updated 06:45 pm EDT, Mon August 29, 2011
Aimed at gamers, VOIP users, voice dicatation
Utilizing a separate microphone built into each headphone house and a dedicated, in-line USB sound card, Andrea Electronics says its new SuperBeam headsets offer "boom-free" audio recording and better bass, midrange and treble than most computers' built-in sound systems. The dual-mic array cancels background noise, making the headsets ideal for VOIP calls, video and game chatting and speech-recognition software. It can also be used to make binaural "3D audio" recordings.
The headsets are available in two styles -- SuperBeam Buds (earbuds) and SuperBeam Phones (on-ear headphones) and are available in black or white. Each headset has it's own jack, which plugs into the in-line PureAudio USB sound card. The company claims that most built-in sound cards inside computers are inferior, and are also packed tightly next to components that can interfere with the quality. By keeping the sound card outside the computer, it is less prone to frequency noise or magnetic and electrical compromise.
Users can fine-tune the quality via the Audio Commander included software for both platforms, which features a 10-band equalizer and other controls.
The SuperBeam headsets feature a full 20Hz-20kHz frequency response with a dynamic range of 95dB (for the mics) and 91dB (earphones). They are available now, are compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or later and Windows XP or later, and sell for $130 (earbud style) and $150 (headphone style).