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This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality

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,… » 2/16/15 9:20pm 2/16/15 9:20pm

Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

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. » 1/06/15 5:28pm 1/06/15 5:28pm

Dolby's Crazy Atmos Surround Sound Comes to Your Living Room (Update)

More than two years ago, Dolby trotted out Atmos, the most advanced surround sound system in history. It's been used to bring explosions and battles to deafening life in everything from Gravity to The Hobbit. It's available in hundreds of theaters and now Dolby plans to bring Atmos to your house. » 6/23/14 9:52am 6/23/14 9:52am

Razer's Surround Software Could Turn Regular Headphones Into 7.1 Cans

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… » 6/25/13 11:00am 6/25/13 11:00am

LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen

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. » 12/25/12 3:00am 12/25/12 3:00am

Razer Chimaera Headset Bumps Xbox and PC Games in 5.1 Surround Sound,…

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… » 2/22/11 1:03pm 2/22/11 1:03pm