When it comes to tech reviews, it’s rare to cover products that are more than a few months old — maybe a year at the absolute most. Yet today, we’re looking at an almost uniquely enduring piece of technology, which first debuted in 2009: the Blue Microphones Yeti.
This USB microphone is billed as ‘the ultimate professional USB microphone’, and that’s not an empty boast. I’ve heard this microphone recommended for podcasters and game streamers for most of the past decade, with thousands swearing by its audio quality and ease of use. Finally though, I get to put it to the test — let’s begin!Features & [...]
Truly wireless earbuds. Apple’s AirPods are the best known example, but there are plenty of clever boffins in labs turning out these super portable headphones. The properly wireless design makes them feel magical, but it also brings some challenges. Today, we’ll be testing the Soundbeats Q29 to see how these £40 wireless earbuds measure up.Specifications and FeaturesBluetooth 4.1 (HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP) 45mAh polymer lithium battery 5.3 grams each Comes with charging case, USB cable, 3 pairs of eartips, user manualDesign
The Q29 have a simple design; they are in-ear headphones that terminate in a blob of plastic instead of the traditional wires. Each [...]
I’ve always daydreamed about being a professional musician. Sure, having fame and wealth would be nice, but what really drives me is the chance to spend some quality time with some high-end audio equipment.
Our review unit today isn’t high-end by any stretch of the imagination, but it does look pretty legitimate. It’s the Aukey GD-G1 Condenser Microphone. In one box, you get a golden microphone (!), a pop filter, a shock mount and a boom arm — not bad for less than thirty quid on Amazon.
Let’s see whether it’ll / feed my audiophile fantasy / or be a rough return to reality / in our rapid fire review.Aukey GC-G1 Contents [...]
Today we’re looking at the £25 Jelly Comb Wireless TV headphones. These headphones connect to any 3.5mm or stereo phono source via a low-latency wireless transmission, and are intended to be used with a TV. Let’s see how they perform.Design
These Jelly Comb wireless TV headphones come as two components: a set of circumaural headphones and a small transmitter box.
The transmitter is a small ovaloid box, with glossy black plastic on the top and matte plastic on the bottom. An LED shows when it is turned on at the top, while the side has its Micro USB power input, a power switch and a 3.5mm input.
A 3.5mm to dual phono adapter is provided, as [...]
The Speedlink Capo is a £20 (or cheaper!) USB microphone that can be used with the included desk stand or as a handheld unit. As this is XSReviews, our primary use case will be for PC gaming. Let’s get started!http://xsreviews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Recording-11.m4a Features & SpecificationsDesktop and handheld mic for PC USB connector Integrated sound chip Lightweight and ergonomic On/off switch for quick muting Secure and adjustable stand with stable base Easy plug-and-play installation Weighs 75 grams 2 metre cableDesign
The Speedlink Capo USB has a simple design, with a small but traditionally arranged hand-held microphone, held in an [...]
Creative’s Sound Blaster remains a legendary name in PC gaming, although today’s gamers might be more familiar with the company’s speakers and headphones than their iconic sound card. Today we’re looking at the Sound BlasterX Kratos S3, a 2.1 desktop speaker system with a focus on gaming that retails for just under £70.Features & Specifications92W 2.1 system w/ analogue connector (3.5mm) satellites: 158 x 95 x 102mm, 0.5~0.6 kilograms subwoofer: 227 x 170 x 227mm, 2.4 kilograms 2-year limited hardware warrantyDesign
The Kratos S3 have a typical gamer design, made from glossy black plastic, matte black wood and a few red accents. [...]