Headsets, Audio Boosters Unveiled For Gamers
By Lisa Johnston On Oct 3 2011 - 3:01am
NEW YORK —
from CTA Digital, Creative Technology
were introduced recently, including a
USB audio device from the latter.
The Sound Blaster Recon3D from
can be used
with a number of gaming systems, including
the Xbox 360, PlayStation3,
PCs and Macs. Shaped similar to a
gaming mouse, it’s designed to improve
the audio playback quality and experience
with THX TruStudio Pro, a suite
of audio enhancements developed by
Creative and THX audio engineers. It
also features Dolby Digital technology,
enabled via the optical input, to provide
full 5.1 surround decoding over a gaming
headset, the company said.
Other features include dedicated
controls for instant access
to volume, mic boost
and THX TruStudio Pro audio
a Scout Mode that lets users
pinpoint targets in firstperson
and a premium headphone/
Micro USB ,
out, and aux in or optical
in with Dolby Digital Decoding for
headphone surround sound.
Users are not required to install drivers,
making it ideal for portable gaming
and tournaments, the company noted.
Computer gamers can install the included
software on their PC or Mac and set
up audio profiles using THX TruStudio
Pro settings, which can then be saved
on the Sound Blaster Recon3D for use
with an Xbox 360 or PS3.
The THX TruStudio Pro features
THX TruStudio Pro Crystalizer, which
reportedly restores low- and high-end
frequency curves lost to compression;
THX TruStudio Pro Surround, said to
provide 360-degree surround sound;
and THX TruStudio Pro Smart Volume,
which ensures consistent volume levels.
It also has THX TruStudio Pro Dialog
Plus to enhance voices in games and
movies, and THX TruStudio Pro Bass,
which fills in the missing low frequency
tones and give the extra impact for a
better entertainment experience, according
to the company.
The Sound Blaster Recon3D is
scheduled to be available this month for
Creative also recently took the wraps
off other Sound Blaster products, this
time the next generation of its Sound
Blaster gaming headsets. All of the
headsets are designed for the Xbox
360 but can also be used with the
PlayStation3, PCs and Macs.
The Sound Blaster
design. It has a
amplifier with sepa- rate voice
and game audio controls the company
said, but still maintains a lightweight design.
Pricing is listed as $89.99.
The Tactic360 Ion gaming headset
has 40mm drivers and the powered
headset amplifier. Pricing wasn’t available.
ear cups, a
and a detachable
mic. It comes with
THX TruStudio Pro
Finally, the Tactic3D
($199) has 50mm drivers,
a detachable noise-canceling
microphone and the THX TruStudio Pro
software. The wireless transmitter connects
via USB or aux-in.
Lake Forest, Calif.-based Compu-Expert
a gaming headset
with its Teknmotion
Yapster Blaster amplified
universal headset. The universal
over-ear headset, which has
40mm neodymium drivers, is powered
by XJacker Soniq Rush amplification
technology. Frequency range is listed at
20Hz to 20,000Hz.
It features a multi-articulated metal
mic boom, in-line volume and mic controls,
and standard 3.5 mm jacks and
multiple included adapters. Suggested
retail is $29.99. It’s currently available.
, based in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
introduced its Deluxe Power Grip for
the Nintendo 3DS. This device intends
to pull double duty as both a battery
booster and a comfort booster.
The silicone-constructed Deluxe Power
Grip snaps on to the 3DS, giving it
more of a console-style feel and allowing
longer gaming sessions, CTA said.
The 3DS controls, headphone jack, sliders
and game slots all remain accessible
when the Deluxe Power Grip is attached.
It comes with a USB cable for charging,
or the original 3DS AC adapter can
be used, allowing the 3DS to double its
battery life. It also has a lock-on latch
to keep the grip mounted to the 3DS
securely, and an LED battery indicator
light. The stand base snaps into two positions
to adjust the game playing angle
for player preference, and it features a
slot for storing an extra 3DS game.
Pricing wasn’t given. The device is