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Old 08-31-2007, 06:44 AM
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Default IFA 2007 info!!

Okay Ive been scanning the tubes for the last few hours and finally some stuff is turning up from the IFA show in Berlin where Creative is releasing a slew of new products. So far there is alot of wireless stuff but only one new mp3 player, the already annouced ZEN.

Most of the info below is sourced from various websites so I apologise it the formats vary. Also, I'll be editing and adding to this post as I find more stuff so reload regularly.

Summary: Lots of X-Fi wireless excitement but the big guns were launched ten minutes from the end in the form of the brand new Creative Zen player (Zen Vision M in miniature, essentially). Read on!

X-Fi Xdock Wireless
- "improving the sound experience of the iPod". X-Fi crystalliser enhances normal MP3 quality - there's a demonstration coming

11:45 - Showing us how to stop bass get "soggy and lifeless". There is a noticeable difference in crispness (I'm not sure I'd miss it if I didn't know the difference, but it's a convincing demonstration).
<script type="text/javascript"> <!-- writeDart('336x280', 'top'); --> </script><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=";kw=2007,08,ifa_07_liveblog_1.html;tile=2;tru e=1;;;pos=top;sz=336x280;ord=279049347"></script> So the Xdock wireless transmitter uses the crystalliser, and then upmixes the audio to surround sound, encoded into a digital signal. Can output in stereo, then amplifier detects digital signal, creates centre channel and it creates surround sound. So from a small dock you can get a whole room of impressive surround sound and clarity.
11:50 - PC connections, speaker jacks. So you can either connect it up or beam it wirelessly around the living room and indeed through walls and floors around the house. SVideo and composite out plus digital out. You can upmix movie sound as well as music. More demonstrations and it honestly is an impressive difference.
11:52 - How to beam sound all over the home. You simply plug in a wireless receiever into any system that you want to receive it and beam at will from your dock.

Xmod Wireless - Streaming music from your PC, laptop etc. Can stream from the Internet, WMP etc. Same principle as the Xdock, because you can stream all around the house. Can control playback on the PC etc through the remote control.

Can plug in auxiliary socket too - transmit vinyl around the house if you like!
11:58 - GigaWorks T20 speakers have been used to showcase sound. Good quality sound without a subwoofer. They are being replaced by the T40, and the aim is to "put the power of the bass into the speakers themselves and not have to deal with the subwoofer" - smaller, slimmer unit. Yellow bullseye design is a bit Scandyna / Fatman, but much more boxy.
SoundWorks radios also being pushed out across Europe as Creative. Soundworks 745 - design is the same as the 735, previous model. CD player is revamped to read WMA and MP3, and now it has an additional dock accessory for your iPod. It is a "table radio", not a big system.
12:01 - Aurvana Headphones will have X-fi technology imbedded in them + noise cancelling.

Theres some info on the ZEN, but onthing we dont already know...Looking for more stuff now...
iPod Classic
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