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November 10, 2016

Audioengine Launches HD3 Wireless Speakers, Available for $399.99

Premium speaker maker Audioengine recently announced their new HD3 Wireless Speakers designed for those looking for top notch audio quality in a relatively compact small form factor.

Featuring dual built-in class A/B amplifiers, durable 2.75″ Kevlar woofers and 3/4″ silk dome tweeters, the Audioengine HD3 will offer a premium sound experience with its classic speaker design and high end components.

“Classic speaker design with no plastic, full stereo sound, whole-house wireless and no setup hassles make HD3 the ultimate mini music system.” says Brady Bargenquast, Audioengine co-founder.

Connectivity options include 3.5″ stereo mini-jack, [...]

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October 27, 2016

Jaybird Announces X3 Wireless Sport Headphones Packing Bigger Sound, Better Fit, Longer Battery Life

When it comes to Bluetooth sport headphones, few rival Jaybird’s lineup and their latest introduction, the Jaybird X3 promises to solidify their leadership in the space.

While the previous Jaybird X2 were very good Bluetooth headphones, the Jaybird X3 makes it even better by now incorporating an enhanced 6mm driver and redesigned ear fins/tips to ensure the headphones stay in your ear no matter how hard the workout. Despite the larger drivers, Jaybird managed to improve battery life on the Jaybird X3 as it now offers up to 8 hours on a single charge. Jaybird also reduced the size of the earphone housings to ensure the X3 is helmet compatible and with new [...]

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October 17, 2016

Razer Acquires THX, Enters into Premium Audio, Audio Certification Market

If you go to the movies often, you’re probably pretty familiar with THX. You’ve probably seen the THX logo or at least you’ve heard the signature THX Deep Note. Founded by famous movie maker George Lucas in 1983, THX has been an audio technologies company that primarily certifies audio devices to ensure that anything certified by THX would be able to deliver the consistent THX sound signature we all know and love. Over the years, THX has certified everything from movie theaters to computer speakers to home theater in a box solutions and more.

While audio products company Creative had been one of the primary owners of THX with a 60% share of the [...]

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September 26, 2016

Chromecast Audio Available for $25 for Limited Time

Been looking for a great way to tap into that high end audio system of yours? Here’s one. The Chromcast Audio.

For those unfamiliar with the Chromecast Audio, it’s a device similar to the original Chromecast except it’s designed to connect to your speaker or home audio system (via 3.5mm jack, RCA, or optical) to stream audio from your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Just like the Chromecast, the Chromecast Audio works over Wi-Fi rather than typical Bluetooth adapters, so it has a much better connection, better audio quality, and with multi-room functionality, you can even stream music to multiple Chromecast Audios at once for full home [...]

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September 5, 2016

Sennheiser Launches New HD 500 Series Headphone Lineup – HD 559, HD 569, HD 579, HD 599

World class audio products manufacturer Sennheiser recently announced four new headphones to their HD 500 series headphone lineup. The new headphones which will include the HD 559, HD 569, HD 579 and HD 599 will update the current lineup of HD 500 series headphones which includes popular headphones such as the HD 558 and the HD 598.

“Our HD 500 series has been an immensely popular choice for those wishing to step into a new world of high-quality home entertainment audio. We are excited to refresh the range with great new designs and enhanced comfort that makes indulging in your favorite music or TV series all the more pleasurable,” said Robin Schweizer, Product Manager [...]

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August 25, 2016

Sennheiser Announces GSX 1000, GSX 1200 PRO Gaming Audio Amplifiers

Following Sennheiser’s launch of the GSP 300 gaming headset, Sennheiser is also launching the GSX 1000 and GSX 1200 PRO gaming audio amplifiers.

Key features of the Sennheiser GSX 1000 include an onboard DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), Sennheiser’s new Binaural Rendering Engine 7.1 virtual surround sound, and double USB Enumeration to allow separate control of game and communication audio streams.

“These new audio amplifiers draw on Sennheiser’s full expertise in professional audio to give gamers a competitive edge when playing at the limits,” explains Andreas Jessen, Product Manager Gaming, Sennheiser Communications A/S. “This focus is reflected [...]

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June 12, 2015

Computex 2015: PowerColor Unveils Devil HDX Sound Card

AMD board partners had a pretty disappointing showing at Computex this year since AMD decided not to launch their upcoming 300 series graphics cards at the show.

Rather than go empty handed however, PowerColor did show off their upcoming Devil HDX sound card (SCM888-DHDX) which they claim will improve audio quality over onboard sound for gamers and audio enthusiasts.

PowerColor was nice enough to let us take a look under the hood of the Devil HDX which revealed that the sound card does in fact have a full array of “real” audio processing hardware.

While we didn’t get too much time to closely examine the entire PCB, we did [...]

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May 20, 2015

Spotify Adds Video Content, New Running Mode

Spotify, the popular music streaming service, has announced several new additions to their repertoire; including original video content, podcasts, and a new way for runners to enjoy their music on the go.

Spotify’s co-founder Daniel Ek takes stage as streaming services begin to clash

At their event in New York, CEO Daniel Ek promised a “massive leap forward” for his $9.99 a month service, showcasing a revised application with personally tailored playlists and podcasts. A new video streaming service offers content from partners including ABC, Adult Swim, ESPN, MTV, and many more.

Curated video content has become a [...]

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May 19, 2015

Tidal Titleholder Trash Talks Tech Titans

Jay-Z  (aka Young Hov, Jigga, et al), viciously tore into Apple, Google, and streaming service Spotify during a free concert over the weekend promoting Tidal.

The record producer turned entrepreneur has been under fire for quite some time regarding his entry into the rapidly expanding music streaming service. Criticism surrounding the lack of a free base service and the $20-a-month price tag have given Tidal a rough relaunch in March of this year, with many critics viewing it as another way for rich artists to get richer.

During the show, the U.S. artist went [...]

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January 16, 2015

CES 2015: Creative’s Sound Blaster X7 Packs DAC, 100w Amp, 1 Ohm Headphone Amp Under $500

At CES 2015, Creative displayed tons of new products, but there was no doubt that the Sound Blaster X7 was the star of the show.

At about the size of a Bluetooth speaker, the Sound Blaster X7 is unlike anything Creative has ever produced. Inside its stylish black casing, the Sound Blaster X7 is not only a high-end external DAC, it’s also a serious amplifier capable of delivering up to 76w of power (or 100w with the optional 24V, 6A power adapter).

In order to achieve this, the Sound Blaster X7 features Creative’s proprietary SB-Axx1 multi-core DSP that we’ve seen in several generations of Sound Blaster products along with a Burr-Brown PCM1794 [...]

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