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SteelSeries 7H – Professional Gaming Headset

SteelSeries 7H – Professional Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries 7H represents the pinnacle of gaming headset and headphone design. They are high quality, reasonably comfortable, feature-rich and perform beautifully. During the audio tests, the 7H was a little lacking in its ability to produce lows or heavy bass, however its ability to excel in midrange production somewhat overshadowed this shortcoming. Music, games, and movies all sounded excellent, or even beyond excellent in some circumstances.

Tritton PC510 HDa Gaming Headset

Tritton PC510 HDa Gaming Headset

Recently there have been lots of similar looking gaming style headsets released which quite frankly have all been the same. The headsets are either stereo headsets, or headsets pretending to offer 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound. While all the companies producing these surround sound headsets will claim that they give you the full surround sound feel, it is at best, virtual and produced digitally. When you stop and think about it, does it seem possible for 5.1 surround sound to be played through 2 speakers? While it may not be truly possible they certainly give it a good go.

Tritton certainly seem to think that there is only one way to produce 5.1 surround sound and that is the same way that home-cinema systems do it. This is to have a speaker or two playing each channel independently, normally giving you the two front speakers, the two rear speakers and a centre speaker, as well as the subwoofer or bass speaker. 7.1 has the additional 'side speakers'. Tritton have in this headset tried to make this a reality by producing a headset which does contain the full 5.1 speaker set-up.

Tritton are a company owned by Mad Catz who aim to bring high-performance consumer electronics and computer peripherals to the market. They are best known for their gaming headsets but specialise in several categories, including Gaming Audio, Mobile Audio, USB Video Technology as well as Bluetooth Technology.

Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable

Streacom HDMI Audio Mix Cable

Streacom are a company who were founded in 2010 with their goal being focusing on combining superior design and quality with the latest material and production techniques. They aim to deliver solutions that will precisely meet customer requirements regarding features, performance and quality. They offer a variety of products which all have their individual ways of solving problems that have previously arisen.

Ever experienced the urge to watch the best quality High Definition video and also listen to the best quality audio from your device? I have... unfortunately I have also had the problem where neither of them function properly together thanks to a device with limited connectivity options. Streacom have designed a product which can possibly eliminate all of these video and audio problems via the use of a unique cable. Their method is to use a standard HDMI cable to send the best quality HD video to your display, but they have very creatively attached a stereo audio splitter to one end of the HDMI cable so that the audio can be routed separately. This results in everybody being able to enjoy the impressive picture that your High Definition device offers as well as enjoying the crisp, clear audio output by your sound set-up.

Another problem is solved by this cable. You now have the ability to listen to music through your sound system connected to your PC or other device while your display device such as the TV is switched off. This is a great feature especially for people who use a HTPC or need music played by their computer for an upcoming house party!

There is the potential for multiple home theatre headaches to be solved with this product, but does it also cause some extra problems? Let's find out if Streacom can live up to their high expectations...

Speedlink Xbox 360 Headset Adapter

Speedlink Xbox 360 Headset Adapter

There are an increasing number of XBox-compatible headsets these days, both official and unofficial, all pushing benefits like improved comfort, convenience and sound quality. Speedlink have decided to move in an alternative direction, providing a universal adapter which allows the use of existing PC headsets that utilise standard 3.5mm inputs.

Thermaltake Shock Headset

Thermaltake Shock Headset

Tt esports is a branch of Thermaltake specializing in supplying top of the line peripherals to satisfy the gaming needs of any gaming enthusiast. Amongst a wide plethora of peripherals that Thermaltake has to offer, special attention is drawn towards the design and quality of headsets. Currently there are four headsets available to the general public, ranging from a simple and portable headset like Isurus, to sophisticated 5.1 headset like the Shock One. While we fully intend to explore each of the headsets in the future, today our focus is shifted towards the Thermaltake Shock headset,which falls right in the middle of the series.

Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB Virtual Surround

Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB Virtual Surround

Roccat recently sent us over the Kulo 2.0 headset. It did alright, but there were some issues. Already though, the peripheral maker has released a second edition, or an alternative version; this one coming with a virtual 7.1 surround sound card. It’s USB powered and has a reasonable price tag, but will it improve over its predecessor? Let’s see.

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System

Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System

The Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System from Antec comes with one unique feature: 3Dsst™, which is a suite of DSP algorithms that create a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. The subwoofer is rated 100W, and the sattelites 25W; the speaker system packs quite a punch and can be connected easily on optical to our preferred sound sources.

Sharkoon Universal X-TATIC SP Headset

Sharkoon Universal X-TATIC SP Headset

In this review I'll be taking a look at a really interesting set of Gaming headgear and by this I mean a headset that can be used with across three different gaming platforms called the X-TATIC SP. Sharkoon have came up with this unique headset knowing that the gaming market is ever growing, so they have created a headset that can be used with all the gaming machines out there, PC, Playstation 3 and the XBOX, simple but ingenious.

Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System

Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System

Okay, Corsair, you’ve gone too far. First you dabbled in Power Supplies and then Computer Cases, but this time you’ve crossed the line and provided us with reasonably priced Speakers!? Whoever would have thought that the prominent solid state memory producer would ever venture into the speaker market? Surely, I didn’t. Today we take a look at the Corsair SP2200 2.1 Speaker System; a 46Watt 2 Satellite, 1 Sub, Ball-O-Fire. Corsairs’ website proclaims that these speakers are, “Designed for gamers and media enthusiasts who want a compact 2.1 speaker system that doesn’t take a lot of space. It delivers big gaming sound in a small package.” Today at ThinkComputers we find out how true that statement actually is.

Ttesports Shock Gaming Headset one

Ttesports Shock Gaming Headset one

The market has exploded when it comes to gaming headsets; various companies like Roccat, Razer, Sennheiser, etc…all have released headsets and headphones specifically targeted to gamers.

TTesports have also released a few gaming headsets and today we are taking a look at their Shock One gaming headset to see what type of quality and performance we can expect from it.

 

NuForce uDAC-2 USB DAC

NuForce uDAC-2 USB DAC

With today's computing market focusing on faster processors and more powerful video cards, audio quality is usually passed off as to a degree of "it will do." Most systems come installed with integrated audio solutions that really show their limits when combined with any decent set of headphones or speakers. Unfortunately, systems such as laptops and brand name desktops cannot be upgraded with an aftermarket sound card (at least without voiding warranty for the latter). Nuforce has long been part of the solution with their uDAC line of USB digital-analogue converters (DAC). Priced at $129, will the uDAC-2 fulfill the gap between your digital musical collection and being able to enjoy it fully? Read on to find out!

Antec rockus 3D 2.1

Antec rockus 3D 2.1

If you’ve broken, lost or squashed the standard headset that comes with each Xbox 360, you don’t just have to buy another Microsoft-branded one. There are plenty of third party headsets of varying quality and some – like the GameCom X10 – can be found for less than the official version. Let’s see how it compares!

Tt eSports Shock One

Tt eSports Shock One

It comes as no surprise that Thermaltake is now breaking into the audio market following the successes of its competitors. Their new Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset distinguishes itself with flashy design and integrated DTS Surround Sensation, contrasting to the more common Dolby Headphone technology. The performance of the Shock One is important to both Thermaltake and DTS as they challenge a market filled with competition. Benchmark Reviews will be pitting the new comer against other Dolby headsets like the Corsair HS1 and Logitech G930. One thing's for sure, while many other companies chose a relatively neutral design that suits a wider audience range, the Shock One has been built from the ground up for gamers.

Plantronics Gamecom X10

Plantronics Gamecom X10

If you’ve broken, lost or squashed the standard headset that comes with each Xbox 360, you don’t just have to buy another Microsoft-branded one. There are plenty of third party headsets of varying quality and some – like the GameCom X10 – can be found for less than the official version. Let’s see how it compares!

UltraLink UFi UCube USB Speakers Pack Class-D Amplifier

UltraLink UFi UCube USB Speakers Pack Class-D Amplifier

There are numerous companies attempting at making truly portable USB speakers for your laptop. For the most part, the design boils down to a "audio bar" arrangement that hangs off your laptop. These designs, while portable, do have some draw backs compared to more typical speaker looking speakers. What if you could get truly portable speaker cubes that are not only USB powered but also provide good sound? This is the question UltraLink's eningeers must have asked and then answered. We say this as today comes word of the all new UltraLink UFi UCube USB Speakers.

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