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Boosting the Sound From Notebook PCs

Techstination feature for Thursday, March 10, 2005

Boosting the sound from your notebook PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Lots of people are using notebook PCs these days to store digital music collections and watch DVD movies. But usually, the sound quality built into notebooks doesn't come close to replicating the sound of home stereo systems. Turtle Beach, one of the pioneers in the digital audio business, is out with an affordable solution, a small USB device called the Audio Advantage Micro. Marketing Director Seth Dotterer…

"We developed this really because the sound that you get with your laptop, you're sort of stuck with. If you're on a flight and you're sort of listening to that tinny sound from the laptop, even the best laptops today tend to have sub-par sound quality. The device is a USB device, it's smaller than the size of your thumb. You can plug your headphones into it or you can connect it directly to a home theatre system through the digital output if you're using it in a home environment. And it allows you to do 5.1, it does 5.1 virtualization through the headphones. It allows you to apply effects, make it sound more expansive. It allows you to do volume boost, which is big for a lot of people. A lot of people's laptop audio is just not loud enough, especially if it's noisy, they're on that plane and things like that."

The Audio Advantage Micro sells for under 30 dollars. Creative Labs offers a solution as well, that is more expensive but includes recording inputs. And Intel is adding better quality audio into new chipsets for notebooks. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.