Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Combo: Yamaha RX-V365 Receiver & Energy Take 5 Speakers - $279.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: NewEgg pairs one of the best speaker kits for the money with a budget receiver and you get one of the better home theater deals I've seen in a while. The Yamaha RX-V365 receiver sells for around $225, which means the Energy Take 5 is only $50!
Getting music from your iPhone to your home stereo is easy enough to do with a dock or other device. There are a number of companies that make devices that will do this and Belkin has announced a new product today called the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver designed for the iPhone.
The device allows the iPhone user to stream music from the iPhone to their home stereo using Bluetooth technology. The device has a range of 33 feet and uses Bluetooth 2.0 technology. The adapter has a 3.5mm to RCA adapter and 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables.
The device will be available in March 2010 in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia and it is available today in America. The receiver can be paired with up to six devices.
EXCLUSIVE - Last Friday we visited the ASUS headquarters here in Taipei and got a look at some of their upcoming products.
First off the blocks is a pretty amazing piece of technology that is able to effectively emulate surround sound from one single center speaker bar that sits in front of you just below your monitor.
We were introduced to the Cine5 by ASUS product manager Ives Chiu in the video we have uploaded below. Sadly our videos are only uploaded with two channel audio, so you won't hear the full effect of the product as intended, but you should get some idea of the audio positioning. Hit the play button.
In the picture below, you can see the cable connectors on the back of the speaker. There are no special tricks required here; all you need to do is just use the standard analog audio cable hookup from your motherboard or sound card.
We were very impressed with the product and we are looking forward to getting in a sample for review soon. ASUS may have a Cine5 product coming out a little later with a discrete subwoofer and that's something I would love to get my hands on as well!
Harman Kardon makes all sorts of audio gear from headphones to speakers for the PC. The company owns the JBL brand as well. Lots of tech fans want gear for their computer that performs well, but looks good too and Harman Kardon has a new set of speakers that will fit the bill called the GLA-55.
The speakers are a high-end two-piece set lacking subwoofer. The 2.0 system promises good sound quality, and they had better sound good considering the price. Harman Kardon is asking $999 for the pair. I think someone forgot we are still in a recession.
The speakers have Atlas woofers and CMMD tweeters built into the sexy glass case. If you are the type who has some money lying around and likes flashy, crystal looking stuff these may well be your speakers. The GLA-55 speakers are available now on Amazon and at other retailers.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Energy Take 5 Pack 5CH Home Theater Speaker System - $129.99 Shipped FREE!.
Offer: This is the absolute CHEAPEST I've seen these amazing speakers go for! If you've been waiting for a sale on these, this is the time to get it. The Energy Take 5 set is simply the best sounding 5-speaker set for the money. I have this set and it's been working great for over 10 years!
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Years ago, the speakers that I had connected to my computer for gaming and movie watching were the JBL Creature II speakers. I liked the way the speakers sounded and they looked really cool too. They always reminded me of the ghosts from the Pac Man cartoon when I was a kid.
JBL has announced the new Creature III speakers are now available. These are the follow up to the speakers I used to own. The new speakers are available at the Apple store or Apple.com only at a MSRP of $129.99.
The 2.1 speakers have satellites that measure 3" x 3" x 2 3/4" with 1 5/8-inch drivers. The sub measures 9" x 9" x 9" and has a 3-inch driver. Each satellite speaker has 5W of power and the sub has 15W. the new version still reminds me of Pac Man ghosts.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Circuit City - Altec Lansing FX3022 Expressionist Bass 2-Piece Speakers with Built In Subs for $49.99.
Offer: Shipping adds another $16 and with that, it's still the lowest price on the net! These hot looking speakers have a built in subwoofer in a clever design and look like a piece of artwork. The subs point down so you'll get a nice rumble on your desk as well. No tax except in FL, IL and NC.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Vann's - Jamo A 102 HCS 5 Silver 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System for $149.88 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Get this Jamo A 102 5 Silver 5.1 channel home theater speaker system including one center channel speaker, 4 satellite speakers, and one subwoofer. It's $149.88 with FREE shipping until 10/19/09.
Update: You can see the specs and original retail price of $1899.99 here. SAMSUNG LN52B550 52 INCH LCD HDTV FEATURES AND SPECS SAMSUNG.COM
MSI has today announced its latest gaming motherboard which it calls the Big Bang, the first motherboard to include THX's TruStudio PC audio technology together with Creative's EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0. We're yet to see any shots of the actual board yet, however.
Big Bang features QuantumWave™ audio processing, combining THX TruStudio PC with Creative EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 to deliver the most powerful and realistic gaming audio performance.
THX TruStudio PC™ provides groundbreaking PC audio technologies, the result of collaborative research and development from Creative and THX. Together, these technologies deliver the fullest audio experience for music, movies and games, while remaining true to the intention of the artists who created it.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Vann's - Energy Take 5.0 Home Theater Speaker System w/ 100W S8.3 Subwoofer for only $299.98 Shipped FREE!.
Offer: If you've never heard of Energy, let me assure you that they are a quality company. I have been using the Energy Take 5 system for almost 10 years and they function just as well or better than day one! These are QUALITY speakers and a QUALITY subwoofer that's good for a small to medium sized room.
Check out a review.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Genius SW-V2.1 1250 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Woofer for Only $34.99 with FREE Shipping from Buy.com.
Offer: It gives you controls of treble and bass (yes, actual controls) and even includes a subwoofer with this speaker system. Use it for your computer or TV or anywhere you'd like.
The online music store Spotify has fessed up to having it security breached. While that alone is alarming the fact that the personal data for thousands of its subscribers has been grabbed makes things worse.
According to a statement from Spotify, passwords, registration information such as your email address, birth date, gender, postal code and billing receipt details were potentially exposed.
Spotify was quick to let people know that they do not keep credit card numbers. This means that at least subscriber credit cards were safe.
Read more here.
It said that the bug in the system was spotted and fixed shortly before Christmas, meaning that only users who signed up before December 19 could be affected. It is not clear how many people were using the service at that time, since Spotify was still an invitation-only service and has grown more rapidly in the subsequent months.
It is a troubling moment for Spotify, which is based in Sweden and London, and has been hailed by some as the future of online music.
The service has grown rapidly in recent weeks after it opened its doors to allow anyone from Britain to sign up. As a result, the company now boasts more than a million users across Europe, with an estimated 250,000 in the UK alone.
Creative has just found room for three more sets of speakers to fit amongst its GigaWorks range; the T3, T20 Series II and T40 Series II.
The T3 is the most impressive (and expensive) of the three which comprises a 2.1 arrangement. The sub features a SLAM (Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module) design whilst the sats use 6.5" drivers. Other features include Low Standby Power technology, a wired remote with volume and power on/off controls and aux-in for portable devices as well as the line-in on the rear panel for your main input device.
Both the Series II variants of the older T20 and T40 speakers are still based muchly on the original designs but now feature superior acoustics, BasXPort technology for more punchy bass and front-mounted controls. The T40 and T20 seperate themselves where the former sports two drivers per speaker whilst the latter runs just a single.
All three sets will become available this month with the GigaWorks T3 coming in at a rather pricey $199 USD at the current rate of exchange whilst the T40 and T20 Series II models will be priced at $187 and $144 respectively.
You can learn more about the T3 model within the press release here, but unfortunately I was unable to locate press releases for the other two offerings.
It's a bit of a shame to see no new surround kits from the company, their previous GigaWorks surround systems such as the 7.1 S750 were a nice step in the right direction but we've since been limited to 2/.1 channel arrangements. Hopefully Creative are working on something new in this area to surprise us.
August 29, 2008. Creative, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, announces the Creative GigaWorks® T3 speaker system. Designed to deliver the ultimate music listening experience, the Creative GigaWorks T3 combines innovative design, the best audio components and state-of-the-art technologies to elevate users' audio listening experience to an entirely new level of excellence.
The two satellite speakers deliver detailed sound thanks to the full-range premium drivers, which combine rich mid-range tones with clear highs. Audio from the satellite speakers merges naturally with bass from Creative SLAM™ subwoofer design (Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module) which uses three drivers to produce powerful, deep, rich bass with responsive dynamics. The system has been fine-tuned to ensure that users enjoy the most natural and balanced music experience.
Auzentech has just announced that it will begin selling its HDMI 1.3-native PCI Express audio combo card in September of this year. Personally, I can't wait for it to come out. I use my PS3 to play Blu-ray movies and it does a reasonable job however it can only send out audio via PCM and not bit stream which is an exact non downsampled audio stream.
Auzentech made the headline earlier this year when it first let news out about its plans to make an HDMI 1.3 soundcard or Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1 combo card as its being called.
HTPC enthusiasts were overjoyed that they may finally be able to experience true HD audio from their computer. The audio card is said to incorporate technology by Auzentech, Creative, NVIDIA Corporation, CyberLink and Silicon Image.
We conducted an interview with CyberLink back in April and we asked them about this particular product. Presumably CyberLink will release a patch soon for the release of this product which is said to allow bit streaming of HD audio (such as DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD with no downsampling) from Blu-ray movie discs for the best bit for bit audio quality to a HDMI 1.3 amplifier.
"Creative is excited to work with Auzentech to deliver a true high-definition HDMI solution based on our latest PCI Express-based processor," said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio for Creative. "We have completely re-architected our X-Fi audio processor, optimizing it for the PCI Express bus. We've also made a significant achievement in customizing our audio technology to enable the highest quality lossless digital audio for HDMI, for a stunning HD digital entertainment experience."
"CyberLink provides the best in audio and video playback quality to deliver the ultimate movie experience on the PC," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "Featuring HDMI version 1.3-enabed capabilities, PowerDVD will enable users to enjoy high definition cinema on their PCs. We are excited to partner with Auzentech to offer a true, uncompressed HD audio experience by employing our breakthrough technologies."
"At Auzentech we focus on bringing innovative products to market by listening to our end-users requests," said Stephane Bae, President of Auzentech, Inc. "By teaming up with Industry leaders Creative, NVIDIA, CyberLink and Silicon Image, end users and home theater enthusiasts will now be able to enjoy Blu-Ray or HD movies in their full glory."
The Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1 is made possible through cooperation between Auzentech, NVIDIA, CyberLink PowerDVD software, Silicon Image, and the Creative X-Fi chip development team.
Release of the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1 is planned for Sept. of 2008.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Sweet music to my ears with the devices that Yidsun have brought to Computex. There is a huge range of portable and home speaker solutions here to trip my auditory senses. Where to start...
Two portable speakers (SPK 800 and 796) boast touch sensitive controls, microphone (for use with your mobile phone!), auxiliary line in and 4-watt output.
Two iPod docking speakers (SPK 798i and 799i) with built-in iPod dock, 2-watts and 50-watts respectively, touch sensitive user interface, auxiliary Line in and ability to pause music automatically while receiving calls on your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
A set of Bluetooth headphones with lightweight (25 grams) design that has the ability to pause music and alert you of incoming calls on your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. No annoying dongles or external battery packs, and with volume/skip/play/pause controls on the earphones themselves it makes it easy to control the music. Audio quality is also rather impressive and better than we thought it would be.
Lastly we get to see a wireless Internet radio speaker with a huge number of features. 20-watts, 255 channel memory, built-in SD card reader capable of mp3/ogg/rm/ra playback (up to 16GB), wireless 802.11 b/g, cabled RJ45 10/100Mbs, DHCP support, Backlit graphic LCD display and line out features.
Logitech has just released a rather fancyful Mobile Speaker System dubbed the "Pure-Fi". This highly compact and slimline unit comprises 2" high-excursion drivers and dual 2" pressure drivers which are said to be capable of filling a large office/home with rich clean bass and treble.
As it is Bluetooth ready, you can stream stereo audio through the Pure-Fi at up to 33 feet away, and it can also be used as a wireless speaker phone. Two built-in mics are resident for the vocal nuances and also to monitor and block unwanted background noise. A whole range of buttons including call-answer and call-end can be found across the top of the unit, and a USB cable is included to charge up the rechargeable batteries inside, of which last approx. 12 hrs between recharging.
The Pure-Fi Mobile Speaker System will become available in June at an RRP of $229AUD. You can find more information here.
Sydney, AUSTRALIA- May 20, 2008 - Logitech today announced the Logitech® Pure-Fi Mobile™ speaker system - to transform your low-fidelity mobile-phone audio into high-fidelity, stereophonic sound - wirelessly. Soon you'll be listening to your favourite tunes on your mobile phone - even when your phone is in your pocket.
Millions of people now use a mobile phone to listen to music. If you're one of those people, now you can toss your ear buds aside and pump up the volume," said Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech's audio business unit. "So when you're at a party, at the park, or just hanging out at home, your mobile-phone music will always sound great when you use the Pure-Fi Mobile speaker system."
Hot on the heels of yesterdays news that Universal Pictures have chosen the DTS HD Master Audio encoder to feature on all Blu-ray releases moving forward, Paramount have announced plans to also feature lossless audio on future Blu-ray releases, but in the Dolby TrueHD format.
Again this is great news for Blu fans and this now signals that all movie studios habitually releases movies in lossless, bit for bit quality of the original studio masters. Let's break it down:
PCM Uncompressed Audio
Buena Vista (Disney)
DTS HD Master Audio
Twentieth Century Fox
Universal Pictures, whom will release their first Blu-ray titles to the U.S. market this June, have announced that moving forward, most, if not all, releases will be encoded in lossless DTS HD Master Audio. This means that unlike their HD-DVD counterparts, which often featured lossless Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital plus audio tracks, their Blu-ray offerings will feature greatly enhanced sonic quality.
This is fantastic news for Blu-ray fans and an interesting move from Universal, whom seem to be taking their Blu-ray plans rather seriously.
Universal Home Entertainment Australia have yet to make any announcement regarding Blu-ray releases for the local market, although we expect to hear word soon.
Theo from TG Daily managed to visit the ASUS office in Fremont, California to check out the company's upcoming sound card products.
During his visit he learnt about ASUS' upcoming plans while paying close attention to the Taiwanese company plans to shake up the sound card market well and truly. ASUS is readying two HDMI sound cards, the Xonar DX and Xonar AV1.
The DX is a cut down version of the existing Xonar D2X sound card with the EMI shielding removed as apparently it doesn't make much of a difference being there or not. It creates a smaller profile which is better since they are designed especially for HTPC and ASUS will be offering half-height and full-height brackets, which is a smart move.
Next on the list is the AV1 which is a work in progress and this one will really shake up the market big time. It not only included HDMI output but also HDMI input for a super advanced video capturing. It even includes a Splendid HD chip for hardware video processing.
These sound cards arrive at no better time as a HD format has been chosen and many folks will be looking to finally buy a Blu-ray ROM and finally setup their HTPC's properly. ASUS, how about you release them already?
We want DTS-HD MA and TrueHD on our computers like yesterday, don't you know that? I hope you are looking at this too, CyberLink!
I originally heard about this on my local TV news station yesterday and the first thing that came to mind was along the lines of "Rubbish!" - In this day and age, when it sounds too good to be true? it most always is.
I'm talking about FREE legalised music downloading folks; Something you'd have thought would be shut down in a heartbeat is safe and open for the masses to take advantage of.
The new service is called QTrax and will be an ad-supported P2P arrangement; the exciting news is that the team has managed to announce deals with almost every major record label out there with a catalogue of over 25,000,000 songs going up for grabs.
It's not without one major annoyance though, as they haven't been able to shake off the Digital Rights Management (DRM) content (yet!).
The service is based on a blacklist/whitelist/greylist system. The blacklist covers all the artists who have said "no way, no how" to digital distribution (I'm guessing the Purple Midget is on that one), and blocks such music from being shared via the system. The whitelist is all the artists who have said "yeah, baby!". The greylist is possibly the most interesting part of the system, however: it's all the stuff that's floating around there on other less salubrious P2P networks and that hasn't been officially okayed or blocked.
Apacer have introduced a neat little MP3 player into the market down under today, the "Audio Steno AU240". You can purchase it in 1, 2 and 4GB capacities with respectable retail pricing of $45, $65 and $99 AUD respectively.
For the full rundown and specs listing on it check out the official PR here.
Sydney, Australia, 29 October 2007 - If you are the type who cares about style and convenience, here is your MP3 player, Apacer Technology Inc, a global leader in memory modules and digital storage, today announced the new Audio Steno AU240, a MP3 player with sleek and compact look. Unlike other MP3 players of plastic material, the leather finish brings AU240 a sense of nobility in addition to its slim appearance. Lighter, shorter, and thinner, the AU240 packs the most elegant feel and urban trendy style into its polished and slender case.