Posts Tagged ‘apple’
Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Video Preview: Introducing Myro:Air, The AirPlay Streamer for Home Integration & Audiophiles
If you have been wondering why the lack of posts here at Mavromatic, it’s because I have been heads down working on a new product for Myro Control. It’s now to the point that I can give you all a sneak peak of Myro:Air!
This will be the first certified Apple AirPlay hardware device that features audiophile sound quality using the highly respected WM8741 DAC by Wolfson Microelectronics. Myro:Air will also be a home integrators dream come true — yup — it will feature RS232 and “Myro:Link” which will provide full metadata and transport control (Play/Pause/Next/Previous) of the AirPlay stream. This means Crestron, Control4, Russound and any other system that can interface via RS232 or Russound RNET will be able to control and receive metadata from the AirPlay stream.
Myro:Air will also provide a USB port that will allow iOS device charging and control/playback as well. So you can either plug in your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch or any iPod and it will not only charge the device but will also stream digital audio processed through the quality DAC and provide metadata and transport control via the connected control system.
I’m very proud and excited about this new product and can’t wait to get it to market. Email preorderAIR@myrocontrol.com if you’d like to get on the early pre-order list. The first run will be VERY limited so get on the waiting list now!…
Sunday, August 21st, 2011
The Audiophiles Digital Media Player – ColorFly C4 Pro
Sure, Apple is leading the digital media player space, but, ColorFly is not your ordinary media player trying to be an iPod. No. No. No… The ColorFly Pocket C4 Pro’s steampunk-ish good looks with real American black walnut backing is not what it’s about, but what’s inside is what really matters with this player. Starting with components only a true audiophile would recognize. The C4 Pro features a CIRRUS LOGIC CS4398 DAC chip and a CIRRUS LOGIC CS8422 SRC chip offering up Signal-to-noise-ratio’s (SNR) of up to 108 Db and Total-Harmonic-Distortion (THD) lower than 0.003% with a rate of jitter lower than 5ps. WOW! As for connectivity, the C4 Pro has a RCA SPDIF IN/OUT interface, a full 1/4″ and 1/8″ headphone jack, a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot. One of my favorite touches is the use of the famous Japanese made ALPS volume slider potentiometer. The C4 can play uncompressed 24-bit FLAC audio files and if you don’t know what those are then you have no business getting the ColorFly C4 Pro anyway!
The ColorFly C4 Pro 32GB will cost you $799 and it’s available now from ALO Audio.
Friday, October 1st, 2010
Myro:Bridge – Russound RNET to Apple iTunes (Remote)
Lots has been going on over the past few weeks… final PCB designs have been sent out for production. A new product web site is reaching completion leaving final assembly and testing left before I can start shipping the Myro:Bridge (that is going to be the final name). As promised, I have a video of the newest firmware which offers Russound RNET to Apple iTunes control. This is like the Russound RNET to Sonos except that you can pair, control and get metadata two and from Russound Keypads via iTunes. Enjoy!…
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Apple iPad Review
I’ve had my iPad for a few days and compiled a Pro’s and Con’s list as part of my review. I’ll try to be subjective but keep in mind that this device has been hyped a lot and may come across more critical than normal.
- Sexy, slick device — Apple is great at that. They always have been. They, again, have nailed it!
- Fast! — the iPad is very fast and responsive. I would say it feels faster than my 3GS.
- Screen is crisp, bright and vibrant — while the screen is not great for reading books, it is excellent for watching videos and playing games! The pixel density of the screen is probably the best I have seen to date — as is the viewing angle.
- Bluetooth keyboard support — Apple is finally allowing you to pair a bluetooth keyboard with the iPad. This alone makes it easier to write emails and surf the web than the iPhone.
- Loud Speakers — the speaker on the iPad is LOUD!
- Multitouch Screen — the screen is very accurate and responds well to the touch.
- Amazing Battery Life — this is one of the most impressive aspects of the iPad. The battery life lives up to what’s advertised!
- Love Native Apps — I find myself using services (Twitter/ABC) more because they offer native iPad apps versus hitting their website via the Safari browser. I’ll take a nicely designed iPad app over a web page version any day. However, there are some services that lose functionality in their native app. This is bad, but not the fault of Apple.
- Device is too BIG — too big to take with you all the time. I would have liked a small notepad (7″) sized iPad.
- Device doesn’t feel right in the hands — while it’s solid and looks good, it’s slippery and weird to hold. The nook is the right size and the arched rubberized back feels soft and “warm” to the hand. The iPad feels cold and fragile. Which, I believe, if you drop, will do a lot of damage to the iPad, as well as mar it’s elegant aluminum finish. I should also mention, the Apple case does change the feel and makes it a lot better to hold. However, it does add $39 to the price of the unit.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Debating the merits of Apple’s iPad…
CNET has a pretty good balanced article about the iPad. I know there are heated debates going on about the iPad and it’s purpose/uses. What do you guys think? Does having no Adobe Flash really hurt the iPad — my opinion is no — hasn’t really been a issue on the iPhone since there is an app for everything and I rarely launch Safari for surfing (here is Adobe’s response). Does the size of the device make this unusable for daily use? Would you use it as a work device? I’d love to hear your thoughts…
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