Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

Origin PC's EON11-S: A Mobile Media Creation Station

At E3 2012, Origin PC of Miami, Florida introduced me to their new line of fully customizable systems. Jokingly, I asked ?How about an ultra-portable media editing suite?? Well, in a few weeks a large wooden crate arrived at my doorstep with a beefed up EON 11-S laptop! Eddy Piedra, Marketing Specialist at Origin PC, hooked us up with the EON 11-S, a high performance platform in a netbook-like form factor. I do a lot of video and audio editing on location, with very demanding turnaround times. I wanted a system that was portable enough to be a light carry-on while powerful enough to handle


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, VR World

THQ Rekindles the Horror with Metro: Last Light

At E3 2012, THQ gave us a glimpse of what could be the most anticipated action horror sequel of early 2013, Metro: Last Light. Continuing from the events of Metro: 2033, players will struggle for survival through Artyom?s eyes again, across the endless backdrop of a post-nuclear apocalyptic Moscow. The developers worked closely again with Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the original Metro: 2033 novel, to create new plot lines for this continuation of Artyom?s experience. Huw Beynon, Head of Communications at THQ Inc., believes that Metro: Last Light will be the end of FPS single-player campaigns feeling like a mere shooting gallery: In what Beynon


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Origin PC Drives Namco Bandai's Latest at E3

E3 2012 [Los Angeles, CA] – Origin PC of Miami, Florida caught a big break this week, as Namco Bandai used their systems at E3 to drive demos of their upcoming PC titles, Star Trek & Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. Along with their ?Genesis? line of extreme desktop systems, Eddy Piedra and Jorge Percival of Origin PC gave us a quick rundown of their newest gaming laptops, the EON 11S and 17S: The EON 11S is a repurposed Clevo-based notebook, similar to Maingear?s ?Pulse? 11-inch contender, but available in a wider range of colors and upgrade options. Weighing in at 3.8 pounds, this


Audio/Video, Enterprise, Entertainment, Event, VR World

CineGear 2012: Light Iron Brings Post TO Production

Light Iron Digital, a Hollywood-based facility specializing in digital media post production services, has been generating quite the buzz recently by bringing their state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions directly to a live set, before the footage ever reaches a cutting room floor. Imagine the ability to have a powerful, mobile, file-based organizational suite and coloring ?lab? on a cinematic production, and immediately process and prepare your footage for editing on the same day. Light Iron has engineered three available platforms from the ground up: The LILY PAD, their on-set creative suite, acts as a highly mobile, initial file backup and QC system, offering quick coloring


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Reviews

Corsair's Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset May Be 7.1, But Not Surround

Following the success of their new line of gaming hardware, Corsair recently added the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset to the family, with a bunch of new features packed in – so we put it to the test! I already reviewed the Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 Surround Headset earlier this year, and since then it has been quite the performer. Corsair took what they learned from the 1500, made some tweaks, cut the cord, and ended up with this new successor. Light, durable, and full of promise, will the Vengeance 2000 be the next best way to enjoy PC entertainment wirelessly? First Look The


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Reviews

REVIEW – KOSS STRIVA Could Be the Next Big Platform to Enjoy Music

STRIVA – It?s sleek, it?s portable, and it?s cord-free. But will it define a new platform to wirelessly enjoy your music? A few weeks ago, KOSS Corporation announced their STRIVA WiFi Headphones series, and was generous enough to offer us a test drive of their Pro model. If you haven?t already checked out my previous article about this exciting system, here?s the nutshell. STRIVA provides listeners control of their music via a WiFi hotspot, or through an ad-hoc CAP (Content Access Point) device that can transmit a WiFi signal from any stereo source. Their new website, myKOSS.com, manages your gear and provides access to many


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

KOSS Debuts STRIVA WiFi Headphones, But Are They The First?

Just this week, the Milwaukee team at Koss Corporation (KOSS) revealed their exciting STRIVA Pro & Tap WiFi-capable headphones, along with their MyKOSS music management system. In what they call a "revolutionary" new system, this Wi-Fi technology can receive music directly from the Internet without wires, and can even convert any stereo source into a wireless signal. KOSS Striva Pro Wi-Fi Headphones The STRIVA Pro is a full-size, over-the-ear headphone that can either pull audio wirelessly from the STRIVA system, or it can be used for corded listening with an included Mini-USB to 3.5" adapter cable. The battery can be charged with AC power, through


Gaming, Hardware, VR World

PAX East: Corsair Unveils the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Headset

At the PAX East gaming event in Boston, Massachusetts, Corsair Memory decided to raise their flagship gaming headset to the next level, by introducing their new Vengeance 2000 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset. This headset will offer all the features heard on their Vengeance 1500 model, but with a 2.4GHz connectivity for up to 40 feet (12 m), and a battery life for up to 10 hours. The Vengeance 2000 will sport the same 50mm drivers as its predecessor, as well as the high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone beneath it. The volume control and mute functions are built directly onto the left ear cup. The internal battery is


Audio/Video, Business, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Steinberg Debuts "Nuendo Live"; Strengthens Relationship with Yamaha

At the Pro Light+Sound 2012 show in Frankfurt, Germany, a cozy relationship between two subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, the Steinberg Media Technologies and Yamaha Music became much more evident with Yamaha?s latest line of live sound recording consoles built specifically for Nuendo.  Yamaha CL5 is a high-end console built specificaly for the new Nuendo Live software by Steinberg Yamaha?s new line-up comprises of three consoles, the CL1, CL3, and CL5, are founded on the same Centralogic user interface first introduced on the "analog user-friendly" MC7L series.  Each of these devices will also include a copy of Steinberg?s Nuendo Live, their new multitrack DAW recording software, with all


Business, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

EVGA Will Soon Globalize Warranty

The "#1 NVIDIA authorized partner in North America" will soon change their warranty system again – but this time, EVGA will be unifying their policies and services to ease previous pressures for their customers, most importantly their mandatory product registration and shipping procedures. More details of EVGA?s "New and Improved Global Warranty" will soon be publicly announced on their website, but in the meantime, they published a basic overview of the biggest changes to their system: Warranties are now transferable – they follow the product, and not the owner. All products purchased on or after July 1st, 2011 have a minimum of a 3-Year warranty,


Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs

NFC Headlines at SXSW

This year?s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas includes live tech demos by Isis – the upcoming NFC mobile wallet service for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, setting forth their future debut at points-of-sale in Austin and Salt Lake City this summer. At the live demo, visitors can see the technology in action at a mock grocery store. The Isis-loaded devices can activate the store?s incentives and offers, add loyalty or club cards into the same app, and breeze through checkout by tapping onto a branded terminal. They will also be demonstrating the versatility of NFC, with its use at vending machines or even


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Reviews

Roccat Kave Roars into the US

Roccat Studios of Germany will be blitzkreig?ing both our desks and our ears soon this February, with the introduction of their new line of gaming peripherals to North America – starting with this Roccat Kave 5.1 Surround Headset. Their US debut at CES 2012 generated quite the buzz, and they offered me to test drive this product, as well as their upcoming keyboard and mouse, which will also soon be reviewed here at BSN*. Overview and Setup Compared to other gaming headsets, the Kave is unique in that it will offer a literal approach to a private surround sound experience, by featuring three (3) drivers


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, VR World

VIDEO: Audio-Technica "Get Your Own Mic!"

In this hilarious but oh-so-true public service announcement, Audio-Technica urges all live performers to get their own microphone. Check out the video below: Comedy aside, the rockstars of A-T re-illustrate what should already be common practice. If you are a live performer, there are many reasons why you should be investing in your own mic. Here’s a few: 1.PersonalityYou do everything you can to create a "sound" that stands out from other artists, so choose a mic that brings out the best of it. Finding the right microphone can be a life-long journey, but understanding the science behind the sound, such has how well a mic handles


Apple, Audio/Video, Companies, Entertainment, Hardware, Reviews

ClarityOne Audio Buds a Fresh Perspective to Listeners

Oh Canada! Land of infinite, lush wilderness, abundance of health care, friendliness on every corner, and now… science-rebelling earbuds. That?s what the Ontario audiophiles of ClarityOne Audio claim, with their patented ?PureSound? technologies that will deliver the best performance possible on their new ClarityOne Earbuds. At CES 2012, Dean Kurnell, president of ClarityOne Audio, greeted us with beaming confidence, doing his best to explain the technologies behind this flagship product, but excitedly wrapped up with ?you guys just have to check these out!? And so, for the past two weeks, starting with the long bus ride home from Vegas, I did just that. Here?s what


Apple, Audio/Video, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion

Can MXL Keep Up The Tempo?

Not only are headphone manufacturers jumping onto the iDevice bandwagon this year, mobile sound recording is steadily joining in on the fun. MXL, a big name in professional and home studio recording, has debuted their new Tempo USB Condenser Microphone. USB Microphones have occupied the home studio for some time now, but mics that can connect directly to the 30-pin dock port of an iPad may be the "next big thing". The Tempo offers high-fidelity audio input to the iPad, as well as standard USB 2.0 ports on both PC and Mac. The Tempo can work directly with mobile recording apps, capturing at a maximum quality


Audio/Video, Business, Hardware, VR World

TEAC and Onkyo Join Forces

In an attempt to battle tough times, audio electronics giants TEAC and Onkyo have merged together, in order to "increase their competitiveness" on the global market. According to the Nikkei Times, the two will be very busy on the Tokyo Stock Exchange next week.  Onkyo will be investing in TEAC?s major shareholders for 10% of stock, or 1 billion yen (US $13 million), starting from next week. In return, TEAC will buy 5.83 million shares, about 690 million yen (US $9 million) worth from Onkyo, amounting to around the same percentage. On top of the financial investments, the two will also be sharing a portion of


2012, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Koss Refreshes an Old Favorite

At CES 2012, there were two major themes for consumer and prosumer audio this year: convenience, and integration with iDevices. So it wasn’t much surprise that many popular headphones, including the crowd-favorite Porta Pro "stereophone" made by Koss, received the inevitable iRefresh – an in-line remote that can control music and communication functions on the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Michael Koss Jr. himself, Marketing Director at Koss, gave me a quick tour of the newest additions to their product line, in their meeting room at The Venetian. The "KTC" (Koss Touch Control) version of these headphones will offer listeners the same features as their 28


Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Reviews

Review: The Sound of Vengeance

With playing a great new action shooter game comes great responsibility. This is especially if the responsibility comes in the form of 3 other roommates who absolutely despise witnessing the audial carnage of anti-tank RPGs ramming against steel panels of a tank at full force. While it may have been true that they could hear it from the floor below, and while it may have been true that it was 3 o?clock in the morning, I couldn?t understand why they were complaining about my 5.1 system being ?a bit too loud?. So it was time to find a new pair of headphones for these late-night