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9:30 PM on 01.08.2013

CES: Ears-on with 3 new Turtle Beach headsets

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...

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Review: Designears photo
Review: Designears
by Daniel Starkey

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 can often cost a pretty penny, but straight-up awful headphones come free with every iPod.

So it’s with a heavy, if slightly amused heart that I bring you this review for Designears, a $70 pair of headphones that are objectively garbage. 

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Review: Palo Alto Cubik photo
Review: Palo Alto Cubik
by Daniel Starkey

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 caffeine intake.

As a result, I have a tendency to care quite about about how my things sound and what I can do to get the most from my music, movies, and games. With that in mind, and the sad realization that, while I may want to, I cannot spend my whole life with headphones on, I decided to take a look at the rather unique-looking Palo Alto Cubik desktop speakers.

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Review: Astro A50 photo
Review: Astro A50
by Daniel Starkey

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 choice to a magical journey that will keep you coming back for hours on end.

Upgrading your audio setup is often one of the best ways to squeeze every bit of rich detail from a game. Better speakers can kindle a warmer affinity for the creaking, tired breaths of Rapture or give that extra edge over the competition. Astro claims that its new line of wireless gaming headsets can not only keep up with their wired cousins, but that can raise the standard for gaming audio quality.

From what I've heard, they are absolutely right.

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Review: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D, Tactic3D Omega photo
Review: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D, Tactic3D Omega
by Daniel Starkey

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.

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5:45 PM on 09.29.2011

COD: Modern Warfare 3 Billets 9mm ltd edition earphones

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 ...

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