REVIEW: TuneLink Home

Author: Sven Rafferty
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Looking to spew music, audio from your video off your Camera Roll, or even from your Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad? Well, dude, you’re in luck because TuneLink Home is here and it’s pretty much amazing. More than just a way to get audio from your iOS device but also an amazing universal remote the TuneLink Home is very much worth a look and a purchase if not finding high placement on your Christmas list. Read the review and find out why.



Make Your iMac Do the Tango

Author: Sven Rafferty
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The iMac is a pretty ingenious computer and I’m always pleasantly surprised how good the speakers sound for such a small footprint for them to live in. But truth is, if you want to be rockin’ the iTunes or pumping the Steam, then you need real speakers. XtremeMac agrees and yet, keeps it small and complimentary to the iMac with its new Tango Bar. The bar sits right under your iMac or Apple Cinema Screen and plugs into an available USB port. Snug tight in this bar are six speakers configured with dual dome tweeters and midrange/bass drivers. Oh yea, the passive radiator takes care of those 808 lows, too. And if you caught that USB mention, then you’ll understand that this baby will also work on any laptop or PC as well. Drop in the fact it also comes with a line-in jack and this baby pretty much can be used on any audio device. Too loud? Jack into the headphone port, then. :)

Price, availability, and deets in the press release.

 

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Oakdale, MN – November 16, 2011 – XtremeMac, a leading designer and manufacturer of accessories and audio solutions for Apple devices, is excited to announce the U.S. availability of the Tango™ Bar.  The powerful 10 watt amplified USB powered sound bar features a sleek and stylish design while delivering high quality sound.

 

The Tango™ Bar enhances audio from any computer (Mac® and Windows® compatible) through its cutting edge technology that delivers twice the output of most traditional USB speakers. The six speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers and passive radiators provides for best in class audio.  The Tango™ Bar sports a clean and modern design featuring a simple plug and play USB connection, and an amber backlit volume control that provides added style and functionality.

 

The slim Tango™ Bar is built to fit perfectly beneath an iMac® or Apple® Cinema Display.  The single USB connection for both power and audio cleans up any workstation area by reducing cord clutter.  Additional connections include a headphone output, line-in jack and optional sub-out port for an additional subwoofer.

 

The Tango™ Bar is available now in the US for $99.99 at Apple.com, Amazon.com and XtremeMac.com.

 

For more information on the Tango™ Bar and XtremeMac’s entire line of award winning products, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About XtremeMac:

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, XtremeMac is a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN).  Founded in 2001, the same year Apple introduced the first iPod™, XtremeMac provides innovative solutions to protect, power and play Apple devices. The brand’s award winning cases, speaker docks and charging solutions incorporate leading edge design and advanced technology to enhance customer experience with Apple products. Additional information can be found at XtremeMac.com, Facebook/XtremeMac and Twitter/XtremeMac.

 

XtremeMac, Tango and the “X” logo, are trademarks of Imation Corp. iPod, Mac, iMac, and Apple are rtrademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.  Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries.

 



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lots of people use their smartphone for portable recordings and while the iPhone 4S has a great mic, it’s not designed for great recordings. If you’re in the need for such a device but do not want to shell out some major cash for something like the pros use, then you should head down to your local Best Buy and give Zoom’s new H2n Handy Recorder a look. The H2n comes with five studio-quality microphones that are offer, “Mid-Side (MS) stereo, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.” The 1.8-inch backlit LCD display helps you monitor your recording as it happens along with built-in speaker. Basically, you’re getting a sweet recording tool for two bills and you can get it now from Best Buy.

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Zoom Launches the H2n Handy Recorder, Available Nationwide at Best Buy

First and only portable handheld recorder with five studio-quality microphones onboard

Hauppauge, NY – (November 3, 2011) – Zoom’s new H2n Handy Recorder is now available nationwide at all Best Buy locations. Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom’s most innovative handheld recorder to date. The H2n packs groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. Affordably priced, the H2n is available for $199.

The H2n features Zoom’s best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five studio-quality microphones onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. With its newly designed user interface, 1.8-inch backlit LCD display for crystal-clear monitoring and built-in reference speaker that allows you to playback recordings on the spot, the H2n is remarkably easy to use in any application.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Best Buy for the nationwide H2n release,” says James Tsaptsinos, Vice President of Sales for Zoom. “Our original H2 audio recorder became the standard in portable recording, and the H2n has continued with that tradition, becoming the new standard within the music, broadcast, and film industries.”

Zoom H2n features include:
• Four recording modes including Mid-Side stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound
• Data recovery to eliminate recording loss due to accidental power down or power outage
• High-speed USB 2.0 interface and 20 hours of battery life powered by 2 AA
• 1.8 inch backlit LCD and built-in reference speaker that allows play back instantly
• Optional accessory pack with windscreen, tripod, protective case, and remote control

No matter the application, the H2n handheld recorder brings the very best in stereo recording in a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket.

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. The new standard in portable recording.

The H2n is available now at Best Buy stores nationwide for $199.

To request additional information about Zoom, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 576-1171 x119 or by e-mail at bradhobbs@maxborgesagency.com.

About Zoom:
Zoom is renowned all over the world for its recording and guitar effects gear. Headquartered in Tokyo, Zoom has continuously created a diverse line of original, innovative audio products from effect processors, to rhythm machines, samplers and recorders. Samson Technologies is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom products. Samson is based in Hauppauge, New York.

zoom.co.jp / samsontech.com



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

As seen in this image, there are a few people trying to make a buck or two off of Sennheiser’s good name. Today, Sennheiser is taking action and filing 12 suits in California’s Federal Court to put an end to the illegal use of Sennheiser’s name and product models. Headphones seems to be the item of choice to rip off and Sennheiser hopes to put an end to the manufacture and sell of these fake cans. More deets below in the Press Release.

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Los Angeles — October 11, 2011: On September 20, 2011, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co.KG and Sennheiser Electronic Corp. filed its first wave of federal lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuits target a number of Internet based pirates and counterfeiters located throughout the United States who are engaged in the sale of counterfeit Sennheiser™ branded merchandise, including the popular models CX200, CX300 II, CX380 II, CX500 and PMX80 lines of headphones.

The lawsuits have been filed against a variety of individuals and business entities that are conducting business throughout the United States in locations including New York, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. The complaints are based upon Federal Trademark Infringement Laws, including but not limited to violations of 15 U.S.C. §1114, 15 U.S.C. §1125, Lanham Act, and the California Business and Professions Code. The filed complaints demand substantial damages in the form of declaratory relief and injunctive relief, along with all attorney’s fees and costs against counterfeiters. Sennheiser has identified more than 100 other domestic pirates — along with numerous domestic websites — which are targeted for further enforcement operations.

Sennheiser is a world leading manufacturer of high performance and best-selling headphones and microphones, considered indispensable among music lovers, audiophiles, recording studios, sound professionals, custom-installers and home theatre enthusiasts. Sennheiser products feature superb sound reproduction quality, making them first choice for many high-profile recording artists.

Sennheiser began this counterfeit enforcement campaign after recognizing an increase of warranty returns and complaints about the quality and workmanship on some Sennheiser branded products. Further investigation determined that the complaints originated from consumers who purchased their Sennheiser™ products online; often from a website based in China, or from a domestic eBay seller who acquired the counterfeit merchandise from a Chinese wholesaler of counterfeit products.

The Sennheiser brand has achieved enormous popularity and with that recognition has fallen victim to the ever-expanding counterfeit industry. The manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit Sennheiser™-branded products abroad has resulted in the widespread domestic sale of pirated merchandise, all of which is composed of inferior materials and substandard workmanship. Counterfeit merchandise is not only prone to malfunction, but can also result in injury to the consumer and damage to the environment due to deficient quality control and attention to detail during the production process.

“Sennheiser will vigorously defend the Sennheiser brand name, representing premium quality and performance, by taking action against counterfeiters and ensuring our customers know how to avoid purchasing counterfeit products,” said John Falcone, President/CEO of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. “Customers are urged to purchase only from authorized Sennheiser dealers.” A complete list of authorized US Sennheiser dealers is available at http://www.sennheiserusa.com/serviceandsupport_dealer-locator_authorized-retailers. Consumers who have questions about counterfeit products, or suspect they may have purchased a counterfeit product, should visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/serviceandsupport_counterfeitalert.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hercules Expands XPS Audio Line with  XPS101 Refined Performance Speakers

Hercules, the digital audio specialist, expands its successful XPS multimedia speaker line with their latest creation, the Hercules XPS 101 system. Meeting the demanding criteria of multimedia PC users, these speakers deliver the dynamic ambience of a live music event, the captivating soundtrack of an action movie and the precision audio effects of a multiplayer video game. A high-end 2.1 audio system, the Hercules XPS 101 combines acoustic excellence, visual appeal and high-quality materials, resulting in a product well beyond the average speaker set up. Featuring a design that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear, these wide-ranging acoustic workload, multimedia speakers can be proudly displayed in the user’s living space. Hercules XPS 101 will be available in January 2011, at a suggested retail price of $249.99.



Monday, January 3, 2011
Cricket Logo

Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced it will debut Muve Music, its new wireless rate plan with unlimited music and the new Samsung Suede™ (SCH-r710) mobile phone at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

For the first time publicly people will be able to see and experience Muve Music from Cricket – first announced on December 20, 2010 – a new wireless rate plan with unlimited music which has been designed exclusively for the mobile phone and does not require the use of a computer. Muve Music, available on the Samsung Suede, will be on display at CES in a variety of places including:

· CES Unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Venetian Ballroom, The Venetian
· Pepcom Digital Experience on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Caesar’s Palace in the Octavius Ballroom.
· Muve Music Lounge in the Cricket Buzz Suite from Thursday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 9 in S210, South Hall, LVCC – regular show hours
· Along the strip and around Las Vegas including nearby Cricket stores

Entertainment Matters

Cricket, along with Variety, is one of the main sponsors of Entertainment Matters, the new International CES® program developed to help entertainment professionals navigate the largest, most influential technology show in the world, through exhibits, conference programs and events critical to the Hollywood community.

Cricket and its Muve Music partners Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Samsung will host a session “Muve Music From Cricket – The Business Model” on Friday, Jan. 7 at 4:00 p.m. in Room N250 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, located on the main concourse between the North and Central exhibit halls.

The Muve Music Experience

For just $55 per month, Muve Music customers will get the following features on Cricket’s nationwide 3G network:

· Unlimited nationwide calling
· Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
· Unlimited global text messaging
· Unlimited 3G mobile Web
· Unlimited email
· Unlimited data back up
· Unlimited video
And for the first time anywhere in the U.S.

· Unlimited full track downloads
· Unlimited ringtones
· Unlimited ringback tones

With Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan, there are no download fees and no monthly music subscriptions. Customers’ data plans will not be impacted by streaming music over the wireless network and customers won’t be required to use a credit card to purchase music. Unlimited Muve Music is included in the flat rate monthly wireless service plan.

Muve Music has a robust catalog of music content which includes the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music.

For more information about Muve Music visit www.muvemusic.com and for more information about all of Cricket’s products and services, including its dynamic device lineup, please visit www.mycricket.com.



Sonos Wireless Dock

Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today announced that the Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100), an accessory to the award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System, is now available for purchase. The Sonos Wireless Dock is available for $119 at all Sonos authorized retailers and at www.sonos.com.

With the Sonos Wireless Dock, you can now play all of the music from an iPod or iPhone in every room of the house while simultaneously charging your device. Unlike most iPod docks on the market which use the iPod’s analog interface, the Sonos Wireless Dock sends your digital music files wirelessly to ZonePlayers throughout your home via the iPod’s digital interface—without ever converting to analog. The all digital path preserves the sound quality from the iPod to the speaker and when combined with Sonos’ outstanding wireless performance, ensures you get the highest fidelity sound.

You can wirelessly play what’s stored or playing on an iPod or iPhone, including most iOS music apps, on any or all Sonos ZonePlayers. Browse and select the music from either your docked device or any Sonos Controller, even another iPhone or iPod Touch. And, you can play the same song from a docked iPod or iPhone in every room – perfectly synchronized.

“The Sonos Wireless Dock is the perfect accessory for our music loving customers who own an iPod or iPhone so they can play that music in any or every room of the home,” said Phil Abram, President, Sonos, Inc. “This new accessory reinforces our mission to provide our customers with access to all of the music on the planet, including everything available on their iPod or iPhone.”

The Sonos Wireless Dock is compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified under the Made for iPod program to meet Apple performance standards. The Sonos Wireless Dock supports Apple’s 1Amp charging specification so your iPod or iPhone are ready to go when you are.

For more information about the Sonos Wireless Dock or to locate an authorized Sonos dealer in your area to demo the new accessory, please visit www.sonos.com.



ClearOne Ships CHATAttach 150, 2-Piece USB Speakerphone System Allowing Instant Coverage Area Expansion with High Audio Quality

ClearOne (NASDAQ:CLRO), a global communications and entertainment solutions company, announced it is now shipping the CHATAttach™ 150, its latest USB speakerphone system for Unified Communications (UC) and soft phone applications. The CHATAttach system, designed expressly for use in both small and mid-size conference rooms, contains two CHAT 150 speakerphones which can be connected together, even with a call already in progress, to function as a single system providing even, full-room coverage with outstanding audio quality.

The CHATAttach, which connects via USB cable to any Mac, PC, or laptop, works with leading brands of VoIP phone systems, internet phones, and web conferencing applications. It also incorporates ClearOne’s exclusive HDConference® technology, providing an immersive natural sound environment for all conference participants.

“As more companies realize the benefits of Unified Communications, they are looking for cost-effective solutions to extend those capabilities across the enterprise,” said Darrin Thurston, Vice President of Product Management, Conferencing and Collaboration at ClearOne. “ClearOne’s new CHATAttach 150 group speakerphone combines expandability and ease of use to a robust conferencing experience, all in one affordable package. It is a perfect audio compliment for any collaborative experience, whether it be paired with video or for stand alone audio. “

The CHATAttach 150 product features HDConference® audio technologies such as
full duplex, Distributed Echo Cancellation®, noise reduction, first mic priority, automatic gain and level controls and adaptive modeling

It is available now with an MSRP of $849.99.



Pakedge WAP-W3G

Expanding its range of products for custom-installation audio/video, home networking, security systems and professional use, Pakedge Device & Software now offers its WAP-W3G Ultra-High-Power Wireless Access Point.

The WAP-W3G widens the capabilities of a wired/wireless network, and enables reliable connectivity in situations where cables cannot be installed. It’s ideal for enterprise-class installations, or applications where high-speed, ultimate reliability and flexible operation are required.

The WAP-W3G’s ultra-high-power 802b/g radio configuration and 2.4GHz frequency band provides a wireless operating range up to three times that of consumer products. The unit supports VLANs (virtual local area networks) and multiple SSIDs. This enables a user to segment a wireless network for different devices – for example, computers, A/V system touch panels and gaming systems – to provide the most efficient operation for all the connected devices.

Victor Pak, President and CEO of Pakedge, pointed out, “As today’s multiroom audio/video systems and home networks become more complex, the need for seamless integration has never been greater. Our WAP-W3G is a versatile installation product that helps to make connecting even the most complicated systems easier, while providing a wide range of useful capabilities.”

The WAP-W3G can be configured to operate in Wireless Access Point (WAP), Wireless Bridge or Wireless Repeater (WDS) mode. It offers adjustable power output and range, and is optimized for use with A/V system touch panels and control devices. Just a single Cat5e cable provides power and network connectivity, making the WAP-W3G perfect for custom installations. It is fully 802.3af-compliant, and can be powered by any PoE-compliant switch. The unit’s dual antennas ensure the best-possible reception and transmission.

The WAP-W3G can be used worldwide, thanks to its software-enabled country and power output configurability. It supports a wide variety of security standards including WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP, WEP, RADIUS, MAC filtering and SSID Hide. The WAP-W3G’s compact (6.4″ L x 4.2″ W x 1.4″ D) rugged aluminum housing facilitates installation in any interior environment.

The Pakedge WAP-W3G Ultra-High-Power Wireless Access Point is currently available and comes with dual 5dBi omnidirectional antennas, a power supply, Quick Start Guide and Cat5e cable. Please contact sales@pakedge.com for pricing.



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APTX today announces that Chord Electronics Ltd., the renowned British manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, has included apt-X in every Stereo Bluetooth enabled module in the company’s recently launched Chordette range of compact Hi-Fi components. Available under license agreement to consumer electronics OEMs and mobile computer OS developers, apt-X audio coding ensures that the performance of wireless audio systems, such as Bluetooth, truly facilitates the precision reproduction of the full spectrum of audio frequencies (20Hz – 22kHz) required for a genuine Hi-Fi sound experience.

apt-X makes Hi-Fi systems Bluetooth-friendly

Chord implements apt-X in four of nine new Chordette modules – PEACH, GEM, MAXX and TOUCAN BLUE – to guarantee both the stereo quality and signal integrity of wireless audio content streaming from diverse types of Bluetooth A2DP enabled media players such as Apple iPod, iPhone and Mac, as well as PCs, mobile phones and gaming consoles. Hi-Fi users typically prefer listening to music archived in high-definition uncompressed and “lossless” formats (eg, FLAC) rather than highly-compressed “lossy” formats (MP3, AAC).

Commenting on the deployment of apt-X in Chordette modules, John Franks, CEO of Chord Electronics said: “The PEACH – the next-generation DAC module in the Chordette range – is designed to interface Hi-Fi systems to digital audio sources streaming high-quality stereo audio via Bluetooth A2DP. For true Hi-Fi sound, Stereo Bluetooth really needs apt-X.”

Noel McKenna, CEO of APTX, said: “These are extraordinary times for apt-X in several respects. First, there’s the healthy uptake of apt-X by more and more consumer audio brands, both the mass-market types and niche pro-audio high-ends like Chord. Second, there’s the up-lift in brand awareness of apt-X thanks the growing number of CE products carrying with the apt-X logo now selling via major electronics retailers like Amazon and Apple Store. Third, and not least, there’s the turnaround in industry respect for Stereo Bluetooth as the go-to wireless technology for streaming high-quality audio.” Back in January, APTX, together with Creative, won the “Best of CES” Bluetooth SIG award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for the Inspire S2, a wireless 2.1 speaker system featuring apt-X.

The Chordette range comprises the following modules: the Chordette TOUCAN BLUE is an apt-X enabled Stereo Bluetooth headphone amplifier; MAXX is an apt-X enabled Stereo Bluetooth high-power amplifier; PEACH is a 4-input high-performance DAC (apt-X enabled Bluetooth, USB, coaxial SPDIF, optical TOS-link); and GEM, a standalone DAC featuring inputs for apt-X enabled Bluetooth and USB. The remaining modules in the identically-styled, frame-mountable Chordette line-up includes two high-spec power amplifiers (SCAMP and DUAL), a low-noise cartridge pre-amp (PRIME), a dual headphones amp (TOUCAN), and a compact Windows 7 media PC (MOGUL).