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Audio Codecs

Component maker sees new demand lifting sales

AAC Technologies - a leading global supplier of miniature receivers, speakers, microphones, antennas and other components - is betting on new demand from Korean and mainland makers of smartphones and media tablets to help lift its business this year.

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am

Hi-res: Sony BDV-IT1000

At just 16mm wide, the BDV-IT1000's amazingly compact full-range speaker drive units are the width of a finger. With three speakers at the front and two behind, they certainly look stunning.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hi-res: Giga Jukes

Sony recently launched two new Giga Juke hard disc hi-fi system models: the NAS-SC55PKE and the NAS-E35HD. People with a huge music collection can not only copy CDs quickly to their computers, they can also stream content to their home networks. Both systems are boxy, but sound pretty good.

29 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

buy the book

The name of an audio book featured by the weekly podcast This Week in Tech - casually referred to as TWiT - recently grabbed my attention. It was titled Confessions of an Economic Hitman and looked at how highly paid banking professionals help the United States government ensnare poor countries in debt.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Shoot to thrill

Sony's latest Handycam, the HDR-UX5/E (HK$8,980), is part of a new wave of camcorders based on the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) recording format. AVCHD enables this camera, with its professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and 2.7-inch screen, to record videos on 8cm DVD discs and in surround sound, using Dolby Digital 5.1 audio codec.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

More boom, less box

In the 1980s, boom boxes were all the rage. These 'portable' stereo systems were the size of a desktop computer, and people carried them around so that they could take their music with them.

They're back.

What made boom boxes cool was that you could share your music with others - in the park, in the playground, or on the football pitch.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Musical zones

Reggae on the rooftop and hip-hop in the hallway has finally reached Hong Kong with Sonos' Digital Music System.

18 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Vacation viewing

Catch up on the last season of The Sopranos, or that new soap opera your office colleagues have been talking about, when you are next on holiday. With the Grundig GDDP485 portable DVD player, your video entertainment options could grow exponentially - either on the road or in your hotel room.

13 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Smaller than a travel alarm clock, the new Yes YMP928 can rock your world like no other digital audio player. The device is the world's smallest 'boom box', with built-in stereo speakers that deliver three-dimensional sound and five-user equalisation modes to adjust the timbre. It has 512 megabytes of storage capacity, weighs 56 grams and measures 65 x 37.6 x 18.3mm.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Multi functions

The Korean-made SSF-9005 digital audio player from JNC supports MP3, Windows Media Audio, Ogg Vorbis and Advanced Streaming Format files. It also handles image files - including mpeg-4, jpeg and bitmap - on its petite, colour liquid crystal display. It is built with 512 megabytes of flash memory, which offers about 36 hours of voice recording.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Soundbuzz explains compression rates

We refer to the letter on digital music from Roderick Kar which appeared on August 23. We are most gratified to learn that your readers are turning to legal sites for online music. It was interesting to note his comments on compression rates. As a music company first and foremost, the customer experience is paramount to us.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Whiz gizmo

The new Samsung Electronics YP-T8 is a multi-function entertainment device that allows users to play games, watch videos, view jpeg-format pictures, peruse text and play heaps of MP3 music. With Samsung's proprietary Digital Natural Sound engine technology, the YP-T8 delivers a rich, surround-sound experience using two built-in speakers.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Virtual sounds

Just like Julie Andrews, the Rollei Wizor would make the hills alive with the sound of music. Audio specialist SRS Labs claims the Wizor is the first portable Virtual 5.1 Surround Sound Audio processor in the market. Its patented TruSurround XT technology allows the Wizor to create 3D sound images from standard stereo material, with deep, rich bass enhancement.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Wonder software will convert mini disc files to MP3 format

I've got a question and maybe you computer people can help me out. Last year I bought a mini disc player to record conversations and business meetings. I purposely chose to steer clear of the MP3 format because I felt more comfortable with the tried and tested MD, as I generally find it more reliable and less prone to glitches.

10 May 2005 - 12:00am

MP3 player gets a straightforward formula right

German optical devices specialist Rollei's most ambitious foray into the MP3 player market so far involves a questionable (but original) attempt to merge audio playback with a Chinese-English dictionary.

15 Jun 2004 - 12:00am