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.
Headset brings 60mm drivers, DTS Headphone:X technology for 7.1 surround sound
Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of gaming headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround-sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market.
Kave XTD 5.1 announced yesterday
ROCCAT Studios announced its release of Kave XTD 5.1 Digital at Gamescom yesterday, making it the successor to the best selling ROCCAT Kave 5.1. The latest gaming headset aims to improve on existing features, such as enhanced surround sound componentry. Weighing 25 percent less than the previous model, the Kave XTD 5.1 includes a fully-equipped desktop remote with a built-in premium 5.1 sound card, and can be paired via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone to take calls while gaming. Available in November, the Kave XTD 5.1 will be priced at $170.
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.
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.