audio

  • Review: TDK 3 Speaker Boombox


    Short version: Beautifully styled, modern, and very loud, but USB issues take this from a cool and functional device to a questionable one. (Update: TDK released a firmware update the day after this review published which fixes the USB issues. I installed it myself and it works perfectly; devices will ship with updated firmware starting now, and owners should be able to download the update… Read More

  • Psyko Expands Surround Sound Headphone Line With Carbon, Krypton

    I’ve seen Psyko at the last two CESes, both times with their original product, a headset that uses a totally unique system to provide real surround sound. But they’ve finally put out two new headsets, both refinements to the original design. Read More

  • Thanko's Cassette Mate Converts Old Cassette Tapes To MP3

    Looks like the cassette tape could be undergoing a renaissance thanks to Thanko. The Cassette Mate from Thanko, connects to a PC and rips cassette audio. The included software comes with all the features one would need to convert audio and split up tracks. The Cassette Mate costs only $30 and is available here. [via Ubergizmo] Read More

  • Nikon Announces ME-1 DSLR-Style Mic For Your New D5100

    So Nikon just put out its new D5100, a consumer-oriented movie and photo machine that competes with Canon’s T3i for consumers looking for both great stills and cinematic video. But a problem DSLRs face with video is the poor sound quality — they generally have weak little pinhole mics that suck wind and sound worse than cell phones. You can get a third-party mic, but it looks… Read More

  • This Car Stereo Eats Phone Books With Its Bass

    I think we can all agree that while bass is an important part of most music, there is a limit past which it is pointless to amplify that part of the sound spectrum. This video is about going so far beyond that point that the sound starts being measured in gut punches rather than decibels. That poor phonebook never had a chance. Read More

  • Gemini Introduces FirstMix, A USB DJ Controller For Noobs

    Gemini is known for making some pretty cool DJ equipment and mixers. Today they released FirstMix, a USB DJ controller with two scratch wheels, rotaries and a cross fader. The controller sources music from iTunes or any other music library and plays them in the included Cross LE DJ software. The controller also works with Traktor, Virtual DJ and Algoriddim’s DJAY and other popular DJ… Read More

  • Logitech Releases Their New Flagship 5.1 System, The Z906

    All of us at CrunchGear can testify that Logitech makes solid audio gear. The Z623s are a good deal, the G35 headset is a monster, and Greg says he’s been using the Z5500 5.1 system happily for several years now. Well, Logitech’s new Z906 is meant to replace that last one: it’s a brand-new 500-watt 5.1 system selling for the totally reasonable price of $350 not quite as… Read More

  • Review: Razer Ferox Portable Speakers


    Short version: These tiny speakers are more powerful than you’d think, but still not quite capable enough for anything but casual use around the house. Gamers at the very least will be disappointed, though they’re handy for the occasional TV show or spontaneous music-sharing moment. Read More

  • Review: AKG K840 And K830 Wireless Headphones


    Short version: These headphones are expensive, but they’re also light, compact, and sound great. Pro tip: opt for the Kleer version, as it adds both range and fidelity for a pretty reasonable increase in price. Read More

  • Krator Desktop Speakers Inspired By Sydney Opera House

    Distinctive yet tasteful desktop speakers are hard to come by; I was always slightly jealous of my Mac friends and their cool Harmon Kardon Soundsticks (not that they were only for Mac, but you know what I mean), since the best PC speakers from Logitech and Klipsch have always been… not ugly, certainly, but not stylish, either. Read More

  • Razer's Chimaera Gaming Headset Shipping In April For $200

    Looking for a new headset for your 360 audio pleasures? You might have heard of the Chimaera when it was announced back at CES. They weren’t quite fully baked back then, but they’re ready for your dollar now. I just hope you’re well-provided with said dollars, because these wireless surround sound headphones ain’t cheap. Read More

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