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Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC photo
Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC
by Dale North

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 audio device, from your MP3 player to your gaming PC, has a little chip in it that takes the digital sound information and changes it into something you can hear; this chip is also a DAC. But the difference is that the external DAC, the upgrade, will be geared specifically for quality conversion, whereas the built-in one from your mass market device is likely just barely doing the job.

Spending even the smallest bit on a DAC will make appreciable changes in the sound quality of any of these devices, as sound quality is only as good as its source.

In short, get a DAC, plug it in, and enjoy much improved sound and music. Hear your headphones/speakers like never before.

That's exactly what the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC does.

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6:00 PM on 04.29.2014

Sony's Yoshida on how the Oculus Rift is helping Project Morpheus

Speaking to GamesBeat about Project Morpheus and virtual-reality gaming more generally, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida had good things to say about Oculus VR. "When I look at VR, it's still very early," he said, drawing a comparison t...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 04.24.2014

Virtuix raises $3M in seed funding for its virtual-reality treadmill Omni

Omni maker Virtuix has completed a $3 million seed investment round following its $1.1 million Kickstarter campaign last year. You'll probably recognize it, but here's the gist: it's a specialized treadmill that can be used i...

Jordan Devore



Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate photo
Review: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
by Dale North

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Home key attack! It feels so good to type on super responsive keys, especially for someone that spends 6-8 hours a day typing on those chicklet-style laptop keyboards. Razer's new BlackWidow Ultimate has the key action that makes it hard to go back to my work keyboards. It feels like I'm typing faster. I feel connected to the machine. 

But how is this keyboard for gaming?

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2:45 PM on 04.21.2014

Watch an Oculus Rift strip down to its circuitry in Vsauce3 fact video

If you're still down with the clown Oculus Rift and want to stay informed, check out Vsauce3's video featuring five Oculus Rift facts that, as Jake says, "takes it apart piece by beautiful piece." It's a neat clip with some ...

Brittany Vincent

3:15 PM on 04.18.2014

500 GB PS3 and Spider-Man movie bundle is amazing for the sake of this pun

Were you sitting around thinking "Gosh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks like a great game!" or "I really wish I had a PlayStation 3?" Well, you better be, because Jamie Foxx wasn't, and then Spidey had to flex on him, as ...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 PM on 04.09.2014

Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill releasing this year for $499

The Oculus Rift has been getting a lot of press lately, after Oculus VR was purchased by Facebook. But that (or Project Morpheus, if you prefer) is only one piece of the virtual reality puzzle that will hopefully soon be cons...

Darren Nakamura



Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle available May 6 photo
Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle available May 6
by Conrad Zimmerman

Sony has announced a release date for the Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita bundle today via PlayStation Blog. The bundle, which marks the first release of the handheld's slimmer hardware redesign in North America, will be available at retailers on May 6. Along with the Vita console, the bundle contains a copy of Borderlands 2 and an 8 GB PS Vita memory card, at a retail price of $199.99.

If you already have a Vita and just want the game, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Borderlands 2 for PS Vita will be available in stores and online May 13.

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Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV photo
Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV
by Jordan Devore

Amazon has finally announced its long-rumored media device and it's available for purchase as of today. The $99 Amazon Fire TV supports expected streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Prime Instant Video, and Pandora, but games also have a presence on the box which sports an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of memory, and a quad-core processor.

There a over a hundred games supported including Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and Amazon Game Studios' exclusive third-person shooter Sev Zero, with "thousands more coming soon." According to Amazon, many of these games are free and "the average price of paid games is just $1.85." Of course, that less-than-ideal gamepad is being sold separately for $39.99.

There are a few interesting gimmicks, but the one that sounds most intriguing to me is ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), a feature which predicts movies or television episodes you'll want to watch and prepares them for playback ahead of time to avoid buffering. I'm not really in the market for the Fire TV as a Roku owner -- and Amazon has a long way to go before it can pull me in with its gaming initiative -- but this looks like a nice little box. Maybe someday.

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8:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Watch Sony's full Project Morpheus presentation

Sony announced its take on modern-day virtual-reality gaming at the Game Developers Conference and that presentation is now viewable in full above. Consider this a little something extra (or should I say "a lot extra") to su...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Nivida announces $2,999 GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z today at the company's GPU Technology Conference and, all right, there's no real getting around the card's sticker shock. 5,760 CUDA cores. 12GB GDDR5 VRAM. $2,999. ...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 03.21.2014

Walmart has the Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $450

If you've been on the prowl for an Xbox One at the "right price," whatever that might be, you might've heard that Walmart has the Titanfall bundle for $450 right now. It's a deal worth considering -- especially if you were pl...

Jordan Devore





12:15 PM on 03.19.2014

Upcoming PS4 update will let you turn off HDCP

The next major update for PlayStation 4 will make a lot of users happy. It does away with the console's mandatory High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), as promised, by introducing an option to simply turn it off. ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Valve shows off its redesigned Steam Controller

Yes, it's still weird-looking but the Steam Controller is coming along. Particularly when compared with its original, intimidating version which you can see side-by-side below. We knew a redesign was in the works, but this it...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Amazon's controller isn't much of a looker

Blogger Dave Zatz has seemingly come across photos of the game controller for Amazon's long-rumored media streaming device by way of a Brazilian regulatory agency. The controller will reportedly ship separately, which has me ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 03.13.2014

That $99 Xbox 360 with a two-year contract promo has ended

In 2012, Microsoft rolled out a promotion in which people could pay $99 for an Xbox 360 (the basic 4GB model) with a Kinect -- if they signed up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold commitment of $14.99 per month. It's the sort of s...

Jordan Devore