Here's something we haven't seen before: a headset designed to lessen the damaging effect loud music and gaming can potentially have on the ears. Able Planet introduced the PS500MM gaming headset back in December of 2008, claiming that the device's onboard "Link Audio" technology will soften the blow to your eardrums.
Basically the technology is supposed to prevent the user from having to raise the volume in order to drown out background noise. Interestingly enough, it was first developed for those with mild to severe hearing loss. AblePlanet claims it's patented Link Audio technology delivers all of the original audible content at a much softer volume by altering audio signals and "remixing" the original source on the fly.
The PS500MM is primarily designed for hardcore PC gamers who spend hours at a time fragging away. The included onboard microphone has built-in noise cancellation, and works with in-game chat as well as other applications, such as Skype conferencing. For the $100 price tag, you'll also get a wireless USB dongle, which will eliminate the need for a wired connection, and a soft carrying case. We'll be comparing the PS500MM with a pair of PC headsets we looked at last year.
Is this sort of technology something you'd want? Check back with CNET Reviews in the coming days for a full review to see if it's worth your hard-earned cash.