Sidescroller: The sound of gaming

Nyko Vita Speaker Stand

Everywhere you go, it’s “graphics this” and “graphics that.” All of this anti-ear propaganda has got to stop! Without audio, collecting coins and stomping on Goombas would be a sad, loveless affair. Certain peripheral manufacturers understand this and are doing their best to make modern games sound as good as they look. Here are a few recent attempts at aural greatness.

A30 Wireless Headset and Mixamp
Company: ASTRO Gaming
Grade: 4/5
So, you actually respect your neighbors? Then you may not want to blast “Call of Duty” at 4 a.m. Use the A30 Wireless Headset and Mixamp instead. Astro Gaming’s little beauty lets you fully customize what you hear while you frag the heck out of some random 13-year-olds. Want to focus on their incessant whining? The A30 lets you do that. It’s all wireless, so you can lay on the couch with nothing to hold you back from utter and complete lethargy. Yes!

Nyko Vita Speaker Stand
Company: PS Vita
Company: Nyko
Price: $30
Grade: 4/5
If you spent your teen years blowing out your eardrums at punk shows, then portable systems just might not seem loud enough to you. This goes double when using portables to watch Netflix or use Skype. Enter Nyko and its Vita compatible speaker stand. It works like a charm, using a simple cradle, and the price is certainly right. It also doubles as a charger. Finally, you’ll be able to understand all of Nathan Drake’s snappy one-liners.

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Orb Audio Booster
Company: Orb Audio
Console: PC/TV/All consoles
Grade: 4/5
The main problem with being an audiophile in a big city is space. Who has the room for all of that square footage? Speakers and amps are huge, and we live in exposed-brick coffins. Orb Audio has been chipping away at this problem for years, and its newest creation is the Orb Audio Booster system. This speaker/amp combo sounds nearly as good as a high-end solution but clocks in at about the size of two tennis balls and a small book.


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