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Briefly: Microsoft Surface Power Cover, Raspberry Pi audio card

03/11, 6:23am

Microsoft starts pre-orders for Surface Power Cover, ships March 19th

Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for its Surface Power Cover, with shipments set to start on March 19th in the United States. Spotted by ZDNet in the Microsoft Store for $200, the Power Cover adds up to 70-percent more battery life to the Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2 tablets, and retains the same keyboard and touchpad as other Surface covers, though it adds 9.75mm (0.38 inches) and just over half a pound in weight to each tablet.

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Briefly: RHA premium headphones, Pyle Audio debut waterproof case

08/09, 1:45pm

Latest RHA products use unique airflow design

British headphone specialist RHA announced earlier this week the upcoming launch of two premium in-ear headphones. The MA750i and the MA600i have a three-button remote and microphone, compatible with Apple devices. RHA describes their headphones as having a 'aerophonic design', meaning that it is designed to allow air flowing from the driver to be less obstructed than traditional headphones shapes, to encourage a smoother sound. The MA750i has a handmade 560.1 driver, and contains 303F-grade stainless steel in its construction. Aircraft grade aluminum is used for MA600i, with a 320.1 driver. Complete with a carrying case and ear tip selection as well as a three-year warranty, the MA750i and MA600i are to be available in the US market August 28, and will be priced at $130 and $90 respectively.

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Vizio prepares 40-inch 2.0, 2.1 soundbars for holiday sales

11/07, 12:02pm

Soundbars include SRS-powered audio processing

Vizio has lined up four new soundbars in time for the holiday season. Both the E-Series and the M-Series soundbars are designed to work with the HDTVs revealed last month, also with the E- and M-Series monicker, with the only difference between the two being the addition of a small display and extra controls on the top of the unit.

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App turns iPhone into sound level meter

08/12, 8:00pm

SoundMeter 1.0 for iPhone

FaberAcoustical is making use of the iPhone's built-in and handset microphones with an app that measures sound levels. SoundMeter 1.0 levels in a variety of ways. Although not up to professional standards, the company says its app is "an excellent alternative to other inexpensive handheld meters for home or hobbyist use."

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SampleTron offers deep sound library

04/22, 2:35pm

SampleTron

IK Multimedia has announced the release of SampleTron, the second virtual instrument to be released from the Sonik Instruments range. SampleTron is a virtual instrument workstation featuring the a complete collection of authentic 'Tron' and other vintage keyboards instrument samples. The library includes 17 rare instrument sounds, together with a "Powered by SampleTank" engine, offering sample-based virtual instrument plug-in for every popular DAW and also as a standalone application for Macs The Tron anthology includes 2 GB of sounds, 640 presets and 260 multi-samples from 17 Mellotrons, Chamberlins , and their derivatives like the Optigan , Rhythmaster and more.

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Hear enhances Mac OS X sounds

04/08, 8:15pm

Hear

JoeSoft has announces the availability of Hear, a sound enhancement program for the Mac. The developer says this add-on "greatly" improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all Mac OS X applications. It offers a wide array of settings, purportedly delivering intra-app sound that is richer and clearer with regard to dialog. "Hear is a great new program that makes everything sound better on your Mac. All your music will be vastly improved, your movies will surround you with rich sound and your games will now blow you away" says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft. "Once you've listened to your music or movies with Hear, you will never want to be without Hear." Hear is priced at $50.

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Sonicfire Pro 5 to be shown at NAB

04/07, 7:25pm

Sonicfire Pro 5

SmartSound has announced the release Sonicfire Pro 5, a new music library solution. Shipping in June, Sonicfire Pro 5 features new music timing controls and searching features. The tool allows users to choose a beat from a score and move it to a spot in the Timeline without changing the rhythm or tempo of the music. Sonicfire can also suggest music that is the best fit and provide customization tools to make it precisely match the timing of scenes.

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Altec Lansing debuts T612 iPhone dock

01/07, 10:35am

Altec debuts iPhone dock

Altec Lansing has unveiled its T612 digital audio system for Apple's iPhone and iPod, offering users sound with iPhone incoming call support. The T612 ensures that when a call comes in while music is playing, the iPhone gives priority to the call by pausing the music. Once the call is completed, the iPhone is re-docked in the T612 and the music resumes playing at the same song and place. The T612 is priced at $200 and will ship in February.

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SRS WOW HD Bluetooth dongle for iPod debuts

01/03, 4:30pm

Bluetooth dongle for iPod

Hitachi Maxell today introduced an SRS WOW HD-enabled Bluetooth audio transmitter (site not updated) for iPod to enhance sound quality of the portable player's digitally compressed audio and video files. The new Bluetooth-enabled dongle is compatible with all full-size iPods as well as iPod nano and iPod mini, and uses the proprietary Apple DIN connector that attaches directly to the iPod dock. The company offered no shipment details or pricing.

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i2i wireless music sharing device ships

01/03, 12:20pm

i2i music sharing device

Aerielle today launched its i2i Stream Digital Music Broadcaster, a device that allows users to listen to music wirelessly by streaming music content from any audio device. The company will demonstrate the device streaming CD quality sound for the first time at CES next week. "Whether it's friends hanging out and listening to a single iPod or the desire to stream music wirelessly to speakers in the home, the i2i Stream is the perfect solution," said Art Cohen, president and CEO of Aerielle. The i2i Stream is already available for $70, with 2-packs priced at $130.

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USBFever launches iPod speaker, earphones

12/24, 12:50pm

iPod speaker, earphones

USBFever.com has launched four new iPod accessories ranging from a tiny portable speaker earphones. The company's Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker serves as a tiny sound system that works with all iPod models. The speaker is small enough to hang on a keychain, and features built-in amplification via a Lithium-Ion battery that users recharge via USB. The Fingertip Mini Cube Speaker ($10) offers 0.8W power output, weighs 17 grams, and includes an on/off button.

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Demo of KORE 2 sound host available

12/18, 4:50pm

KORE 2

Native Instruments has announced a downloadable demonstration version of KORE 2, the second generation of its multi-functional host system, is now available. The new version features realtime parameter control, and comprehensive sound access functionality. The tool also includes a sound library based on integrated NI instrument engines. The demo version comes with a special demo library that contains 100 KoreSounds with Sound Variations. The KORE 2 demo version is now available as a free download for Windows and Mac OS X on the NI website.

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