Sunday, November 23, 2014

Harman Kardon Nova 2.0 Portable Wireless Speaker System Review

Our portable devices are getting more and more capable of handling multimedia, and this includes audio. Taking advantage of this so many take their music with them on their smartphone. To access the music, we use portable media players. One such player is the Harman Kardon Nova 2.0 Wireless Speaker System.

Features and specs:
• Power supply: 19V DC, 3A

• Power consumption: 57W maximum, <0 .5w="" eco-standby="" mode="" p="">
• Speaker channel number: 2

• Transducers: 2.5’’(63mm) for woofer, 1.25’’(35mm) for tweeter.

• Amplifier power: 2*20W woofer+2*20W tweeter

• Frequency response: 70Hz - 20KHz

• Signal-to-noise ratio: 85dB at rated power (A-weighting)
• Bluetooth® transmitter frequency range: 2.402 - 2.480gHz
• Bluetooth® transmitter power: Max. 4dBm
• Bluetooth® transmitter modulation: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK

The Harman Kardon Nova came packaged in a good looking box, with photos and specs. Included was the owners manual, power cable, and 3.5 mm cable for a portable device. Materials used in it's construction were mostly plastic, but very high quality. Fit and finish and build quality was very good.

I really liked the design and look of the Harman Kardon Nova. They are simply just two orbs, that connect together. One of them has the connections on the back, with an output connector to connect it to and power the 2nd orb. The connections on the back of the front orb are for the power cord, output for the 2nd orb, and two inputs that consist of 3.5 mm input and optical input. Other connection options are to connect wirelessly through Bluetooth or NFC.

I also really like their look. The front of the speaker has black cloth to cover the dual drivers, and at the rear of each is the passive radiator. I really like the touch controls and the clear plastic that gives a modern look and design. The touch controls include power, source, and volume control, with white LED's on the top to show the volume level. The clear plastic on the top and sides show the internal turbine look that I think is pretty cool.

To test the sound of the Harman Kardon Nova, I turned to tracks from various difference genre and was impressed with the overall sound, especially bass. Highs were crisp and clear, mids were sufficiently smooth, and the lows were deeper than expected and played with good impact. With how good it sounded, I had to verify that it was indeed just a passive radiator at the back, and not an active woofer at the back.

I was very impressed with the sound overall. A lot of is was due to the custom DSP used to tune the two active drivers in each speaker, and the passive radiator in the rear. The highs, such as percussion, was pleasantly crisp and not overly bright. The mids had good detail. For their size, the bass also had good extension and output. The output in volume was also fairly good for it's size. Only when I cranked the volume up all the way did the sound seem a tad stretched with a small discernible amount of distortion.

The Harman Kardon Nova gives a lot of functionality. I can see them being used in the kitchen, den, or bedroom, where you could hook them up to a CD player via optical connector, MP3 player/cellphone/computer via the 3.5 mm cable, or cellphone via the Bluetooth or NFC. I also love the modern look of the round speakers with clear plastic all around that shows off the internal turbine design.

Harman Kardon delivered well on the Nova. With great looks and good sound, the excellent looks provide a synergy that sum up to a great product. Based on it's design, features, quality and performance, the Harmon Kardon Nova 2.0 Speaker System has earned our Editor's Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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GamesterGear Cruiser XB210 Gaming Headset Review

Games keep getting better and better. For example, when comparing graphics of the PS to PS2, to PS3 to PS4, they keep getting better and better. But it is not all about the graphics. Audio is a huge part of the experience. After all, in a war game, if you can't hear the enemy behind you, you're dead! The GamesterGear Cruiser XB210 gives your sense of sound all it needs.

Features and specs:
Superior audio experience:
Delivers an impressive audio quality that intensifies gameplay. Background music and sounds will seem flawless.
Microphone monitor:
Allows the user to hear what they’re saying.
 BASS QUAKE effect:
Engineered with 57mm and 30mm drivers in each ear cup to produce force-feedback which in turn creates a rumbling effect feeling that will make the user feel as if they are in the midst of all the action.
Detachable mic:
Easily removable and reattaches with a twist lock.
Lightweight supra-aural design:
Features on-ear speakers layered in soft cloth and leather padding on the headband.
The Gamester Gear Cruiser XB210 came well packaged in a printed box. It had pictures of the products, and it's specs. Build materials was mostly plastic, but was of good quality. Fit and finish was also good. They are not the most solid feeling, but they also do not feel cheaply made either. Take care of them, and they should last a good long time.

I really liked the design.  The soft cloth ear pads made for comfort during gameplay that most times went on the long side.  The detachable mic made them easy to use without it.  But having a detachable mic is actually fairly common , and not a unique feature.  But what is unique is the use of dual drivers. One of the drivers is full range, and 2nd driver is a bass driver that adds rumble.

When it came to testing them, I was VERY impressed! The highs were crisp and clean without being overly bright. The vocals were clear and sounded natural. And the explosions were extremely life-like with great depth and impact. Everything in the game was articulated very well. The mic was also sufficiently sensitive and picked up your vocals very well, although it was also able to pick up those around you as well. My son and his friends loved it as well, stating it was the nicest gaming headset they have used.

The Gamester Gear Cruiser XB210 performed very well. Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the GamesterGear Cruiser XB210 has earned our Recommended Award. And with an MSRP of $99, it is a good value as well. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Friday, November 21, 2014

ASUS ESC4000 G2S Powers World’s Number One Green500 Supercomputer

ASUS ESC4000 G2S Powers World’s Number One Green500 Supercomputer
Fremont, CA (November 20, 2014) - ASUS today announced that its ESC4000 G2S servers have powered their way to the top of the Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers, as part of the L-CSC compute cluster constructed by the Darmstadt, Germany-based GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). The cluster will be used for theoretical physics simulations in the field of quantum chromodynamics.

Driven by 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S supercomputer servers, 224 AMD® FireProTM S9150 dual-GPU modules, an array of 112 Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 v2 processors and 896 16GB 1.35v DDR3-1600 memory modules, the L-CSC cluster at GSI manages an performance-efficiency ratio of 5.27GFLOPs (5270MFLOPs) per watt — beating hundreds of other contenders to the pinnacle of the prestigious Green500 rankings.

Commenting on the achievement, ASUS General Manager of Server BU, Tom Lin, said: “ASUS has a long, trusted and proud standing in the high-performance computing (HPC) field. With the November 2014 Green500 list we have reached a new level, with the table-topping GSI project using ASUS ESC4000 G2S GPU servers. We're proud to offer our customers solutions that deliver unparalleled performance and utmost energy efficiency. The GSI cluster delivers top-tier performance for critical HPC applications — and ASUS is pleased to be part of the project.”

Dr. Volker Lindenstruth, professor of Frankfurt’s Goethe University, head of IT department of GSI and chairman of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, remarked: “Supercomputers are inevitable in today's research. The scientific challenges require computers as fast as possible, but we have to keep power consumption and costs in mind, in order to use our available resources as good as possible.” The professor continued: “We're excited to reach the number-one position in the Green500 list with the new L-CSC supercomputer and we thank AMD and ASUS for the excellent cooperation. The L-CSC supercomputer at GSI research facility featuring ASUS ESC4000 G2S servers and AMD FirePro GPUs provides.”

Extreme supercomputing power with extreme efficiency
The ASUS ESC4000 G2S is the enhanced version of the award-winning ESC4000 G2 product family. Based on the dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor platform and designed for use in environments that demand high-density GPU/coprocessor servers, ESC4000 G2S Series servers feature a highly-optimized thermal design that’s up to 20% more power efficient than the previous version and nine PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) x16 expansion slots.

The innovative design delivers high-density computing power, easy scalability and exceptional energy efficiency, making ESC4000 G2S series servers the ideal choice for applications in the HPC fields of life and medical sciences, engineering science, financial modeling, virtualization and digital content creation — and overall performance that’s up to 10% greater than previous models.

Supercomputing prowess supported by ASUS servers
ASUS worked closely with AMD, FIAS and GSI to support national-level scientific research. Founded in 1969, GSI is a research facility for heavy-ion research, including cancer therapy GSI’s compute cluster was designed and built in conjunction with FIAS, a research institute for physics, neuroscience, life science and computer science. This ASUS ESC4000 G2S-based supercomputing world-leader is relied on by researchers from around the world.

The ESC4000 G2S is available at ASUS authorized distributors.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Eton FRX Multi-Powered Emergency Radio & Charger Review

Technology continues to get more and more integrated into our lives. Even outdoor activities such as camping, we bring our devices with us. Up for review today is a great one from Eton. It is the Eton FRX4. The Eton FRX4 is an all-in-one type of device that includes a digital radio, light, and multiple charging options.

Features and specs:
• AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband
• NOAA Weather Alerts
• Digital display
• 1000mAh rechargable lithium battery
• 5V 1A USB output
• Hand crank power
• Rugged1 and IPX4plashproof2
• High efficiency solar panel
• Bright, long-lasting LED flashlight
• Red emergency beacon
• DC power input via included micro-USB cable
• Glow-in-the-dark locator
• Headphone jack
• 3-AAA battery option (batteries not included)

The Eton FRX4 comes in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the device. Opening the box revealed a well protected device sitting in a molded plastic piece to protect it. Also included were the owners manual, and charging cable. The Eton FRX4 was built mostly of plastic. But the quality was very good, as well as the fit and finish. It appeared well built and solid.

The Eton FRX4 is quite full featured. It included a digital tuner for AM/FM as well as Weatherband, and a telescoping antenna. Also included is an LED light, and multiple charging options. The light was sufficiently bright. The tuner also did a good job of pulling in channels. I really liked the included weatherband. Now if you go camping, especially for extended periods, you can get useful weather updates, such as for storms or flash floods. It even included a headphone jack, so you can listen without using the built-in speaker, and not disturb others around you.

The Eton FRX4 also includes multiple charging options. There is no situation where you would not be able to power the device. The included cable allows for USB charging, for the internal batteries. If you forgot to charge it, no problem; there is a built-in solar panel on the back. And if it's in the evening, you are still covered; there is a hand crank that you can charge the device by hand crank. The Eton FRX4 also doubles as a charger for your electronic devices, such as cell phone or tablet, with the included USB cable.

I was excited to put the Eton FRX4 through it's paces, and see just how well it works. After all, I am also a scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop, and do a lot of camping. And I know many others that can use a device like this. It performed very well in all tasks. And while I would not say it's built like a tank, it is well built, feels fairly solid, and should give years of use if taken care of. It is one I would not hesitate to include as part of my gear.

One of the best complements a reviewer can give, is that it worked as agreed. And that is exactly the case of the Eton FRX4. The LED's for the lights worked great. The radio tuner pulled in stations fairly well, and it even has a clock and alarm. There's also no need to continually monitor the weather band. You can just set it for alerts, and it will come on with alerts in your area. And all of the power options worked as they were supposed to: internal Lithium battery, using AAA batteries, solar panels, and hand cranking. And using it to charge any cellphone worked good as well.

The Eton FRX4 is a perfect device that every camper or prepper. With the solar panel and hand crank, you can power it anywhere! It is the perfect gift idea. Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the Eton FRX4 has earned our Highly Recommended Award. Kudos to Eton for such an excellent product. If only it had a short band radio as well. Oh wait.... they have that in a difference product. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Alps Mountaineering 1.5 Man Lightweight Backpacking Tent Review

If you do backpacking, it's not just important to have the right gear. With carrying all of your gear, weight is a key component as well. So you want each piece of gear to be as lightweight as possible. Alps Mountaineering makes a great lightweight tent in their Mystique 1.5 man tent.

Features and Specs:
  • Lightweight 2 Pole Design with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
  • 75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut
  • Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams give best weather protection
  • 75D 185T Poly Taffeta Floor with 3000mm coating
  • Extra Large #8 Zippers on Door and Vestibule
  • Easy Entry & Great Ventilation with 2 Mesh Doors
  • Weatherproof Fly provides a Vestibule over each Door
  • Fly Vent can be kept open or closed, depending upon the weather
  • Includes 7075 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Ropes, & Mesh Storage Pocket
  • Base Size: 4' x 8'
  • Center Height: 3'
  • Vestibule Depth: 20"
  • Tent Area: 25 sq. ft.
  • Vestibule Area: 13 sq. ft.
  • Tent and Fly Weight: 3 lb. 14 oz.
  • Total Weight: 4 lb. 3 oz.
  • Packed Size: 5.5 " x 18"
  • Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
  • Use Rating: 3 Season
  • Sleeps: One plus gear

The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 man tent came in their traditional color printed box. Which had photos of the tent as well as specs. Opening up the box showed the tent rolled up, with the rain fly, and bags for the stakes along with the repair kit, and the bag with the poles. The quality of materials used appeared very good, as well as the fit and finish.  The floor was fully seam sealed, as was the rain fly.

One other added accessory that Alps sent was the floor saver. Each Alps tent comes with a repair kit, in case you get a small hole in the floor or side of your tent. Yet it is still a great idea to get the floor saver, which is lightweight ground cloth that is cut to size for your particular tent. It will help to extend the lifespan of your tent.

The Alps Mountaineering is a fairly slim almost mummy style tent. There are two aluminum poles that go from side to side, to raise up the tent. Based on this design, which was the only part of the design I didn't like, the tent is not free standing. That means in order to lift up the tent, it needs to be staked at all four corners. Even though it is just a 1.5 man size, it still has a door on each side for convenience. Inside there are two mesh pockets. All of the floor seams are sealed. The rain fly when attached also creates 2 vestibules (one on each side) to cover your gear.

Setting up the tent was very easy! The strong and lightweight aluminum poles attach inside the grommets on the floor of the tent on each side. Attach the plastic clips to the poles, and stake the four corners. That's about as easy as it is. One person can have it set up in just a few minutes.  Attaching the rain fly is also very easy. In Alps fashion, there are four clips, one on each corner of the tent, that the rain fly snaps into. Then stake each side to bring out the vestibule, and you're done. There are additional locations for stakes, but unless you are in foul weather, they aren't necessarily needed.

As a Scoutmaster, I love this design. The 1.5 man size is perfect for me and a little gear. The two vestibules are big enough for the rest of my gear. It's what I would call a win, win, win situation: it is quick to set up, lightweight design, and is well made.  And it is so quick to set up, it does not require much time away from where it should be: my scouts.

The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 is a great lightweight tent that is perfect for backpacking. With it's design, it is not just lightweight, but it is easy to set up as well. And like all other Alps Mountaineering products I have come across, they are well made as well. Alps Mountaineering is a company I have learned to be give a good value for your buck. If you have not owned one of their products, that is a lesson you would be happy to learn for yourself. Based on it's design, features, quality, and performance, the Alps Mountaineering has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

2014 Annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

It's that time of year when we are on the lookout for holiday gifts. What would our loved ones like to receive? We have a great line up from some excellent companies this year in our annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide. Hopefully this will give you some gift ideas.

Eton FRX4 - This can help bring some fun and safety to your outdoor adventures. This multi-powered emergency weather radio does more than just that. With a digital tuner, flash light, and multiple charging options it seems to do it all. Check back for the full review the week ending 11/16/14.

Eton Rugged Ruckus - Aptly named, this fun gadget can raise some ruckus while out in nature. This wireless speaker system will help you enjoy your times. The built-in solar panel keeps it charged, and can be used to charge other devices. Check back for the full review the week ending 12/7/14 .

Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 - If you like the outdoors and like backpacking, this small lightweight tent could be just the ticket. It is also well make, and ready for what nature may throw your way. And with vestibules, it will keep your gear dry as well. Check back for full review week ending 11/16/14.

Alps Mountaineering Zion backpack - If your loved one is looking backpacking gear, this external frame backpack deserves to be on your list. It is durable and provides a lot of functionality. Check back for full review the week ending 12/7/14.

Sigma ROX 10.0 Cycle computer - When it comes to cycle computers, they don't get much more advanced then this. The Sigma ROX 10.0 is called top of the line for a reason. Not only does it include the standard speed, distance, elevation. It also does cadence, and even comes with GPS build in! Check back for the full review the week ending 12/14/14.

Sigma   - If you are looking for lights on and off the bike, Sigma has you covered there too as well. The Sigma Siggi is a bike mounted light and the Sigma Topline Headled is a headlamp that fits around your head for easy hands free use. Check back for the full review the week ending 11/30/14.

Magellan Echo - It seems like there is an app for everything these days, including exercise. But who wants to hold their smartphone while biking, jogging, etc. Let the Magellan Echo be your interface, and wear it on your wrist. Check back for the full review the week ending 12/21/14.

Magellan Roadmate - Looking for all the bells and whistles in a GPS receiver? This one has it. In addition to getting from point A to point B, and access to millions of points of interest along the way, it even has a built-in dash cam. Wish you had one for your last accident? Not anymore if you have this! Check back for the full review the week ending 12/14/14.

Harman Kardon Nova - So much is done on our smart phones these days, including music services. But have you tried listening through the built-in speakers? The Harman Kardon Nova has you covered. It is a wireless Bluetooth speaker system. It's big on sound, yet still small in size. Check back for the full review the week ending 11/23/14.

GamersterGear- Who doesn't love gaming?  But when it comes to gaming, so much of it is about the audio.  It's not all about the graphics.  And if you like your bass and explosions to be huge, this could be just the gaming headset for you!  They actually employ dual drivers, using huge 57mm drivers for the bass!  Check back for the full review the week ending 11/23/14.
Kingston 64GB microSD card-  Games, music, video.....they call can take up a lot of space.  And cellphones and tablets are getting better and better, making it that much easier to want to bring it all with us on the go.  So why not bring it all with you.  The Kingston SDCA 10 64GB microSD card will let you do just that.  Check back for the full review the week ending 11/30/14.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Genelec Home Audio Unveils G Five Active Loudspeaker

Genelec Home Audio Unveils
G Five Active Loudspeaker
NATICK, MA, November 4, 2014Genelec Home Audio is unveiling its new G Five Active Loudspeaker, the flagship model in the Genelec G Series of Active Loudspeakers for home audio. Despite its relatively small size, the G Five brings out a level of performance comparable to much larger loudspeakers. Its bass reproduction goes lower than what most subwoofers can do, providing at the same time extremely high sound pressure with very low distortion. Thanks to its large waveguide, the Genelec G Five reproduces all the nuances and dynamics of the audio material with incomparable fidelity. As featured in all Genelec G Series, the G Five provides acoustical response adjustments to allow correct setup and acoustical calibration to the room it is placed in. The G Five can even be placed in an acoustically challenging room and provide an amazing listening experience. 
The G Five (Woofer 8" + Tweeter 1") joins four other models in the G Series: G One (Woofer 3" + Tweeter 3/4"), G Two (Woofer 4" + Tweeter 3/4") and G Three (Woofer 5" + Tweeter 3/4") and G Four (Woofer 6.5" + Tweeter 3/4"); as well as the complementary F One (6.5" active) and F Two (8" active) subwoofers. The G Five and its brethren feature elegant industrial design by award-winning designer Harri Koskinen and Genelec’s R&D team. Designed to be used together or separately, G Series models and the complementary F Series subwoofers offer an exceptional home audio solution. 
The G Five active two-way loudspeaker combines an organic, rounded form with powerful and precise sound reproduction. The gently curving design is not chosen for good looks alone. Sharp edges or corners on a loudspeaker enclosure cause acoustic reflections that interfere with the direct sound. This harmful interference – diffraction – is dramatically reduced by the smooth, curved design of the G Series, audible in the excellent resolution and solid sound imaging of the products. Blending seamlessly to the enclosure shape, the proprietary Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) formed around the high-frequency driver is designed to match the frequency response and directivity characteristics of the two drivers. This results in a smooth frequency response on- and off-axis and controlled directivity maximizing the direct sound aimed to the listening area.
G Five Specifications:
  • Maximum sound pressure: 110 dB per loudspeaker @ 1 m
  • Frequency response: 35 Hz – 21 kHz (-3 dB)
  • Drivers: Bass 8" + Treble 1" metal dome + DCW
  • Amplifier power: Bass 150 W + Treble 120 W
  • Dimensions: H x W x D: 17.8125" x 11.25" x 10.9375" with Iso-Pod™ (452 x 286 x 278 mm)
  • Weight: 28 lb (12.7 kg)
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Phorus® Introduces Its Next-Generation PS5 Wireless Home Audio Speaker with DTS® Play-Fi Technology®

Phorus® Introduces Its Next-Generation PS5 Wireless Home Audio Speaker
with DTS® Play-Fi Technology®
The Phorus PS5 Speaker combines elegant new design and uncompromised sound quality with integrated Play-Fi Technology
to stream music from any device or platform over standard Wi-Fi
ENCINO, Calif. (October 16, 2014) – Phorus, a subsidiary of DTS, Inc., introduced today the Phorus PS5 Speaker with DTS Play-Fi technology.As the first company to bring a DTS Play-Fi enabled speaker to market, Phorus set a new standard in the audio industry by streaming lossless, high-quality audio from iOS®, AndroidTM and Windows® PCs to multiple rooms and from multiple users simultaneously using standard Wi-Fi. Now, the company is once again delivering an impeccable wireless home audio experience at a remarkably affordable price by introducing its next-generation Phorus PS5 Speaker, complete with a new, elegant design and cutting-edge platform compatibility.
“Phorus has always developed products with the music fan in mind. Our products give music fans the easiest way to stream their music at home, from any device to any room, without compromising great sound,” said Dannie Lau, general manager of Phorus and the Play-Fi Division of DTS. “We are so pleased to introduce our next-generation Phorus PS5 Speaker and think that once again music fans will be blown away by the features, music services, sound quality, and value.”
The Phorus PS5 Speaker: Rich, Powerful Wireless Sound and Total Compatibility
With DTS Play-Fi technology, the Phorus PS5 Speaker streams high-quality audio with lossless accuracy over Wi-Fi, allowing the user to create a whole home audio system with literally just a few touches. Use the elegant, easy-to-use Phorus App for Android, Kindle FireTM and iOS to set up and control the speaker and enjoy integrated streaming of locally stored music, music from DLNA servers, Internet Radio from around the world (including local AM/FM stations and BBC, WSJ®, Radio Disney®, and ESPN Radio®), and popular music services such as Pandora®, SiriusXM®, Songza®, Deezer®, KKBox®, QQMusic and more.
Notably, with the DTS Play-Fi HD Driver for Windows, users can stream music from any application on a PC, including Google MusicTM, Spotify®, and Xbox® Music Live, to all the Play-Fi enabled speakers in your home.
In addition to Play-Fi’s multi-room, multi-zone and multi-user features, the Phorus PS5 Speaker supports direct streaming via Bluetooth® (including AptX and AAC codecs), for Windows phones and other devices, and accepts AirPlay® streams from OSX®, iTunes®, and iOS devices, meaning no one at home will miss out on the convenience of wirelessly streaming music from his or her favorite apps and devices.  Wi-Fi streaming is handled by the latest 802.11a/b/g/n radio which supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands.  The PS5 avoids pesky interference from microwaves, radios, security cameras, and other common household devices for uninterrupted listening.
Featuring premium DTS Sound, the PS5 is custom tuned for peak performance. Renowned DTS post-processing restores rich details, enhances bass and gets maximum volume from your music. An advanced dual-core DSP and Class-D digital amplifiers dynamically deliver incredible sound quality at every level.
Bringing the Phorus Experience “Home” with Indie Band Run River North
Consumers can get a first glimpse of the Phorus PS5 Speaker in action in the new music video “Monsters Calling Home” from popular Nettwerk® Music Group Recording Artist Run River North. The new video launched today at In March of 2014, the Indie pop ensemble released their self-titled album on iTunes and is currently on tour across the U.S.
The Phorus PS5 Speaker will be available online at, Amazon® and other retailers this December for $229. The PR5 Receiver, a prestigious CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree, is available now online at and Amazon for $179.  The Phorus PS5 Speaker and PR5 Receiver are fully compatible with the full line-up of other DTS Play-Fi enabled products available now from leading audio brands at major retailers everywhere.
Visit for more information, or connect with Phorus on Facebook and Twitter (@phorusaudio) or connect with DTS, Inc. on Facebook and Twitter (@DTS_Inc).

About DTS, Inc.

DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq:DTSI) is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences—anytime, anywhere, on any device. DTS’ audio solutions enable delivery and playback of clear, compelling high-definition audio, which is incorporated by hundreds of licensee customers around the world, into an array of consumer electronic devices. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in high definition multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc® standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of compelling movies, music, games and other forms of digital entertainment to a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. DTS technology is in car audio systems, digital media players, DVD players, game consoles, home theaters, PCs, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music content and every device capable of playing Blu-ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS' corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California. DTS also has offices in Los Gatos and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Copyright 2014, Phorus, Play-Fi, DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc.  All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

From World Class Mastering Rooms to Your Own Living Room: Antelope Audio Introduces the Unparalleled Combination of Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC and 10M Atomic Clock

Denver, October 8, 2014 — Leading digital audio manufacturer Antelope Audio [exhibit Marriott Tower, Suite 1125] is once again setting new standards of audio fidelity at this year's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) by demonstrating its new Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC in combination with its 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock. Attendees of RMAF will be among the first in the U.S. to experience the unrivalled sound quality made possible by the high rate, quad DAC architecture present in the Zodiac Platinum when connected to the ultra stable Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock, an upgraded and enhanced version of Antelope Audio's renowned Isochrone 10M clock.

During the demonstration at RMAF, the Antelope suite will consist of two systems built around Zodiac Platinum DACs, with one system connected to the 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock and the other functioning solely as a DAC/preamplifier. The digital signals will originate from a Music Vault M7 music server by Sound Science. The first system (which includes the 10M) will also consist of a Lyngdorf 2170 integrated amplifier with Room Perfect room correction, powering a pair of King Sound Prince 3 electrostatic full range loudspeakers.

The Second system, which will use the Zodiac Platinum as a DAC/preamplifer, will receive its digital signal from Second Music Vault Music Server. The Zodiac Platinum will be used to feed a M20 stereo vacuum tube headphone amplifier, which will drive two Kingsound H3 electrostatic headphones. The Zodiac Platinum will also feed a Kingsound M10 solid state headphone amp that will be driving another pair of Kingsound H3 electrostatic headphones.

Antelope Audio is widely regarded as an authority in digital clocking and audio conversion technologies and is well-known in the professional audio community. The same technology featured in the Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock is also present in the company's flagship 10M Atomic reference generator and routinely used at the best recording, mastering and postproduction facilities around the Globe.

Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC
The Zodiac Platinum features custom, ultra low jitter USB for streaming up to DSD128 and 384 kHz PCM, plus comprehensive analog and digital I/O.  It also features fully reclocked and de-jittered digital outputs along with analog preamp inputs, ensuring sonic purity at the input stage. With its 64-bit precision 8x linear phase PCM and DSD upsampling capabilities and quad DAC architecture, the Zodiac Platinum is able to achieve stunningly transparent imaging and dynamics in the most demanding audiophile environments. With high precision relay attenuators for fast and precise control of main outputs and dual variable impedance headphone outputs, Zodiac Platinum puts power control into the hands of the listener.

10M Audiophile Atomic Clock
The 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock is an upgraded and enhanced version of Antelope's legendary Isochrone 10M master clock, which has become an industry standard for ensuring audio quality and accurate sound reproduction among leading producers, sound engineers, artists and movie post-production studios worldwide. When coupled with Antelope's 10M Audiophile Atomic Clock, the Zodiac Platinum Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) jitter management technology, reaches an even higher standard of professional-grade performance and a noticeable improvement on audio depth and clarity.

Voltikus PSU: The Ultimate Power Supply
Voltikus PSU is a second generation power supply that is purpose built for the Zodiac Platinum. Hear the difference that a triple regulated power supply with integrated power line filtering can make in combination with an uncompromising DAC and clocking environment.

The Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC & Audiophile 10M Atomic Clock Bundle sells for $12,995. The Zodiac Platinum ships with a dedicated aluminum IR remote and as well as a custom software control panel for PC, Mac or mobile control applications.

Stop by the Antelope Audio suite at RMAF for a complete demonstration by contacting Antelope representative Neal Van Berg at (720) 308-4000, or visit the Antelope website at:

About Antelope Audio                                                     
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin's more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope's breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company's customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

ASUS Announces STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970

ASUS Announces STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970
-- Latest NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics cards with factory-overclocked cores deliver
an extremely cool and silent game play experience

Fremont, CA (19th September, 2014) - ASUS today announced the STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970, all-new gaming graphics cards packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU II and GPU Tweak for cooler, quieter and faster performance.  The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 are factory-overclocked at 1279MHz and 1253MHz respectively and are fitted with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory operating at speeds up to 7010MHz for the best gameplay experience.
Play League of Legends® and StarCraft® in silence!
The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 both come with the ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II cooling technology. With a 10mm a heatpipe to transport heat away from the GPU core, operating temperatures are 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference designs.  Efficient cooling and lower operating temperatures allow STRIX graphics cards to incorporate an intelligent fan-stop mode that can handle games such as League of Legends1 and StarCraft1 passively, making both cards ideal for gamers that prefer high-performance, low-noise PCs.
Improved stability and reliability with Digi+ VRM technology
STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 graphics cards include Digi+ VRM technology. This 10-phase power design in the STRIX GTX 980 and 6-phase design in the STRIX GTX 970 uses a digital voltage regulator to reduce power noise by 30% and enhance energy efficiency by 15% – increasing long term stability and reliability. The STRIX GTX 970 is designed to use a single 8-pin power connecter for clean and easy cable management.

Real-time monitoring and control with GPU Tweak software
The STRIX GTX 980 and STRIX GTX 970 come with GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that enables users to squeeze the very best performance from their graphics card. GPU Tweak provides the ability to finely control GPU speeds, voltages and video memory clock speeds in real time, so overclocking is easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

GPU Tweak also includes a streaming tool that lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, meaning others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.


ASUS STRIX GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards will be available at ASUS authorized resellers and distributors starting on September 19, 2014.  Suggested US MSRP pricing is $559 for the STRIX GTX 980 and $339 for the STRIX GTX 970.  For additional product information and specifications please visit:
1 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.
About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion. 

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