The landline phone industry lacks the glamour (or at least the relentless hunger for an upgrade) of its cellular sibling, and so it's perhaps no surprise that manufacturers are looking to borrow some Android hype. Both Binatone and DSP have added their Android-powered landline phones to the ring, in the shape of the Binatone iHome and the DSP Multimedia Handset.
Philips is heading into the hi-fi game, with its new SoundSphere home stereo lineup. The MCi900 and MCD900, will both set sail with two speakers, 100 watts of ample amplification, and “free floating” tweeters that are physically outside of the speaker enclosure, for better acoustics.
I for one am looking forward to LTE hitting the US later this year in limited areas. It will be 2011 before we see wide rollouts of the service according to most carriers. Other than the service being available, we also need new devices that can take advantage of the speed like phones and modems. CEVA has announced at MWC 2010 that Samsung has chosen the CEVA DSP Core to power its first LTE modem.
Jabra have outed a pair of new Bluetooth devices, including a low-cost alternative to the Jabra Stone, the Jabra Extreme, and a Bluetooth speakerphone, the Jabra Cruiser. The Extreme is more traditionally designed than the Stone, but has the same Noise Blackout Extreme background-noise cancellation DSP technology as the more expensive headset.
Anyone who has perused a high-end home theater and audio store knows that home theater and home audio speakers come in staggering range of styles and prices. You can get the cheap stuff at Walmart or you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on premium speakers in the high-end. Epos has announced its new flagship line of speakers called the Encore 50 that will debut at CES this week.
Another ARM-based touchscreen device blurring the definition between PMP and MID, the Chuwi W3000 has a Telechips 7901 dual-core chipset with integrated DSP for what's said to be better audio and video playback. There's also WiFi and possibly Bluetooth, GPS and USB Host functionality.
Not every golden ears live in an area with opportunity to experience a ear hand-on audition on high-end speakers. Audio freaks thrive for high fidelity loudspeakers, and have serious mad cash around, will get their chances to try out Guy Nelson Pass's second gen floorstanding at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Replacing its audiophile-beloved Rushmore series active Loudspeakers, Pass Labs SR1 is a passive designed four-way loudspeaker enclosed in a dual separate cabinet, which houses four different drives fabricated from Nextel-coated cones and Crescendo tweeter in different sizes. The staggeringly large lower enclosure houses a 10-inch and a 8-inch drivers while the top takes care of the mid-bass driver and SEAS Crescendo tweeter.
Induction Dynamics have unveiled two new speaker models in their "Super Loudspeaker" range, the ID1.15 and the S1.8. ID1.15 - shown here in black - stands 62.5-inches high and features a 1.125-inch high-power soft dome tweeter, a 3-inch soft dome midrange, an 8-inch woofer with Kevlar cone, and dual 15-inch subwoofers with laminated cones.
Phase technology unwrapped its Premier Collection speaker series with a pair of PC 9.5 flagship floor-standing and PC Surround II loudspeakers. The premier series employs an In-house and patented 3 layer composite RPF Solid Piston woofer, soft dome tweeter and a proprietary Absolute Phase crossover for minimizing distortion and providing balance throughout the room.
Hands-on experience with ECS' G10IL netbook earlier in the year flagged up a surprising absence of integrated 3G WWAN; surprising, we say, because ECS had used that fact as one of their key selling points. Now it all becomes clear: if you want integrated HSDPA/HSUPA you actually want the J10IL - just a few letters down the alphabet but a whole lot more connectivty.