Speaker of Headphones 

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First a set of 2.1 speakers shaped like a helmeted head –single unit – and no doubt will be sold on the Angry Birds name. Second a set of high specification 7.1 headphones designed predominately for those who are into gaming.

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Angry Birds Speaker Pig with iPod Dock

When does a toy or game become a serious product? Here we have a rather nice iPod dock with speaker but I suspect the initial sales potential will be round the ‘Angry Birds’ name and with pester power being what it is…

It is 13cm wide and 16cm deep with DC lead inserted, 15cm tall before your iPod or iPhone is inserted my iPod Touch adds 10cm.

This is a 2.1 product, the sub woofer pointing down and the two speakers roughly 45degrees off centre either side of the forehead of the Pig.

The front has a pair of dummy eyes around the centre above this an LED glows when power is on from its right nostril. The left nostril is the infra red receiver for the thirteen button remote. The controls are at the back of the pigs head, a line of five, volume up/down, Auxiliary in, DC in, power on/off and bass up/down.

There is a small instruction booklet and a small remote 8.5x4x.5cm, this duplicates the actions of the buttons on the back of the unit. A clock type battery controls the unit and is supplied.

This unit works slightly differently from others in that if power is not on you can still hear your ‘i’ device through its internal speaker. Turn on the power and the volume setting on the ‘i’ device is lowered and the ‘Angry Bird’ takes over.

Even on a carpeted floor the bass is good and the two speakers clear and crisp. Put it on a table and you change the tone. It has two bent out plastic feet with rubberised bases and at the back a circular rubberised blob. The effect works well.

Doing my searches found the Angry Birds Pig Speaker with iPod Dock at £50.22 with free delivery.

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Plantronics Gamecom (780)

The Dolby Technology in this headset turns two channel stereo into 7.1 sound and the difference is rather impressive. The software comes on a CD and needs to be installed first so that when the USB lead is inserted the drivers are there.

There is a tiny booklet and I am being kind to say the first three pages are in English, it is acturly pages two and three with page one being a diagram of the three controls on the two earpieces of the headphone earpieces.

There is two centimetres of expansion on each arm and the padded fit over the head means even those folicly challenged can have comfort. The velvety material also covers the earpieces. The microphone boom extends 15cm below the earpices.

The three controls are all on the left earpiece with mute microphone and volume up/down on off side and the Dolby control (on/off) on the other bottom edge.

The speaker drivers are 40mm with response from 20HZ-20KHZ. The microphone response is 100HZ-10KHZ. The USB cable is 2metres long which should be enough even if the port is behind your desktop system.

Doing my searches found the Plantronics Gamecom 780 at £36 with free delivery from the link below.

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