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Save $10 On Anker's SoundCore 2, Which Runs For 24 Hours On a Charge

October 1, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Anker SoundCore 2 | $30 | Amazon

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With its 24 hour battery life, impressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and its water-resistant successor is down to $30 today, or $10 less than usual.

The SoundCore 2 still includes dual drivers and that amazing 24 hour battery; the only real differences are a slightly tweaked design and the aforementioned water resistance. That means you can take it to the pool, the beach, or even the shower without fear.


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Block Out the World With These $43 Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

October 1, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Do these TaoTronics noise-canceling Bluetooth over-ears sound as good as, say, Sony’s? I’ve tried both, and no, they don’t, but they’re really not bad! I wore them on a plane recently, and the noise cancelation made a tremendous difference.

Unsurprisingly, they’re significantly (significantly!) cheaper than name brand options at just $43 with promo code KINJAB21, and should still be able to block out a lot of the background noise around you.


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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core Headsets

September 20, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0

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ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core, a new series of gaming headsets tuned especially for first-person shooter (FPS) gaming. The headsets feature Sony-certified Hi-Res Audio and are designed to be incredibly lightweight and comfortable.

ROG Delta is the world’s first gaming headset with the industry-leading, hi-fi-grade ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC , which delivers impeccably clear and detailed sound to give serious gamers the edge they need to win. ROG Delta features a USB-C connector and comes with a USB-C to USB 2.0 adapter for gaming on PC, console or mobile devices without changing headsets. A one-of-a-kind, circular rainbow RGB lighting effect provides a stylish look that sets gamers apart on the battlefield.

ROG Delta Core is a headset with a 3.5mm connector that delivers superb sound quality and an excellent balance of features and support for the most popular gaming platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile phones, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Both ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core come equipped with exclusive ASUS Essence drivers, airtight chambers and audio signal diversion technology to deliver high-resolution sound and deep, punchy bass for full gaming immersion. Ergonomic D-shaped ear cups with ROG Hybrid ear cushions provide upgraded comfort for gaming without fatigue.

High-resolution audio for FPS gaming
ROG Delta features an ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC that provides lossless audio processing with each DAC devoting its processing power to a subset of the audible frequency range, from lows, mids, highs to ultrahighs. The four signals are then combined, which produces clearer sound with an impressive 127dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) that’s much higher than any similar technology that’s currently available in the market. As a result, gamers can hear and place in-game sounds with pinpoint accuracy, letting them precisely judge enemy distance, direction of footsteps, gunshot locations and more.

ROG Delta also features exclusive Hyper-Grounding technology that prevents electromagnetic interference via a multilayer PCB and special layout design, resulting in pure, noise-free audio. Due to this innovative technology, ROG Delta is the world’s first gaming headset with RGB lighting that is able to include an ESS QUAD DAC to unlock its full potential, providing gamers with rich, powerful audio.

Both ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core include a new generation of exclusive ASUS Essence drivers. The drivers have been updated with Audio Signal Diversion technology, giving them a circular wall that helps separate high-, low- and mid-frequency sounds, reducing interference between frequency ranges for purer and clearer audio. The drivers also feature a wide frequency response of 20Hz-40kHz to provide incredibly strong bass and optimized gaming sound, so gamers can hear every detail while enjoying an all-around immersive acoustic experience. Housing the ASUS Essence drivers is an exclusive airtight-chamber design fine-tuned by ASUS audio engineers to provide a wider soundstage and balanced output for pristine, natural-sounding audio.

Comfort for extended gaming and streaming sessions
ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core are crafted to provide excellent comfort. Both headsets have ergonomic, D-shaped ear cups that

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Logitech’s Mic’ing Up with Blue

July 31, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0

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Today, we’ve got exciting news: Logitech has agreed to acquire Blue Microphones, a leader in studio-quality microphones these past 20 years. Their products are used by music artists – legends and talents such as Bob Dylan and Imagine Dragons – so they can create their own distinctive sound in the highest quality.

And that’s not all. If you haven’t heard of Blue’s Yeti and Snowball lines of microphones, you really need to check them out. In truth, you really have heard them … on most of your favorite podcasts, streams and YouTube channels. Because if you’re not using a Blue mic, your go-to internet personalities probably are. We loved Blue and their products the moment we discovered them. And we’re convinced we can do great things together.

“Logitech’s acquisition of Blue Microphones will accelerate our entry into a growing market, and offers another way for us to help bring people’s passions (from music to blogging) to life. Joining with Blue is an adjacent opportunity for us – a new way to grow – with additional synergies related to our existing gaming, PC webcam and audio categories. It’s exciting!”

Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell

“Blue and Logitech have a lot in common. Both companies work at being small, fast and hungry, crafting great products with cutting-edge design and technology. We’re an established leader in the broadcasting space with a strong product portfolio. Logitech has design at its heart, tech know-how and global reach. Together we can do amazing things.”

John Maier, Blue Microphones CEO

For Logitech, this is a new space. But, at the same time, it’s not at all. Gamers are already using our Logitech G webcams to stream. People are video calling with friends and family thanks to Logitech every day. And in business, our audio and video know-how is apparent every time a video meeting takes place at the office. Joining up with Blue and their microphone lines is a logical adjacent opportunity with great synergies.

We can’t wait to get going!

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Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset Review

July 31, 2018 — by ThinkComputers.org0

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Ah the gaming headset, just like any type of gaming product these days the market is saturated making it hard for you the consumer to choose which headset is the best for you. Typically as consumers we grade products based on their price, but a lot of the time the quality and performance do not match the price. Today we are checking out a gaming headset that comes in at a very affordable $49, but offers some amazing performance. That headset is the Cougar Phontum which features 53 mm dual-chamber drivers, two different sizes of included earpads, and a sleek design. Cougar says this headset was “created for those who want to enjoy great audio in long gaming sessions” and we are going to put that to the test.

Special thanks to Cougar for providing the Phontum Gaming Headset to review.

Specifications
Headphone
Driver: 53mm
Sensitivity at 1KHz: 98dB/mW(1kHz)
Impedance at 1KHz: 32Ω +/- 15%
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Cable Length: 1.2m+1.8m(Detachable Cable)
Connector Type: Detachable Cable: Audio and Mic 3.5mm plug

Microphone
Type: Uni-directional noise canceling
Frequency Response: 100Hz to 10kHz
Sensitivity at 1KHZ: -45dB ± 3dB
Impedance: 2.2kΩ

Packaging
The Phontum comes in a nice retail box and keeping with the Cougar colors it black and orange. On the front there is a photo of the headset.

Flipping over to the back there is an overview of the headset going over different features, there is also a list of the main features in a few different languages.

Getting everything out of the box you have the headset, an extra smaller set of earpads, removable microphone, PC adapter with volume control and mic mute, and a user’s guide.

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Roland's latest smartphone mixer can record your entire band

July 18, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Your phone’s mic is fine for quick audio memos and the like, but if you want to record music on it, you need something a little more robust. Roland revealed a palm-sized audio mixer at CES in 2017, a little device called Go:Mixer that could record up to five audio sources to your phone. Now the company has a new version, the Go:Mixer Pro, a similarly small sound mixer that can handle up to nine instruments at one time, including powered mics, guitars, basses and other line-level instruments.

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The Go:Mixer Pro has a handy little dock to place your smartphone in while recording audio and/or video of your jam session. It works with Roland’s video apps, 4XCamera or Virtual Stage Camera, to create split screen and replace the background of your video, respectively. You power the mini mixer with your smartphone or a AAA battery, and it has a headphone output so you can monitor your performance. You can bring in backing tracks from your smartphone to sing over, and a Center Cancel function that will try and erase vocals for your very own karaoke experience. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of price or release date for this tiny mixer just yet, though you can probably safely assume it will run more than the original Go:Mixer’s $99.

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You Can Now Use Wireless Headphones With Your Nintendo Switch Thanks to This Dongle

July 13, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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If your smartphone of choice has forced you to upgrade to wireless headphones, you probably hate having to swap them out for a corded pair when you want to play your Nintendo Switch with a little privacy. The portable console doesn’t come with Bluetooth, but a tiny dongle called the Genki does, theoretically making it easy to upgrade your Switch so it plays nice with your wireless headphones.

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The Genki plugs directly into the Switch’s USB-C port, where it should have direct access to a digital stream of your game’s audio. As a result, there should be less lag than when using a Bluetooth adapter plugged into the Switch’s headphone jack, which requires digital-to-analog and then analog-to-digital conversions as extra intermediate steps. The Genki also draws all the power it needs while connected, so you’d never need to charge it separately.

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The makers of the Genki claim it actually allows two sets of wireless headphones to be connected at the same time, so you can head-to-head game with your seat mate on your next flight without disturbing other passengers. And because the USB-C port is used when the Switch is docked, the company also claims the Genki works with a USB adapter so it can be plugged in to the old-school USB port on the back of the Switch’s dock.

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The creators of the Genki have gone the crowdfunding route to help put the dongle into production, with a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign that’s already raised over $300,000. But that is in no way a guarantee that the Genki will make it into backer’s hands without any hiccups or delays once it moves towards manufacturing. If you’re willing to take the risk, a pledge of $39 gets you just the Genki dongle, or for $10 more you can get it with a USB-C adapter so that it works while the Switch is docked. It’s certainly not the cheapest Switch accessory out there, but if you spend all day long with AirPods jammed in your ears, the cost of upgrade might be well worth it.

[Kickstarter – Genki via Mobile Syrup]

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Anker Upgraded Our Readers' Favorite Bluetooth Earbuds, and They're Just $20 Today

July 13, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Our readers voted Anker’s SoundBuds Slims as their favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, but we may need a recount, as Anker recently released the upgraded SoundBuds Slim+, on sale for just $20 today, for Prime members only.

The biggest change from the original model is the inclusion of AptX encoding, which should improve sound quality with compatible devices. Anker also claims that waterproofing has been improved, though they’re both still rated as IPX5, so any change on that front is likely modest. One thing that hasn’t changed: the seven hour battery, which is excellent for earbuds of this size.


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Apple Music reportedly has more US subscribers than Spotify

July 6, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Thanks to a Wall Street Journal report in February, we knew Apple Music was poised to overtake Spotify in terms of US subscribers this summer. Well, it reportedly has happened. According to sources from Digital Music News, Apple’s streaming service now has more than 20 million paying users in the States. The report claims that Spotify also has in excess of 20 million paying customers in the US, but Apple is now in the lead. DBN didn’t mention specific numbers, but says its source is a “US-based, major [music] distributor.”

Spotify still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May. However, considering the company filed to go public in the US in April, reports that its primary competition there has made up what was once a massive lead won’t be welcome news, especially to investors. But subscriber numbers may not be the only place Spotify is lagging behind Apple.

A recent report from Music Business Worldwide offered a deep dive on the early stats both service released on Drake’s Scorpion. In the first day, Spotify notched 132.4 million streams globally while Apple Music counted 170 million. As MBW notes, there are a number of factors that could’ve contributed to this, including the fact the album appeared on Apple Music right at midnight while it wasn’t available on Spotify until a couple hours later. However, this comparison also indicates Apple Music is more popular in the US than Spotify. And when it comes to one of biggest — if not the biggest — release of the year, that’s a problem for a company trying to prove its profitability.

Earnings season is coming again soon, so we’ll probably get some exact numbers to compare then — if not before.

Nathan Ingraham contributed to this report.