Surround Sound

  • Cheap Zalman surround-sound headset looks like it would make you top-heavy

    Cheap Zalman surround-sound headset looks like it would make you top-heavy

    Not all of us have room for surround sound setups in our tiny studio apartments, which we’re thinking about moving out of because they’re going to raise the rent again. And some of us just don’t want the tangle of wires to deal with. Enter the growing market of surround-sound headsets, of which it appears the first bargain bin sets are hitting the streets. Zalman is a… Read More

  • Psyko's 5.1 headphones are totally insane

    Psyko's 5.1 headphones are totally insane

    I’ve tried on some true surround-sound headphones before, and let me tell you that it really does make a difference. The ones I tried though, although they sported multiple speakers within the cups, aren’t nearly as radical as this setup from Psyko Audio. How would you like to actually have speakers all around your head? The Psyko solution, it must be said, will almost certainly be… Read More

  • Sony DAV-F200: Small footprint home theater

    Sony DAV-F200: Small footprint home theater

    STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION. That’s one way to describe Sony’s new Bravia home theater setup, the DAV-F200. Another, less boisterous way to describe it is by calling it what it is: a virtual surround sound, um, home theater setup. While “virtual” surround setups have gotten better over the years (so says one of the guys who calls into Leo Laporte’s radio show… Read More

  • Onkyo's entry-level 5.1 system gets reviewed

    [photopress:onkyo304frnt400.jpg,full,center] I’m nuts about home theater, it’s true. But that’s because I’m something of an audiophile as well as a videophile, natch. I think it’s great that we can have near-cinema-style experiences in our own homes without it costing nearly half as much as it did just a few short years ago. The centerpiece of any good home… Read More

  • The random endorsement: surround sound

    [photopress:endorsess.jpg,full,right] Big deal, Kennedy endorsed Obama. Today I endorse surround sound and I fully expect sales to increase one million fold. Yes, after a brief hiatus in which I spent my time watching Home and Garden TV and refreshing Drudge every eight seconds, I return today with the endorsements. No doubt many of you don’t give a damn what I think—you have… Read More

  • Sony's Pint-Size Home Theater In a Box

    Sony's Pint-Size Home Theater In a Box


    The Sony Bravia DAV-IS10 is the stealth bomber of home theater systems. You won’t even know it’s there, thanks to five tiny micro-satellite speakers, each of which is about the size of a baby’s fist. The desktop PC-size subwoofer sits in the corner of a room and pumps out some pretty intense bottom end, while the digital amp/DVD player does some fancy digital processing to… Read More

  • Logitech Announces G51 Gaming Surround Speakers, More Lifelike Frags

    Logitech Announces G51 Gaming Surround Speakers, More Lifelike Frags


    Another day, another very decent 5.1 gaming-centric PC surround system. I had a chance to play a FPS with these suckers at a Logitech briefing a few months back, and for a minute I thought the back of my skull had been pierced. Full specs and press release after the jump. And they ship in October for about $200. Read More

  • Turtle Beach Launches Revolutionary Surround-sound Headphones

    Turtle Beach Launches Revolutionary Surround-sound Headphones

    Are you ready for a revolution? Well, are you? Turtle Beach is bringing it full force with the Ear Force AK-R8 and its goal is to be at the top of the PC gaming headphone heap. The headset features a total of eight speakers and dual sub-woofers, all professional grade and perfectly tuned for serious gamers. The USB-powered juggernaut offers true surround sound and that ain’t no joke… Read More

  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook

    Aside from having one of the longest product names I’ve seen in weeks, this new Creative card looks like a pretty useful little utility for your laptop. If you want some seriously good sound to come from your notebook, better slap this ExpressCard in it. It offers Creative’s X-Fi Crystallizer, which offers stunningly detailed sound that truly lives up beyond the hype of a name. Read More

  • Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony's TDM-NC1 Cube

    Stream Surround Sound Music With Sony's TDM-NC1 Cube

    Sony sure does smell a potential market with this wireless media streaming stuff. (Don’t want to be late to the party this time, right Sony?) This odd looking fellow is the Digital Media Port Wi-Fi Client, or the TDM-NC1. Like the similarly styled iPod dock before it, this $200 cube, which should hit stores in June, integrates into a Bravia-branded home theater setup via the digital… Read More

  • Dragon's Lair Coming To Blu-Ray

    Dragon's Lair Coming To Blu-Ray

    When the word “Laserdisc” comes to mind, I think of three things: Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, and failed technology. Luckily, nostalgic fans of the animated Dragon’s Lair will be excited to know that it will be coming back in the form of a Blu-ray disc. Come April 9th, you’ll be able to leap over pits, fight dragons, and walk through dark corridors in HD with… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Where's That Sound?

    The AudioFile: Where's That Sound?


    What’s a hard-core gamer or action-movie lover to do about having late-night fragging sessions or Matrix screenings without driving their spouse or neighbors nuts? While there are plenty of consumer 5.1-channel headphones on the market, if you want cans that give you a truly convincing surround-sound listening experience, you’ve got to be a military sonar operator or aircraft pilot. Read More

  • Help Key: How to Set Up Surround Sound Speakers

    Help Key: How to Set Up Surround Sound Speakers


    Anyone can put a boom box on the shelf and turn it on; but setting up a set of surround sound speakers, and getting the optimal audio fidelity takes a little more effort. Speakers are often considered the soul of your system, and generally 50% of your total budget should be spent on the speakers. The first thing to consider is the size of the room, followed by what you listen to the most. Are… Read More

  • Fraunhofer IIS MP3 Surround Encoder Turns Your Stereo Tracks To 5.1


    Looking for a new stereophonic sound spectacular from your MP3s? Download the Fraunhofer IIS MP3 Surround player, MP3 Surround encoder and the MP3 Stereo eXtended converter. The no-cost eval apps, which are free of any watermarks, DRM or spyware, can be used to upgrade regular MP3 stereo files into MP3 Surround files. There’s an MP3 Surround streaming module too, for Internet radio… Read More

  • Review: KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System

    Review: KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System

    If you’re looking for a home theater system that is affordable, sexy and sounds fantastic, look no further than the KEF 3000 Series Home Theater System. The system features a set four satellite speakers, a center channel speaker and a subwoofer. Each of the speakers is backed up by KEF’s Uni-Q driver, which boosts the mids and lows to output a better overall audio experience. Read More

  • Logitech Drops Stereo-to-Surround Sound Upconverting Speakers for Gamers

    , and Logitech does not want to be left out of the coven. It’s kicking down this new series of speakers for gamers that takes old-fashioned 2-channel stereophonic output and upconverts it using voodoo. And if for some reason you’re a gamer with a flat panel, the center speaker has a nifty clip so you can mount it atop your LCD. Logitech says the speaker packages are an… Read More

  • Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers

    Altec Lansing USB 5.1 Speakers


    Here’s a strange duck. Although Bose is doing this with their Companion line, these Altec Lansing speakers are USB only and include audio in and out but no optical connector. Presumably these speakers use a driver on the PC to smooth out the audio and create the surround-sound effect. It also includes a remote. Priced at $249.95, they’re an interesting idea. Not sure how… Read More