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Gaming headsets are all the rage but when we heard about the all wood construction of the Sound BlasterX Kratos S5 2.1 Gaming Speaker System we had to get hands on a set. Being fans of the original Sound Blaster products our enthusiasm extends to the Sound BlasterX series of products and the Kratos S5 coming in at a pocket friendly $129.00 (When on sale $99.99) we wondered what the return to wood speaker boxes had to offer.
Having been around since before the dinosaurs our very first experience with a sound card came in the form of a “Multimedia Upgrade Kit” from Sound Blaster. Adlib had a similar kit for $30 less but we went with Sound Blaster because the name was cooler. The kit consisted of an ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) sound card, 1x speed CDROM and a small set of unpowered speakers. The tag on that was $469.00 and we were the first ones to have a multimedia computer in a University of 6000 students. Fast forward more years than we care to comment on and Creative Labs sends us the Sound BlasterX AE-5 7.1 Channel 32-bit 384KHz sound card to have a shot at.
Corsair is no stranger to the gaming headset market. Its VOID line of gaming headsets blends futuristic design with superb audio quality and exceptional comfort. In fact, the VOID Pro RGB is widely considered by many gamers as one of the best headsets. Retailed at $100, the VOID Pro RGB is certainly not a cheap investment for a budget conscious gamer. This is where the latest addition to the Corsair headset family, the HS50, could be the choice for you. Retailed at $49.99, the HS50 is a stereo gaming headset that could just be the headset that delivers the immersive gaming experience that you wish for without asking for a lot of money. We shall find out.
Whether you’re a gamer or a person with a love for music a good headset goes a long way. The Hyperx Cloud Revolver S could be the one you have been looking for. With its lightweight, edgy look, and comfort the Hyperx Cloud Revolver S is a top competitor in the ever-growing gaming headset world.
E'nod Mini Ring - True Wireless Headphones
The E'nod Mini Ring is another contender in the rapidly expanding true wireless headphone market. This pair of true wireless rechargeable earpods are based upon Bluetooth 4.2 technology. Paired with a rechargeable 500mAh charging case and a Nano coating which provides an IP4 resistance rating, the Mini Ring is designed with the active lifestyle user in mind. Currently, it is a great time to start considering making the jump over to a true wireless earpod. As the market floods with new device options premium prices for the technology begin to decline, buyers can start to get well made products at lower prices. The E'nod Mini Ring comes with a price point of $79.99 USD. With so many similar devices on the market, I feel quality control will be possibly the main deciding factor when choosing the Mini Ring, let's see how the device holds up. Thanks for choosing Proclockers.com.
Cooler Master set out to create a budget friendly headset with only the necessary features that also can stand up to extensive abuse from day to day use. So they invented the MasterPulse MH320 headset that is both for the casual gamer as well as the general pc user. Armed with a flexible steel headband instead of a plastic one Proclockers believes this headset has some potential lets takes a closer look.
With just how connected the world is today, a microphone is more of a necessity these days and less of a luxury. Applications such as TeamSpeak and Discord have made online gaming much easier and much more accessible while apps like Skype have moved meetings from conference rooms to living rooms. However, a low-quality mic can make you sound distorted and muffled, making it harder for people to hear you clearly. This can cause you to lose a match online, or make a bad impression on a potential employer.
As any streamer or YouTuber will tell you, a high-quality mic is a must have on the desk of any potential content creator. There are several viable options beyond integrated camera mics. You can always set up an audio interface with an XLR microphone but that can get very expensive even though it offers the best quality. Most people go with a simple plug and play USB mic, though they are usually hit or miss. I was very excited when ASUS launched their ROG Magnus USB microphone. Since ASUS doesn’t affix the ROG logo to just any old product, I expected nothing but good things from this mic. So, let’s see how it did.