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ASMR

Tingling your joypads: ASMR and videogames


A brief introduction on how gamers can relax
Mar 17
There’s a trend sweeping over YouTube at the moment, one that went unnoticed by me up until a few months ago. It's called ASMR (or if you want to kill time and sound fancy, autonomous sensory meridian response). I don&r... read
Half-Life 2

Smell the ashes while listening to City 17


It's like hearing Dr. Breen's own playlist
Oct 25
I've been a fan of the various You Are Listening To... streams for a few years now. Initially, you could listen to the police banter of various North American cities while a stream of ambient and instrumental music played at ... read
USB DAC can make your games sound better
Before I tell you why you need this DAC or any other, let me tell you what it actually is.  Think of a Digital to Analog Converter as an external upgrade for the circuitry of your audio device's innards. Every modern aud... read feature

PS4

PS4 firmware 1.60 adds support for Pulse headsets


New Gold Wireless Headset announced
Feb 03
As of a system update going live late tonight, PlayStation 4 owners with an official Pulse or Pulse Elite Edition headset will now be able to use their device with the console. That took a while, didn't it? With that support... read
With Forza and Halo sound modes
I don't have the best history with sound bars. I had this bigger JBL one that sounded nice, but it stopped working. Kaput. I tried to replace it with one of Sony's budget models, but that one sounded so bad that I laughed at ... read feature

Headphones

Polk Audio's Melee headphones are nice, but expensive


We put the 360 edition to the test
Jan 10
Polk Audio has crafted gaming headphones called the Melee that was created in tandem with the sound engineers of the Halo and Forza series to deliver top-quality sound. It's a pretty ambitious project, and overall, I'd say it paid off. I'm impressed, but $200 is pretty hefty for a device that's mostly tailored towards one console. read
Gaming headphones

Premium audio brands get into gaming headsets at CES


Several new sets debut at CES
Jan 10
The business of gaming audio is growing so fast that the makers of many premium audio product brands are throwing their hats into the ring. Several new gaming headsets debuted at CES 2014, with entries from top names like Aud... read

The best PC desktop speakers we found at CES 2014


Can I borrow some money?
Jan 09
PC desktop speakers usually suck. Most of the ones you see in electronics stores center around a particle board subwoofer and satellite speakers that remind me (and sometimes sound like) the cups with string tied to them that... read
Sound design

Dementium II HD sound effects provided by schnauzer


Developer diary reveals some!
Nov 18
A new developer diary for Dementium II HD has been unleashed upon an unwitting world. This time, sound designer Morné Marais goes over some of his approaches to creating audio for the game, always crucial to evoking the proper mood in a horror title.  Who knew such a cute little mutt could be responsible for so many horrible sounds? read
PS4 headset issues

PS4: Your headsets won't work at launch, some not at all


Shaking my headset
Oct 11
This is a PS4 PSA. Like the Xbox One, the PS4's compatibility with existing headsets leaves a lot to be desired. Both consoles come with a fully functional headset, mind, but that's little consolation for those with expensive... read
Logitech G430

Impressions: Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset


Great value for the price
Jun 18
My experiences with sub-$100 headphones haven't been the most positive. I've gone through quite a few pairs from a variety of manufacturers, and have generally had issues with either comfort, durability, and/or sound/micropho... read
Twitch

Turtle Beach becomes official audio partner for Twitch


Exclusive partnership for eSports
May 15
Turtle Beach has entered an exclusive agreement with Twitch to stock the streaming site's eSports and game events with audio equipment. Specifically, the Ear Force XP SEVEN and Z SEVEN headsets will be used for consoles and P... read

BioShock Infinite rocks your head with Pulse headset mode


Boooooooom
Mar 25
Sony's super nice Pulse Elite Edition headsets will see the release of an exclusive Audio Mode for BioShock Infinite tomorrow. Sony says that this is the first time they've partnered with a game developer to deliver a special... read

CES: Ears-on with 3 new Turtle Beach headsets


Multiplatform headsets debuted
Jan 08
I had a chance to listen to a few of the newly announced headsets from Turtle Beach at CES today. Their top option is the new Seven series of headsets, which comes in three configurations: XP Seven for consoles, Z Seven for P... read
Customization can only get you so far
It’s not very often that I get a chance to review something bad. It’s even rarer for me to come across headphones that I just hate. Truth is, most things that you spend $50 or more on are pretty good. Mediocrity c... read feature


If you haven’t been able to tell by the fairly large number of headphone reviews I’ve done for this site, I have a thing for audio equipment. It's probably the single biggest investment I make beyond my daily caff... read feature


It doesn't take much to really improve the gaming experience. Better seating, better lighting, better company, etc. are sometimes all it takes to go from an utterly insufferable trek through your simulated world of ... read feature


Creative is one of the world’s best-known brands of PC and gaming audio equipment. “Known” doesn’t always translate to “good,” though. I had an opportunity to check out their new Sound Blaster Recon3D external USB audio processor and their Tactic3D Omega headphones. Do these two pieces live up to the Creative name? Continue reading for the full review. read feature

COD: Modern Warfare 3 Billets 9mm ltd edition earphones


Sep 29
MUNITO has made slick special edition earphones (earbuds) with COD in mind. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Special Edition Billets 9mm earphones are machined from aircraft-grade billet aluminum, reinforced with ... read






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