Audio

Sound Blaster Roar 2 review: the Swiss army knife of Bluetooth speakers

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The Roar 2 feels like the result of a bet between engineers: How many features can you cram into a Bluetooth speaker without making it too big, complex or expensive? Creative’s engineers must be excellent, because the Roar 2 manages to fit in a laundry list’s worth into a very small space: voice recording, MicroSD playback, NFC, USB audio, portable …

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Fnatic Duel modular gaming headset review: TMA-2 goes esports

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The Fnatic Duel is something special: a modular gaming headset. That means you can set it up as a lightweight set of headphones for your smartphone, or as a more immersive headset for gaming at your PC. The headphones have an impressive sonic pedigree as well, as they’re actually a rebranded version of AIAIAI’s well-regarded TMA-2 headphones. It seems like a match …

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MPOW Armor Plus Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker review

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These MPOW Armor Plus speakers boast a rugged design, long battery life and excellent sound quality. Sometimes these online descriptions are more than a little generous, so let’s see how closely they match up. These MPOW Armor Plus speakers boast a rugged design, long battery life and excellent sound quality. Sometimes these online descriptions are more than a little generous, …

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Creative Aurvana ANC noise cancelling headphones review

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Whether you’re working or just enjoying music, there’s nothing that distracts as much as outside noise. You can get some good noise cancellation out of some well-fitting in-ear headphones, but after a certain point you need something more powerful: active noise cancellation. Today, we’re looking at the Aurvana ANC, Creative’s new active noise-cancelling headphones. Here’s our review.

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Sound Blaster Evo Wireless review: Bluetooth headphones for gamers

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It isn’t often that you find Bluetooth headphones for gamers, but that’s exactly what you get with the Creative Sound Blaster Evo Wireless. They cost a fair chunk of change at £50, so we’re hoping for great sound and solid build quality in addition to the flexibility offered by a triple-mode 3.5mm, USB and Bluetooth headset. We put ’em to the …

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StarTech.com 7.1 USB Audio Adapter External Sound Card with SPDIF Digital Audio review

  Today we’re looking at a 7.1 USB sound card from StarTech.com. USB sound cards are ideal as replacements for broken on-board sound cards, particularly on laptops or small factor systems where installing a PCI or PCI-e sound card isn’t a viable option. This one is a good-sized unit, offering a range of analogue and digital ports including analogue 7.1 …

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Speedlink Medusa 5.1 USB headset review: once a Gorgon, always a Gorgon

German company Speedlink isn’t the most well-known peripheral maker, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make an excellent piece of kit at an attractive price point (for example, their rather good Kudos Z-9 mouse). Today, we’re looking at another PC gaming peripheral with a good amount of potential: their Medusa 5.1 USB headset. If Speedlink could deliver sound and comfort at …

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