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[Jul 20, 2012] Genius Announces SP-900BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker
[Feb 17, 2012] ASRock Intros Game Blaster Add-on Sound Card
[Jan 10, 2012] CES 2012: Patriot Intros PBO Alpine Media Player
[Feb 02, 2011] Blue Launches World’s First Professional-Grade USB Microphone
[Nov 22, 2010] Arctic Sound Announces Series of 2.1 Speakers
[Jul 20, 2010] Creative Unveils Speaker in Form of Rock
[May 15, 2009] ASUS Launches Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card
[Feb 04, 2009] ASUS Intros External DVD Writer
[Jan 13, 2009] CES 2009: Creative Shows iPod Docking Speakers with FM Receiver
[Sep 18, 2008] Creative Launches Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook
[Jul 28, 2008] ASUS Unveils Xonar D1 PCI Audio Card
[Jun 06, 2008] ASUS Unveils Xonar HDAV1.3
[Oct 08, 2007] ASUS Intros Sound Cards Xonar D2X and U1
[Aug 28, 2007] ASUS Intros Sound Cards Xonar D2/D2X
[Jun 14, 2007] Creative Releases Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

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Genius Announces SP-900BT Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 20, 2012 - 8:15 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.geniusnet.com/wSite/ct?xItem=53871&ctNode=150

Genius has released the SP-900BT, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in microphone, which not only allows you to listen to audio or music from your smartphone or tablet, but also lets you take phone calls when you connect the device to your smartphone. If a phone call comes in while music is playing, the SP-900BT notifies you with a ring. By pressing the call answering button on the speaker, you can listen and talk without having to touch your phone.

Thanks to its built-in Lithium rechargeable battery, it can continuously play wirelessly for up to 10 hours at moderate volume, and conveniently be charged via USB.

The main technical specifications for the SP-900BT include:

  • Bluetooth Specification: v3.0
  • Battery: 700mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable
  • Frequency Response: 200 Hz ~ 20 KHz
  • Impedance: 4 ohms +/- 10%
  • Wireless Range: 32.90 feet (10 meters)
  • Battery Charge Time: Three hours
  • Suggested price: USD 49.99

 

Genius SP-900BT

 

Genius SP-900BT
Genius SP-900BT
Genius SP-900BT
Genius SP-900BT
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ASRock Intros Game Blaster Add-on Sound Card
Author: Cássio Lima Date: February 17, 2012 - 12:07 PM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?cat=News&ID=323

ASRock’s Game Blaster is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip. This sound card is based on a Creative Sound Core3D chip, which provides CrystalVoice technology for improving the audio quality during audio chats and several other technologies for improving audio. This sound card offers 102 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for its outputs and 101 dB signal-to-noise ratio for its inputs, with a 192 kHz sampling rate and 24-bit resolution. Additionally, this card provides a Gigabit Ethernet port, which is controlled by a Broadcom BCM57781 chip. This chip supports the “teaming” function, allowing you to combine two Gigabit Ethernet ports for doubling the networking transfer rate to 2 Gbps.

It offers four gold-plated jacks for analog audio connection, optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an internal header for the front audio, and an SPDIF header if your video card needs a physical connection in order to provide digital audio on its HDMI output.

ASRock bundles the Game Blaster add-on sound card with their X79 Extreme9 and X79 Extreme 6/GB motherboards.

Information on pricing was not provided.

Asrock Game Blaster
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CES 2012: Patriot Intros PBO Alpine Media Player
Author: Cássio Lima Date: January 10, 2012 - 10:12 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://patriotmemory.com

Patriot has expanded their media player line-up with the launch of the PBO Alpine model.

The PBO Alpine is equipped with an ARM926 processor and supports HD video output in full 1,080p resolution at 30 frames per second. It comes preloaded with iRadio, iTV, YouTube, Picasa, and a fully functional web browser. For enthusiasts, the PBO Alpine offers support for user developed apps that can be side-loaded for custom functionality.

The new Patriot’s media player also features two USB 2.0 ports, one SD card reader, and comes with the Android operating system installed.

See below the file formats supported by the PBO Alpine:

  • Video: M-JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, Xvid, RealVideo, VP6, and .MKV
  • Audio: ACC-LC/HEACC/HE-AAC v2, DTS, AC3, AMR-NB, DTS, MP3, OGG, and RA_COOK

Patriot PBO Alpine Media Player
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Blue Launches World’s First Professional-Grade USB Microphone
Author: Cássio Lima Date: February 2, 2011 - 8:18 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.bluemic.com/yetipro/#/desc/

Blue has announced the launch of the world’s first professional-grade USB microphone. Dubbed Yeti Pro, the device provides a sample rate of 192 KHz, a resolution of 24 bits, a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and a sensitivity of 4.5 mV/Pa (1 kHz). It also has an analog XLR output. It has three custom condenser capsules and four different pattern settings, and comes with a suggested price of USD 249.


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Blue Yeti Pro
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Arctic Sound Announces Series of 2.1 Speakers
Author: Cássio Lima Date: November 22, 2010 - 7:29 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.arctic-cooling.com/catalog/images/PR_ARCITC_S_English.pdf

Arctic Sound, sub-brand from the cooler manufacturer Arctic for audio products, has introduced a new line of 2.1 speakers. This new series is made up of four models. The first one, called Arctic Sound S151, features two 3.5 W RMS speakers, a 10 W RMS subwoofer with built-in volume and bass control, and it costs USD 29.90. The Arctic Sound S161 model has two 3.5 W RMS circular speakers with blue LEDs, an 11 W RMS subwoofer with built-in volume and bass control, and it costs USD 37.90. The Arctic Sound S361 model has two speakers equipped with two 18 W RMS satellites each, a 40 W RMS subwoofer, and a wired remote control. This one costs USD 99. The most expansible model, the Arctic Sound S362, has two 12 W RMS speakers, a 50 W RMS subwoofer featuring a 144-mm high fidelity membrane, and it costs USD 109.90.

Arctic Sound S151
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Arctic Sound S151

 

Arctic Sound S161
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Arctic Sound S161

 

Arctic Sound S361
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Arctic Sound S361

 

Arctic Sound S362
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Creative Unveils Speaker in Form of Rock
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 20, 2010 - 3:48 PM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-Blaster-Wireless-Rock-Outdoor-Speak...

It seems that the SkyMall magazine, which is available inside airplanes and sells the most bizarre junk ever invented, has inspired the Creative, since this company has just launched a speaker encased in a granite-rock like exterior. The granite, I mean, the speaker, measures 305 mm x 285 mm 350 mm (L x H x W), weighs 13.88 lbs (6.3 kg), is waterproof, and make use of wireless technology (2.4 GHz) with a range of up to 30 m. It also comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery. If you like this invention you can buy it for USD 200.


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ASUS Launches Xonar DS 7.1 Sound Card
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 15, 2009 - 12:37 PM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com/News.aspx?N_ID=deOz0WgNrEnv57p7

ASUS has expanded its Xonar line-up with the launch of Xonar DS 7.1 sound card. Based on PCI bus, this sound card provides 7.1 audio, has a 192 KHz sampling rate, 24-bit resolution, 107 dB signal/noise rate (SNR) and supports VocalFX, EAX and DTS Connect technologies. No word on pricing and availability.


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ASUS Intros External DVD Writer
Author: Cássio Lima Date: February 4, 2009 - 12:33 PM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=14219

ASUS has just introduced SDRW-08D1S-U, a very slim external DVD writer. Available in black or silver colors, this device measures 6.15" x 5.54" x 0.8" or 156.4 mm  x 140.8 mm x 21 mm (H x W x W), weights 0.9 lb or 412 g (0.95 lb or 435 g with stand), can be placed vertically or horizontally, has a USB 2.0 interface and 2 MB buffer. On the table below you can see write and read speeds for the supported medias.

Write Speed

DVD+R(SL)

8X (CAV)

DVD-RW

6X (ZCLV)

DVD+RW

8X (ZCLV)

DVD+R (DL)

6X (ZCLV)

CD-R

24X (ZCLV)

CD-RW

16X (ZCLV)

DVD-RAM

5X max.

Read Speed

DVD-ROM (SL)(DL)

8X. (CAV) max.

DVD+R/RW

8X. (CAV) max.

DVD+R(DL)

6X. (CAV) max.

CD-ROM/R/RW

24X. (CAV) max.

DVD-RAM

5X. max.

Random Time Access

DVD: 150 ms and CD: 130 ms

 

 

 

No word on pricing and availability.

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CES 2009: Creative Shows iPod Docking Speakers with FM Receiver
Author: Cássio Lima Date: January 13, 2009 - 11:30 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://us.creative.com

During this CES Creative Labs showed a new version of its TravelSound that is more than a simple docking station with built-in speakers for Third Gen iPod Nano. It has a built-in FM receiver, feature not present on Apple iPods. So you can tune in your favorite radio station and enjoy it with your friends without having to share your earphones or carry a bulky docking speaker with you. This product should reach the market this year, but Creative didn’t say how much it will cost.


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Creative Launches Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook
Author: Cássio Lima Date: September 18, 2008 - 9:07 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=209&subcatego...

Creative has just launched Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook, a soundcard for laptops featuring 48 KHz sampling rate, 24-bit resolution, support to EAX Advanced HD audio standard, Crystalizer, which restores detail and vibrance of your compressed music and movies and CMSS-3D, which guarantees headphone surround sound technologies. It’s MSRP is of USD 89.99.


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ASUS Unveils Xonar D1 PCI Audio Card
Author: Cássio Lima Date: July 28, 2008 - 10:21 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=12237

ASUS has just launched a PCI version of the Xonar D1 soundcard. Equipped with AV100 chip, which features a 116 dB output signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and a 112 dB input signal-to-noise ratio, with 24-bit resolution and up to 192 KHz sampling rate, this new soundcard features 7.1 audio format and supports DS3D GX 2.0 and VocalFX technologies. Xonar D1 PCI will reach the market next month.

ASUS Xonar D1 PCI Audio Card

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ASUS Unveils Xonar HDAV1.3
Author: Alessandra Carneiro Date: June 6, 2008 - 2:38 PM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=25

ASUS unveiled the Xonar HDAV1.3, the world’s first HDMI 1.3a compliant audio/video enhancement combo card. Capable of outputting uncompressed multichannel high definition audio from Blu-ray movies, the Xonar HDAV1.3 also enhances incoming HDMI video with an onboard HD processor, says ASUS.

The Xonar HDAV1.3 is capable of decoding Blu-ray movies and delivers the 7.1 channel 192K linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) audio. Xonar sound cards further reduce EMI noise inside modern PCs, providing clean 120 dB SNR and peerless 0.0004% low distortion.

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ASUS Intros Sound Cards Xonar D2X and U1
Author: Alessandra Carneiro Date: October 8, 2007 - 7:23 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com.tw/news_show.aspx?id=8549

Asustek unveils two new cards from the Xonar audio card family. The Xonar D2X has PCI Express interface 2X and Xonar U1 has  USB interface.A new technoly - DS3D GX extension - provide support for surround sound and hardware accelerated features by translating DirectX to the DS3D GX.

The Xonar D2X also includes the “Acoustics Echo Cancellation” (AEC) technology, which can eliminate up-to-40dB speaker echo return. It features a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 118 dB for both audio in and out. The Xonar D2X is able to deliver 118 dB quality audio for all 7.1 channels. It also includes Dolby Digital Live, which converts PC or game audio content into Dolby Digital in real-time; Dolby Headphone, which creates a surround sound listening experience when using any set of headphones; Dolby Virtual Speaker, which delivers a surround sound listening experience from stereo speakers and Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which creates up to 7.1-channel surround sounds from stereo or 5.1 sources as well as DTS Interactive for real time AC-3 encoding and DTS NEP: PC stereo to multi-channel expander.

The Xonar U1 is an external USB audio device that improves audio by eliminating electromagnetic interference (EMI) and noisy DC circuits inside the PC chassis. It also offers DAC (digital to analog convertor) to improve music or gaming audio. It features Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital Live and Dolby Prologic IIx.

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ASUS Intros Sound Cards Xonar D2/D2X
Author: Alessandra Carneiro Date: August 28, 2007 - 8:59 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=25&l2=144

ASUS intros the sound card market with the sound cards Xonar D2 7.1 (PCI interface) and Xonar D2X 7.1 (PCI-Express interface). The cards features SNR up to 118 dB, high definition audio Processing at 192KHz/24Bit sampling rates and its covered by a metal case to avoid electronic interferences. IT features Dolby Digital Live, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, DTS Neo:PC and DTS Interactive. Supports Asio 2.0 drive. Suggested retail price: USD 119.

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Creative Releases Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
Author: Alessandra Carneiro Date: June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM PST
Category: Audio
More Info: http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategor...

Creative has released Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio, a powerful soundcard for notebooks. Users who want decent audio when watching films in their portable computers will approve the new X-Fi Crystalizer technology, which restores the detail and vibrance to your compressed music and movies, says Creative. X-Fi CMSS-3D guarantees headphone surround sound. Plus, expand stereo music into full multichannel sound with voices centered in front of you and ambient sounds all around you.

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