Archives: Audio

Samsung YEPP YP-700H MP3 Player

The YEPP YP-700 Digital Audio Player from Samsung is one of the latest in Samsung's line of YEPP players. Besides the standard features that come with portable MP3 players these days, this device comes with 128MB of built in memory, an FM Tuner, voice recorder, expandable memory slot, and an extended battery pack for when the Ni-MH rechargeable battery is used up (think of it as an emergency power supply : ).
July 25th, 2002

Newbie's Multimedia Speaker System Buyer's Guide

Multimedia speakers have come a long way. Today's offerings are considerably closer to midrange sound systems than they ever have been and the trend will only continue in that direction. Digital music, convergence and the Internet have all but guaranteed that the PC will become a general purpose multimedia device where once it was first used to do work and then to play games.
May 22nd, 2002

AOpen MS-900 5.1 Speakers Review

Still have a pair of $20 speakers cranking out your games, MP3s and -- dare I ask -- DVD movies? It’s easy to see why, though; for most, speakers are probably the least regarded component in a complete PC system.
April 16th, 2002

Maya 7.1 & Maya 7.1 Gold Sound Card Review

Existing sound cards supporting only 5.1 channels (SB Live!, Philips Acoustic Edge PSC 706) cannot explore the full potential of DVDs allowing for more than 5.1 channels. Enter the MAYA 7.1 and MAYA 7.1 Gold sound cards, offering, as their name implies, 7.1 channels of auditory excitement to create a true desktop home theatre ("crowd cheers" - in 7.1 channels, of course).
April 9th, 2002

Stereo Link 1200 Review

Ever try to crank your favorite songs from your computer on your state of the art home stereo system just to find out they sounded a tiny bit better then your itty bitty computer speakers? Well you think to yourself, “It has to be because my computer speakers are just THAT good… Maybe that “state-of-the-art” subwoofer is just making my computer speakers sound that good? Unfortunately, you’re just kidding yourself.
March 21st, 2002

Polk AMR130 5.1 Speaker Review

The AMR130 uses 4 identical satellites for each of the front and rear left-right speakers. In theory this allows for an even sound field for movies, however we really liked how the AMR150’s multi-driver front satellites allowed for its increased musicality.
March 13th, 2002

Audiotrack MAYA Soundcard Review

As the great ball of time rolls along, the price of new and cutting edge computer components slowly recedes until even the common man (read: me) can afford. This is no different for audio cards which is why there has been such a bloom in home studios over the past decade or so. Each passing year, the output quality of these studios has increased by an insane degree and the number and variety of products is enough to make me weep.
February 1st, 2002

RCA Lyra 2 Portable MP3 Player Review

A number of larger sized MP3 players have been staking claim to various advantages depending on the price of the product and its make. A few players offer larger storage capacity, some offer fancy displays, some offer compact size and some offer versatility [i.e. Radio functionality, multiple formats for playback].
January 30th, 2002

RCA Kazoo Review

Consumers have been assaulted by the overly competitive MP3 player marketplace in recent months and very little has made its way to stand out in the forefront. However, to some avail a few MP3 players still using built-in memory or smart media cards have made a name for themselves due to their advantage of being smaller and furthermore trendy. These smaller portable devices are easy to tuck away and forget about but yet are able to retain the same qualities of common portable CD players and larger MP3 players.
January 23rd, 2002

Kenwood DPC-MP922 Portable MP3 CD Player Review

We all know MP3's are here to stay even with the fall of the once popular Napster. But do MP3 CD players have what it takes to stick around with the new devices out there today? I'm thinking about the iPod and Nomad in particular. These 2 devices have changed the landscape of MP3 playing, in the portable sense.
January 17th, 2002

Digisette DUO-64 MP3 Player Review

To most, being “two-faced” is an undesirable trait to have. However, in the Digisette Duo-64’s case, it is more than a welcomed attribute. The Duo-64 functions both as a personal MP3 player and a self-contained MP3 cassette adapter – all in one.
December 19th, 2001

Terratec M3Po Go MP3/CD Player Review

As another contender in the MP3/CD player market, TerraTec approaches as a relative newcomer. It’s only been founded in 1994, but already it is one of the largest sound card manufacturers in Germany. TerraTec’s latest offering is the M3Po Go, a MP3/CD disc player, which plays CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs.
November 29th, 2001

Echo Audio MIA Soundcard Review

A little known fact about the world of computer audio is there is a distinct difference between audiocards and soundcards; the most notable of which is the quality of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. That is, the quality of playing back and recording audio on a computer with an emphasis on the latter.
October 24th, 2001

Olympus DM-1 Digital Voice Recorder

Unlike most other units, the Olympus DM-1 digital voice recorder and music player is actually targeted at corporate consumers, moving away from the already densely populated mainstream MP3 market. It is touted as a voice recorder, first, setting its sights at dictation oriented consumers.
October 1st, 2001

Xitel DG2 MDPort Review

Aficionados and stalwart supporters of the MiniDisc format have long been using their MD’s to record MP3 compilations… but until now the options were limited to either analogue recording, or else digital recordings on soundcards equipped with digital outputs. Sure, the superb Xitel AN1 gave astoundingly clear transfers in spite of being an analogue recording device, but some audiophiles and enthusiasts insist on digital recordings.
September 21st, 2001

Olympus DW-90 Digital Voice Recorder Review

When I first put my hands on the new Olympus DW-90 digital voice recorder I have to admit that I was a little skeptical. I was more familiar associating Olympus with cameras than digital recorders. And second, I didn’t fully understand why anyone would want to spend money on a digital recorder over just a regular cheap tape recorder?
September 12th, 2001

SONICblue Riovolt Review

Designed with a futuristic flare, the Riovolt is sleek in its silver and blue colour scheme. The main controls are all located on the top face of the player. Arrayed around the backlit 2-line LCD display are controls for song navigation, EQ settings, play mode, volume control, navigation menu, and more.
August 10th, 2001

Altec Lansing ATP 5 Review

Altec Lansing has been one of the original multimedia speaker giants, around since almost the dawn of the multimedia speaker age. Throughout their existence, they have come to be trusted by many casual audio enthusiasts and gamers alike. Not so long ago, they introduced their ATP3 set of speakers, a stereo speaker set featuring a unique design flare. Today, we take a look at the ATP4, the 4.1 surround version of the very same series.
July 31st, 2001

AOpen AW744 Deluxe Soundcard Review

Ok, so you’re an online gamer, you have a high speed CPU, plenty of ram, a kick ass video card, high speed Internet, and everything is running smoothly. However still something is missing. You don’t know what it is, but you can feel it -- like a splinter in your mind, haunting you, taunting you. You rack your brain for hours trying to figure out what it could be. You have tweaked out almost everything in your computer, all your hardware is top of the line except for… alas you still have a stock sound card in your system.
July 17th, 2001

Sonigistix Monsoon MM 2000 Review

With the popularity and success of their other speakers – the only truly high quality Flat Panel multimedia speakers on the market, it was only a matter of time before Monsoon released a surround sound flat panel speaker system. Consumer interest was quick when the company announced the MM2000, a surround system featuring 4 flat satellites utilizing Monsoons Planar Focus Technology.
June 22nd, 2001

Samsung Yepp YP-NDU Review

The new year has come and gone, and with it are a new generation of different MP3 portable players. Some of you may recall that Samsung was one of the first companies to produce a high-end player several months ago, when they introduced their Yepp E64 player. Because the E64 was such a beautiful and impressive player, we were eager to see what innovations its successor, the YP-NDU, would bring to the masses.
April 25th, 2001

Polk AMR 150 Review

Last time we took a look at the Polk AMR90 and found it to be an able budget 4.1 set that fell somewhat short of expectations with muffled upper end performance. Now Polk Audio, ever the perfectionists, have released their latest 4.1 speakers, the AMR150, which promises to deliver all the goods at the still comfy price of $149.99.
March 1st, 2001


With the boom of MP3 usage in the past couple of years, it’s no wonder that manufacturers are migrating pre-existing audio products from conventional means to support MP3s and other audio files. Companies are ever-trying to make their portable MP3 players smaller, lighter, and compliant with larger memory sources with each product they release. During the race to create the ultimate portable audio device, manufacturers have developed a way to incorporate MP3 compliancy with traditional portable CD players, allowing one compose a CD (CD-R/CDRW) with the capacity of writing 650/800MB worth of music in MP3 format. You’ll never run out of songs to listen to again!
February 12th, 2001

Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Review

The last few months have brought with them some sweeping changes to the sound card market in the form of cards that handle 6 speaker output. Aureal and Creative battled it out during the era when quadraphonic sound was king, and though Aureal is now gone, the struggle in the sound card market continues on...
February 7th, 2001

Iomega Hip Zip Portable MP3 Player Review

The HipZip has all the bells and whistles of a current day MP3 player: a USB interface, support for both MP3 and WMA formats, secure download support, and the ability to be upgraded for future formats and security standards. As with the MP-2300, the unit comes with 2 PocketZip discs, and features a built in Li-Ion battery rated for up to 12 hours of play.
February 5th, 2001