So, what do we have in here? It’s Archos, hitting the online scene again, this time with a brand new Android-based Internet Tablet device, which apparently gets exactly the same looks and specs its 5-inch Archos 5 predecessor packs, only this one unsurprisingly runs a Google Android trendy OS – all over the place – while design wise, it gets darker than ever with a whole black body color, covering both the media tablet itself and its optional $130 DVR docking station. Other than that, it seems that Archos’ new kid on the block just grew up bigger, and now being offered with storage capacities starting at 160GB HDD priced at $320 or a whopping 500GB HDD for merely $420. However, in case you’re into the SSD flavor, you can choose either going with the 16GB SSD version that is listed at B&H for $294 or the 32GB SSD option that will run you back for $370. Stay tuned for even more. Meanwhile, hit the jump to see the rest.
Update1: Apparently, the Android-based Archos 5 Internet Tablet just turned official and is now available with prices ranged from $259 – $430 (depends on storage configuration). Other than that, it seems the French have taken the vanilla Android OS and managed to hover it on top of Archos’ own Linux platform. Surprisingly, the combination of both systems works pretty smooth and flawless, then we may have expected. Additionally, Archos also included some neat third-party apps, like ThinkFree Mobile for document editing, Internet browser for net surfing, and some cool navigation features that suppose to take advantage of the full-fledged GPS system inside and help you find your way with local maps, voice over guidance and even 3D landmarks. And while the new Archos 5 doesn’t seems to have any mobile phone pretensions, it still packs some very advanced specs that make it such a fun and usable device for users. You get a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 resistive screen, which responds pretty well but not as fast as a multi-touch display. You can also find a 802.11n WiFi connectivity, paired with 800MHz OMAP3440 processor, storage drives which can go up to 500GB capacity, and an optional docking cradle that lets you record your favorite shows into the Archos unit or watch your 720P video files whenever connected to an LCD TV through the HDMI port. Press release is right after the break, along with three walk-through videos.
Update2: Looks like Amazon has finally listed the Archos 5 “Internet Tablet” device on its online store, running for either $390 (160GB) or $370 (32GB)at your choice (and pocket size).
Update3: Radio Shack seems to have a cheaper version of Archos 5’s Android-based tablet – just $249.99 – in case those $390 bills are too heavy for you to carry. Besides those 8GB of storage, that the new version packs, you get all the good things its bigger brother has, only with 1/20 of the capacity, but that for itself shouldn’t bother anyone who uses Archos’ device mainly for emails and internet.
[videos are courtesy of engadget]
ARCHOS BRINGS THE ANDROID PLATFORM TO A LARGE-SCREEN INTERNET TABLET WITH THE NEW ARCHOS 5
ARCHOS Introduces the Ultimate Internet Tablet with Android Applications, Bluetooth, GPS and High Definition Video in One Handheld Device
DENVER, CO – September 15, 2009 – ARCHOS, Inc., a top innovator in the portable media market, announced today the new ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet that combines the best of ARCHOS, featuring high-definition content, TV recording and built-in GPS, with the best of the Android platform for Internet browsing and nearly unlimited customization with applications .
The ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet features a sleek and slim design, 5-inch high-resolution touch-screen, ultra-fast speeds of a PC, full fledge Internet browser, 3D GPS navigation, integrated applications that rival Mobile Internet Devices, and far more capacity and flexibility. Up to 500GB of capacity ensures the ARCHOS 5 keeps up with the growth of consumer content, offering the ability to store Android applications along with hundreds of full-length HD movies, songs, photos and more.
“With the steady growth of mobile Internet adoption, easier ways to access the Internet and digital media, and an increasing need for device customization, ARCHOS brings it all together by integrating GPS, HD and the Android platform,” said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS chief executive officer. “Android offers to the consumer unlimited ways to customize the tablet with thousands of apps, all easily available on the device or through the AppsLib Store.”
New AppsLib Store for Large-Screen Android Applications
ARCHOS introduces the AppsLib Store for unlimited access to free and paid applications developed specifically for the larger 5-inch touch screen display of the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet. Consumers can simply access Android applications from the AppsLib Store through the ARCHOS 5 device and download in one-click, with the application resizing to fit the larger screen in portrait or landscape view.
In addition to accessing applications through the AppsLib Store, the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet will include several pre-installed Android apps, including the popular eBuddy instant messaging app, Twidroid for sending and receiving tweets, Craigsphone for posting or accessing classified ads, Thinksfree for viewing Microsoft® Office™ files, Quickpedia and much more.
Fastest Wireless Connection
With WiFi n network capabilities, the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet is connected where and when consumers want and with broadband-like connection speeds. Without WiFi access, consumers can use the 3.5G connection of their mobile phone and connect through the Bluetooth™ to the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet, without requiring an additional subscription.
The brilliant 5-inch screen of the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet, combined with the new superscalar microprocessor ARM® CortexTM A8 from Texas Instrument, allows consumers to surf the Web on a high-resolution 800×480 touch screen, as if they were surfing on their PC. Unlike the small 2- and 3-inch screens of most Smartphones and media players, the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet makes surfing the Web, watching movies, sending email, Twittering or updating Facebook pages easy and comfortable.
Integrated GPS Features 3D Maps and Adventure Mode Compass
The ARCHOS 5 features an embedded GPS application that can be used in the car, around town or even in “adventure mode” for off road travels. With voice assistance, Points of Interest, multiple-route calculations, maps from TeleAtlas® with 3D landmarks, and a unique 3D photo realistic feature for in-city navigation edited by BLOM, the ARCHOS 5 ensures one less device in the pocket and keeps consumers moving. With multiple view angles, four zoom levels and digital compass, the ARCHOS 5 keeps users on track whether in city or back-country.
ARCHOS offers a seven day free trial of the GPS features to test the power and performance before subscribing.
Entertainment Your Way with the Highest Quality Content
The ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet offers a host of content options, including:
16GB to 500GB Capacities: Provides enough storage to hold up to 710 full-length, HD quality movies, 3.2 million photos or 190,000 songs.
HD capabilities: Consumers don’t need to make compromises concerning their videos. The ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet can handle the widest range of video formats even at HD 720p resolution (H.264 HD, MPEG-4 HD, and WMV HD).
Web TV and Radio: Users can stream thousands of Web TV channels and more than 10,000 radio stations directly to the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet.
TV Recording: With the optional DVR station accessory, ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablets offer a fast and easy way to record live TV and play back favorite HD movies directly on the Tablet or TV.
ARCHOS Media Club: The easiest way to access content on the go, the Media Club features the latest movies, TV shows, music and games from a host of providers.
Personalize with Plug-Ins and Accessories
Furthering the company’s strategy to offer multiple customization options, the ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet offers a host of optional plug-in and accessories from the ARCHOS store or Web site:
HD Cinema plug-In: Play WMV HD movies in 720p resolution as well as movies in MPEG-2/VOB format with AC3 sound.
Accessories: DVR Station, Battery dock, HDMI Mini-Dock, GPS In-Car Holder, , and more can be used to record TV, charge the device, transfer photos from a digital camera, record videos on the go, etc.
Pricing and Availability
The ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet will be available from retailers, Amazon and the ARCHOS Website beginning September 16, 2009, at prices ranging from $249.99 to $439.99.
Order information and customer support details are available on the ARCHOS Web site at www.archos.com.
ARCHOS introduced the hard-drive-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000, and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company introduced the portable video player in 2003 and was the first to bring TV recording, wireless and touch screens to the portable media player. The ARCHOS Internet Media Tablet and PCtablet offer consumers uncompromised access to the Internet, movies, photos, video, music and television anytime, anywhere. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is quoted on Compartment C of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. More information is available online at archos.com
4 Great Gaming Sound Systems To Buy
In this generation where games are a common thing in our homes, it is very important that you get a high-quality sound system which will ensure that your gaming experience is just awesome. Some players operate with the best of the range gaming gadgets which is an affordable and accessible alternative to the high-class home speakers. The best gaming sound systems have the capacity to take one’s living room and make it an audio-visual space of virtual delights.
If you have been looking for gaming sound systems that will fully satisfy your needs, then look no further. Below are the best gaming sound systems in the market:
1. AVerMedia GS331 SonicBlast Gaming Soundbar
This powerful product comes with 2.0 Channel. It has a very superior configuration of sound for gaming. It delivers a 40 watt rich and lifelike surround sound which makes your room sound filled up. Also, it has three EQ Modes which optimize ones listening experience in music, movie and game.
Additionally, it has a wireless audio which enables you to stream music wireless from mobile gadgets via Bluetooth
2. Logitech Z906 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
This system has 5.1 digital surround sound therefore very good for a gamer. This makes you able to hear every detail in your DTS soundtracks and Dolby Digital soundtracks. It has a 165 Watt powered sub-woofer. It has THX-certified home theatre speakers which assures one of real cinema quality sounds. It does deliver a continuous 500 power watts, with the capability to deliver a maximum of 1000 Watts of power under specific circumstances. This produces a room-shaking and thunderous audio with a deep base. Also, it has a very flexible setup in that one can connect a maximum of 6 devices including game console, TV, music player, computer and more. Additionally, it has a wireless remote and a compact control console which enables you to personalise your surround sound instantly. This system operates with any gadget with either a digital coaxial input, six-channel direct, RCA, headphone jack (3.5mm) or optical inputs.
3. Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater
Yamaha YHT-4930UBL 5.1-Channel Home Theater comes with the 5.1-Channel compact Black-gloss speaker package. It has 6-1/2 100 watts powered subwoofer Also, it possesses the YPAO sound optimization which facilitates automatic speakers set up. This product comes with a 4K Ultra HD pass-through having HDCP 2.2 support. It is also Bluetooth enabled for music streaming wireless with compresses music-enhancer.
4. JBL Cinema 610 Advanced Home Theater Speaker System
This home theater speaker system is among the best gaming sound systems. It is very easy to install and comes with Voice-matched two-way satellite speakers. This system comes with 5.1 Channels. It has a good delivery package including brackets for wall-mounting. It also has sixty-watts, 8″ powered sub-woofer.
Gaming is a very important element in our lives. It is something that is enjoyed by many people including both adults and children. This is because it helps in refreshing our minds, especially after a tiresome work. A good gaming sound system is therefore key in making sure that you enjoy your play to the fullest. Now you know which system to buy.
Here’s How to Choose a Vinyl Turntable
Meta: Need a music-playing device to amuse crowds of people and yourself? Get a turntable and start turning heads!
Representing a blend between the good old vinyl-dominated times and a new kind of modern music-playing contraption, a turntable is a must-have for a music aficionado, as it incorporates pretty much all the things one might need to start playing hit after hit, in whatever format it may come.
In this article, we’ll try to point out a couple of important things to take into consideration if you’re about to purchase yourself a brand new DJ-worthy apparatus! More precisely, we’ll talk about what are the parts of a turntable, what kinds of it are available to buy and how can you keep it up to date once you’ve gotten yourself one.
What’s a turntable made of?
Platter – To put it simply, a platter is that thing upon which you place the record you’d like to play. Typically, it’s better if the platter on a turntable is a bit on the heavier side, as this will mean more stability for the rotating record and fewer distortions and other smaller imperfections down the road. The platter is usually powered by a small motor enabling the record to spin at a designated speed, which often can be adjusted. Modern-day turntables offer up to 3 different speeds, so you can switch them for different tracks as you like it. However, older models have only one or two speeds, and that isn’t necessarily optimal if you’re a DJ.
Cartridge – The cartridge of a turntable is usually a small part, but it’s nevertheless quite important as its job is to be in contact with the record, and produce sounds. Since it plays such an important role in the overall turntable experience, it’s advisable to upgrade it regularly lest it becomes worn out and ruin your otherwise great configuration.
Tonearm – as its very name suggests, a tonearm is a part of a turntable responsible for getting the needle to the record itself. Although it appears to be largely peripheral, a tonearm can be as crucial as a cartridge or any other part for that matter, as a wrongly designed model can make your record sound distorted and, more typically, make it play at slightly different speeds throughout its run!
Should I go manual or automatic?
To many people, it may seem rather obvious that if you’re buying a turntable, it’s going to be manual because arguably the most important part of owning one, is that you get to lower its arm on your favorite record every time you’d like to hear it again. However, automatic turntables have their own vibe going for them as they feature builds that have the majority of the button-pushing’ and arm-lowering’ work already done for you, so what you’re left with amounts to arranging the sounds in new peculiar ways and coming up with your own wacky tracks. Perfect for DJ’s!
So, the choice really isn’t a difficult one. If you’re into tweed jackets, top hats, and geography, chances are- you’re going to go for a manual one. As for the automatic versions of it, the typical audience includes lots of young and hip kids who’d like to confuse and excite everyone with some of their own creations. Of course, geography teachers aren’t necessarily exempt from these new interesting toys, and the same goes for the younger people interested in buying a turntable.
Keeping up with the Joneses – the question of turntable upgradeability
Once you’ve received your brand new turntable and are ready to knock yourself out listening to some of the blasts from the past you’ve been storing in your attic for years, it’s safe to say you’ll be pretty much the luckiest person about. For a while. The question of upgradeability especially concerns the people who go for a manual version of this exquisite piece of music-playing machinery, as the new features and editors typically installed on them get outdated pretty soon, leaving your almost DJ-worthy self in dire straits!
To avoid this unfortunate turn of events, make sure to get yourself a turntable you can upgrade later on. In this way, you won’t have to buy a brand new device, but merely a small part that became overshadowed by an enhanced version of itself.
All in all, buying a turntable is one of the most rewarding investments you can make. It plays music, it looks good- what’s not to love? Well, the price probably, but still, if you manage to find an agreeable model within your budget, you’re sure to have a blast with it! Actually, one of our other reviews describes the ideal of a top record player under $300, so if you chance upon it, you may get an even clearer picture of what you may want. Hopefully, this guide helped you understand the nature of these magnificent devices more closely, and gave you a better idea of what your top portable turntable might be!
Author Bio: Alex Frank has worked in the sound technology industry for 10 years. Today, he is an affiliate blogger who likes to educate his international audience about sound and technology. Visit Music Instruments Center to find more about the music that you need.
Vomercy Over Ear Headphones iPhone 7 Review
Are you looking for a pair of durable and highly convenient earphones? While the brand may not be as known as compared to other bigger models, Vomercy is a perfect choice. As an over ear headphones, it comes with a rather simple design, but with multi-functionality which can allow you to enjoy great music, while making hand-free phone calls, great for your everyday life. It is also equipped by special ear buds which are designed for small ears. They are also fit for your individual ear canals, extremely light in weight, and magnetic in form, which is great for outdoors use.
Most importantly, it is also highly compatible for use with the iPhone 7 model, allowing you to enjoy the best there is in the sound department. However, as there are a lot of choices that are currently available in the market these days, making a good decision is often a difficult task. In order to make a well-informed decision, it is best to look closer into the features of this headphones and see whether or not it is the model that you are looking for.
Technical Details and Features
Here are some of the technical details and features of the Vomercy Over Ear Headphones:
- Magnetic Attraction – This capability of magnetic attraction is the one that is responsible for hanging around your neck easily, and for portable gathering as well. This model is ergonomically designed and equipped with soft-gel, offering comfort while wearing.
- Passive Noise Cancelling Features – What makes other cheaper headphones low in quality is that they are not able to reduce, if not remove completely, noise from the outside. This is different with Vomercy Over Ear Headphones. This model comes with soft gel ear buds that takes charge in isolating most noise coming from the outside surroundings. As a result, you can expect nothing but pure music indulgence. Its high end quality also delivers crystal clear, dynamic, and pure sound.
- In-Line Control – This headphones’ slidable volume button for control makes it a whole lot easier to adjust the volume using perfect fingers feeling. It also has a multi-function button that can be used for answer/hang-up incoming callsand pause/play of music. All you have to do is to click two or three times in order to control the tracks. While the playback control is compatible only with iOS devices, as well as some Android devices, it can still work as a normal headphone that can be used to listen to MP3 player music from smart phones, as well as other media devices.
- Enhanced Built-In Microphone – This enhanced microphone quality collects the sound of voice in an effective way, clearly transmitting between the caller and the receiver.
Positive Highlights of Vomercy Over Ear Headphones
- This wireless Bluetooth headphones comes with an active noise cancelling technology which is prefect for enjoying stereo sound and music, leaving you feeling amazed with the entire experience.
- Its advanced Bluetooth and NFC technologies are great for smooth and quick connection to your devices, such as iPhone 7, and other Android devices.
- No need to worry when the battery dies out. The unit also comes equipped with an audio cable that can be used for wired connection in case of need. This makes it more exciting and convenient.
- This over ear headphones comes with super large size, as well as softer sides, making it possible for a more comfortable wearing experience. You can expect that there is no pain while wearing this on, even after a long time of use.
- Its stereo headphones are also equipped with an adjustable headband which can be adjusted easily to conveniently fit any head size.
As with other headphone models, the Vomercy Over Ear Headphones also comes with some drawbacks. For instance, some users reported that while the noise cancellation feature works on this unit, it may not work perfectly when the aux cord is plugged to the headphones. However, this may only be due to a defective unit received. Also, while it has the capacity to block out outside noise, the sound from inside may bleed out immensely, allowing other people around you to hear everything.
All in all, the Vomercy Over Ear Headphones is a very promising unit that you can buy. With fast Bluetooth connection, you can easily pair with your Bluetooth enabled device, and start listening to your favorite music. Everything else is also accessible using its button, including volume control, and track control. With its adjustable headband, you can also customize the fit depending on the size of your head. It also has amazing portability which means that you can easily place this headphones inside your laptop bag or backpack. A lot of positive reviews have been received about this product, which speaks a lot about its overall quality.
Author Bio: Anh Vu has worked in the IT field and sound technology industry for 5 years now. Today, he is a blogger who likes to educate his audience more about sound technology. Visit to http://www.headphonesunder100center.com to find the headphone that you need.