Xbox Live Speech Audio

Xbox Live is getting a major improvement around the launch of Kinect. Speech audio will be greatly improved.

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Alfie iPod audio player: bad name, but badass looks

The Alfie audio player

Every now and then we get a wave of new iPods, so it’s only neccessary in the eyes of audio equipment manufacturers that new audio players must accompany them.

One of the latest includes this here, the Alfie iPod audio system encased in smooth looking piano-like black.

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Beats by Dr. Dre: headphones designed by Dre himself

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

Dr. Dre has had or been involved with countless hits over the years, making millions in the process, and is to many a legend. Now the producer/artist is looking to get in on the audio technology market designing his own brand of headphones.

The impossibly glossy headphones were concocted and designed by both Monster and Dre who are hoping to take the headphone world by storm with the Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones.

According to the press blurb the headphones will feature technology never-before used in headphones to deliver sounds the way they were meant to be heard, and the way Dre hears music when producing.

“When I’m making a track I’m trying to capture that sound that makes me go ‘now THAT’s the shit! And I want that reaction from everyone who hears it,” Dre mentions in the press release.

“I spend a lot of time in the studio listening to music through headphones…with Beats, people are finally going to hear it the way they should: the way I do.”

And as Dre followers would expect, the headphones are said to deliver deep bass. They’ll also come with a carry case, Monster headphone cable and iSonitak microphone/headphone adaptor for iPhones.  

Want? If so you’ll have to part with $399.95 to get your hands (or ears) on them.

CES 2008: Altec Lansing unveils iPhone compatible audio system

Altec Lansing T612 audio system

Much like the iPod and its many, many incarnations we can now expect to see hordes of accessories for Apple’s latest tool of world domination. The iPhone, which is possibly more famous for being an iPod with a phone than the other way around now has its own audio system.

The Altec Lansing T612 universal dock will happily play any music stored on the iPhone and even stops playing should you receive an incoming call. When you’ve finished chatting away, simply dock it back in to resume listening pleasure.

According to the manufacturer, the system promises excellent bass reproduction and rich sounds thanks to powerful neodymium speakers and bass enhancement technology. Good news for Hip Hop heads then.

A close up of the systems controls

Of course it’s not only iPhone compatible. It will also play and charge all new generation iPods as well as older models thanks to an auxillary-in jack for not-so early adopters. Also in the box is a remote with the standard features such as pause, play, track back, track forward and volume controls.

The Altec Lansing T612 will available next month for $199.95.

Even after CES we’re sure this is not the last we’ve heard of iPhone docks. We’ve seen iPod docks in a range of different places from beds, coffee tables and even toilet roll holders. So expect iPhone docks to pop up everywhere too.