We interview AMD to get the lowdown on the company's new, 3D immersive sound technology
Perhaps the biggest surprise—and the best kept secret of AMD’s new R7 and R9 graphics chips--was the inclusion of a new advanced audio technology dubbed TrueAudio. That’s right, a video card with audio support. With advanced PC audio considered a long forgotten technology, Maximum PC played 23 questions with AMD’s Carl Wakeland. Wakeland is a Fellow Design Engineer and considered the “author” of TrueAudio.
Maximum PC: In one sentence TrueAudio is:
AMD: A programmable audio core built into the GPU, representing our effort to breathe life into game audio environments as the programmable graphics pipeline breathed life into the diversity of PC graphics.
Onkyo, an old stalwart in the home theater and audio equipment business, has just announced a rather attractive audio-video mini system and stereo mini system the company says are both ideal for the office, bedroom, dorm room, or wherever else space is at a premium.
First up is the Onkyo CS-V645 DVD/CD Mini System, which comes ready to dish out audio and video from DVDs, CDs, your iPod, and via USB. It supports MP3, WMA, JPEG, and DivX file formats, and upscales video to 1080p. The CS-V645 will be available in early December for $400.
Onkyo also introduced its CS-445 CD Mini System with support for CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA files. This one also comes with a top-mounted iPod dock and shares the same 40W stereo amplifier as the CS-V465. Look for this one to ship early this month.