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Our friends at Razer have kindly bestowed upon us five of their awesome Tiamat 7.1 elite gaming headsets to give away to th...
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.
The Razer Electra is an oddity. It's billed as a "music and gaming headset," but is primarily designed for use with mobile phones -- the headset is specifically made for iPhones, HTC phones, and Blackberries (and any laptop that happens to have an audio + microphone combined 3.5mm jack).
To be perfectly honest, I'm hard-pressed to think of any mobile games aside from perhaps Sword & Sworcery that would truly benefit from high-quality "gaming" headphones. That said, the Electras are a comfortable set of headphones that are perfectly serviceable if you want to listen to music on your mobile device, as long as you don't mind the size and bulk.
Choosing a headset can prove to be mighty difficult in today's era. There's a ton of options; whether it's comfort level, sound quality, or functionality. Usually headsets tend to favor one factor over the other, leaving you fairly dissatisfied in the long run.
After dragging Razer's new Kraken Pro through the mud for many lengthy sessions, however, I've found that they're a great compromise if you're looking for a pair of PC headphones.
With all of the gaming headset options on the market this year, you've got to do something to stand out. PDP's Afterglow Universal Wireless Headset certainly does, as its headband and earcups are illuminated, and glow brightly.
Looks are one thing, but price and audio performance matter most to gamers shopping for headsets. Thankfully, this headset stands out on these fronts as well.
A CGI trailer for a headset and an amp -- I've seen it all now. ASTRO Gaming have just launched updated versions of their A40 Headset and MixAmp Pro, and according the video, the items built themselves in some dark mystical ...
I love a good premium gaming headset because it literally gets your head into gaming audio without the need for a massive sound system. The best of these headsets are a bit expensive, starting about about $100, but they're far cheaper than a receiver and half a dozen speakers, and also add in chat functionality and sometimes virtual surround sound. These days, when I see a gamer playing a console game with the sound coming through crappy television speakers, I want to smack them in the head with one of these gaming headsets.
The PlayStation Pluse Elite Edition headset would be a good one to hit them over the head with, as it's one of the better sets I've tried lately.
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.
I have a lot of gaming headsets. It's one of the nice perks that comes with this job, though these days I find that it's getting harder to get excited about them. As my collection grows, I'm starting to see some of the similarities in headsets: some lines have better audio, others have better feature sets, and one or two other lines are just plain crap. These days, for the most part, they're all pretty nice, but again, I'm kind of spoiled, and review units aren't doing much for me lately.
I'm happy to say that the latest headset I've used, the SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB, stands out from ones I've reviewed lately, making this review much easier to write. This Special Edition Frost Blue Illuminated set glows with a soft blue light from the ear cups, so it stands out visually, but what I'm really digging is the sound, as these things sound fantastic.
Wireless controls were once a dream of ours, and it took forever for them to become a reality, but now they're the standard. We're to the point where things with wires just feel weird. Wireless headsets? Well, that's been a bit of a rough journey. Despite having plenty of wireless technology available for these headsets, it seems that there are too many factors and standards to contend with to have just one good wireless pair.
I've been using the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP 400 headset for a bit, and I think we might finally have a decent, reasonable solution for those looking for a good overall wireless gaming headset.
We got our hands on Turtle Beach’s SEVEN series here at E3, and they sound and feel as good as they look. Billed as their flagship product developed specifically for Major League Gaming, you may be curious to know that ...
Turtle Beach had an amazing showing at E3 this week. In addition to announcing their partnership with Major League Gaming as the official tournament headset producer for future MLG events, they’ve also announced a partn...
Gaming headset makers Turtle Beach have partnered with Major League Gaming and will be developing the official headsets and audio equipment for the competitive videogame league. The first products to come out of this partners...
Reviewing headphones is probably one of the better parts about working for Destructoid. At the absolute worst, it gives me an excuse to watch some of my favorite movies, listen to great music, and play some games. No stress, no pressure.
I was really skeptical when I first heard about the Razer Tiamat 7.1. I expected the low-end response to be excessive, for the soundscape to be obnoxious, and for the set to exaggerate footsteps for the competitive multiplayer crowd. While my experience with the Tiamat was bittersweet, I’m glad to say it has nothing to do with the quality of the product itself.
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.
The following is an important public service announcement for internet wizards:
The fine folks at Astro Gaming have graced The Destructoid Show with a pair of gorgeous limited editionInfinity Blade II A30 gaming headphones. To win them, all you need to do is make a picture of your Infinity Blade character wearing them as though they were a magical helm, and tell us what kind of fantastic properties they have.
The winner will receive these ridiculously nice headphones, and two runners-up will with Infinity Blade II shirts. This can be a drawing, painting, Photoshop, whatever -- just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by tonight at 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, and we'll announce the winners on tomorrow's show.
Alas, this contest is only open to US contestants :(