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LG's Modular Sound Bar Is Good, Newfangled Fun LG's Modular Sound Bar Is Good, Newfangled Fun

With the new Sound Bar Flex, LG didn’t make the world’s best sound bar. It’s actually a bit of a stretch to call the modular, three-piece speaker system a sound bar at all. And at $430, the (mostly) wireless setup isn’t quite a bargain either. You know what, though? The Sound Bar Flex sure is fun to use.

This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality

Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you're about to hear,…

Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great

Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear. So why am I writing this post? The company has added 3D positional audio to its already mindblowing Crescent Bay demo, and it's even better than before.

Dolby's Crazy Atmos Surround Sound Comes to Your Living Room (Update) Dolby's Crazy Atmos Surround Sound Comes to Your Living Room (Update)

More than two years ago, Dolby trotted out Atmos, the most advanced surround sound system in history. It's been used to bring explosions and battles to deafening life in everything from Gravity to The Hobbit. It's available in hundreds of theaters and now Dolby plans to bring Atmos to your house.

Razer's Surround Software Could Turn Regular Headphones Into 7.1 Cans Razer's Surround Software Could Turn Regular Headphones Into 7.1 Cans

We'd all love to be able to blast sound to the high heavens, but sadly, most of us lack the space and/or patient neighbors willing to put up with it. Well today, gaming gear giant Razer is announcing new software that it claims will be able to turn your ordinary headphones into a professional-grade set that emulates…

LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen

Not everybody has the available floor space or audiophilic conviction for 9.1 surround sound—sometimes just a sound bar or even headphones may suffice. With the wall of sound-producing devices that LG just unveiled, finding a system to match your situation should be a cinch—even if it is 9.1 surround.

You Can Hear Dolby’s New 64-Speaker Audio in Pixar’s Brave You Can Hear Dolby’s New 64-Speaker Audio in Pixar’s Brave

This weekend, the world will get its first chance to experience the latest sounds from the cinema audio nerds at Dolby. Pixar's new animated feature, Brave, is the first film to use Dolby's new Atmos technology, which makes 7.1 sound on Toy Story 3 seem pathetic.

Boston Acoustics SoundWare S System Explodes With Sound Invisibly Boston Acoustics SoundWare S System Explodes With Sound Invisibly

For the most part, itty-bitty satellite speakers are just all right—a compromise made for convenience. The new Boston Acoustics SoundWare S system looks like it might actually be able to blow up a room with sound.

The Marijuana of Virtual Surround Sound The Marijuana of Virtual Surround Sound

Yamaha has a history of making excellent sound bars—some of which cost as much as a full set of speakers. This new $300 model is the gateway drug of all-in-one systems: It's so gonna get your broke-ass hooked.

Razer Tiamat: The First Legit 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Carpet Bombs Your Eardrums With 10 Discrete Drivers Razer Tiamat: The First Legit 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Carpet Bombs Your Eardrums With 10 Discrete Drivers

There are a metric shitton of 7.1 surround sound gaming headsets in existence. They fake it, mostly, with virtual surround sound. Razer's Tiamat 7.1 headset, though, pushes surround sound into your skull with 10 discrete drivers.

3D That Doesn't Suck: The Mitra 3D Microphone Pro (Yup, 3D Audio) 3D That Doesn't Suck: The Mitra 3D Microphone Pro (Yup, 3D Audio)

Before you get yourself in a tizzy about how 3D audio is an inventive gimmick worse than 3D TV's, watch and listen to the video. What you're hearing is raw audio—none of the sound has been tinkered with.

Razer Chimaera Headset Bumps Xbox and PC Games in 5.1 Surround Sound, Sans Wires Razer Chimaera Headset Bumps Xbox and PC Games in 5.1 Surround Sound, Sans Wires

The less cords the better, I say, and if your Xbox controller is already wireless why deal with a headset that keeps you tethered to it? That's like one of those chains that goes from your lip piercing to your nipple piercing. Anywho, Razer's new Chimaera headset, which works with both the Xbox 360 and PC, pumps out…

Netflix Streaming on PS3 Gets 1080i and Surround Sound With No Disc Required Netflix Streaming on PS3 Gets 1080i and Surround Sound With No Disc Required

Click to viewStreaming Netflix to your PS3 is about to get a whole lot nicer. Starting next week you'll be able to stream Instant Watch content without the Netflix disc—Hallelujah!—as well as watch some content in 1080i with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Mad Catz Tips Green Beret to Call of Duty: Spec Ops With Limited Edition Headsets Mad Catz Tips Green Beret to Call of Duty: Spec Ops With Limited Edition Headsets

Mad Catz has debuted a new line of gaming headsets for the launch of Call of Duty: Spec Ops. Coming in varieties for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC commandos, the headsets feature 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and detachable microphones.

Onkyo Rolls Out the First 3D-Ready and THX-Certified Home Theater In a Box Onkyo Rolls Out the First 3D-Ready and THX-Certified Home Theater In a Box

If you want a packaged home theater that'll soak your eyeballs in three-dee and fill your ears with THX-certified boom, Onkyo's HT-S9300THX will oblige. It has seven theater loudspeakers, a 12" sub, and works with all the latest 3D gear.

Logitech Z506 Surround Sound Speaker System Is Only $99 Logitech Z506 Surround Sound Speaker System Is Only $99

If you're in the market for a 5.1 sound system, the Logitech Z506 sounds like it could be a decent deal at only $99. There aren't too many details aside from the price though:

X-Tube DTS Surround Sound Sensation Laptop Dongle Gets Reviewed With Surprisingly Positive Verdict X-Tube DTS Surround Sound Sensation Laptop Dongle Gets Reviewed With Surprisingly Positive Verdict

Curse the fact (again) I don't live in Japan! Akihabara News has greased their mitts all over Hanwa's dongle, which upgrades the audio on your laptop to that of DTS surround sound sensation.

A Surround Sound Speaker, Not a Dartboard A Surround Sound Speaker, Not a Dartboard

The EOps i24R3 Portable isn't just the product of a design student and a 3D modeling program. It's a real, wireless, waterproof, single-speaker surround sound system that was just announced by Hong Kong designer Michael Young. How does it work?

Yamaha Rethinks the AV Receiver, Creates neoHD Yamaha Rethinks the AV Receiver, Creates neoHD

Reading up on this totally fresh neoHD receiver tells me that Yamaha—unlike its competition—is trying hard to keep up with the rapidly changing home theater situation, particularly where HD video is concerned.

Real Surround Sound Beats Fake Surround Sound 10 to 1 Real Surround Sound Beats Fake Surround Sound 10 to 1

According to our poll "Do You Have a Surround Sound Setup?," 76% of the total respondents had either a HTIB or a system they compiled from separate components. That beats virtual surround respondents nearly 11 to 1.

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