Thursday, January 28, 2010

SteelSeries Seberia V2 Headset Aiming the Gamers and Audiophiles Heads.

SteelSeries has released a pretty cool set of full size headphones called Siberia v2 and they have the heads of Gamers and audiophiles turning! Siberia v2 headphones feature 50mm speaker drivers, a retractable head band, the frequency range is 10 to 28,000 Hz and they are of 32 ohm impedance.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 incorporates an ‘invisible’ retractable 50-16,000 Hz microphone system (you can find it at the bottom of the left ear-cup) that you can use for VoIP chatting. The headphone has a good 2 meters extension cable and two 3.5mm jacks for audio and mic.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 headphone is released in two models, one with USB sound card while the other is just a plain model. Both have been available since November 2009.

At time of writing I am listening to these cans and find that they are very comfortable with the headband being self adjustable via self retracting wire cables. The leather ear pads are also very soft and pliable and there is no pinching or clamping feeling when wearing these cans. The sound is extremely dynamic and fast with details in full abundance but not over whelming or fatiguing. Bass is not constricted, it is well controlled and expansion is deep for these new cans right off the rack. Tonal balance, transient response and coherence for all ranges is extremely good.

The model I have is the plain version and not the USB version.

The nice part is the mike which can be completely concealed when not required. I am very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and design of theses cans. The design is also extremely stylish and tasteful.

A set of cans that I do recommend for those die hard gamers/ head-fi'ers amongst you.

Retail pricing : $79.99 - $93.87

Of Interest:

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset Selected for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards Performers and Presenters Gift Bag

2010-01-26 16:57:03

SteelSeries, a leading manufacturer of game peripherals and accessories, today announced that the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset has been selected to participate in the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards official gift bag. As the headset of choice for both gamers and music lovers, the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Headset brings GRAMMY presenters and performer's superior sound and microphone technology in a stylish and comfortable design.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Runsheng Disc Demagnetizer SH-2A

How does an aluminum disc magnetize? The inks used on the the disc label may contain materials that can pick up a magnetic charges as they are moved in and out of their case and the CD transport, and whilst spun at high speeds. The impact of this magnetization is very acute on older discs, which can be sonically rejuvenated with a Disc Demagnetizer. But even brand new CD's, DVD's, Blu-Ray, and other formats will benefit.

Each demagnetizing cycle takes about 8 seconds. After the first cycle, turn the disc over, and run the second cycle.

Originally developed by Japanese companies who marketed such products at a very high price, the Chinese made Runsheng SH-2A does the same job at 1/4 to 1/5 of the cost of Japanese products. I tried the cycles on a few of my favorite CD's and I immediately noticed they sounded cleaner, quieter, bass was tighter, mid and upper registers had sparkle and have luster.

The Chinese Runsheng SH-2A is retailing for US$62.00 and is a steal compared to the price of similar Japanese products. It is marketed in NA under a different name and also not at such a low price.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New VFO Spinner Knob - IC-R71E.

Today I replaced somewhat scratched old VFO spinner knob on the Icom IC-R71E with a new VFO Spinner knob rescued from a defective Kenwood TS-440 that was written off. The rubber trim around the side is better then the original Icom knob for tuning. Here are a couple of photos: