VeGiTAX2 blogged
Mar 01, 16 10:48am

Yesterday my review went up for the Corsair VOID Surround Headset, it's a universal unit designed for PC, Mobile and Console use and it aims itself at a value segment around $60.

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/corsair-void-surround/

It's a short piece and focused on the nitty gritty so people can get a quick read and general idea what's going on. Because I've tested audio products for so long I have a decent idea of how I want them to perform and I don't think I've shared that.

One of the key weaknesses in headphone design is the low frequency region, it's either a garbled mess that sounds like frequency response or the speaker driver is bottoming out creating really unappealing distortion instead of actual sounds. When you watch an action movie and your TV/Headset/Speakers go to turds you know the moment and cringe through it. Obviously that's not how the media was designed to perform and it's exceeding the spec of your gear in that moment.

To test that I use those same moments, deep frequencies for rumbling atmosphere from trains, cars and everything else. I also sweep through again testing the actual cycle response, usually around 30-35 at the bottom end and going to around 60hz because that's pretty much the sweet spot for most mainstream mediums. If the unit drops out before it hits near their claimed response range it's not a winner in my book, if you say you can do 20hz but it starts failing at 45hz there's going to be issues when people are really engaged in their experience later on.

Going beyond that I look at other elements pitched, the first being the microphone quality and how it handles direct feedback and ambient noise. How is the recording without using mastering? Are the vocals hollow / echoing? Is there any depth to the speaker, does it need an EQ master before it can get used in a video or is it something that could work for an 11th hour edit? Would it work well in streaming without passing it through a software EQ or hardware mixer?

When tackling items like DSP features it's complicated depending on the unit. Is it a stereo headset emulating surround or is it a multi-speaker solution? The results and behavior are actually wildly different as one of those assigns delay and other effects to the channel while the other can do those but assign them to multiple channels vs left or right. Because we're dealing with a product that rests on the ears the strength of those effects plays a crucial role especially in stereo headsets. When the DSP settings are too strong everyone comes off like they're locked in a steel container and everything drowns in post-processing, when they're too light it's easy to question if it's even working properly. Surround headsets with dedicated channels often skip this issue because there's not a case of 5.1/7.1 -> 2.0 -> emulated 5.1, these units can apply some emulation for the sound fields but it's generally not as severe even when converting stereo sound up, there's also a chance for better clarity because of dedicated low freqency, midrange and highs.

It's a tricky thing and even if it seems like it would be the case, few if any headsets perform the same. Earcup design, porting in the headphone casing and other factors settle in (open vs closed).

Anyway, I wanted to share that bit as I kept things shorter but there's much at work when going through a product like that.
 

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Jan 21, 16 9:09am

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Jan 13, 16 6:35pm

Fun read: Gunnar vs NoScope NC Decision - http://www.noscopeglasses.com/files/2015-08-07-NoScope-v-Gunnar-Eastern-North-Carolina.pdf

"There are no facts here that indicate Mad Panda's declaratory judgment filing had any
bad faith intent. First, there were no ongoing good faith negotiations. Gunnar's demands for
settlement were unreasonable and coercive, unlike the precedent on which Gunnar relies, where
there was a good faith effort to negotiate. Gunnar's laundry list of demands and threats regarding
past and potential future litigation falls far short of a good faith attempt at negotiation."

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Jan 11, 16 7:56am
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Aug 03, 15 10:44pm
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Feb 05, 15 8:27pm

As a competitor for GMC at Madden Bowl XXI this last weekend I had the chance to drive the GMC Canyon during my stay in Phoenix, this isn't a total review but a bit of a diary of experiences with the Canyon over the 5 days we (my guest and I) had with it.

*Full disclosure: VeGiTAX2 was a competitor representing GMC at Madden Bowl XXI in Phoenix.

First Glance

We came across our SLE 4WD after arriving by plane, the Quicksilver Metallic finish stood out in a line of new and used cars in the lot. It catches light and stands out with a crisp finish, the metallic flake balances with the paint to catch the eye without being overkill, many silver finishes often fall on the flat side, creating a dull appearance that feels lackluster. While many cars are doing this more, trucks don't always get the same treatment, GMC put a solid blend in on this color to really catch the eyes.



Once loaded up with luggage in the crew cab to prevent any rain from reaching the luggage we were on the move, the dash immediately boots up as the driver enters the car, allowing the nav / user interface to run post with enough time before they pull out of the car. It's a good consideration to those on the go as the system is ready before the driver is on the move. Features like the backup camera engage automatically by response to the transmission choice, the moment reverse engages it kicks on with guidance pattern to help new drivers understand if they're on the right angle to get out. As a new driver to the Canyon it was a nice help, the radius adjusting on the fly in response to my wheel angles.

Power

Once we were on the move it was easy to feel the power of the 3.5L V6, it packs 305hp with 269lb-ft of torque and has no problem picking up the pace as needed, getting on the freeway it rolled on the power quickly to the drivetrain, the key of course is the same with any manual to apply the acceleration equally. For those who might be heavier on the gas, the manual mode also allows for more control by letting drivers wind out the gears to their desire vs having the automatic try to catch the proper gear to match the acceleration profile.



Personally I enjoyed both options, not for power purposes but to feel a closer level of control while cruising as someone coming from manual cars. It's not about winding out gears but just being able to feel things out while enjoying the ride, after a long day though it's nice to slip into drive mode and leave that up to the automatic to handle. When taking things off on the trail it's certainly understandable that drivers would want more control of their car also and this completely plays to that area.

Control

It poured the first few days in Phoenix, while it was fun driving in RWD mode, the interest was putting that All Terrain feature to use, slipping into automatic 4WD mode allowed the Canyon to use best judgement while traveling over wet and puddled surfaces. While running on gravel and pavement we hit many scenarios but regardless the Canyon kept traction on without slip. Regardless of higher speeds on the freeways with sections of flooded underpasses on a fresh first rain or on gravel roads and dirt sucking up water and making puddles the Canyon handled the terrain without issue and in total comfort.



With a smooth ride and stable response the key was the steering using the upgrade packages for the all-terrain mode. Luckily the Canyon demonstrated smooth control, fairly generous turn radius and strong grip around the long bends without a lean. Those who get used to the dimensions fast will have no issues in parking lots or tight spaces, the steering response is quick for a higher profile vehicle without having a large dead zone or too much play in the wheel. Even with the electric steering the car still translates the road to the driver without feeling dead or clouded.

With smooth control and ride the Canyon of course finishes rounding out the package with a braking kit that allows for smooth speed reduction and quick response in tight moments. While we didn't push the truck into extreme braking we did have our share of stop and go not just in commuter traffic but in high pedestrian areas and wet weather which tested the response over the days.

Sound

While the Bose audio system within the SLE is very enjoyable, the feature of the GMC Canyon is the cabin sound or really, the lack of sound. The truck minimizes road noise to allow for a smooth ride experience, instead of hearing every element of the road and nature in the drive there's a quiet experience that allows for passengers and the driver to talk, enjoy the scenery, use the hands free system or the radio. It's a genuinely welcome experience for those coming from older models or other brands that have heavier cabin noise that catch winds and rough pavement sounds.



The audio system in the Canyon allows for multiple levels of compatibility, aside from the radio, it allows for XM reception and bluetooth connectivity for media sync. The sound is rich and smooth even at higher volume levels without distortion. The combination brings a rich sound field with nice bass and welcoming midrange, the higher range does suffer somewhat but a bit of tuning with the head unit can fix that.

Interior

One of the big features of the GMC line is the Professional Grade quality, as such stitched leather throughout the cabin welcomes drivers and passengers in the SLE, it's a comfortable seating zone for the driver while the passengers can enjoy the stitched leather and metal accents throughout the truck interior and take in the features of USB charging, WiFi hotspot and bluetooth connectivity to share music and heighten the experience while riding along.

During the ride it was pure comfort, the electric seats allowed for quick adjustment depending on the time of day and level of traffic with materials that ensured a comfortable ride during the journey. Despite any rougher bumps or terrain, none of managed to really translate to the seating itself.





For many it's easy to claim a top quality interior experience but it's always clear at some point where the plastic or the vinyl comes into play at just the wrong point. In the case of the Canyon these elements exist when needed (who would really have a leather wrapped 12v port?) and they're carefully used to keep up the design goals.

Overall

Our Canyon drive was a positive one, with over 400 miles put on in mixed freeway and street driving we didn't even go through a whole tank. With a V6 pushing 305hp and variable driving through the experience it was very enjoyable having power and fuel economy on our side. The Canyon provided a smooth ride in multiple driving conditions and a comfortable experience through not only the seating but the low noise cabin and responsive climate control and automated 4WD and even lighting system.

After being in other class competitors like the Frontier and Tacoma I can say it's a very different feel in the Canyon, the ride is stiff enough for off-road but not so much that it's jarring to the ride, it takes the hits and works hard to make sure everyone has the best ride possible. For those looking to find a truck that delivers comfort and functionality the Canyon has the best of both worlds, a comfortable interior for the family and a functional design and power to take on bigger workloads.


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VeGiTAX2
Feb 03, 15 8:50am
Madden Bowl XXI Consumer Bowl Champion? - Check! Brought home the win with GMC
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Jan 22, 15 8:26pm
Less than a week left until I'm in the Madden Bowl XXI showdown in AZ! Practicing so much I see Madden matches in my sleep.
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