Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 07/23/2014 10:44 AM [ 45 comment(s) ]
Join us as we test and review the ASUS Essence STX II 7.1 sound card. Asus has some very big shoes to fill and a possibly a more impressive feat of surpassing such well known audio cards, the questions stands will they succeed?
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 05/05/2014 06:04 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
We test and review the BitFenix FLO headset. A regular version is put to the test in an extensive review here at Guru3D. The stereo headset comes with nice 40mm NeoDymium drivers. Available at a fairly cheap price and four colors this set might be just what the doctor ordered, as they are sounding really nice and offer comfortable wear as well.
We test and review the all new Corsair Vengeance 2100 wireless headset. The Vengeance 2100 is an updated model from the 2000 series and works through a USB transmitter powered surround-sound ogre headset and comes with nice big 50mm drivers and revised USB drivers that include surround sound, capable of offering 16-bit/48 KHz playback. All new is a Dolby Pro Logic IIx certification and a new color theme, it's back.
Posted by: Brann Mitchell on: 09/26/2013 03:58 AM [ 3 comment(s) ]
ASUS continues its impressive audio lineup with the Xonar U7. The U7 offers 24-bit/192KHz recording and playback with 114dB SNR, S/PDIF output, 7.1 channel analog output, dedicated stereo headphone output, a volume knob, and it's all powered of a USB 2.0 port. The headphone output comes with its own DAC and adjustable gain settings, making the U7 capable of driving just about any pair of headphones to ear-splitting levels. The U7 is a discreet audio card, in a nice little package, so it also supports Dolby HTv4, including surround sound encoding. And there's also a karaoke mode. High performance in a small package, but is it any good? The U7 is surprisingly good.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 08/13/2013 08:39 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
We test and review Attitude 1 Tunguska Gaming headsets. Both the USB and the regular version are being put to the test in an extensive review here at Guru3D. The A1 USB headset works USB and offers surround-sound and comes with nice 40mm and drivers that include Virtualized 7.1 surround sound, capable of offering 16-bit/48 KHz playback.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 07/18/2013 12:05 PM [ 77 comment(s) ]
We review the Creative Labs SoundBlaster ZXR. Creative Labs has been a powerhouse force in the world of PC audio ever since there was such a concept as PC audio. They developed loads of great audio tech for gamers and were considered the pinnacle of PC gaming audio devices for quite some time. Creative Labs basically had the market cornered for many years and some diehard fans felt that during this time their designs suffered a bit. They weren’t really pushing the envelope and trying to advance the market as much as a company would if they had steady competition. As the saying goes it is great to be king!
Posted by: Brann Mitchell on: 05/01/2013 08:10 AM [ 9 comment(s) ]
The ASUS ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset are a mid-range set of cans aimed at online gamers. Meant for extended sessions of gaming, they offer very high build quality, light weight with generous padding that make them disappear on your head. The Orion Pro produce very good sound quality, gripping bass and very clear treble, and the retractable microphone is respectable with some adjustment to volume. The included Spitfire USB Audio dongle adds value, but was a mixed bag. Offering interesting features like virtual surround, FPS 'EQ', and an amp, but decreased the overall sound quality to my ears. Besides that, the Orion Pro are one of the best headsets I've tested so far, and for $120US, are a pretty good deal to boot. Highly recommended.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 07/10/2012 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
We review the ASUS Xonar Phoebus 7.1 soundcard. Gamers are not quite as strict as the audiophile market place, we would still suggest they like to have great sound, after all a great game is just that much better with high quality surround sound or headphone based audio immersing you into the action. We have been following the development of this product since the beginning and today we have a brand spanking new Phoebus 7.1 bundle in the Guru3D Audio Lab. Without any further delay, lets pull this new audio card out and check it out.
We test and review the Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless headset. The Vengeance 2000 works through a USB transmitter powered surround-sound ogre headset and comes with nice big 50mm drivers and revised USB drivers that include surround sound, capable of offering 16-bit/48 KHz playback.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 02/16/2012 03:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The ASUS Essence 1 is easily one of the most anticipated products to come along in the PC audio community in quite some time as many seen it as ASUS moving out of the general audio market and taking a shot at entry into the true high end audio marketplace. Can this new product offer excellent sound quality, features demanded by the external audio market and all for a reasonable price?
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 01/12/2012 03:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Recently, we reviewed the Axiom M3 v2 bookshelf speakers and found them to be great speaker for the price point but bookshelf speakers are only capable of reproducing the higher areas of the sonic spectrum. Bookshelf speaker based audio systems require a subwoofer to produce the lower frequency ranges that the bookshelf speakers cannot accurate reproduce. Axiom produces a subwoofer which is said to be an excellent match sonically for the M3 speakers.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 10/03/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The audio market is constantly expanding and evolving with new products for the internal and external market places. We always do what we can to bring our readers the latest and greatest information on upcoming audio products for their audio systems. So without further delays, lets get to the good stuff shall we?
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 09/15/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Today in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have a new set of AXIOM M2 v3 bookshelf speakers to run through our lab. With the new flagship cards such as the Essence series, CL Titanium HD and the Auzentech offerings, putting out great sound, you also need great playback equipment for excellent sound. Your speakers are just as important as your sound source and as the saying goes; your chain is only as strong as your weakest link.
Firestone Audio Bravo DP and Spitfire MKII DAC Review
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 09/01/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
According to Firestone Audio, their Bravo Digital Processor can convert USB to S/Pdif and also cleans and reclocks the S/PDIF signal producing a superior signal for your analog to digital converter. We have been working with many different S/Pdif based products in the Guru3D Audio Lab for quite awhile now so we are excited to have a look at the Bravo and use it for some testing. FSA also just released the second version of their popular Spitfire Digital to Analog Converter, known as the MKII version.
So without any further delay, lets have a look at the Bravo Digital Processor and the Spitfire MKII Digital to Analog converter.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 04/11/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
From time to time we hear of devices that are considered promising by other audio nuts. As the hobby of audio is more of a passion to many of us, we have to check out these devices to see or rather hear what all the fanfare is about. The PurePiper A-1 DAC is one such device that has been the topic of discussion around many of the audio circles recently. The PurePiper A-1 is said to offer excellent sound quality in comparison to the budget minded price of the device. Who is PurePiper you are probably wondering?
Armed with a phat sub, two satellite speakers and a very dandy LCD control DSP unit we'll today have a look at that Corsair Gaming Audio SP2500 speaker kit. It definitely surprised us away in terms of audio quality.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 02/17/2011 03:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
With a name like X-Meridian 2G, the guys at Auzentech have a tough act to follow, is the design up to the task? Today in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have a brand new Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G, so let's get to it and see if Auzentech can release a new version of a legendary audio card.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 12/27/2010 03:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD. This card has many aspects in common with existing X-FI designs and a few new features and modifications to appeal to the newer crop of demanding soundcards enthusiasts.
Almost a necessity these days, a good headset can mean the difference between a win and a lose. Today we test a pair of headsets from Corsair and Sharkoon, the HS1 and the Xtatic SP. The Sharkoon are aimed at console players, nicely plush and padded, they kick out some serious bass. The HS1, however, are the best headset we've tested, plush and comfortable, they did everything a headset is supposed to do, and they did it very well.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 10/07/2010 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Hailing from Taiwan, the Firestone audio company is starting to gain a lot of ground in the audio community in North America. Looking through their current sonic line up we see audio components that seem to truly be designed for the desktop audio enthusiast offering big sound in a small footprint. The word in the audio community is these guys dont play when it comes to audio. Their component are built tough and above all else built to sound great. Today, in the Guru3D Audio Lab we have two new products we can review. First we have the Mass Preamp and the Big Joe IV Class D Mono Blocks. We are excited to have a listen to these new components so lets get to the good stuff shall we?
The ASUS CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset are a mid-price headset that are actually pretty good and well worth the money. You can buy better headphones for more money, but that costs, well, more money. And these certainly have a lot of bass, so if you\'re into a lot of thump, the ASUS CineVibe will satisfy.
Posted by: Steven ROBSCIX Wall on: 07/22/2010 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
We have an exclusive sneak preview of the Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G soundcard. This card also marks a move back to the highly popular 8788 based chipset (at least for this model) that has been seen on some of the best sounding cards built to date. This card has many of the original ideas that made the XM 7.1 so popular but also has some changes that will appeal to different user types. The card is also aimed at a lower price point with a MSRP of $159.99 which appeals to a larger audience.