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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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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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February 13, 2015

Review: Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Wireless Speaker

Let it ROAR

A couple years ago when Creative first introduced the Sound Blaster AXX series, it was probably one of the coolest products I had ever had the opportunity of reviewing. At the time I simply hadn’t seen a USB powered Bluetooth speaker with the type of sound and voice processing Creative had crammed into the Sound Blaster AXX, and while it wasn’t perfect, being someone who regularly traveled to different tech shows and events, it was a product that I didn’t really know I needed until I actually had it.

Fast forward a couple years and now Creative is on their second generation Sound Blaster AXX, and along with that is also a new product based [...]

 
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December 14, 2013

Gigabyte’s Z87X-UD7 TH Packs Dual Thunderbolt 2 Ports, Up to 20 Gb/s Bandwidth Each

If fast external interfaces is something that piques your interest, then this latest announcement from Gigabyte is bound to put a smile on your face.

Gigabyte has recently announced that their Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard is now Thunderbolt 2 certified. Code-named “Falcon Ridge”, Thunderbolt 2 doubles the bandwidth of first generation Thunderbolt by aggregating previously separate channels within the Thunderbolt interface giving users access to up to 20Gb/s (~2,560MB/s) via a single external interface!

Of course, it’s not just about having Thunderbolt 2 that makes the Z87X-UD7 such a sweet product. It’s also jam packed to the brim in [...]

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