In this episode we give you a look at the Astro Mixamp 5.8, the company's new accessory that allows up to four users to enjoy wireless 7.1 surround sound from their gaming console or PC. The cool thing about the Mixamp is that since it uses 5.8 GHz technology (rather than the overcrowded 2.4 GHz space,) you get nice, clear sound. This means that even late at night, you can mute your surround sound system and just have all the sound sent to the headphones - and it'll even do both game sounds as well as chat. Nice stuff!
You may have never heard of the VR1 Bluetooth headset, but it’ll go down in history as the first headset to be able to record 8 minutes worth of conversations or voice memos. The VR1 also features noise and echo cancelling, 6 hours worth of talk time, support for BT V2.1 + EDR, as well as 150 hours of standby time. You can purchase the VR1 Recordable Bluetooth headset now for $109.
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I’m sure most of you have at least one or two Bluetooth headsets by now, but here is one by i.Tech Dynamic that is perfect for a noisy environment. The i.VoicePRO 901 has “advanced noise-filtering software and voice separation technology to provide clear phone conversation.” If that isn’t enough to make your conversation clear, it also has wind resistance and echo cancellation.
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Gaming headphones are getting very popular with the MMO crowd, so it stands to reason that Creative, creators of much great technology including the S2, has given us the Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset. They will be the first of its type to feature THX TruStudio PC sound. For purists, no worries - they’ll also be available in a wired model as well.
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Motorola has a new bone-conduction headset. The Bluetooth Endeavor HX1 catches jaw vibrations that allows the user an option to speak in a normal voice even if there is ambient noise around you. Based on the same technology used by the military, the headset can be used in normal mic mode. The HX1 can go about 7 hours per charge and can be paired with multiple devices and gets spoken status updates. Look for it to appear next month.
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How clever of MoGo Talk to create this iPhone case with built-in Bluetooth headset that folds down to a 5mm thickness. Compatible with a 3G or 3GS, it has a small slit to include the MoGo headset. This makes for simplified changing of earbuds as well as recharging. The case has a talk time of about 4 hours before needing a charge and will be in limited distribution until moving on to Apple and AT&T shops. Look for a $99.00 price and an outing this July.
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iVoice’s has unveiled the Diamond-X Dual Mic Bluetooth Headset that they claim is the first to report the caller’s name from the owner’s address book. It also has auto-volume control, 200 hours of standby and 5.5 hours of talk time, and two microphones. It comes with a mini-USB power adapter, and car and wall charger. The headset also has 3 sizes of rubber ear gels for better fit and should be out this month at a price of about $100.00.
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We know you. You’re the dude that turns up your bass when you are in your car so we all have to suffer at the red lights. Skull Candy’s Skullcrushers headphones have a mini-sub woofer packed into it so that you can destroy your hearing without giving us road rage. The phones have a frequency response of 20 to 20K Hz and an impedance of 32ohm with a sensitivity of 99db. They also have both a 3.5mm stereo plug and 6.3mm adapter, and a cord length of 1.5m. Not to mention that they look cool. Find the Skullcrushers for $69.95.
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Sony’s stereo Bluetooth in-ear buds should be just the thing for joggers, travelers, or anyone else who gets tired of cords. The DR-BT160AS has over-the-ear hooks and the band encircles the back of your head. With a lithium-ion battery, you get 7 hours of play or 100 standby time before needing a recharge. Plug the transmitter into your iPod and get an effective range of 30 ft. with a frequency range of 2.4000 to 2.4835GHz. You can get the earbuds and TMR-BT8iP transmitter/receiver for $179.99.
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Emotiv’s EPOC headset will certainly change gaming as we know it. The BCI (brain computer interface) detects brain activity patterns then processes them. Over 30 differing emotions, actions, and expressions are picked up.
President and co-founder of Emotiv Systems, Tan Le, said, “Being able to control a computer with your mind is the ultimate quest of human-machine interaction.”
He added that the social aspect of gaming is the way of the future and believes that the interaction with the Wii is the first step in that direction.
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