voice effects (CrystalVoice FX) in their calls or gaming communications.
The Sound Blaster EVO Series comes with a full range of connectivity options:
1. High Quality Wireless
The wireless headsets utilize the aptX and AAC Bluetooth audio codecs for the highest-quality audio and lowest possible latency.
2. NFC - Tap to Connect and Play
They can also quickly and easily connect to Bluetooth devices using Near-Field Communication (NFC), requiring only a simple tap from an NFC-enabled smart device to the headset to establish a connection.
3. Wired - USB and Analog
Wired connectivity options are also available. Users are able to enjoy clear 24-bit digital audio by connecting their headsets to PCs and Macs via a USB connection. Each headset in the Sound Blaster EVO Series can also be connected to smart devices via a standard analog 3.5mm jack.
The user can also look forward to full customization of audio settings. The SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice software suites are completely customizable by Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx users via the Sound Blaster Central application, available for iOS and Android devices. Users can also calibrate and customize settings on the PC/Mac with the included Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel software. Users can also conveniently activate SBX Pro Studio technologies and volume levels with buttons located on the ear cups of the Sound Blaster EVO Series headsets.
The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx boast a striking design that personifies high-performance, style, and attitude. Red and black accents and brilliant ear cup illumination mixed with a rugged yet comfortable construction adorn these technologically advanced headsets. Both headsets are designed for easy stowage, with the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR sporting a fold-flat design and the Sound Blaster EVO Zx being fully collapsible.
Intelligent Technological Highlights of the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Zx
On top of the standard explosive audio that Sound Blaster provides, users can enjoy enhanced audio while they are out and about - the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx feature an advanced, integrated SB-Axx1 processor that enhances all music, movies, games, and calls in real-time.
Users can further customize and control their audio through the Sound Blaster Central app, downloadable via the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel, a PC/Mac based software suite.
Pairing and connecting a smart device to a wireless headphone via the manual Bluetooth pairing method involves multiple steps. However, users with NFC-enabled phones can simply tap their phones on these headsets to connect and play via NFC technology.
Users can enjoy crystal clear calls while on-the-go. This is because each headset features a high quality dual microphone array that works amazingly well at picking up users’ voices while suppressing background noise. This is further enhanced with audio processing, available through the built-in SB-Axx1 chip, including the CrystalVoice inNoiseReduction feature.
Users can transmute themselves into a various fun and fantastical characters with CrystalVoice FX.
SBX Pro Studio Features:
SBX Crystalizer - Restores the “highs” and “lows” that are compromised during audio compression to create and audio experience as the original artist intended
SBX Smart Volume - Intelligently minimizes abrupt volume changes by automatically adjusting the loudness of audio playback
SBX Dialog Plus - Intelligently enhances voices in music and movies for drastically clearer vocal range
SBX Bass - Dramatically improves the sound experience by expanding the low frequency tones
SBX Surround - Creates unprecedented levels of audio realism by producing virtual speakers around, above and below the listener
CrystalVoice Acoustic Echo Cancellation - Eliminates echoes that interfere with voice communications
CrystalVoice Noise Reduction - Eliminates unwanted background noise from conversations
CrystalVoice inNoiseReduction - Eliminates the other parties’ unwanted background noise so that they can be heard clearly
CrystalVoice FX - Morphs voices into different characters and accents
CrystalVoice Focus - Suppresses noise outside a specified acoustic zone to enable voice communications to be heard with amazing clarity
Sound Blaster EVO ZxR wireless headset - USD 299.99
The ultimate headset for music, movies, games, and communications, the Sound Blaster EVO ZxR features the built-in SB-Axx1 audio chip to provide hardware-accelerated SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice audio technologies, while delivering stunning audio fidelity through powerful 50 mm drivers. Active Noise Cancellation detects background noise and cancels it out, providing the listener with the clearest possible sound.
Sound Blaster EVO Zx wireless headset - USD 229.99
Powered by the SB-Axx1 chip for outstanding audio playback and voice communications, the Sound Blaster EVO Zx features hardware-accelerated SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice audio technologies, while delivering stunning audio fidelity through 40 mm drivers.
Pricing and Availability
The Sound Blaster EVO ZxR wireless headset, priced at USD 299.99, will be available in August 2013. The Sound Blaster EVO Zx wireless headset, priced at USD 229.99, will be available in July 2013. In the United States, the Sound Blaster EVO Zx wireless headset will be launched exclusively at Best Buy.
The Value Editions: Sound Blaster EVO Wireless and Sound Blaster EVO
Launching together with the high-end Sound Blaster EVO ZxR and Sound Blaster EVO Zx are two more affordable headsets in the Sound Blaster EVO family - the Sound Blaster EVO Wireless and Sound Blaster EVO.
While these headsets do not come with an integrated audio processor, they still provide high performance audio with the same powerful 40 mm drivers as the Sound Blaster EVO Zx. Users can still enjoy advanced audio processing and audio customization with Sound Blaster EVO Control Panel while connected to the PC/Mac via USB, and high quality wireless audio when connected to smart devices via a Bluetooth connection (for the Sound Blaster EVO Wireless) or standard analog audio via the 3.5mm jack.
The Sound Blaster EVO Wireless headset will be priced at USD 179.99, while the Sound Blaster EVO headset will be priced at USD 129.99. Both will be available in July 2013.
Arctic has announced its new member of the headset category at a highly affordable price, the P253 BT. Adapting the sleek and compact design from their P311 model, this entry level Bluetooth headset is designed for the budget conscious music lovers with an active lifestyle. The P253 BT enables you to enjoy the freedom of streaming music via Bluetooth, whilst experiencing the balanced sound and long battery life. The P253 BT adapted the intuitive design of the P311, making it easy to answer phone calls or control your music without interrupting your workout. The foldable design allows you to bring your music wherever you go.
ASRock’s 8 Series motherboards will be packed with a set of various new features with the code name A-Style, which includes Purity Sound, an audio solution for people who take audio seriously.
Purity Sound is a combination of several hardware, software audio solutions, and technologies that will satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles. Including 7.1 CH HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 audio codec that supports 115dB SNR DAC, and two TI NE5532 amplifiers, one is a Differential Amplifier and the other is a Premium Headset Amplifier which supports up to 600 ohm headphones. And there’s also cap-less Direct Drive technology, EMI shielding cover, PCB isolate shielding, and support for DTS Connect.
With the new motherboards that support Purity Sound, users may expect more details with less distortion and the industry’s highest SNR 115 dB. It also provides the exact amount of oomph for bass heads to bounce to the beats, and Premium Headset Amplifier for headphiles to directly connect their high impedance headphones, such as 600 ohm headphones, without needing to buy another expensive audio amplifier or sound card.
Corsair has announced the release of a free software driver update which adds Dolby Headphone 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx to the Vengeance 2000 wireless gaming headset. The addition of Dolby Headphone to the Vengeance 2000 improves both surround sound quality and game compatibility. The software driver is immediately available for download on the Vengeance 2000 product page.
Dolby Headphone is a signal processing technology that delivers up to 7.1-channel surround sound over headphones for richer, more spacious headphone audio. Dolby Pro Logic IIx processes native stereo- and 5.1-channel material to produce 6.1 or 7.1 output channels.
Scythe is announcing the availability of the amplifier Kama Bay Amp Pro. Like the earlier models, this model can be both used on its own and inside a common PC case, occupying two 5.25 inch bays. It is furthermore featuring a brand new infrared remote control as well as a front USB port, allowing media devices such as MP3 players or smartphones to be charged.
The Kama Bay Amp Pro is drawing its power from a MAXIM MAX 98400A IC, enabling a continuous maximum output of 24 watts per channel at 8 Ω (48 W total). At the same time a wide frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz can be covered by the new product. Analog signals are fed in from the back side, using one of the three RCA connectors or from the front, using a 3.5 mm mini-Plug. Users are able to switch between the four separate source channels conveniently. All RCA connectors and speaker terminals (support banana plugs) are gold plated to prevent rust, which leads to better conductivity.
The Kama Bay Amp Pro is painted in black. Elements such as buttons and knobs as well as some corners received a special silver finish. Additional visual highlights are the two analog meters which apply a retro touch to the classy design. Users are able to choose between a total of seven colors for the background illumination. In addition it is possible to completely shut down the illumination, if necessary. Directly beneath the analog meters, all the main control elements are located. Grid knobs have been used for treble, bass and volume control to assure convenient handling.
The class D amplifier is powered by the supplied AC adapter and comes with a special PCI bracket for use inside a PC chassis. Furthermore, all required cables and connectors are supplied with the Kama Bay Amp Pro.
Scythe Kama Bay Amp Pro (item no. SDAR-3000) is available as of today for 84.00 euros.
Genius is launching the SP-U115, a pair of USB powered speakers in stylish color options (shiny black, sapphire blue, ruby red and white). These affordable and compact USB speakers can be connected to your desktop or laptop through a USB cable and a 3.5 mm jack.
The SP-U115 USB stereo speakers are now available in the U.S. and Canada with a suggested retail price of USD 14.99.