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Califone and Encore Data Products Donate Headsets to Denver Schools to Support Game-Based Learning

Denver (June 28, 2016) – Califone International and Encore Data Products Inc. donated 30-40 gaming headsets to both Rangeview High School – Aurora Public Schools and Indian Peaks Elementary School – St. Vrain Valley Schools. The companies presented the gifts to school representatives during the ISTE 2016 Conference.

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We value the opportunity to give back to the schools and classrooms working hard to prepare students for the future,” said Sabrina Manno, director of marketing of Encore Data Products. “The headsets will help Rangeview High School and Indian Peaks Elementary School put immersive, game-based learning into practice.”


Rangeview High School receives the GH507 Gaming Headset, which includes a detachable microphone and inline controls that unclip for audio-only listening on multiple devices. Indian Peaks Elementary School receives the GH131 Gaming Headset, featuring a lightweight design for transportable gaming. Both models are customizable with industry-standard 5.1 and enhanced 7.1 surround sound that enables 3D sound effects.

This donation is part of our continued efforts to place the power of game-based learning in the hands of educators and students,” said Scott Evans, marketing manager of Califone. “With the new headsets, students will have an engaging and immersive educational-gaming experience.”

Word of the donation spread quickly. THE Journal published the announcement online and later carried the story in the July 14th edition of IT Trends. Click here to read the full article.

About Califone

Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the Pre-K through higher education school environments.

About Encore Data Products

Encore Data Products is a privately held company based in Louisville, Colorado. The company supplies the education, health and fitness, hospitality, business and government industries with high quality audio visual equipment and technology accessories. With an ever-expanding product selection from top brands, free shipping options, competitive pricing and easy ordering, Encore Data Products enables its clients to maximize their investment in equipment needed to enrich their learning, health and business environments. For more information on Encore Data Products services and products, please visit them online at


Find High-End Gaming Headphones With Great Features at Wholesale Prices

When searching for a high quality pair of headphones, why not get them at wholesale prices? Encore Data Products specializes in selling technology accessories for listening, learning, testing and training – including high-end headphones. Customers don’t have to spend an excessive amount of money to get a quality high-end set of gaming headphones, not when they can choose from three great options found here.

Highlighted below are three great quality pairs of high-end headphones that are sure to bring the sound you desire whether: gaming, listening to music, or using them for an internet radio show. These all come with a microphone that drops down, and volume control on the cord.

Califone GH507 Gaming Headset ($49.99)

First of all, customers can save $34 from the retail price of $83.99! That means these headphone would cost you nearly a hundred dollars anywhere else besides Encore Data Products.

These provide a premium experience for gaming, either solo or as a team member. Users can wear this pair comfortably with its’ cushy ear-cups, so they can play on for hours at a time. The 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound options allow a custom surround sound experience, while the sound can be separated for chatting in the mix of playing.

These high-end headphones from Califone have: a mute option, an equalizer, USB plug, detachable microphone, are Xbox compatible with 3.5 mm jack, and have a great looking adjustable headband for comfort. Also, this set has 6 Cobalt drivers and is compatible with: Windows 8 and 10, MAC OSX 10, and PlayStation 4. And for listening only is compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS.

Califone GH131 Lightweight Gaming Headset ($39.00)

Customers who want a lighter, simpler headset will like these affordable quality headphones. Save $20 on the retail price, and get a quality pair of gaming headphones built just for this purpose. Premium 7.1-surround sound or 5.1 industry standard, are adjustable with a switch. Separate chat with the sound and use the microphone, which can be muted at will.

Other features include: USB plug on 4.5′ detachable cord, 4-stage preset equalizer control, 3′ permanently attached cord with 3.5 mm plug, microphone that swivels away, comfortable ear-cups, and is compatible with all your favorite devices. Using this lightweight headset can help the gamer endure with more comfort while playing for hours.

AVID Education CD-858MF Stereo Gaming Headset with Vibration ($37.99)

This is a great option for those who like to be a bit flashy, as it has flashing lights and a rumble vibration with a deep bass effect! As the most affordable high-end pair of headphones Encore Data Products carries, this is a great option for gamers wanting quality, fun, and affordability.

These headphones include a 9′ cord, volume control on the cord, and two 3.5 mm stereo plugs to operate both the microphone and the speakers. The headband has a deep cushion with soft vinyl padding for extra comfort for those long hours spent rumbling and flashing through the night. With a swivel microphone and an adjustable headband, users will have all the features they need to enjoy their listening experience.

Get Your High-End Headphones at Wholesale Prices

Where else can you find such quality headphones at such low prices? And remember Encore Data Products offers free shipping on all domestic orders to the lower 48 states, which are over $49.99. This means you can get a couple accessories for the price you would have paid for shipping, and still save money in the end.

Encore Data Products specializes in selling in bulk at cheap wholesale prices, but as this article shows: we also carry high-end headphones with great features.

These quality products are built for heavy use and for the purpose of bringing a lasting, rich sound experience to the users. With all the great features and affordable prices, customers can’t beat the deals found here at Encore Data Products. Please Contact us to order or with any questions, and we’ll be glad to help.

Maximize Your Gaming Experience with Califone Headphones

Although many individuals will go to a theater to see a movie after it has just been released, the fact that it just came out is not the only reason that people go to a movie theater. Seeing a movie on a huge screen with an excellent sound system and in comfortable seating all help people get immersed. The same rule applies for gaming and high-quality headphones, which help people get immersed into a game. If you have been using low-budget speakers or headphones for a long time, you should think about investing in Califone headphones to greatly improve your gaming experience in almost every way.

Compete on a Higher Level

If you enjoy playing competitive games, you probably understand that every little variable can have a noticeable impact on your performance. For instance, when playing first-person shooters, you need to hear the footsteps of everyone around you, otherwise you could get taken by surprise. High-quality headphones will ensure that you are able to hear every detail in the games that you play, which will not only make it more enjoyable to play, but it will prevent you from being disadvantaged in any way.

Get Completely Immersed

Game developers that create single-player games want people to feel immersed in the story. Whether it is an open-world RPG, a third-person shooter, or a side-scrolling adventure game, you will have an easier time getting immersed when you are using headphones of outstanding quality. One of the fastest ways to lose immersion is when you cannot hear the voices of people who are talking in your game. Although you could turn on the subtitles, this would provide you with a diminished experience. It is better to just use headphones that you know are fully capable of producing clear and high-quality sound.

Enjoy High-Quality Sound

Game developers invest a lot of their games, which includes the sound design, and you should experience it to the fullest. Whether it is the music that helps you feel immersed or the sounds of bullets whistling by your in-game character, sound can play an enormous role in how much you enjoy a game. Just as relying on television speakers can keep you from feeling like you are in a movie theater, low-quality headphones can prevent your game from making you feel like you are truly there.

Voice Chat with Clarity

If you are interested in communicating with other players while gaming, you will want to look for a headset, as opposed to headphones. Califone headsets will provide you with voice chat capabilities, and they will ensure that you are able to communicate with complete clarity. One of the issues with budget headsets is that the voice quality is not that great, which leads to a lack of clarity. However, using high-quality headphones will prevent the people who you are talking to from not being able to understand you.

Play Comfortably for Hours

Although it is ideal to take breaks while you are gaming, these breaks may not be enough to prevent you from having an uncomfortable gaming experience. Budget headphones are great for those who do not have much money to spend on gear, but it is definitely worthwhile to invest in higher quality headphones, especially when you love gaming and want to play for hours at a time without discomfort. Spending more money on headphones will get you a higher quality product that is bound to last longer than budget headphones, which means you can actually save money by getting the better product in the first place.

Contact us if you want to learn more about our headphone selection.

What To Look For In Home Theater and Gaming Headphones

Anyone who is serious about building a quality home theater or gaming room knows that audio quality is key to creating an immersive environment perfect for enjoying the fun. But sometimes using a surround-sound system for the entire room isn’t feasible for a number of reasons: whether it’s a need to reduce noise for your roommates or apartment neighbor next door, or when you’re only watching or playing on your own while your spouse works in their office in the next room. Having home theatre or gaming headphones will be a great alternative to replace or supplement a large sound system. But what key features should you look for in your headphones to provide the best quality?

To get the most out of your headphones, we recommend looking closely at these key traits and features below. Gamers and movie watchers should look for a headset that accomplishes these three top “C” goals: communication, compatibility, and comfort.


One of the most important components to a good set of gaming headphones is its communication and listening features. First, check if it’s capable of at least 5.1-industry standard surround sound, as most video games and films provide record their audio at this standard. Many are also capable of switching between 5.1-to 7.1-surround sound for 3D gaming standards, which can be great when you’re working with various games and consoles. Sound equalizers can also make a difference. In addition, the microphone should allow you to communicate clearly. Look for features that also allow for flexibility in its use, such as a mute button or ability to swivel out of the way or detach when a microphone is not needed. Really, no one wants to buy a headset with a microphone that can’t mute, especially if you’re trying to strategize with your buddy in the same room against a team online.


Compatibility is the next important component for both movie watchers, but especially gamers. If you plan to game on multiple consoles, you will want a headphone set that allows you to plug in and play, no matter what OS you will be using. Does your headphone set come with a jack and USB-compatible conversion? Can it be used cross-platform on your PS3 to Xbox One to gaming laptop or tablet? If you switched to a Mac, will it also still be recognized? Many headsets are compatible across platforms and come with a detachable USB inline gaming control extension, but other models might require you to buy it separately. Movie watchers might want to watch a movie that’s compatible with their flat-screen TV, the large Mac in their office, to the tablet for long commutes. Many gaming headsets actually fulfill a lot of the qualities that you should look for in audio-movie headphones, like the Califone GH507 Gaming Headset: with the detachable microphone, you can use these headphones for great surround audio while watching a movie. 


And of course, if you’re planning to go at it for hours on end, finding a headphone set that is comfortable is key to your gaming performance or watching comfort. Check for headsets that are adjustable, whether you prefer on-ear or over-ear use, and the weight of the headphones. For example, the Lightweight Califone GH131 Headset is great for those looking for on-ear, lightweight comfort, without sacrificing other gaming features, while the LTB Audio MG51-USB Magnum True 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones with built-in microphone adds lots of comfy padding without adding the weight to the design, or a bulky in-line microphone in front of your face when unneeded.

Overall, focusing on comfort, compatibility, and communication will cover the most important bases for your headphone/headset needs. For more help finding the right headphones or headset for your gaming system or entertainment set up, contact us.

Enter Now to win a Califone GH507 Gaming Headset!

Complete our Quick Question Gaming Survey to enter our Califone Gaming Headset Giveaway. A gaming headset is vital for modern gaming, and this is an excellent value.
– Allows conversations with other gamers, your buddies
– Send and receive voice messages on your console
– Advanced 3d effects for immersive gaming
– Works with all major consoles: xbox 360, xbox one, playstation 3 & 5, Wii, and well as PC and Mac.

Enter Here to Win!

One lucky winner will receive a brand new Califone GH507 Gaming Headset valued at $56.99. All surveys must be completed by October 30, 2015 for contest entry. Winner will be notified on November 2, 2015. Good luck!

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