Brings Dolby 7.1 surround sound to PC, discomfort surfaces in a short period of time
Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users have to balance the price of speakers and a receiver with the space demands a setup would require. Due to this, gamers often turn to headphones to get the job done. Plantronics has released the Rig Surround headset as a way to fill the need for 7.1 surround sound experience without an expensive price tag or room full of speakers. But is the Rig headset something that consumers should look to, or would they be better off making room for the speakers? Find out in our review.
Rig Surround shines with 7.1 Dolby surround sound, makes small tweaks from previous Rig
Plantronics brought its new gaming headsets to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, giving gamers a chance to put the system through its paces. Electronista was on hand to talk to Plantronics about the Dolby-certified 7.1 surround sound headset Rig Surround, and the lightweight Rig Flex that were announced earlier in the year at GamesCom.
Company claims over-the-ear headphones have 24-hour battery life
Plantronics announced a new model of Bluetooth headphones this week with the BackBeat Pro. The over-the-ear headphones feature a long battery life, 40mm drivers, active noise-cancelling technology and "Plantronics signature audio performance and design." Not leaving noise cancelling as the only trick of the headphones, Plantronics also added a smart feature to help consumers pick up where they left off if the headphones are removed.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
First product in line a console and smartphone cross-platform headset
Audio peripheral manufacturer Plantronics announced its upcoming line of gaming products, "Rig," at Gamescom 2013 earlier today. Rig products are designed to help today's multi-screen and multi-device connected gamers manage their digital life. RIG systems blend game audio and chat -- at home and on-the-go -- with mobile audio, music, and apps, and lets users take calls without hitting pause. The first member of the Rig family is a premium stereo headset and mixer audio system, available worldwide this fall.
Deals on headsets, iPad cases, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted headsets, iPad cases, and more. Buy.com has recently lowered the cost of the Plantronics MX505 Mono Earset, which includes patent-pending WindSmart technology for reduced wind noise and static-free interference, voice-activated dialing, and built-in volume control. Currently featured at DealNN, this headset has now dropped to $9.99 in price and offers savings of up to 80%.
GameCom 780 sports 7.1 Dolby
Plantronics will be unveiling two new headsets for gamers at the upcoming CES 2012 show. In addition to the over-the-ear GameCom 780, which features Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound, Plantronics will be showing the GameCom 380. It takes on a similar form factor, but without the Dolby augmentation.
Headset offers virtual 7.1-channel presentation
Plantronics is reportedly preparing to introduce a new gaming headset, the GameCom 780. The flagship headset appears to build on the current Game Com 777 model, offering a new design that features virtual 7.1-channel surround sound via Dolby's Headphone and Pro Logic IIx technology.
Deals on Bluetooth headsets, laptops, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted headsets, laptops, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the Plantronics Explorer 245 Bluetooth Headset, which offers Digital Signal Processing technology, voice-activated dialing, and QuickPair support. Currently featured at DealNN, this Bluetooth headset has now dropped to a mere $5.99 in price and offers savings of up to 88%.
Voyager Pro HD allows checking weather with voice
Plantronics kicked off CTIA with the Voyager Pro HD, a Bluetooth headset that will answer incoming phone calls as soon as users insert it into their ears, so there is no need to press any buttons. It also works in reverse and will automatically disable itself and users will need to answer calls using their handsets. Also, any streaming audio will also be paused if the headset is removed from a wearer's ear.
Plantronics celebrates 50th anniversary
Plantronics is celebrating its 50th anniversary by introducing a number of new products, including the Voyager Pro UC Bluetooth headset and Calisto 800 speakerphone series chief among them. The latter is the first product of its kind at the company and allows multiple Bluetooth devices to be connected and offers visual call management. They are made to work with Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync in private and home office environments.
Plantronics outs latest headset with Dobly 7.1
Plantronics on Thursday introduced its latest gaming headset, the GameCom 777. It gets virtual 7.1 surround sound from Dolby Headphone and Dolby ProLogic IIx. The noise-cancelling microphone housed in the boom allows for two-way communication, and the boom can be detached.
Plantronics outs entry-level Bluetooth headsets
Plantronics on Tuesday brought out its entry-level Explorer 395 and Explorer 240 Bluetooth headsets. They have dedicated buttons for volume, power and call management, which is more user-friendly than the multifunctional single buttons in other Bluetooth headsets. They run on QuickPair technology for connecting to cellphones faster than some other earpieces.
Flagship Plantronics BT headset reviewed
Most Bluetooth headsets aim towards discreetness and style over sheer functionality. Plantronics has often followed suit, but with the Voyager Pro the company is taking a very different route: it revels in its conspicuous size and utility. We test that in our review of the Pro and Pro UC to see whether this translates to reality.
Voyager Pro UC bundles Bluetooth adapter
Plantronics today launched a rare Bluetooth headset aimed primarily at the desktop. The Voyager Pro UC bundles a USB Bluetooth adapter with the familiar Voyager Pro and lets any Mac or Windows PC handle calls over the wireless earpiece if they don't already have built-in Bluetooth. Its functions can work natively with many VoIP apps, including Skype and business-class apps from Cisco.
Plantronics Discovery 975
Plantronics on Thursday introduced its newest Bluetooth headset, the Discovery 975. It will replace the current Discovery 925 when it launches and sports the same dual microphones and Plantronics' AudioIQ and WindSmart sound-enhancing and noise cancelling technologies. A newfound feature is the 975's storage case, which doubles as a portable charger for the headset and can extend it battery life from 5 hours to 15 hours. It sports an LCD screen that shows charge level of the headset and the case's own battery levels, as well as Bluetooth connection status.
Plantronics .Audio 995
Plantronics on Thursday announced the release of its newest wireless headset, the .Audio 995. The over-ear design relies on a 2.4GHz system with USB dongle to send and receive signals to and from PCs. This gives the handset a similar range to Bluetooth, at about 40 feet, but has better battery life and less interference with other devices.
Voyager Pro headset
Plantronics has launched the Voyager Pro, its newest noise-cancellation Bluetooth headset. The device was first shown through a teaser web page from the company, where they displayed close-cropped high-resolution photos, but failed to provide information about the headset. Voyager Pro features two 3mm noise–cancelling microphones, acoustic echo cancellation technology, and comes with Sidetone detection for noise conditions to help users hear more of the voices and less background noise. The headset provides up to 6 hours of talk time or a maximum of 120 hours standby time.
Plantronics teaser site
Bluetooth headset maker Plantronics has put up a teaser web page that features close-cropped, high-resolution photos of an unannounced Bluetooth headset from the company. There is purposely no specific information on the device, but Plantronics did include some details as to its manufacturing process. The site is apparently updated with new photos roughly two times per week. A release date for the headset is likewise unknown, and neither is its price, but judging from the attention to detail visible in the photos, it will likely be a premium offering.
Altec Lansing BT headset
Altec Lansing recently introduced its BackBeat 903/6 Bluetooth headset at the currently ongoing Macworld Expo and will also display them at the CES show later this week. The headset, developed with cooperation from Bluetooth earpiece maker Plantronics, stays in place thanks to the use of both ear canal-sealing ear buds and ear hooks. Plantronics' dual-mic AudioIQ technology is incorporated into the headset to increase call quality and raise call volume depending on ambient noise levels.
Plantronics BT headset
Plantronics on Thursday introduced its newest Bluetooth headset, the Voyager 835, which uses dual microphones in conjunction with AudioIQ noise-canceling software to reduce ambient noise. What the company calls Windsmart technology reduces wind noise heard by parties on the other end. Meant for business users, the headset is capable of quickly pairing up with Bluetooth devices, and can keep two devices in memory thanks to multipoint tech.
GameCom 777 headset
Plantronics today announced the GameCom 777 headset, the newest addition to its gaming line. A USB sound chipset inside the set processes Dolby Headphone for enhanced stereo listening and Dolby Pro Logic II for virtual 5.1 surround sound. For multi-player games with voice communication, a sound canceling boom microphone can be rotated out of the headband or tucked away for listening alone.
Altec 2.2-channel speakers
Altec Lansing, a subsidiary of Plantronics, took the opportunity offered by Berlin's IFA 2008 show to unveil its FX3022 speaker system earlier this week. The system is labeled as a 2.2-channel set-up, meaning it has two 1.5-inch drivers to reproduce the mid- and high-sound frequencies and a couple of 4-inch down-firing subwoofers to deliver the low-tone bass frequencies.
Plantronics Discovery 925
Plantronics on Tuesday unveiled the Discovery 925 Bluetooth headset at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas. With the new 925 line, Plantronics hopes to appeal to style-conscious men and women. Noteworthy features include AudioIQ, a noise reduction technology, as well as a carrying case that charges the headset.
Plantronics 370 and 360
Plantronics set out a new approach for its Explorer Bluetooth headsets today with the unveiling of one of the very few earpieces targeted at owners likely to use their phones in rough conditions. The Explorer 370 is guarded with rubber and sealed to meet military standards; the design is allegedly dust, shock, and water resistant in the same conditions experienced by US soldiers on the field. A virtual wind guard technique also filters out most of the background noise produced by these harsh environments.