There are a lot of gamers out there that only play games wearing headphones. Headphones often let you hear more nuances of the sound in your favorite games than TV speakers or home theater systems allow. Some FPS gamers swear you can hear enemies behind you with the right headset. My ears have never been that good.
I am a fan of music games like Guitar Hero and especially Rock Band. I have spent many a night making fun of my friends off key singing while playing Rock Band. I even have my share of aftermarket guitar controllers for the game. However, I draw the line at some of the stranger accessories like smoke kits and my own stage monitor speaker like the new HitMaster from Polk Audio.
Personally, if I create a device, and it’s the best there is, I don’t want it likened to a Bentley, in the car world, that’s small potatoes, liken my product to a McLaren F1, a Bugatti Veyron, or a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, not a Bentley. Then again, these don’t really appear to be even in the Bentley league, maybe the BMW of the audio world.
In fact these look like that house on the corner that used to be condemned but someone came along and threw a new paint job on it and is now selling it for a small fortune. These speakers claim to be of audiophile quality, and it sounds like they are even trying to compare their product to those $400 Bose PC speakers, but they look quite cheap.
Word on the street is HD Radio is the new wave, imaging satellite radio quality but add some ads and lower the price to $0.00 per month. Well with HD Radio people are finally getting a way to revolutionize the way we listen to the normal radio, including the ability to tag a song for later purchase.
Up till now the best you could do for figuring out a song title/artist is either a Google search with the part of the lyrics you remember and hope you find something, or use one of the services where you record a portion of the song or use your phone and the service tries to recognize it for you. Well that is all changing thanks to HD Radio where they are able to transmit not only the song but all the metadata for it OTA.
Polk Audio announced they’ve started shipping the I-Sonic radio to Tweeter Home Entertainment Stores. This is no ordinary radio, because it’s one of the first products to hit the market to combine an HD Radio tuner, DVD/CD player, AM, FM, and XM Satellite Radio receiver in a single compact unit. And supposedly the four-speakers produces big sound quality that’s described as “lifelike” making capable of being your primary home entertainment system.
Dan Hodgson, Polk SVP of marketing is asking customers, broadcasters, and press to be patience since the I-Sonic is in high demands; apparently there are more orders than they can fill in the short to medium time frame (just build more to meet the demands). He goes on to reassure that production is going well and they’re produce a bunch more to meet demands this holiday season.
High quality, convergence devices such as the I-Sonic don’t come cheap, so make sure you’re ready to shell $600 for this pricey all-in-one device.