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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Sweet Sound of Quality: Win a Set of $399 Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Aud...5-Plus#overview

I may be selling these sites and working full time for HTC now, but who says I can't have a little more fun giving away a great prize before I go? Last week I posted about the new Audioengine A5+ powered desktop speakers; the generous folks at Audioengine have offered up a set of these new speakers for a contest. With dual inputs (3.5mm and RCA, the latter of which is easily converted to an addition 3.5mm input with a cable) and a USB charging port, the A5+ speakers are a great companion to an endless variety of devices: desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and yes, even the humble Zune. Ringing in at $399 USD, these are high-quality speakers that I guarantee will blow you away.

How do you win this contest? Simply post a comment to this discussion thread (one entry per person) telling me what your current audio solution for speakers is and how the Audioengine A5+ speakers will be better. One winner will be randomly selected from amongst all the entries and they'll get to chose either a set of black or white A5+ speakers. Due to the size and weight of this prize, it will only be shipped within the continental USA. The contest will remain open until Friday the 28th at 12 PM mountain time (GMT -7).

Best of luck everyone, and I look forward to reading some interesting entries. :-)

UPDATE: The contest is now over, and the winner is ITforSmallBiz. Thanks to everyone for entering!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altec Lansing InMotion Air Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/r...eaker-System/p1

"Every year the gadget world is swamped by new buzz words, technological breakthroughs or product types that we simply must buy into. For music fans the must-have gadget is a dock and the buzz word it must now have is 'AirPlay' - Apple's wireless streaming connectivity capable of supporting lossless audio. So can we take a wireless speaker with none of this functionality seriously? Actually yes..."

Bluetooth-based speakers tend to be more on the "suck" side of the spectrum than the "awesome" side, but it seems Altec Lansing has pulled a rabbit out of their hat here and delivered a system that actually allows Bluetooth-transmitted audio to sound good. Go figure! If you've got a Bluetooth device and want to listen to music without having to connect it to a speaker dock, this looks like a good solution.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

CTIA Wants 3.5 mm; You Probably Do, Too!

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/2009...internettelecom

"An international trade group representing wireless device makers has announced it was backing a drive to standardize audio and USB plugs for laptops and other mobile gadgets. CTIA Wireless Association said it is behind an initiative to make 3.5mm plugs the standard for earphones, headphones and micro-USB connections in mobile devices introduced to the market after January 2012."

Assuming manufacturers get behind this initiative, perhaps, finally, we can wave goodbye to the loathed ExtUSB and 2.5 mm, and welcome 3.5 mm with open arms.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Resco Audio for .NET CF Beta Released

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Developer" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.resco.net/developer/comp...file=2008-03-25

"Resco, a supplier of advanced developer tools and components for mobile devices, today announced availability of Resco Audio for .NET CF Beta. A library that allows the developers to record and play music and sound files in different file formats. The supported file formats include .ogg, .wav, .raf, .spx. The full version will also include .mp3 support. "Multimedia has undoubtedly become a part of modern software applications" said Peter Sartoris, product manager of Resco, Enterprise Solutions."By releasing Resco Audio for .NET, we are providing a library using which you can easily enhance mobile applications by making use of the built-in microphone and speakers."


Audio can be a tricky to properly implement in an application - and with a multitude of codecs and formats to choose from, conversion to the proper format can also be a bit hairy. If you're working on an audio app, Resco's new components may help you get by a nasty issue or two.

Tags: audio, resco

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