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The Audiotron From Turtle Beach

Boot Camp feature for Monday, January 7, 2002

Playing your digital music collection from your home stereo. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you have a big collection of digital music stored on a PC, (music)Turtle Beach is out with a new piece of equipment, styled like a stereo component, that lets you play those files through your receiver in the family room. It's called the AudioTron...

"Instead of going and putting a PC in my living room, or going down to my home office every time I wanted to listen to my digital music, it lets me listen to all my digital music in the environment I want to listen to... my home stereo system."

Seth Dotterer of Turtle Beach. The AudioTron taps into the files through a standard Ethernet connection or a home phoneline network. That may sound daunting to some... but Dotterer says it isn't that difficult to set up...

"You can do something as easy as plugging a USB home phoneline network into your PC and then it just uses your home phoneline networking and it can really be up and running in ten minutes."

The AudioTron lists for about three hundred dollars and comes with a remote that lets you control play lists and albums and Internet radio... .

"The power and the flexibility of digital music is no question where the future of music is going. But the environment of listening to that music has to be something that end users are used to."

It's the kind of technology that could become more important as recording studios protect CDs and prevent buyers from burning copies. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.