Items tagged with Audio

Remember Real Player? Evidently that's still around, and Intel -- of all companies -- is interested. RealNetworks just announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a significant number of its patents and its next generation video codec software to Intel Corporation for a purchase price of $120 million. Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products. With patents storming the tech news front these days, it's no surprise to see this company re-emerging with patents at the forefront. "Selling these patents to Intel unlocks... Read more...
This will make Apple cult members swoon, and on-the-go musicians will at least find it worth checking out: iConnectivity is debuting its new iConnectMUSE, a portable digital audio mini-mixer designed specifically for iOS devices. The iConnectMUSE features six stereo inputs and outputs, two USB ports for other devices, a pair of 1.4-inch in/out jacks, a MIDI pass-thru interface, a headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and DSP processing. The device will be available in Q2 2012 with an MSRP of $299.99. iConnectivity™ Unveils iConnectMUSE™ Digital Audio Mixer, Bringing Studio Grade, Professional... Read more...
The folks at Turtle Beach know a thing or three about ear candy and so it's no surprise that the gurus of gaming audio used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil a couple of new headsets, the Ear Force XP300 and Ear Force XP400. Both are fully wireless operating on dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and are optimized for use on the Xbox 360 console. "Interference from common 2.4 GHz wireless devices like game consoles, routers, telephones and other gadgets is now a thing of the past with these new headsets," said Michael Arzt, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Turtle... Read more...
Samsung is a company best known for its Android smartphones, high definition television sets, and storage devices, but audio products? Apparently Samsung dabbles in audio gear as well, and to prove it, the company sent us a note announcing its new family of "Your Sound" wired headsets. Samsung EHS-60 "Serious Sound" The new line consists of four different earbuds designed for music, video, and gaming "with exceptional audio quality." It kicks off with the EHS-60 "Serious Sound" ($20) an entry level set of gel-based earbuds with background noise isolation and an in-line microphone and answer key... Read more...
It's a trickle right now, but it'll be a flood soon enough. Samsung has just introduced the first of their CES slate of products, with home entertainment getting the first push. The company just introduced a new line of audio dock systems that look ultra stylish, with one in particular being the first in the world to incorporate Samsung's s proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology and supports a broad range of Galaxy S and Apple devices via both docked and wireless connectivity (model DA-E750). The Audio Dock for Galaxy S and Apple devices is a system that combines functionality with... Read more...
Look who showed up on the gaming headphone scene. Sennheiser, a trusted name in the world of audio, has just introduced two new headphone models, both of which are targeting Xbox gamers. The X 320 and X2 are the company's first-ever Xbox headsets, and they're designed for all the Xbox LIVE action you can handle. The top-of-the-line X 320 features Sennheiser amplified stereo sound, which boosts the Xbox 360’s audio experience. A professional-grade, noise-canceling microphone ensures that only the gamer’s voice is heard. Dual volume control lets gamers independently adjust the game’s... Read more...
Russound may not be a company on the tip of your tongue, but they're actually quite the player in the multi-room audio market. This week, they introduced the AirGo Outdoor Sound Station. AirGo is the first portable, weather-resistant, amplified speaker dock for use with Apple AirPort Express. AirGo can be placed outside on a deck, on a lawn, in the driveway or anywhere a listener wants to hear great sounding music. With the AirPort Express and AirPlay, the music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC fills the air with full range sound quality. In addition, users can stream music from iTunes,... Read more...
Need a new gaming headset? No problem. Mad Catz has just announced to shipment of the Trigger Stereo Headset for Xbox 360. It's a co-branded device with Xbox 360 and Tritton, complete with 40mm neodymium drivers and an in-line audio controller allowing gamers to separately adjust volume and in-game chat levels. The Trigger Stereo Headset includes all cables necessary to connect to any Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and with just a $50 price tag, it'll probably fit into quite a few budgets. Mad Catz® Announces Shipping of the Trigger™ Stereo Headset for Xbox 360® Co-Branded... Read more...
It's hard to create a new brand that really grabs people these days, but somehow the folks behind Beats Audio have managed to do just that. It's the headphone company that's taking over the world, and it's spreading faster than wildfire across the entire consumer electronics landscape. Look at HTC's newest smartphone, for instance. The Sensation XE follows the traditional HTC slate-style phone bloodline in many ways, but the addition of the Beats logo on the back lets you know that this is something special. And fans of the brand (or music in general) may buy into what the company has going on... Read more...
Hercules revealed its new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection of multimedia speakers. In all, the company is launching five new models that are designed to be friendly to your wallet. The XPS ARC WHITE speakers feature a streamlined and slightly arched design. These speakers are available in two models. The XPS 2.1 20 ARC WHITE includes two satellite speakers, a subwoofer, a wired remote with volume control and a line input. The XPS 2.0 10 ARC WHITE is a 2.0 version of the previous speaker system with a volume control, on/off button and line input located on the left satellite speaker. Hercules is also... Read more...
E3 means new games, but it also means new game consoles, and new peripherals. The accessory makers are certainly out in full force, with Mad Catz using the show to launch a new series of Xbox 360 co-branded, co-licensed headsets. They're some of the most wildly designed headsets that we've seen to date, bringing both aural and microphone abilities to Xbox 360 gamers. They're co-branded under the Tritton and Xbox 360 brands, and will include two wireless headsets and a wired headset. A total of three new ones are being launched. The Tritton Warhead is a 7.1 Dolby Wireless Surround Headset for the... Read more...
Creative is on a serious roll this week. First, the D80 Bluetooth speaker, and now a line of new BT headphones. The new WP series is comprised of the 450, 350, and 250, ANC all three feature support for Bluetooth calling and music listening. The company is really playing up the invisible mic angle, and they're insinuating that these were specifically designed to work with mobile devices. You'll find a degree of noise killing powers throughout, with the 450 able to last around 8 or 9 hours when listening to music. Pricing on the trio ranges from $60 right on up to $129, with the 350 on sale this... Read more...
Earlier in the year, 50 Cent and Sleek Audio decided to partner on a set of wireless over-the-head headphones, and while the company had traditionally stuck to earbuds, this seemed like a great opportunity to brand out. After all, Beats by Dre are as popular as ever, so why not try to steal a piece of that market? Evidently the plan hasn't worked out so well. The company today announced that they were killing all hopes of collaborating with 50 Cent on these headphones, and in fact, the enter licensing agreement between G-Unit and Sleek Audio has been "terminated." It's interesting that the two... Read more...
Luxury audio has always demanded a hefty price premium, and Harman Kardon has consistently been a major audio player in the upper-end of the conventional mid-range. For the average consumer H/K equipment is rather expensive, but there's obviously far more expensive gear out there if you go searching. At any rate, the company's new MAS 102 mini stereo system is easily one of the pricier options we've seen, but it's also extremely classy and highly styled. Those familiar with the brand will probably recognize the motif right away. It's a tapletop system with two stereo speakers a 2x65-watt amplifier,... Read more...
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