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September 15, 2017

Beyerdynamic Amiron Home Review

Tesla for the Home

We have a treat for all the audiophiles out there with a new pair of Beyerdynamic audiophile headphones for review. For those who aren’t familiar with high end audio brands, Beyerdynamic is a German audio brand with almost 100 years of history crafting some of the highest end professional and enthusiast grade audio equipment.

Today we’ll be reviewing the new Beyerdynamic Amrion Home. The Beyerdynamic Amiron Home is the successor to the popular Beyerdynamic T90 and is geared toward a very niche group of enthusiast audiophiles with its $600 price point. As implied by its name, Beyerdynamic is making it clear that the Amiron Home is [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

Kanto YU4 Review

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Maybe it’s unprofitable or maybe it’s too technically difficult. Either way, there don’t seem to be too many companies out there making decent high end powered speakers at reasonable prices.

After recently speaking with some of our readers, we were introduced to a Canadian company by the name of Kanto Living, which produces high end desktop speakers similar to those found in Audioengine’s speaker lineup. As we have previously reviewed and have been quite impressed with all of Audioengine’s offerings, we were quite intrigued when we heard about Kanto Living.

Looking at Kanto Living’s website, they make everything from [...]

 
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July 30, 2017

Audioengine HD3 Review

Clean, Crisp, Clear

When it comes to premium desktop computer speakers, few manufacturers on the market match the level of Audioengine when it comes to sound quality. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to review the Audioengine A2+ and the Audioengine A5+ which were outstanding speakers that are simply unmatched by other computer speaker manufacturers.

Recently, Audioengine launched their latest Audioengine HD3 speaker which is similar to their popular Audioengine A2+ with several improvements including magnetic speaker grilles, Bluetooth support, an improved internal DAC and more. Given how impressed we were with the Audioengine A2+, we jumped at the [...]

 
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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 [...]

 
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March 12, 2016

AMD Announces XConnect External GPU Support Over Thunderbolt 3

In an incredible move, AMD has announced its support for External GPU via Thunderbolt 3 graphic docks.

External graphics docks aim to bring huge boosts in gaming performance to power-sipping ultrabooks and notebooks. Leveraging a fully-fledged desktop graphics card docked in a thunderbolt enclosure, users can easily convert their workstations into a gaming rig at the plug of a cable. This is thanks to both Intel giving the nod to external graphics with the release of Thunderbolt 3 and AMD’s efforts in developing the necessary firmware and drivers.

The advantages are obvious. External graphics card offers the best flexibility for work and play. Once refined, [...]

 
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January 17, 2016

Review: Creative Sound Blaster ROAR 2 Wireless Speaker

20% Smaller, 100% Power

Several years ago, I reviewed the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR which I awarded with the CPCR Gold Awesome Award. It was an excellent prdouct that was portable, had great battery life, had fantastic sound quality, and could easily fill a room, an outdoor gathering, or a campsite with plenty of music. It checked all the right boxes and quickly became my all time favorite Bluetooth speaker.

While the Creative Sound Blaster ROAR was already quite impressive, Creative has spent the past few years refining their product, which ultimately culminated in the new Creative Sound Blaster ROAR 2, which retains pretty much the entire Sound Blaster ROAR’s [...]

 
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January 5, 2016

CES 2016: Netgear Unveils New Lineup of WiFi Routers, Range Extenders

For CES 2016, Netgear unveiled a series of new WiFi routers and range extenders under their standard and premium Nighthawk product ranges. They include the Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart Router, AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router, Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender, and the all-new NETGEAR PowerLINE WiFi 1000.

 

Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 Smart Router

Starting with the Nighthawk X4S, the new router is the successor to 2014’s Nighthawk R7500 and sports Wave 2 WiFi features like quad-stream architecture for both 2.4 and 5GHz, Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), and 160MHz bandwidth.

Its specifications include a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a total of 5x [...]

 
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February 24, 2015

Best Mid-Range Gaming PC Build Under $1,000 [February 2015]

$1,000 1080P Gaming Powerhouse

Ever since we started the site several years ago, gaming computer builds have always ranked as one of the most popular article requests we get. While we originally wanted build articles to be a monthly feature on the website, it hasn’t always worked out that way due to more pressing articles taking up most of our time, but we’re definitely aiming to post build articles much more often for the next year so stay tuned.

With that said, let’s talk about the build. As usual, our $1,000 gaming build has always been one that will allow gamers to play the latest games at 1080p using high to ultra [...]

 
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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 [...]

 
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August 2, 2017

Audioengine B2 Review

No Frills, High End Bluetooth Audio

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year to eat a lot, drink a lot, and be thankful that we get to do another review for Audioengine! Yup. It’s funny how it worked out in the past few years that I’ve done one review every year for Audioengine. In 2012, it was the Audioengine A5+ coupled with the Audioengine  D1, last year it was the Audioengine A2+, and with 2014 coming to a close, this year we’ll be checking out the newly released Audioengine B2!

The Audioengine B2 is Audioengine’s latest speaker that combines many of the features of the Audioengine A2+ with the Bluetooth functionality of the [...]

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