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Dukane Announces New Wireless RF Microphone

August 27th, 2012 master No comments

For immediate Release: For more Information Contact:Jim LocascioPhone: 630-762-4020E-mail: jlocascio@dukane.com

Dukane Announces new, Affordable RF Wireless Microphones

The Dukane WM1C1 is a RF based wireless microphone system that includes receiver, transmitter, two microphones, lavalier and charging device. The WM1C1 has 80 separate RF channels so school buildings will be able to install the wireless mic without fear of cross talk. The WM1C1 can be installed in an existing projector with a mic in port and larger speakers. this makes installation super easy. It can also be incorporated with an existing amplifier and speakers. The MAP on the WM1C1 is $249 which makes it the lowest cost RF wireless mic system available today. this will increase learning in any environment this is installed because the instructors will be heard.

Click this link for more information on the WM1C1. http://www.dukane.com/av/products/documents/specs/WM1C1.pdf

For more than fifty years, Dukane’s Audio Visual Products Division has provided schools and businesses around the world with technology solutions that helped increase learning. With a network of trained professional dealers available to provide personal and localized sales support, Dukane is committed to meeting each customer’s particular needs.

Since 1922, Dukane has been involved in the development of systems and equipment for the educational, commercial, and industrial markets. Today, the company is divided into three operating divisions which produce diversified product offerings including audio visual presentation equipment, ultrasonic assembly and payroll assistance.# # #Company/product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/orRegistered trademarks of their respective companies.Dukane Corporation, 2900 Dukane Drive, St. Charles, Illinois, 60174Phone: 630-762-4020, Fax: 630-584-5156 www.dukane.com/av

Dukane Announces New Wireless RF Microphone

Wireless Microphone Drop-Out – Avoiding the Problem

August 27th, 2012 master No comments

Despite this popularity, there are a few common problems that are associated with Radio mics. Drop-Out of signal is the big one that users are faced with however; we have a few things for you to check to help you avoid this

• Check your Antennae placement both on the transmitter and the receiver. if your receiver antennae are movable, make sure they are 90 degrees apart and also spaced1/2 wavelength apart. make sure your transmitter antennae’s are not covered-up by clothing.

• make sure you are using the correct and fresh batteries. as much as we would like, batteries don’t last forever and the more you use your systems, the quicker they die. We suggest you refrain from using rechargeable and use super alkaline branded ones.

• Check you have spaced your frequencies out enough. if you are using two or more systems, you may be conflicting against each other.it is not enough to just tune to different frequencies, they must be spaced correctly. if you are using multiple radio mic systems of the same make and model, check the manual or use the pre-set frequencies in the unit.

• make sure you are running your transmitters at least three meters from the receivers. When you are closer than three meters you can be sending too much gain which will cause problems. On the other hand, check you are not too far away from the receivers. Check your manuals for the operating distances.

• We advise you always keep ‘line of sight’ to your receivers. Basically, if you can see the receiver antennae’s, then it is a sure bet the signal can transmit back to them. Many things can block a wireless signal even a human body, so try to keep the signal path unobstructed. if you can’t maintain ‘line of sight’ you could always remote mount your antennae. if you have to use long antennae cable, make sure it is low loss cable, we recommend RG-8. if you’re also going longer than 10m of cable, it may be time to look at antennae boosters. you would be amazed at how much signal is lost over a length of cable.

• do a check that you are not getting any external RF interference to your wireless microphone systems. to do this, turn off your transmitters and see if the RF indicator is still receiving. if so, tune your systems to another frequency and try again.

• if you are using four or more wireless microphone units together, we suggest you use antennae distribution. This will allow all the units to run off a single pair of Antennae and usually off a single power supply.

• if you haven’t bought your systems yet, make sure you spend that little bit extra and get true-diversity receivers. Non-diversity receivers only have one antenna and prone to drop-out because of this.

If you are doing all of the above and still get drop-out problems, it may be your Radio Mic has a fault. call your supplier or the manufacturer and explain the checks you have done and the problem that still persists. it is also worth mentioning that after December 2012, you will not be able to run any Cordless Microphone on channels 61-69. Channel 70 will still be available to use and channel 38 is now operational for multiple wireless microphone systems.

Wireless Microphone Drop-Out – Avoiding the Problem

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HARMAN’s AKG WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual Wireless Microphone System Launches At Winter NAMM

August 26th, 2012 master No comments

ANAHEIM, California – The latest addition to the successful line of HARMAN’s AKG WMS 40 MINI series now features a dual channel receiver. The AKG WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual wireless system, launched at Winter NAMM, offers high-definition audio performance, with efficient body pack and cardioid mic transmitters, ensuring advanced, reliable and quality sound for performances.

The WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual Package is available in three sets – the Vocal, Instrumental and Mix sets. The Vocal set features two HT 40 MINI dynamic cardioid microphones and the SR 40 MINI DUAL receiver. AKG’s Instrumental set includes two PT 40 MINI body packs – the smallest transmitters in its class that lasts up to 30 hours on one AA battery –the SR 40 MINI 2 and two guitar cables, while the Mix set offers one HT 40 MINI, a PT 40 MINI and the SR 40 MINI 2.

With swivelling antennae, easy-to-read LED meterings, volume control and the on-off switch on the front of the receiver, connecting and calibrating the plug-and-play system ensures engineers and musicians spend more time playing than worrying about the wireless technology itself.

“AKG’s WMS Series has proven to be very popular in the live sound industry and we are happy to continue offering reliable equipment to better serve musicians and engineers looking for their ultimate sound with minimal equipment,” stated Thomas Umbauer, product marketing manager – PPA, AKG. “Expanding the capabilities of WMS 40 in the new Dual system exceeds the industry standards for smaller, quality wireless systems. our engineers continuously work to ensure our products offer the best in signal transmission and sound and WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual follows AKG tradition in every sense.”

The WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual system is available at an MSRP of $249.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. more than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

HARMAN’s AKG WMS 40 MINI 2 Dual Wireless Microphone System Launches At Winter NAMM

Cobra to Showcase Latest Solutions for Professional Drivers at the 2012 Great American Trucking Show

August 26th, 2012 master No comments

Industry-Leading CB Radios, Professional GPS Navigation Systems and Hands-Free-Compliant Wireless Solutions Drive Safety, Efficiency and Productivity for Trucking Community August 22, 2012 —

DALLAS, TX — (Marketwire) — 08/22/12 — the great American Trucking Show — Cobra Electronics Corporation (NASDAQ: COBR), the leading designer and marketer of Citizens Band (CB) radios, GPS navigation systems, and wireless hands-free driving solutions for professional drivers, today announced it will feature its latest trucking innovations at the great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Booth #16074. during the course of the three-day event, Cobra staff and special guest Robb Mariani, the host of American Trucker, will be meeting with loyal Cobra customers and drivers to express the company's appreciation for their long-standing support, and for the work they do. the show is taking place at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas on August 23-25, 2012.

throughout the conference, Cobra will showcase its recently announced 8000 Pro HD and 6000 Pro HD Navigation units. these state-of-the art systems have been designed from the ground up specifically to meet the demands of today's professional driver. both are packed with powerful, productivity-enhancing features including a high-definition touch screens, truck-optimized route guidance, live and predictive traffic information, free lifetime map updates, and lifetime access to the AURA™ database of speed/red-light camera locations, dangerous intersections and known speed trap locations. the 8000 Pro HD sports a 7-inch screen while the 6000 Pro HD features a 5-inch HD LCD screen.

the company will also preview its latest CB radio breakthrough, the Cobra 29 LX BT. the 29 LX BT is the industry's most advanced CB radio, leveraging Bluetooth® technology to allow truckers to connect their CB radio to their mobile phone. With the 29 LX BT, drivers can make and receive cell phone calls through the radio without ever touching their phone. Other hands-free compliant features include voice announcement of incoming callers, Caller ID display on the unit, text-to-speech conversion for listening to incoming email messages and responding to emails by simply talking. this 29 LX BT also delivers an array of additional safety and convenience features including 10 NOAA weather channels, 24×7 Emergency Weather Alerts, a four-color selectable LCD display, noise cancelling microphone, and more.

Cobra will be on-hand to demonstrate its full line of Bluetooth headsets, including the new Wireless CB Microphone system & Bluetooth Headset. this new headset pairs via Bluetooth to the driver's cell phone, and also supports CB radio conversations, allowing drivers to conduct all communications wirelessly and hands-free. this headset is designed to make driving safe, convenient and efficient for professional drivers, and is compatible with all 4-pin CB radios and all Bluetooth-enabled cell phones.

About Cobra Electronics: Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products. Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. the Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company's innovation and industry leadership. To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com. Follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic and like Us at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.

Media Contacts: Chelsea Denissen Skyya Communications (952) 746-1310 Email Contact Chris Kooistra Cobra Electronics (773) 307-8386 Email Contact

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Cobra to Showcase Latest Solutions for Professional Drivers at the 2012 Great American Trucking Show

Kevin Callahan, 53: Loved his famiy, food and fun

August 25th, 2012 master No comments

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kevin Callahan could make anything fun. From growing tomatoes to a bus ride across Ireland. if mr. Callahan was involved, there was sure to be laughter.

Oh and his laugh was epic, his daughters said.

“I could be in my room upstairs and he’d be outside in the backyard,” said his oldest daughter Maggie Callahan, trying to contain her laughter. “And he’d start laughing, and you could hear it all over the house.”

“It was just so loud,” added his second, and youngest, daughter, Mary Rose Callahan. “It was great.”

Mr. Callahan was a family man, and it wasn’t just his children who had his attention. as the Callahans prepared to move from their Cleveland, Ga., home in 2008, mr. Callahan wanted to make sure they lived close to his brother-in-law Tom Ryan. mr. Ryan’s wife, who was mr. Callahan’s baby sister, died the year before. the couple had two kids when his sister died and mr. Callahan wanted to be in striking distance, so they bought a house just down the street.

But Sunday, it was mr. Ryan who went to see about the Callahans. Kim Callahan awoke and found her husband collapsed in an upstairs hallway. She called for paramedics, but Mrs. Callahan knew her husband, with whom she’d just celebrated 24 years of marriage, was gone.

Kevin Byrne Callahan, of Roswell, died suddenly Sunday at home of unknown causes. He was 53. His body was cremated and a memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, Sandy Springs. Arrangements are being handled by Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Directors.

Sports were a huge part of mr. Callahan’s life. as a youngster growing up in Dunwoody, he played soccer and football at St. Pius X Catholic High School. as an adult, the D.C. born athlete kept the spirit alive in his daughters, coaching their recreational soccer and basketball teams as they grew up. He was an avid golf player, a skill which almost won him $1 million in a St. Pius alumni event.

In the 33-second video, posted on YouTube in 2010, you can barely make out mr. Callahan teeing off, but seconds later the ball drops into view, just short of the hole, and a quick bounce and roll later he missed the hole-in-one prize by inches.

Among his family and friends, he was as famous for that shot as he was for the Facebook updates of the tomatoes he’d grow every year, his wife said. And then there were his comical, and impromptu, performances of “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” one of his favorite songs, which he once performed on a bus trip in Ireland.

“He just took the driver’s microphone and burst into song,” his wife said. “It was hysterical, and it was Kevin.”

In addition to his wife and daughters, mr. Callahan is survived by his brothers, Neal Callahan of Pine Mountain, and Bob Callahan, Tom Callahan, John Callahan and Dennis Callahan all of metro Atlanta; and sisters Maureen Gottfried and Sheila Spikes both of Columbus, Ga.

Kevin Callahan, 53: Loved his famiy, food and fun

MEElectronics Air-Fi AF9 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Microphone Review

August 24th, 2012 master No comments

The Air-Fi AF9 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Microphone from MEElectronics is a small Bluetooth receiver (with controls and mic) and stereo headset. It provides hands-free talking and Bluetooth stereo media playback/control in a convenient-sized device providing unconnected (to your phone, anyway) use with any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Inside The Box

The AF9 comes with a generous supply of cables and rubber ear buds. You’ll get two USB charging cables (one for home and one for work, maybe?), the Bluetooth module (labeled AF1 on the side of the module), the AF9 stereo headphones, an audio extender cable that doubles the length of the headphones cable, 4 sets of ear buds in various sizes, and a clamshell carrying case.

The Headset

The AF9 Stereo headphones are of a lower build quality than the MP9s I reviewed back in 2011, but then again this whole package is only $15 more than those headphones.

They’re still noise isolating in-ear earbuds, and they have decent sound and in-ear comfort. They’re also only headphones – no mic is included on them, as it’s on the AF1 body. still, with the included extender cable they’re usable as wired headphones and their shorter main cable is a more manageable length for use with the AF1 receiver. given the hit in sound quality you take when using Bluetooth anyway, they’re quite serviceable.

The AF1 Bluetooth Receiver/Mic

This little rectangle  is the meat of this device. in the tiny 10.1 gram obelisk is your Bluetooth radio and a battery rated at 5 hours of talk or 6 hours of music playback and 100 hours standby time.

On the right side is the microphone. The top is where you’ll find a 3.5mm headset jack and the charging port. There’s a clip on the back, and four control buttons on the front. If that sounds like a lot to pack into 1.5″ X 0.5″ X 0.25″ to you, then you’re in the same boat as me. The control buttons are cramped, but fortunately they function well and have nice “click” feedback. Oh, and since this is a Bluetooth device, it includes an annoying bright blue blinking LED on the front – apparently this “make you look silly” blinking blue LED is required of all Bluetooth devices.

The supplied pair of USB-to-charging pin cables let you charge the Air-Fi off any USB port in about 4 hours.

Grab your Partner

Partnering the AF1 to a Bluetooth device is no longer the exercise in trial and error that it was in the early days. you press and hold the “multifunction” (phone symbol) button until the AF1 glows solid blue, and then you look for it (it’s called AirFi) in your pairing device’s “device scan.” It uses the PIN of 0000, which most devices will try for you when connecting a headset. I was able to pair it with ease with an iPhone4, Windows Phone 7, Android tablet, and several Win7 PCs. It seems to remember at least 4 pairings before overwriting the oldest device. It will reconnect to the last connected device automatically. in other words from a Bluetooth perspective, it works just like most other Bluetooth headsets.

What’s the Frequency

Radio performance of the Air-Fi was decent, but not earth shattering. It was rock solid at 12 feet and under, and seemed tolerant of use in areas with other radio waves about (WiFi, microwaves, wireless home phones, and who knows what else.)  beyond 12 feet out to about 30′ (less if not in sight), things get a little more hit and miss, with increases in drop outs or hiss/noise near the far end of the range. Battery life was also passable. the two charge cables mean you don’t need to carry one with you between work and home, but you’ll not make it through a whole day on a single charge if you use the Air-Fi for extended listening. You’ll also not be listening during recharges, as the unit doesn’t work when charging. in my tests of listening, the runtime was just about 6 hours. Standby lasted 4 days (paired to my desktop, sitting there, doing nothing but being on and paired.) I can’t imagine talking for 5 hours, but that seems plausible given the listen time.

Can you hear me now?

Evaluating the performance of audio gear is tricky enough when you get past a certain age, and then add-on variables like cell phone call quality and Bluetooth wireless interference, and things get downright subjective. Certainly compared to other Bluetooth headsets, call quality and my voice as heard on the other side of the call were both reasonably clear and understandable. The mic isn’t noise cancelling, so you’re going to have background noise, wind noise, and garment noise (if you’re moving) more so than with a high-end headset. Pretty much it will be no worse than with a wired headset and mic.

Music playback was acceptable as well. in a noisy environment I can’t really tell much difference between the Bluetooth stereo profile and a wired headset on MP3s, but in a quiet room with high quality audio sources, the typical Bluetooth compression/loss of dynamic range is evident.

Wearing a Wire

The whole point of these devices isn’t high-fidelity of course, it’s not being directly connected to your audio source. to achieve that you’ve got two options – either the receiver and battery are IN the headset, or they’re in some blob you plug a headset into. With the blob approach, you still end up with a wire going to the blob, with the blob clipped somewhere on you. Then your phone or other device is in your pocket or on a nearby table, or you’re using your laptop or desktop. You’re free to move around a bit, but you’ve still got a wire. The upside is far less weight on your head or ear. I found the combo to be quite comfortable for walking and talking, or exercising and listening. It was also good for use around the office taking VOIP calls & online meetings, while  allowing me to move freely about a desk-sized area without getting tangled up.

Over and Out

The Air-Fi AF9 is an inexpensive way to break the connection between your head and your phone/media playback/PC, provided they have Bluetooth support. It’s not immune from the typical drawbacks of Bluetooth, but then at this price I’d not expect it to be. The use of a completely stand-alone receiver unit with integrated mic allows you to use any headphones you’d like with a 3.5mm jack with the AF1, should you wish.


MEElectronics Air-Fi AF9 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset with Microphone Review

Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth headphones Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

August 23rd, 2012 master No comments

Parrot’s Zik headphones are about the fanciest and most high-tech Bluetooth headphones you can buy these days and you’ll have to pay a good chunk of change ($400) for the privilege of owning them.

In case you’ve never heard of Parrot, it’s a French company that’s been around a while. It’s created some sleek Bluetooth speakers, but in the U.S., at least, the company is best known for its remote-controlled AR.Drone that it frequently shows off at tech trade shows.

Now Parrot has collaborated (not for the first time) with famous French designer Philippe Starck to create Zik, a set of headphones with a dual focus on technology and design. the headphones offer a wealth of features, including touch-sensitive controls on the right earpiece, active noise-cancellation, NFC capabilities, a removable and replaceable battery, and an app for iOS and Android smartphones that acts as a virtual control panel for the headphones.

The headphones fold flat.

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Design the Ziks certainly look — and feel — like expensive headphones, with sculpted metal, swiveling armatures, and luxuriously padded earcups. I found them comfortable, though a tad on the heavy side (they weigh .72 lb.), particularly for mobile use, and they will make your ears steamy in warmer weather. they really do have an eye-catching design and a unique look. Works of art? I don’t know if I’d go quite that far, but they’re a nice departure from the Beats headphones that have become so popular.

The first thing you have to do after unboxing the headphones is insert the removable battery into its compartment in the left earpiece. that compartment was easier to access than I thought, for the cover to the earpiece adheres magnetically and you simply give a gentle tug and it comes off, exposing the battery compartment.

You can also use the Ziks as wired headphones, though that doesn’t improve the sound.

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On the bottom of the right earpiece you’ll find the power button, a Micro-USB port for charging the headphones with the included cable, and headphone jack that allows you to use the headphones as wired headphones (more on that in a minute). It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a jawbone conductor sensor in the padded earcup that detects when you’re talking, if you’re using the headphones as a headset, and directs the external microphone to focus on your voice. Parrot says the headphones have four microphones on board: two internal, two external. they combine to optimize noise cancellation and filter out background noise while you’re talking. A built-in motion sensor also detects when you remove your headphones from your ears and automatically pauses your music when you take them off. Yes, it works.

The power button is the only button on the headset. As for volume, call answer/end, pause/play, and skip track forward/back, that’s all done through touch gestures on the outside of the right earcup. You swipe up and down to control volume, and left and right to skip the track forward and back. On a couple of occasions I went to adjust the headphones on my head and, forgetting the earcup was touch-sensitive, accidentally advanced the track or paused my music. it takes a little getting used to at first, but it turns out to be remarkably convenient.

While the headphones get very high marks for design, they do have a couple of small shortcomings. the earcups have a matte finish that feels soft to the touch. That’s nice, but the finish does pick up the oil from your hands and it shows scuff marks. I don’t know what the headphones will look like after a year of use, but you’ll probably have to be pretty careful with them in order to keep them looking pristine.

It would have helped had Parrot included a better carrying case. the included one is a thin, relatively cheap cloth pouch that just doesn’t compare to the hard cases included with most headphones that cost more than $300 (Bose, for example, includes a nice carrying case with its noise-canceling headphones). That’s too bad.

The carrying case just doesn’t cut it.

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FeaturesAs I said, the Zik headphones are loaded with cutting-edge features, many of which I’ve already touched on. Some of those features are more flushed out while others are still works in progress. for instance, Parrot touts the Zik’s NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities, a feature found on only a few smartphones at this time (though it’s coming soon to more smartphones). if you have the right model, one that runs the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, you can tap on the headset to pair it and double tap to unpair it. Alas, the only NFC-enabled smartphone I had was the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Zik’s NFC feature didn’t work with it.

You control volume by simply swiping up and down on the touch-sensitive right earpiece.

(Credit:Sarah Tew/CNET)

The other big extra and a key part of the Zik package is the Parrot Audio Suite app. It’s a free download for iOS and Android devices and, as I noted, it’s really a control panel for the headphones and pretty vital to the Zik experience. From the app, you can turn the noise canceling on or off, tweak the EQ, check whether any firmware updates are available, and see how much battery life you have left.

Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth headphones Review – Watch CNET’s Video Review

Senheisser Wireless Microphones – Perfect For Home and Commercial Use

August 23rd, 2012 master No comments

Great for home use

While microphones were once used only for commercial purposes and stage shows, the trend has undergone a massive shift these days. With the advent of the computer and subsequently the internet, the use of wireless microphones for home has greatly increased. Video chats are the best examples of activities where wireless microphones are best used. whatever your usage pattern for a wireless microphone may be, it needs to satisfy certain basic requirements such as undisturbed voice quality, low fluctuations and excellent voice clarity. if there is one company that satisfies all these requirements, it is Sennheiser. this German brand is regarded the best in the world for all home microphone usage purposes. the best feature about Senheisser wireless microphone is excellent noise filtering capability. With an efficient wireless microphone in hand, you have a high level of freedom. You are not confined to a limited boundary because there are no wires attached. You can move around the house and get on with your chores while still using the microphone for whatever purpose required.

Whether you are organizing a musical night, a music recording or making public announcements, Senheiser wireless microphones are the best. With a heightened level of voice clarity, your audience will be able to reciprocate to you better. the show that you organize will be more enjoyable. further, there will be no unwanted voice and noise disturbances. Senheisser microphones are the ultimate choice of professionals such as event organizers. the long battery backup of the microphone along with uninterrupted voice transmission makes this phone the preferred choice. During stage shows, it gives the artists a greater freedom to move around without having to bother about holding the microphone exactly in from of their mouths because the voice and signal capture feature in the microphone is superlative.

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Senheisser Wireless Microphones – Perfect For Home and Commercial Use

For Gamers, a Headset That Helps Pinpoint Opponents

August 22nd, 2012 master No comments

the A50 wireless headset from Astro Gaming features Dolby 7.1 surround sound and 5.8 GHz KleerNet technology.

Astro Gaming has long designed premium headsets for video game aficionados, and its latest, the A50 wireless headset, updates it for fans.

Designed with comfort and functionality in mind, the headset appears bulky but is actually light and flexible. And the Dolby 7.1 surround sound is crystal clear. You can hear the direction of every footstep of your enemy combatants, every shell casing dropped from a fired gun, all delivered wirelessly at 5.8 GHz via KleerNet technology.

The headset has three sound modes: Astro’s preset for gameplay, a flatter mode for undistorted audio and a third intended for music and movies. the sound and volume controls are tucked out of the way behind the right ear cup. it may take a bit of practice of fiddling blindly with the tiny controls to set them right.

The smartest update in this model is the integration of Astro’s MixAmp technology into the ear cup. Previously, the MixAmp had a separate control box. now, a quick touch on the outside of the cup allows you to balance the sounds of the video game with the voices of other players. This adds a bit more weight to the headset, but it’s hardly noticeable.

Astro added a few other features specifically for gamers, like the noise-canceling microphone that mutes when it’s flipped up. And the comfortable cups are large enough to fit over the ears, allowing gamers to play longer without having red, sore ears when they’re done.

The headset, which Astro sells on its Web site for $300, is compatible with PCs and Xbox and PS3 gaming consoles. the life of its integrated lithium-ion battery is 10 to 12 hours, depending on your gameplay, and the headset comes with a stand for recharging (because you have to sleep sometime).

For Gamers, a Headset That Helps Pinpoint Opponents

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Jabra US Supreme: Perfect companion

August 21st, 2012 master No comments

UNIFIED Communication, also known as UC, makes it easier for people to connect, communicate and work together. and choosing the right headset can make all the difference. Enter the Jabra Supreme UC Bluetooth headset which the Copenhagen, Denmark-based company said can help users get more from their UC experience with quality sound, easy connectivity and all-day comfort.

The headset’s state-of-the-art sound technologies such as HD Voice and Active Noise Cancellation ensure a more natural audio experience and crystal clear voice transmission for you and the person you are speaking with. it uses one dedicated microphone and an electronic chipset to generate an “anti-noise” sound, removing ambient noise heard by the person wearing the headset. This technology, said Jabra, ensures that whether the headset is being on-the-go on a mobile phone or with a UC platform in a noisy office setting. the Supreme UC also features Noise Blackout 3.0, which dramatically reduces background noise that is transmitted to the person on the other end of the line.

Ralph Ede, Jabra managing director for South Asia, said the US Supreme can connect to almost any Bluetooth-enabled device, especially Apple products, and make and take calls from your PC using the latest softphone UC clients.  the last three feet, he said, usually determines how good a communication will be.

The audio company, which is also the world’s top designer of hearing aids, bridges the gap and promises a better unified communication experience for the end-user.

Workers, Ede said, are now mobile and no longer deskbound. they also use smartphones increasingly for work and play, now more widely known as the BYOD concept for bring your own device.

The Supreme headset offers improved UC experience for mobile users. the patented flip-boom arm combines high audio quality with easy handling and storage. Simply unfold the flip-boom arm to switch ‘on’ and fold up to switch ‘off.’ When in use, the microphone sits comfortably and close to your mouth. When not in use, it folds up neatly and conveniently to pocket size for easy storage.

It also comes with a Bluetooth USB adaptor which is pre-paired with the headset, making it easy to connect to the PC and get started.

Ede said Bluetooth headsets are actually safer than wired ones that usually come with the mobile phone device. the wired headsets, he said, act as antenna where radiation can travel.

When asked for details, the Jabra executive said the safety of people who use headsets is of utmost importance to the company, and Jabra continuously monitors research and results published in the area of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation.

“Extensive independent research over more than 30 years has investigated the risk of adverse health effects related to the use of wireless devices like headsets or mobile phones and scientific knowledge in this area is quite extensive with more than 25,000 articles published.

Based on this comprehensive insight the World Health Organization concludes that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields from wireless headsets based on digital enhance cordless technology and Bluetooth,” Ede said.

Target consumers are mobile workers and early adapters of technologies. the headset will retail for $149.

Jabra US Supreme: Perfect companion