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Future Sonics Atrio M5 gets reviewed by Gear Diary and ABI

  • Author: admin
  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Jun 21,2007
 

Both AnythingButIpod and Gear Diary had a chance to check out Future Sonics latest earphones the Atrio M5.

The Future Sonics Atrio m5s are an impressive set of earphones. I found them to be some of the most comfortable I have ever tried, and the sound produced was distinctly impressive. Let’s face it, $200 is a lot to plunk down on a set of earphones. But if the sound coming out of your player is really important to you, then making this particular sacrifice will be easily justified.

GearDiary.com

Without a doubt, the Future Sonics Atrios are my favorite in-ear monitors at the moment. No other IEMs I know of do so much right and so little wrong. They’re not the most “pedantic” phones out there, but they’re the most musical ones for my tastes. Almost like good full-sized headphones, they make the sound really enjoyable, and they get my feet tapping – no matter what style of music I’m listening to. They are punchy and precise without being fatiguing, they are quite spacious and still isolate a lot. The Future Sonics Atrio M5 are not the cheapest in-ear monitors around, but they’re far from being the most expensive ones you can find. They’re worth every penny, and they give the double/triple/quadruple balanced armature IEMs a run for their money. Highly recommended for people who love to listen to the music instead of analyzing single sine waves.


Why Logitech decided to eschew a “next-gen” feature for a “” one in its newest PS3 controller we’ll never know, but the esteemed peripherals manufacturer is nonetheless poised to loose its rumble-tastic, accelerometer-free Cordless Precision for PlayStation 3 on the gaming world.

IGN got a first look at the SIXAXIS competitor, and while they appreciate the build quality, battery life, and solid wireless connection, the lack of motion sensing, crappy D-pad, and absence of Bluetooth-related functionality (the Precision requires a USB dongle to communicate with the console) aren’t worth the ten dollar discount you’re getting when compared to a first-party offering.

Plus, now that Sony and Immersion have finally made nice, you’re bound to see some Bluetooth gamepads incorporating both force feedback and tilty goodness in the very near future.



While we thought we’d already seen the crown jewel of webcams before, Philips apparently thinks otherwise, as it boasts quite heavily about its new trio of display-mountable cams that were unveiled at Computex. All three devices support background customization and emoticon integration, wide-angle lenses, and face-tracking capabilities. The SPC620 holds down the low-end with a vanilla VGA CMOS sensor and will run you €49.90 ($67), while the SPC1000 includes a directional microphone and noise reduction filter, two-megapixel sensor, and a 5x digital zoom for the very same price.

The €99.90 ($135) SPC1300 features Pixel Plus 2 technology seen in the company’s Flat TVs, a six-megapixel sensor, audio beaming system, twin directional microphones, and Digital Natural Motion technology that purportedly nixes any frame rate flickers when video chatting. All three webcams should hit shelves in Europe, America, and Asia this August.

[Via TechDigest]


Amtek shows off U560 UMPC at Computex

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  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Jun 6,2007


OEM manufacturer Amtek’s rolled into Computex with a fresh new UMPC prototype, and it looks like it may have already signed up a partner in the US to offer it under their brand name. That bit of news comes from GottaBeMobile, which has also managed to scope out a few of the device’s specs.

As is par for the course these days, the device is based on Intel’s McCaslin platform, and packs either an 800MHz A110 or 600MHz A100 processor, a 3600mAh 2-cell battery with an optional 4-cell extended battery, and an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam, not to mention a full QWERTY keypad. Apparently, Amtek is set to put the device into mass production by the end of the year, although it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear anything on pricing or availability, as well as any word about that mystery US partner.


World’s smallest (7-inch) HDTV on display at Computex

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  • Filed under: Desktops
  • Date: Jun 6,2007

We don’t know why, but in a game where numbers are king we bring you the world’s smallest HDTV. Measuring in at just 7-inches, Xceive’s “Breckenridge” reference design is currently on display at Computex in Taipei. Unfortunately, Xceive is only showing off their XC5000 silicon tuner in the press release, but we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that they’re using that SanyoSeiko-Epson 7.1-inch, 1080p-capable LCD panel (pictured) first floated back in October. Xceive’s contribution to the 16:9 HDTV is the crazy small, 2.75 x 4.75-inch main board capable of receiving all 18 ATSC formats or NTSC signals via terrestrial or cable implementations. Unfortunately, you’ll have to sit about 6-inches away from the display for all those pixels to matter. Still, it is just a reference design. In other words, Xceive is looking for someone with the manufacturing skills to take this to market. Sammy, Sony, Philipps… any takers? Read-on to peep the XC5000 chip just for kicks.