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ASUS have released a number of top quality sound cards the past few years under the Xonar line, catering to the Audiophiles as well with the Essence sub-models, having released the ST, STX and Xense versions. However, during CeBIT this year ASUS showed off an upcoming fourth Essence model dubbed "Essence One", which seemed to somewhat slip under the radar. Link, review snippet and a couple pics after the jump...
CM Storm showed off to a select few at CES in Las Vegas this past year, the Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound headset. CM is not only targeting the gaming enthusiast but the true audiophile. Consisting of front, rear, center and a sub the Sirus promises to make a splash in the audio category. But what makes the Sirus stand out besides its clear and precise sound but the Tactical Mixing Console. The Console allows the user the ability adjust the speakers and the sub individually.
The last system we took a look at was from Eagletech. A nice little system that had decent sound quality at low to mid volume levels. Today, we will be taking a look at a set of speaker from a company that may not be as well known as Logitech or Creative but promises to offer sound quality just as good. The Genius SW-G2.1 1250 is a four piece system that comes with two satellites, woof and controller station.
I got a chance to review the Arctic Sound P321’s a while back, letting you know they were a good and affordable set. As such, I made sure to let Arctic know that I'd love to get my hands on their upgraded Professional 5.1 Gamer headset. Well my wish was granted, and I found a set waiting at home for me after work. Now I know I’ve talked about how I always skimped out on the audio side of things, but I had been trying to change that. I had hoped to improve my first person skills a little and to enjoy my music a bit more, so I had been looking at upgrading my audio. While keeping my eyes open for a great deal for this audio upgrade I became big fan of Newegg’s shell shocker deals, and over the last year I’ve gotten pretty lucky and picked up a set of Creative Fatality Gaming Headset and the Creative Fatality sound card. Those two really are meant to be together and truly provide a boost to your listening pleasure by improving the overall sound quality. So I must admit I’m a bit spoiled, which sadly to say despite my pleasant experience with the P321, was not that confident that the P531’s would be able to compete with the paired, high priced (before shell shocker) Creative set.
Our friends at MUKii have sent over their CharWise CS Mini Cooling Pad, which also comes equipped with speakers for all of those not happy with their netbook's built-in solutions. So as it cools your system to a safe level, it can provide you with a better way to listen to your favorite tunes at the same time, and at a level that is suitable for others to enjoy if you want.
As Big Brother cracks down on cell phone usage while driving, along with their claims that texting and driving is hazardous to everyone else on the road, I’ve started to look into Bluetooth options. Specifically something that I can use with both my phone and iPod. I’ve tried the little earpieces over the years, but the sound quality for music isn’t there. I gave the wired ear buds with a mic a try, but the wires always got in the way or got tangled up in my pocket. So when I saw that ARCTIC Sound had the P311 available I thought I would give them a try.
Most of my time on the PC nowadays is spent NOT gaming! Sad I know, I spend more time doing homework, socializing, voice chat/Google voice phone calls, listening to music and watching HULU reruns of shows I forgot to TiVo. So I find myself needing something like the P321 to fill all those roles, not something like the $300+ Psyko 5.1 gaming headphones which are awesome for gaming, but not for all the rest.