Neuros Audio Computer Rethinks MP3

By Dave Salvator  |  Posted 2003-08-26 Print this article Print

Review: With its modular design, unique feature set and Linux support, Neuros stands apart in a crowded field. Lots of good ideas here, too bad the implementation is so flawed.

The MP3 player market is swamped to the gunnels with me-too products, and its gotten pretty tough for new arrivals to distinguish themselves. Some have gotten smaller (iPod), some have added capacity, such as Creatives Nomad Zen 60GB. Others have added video, the key example being the Archos AV320. With so many available products, you might think theres little room for innovation, but youd be wrong. A new company on the scene, Neuros Audio, took a long hard look at this market space and is now shipping what the company has dubbed an audio computer. It features an FM tuner and transmitter (transceiver), support for the open source encoder Ogg Vorbis, and a Linux music management app. It can not only record FM radio, but can sample and save music playing on an FM station and find similar material via the Web when the player is connected to your PC. The FM transmitter is designed to make it easy to use the Neuros in your car. Simply tune your radio to the frequency the Neuros is transmitting on, and listen to your digital music collection while driving.
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Dave came to have his insatiable tech jones by way of music—,and because his parents wouldn't let him run away to join the circus. After a brief and ill-fated career in professional wrestling, Dave now covers audio, HDTV, and 3D graphics technologies at ExtremeTech.

Dave came to ExtremeTech as its first hire from Computer Gaming World, where he was Technical Director and Lead (okay, the only) Saxophonist for five years. While there, he and Loyd Case pioneered the area of testing 3D graphics using PC games. This culminated in 3D GameGauge, a suite of OpenGL and Direct3D game demo loops that CGW and other Ziff-Davis publications, such as PC Magazine, still use.

Dave has also helped guide Ziff-Davis benchmark development over the years, particularly on 3D WinBench and Audio WinBench. Before coming to CGW, Dave worked at ZD Labs for three years (now eTesting Labs) as a project leader, testing a wide variety of products, ranging from sound cards to servers and everything in between. He also developed both subjective and objective multimedia test methodologies, focusing on audio and digital video. Before all that he toured with a blues band for two years, notable gigs included opening for Mitch Ryder and appearing at the Detroit Blues Festival.


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