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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’t experien...   read

 
 
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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 the same time. ...   read

 
 
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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 audio device, from...   read

 
 
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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 out of the way...   read

 
 
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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 it. And I retur...   read

 
 
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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....   read

 
 
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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 Audio Technica, Se...   read

 
 
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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 you used to pl...   read

 
 
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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 ...   read

 
 
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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 gaming headset...   read

 
 


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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/microphone quality. I w...   read

 
 
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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 PC, respectively...   read

 
 
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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 specially crafted audi...   read

 
 
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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 PC, and M Seven ...   read

 
 
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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 can often cost a...   read

 
 
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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 caffeine intake. As...   read

 
 
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Review: Astro A50

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 mag...   read

 
 
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Review: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D, Tactic3D Omega

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 ext...   read

 
 
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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 Kevlar, laser e...   read

 
 
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