Turtle Beach i60 review: Wi-Fi headset made for Macs

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i60 review
Turtle Beach is well known in the gaming community, with its gaming headsets favourites of tournament players. So you might be thinking what is a gaming headset company doing designing a headset with Apple users in mind. Macs arent exactly renowned as gaming machines, although Mac gaming is getting better. So what opportunity has Turtle Beach identified in the Apple market that has lead it to market this new Wi-Fi headset as ideal for Apple products?

Obviously we arent talking just Macs, and neither is Turtle Beach. The i60 headset is designed for use with Apple products, most notably for multitasking between various different Apple products. For example, you could listen to the movie you are playing on your Mac and answer a call on your iPhone at the same time while the movie audio continues to play in the background. You could even talk to Siri on your iPad thats over the other side of the room, all via the i60 headset.

The multitasking is possible because the i60 headphones feature both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 +EDR connectivity, Turtle Beach is also selling at the slightly cheaper i30 headset but that set lacks the Wi-Fi, relying on Bluetooth for wireless audio. Listening to music via Bluetooth is never going to give you a great experience, so the i60s look like the obvious choice, but do the additional features warrant the extra 100 expense – thats 349.95 compared to 249.95. And does the Turtle Beach i60 Media Headset even warrant a price that puts it in the same league as big players such as the Bowers & Wilkins P7 Mobile Headphones, Parrot Zik, and Bose QuietComfort 3 (in fact all those headsets cost less than the i60s).

In the Turtle Beach i60 box
The first place to start is by looking at whats in the box. Along with the i60 headset there is the i60 transmitter; a USB cable for connecting your Mac to the transmitter; a headset charging cable that plugs into the USB port on your Mac (theres no mains charger included); an audio cable (for plugging in your iPad or iPhone); a 6.3mm adapter plug and an airline adaptor plug (why dont airlines just change this port?); a headset carry bag (pictured below); a Quick Start Guide; and a Turtle Beach sticker. Rechargeable lithium polymer batteries with, according to Turtle Beach, up to 15 hours continuous operating time are also included, although its more realistic to suggest you will get 10 hours of continuous play on a single battery charge.

Turtle Beach i60 set up
That Quick Start guide is definitely worth a read because these arent simple plug and play headphones, but dont let that put you off, the reason they arent plug and play is the fact that they offer surround sound capabilities and youll need to change the default settings on your Mac to get the most out of them. You can view the i60 instruction manual online here.

That manual takes you through the set up with easy to follow illustrations. Start in System Preferences and in your Sound settings associate the Turtle Beach i60 Media Headset with Output and Turtle Beach i60 Chat (USB) with Input. Then you need to open the Audio Midi Setup and configure the speaker output at 8ch-16bit integer. The multichannel then needs to be changed to 7.1 surround. It sounds much more complicated than it is – the clear instructions in the guide make it simple.

Once you have told your Mac what its dealing with the next step is to set up the transmitter that connects with the headset via Wi-Fi. If the LED is blinking it is unable to communicate with the headset. To get the headset and transmitter talking, start by turning the headset off, then press and hold the Power Button for about 5 seconds until it announces Pairing Headset. Now press the pairing button on the transmitter until that LED begins to blink. When the units are paired the LED will remain on on the transmitter, the LED on the headphones will blink intermittently, and a voice will announce headset paired.

Finally, setting up Bluetooth pairing is a case of pressing the Bluetooth LED on the side of the headset for 5 seconds until the voice prompt announces Bluetooth Pairing. Then go to Settings on your iPad or iPhone, turn on Bluetooth and select Turtle Beach i60 Media Headset from the devices listed. The good news is you can simultaneously pair to two Bluetooth-enabled devices with the i60 at once and the i60 will automatically remember the last two paired devices upon powering on. However, only one Bluetooth device can be active on the headset at a time.

You can also pair your headset with your Mac via Bluetooth, but you wont be able to take advantage of the surround sound audio features.

Receiving a call via the i60 headset
Once set up you can listen to audio on your headset via Wi-Fi and, as long as you are connected to your iPhone via Bluetooth, when you get a call youll hear your ring tone and you can answer it. If you get a call when you are listening to audio on your headset the audio will be lowered automatically, but it will still play in the background and when the call is finished you wont have to reconnect the headset to your computer.

To answer that call you tap a button on the side of the headset. The mic is incorporated into the headset and it offers noise filtering technology.
There are a total of nine buttons and various combinations of key presses to learn, from a double key press to redial a phone number to three key presses to activate Siri, but its logical enough to learn and youll hear a button selection voiceover so you know what you pressed.

Audio settings for the i60 headset
There is an app you can download to your iPhone (Ear Force Audio Hub) that allows you to fine tune your headset. We like the way you can adjust and optimise sound using various presets from flat equalisation or to bass boost, but also a mid boost for human speech, Footstep Focus (ideal for game play), and Superhuman hearing (also designed for gaming). There are also three surround sound settings: movie mode, music mode, game more, you can also turn surround sound off. The strange omission is the fact that you cannot increase or decrease the volume using the iPhone app, nor do the volume controls on your iPhone have an impact. Given that many of the presets are louder or quieter than others its frustrating that you need to use many different means to make adjustments. We would have preferred to be able to adjust the sound levels from our iPhone given that we were using it to change the sound presets. Adjusting the volume is a case of finding the buttons on the back of the ear piece, or using the Wi-Fi transmitter, which features a big outer ring for volume control. This volume control is a bit redundant if you happen to be over the other side of the room, which is after all the point of using Wi-Fi, but it looks nice.

You can also play around with the microphone using the app. There are four settings: flat, high morph (to sound like a chipmunk), low morph (to sound like a robot), and voice reverb. Were not entirely sure when wed implement these sounds.

The Bluetooth volume control in independent of the Wi-Fi volume control – so if you have the volume on high while you are watching a movie, you wont be deafened if friend calls.
The various audio settings hint at the uses Turtle Beach is anticipating for this headset. As we mentioned earlier, gaming isnt huge on a Mac, but it is growing, and obviously gaming is massive on the iPad and iPhone. Here wed advice plugging the headphones in directly, rather than relying on Bluetooth though.

The superb 7.1 Surround Sound and 5.1 Channel DTS means this headset is ideal for watching movies. We also found the mid boost great for radio and TV programmes that focused on the spoken word. However, we found it frustrating that the audio levels in films were considerably lower than for music, meaning that movie sound levels were quiet unless we set it to super human hearing (perhaps you needed super human hearing to hear the other audio settings). Its odd that the sound levels were so different when movies and music were compared. Well look in to this further.
We were impressed with the audio quality for music – but our audiophile technical editor is yet to try them out himself, so we may update this article if he decries them not up to his exacting standards.

Unfortunately these arent noise cancelling headphones so they arent ideal for use in noisy environments. Noise leakage was reasonable, but if you do have the music on loud expect to annoy the person sitting beside you.

Turtle Beach i60 comfort
Since this is an over-ear headset many will be concerned about comfort, especially if you are planning to use them for long periods of time. We found them to be light weight, and the leatherette ear cups were soft and comfortable to wear. With its previous focus on game players, it appears that Turtle Beach knows how to make headphones that you can wear for long periods of time. We did feel that they were a little lose on our head, however.

The headset itself looks nice enough, with a white plastic finish that will stand out from the crowd (should you want to). The Turtle Beach logo will also speak to those who are familiar with the brand.

OUR VERDICT
The 349.99 asking price might seem a bit high and, as we said above, it puts them in the same league as Bose and the like. At that price wed hope for noise cancellation, but the surround sound quality is superior and as a result we suspect that it would take a lot of external noise to distract you. Our only criticism is that the audio levels are so different between music and movies and this makes the fact that the audio level can’t be turned up via the iPhone app all the more frustrating. (We’ll keep testing this aspect of the i60s and will update this review should we find a solution).

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Plantronics Office Headset

For a long time people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the crucial things in life…Nowadays I realized that I’m able to take or leave all that so long as I have this radio earpiece in the world.

security mutual lifePlantronics is a hardware company based in Santa Cruz, California, and specializes in light-weight headsets. After the huge success of its Bluetooth headsets, it has entered the market of office headsets with its Savi Office System (both wired and wireless). Here is a brief introduction to and review of the Plantronics office headsets and their effectiveness.

Plantronics Office Headset: Technical Advantage

The Plantronics Savi Office system consists of a base unit and a couple of headsets. The whole system is packed in a black and silver casing, which gives it a distinct professional appearance. The base unit is around 3.9 inches wide, 3.5 inches deep, 3.7 inches tall. The headsets include noise-canceling and DECT 6.0 technology to give calls a crisp and clear reception. The ear gel helps the ear piece feel much more comfortable, although some users may find this type of headset difficult to get used to if it is their first time using ear gel headsets.

Savi Office has a massive roaming range of up to 350 feet, add to this the ability of automatic power adjustment based on the distance from the base station and you have sufficient talk time between charges. Its average battery life is 9 hours for the convertible headset and 6 hours for the over the ear headset. For digital encryption, it uses the 64 bit DSP.

Superior Features of Plantronics Office Headsets

With the Plantronics Savi Office, ease of work is guaranteed. To demonstrate this, it comes with a lever system, which when activated, will pick the receiver up for you and place it in your palm. It is a complete office solution. It allows the dual use of VOIP and a normal telephone from the same device. It allows you to make a VOIP call via Skype, MSN or any other Softphone software. You can also respond to a landline call just by pressing a button on the base station. What’s more, both VOIP and landline calls can be bridged together for a conference call.

Field tests on actual business conference showed the following results:
1)The caller heard the calls loud and clear, with no background noise. The voice quality sounded natural.
2)The receiver commented that the voice quality sounded exceptional, considering the fact that headsets were used.

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Why are there multiple connectors for Icom earpieces

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The four different Icom earpiece connectors connect the earpiece in question to four different types of two-way radio or, at least, four different types of connector.

Generally, it is good advice to make absolutely sure that your chosen earpiece can connect with the radio you intend to use. Not all radios use the same fittings, which is why there are so many different types of connector available.

A straight pin connector, for example, works best when used on marine radios, but is also compatible with Maxon and Vertex radios. Another thing to take into account is the activity that the earpiece is going to be used for. If the user is going to be standing still for prolonged periods of time, then he/she may require a different type to the one that may be preferable if the user is going to be engaging in strenuous exercise.

Two-way radios are used in a great many distinct environments, including shopping centers, building sites, roadway maintenance, fleet and transport operations, shipping, factory floor work, security, healthcare, private transport and much more besides. Because of this, there are many different types of earpiece connectors.

The four available Icom earpiece connectors indicate the jobs that the compatible two-way radios were likely designed for. This does not necessarily mean that an Icom radio would be unsuitable for other work, just that it is probably particularly suited to a certain type of job.

The different connectors also have distinct methods of working, even though their basic external operations are usually indistinguishable from one another. Icom have gone to great lengths to make their earpieces among the best in the world. One way they have done this is by allowing the earpiece connectors to be tailor made for specific tasks.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 & It’s Accessories

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Headphones For Running

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It obviously is tough to make earphones for jogging that work effectively There are solutions. Well, two.

That scene in Anchorman where Ron Burgundy says that he and Veronica are attempting this new fad called Jogging is totally plausible. Rons tenuous grasp of the English language aside (especially as someone who’s such pride in his compilation of leather-bound textbooks), Running was indeed a mainly mysterious phenomenon until the 1960’s and 1970*s (the truth is the word jog in fact denotes a swift, sudden movement, for example jogging ones memory or jogging someone who’s writing/painting) until it was popularized (and named) by a bloke from New Zealand called Arthur Lydiard.

can you imagine a planet without jogging?. Its like, if you have been in an episode of a 90s Television series Sliders and also you found a world where Arthur Lydiard was Shot in a drug bust, the many sports businesses would be bankrupt. Mull that one over inside the old brain}. Running has actually had a profound effect on our cultural and commercial panorama. Charity Marathons could be a new prospect altogether.

But, I digress; there is nothing whatsoever useful in anything I just informed you, nothing that you brought this short article up to read about, anyway. I feel like a bloody Maths teacher (in that Im wasting my time Showing you things that youll never, in the wildest dreams of a million, billion years, find a practical application for). Jogging is staying put. {Sure, you occasionally see someone in spandex {that you|which you} {could have done without seeing in spandex|Didnt {want to|wish to|desire to} see in spandex|Really shouldnt wear spandex}, but {more often than not|most of the time|normally}, {you get to|you’re able to|you can} see {attractive|good-looking|beautiful} members of {the opposite|the other} sex (or {the same|the identical} sex – Im not judging) stretching and flexing {in a|in any} skimpy outfit. {You can|You possibly can|We can}t {go wrong|fail}, really.

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bluetooth reviewsThis is a year that will see more people than ever using Bluetooth headsets and were committed to making sure that those people are using the best available models. A Bluetooth headset is a virtual necessity if you want to conduct business in todays fast-paced modern world.

First, the basics:

You can use Bluetooth technology for lots of different purposes, most notably the wireless transfer of information from one device to another. However, because Bluetooth only works over relatively short distances, its actually much better for connecting headsets to mobile phones.

There are two distinct types of Bluetooth headsets. The first (and most recognizable) type uses a monaural earpiece and often resembles a single microphone. These headsets are fine for conversations and audio conferencing, but the quality of sound is generally quite low and they arent well suited for much else. Most of these monaural headsets cannot play music (and if they do, itll sound positively dreadful). The second type are stereo headsets that are far better suited to playing music or watching movies.

Now, although there are only two main types of headset, there are hundreds of different models available to the consumer. Generally, theyll all do the job, but some will do a better job than others, if that makes sense. It depends what you want, of course.

Second, the site:

If you go out and buy a headset (without consulting our site) and it turns out to be a real duffer, we cant do much more than fold our arms, shake our heads nonchalantly from side to side and say we told you so. However, if you check our site before making your purchase, our dedicated team can help you avoid the pitfalls, mistakes (and holes in the ground that are lined with sharpened punji sticks). In addition, we aim to keep you posted with up to date information on the latest breakthroughs, news and anything else we deem interesting, so it pays to check back regularly.

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Beats by Dr. Dre [Smart Marketing]

Wow. The new earpiece is magnificent. I mean it is just so gorgeous and so sophisticated. I pity individuals who grew up without the radio accessory.

Dr. Dre line of high performance headphones, has started a craze in the US and European markets; where consumers literally save their monies to buy these seemingly overpriced accessories to add to their headphone collection. but why would customers spend their hard earned cash on these expensive toys?? Because its on the ears of almost every celebrity, that’s why.
Celebrity marketing is used to its full capacity by Monster *the makers and marketers behind the Beats by Dr. Dre Collection*, where successful partnerships have been forged with the most influential and prominent celebrities of all time. Their lineup includes the likes of the “Bad Romance” mega star Lady Gaga and the “Baby Baby Baby” pop idol, Justin Beiber.
It is only natural for fans to want to emulate the people they deem to be their “idols” and Monster is taking full advantage of this situation. They have also taken it a step further and have designed themed headphones for celebrities, where fans may purchase the headphone of a certain personality they may emulate.
“MarketingNotesJA” believes this strategy to be an effective marketing tool, that is obviously working and is reflective of perfect positioning, becoming to Americans what the Blackberry is to us Jamaicans; “a hit.”
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Jawbone earpiece makes it easier to love smartphones

Jawbone earpiece makes it easier to love smartphones
When we found this article we were so excited, having looked for over a year for this, discovering it on this site was an exciting day for me.

Jawbone began making it easier to love Siri, Google Now or other virtual assistants in a hint at the future portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Her.

The San Francisco-based company behind sophisticated and stylish wireless ear pieces released a new ERA model packing big technology in a diminutive form and enabling users to speak more naturally with software on their mobile devices.

“I hope they don’t fall in love with their operating systems, but they will at least rekindle a relationship with voice commands,” Jawbone audio product manager Gernard Feril said while providing AFP an early look at the new ERA.

Feril was making a playful reference to the Spike Jonze film Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a man who falls in love with a personal computer operating system.

Advanced Siri and Google Now software, which combine natural language exchanges with contextual awareness and even anticipating what users might want, have created a place for an ERA ear piece with enhanced technology for speaking to smartphones as one would a person, according to Feril.

Jawbone built in wide-band audio, high-quality microphones, and NoiseAssassin software to block out unwanted sounds to make voice quality closer to what is found in Internet telephone calls than in typical ear pieces.

Being able to speak commands and have spoken exchanges with virtual assistants through the ear piece frees people to either ignore smartphone screens or use them for other tasks, such as e-mail, games or maps.

“This device has become so powerful,” Feril said of the smartphone in his hand, “that holding it to your face limits what you’re doing.”

And, as screen sizes of mobile devices have grown, they become awkward to hold up to faces, he noted.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show gadget extravaganza that played out recently in Las Vegas was rife with headsets. Jawbone set out to distinguish itself with a tiny, high-quality ear piece crafted with style and brains to complement smartphone lifestyles.

Feril billed ERA as the smallest, lightest, best-sounding ear piece available.

ERA was priced at US$99 (RM300) at jawbone.com, but could be purchased with a protective charging case for US$130 (RM390) to increase talk time to 10 hours from four. The ear piece was less than half the size of its predecessor.

Since ERA is tiny, Jawbone added a “locator” feature that signals an ear piece to chirp to disclose where it is.

A Jawbone “Nerd” USB device can be used to automatically synch the ear piece to laptop computers.

“It’s the Internet-of-me,” Feril said. “It is not about the things, it is about the person. You can see that, at least in Spike Jonze’s interpretation, the Internet is going to be with you at all times.

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