Logitech's new Mini Boombox is a combination mobile speaker and speakerphone rolled into one. The idea is to let users rock out to awesome tunes without any cords getting in the way by pairing with smartphones, tablets, and other Bluetooth enabled devices.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video may have gotten all the attention in our recent head-to-head, but one of their competitors now has something that neither of those two streaming video services offers: discrete 7.1-channel surround sound. Dolby has announced that it has entered into an agreement to bring Dolby Digital Plus’s 7.1-channel audio to some of Vudu’s cinematic offerings, starting today with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Mmmmm, eye candy. Who can resist the allure of HD graphics and high FPS rates? Not us, that’s for sure. But all too often, people forget that banging visuals are only half of a satisfying entertainment equation; audio is just as important as video if you truly want to be submersed in your favorite action flick. Along those lines, yesterday, DTS – who sits next to Dolby atop the audio codec heap – announced a partnership to bring its DTS UltraPC II Plus technology to upcoming Fujitsu PCs.
There's a ton of competition in the gaming headset market, but that didn't deter Corsair from rolling out its new Vengeance line. Corsair says these headsets "reflect our desire to build the products we want to use and can't find anywhere else," and what might be most appealing to gamers are the price tags. Each one costs less than a Benjamin, and one of them doesn't even cost half that much.
Don't try telling Creative Technology that discrete audio is for dinosaurs. Onboard audio has improved leaps and bounds in recent years, but there's still room in the market for add-in soundcards, and Creative will continue to cater to the discrete audio market with its newly announced Sound Blaster Recon3D audio platform.
Razer just gut punched every 5.1 gaming headset on the market by launching what it claims is the world's first discrete 7.1 surround sound headphone. It's called the Razer Tiamat, and it packs a total of 10 drivers -- five in each hear -- to pound your eardrums with positional sound from nearly every direction. Sound like overkill? Razer also released a 2.2 stereo version of the Tiamat with a total of four discrete drivers, two of which focus entirely on bass.
Since Ray Newbie first starting spinning disks for the masses via a Spark-gap transmitter back in 1909, there’s been no shortage of innovation in the area of audio hardware development. By the time that Walter Winchell coined the term ‘Disk Jockey’ in 1935, people around the world were snatching both live and recorded music out of the air in dance halls, at work and in their homes. Here's how it's done today.
Word on the web is that Google later today is going to launch a music service, but not as originally intended. After being unable to hammer out agreements with record labels, Google is said to be following in Amazon's footsteps with a digital music locker service without any licensing deals in place. Music Beta by Google, as the search giant plans to call it, will let users upload their tracks to a storage locker in the cloud where they can be streamed and downloaded to any Internet connected devices.
Think you got a good deal on those Beats by Dre? Might've. Or maybe you paid too much for a knockoff. Thanks to easily accessed suckers like you, business in the world of phony high-end audio has never been better.
Spotify, the popular European music streaming service that's still trying to figure out how to break into the United States, is making some changes that will hit current users of its free service like a gut punch. Announced today in a blog post, the total listening time for free users has been cut in half from 20 hours a month to just 10 hours. Ooph. And starting May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1, 2010 will only be able to listen to individual tracks five times per month (if you signed up after, there's a 6 month grace period).