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    5:00 PM on 03.17.2015

    Tingling your joypads: ASMR and videogames

    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...

    Claire Sharkey

    1:30 PM on 10.25.2014

    Smell the ashes while listening to City 17

    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 ...

    Alasdair Duncan

    2:00 PM on 05.03.2014

    Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

    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...

    Dale North

    3:00 PM on 02.03.2014

    PS4 firmware 1.60 adds support for Pulse headsets

    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...

    Jordan Devore

    1:30 PM on 01.17.2014

    Review: Polk N1 Gaming SurroundBar

    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 ...

    Dale North

    6:00 PM on 01.10.2014

    Polk Audio's Melee headphones are nice, but expensive

    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.

    Chris Carter

    11:00 AM on 01.10.2014

    Premium audio brands get into gaming headsets at CES

    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...

    Dale North

    3:15 AM on 01.09.2014

    The best PC desktop speakers we found at CES 2014

    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...

    Dale North

    3:30 PM on 11.18.2013

    Dementium II HD sound effects provided by schnauzer

    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?

    Conrad Zimmerman

    7:00 AM on 10.11.2013

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

    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...

    Steven Hansen

    3:00 PM on 06.18.2013

    Impressions: Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

    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...


    10:00 PM on 05.15.2013

    Turtle Beach becomes official audio partner for Twitch

    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...

    Jordan Devore

    11:30 PM on 03.25.2013

    BioShock Infinite rocks your head with Pulse headset mode

    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...

    Dale North

    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...

    Dale North

    7:30 PM on 12.14.2012

    Review: Designears

    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...

    Daniel Starkey

    5:00 PM on 09.24.2012

    Review: Palo Alto Cubik

    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...

    Daniel Starkey