Tight-fitting headset covers all-around needs for gaming, everyday listening
Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers want a universal set of headphones, some weigh the difference in the configuration, while others just want something with a good built-in microphone for voice chat. What about gamers looking for their next set of headphones for longer gaming sessions? Razer, a brand many gamers are familiar with, may have a solution with the Kraken Pro headset. But is it good enough for gaming as well as everyday needs? Find out in our review.
Atlantis Productions announces upcoming wildlife documentary to be created for Oculus Rift headset
Atlantic Productions has announced its plan to create wildlife programming for virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift. Sir David Attenborough is said to be fronting the production, entitled Conquest of the Skies. Currently filming in Borneo, Conquest of the Skies could potentially be the first major wildlife production made available for the new tech gear, offering a 360-degree visual experience. Atlantic has already created natural history productions through its Sky 3D joint venture firm Colossus Productions, with the upcoming project for use with Oculus Rift being treated as an opportunity for pursuing a new film medium.
Vimeo acquires video recording, editing and sharing app Cameo
Vimeo has announced today that it has acquired video shooting, editing and sharing video iPhone app Cameo. Offering a two-minute maximum sequence length, Cameo differs from short-form video apps such as Vine and Instagram. Users can change the order of the clips, add music and invite friends to contribute with their own footage. Themes build on a traditional filter with caption font, color tweaks and effects. The terms of Vimeo's deal with Cameo has not been disclosed, however it has been stated that the app will not be shut down at present.
Button on Jawbone Era triggers Google Now, Siri
Jawbone has launched a revised item in its range of Bluetooth headsets, with more of a focus on voice recognition, as it attempts to fight back against wearable technology such as Google Glass. The Jawbone Era introduces a button on the back of the earpiece that, when pressed and held, will activate Google Now or Siri on a connected mobile device without requiring any button presses on the host smartphone or tablet.
Wireless headset shock, sweat, weather tested
Jabra today introduced the Jabra Sport Wireless+ fitness headset. The new wireless headset builds on the success of the Jabra Sport, adding features including a new fit clip, increased battery life and a variety of eargels for the best fit possible while working out. A free, three-month subscription to fitness app Endomondo Premium is also included in the package.
F.R.E.Q.4D to provide 'actual physical sensation' to game audio
Mad Catz revealed four gaming headsets and a new keyboard at E3, alongside its earlier Project M.O.J.O. game console announcement. The Tritton Kunai Universal headset is designed for both consoles and PCs, the F.R.E.Q.4D, Tritton Pro+, and Tritton Kunai are meant just for computers, and the S.T.R.I.K.E 3 keyboard offers the feel of mechanical keys, and backlighting.
Switchable 5.1, 7.1-channel audio, software-driven EQ
Mad Catz has opened up pre-orders for its surround sound gaming headset. The F.R.E.Q.7 shares a similar angular design of its predecessor, the F.R.E.Q 5, but offers gamers an upgrade from standard stereo to both 5.1 channel stereo and 7.1 surround sound, through a combination of Dolby Headphone Technology and Dolby Pro Logic IIx.
New UI uses 'OK Google' as command keyword
Google has created a new video showing off the user interface of the Google Glass headset. The video, an updated version of a previous video, has been revealed at the same time as Google opens up its Glass pre-orders to non-developers, allowing the Explorer edition of the headset to be ordered by "bold, creative individuals."
Platform-agnostic PLYR2 boasts high audio performance
Skullcandy has launched its first wireless gaming headset, one that the headphone manufacturer announced at the release of the SLYR. The PLYR2 is a platform-agnostic pair of headphones with microphone that will work with the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Mac, PC, and mobile gaming platforms, and claims to offer a "high quality audio performance" to match its styling.
Offering cheaper than Tritton, Turtle Beach sets with similar features
Monoprice is the place some of the Electronista crew goes when we need a funky cable. Four-pin to Firewire 800? No problem. Funky USB gender cables? Also carried. While various audio accessories have graced the shelves of the e-retailer, a brand new addition is a pair of gaming-oriented headsets, at a very low price point for the feature set. As with most audio features, build quality and attention to detail can make all the difference between an experience with excellent fidelity, and a static-laden hiss-fest. Can this new entrant into the gaming headset market make headway against the giants in the field? Our review gets to the bottom of the new, inexpensively priced Monoprice Dolby 7.1-certified gaming headset.
Wired, wireless gaming headsets include unique styling
Skullcandy has put three new gaming headsets online for order. The aptly-named SLYR, PLYR 1, and PLYR 2 headsets all appear to be taking on characteristics of lines from recently-acquired Astro Gaming, but also add in the unique style that Skullcandy is known for, including bright colors and a striking design.
Razer-branded version of Battlefield 3 headset released earlier
Razer is bringing out another gaming headset, this time inspired by aviation. A stark contrast from the Kraken Pro Gaming Headset launched two weeks ago, the BlackShark Stereo Gaming Headset is designed to look like headphones worn by military helicopter pilots. A version of the headset designed from the ground up for Battlefield 3 was released during E3, with this edition losing the game-related branding.
Simplified flat cable, remote enhances new Image ONE
Global speaker manufacturer Klipsch announced the launch of the new Image ONE Bluetooth and upgraded Image ONE on-ear headsets. For the first time on any Klipsch product, the new models have improved flat cabling as well as a flat-folding collapsible design. Both new headphones will be available in September.
Hidden microphone allows doubling as headset
Computer accessory case and bag maker BBP Industries has opted to expand its offerings and include the Mobiband Bluetooth headphone set as a complementary extension of its product line. A hidden microphone with automatic echo-reduction allows the headphones to double as a phone headset, essentially an improved version of the Jaybird Sportsband. The design is foldable and offers up to 11 hours of music or talk time.
Allows charging up to three times on the go
Samsung has released its promised new Bluetooth headset, the HM7000, that features a small combination case and portable charging stand that allows the headset to be recharged up to three additional times while on the go. The case features an on/off switch, and the headset itself offers dual-mic noise reduction and echo cancellation, a boom mic for enhanced call clarity, voice commands and voice prompts, as well as an Android app for additional abilities.
Also outs sequel to Extreme headset
Active noise cancellation, a technology normally found on high-end stereo headphones, is now available on the Jabra Supreme traditional-style mono headset, combined with its other technologies such as Noise Blackout 3.0 and wind-noise reduction. The Supreme features a fold-out boom arm that powers the unit on and off, and uses one mic plus and electronic chipset to generate the "white" noise that blocks ambient sound to make calls sounds clearer.
Accessories set to launch in September
Logitech has introduced several new wireless accessories geared for the iPad, iPhone and Android-based devices. The headset features Bluetooth connectivity, enabling users to listen to music and videos or place calls without a wired connection to the device. A noise-canceling microphone is claimed to reduce background noise, while the integrated battery is said to offer six hours of playback time depending on conditions.
Combo headset works with iPhone, Android or RIM
Jabra has announced two new additions to its portfolio of headsets aimed at active individuals. The wireless Sport and the tethered Sport-Corded let listeners get music or talk during exercise. Both headsets are designed specifically to be both securer and comfortable while biking or running.
Designed for iOS devices, includes mic, control
BlueAnt, better known for its Bluetooth-based single-ear headsets for mobile devices, is now shipping the wired, traditional over-ear style headphones it calls the Embrace, a unit that offers high-quality stereo sound normally associated with headphones, but also includes the integrated mic and control mechanism familiar to owners of iPhones and other smartphones. The Embrace is the company's first hard-wired product.
Audio gear to be available when GoW3 ships
Mad Catz has set out plans to carry a series of licensed Gears of War 3 audio hardware for The Xbox 360. The game branded devices include a throat communicator and two headsets. They can be pre-ordered now through GameShark, Mad Catz's online store, and will be shipping when the Epic over-the-shoulder shooter, is released in September.
High-end earbuds use dual 8mm neodymium drivers
Etymotic has announced its latest noise-isolating headset, the mc2. The earphones are compatible with BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile and iOS devices that use a 3.5 mm/ 4-conductor stereo phone plug. The mc2 features the same chamber design for improved dynamics as its iOS-only mc3 headset,
moving-coil, high-output 8mm neodymium magnet drivers, an omnidirectional microphone, and a Kevlar-reinforced cable. The headset is capable of up to 42dB noise reduction, which the company claims is the highest of any headphone on the market.
Wireless headphones geared for Xbox 360
Turtle Beach has introduced the XP500, a wireless headset geared for Microsoft's Xbox 360. The design is based on the company's PX5 headset, but with a rechargeable Bluetooth Chat Adapter for the game console and matching green accents. Both products enable users to take advantage of Dolby 7.1-channel surround sound with customizable presets to manage the chat, game and microphone signals.
Headset incorporates new Bose StayHear tips
Bose has unveiled its first Bluetooth headset for mobile phones. The Bose Bluetooth Headset incorporates its enhanced version of its TriPort acoustics and includes a high-quality mic that is equipped with adaptive audio adjustment for tweaking the volume of a user’s voice in relation to the background noise to optimize call quality.
CommandOne, Finiti and Roadster
Motorola has introduced several new hands-free cellphone accessories, including the Finiti, CommandOne and Roadster. The Finiti Bluetooth headset features three microphones that help improve noise cancellation for incoming and outgoing audio. The system is claimed to eliminate noise in up to 40mph winds.
App allows customization of settings
Sound ID has developed an iPhone app that works as a management utility for the company's new 510 Bluetooth headset. The EarPrint interface allows users to adjust a variety of sound characteristics, along with the overall levels. A battery-life indicator shows the remaining charge on the headset, while users can turn off the status LED or press a button to help locate a lost headset.
SteelSeries 5H V2 headset
When listening to music or playing video games on your Mac, you could blast the sound across the room. However, out of consideration of others and for your own privacy, you might consider using a headset. While there are plenty of headsets to choose from, one headset specifically designed for gamers is the SteelSeries 5H V2 headset.
Creative's iPhone headset
Creative recently introduced its newest headset, designed for use with Apple's iPhone and iPod. The EP-630i uses a pair of in-ear buds, which come with three different silicone covers to ensure users find an ideal fit. Each earbud is powered by a 9mm Neodymium magnet to deliver above average sound quality.
Nokia intros new Loopset
Nokia on Wednesday announced the release of its latest Wireless Loopset, the HS-67WL, designed to improve cellular phone usability for users with hearing aids. The Loopset is compatible with T-coil-equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants and makes hands-free connections between the hearing aid devices and Bluetooth 2.1-equipped cell phones. Background noise filtering thanks to induction technology improves speech discrimination for clear, distortion-free calls, Nokia says.
MacSpeech Dictate shipping
MacSpeech today announced that MacSpeech Dictate is now available for purchase directly from the company's website. In addition, potential customers can choose from a variety of specialized microphones, including desktop mounted ones or wireless versions. When purchased inside the United States, MacSpeech Dictate starts at $200 when purchased with a basic USB headset, while users can opt to pay $30 to $150 for a microphone more suitable to their needs.
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.
Jabra BT4010 headset
GN on Tuesday announced its newest Jabra headset, the BT4010, which is a Bluetooth headset with an integrated LCD display. What the company calls a Smart Display, the small LCD provides information on the headset's battery charge level as well as connection and call status. In addition, the BT4010 has an auto-pairing feature via its Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR specification.
Apple wins 8 iF awards
Apple recently won eight iF Product Design Awards at the CeBIT 2008 show in Hanover, Germany, out of nine products that were submitted for consideration. Out of 2771 products shown at the conference, 821 of them were considered for the awards, according to SetteB.IT. Apple's iPod nano, Classic, and Touch were among the winners, as well as the iPhone and Bluetooth headset. The standard USB and Bluetooth keyboards, and Apple's aluminum iMac also won accolades.
MacSpeech today announced that its three-stage rollout of MacSpeech Dictate has begun, saying that pre-orders have shipped to iListen Founding Customers. MacSpeech's next objective is to ship crossgrades from customers who pre-ordered the product at MacWorld Expo, and then finally to various retail stores and resellers. In addition, MacSpeech also said that the application is available for pre-order from MacMall for customers in the US. MacSpeech Dictate is available for $200, featuring a choice of headsets.
USBfever iPhone headset
USBfever recently announced an inexpensive replacement stereo headset for the iPhone for users that have lost or broken their originals. The headset features a 4 foot long cord, an "answer/end call" button, and a built-in microphone. While the accessory can be used to listen to music on the iPod classic, Touch, Video and Nano – both second and third generation – the button and microphone will not function on those models. USBfever is selling the stereo headset for $20, and is available through its website.