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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% [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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October 30, 2014

Razer Announces Leviathan Sound Bar

It’s been several years since gaming hardware manufacturer Razer discontinued their last premium speaker offering (the Razer Mako), and it looks like they’re finally ready to jump back in.

According to a recent press release, Razer is introducing the Leviathan which is unique in that it’s a sound bar rather than the typical 2.1 speaker systems that typically saturate the PC speaker market today. Designed with versatility in mind, the Razer Leviathan will come in a two piece set containing both a sound bar as well as a subwoofer. Razer believes that the Leviathan could easily be used in a variety of scenarios such as desktop [...]

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January 2, 2014

Razer Launches New Adaro Headphones

Just in time for CES, Razer is unveiling a new series of headphones they’re calling the Adaro series, which is a line of headphones focused on personal entertainment and casual listening, rather than Razer’s traditional focus on gaming. The Razer Adaro series will include four different models including the Razer Adaro In-Ear Analog Earphones, the Razer Adaro Stereo Analog Headphones, the Razer Adaro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, and the Razer Adaro DJ Analog Headphones.

All four new Adaro headphones will be available for pre-order come January at Be sure to hit the jump for the full press release!

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