Thursday, July 28, 2016

New for IFA 2016: Introducing the beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO

New for IFA 2016: Introducing the beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO- An Exceptional Headphone for Sound Engineers and Hi-Fi Enthusiasts

Heilbronn, Germany, July 27, 2016 - The beyerdynamic legend continues as the audio specialist introduces it's newest professional headphone at IFA 2016: the DT 1990 PRO. The newest chapter in the acclaimed DT PRO studio series (DT 770 PRO, DT 880 PRO, DT 990 PRO, and DT 1770 PRO), the DT 1990 PRO delivers absolute precision with reproducible results, whether in the studio or for personal use. 
The difference is Tesla 
The DT 1990 PRO contains beyerdynamic's exclusive Tesla technology, creating high levels of efficiency with distortion-free sound reproduction across all signal levels. The highly-responsive Tesla transducers utilize extremely fine copper wires (half as thick as a human hair), which are also used in the successful DT 1770 PRO. In the case of the DT 1770 PRO, however, the transducers are integrated in a closed system, making the headphones suitable for loud environments. 

The DT 1990 PRO is designed for use in a soundproof studio setting. Its open back design extracts the utmost detail from the audio signal, while the construction of exclusive components and titanium-coated acoustic fabric makes every knob movement on the mixing desk audible. Subtle variations can be picked up like an acoustic magnifying glass. 

While an excellent tool for the studio, the DT 1990 PRO never loses sight of music appreciation. Its precise and spatial reproduction make the DT 1990 PRO the ideal headphones for music producers, sound engineers, and hi-fi enthusiasts alike. 

Comfort and quality: Made in Germany
High-tech materials ensure optimal wearing comfort. The memory foam-filled ear pads offer the perfect, virtually unrivaled fit- enabling prolonged listening sessions without feeling excessive pressure or heat on the ears. The sound can also be tuned thanks to replaceable ear pads, as two variants are supplied with the headphones. One favors neutral, analytical sound, while the other tends towards a warmer tuning with more bass.

The DT 1990 PRO includes two detachable cables with mini-XLR connectors, allowing professionals to choose between a straight or coiled cable to suit their needs. The headphones can also be protected from impact during everyday studio use by a high-quality transport case. The robust construction and extensive supply of complimentary parts play their roll in ensuring that the DT 1990 PRO is a long-term investment. 
The new top model in the beyerdynamic pro series will be showcased at IFA in Berlin from September 2-7, 2016 (Hall 1.2, stand 204). The DT 1990 PRO will be available worldwide in September from authorized dealers, and

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Technical Data

Transducer TypeDynamic
Operating PrincipleOpen
Frequency Response5 - 40,000 Hz
Nominal Impedance250 ohm
Nominal SPL102 dB SPL (1 mW / 500 Hz)
Maximum SPL125 dB SPL (200 mW / 500 Hz)
T.H.D.< 0.05% (1 mW / 500 Hz)
Nominal Power Handling Capacity200 mW
Sound Coupling to the Ear Circumaural
Nominal Headband PressureApprox. 6.6 N
Weight (without cable)370 g
Length and Type of Cable3 m / straight cable or
5 m / coiled cable (stretched), each detachable with 3-pin 
mini-XLR cable connector, single-sided 
ConnectionGold-plated mini stereo jack 3.5 mm 
& 1/4" adapter (6.35 mm)

About beyerdynamic

Over 90 years experience in developing audio electronics
beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG, Heilbronn, stands for innovative audio products with the highest sound quality and pioneering technology. 

Two business divisions - audio systems and headphones - provide tailored solutions for professional and private users. All products are developed in Germany and primarily manufactured by hand - from hi-fi headphones to stage microphones and conference and interpretation systems. 

beyerdynamic, Inc. is a branch office based in Farmingdale, NY, which serves as a distribution office for the whole North American region.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HyperX Announces New Gears of War Gaming Headset

HyperX Announces New Gears of War Gaming Headset

  • Matches Xbox™ One S Gears of War® 4 Limited Edition Bundle (2TB) & Xbox Wireless Controller - Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition
  • Gears of War Custom Design
  • Ships in September; First Look at Comic-Con International: San Diego

Fountain Valley, CA – July 19, 2016 – HyperX, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its second official Xbox® licensed gaming headset, CloudX Revolver Gears of War. The headset is co-designed with Microsoft® and The Coalition®, the studio developing Gears of War 4, featuring a gritty, battle-weathered design to complement the recently announced Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle (2TB) and Xbox One Wireless Controller*- Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition to offer fans a complete gaming set up that shows their Gears pride.
This headset has been tested and approved by Microsoft, with additional compatibility for Windows. It has a 3.5mm (4 Pole) plug** and 2M PC extension cable and features studio-grade sound stage that lets you hear your opponent more accurately from further away, making it ideal for FPS and open environment gameplay. In-line audio control makes it easy to adjust the volume and mute the microphone right from the cable. For the ultimate in comfort, HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War features a genuine leather headband and high-quality, award-winning HyperX memory foam that lets you play for hours. Its solid steel frame is built for long-lasting durability, and the detachable noise-cancellation microphone results in clearer voice quality and reduced background noise for a better in-game chat experience. It’s certified by TeamSpeak™ and Discord, and compatible with SkypeTM, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall.
Fans attending Comic-Con International: San Diego will get a first look at the headset starting Preview Night, July 20, at the Xbox (Booth 100) and at the NERD HQ event being held at the New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Attendees will be able to preorder the headset onsite through GameStop at the Xbox (booth). Gears fans will also see the headset at the first ever official Gears eSports Open North American event in Columbus, Ohio July 30-31. HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War gaming headset will be used throughout the tournament as over 200 teams compete to qualify for 32 spots in the semi-finals and a chance at the $50,000 (USD) prize pool.
“Gears of War 4 is one of the highly anticipated games of the year and begins a new era in the Gears franchise with new heroes, new enemies and new features never before seen in a Gears of War game,” said Jerry Chu, Director of Licensing at The Coalition. “We are proud to work with HyperX in developing a headset that is harmonious with the Gears look and feel, and most importantly, immerses gamers into our universe to bring the experience alive.” 
“HyperX is excited to be working with Microsoft to offer gamers a headset that enhances their Gears of War gaming experience,” said Daniel Kelley, director of marketing, HyperX. “Working with them and The Coalition, we are able to bring our signature HyperX comfort and sound quality along with bold Gears styling to Xbox One gamers and Gears fans alike. We cannot wait to show it off at Comic-Con and give fans the first opportunity to buy it.”
HyperX Cloud Revolver Gears of War is backed by a two-year warranty and legendary HyperX reliability.
HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors over 30 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including Brasil Game ShowChina JoyDreamHackESL Onegamescom and PAX.
For more information visit the HyperX home page.

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gears of War Specifications:
·         Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
·         Type: Circumaural, Closed back
·         Frequency response:12Hz–28,000 Hz
·         Impedance: 33 Ω
·         Sound Pressure Level: 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
·         T.H.D.: < 2%
·         Input Power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW
·         Weight: 364g
·         Weight w/ mic and cable: 380g
·         Cable length and type: Headset (1.3m) + Audio Control Box (2m)
·         Connection: Headset - 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + Audio Control Box - 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

·         Element: Electret condenser microphone
·         Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-canceling
·         Frequency response: 50Hz–18,000 Hz
·         Sensitivity: -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
*Adapter required for Xbox One™ controllers with no 3.5mm port. (Adapter sold separately).
** Compatible with devices with CTIA standard connectors.

HyperX can be found on:

About The Coalition 
The Coalition® is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals from around the world who are united in their passion for “Gears of War.” Located in Vancouver, Canada, the studio is dedicated to pushing the “Gears” franchise to new heights with its belief that if you want to go far, go together.
About HyperX
HyperX® is a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent memory manufacturer. Established in 2002, HyperX is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please call 800-337-8410 or visit

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Creative iRoar Rock Mini Subwoofer for the iRoar Review

Creative has come out with some excellent products. Their line of Roar wireless Bluetooth speaker systems is one of them. We recently reviewed their top of the line iRoar. You don’t get much more advanced then the iRoar with it’s loaded features. It even has a small built-in subwoofer to give it some bass response. It would be extremely difficult to improve the sound of the iRoar, but Creative found a way. It came by way of the iRoar Rock. The iRoar Rock is a subwoofer that the iRoar mounts on top of.

Features and specs:
    • Operating temperature
      0°C to 45°C
    • Fast Charge for Creative iRoar
      2-3 hours
    • Interface
      Docking Expansion Port
    • Driver Size
    • Input
      100 - 240V ~ 50/60Hz 600mA
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
      160 x 245 x 150mm
    • Weight
    • Length of power cord
      Approx. 1.8m
    • Weight of power cord
      Approx. 150g each
    The iRoar Rock came shipped in a nice looking box with photos of the iRoar Rock, and it’s specs. It was protected, held by custom molded foam. Pulling it out revealed a great looking subwoofer. The iRoar Rock features a 3.75” driver in a wood enclosure with a port on the side. Materials used in the construction is mostly wood, with some plastic and metal. Quality of materials used is very good. The same can be said of the fit and finish. The iRock looks and feels well made. And I really like that they used wood for the enclosure. Also included was the owner’s manual, and an array of power cords so no matter where in the world you live, you will have power for your iRoar Rock.
    I like the design of the iRoar Rock. The wood enclosure is great. And while the subwoofer is not very big at 3.75”, it is in a  good sized enclosure. And the port on the side should help provide some good bass. And the mount on the top makes connecting the iRoar is very easy! Having the driver front mounted so you can see it in action is icing on the cake. I can’t wait to hear how it performs.

    Using the Rock proved to be very simple.  It was just a matter of plugging it in, and setting the iRoar on top of it.  The entire top of the Rock is recessed, so the iRoar docks in it, holding it in place.  The iRoar fits in it like a glove, which also helps ensure the connector on the top of the Rock line up with the connector on the bottom of the iRoar.  It truly was as simple as turning on the Rock, setting the iRoar in place in the dock, and turning on the iRoar.  The Rock immediately recognized the iRoar.  And it was then time to jam!

    The Rock is appropriately named.  It rocks!  I was impressed with the output it gave for how small the 3.75" driver is.  It isn't room shacking, obviously.  But it definitely added more low end extension and output than the sub built-into the iRoar.  To test it, I turned to some of my old school favorite 80's tunes, streamed from our previously reviewed HTC One M9, like Information Society: What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy).  Bass had good depth, impact, and played with good authority with only being slightly muddy.  Simple Minds: Don't You Forget About Me had very good definition in the kick drum in the intro of the song, as if I was right there next to the kick drum.  It sounded like my son and nephew pounding on their drum sets.  It had great depth, impact, and sounded more natural than I was expecting at this price point!  New Order: Blue Monday, the bass beats were extremely fast, crisp, and nice and tight and clean.  And it played with good authority.  ZZ Top: Gimme All You Lovin, had the same great low end extension with tight bass and played with authority.  I actually got a little too confident in the small iRock, and tried playing Also Sprach Zarathustra.   It did ok, but with the contra bass, and pipe organ, playing under 20 cycles was not in the cards.  And just for fun, I went back to New Order: Blue Monday.  I listened to the intro with the Rock, and then turned off the Rock.  It sounded ok with the small subwoofer built into the iRoar.  But when I turned the Rock back on....big difference.  The Rock is a definite MUST have with the iRoar!

    For what it is, hats off to the Rock.  It is a perfect companion to the iRoar!  The iRoar Rock takes an excellent sounding portable iRoar and gives it a great lift in bass response.  The Rock helps make the iRoar a great fit for a sound system in an auxiliary room like a den, bedroom, or dorm room.  With an MSRP of $149 the Rock is well priced.  Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the Rock has earned our Highly Recommended Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at


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    Monday, July 11, 2016



    Posted today on the Sony Blog, Drinkbox Studios, developer of popular titles including Guacamelee! and Mutant Blobs Attack, are pleased to announced that starting Wednesday, July 13, all of their PS Vita titles will be available in a single special-priced bundle via the PlayStation(r) Store.

    The "Drinkbox Vita Collection" includes:

    Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack – Designed for the PlayStation Vita as a launch title, Mutant Blobs Attack puts you in control of a hungry blob who escapes from the confines of an evil scientist’s lab and sets out to seek revenge on all mankind.

    Mutant Blobs Attack Trailer -

    Guacamelee! - A “Metroidvania” style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican-inspired world. The special bundle also includes two DLC packs that were released for the game: A costume pack which allows you to change the appearance and gameplay statistics of your character, and El Diablo’s Domain, a series of challenge levels with completion rewards.

    Guacamelee! is also a cross-buy title, so you’ll be able to download the PS3 versions of all of these items as well!

    Guacamelee! Launch Trailer -

    Severed – The latest PS Vita game from Drinkbox, Severed is custom-crafted for the PS Vita, making heavy use of the touchscreen for combat and the D-pad for navigation (lefties can use the face buttons for navigation). Severed has you playing as Sasha, a one-armed warrior who embarks on a journey through a surreal fantasy world in search of her missing family.

    Severed Release Trailer -

    If you haven’t had a chance to try out Drinkbox’s Vita games, then now is your chance!

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    Friday, July 1, 2016

    EPV Launches its Peregrine eFinity EDGE FREE® ISF Certified White Screen

    EPV Launches its Peregrine eFinity EDGE FREE® ISF Certified White Screen

    Peregrine eFinity small
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    The Peregrine eFinity Series by EPV Screens is an ISF certified white home theater screen for the dedicated custom install sales channel. It features an internal-framework with the wraparound material that is better known as an EDGE FREE® design.
    "EDGE FREE® " comes from the absence of an external framework or “edge” as seen in traditional designs. It is a more aesthetically pleasing format that also maximizes the viewing area into a smaller space footprint without compromising the screen’s structural integrity. It includes a micro-thin 5.1 mm black bezel and a LED backlighting kit with Infrared remote control.
    EPV's Peregrine eFinity provides reference quality images using EPV’s ChromaWhite front projection material. This is an ISF Certified projection surface that provides top-tier performance in producing accurate color rendition that exceeds the highest requirements of color purists as well as the industry’s leading integrators. The ChromaWhite material has a 1.25 Gain reflectivity and a very wide viewing angle with full lambertian diffusion.
    For more information about EPV, please write to

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