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By Brian Leahy, Jan 03, 2011 5:00pm PST Oh boy! It's 2011 and it's time for gaming to ramp up again before the summer slump. There are a lot of great games coming out early this year and I'm definitely looking forward to LittleBigPlanet 2, Dead Space 2, and Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And that's just in the coming weeks!

Also, the first league of the 2011 GSL StarCraft II season has started with games already in the books and available as VODs. Access will cost you $10 with ads or $20 without.

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  • Sennheiser HD 595 vs. AKG 701....fight!

    My Sennheiser HD595 arrived at the office around lunch time. I finally got home and I tore the 595s out of the box. I was anxious to compare my new toy to the AKG 701s that I already had. My initial impression was that the 595 definitely felt cheaper than the AKG. I suppose this shouldn't be surprising as the 701 is more than twice the price of the 595s. Build and look of the AKG is gorgeous in my opinion. This is not to imply that the 595 has shoddy build quality, but it's like comparing a Toyota Camry to a Lexus ES350. Both quality, but you get better materials and a bit more pizazz for the price premium. I put the 595 on and they felt extremely comfortable. I'm confident I could wear the 595s for several hours without the slightest bit of discomfort.

    Of course, it's much too early to give a thorough impression of its performance, but I've been listening to the Radiohead's Let Down for the last 40 minutes or so, starting from about the 3:30 mark (right before the song crescendos into musical bliss). I think I like the sound of the drums better on the Senn's, but believe the 701 does a better job of separating all the layers of sound. It'll be a few weeks before I can truly gauge the performance of the 595 (have to break it in, listen to all types of music, etc.), but I'll certainly have a lot of fun doing it. Congrats to all those who got in on the Amazon deal.