Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you're about to hear,…
Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear. So why am I writing this post? The company has added 3D positional audio to its already mindblowing Crescent Bay demo, and it's even better than before.
We'd all love to be able to blast sound to the high heavens, but sadly, most of us lack the space and/or patient neighbors willing to put up with it. Well today, gaming gear giant Razer is announcing new software that it claims will be able to turn your ordinary headphones into a professional-grade set that emulates…
Not everybody has the available floor space or audiophilic conviction for 9.1 surround sound—sometimes just a sound bar or even headphones may suffice. With the wall of sound-producing devices that LG just unveiled, finding a system to match your situation should be a cinch—even if it is 9.1 surround.
For the most part, itty-bitty satellite speakers are just all right—a compromise made for convenience. The new Boston Acoustics SoundWare S system looks like it might actually be able to blow up a room with sound.
There are a metric shitton of 7.1 surround sound gaming headsets in existence. They fake it, mostly, with virtual surround sound. Razer's Tiamat 7.1 headset, though, pushes surround sound into your skull with 10 discrete drivers.
Before you get yourself in a tizzy about how 3D audio is an inventive gimmick worse than 3D TV's, watch and listen to the video. What you're hearing is raw audio—none of the sound has been tinkered with.
The less cords the better, I say, and if your Xbox controller is already wireless why deal with a headset that keeps you tethered to it? That's like one of those chains that goes from your lip piercing to your nipple piercing. Anywho, Razer's new Chimaera headset, which works with both the Xbox 360 and PC, pumps out…
Click to viewStreaming Netflix to your PS3 is about to get a whole lot nicer. Starting next week you'll be able to stream Instant Watch content without the Netflix disc—Hallelujah!—as well as watch some content in 1080i with 5.1-channel surround sound.
Mad Catz has debuted a new line of gaming headsets for the launch of Call of Duty: Spec Ops. Coming in varieties for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC commandos, the headsets feature 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and detachable microphones.
If you want a packaged home theater that'll soak your eyeballs in three-dee and fill your ears with THX-certified boom, Onkyo's HT-S9300THX will oblige. It has seven theater loudspeakers, a 12" sub, and works with all the latest 3D gear.
If you're in the market for a 5.1 sound system, the Logitech Z506 sounds like it could be a decent deal at only $99. There aren't too many details aside from the price though:
Reading up on this totally fresh neoHD receiver tells me that Yamaha—unlike its competition—is trying hard to keep up with the rapidly changing home theater situation, particularly where HD video is concerned.
According to our poll "Do You Have a Surround Sound Setup?," 76% of the total respondents had either a HTIB or a system they compiled from separate components. That beats virtual surround respondents nearly 11 to 1.
Surround sound is awesome, but how many people actually use it? Is it true surround sound or virtual surround sound? Is the system hooked up correctly? Let's find out.