by Oliver Amnuayphol
Some most excellent news for iPod people: Wadia Digital reports that they are now shipping their super-bad iPod dock, the 170iTransport ($379). So what makes this dock so special? So far it's the only dock that will take and process the signal before the iPod's internal DAC (not its strong suit)--meaning if you have uncompressed, 16-bit/44.1 khz files on your i-peezy, you can now hear them with bit-perfect playback. What's more, the Wadia plays well with older iPods, too: it will support all Nanos G's 1-3, as well as the iPod Classic, Video and Touch models. If you give even the quietest hoot about sound quality, this is the dock you want, my friends.
Also, those hardworking folks at Sony Playstation recently announced they will be offering movie downloads for the PS3 this summer--just the thing to take advantage of that console's shiny-new DTS-HD firmware update. Although details and pricing info for the service are non-existent, chances are we can expect this feature will go live sooner rather than later given Sony's propensity for short notices.
And if you're a HTPC kinda guy or gal, Auzentech, Inc. has just the thing you've been a hankerin' for: the Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater 7.1, an HDMI 1.3a sound card for your PC. This means of course that you can now enjoy all of the usual auditory and visual HDMI goodness that's on tap with 1.3, including bitstream transmission of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio signals. What's more, the new Auzen will also support future NVIDIA products. The Auzen is slated for a September '08 release, price to be determined.
Movie Releases for Next Week.
DVD: The Future is Unwritten; Sleepwalking; Soundstage Presents: Sheryl Crow Live; Mon Oncle Antoine--The Criterion Collection; Claudio Abbado in Concert;
Blu-ray: Batman Begins; Batman--Gotham Knight; Sleepwalking.