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ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices

  ASUSTOR Announces Compatibility for ASUS Xonar Series USB DAC Devices ASUSTOR integrates four USB DAC devices from ASUS including the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3, providing users with a rich and full hi-fi listening experience. Taipei, Taiwan, April 15th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has added support for USB digital-to-analog audio converters (DAC) giving ASUSTOR users the ability to use a USB DAC to increase the quality of audio output from their NAS devices. A USB DAC can be conveniently used in concert with ASUSTOR’s SoundsGood music player App to provide users with a heightened listening experience featuring fuller and deeper sound. Featured in this integration of USB DAC devices are four models from ASUS. These models include the Xonar Essence III, Xonar Essence One, Xonar Essence STU and Xonar U3. “Today’s NAS applications have evolved from the traditional storage and backup functions as demand for multimedia functionality has taken off,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “ASUSTOR has made great efforts to support the increasing multimedia demands of NAS users by providing compatibility for a wide range of peripherals. With this integration of USB DAC devices, ASUSTOR users will be able to savor a fully enhanced hi-fi listening experience when playing music from their NAS.” The exclusive SoundsGood Web music pl...



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Biostar A88W Hi-Fi 3D ATX Motherboard Review

In the past several months, the push for Home Theater PC's (HTPC's for short) has started to grow wildly. The allure of a fully modular home theater machine that does more than just play your movies or music is simply too strong for many to resist, and rightfully so. Oftentimes the question we may ask is "What platform should I build a HTPC on?" The answers vary wildly based on individual hardware preferences. AMD seems to think that one of the best choices out there for the discerning HTPC enthusiast lies with their newest Kaveri APU. While there are many choices out there of associated hardware, with more on the way, Biostar has one now that appeals directly to the audiophile: the A88W Hi-Fi 3D. Designed with both a high-end isolated audio solution and potential for tuning an unlocked APU, this motherboard looks to be a very sensible choice for those who want a little bit from every buffet of tech; the question is, "does it deliver finely tuned notes for enthusiasts of all kinds, or does it fall flat?" We're here to find out just that.



GX Gaming Zabius Headset is Now Available in North America

GX Gaming Zabius Headset is Now Available in North America Experience Explosive Gaming Sound on PS3, XBOX 360, PC and Mac March 27, 2014, Chino, California – GX Gaming,the professional gaming peripheral line by Genius, has launched the Zabius universal gaming headset. This comfortable universal headset system thoroughly brings crystal clear audio from each of its 40mm drivers with explosive bass and pulsing tones to the gaming battlefield on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. Compatible with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, PCs, and Mac Connected by a 3 meter (10 foot) long anti-tangle cable, the in-line controller allows gamers to switch between XBOX 360, PS3, and PC/Mac mode and adjust chat and volume settings on the fly. GX Gaming Style The Zabius gaming headset brings that extra touch of style to any gaming system. Accompanied by 40mm neodymium drivers for crisp, clear sounds, the stealthy black exterior framing, aggressive red trimming, and cool metallic finish ushers gaming style in true GX-Gaming fashion. Brilliant red LED illumination flashes along with the bass. Comfortable for Long Gaming Sessions Comfortable to wear during long gaming sessions, the Zabius’s durable, lightweight framing lowers its center of gravity to evenly distribute headset weight. The ear cup and headband cushions are lined with dynamic fibers designed for active heat and sweat dissipation. Users can adjust the Zabius for a comfortable fit with individually positioned swivel ear pieces a...



Arctic – Rich Sound in vibrant Colors

    Rich Sound in vibrant Colors 6 Reasons, why ARCTIC meets all tastes with the new version of the Mini Sound-System S111 ARCTIC has given his successful mini sound-system S111 a new coat of paint – and provides no fewer than six reasons why the new version of the speaker duo really meets all tastes: 1) From now the small sound genius shines not only as usual in elegant silver … 2) … but also in maritime blue … 3) … in bright pink … 4) … in pure white … 5) … in deep black … 6) … and in gleaming lime! What has remained the same is the unexpected sound quality of the mini boxes which outpace any conventional laptop speakers with more powerful sound and higher volume levels. USB Power dispenses all electrical outlets and batteries . With just 200 g for each of the two 7cm³ cubic speakers, the S111 fits comfortably into any pocket. As a perfect companionit provides the best sound wherever you are. QUICK FACTS S111 - Bold Colours including: Silver, Blue, Pink, White, Black, Lime - USB Powered Speakers - Sleek and compact Design - 3.5mm Jack – compatible with Desktop PCs, Laptops - Well balanced Bass and Vocals for a natural Sound We are selling at USD $16.90 , get them now at: Plantinum Mirco  Amazon Newegg Arctic



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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Review

Introduction As we all know, digital audio has been around for awhile and is practically a standard on most of our audio devices. Unfortunately, there are still select motherboards out there that don’t offer a digital output, so we’re stuck using an analog connection and laptops that only offer an analog audio jack. Cambridge Audio has the solution with their DacMagic XS. It’s a pocket size device that connects via any USB port and converts the audio to a digital signal.   Before we get started, let’s see what Cambridge has to say about it. Listening to music on your computer is brilliant – instant, easy access to all your digital files and a world of streaming services, internet radio and video sites. The cheap headphone output of a typical laptop or computer is simply not good enough to get the best from your headphones. The DacMagic XS USB DAC / Headphone Amp is an instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output. It connects quickly and easily to any USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended.



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Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock review

Are you tired of continuously reconnecting cables to your laptop, but don't want to buy the specific docking station for your laptop? Or, perhaps you have multiple systems that you use daily. Personally, I run multiple systems from home and constantly switch between systems that require more then a remote desktop connection. Diamond Media has a solution for these scenarios. Introducing the DS3900 Docking station! Cconnected via a USB, the DS3900 allows you to keep your primary peripherals connected to the dock and switch over with a single cable swap. Before we get started, here's a little about Diamond.



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Diamond BTM300 Bluetooth Receiver review

Introduction Are you getting tired of hauling around a portable speaker to every room because your favorite music is stored on your phone? Maybe you’re having a party and want to liven it up with a non-stop playlist and want it to going through your non-Wi-Fi enabled surround system? Diamond Media may have the solution you’re looking for with the Diamond BTM300, a pocket size Bluetooth receiver capable of streaming music from a Bluetooth compatible device to your home stereo. You can also take it on the go and continue listening in your car. Not enough for you? It also acts as a hands-free speaker with its built-in microphone. Today we’ll find out if this pocket receiver has what it takes to deliver quality sound in the gamer’s realm or if the notes fall flat. Before we get started, here’s a little about Diamond. For over two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and a key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Our mission is to provide our customers with the latest quality technology combined with outstanding service and support. Diamond offers a complete multimedia solution featuring AMD Radeon graphics cards, TV tuners, USB display adapters, video capture devices, sound cards, modems, and electronics accessories all from one convenient location. Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America and Europe through retailers, resellers and systems i...



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Feenix Unveils the Aria, a Studio Grade Headphone & Mic for Gamers

Introduction On February 20, 2014 In LOS ANGELES,  Feenix, the peripheral firm for luxury gaming instruments, debuted the Aria. The Aria is a headset that introduces gamers to audiophile level sound quality. Gamers can now experience their favorite titles the way sound engineers intended .The headset’s acoustic chamber is constructed entirely of Japanese pine (wood) for a warm, rich sound, and the 100% memory foam and protein leather ear cushions completely surround the ear for comfort and breathability during prolonged use. The Aria headset is currently available for pre-order at FeenixCollection.com for $349. Features Headphone & Mic: Studio quality 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers Feenix Engineering and Workmanship, hand checks and assembly Japanese Pine for excellent acoustic environment 100% Memory foam and protein leather earcushions Independent clip microphone with excellent uni-directional recording Specifications Driver unit: 50mm Impedance: 64 ohm Sensitivity: 101dB Frequency Response: 10Hz~26KHz Weight: 370g About Feenix Feenix s an independently owned company that creates the finest gaming peripherals available today. Feenix’s team of designers enjoys complete creative freedom when engineering the highest quality gaming instruments. With build quality being a top priority, each product is meticulously assembled and hand checked before being shipped to its owner. Feenix’s passion for gaming fuels its pursuit for product perfection. Please visit www....



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BitFenix Flo Headset review

There’s a new audio product on the market. Bitfenix has released their new Flo headset. The Flo is supposedly optimized for stellar sound. The claim that its recision-tuned acoustic chambers (equipped with 40mm Neodymium drivers) ensure great dynamic balance. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable microphone and the headset is compatible with PCs, mobile devices and gaming consoles. Continue reading to find out if this headset delivers the audio quality and decibels gamers are waiting to hear.



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Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres 500 Headset Review

Gaming headsets are one of the most popular peripherals today for most gamers. Whether you are a PC or console gamer you probably at one point had some kind of headset that you used and abused. Today we find that many manufacturers are developing a vast array of headsets for both gaming consoles like the PS3/PS4 and Xbox, and for PC users as well. However, It's not often you find a headset that can be used for both. While some do exist, your options are much more limited. So this brings us to today. We are going to be looking at a gaming headset that might bring the best of both worlds. We have in our hands today the Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres 500 Headset. The sleek look of the white and black aesthetics really makes a statement. The first overall impression of the Ceres 500 is very strong. Of course, at a glance feel and touch isn't enough for most of us. With the number of hours we spend in front of the TV or PC, we need to know it performs well, is comfortable, and has great durability for long heavy use. Let's dive in and see if the Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres 500 Headset ticks off all the boxes.



No sound unheard: ROCCAT starts shipping Kave XTD 5.1 Digital

Introduction In Hamburg on 30 January 2014 ROCCAT™ Studios Announced the availability of the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital gaming headset in Europe and North America. This true 5.1 gaming headset is the flagship version of the new Kave XTD series.This Headset provides true, rich 5.1 surround sound with it’s three driver units per side aligned at a 12° angle, this headset delivers an immersive and crisp sound. This headset weighs 25% less then the original Kave 5.1 headset. The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital was nominated for the “Best Hardware” award at gamescom 2013. The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital gaming headset is available now for 169.99 Euro or approximately 230.00 USD   Features REAL 5.1 SURROUND SOUND with three driver units per earcup PREMIUM INBUILT MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND CARD for rich, interference-free audio SMARTPHONE TO HEADSET BLUETOOTH PAIRING let’s you handle calls on the fly FULLY-EQUIPPED DESKTOP REMOTE total audio control at your fingertips SUPREME COMFORT: ULTRA-LIGHT DESIGN suitable for lengthy gaming sessions NOISE-CANCELLING MIC WITH MUTE LED fully rotatable and completely removable ROBUST AND DURABLE ENGINEERING built to last for long-term use 5.1 SPEAKER PORTS FEATURE IN REMOTE for a seamless hook-up to your existing sound system TANGLE-PROOF 3.6M CABLE for distraction-free gameplay Specifications CENTER/FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS Frequency response: 20~20.000Hz Max. SPL at 1kHz: 115±3dB Max. input power: 50mW Drive diameter front: 40mm Drive diameter rear: 4...



Func HS-260 Gaming Headset, now available!

Introduction On January 27th, 2013. Func announced that their HS-260 Gaming Headset is now available through selected resellers.The HS-260 has been designed to assist you with comfortable, breathable ear cups and an extremely accurate sound image. The closed ear cup design blocks background noise allowing you to stay focused on your game, with intuitive controls located on the ear cup for easy access. This allows you to keep your eyes focused on the screen, eliminating distractions. The added features of the removable microphone and detachable cord solution ensure that you have a well-rounded, multi-functional gaming headset. This headset comes with an MSRP of $ 79.95.   Specifications Driver: 50mm, tuned and paired Acoustic construction: Closed Frequency response: 20-20 000 Hz Impedance: 32 Ω Cable length: 3m Connection: 2 x 3.5m About Func Func was founded 1999 by a group of gamers and is one of the oldest gaming brands on the market. When Func released the first products, it hit the market in a spectacular way. The double-sided Func Surface 1030 won awards from nearly every major site and magazine in the industry.  



 
 
 
 
 
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Func HS-260 Gaming Headset

Func is continuing the foray into the component market, and this time it's the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the HS-260. This set of cans brings convenience and versatility to consumers, as the HS-260 has some some advanced audio features included, while looking to keep things simple and functional. The HS-260 looks sleek, is lightweight, versatile, and reasonably priced at about $80. But what about performance? Indeed, this is where headsets make their reputations, so let's take a closer look and see just how well the Func HS-260 gaming headset performs.



Func Launches HS-260 Gaming Headset

  Func is continuing their foray into the component market, and time it’s the audio arena with the launch of a new gaming headset, the HS-260. This set of cans brings convenience and versatility to consumers, as the HS-260 has some some advanced audio features included, while looking to keep things simple and functional. “The goal with the HS-260 is to meet the increasing need of customizable, analogue stereo headset. Through our research we discovered that our target group demands highly functional, easy to use headsets. We also identified that in order to fully enjoy the gaming experience the end user required clear, crisp immersive audio.”     Below are the features and specifications for the Func HS-260 headset: 50mm driver A larger driver tends to deliver a more powerful sound, which in turn delivers deeper bass reproduction. The sound image also benefits from greater resolution in terms of audio clairty, which means that you will be able to hear and distinguish a much more detailed sound image. Intuitive control interface integration The HS-260 has been designed to integrate the sound and volume controls intuitively on the headset itself. When these controls are found on an in-line control on the headset cord, it tends to get stuck on your table, chair or wrapped in your clothes. With the controls being directly integrated onto the headset, it helps to eliminate distractions such as looking for the volume/mute control while you are in...



 
 
 
 
 
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Edifier e1100 Predator 2.1 Speakers

The Predator speaker system has one of those one of a kind designs to it give it that unique sci-fi appearance. The speaker system contains 2-inch satellite speakers and a 5-inch downward firing subwoofer that produce a total output of 20 watts rms. Will this sci-fi inspired 2.1 speaker system blend in with your sci-fi addiction and offer a good value in performance? Read on to find out!






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