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Super Talent Launches New Family of Personal Media Players

IBM Introduces Entry-Level System Storage DS3300

Pioneer Introduces DJM-700 DJ Mixer

Creative Introduces New Credit Card-Sized ZEN Player

SanDisk Rolls Out New 8-Gigabyte Cruzer Micro

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Super Talent Launches New Family of Personal Media Players

Super Talent Technology launched a new line of VIDEGO personal digital media players.

These new players support MP3/WMA music playback, as well as FM stereo and voice/FM recording. They are packed with audio features including FM presets, various repeat modes and equalizer settings.

These new VIDEGO players are also designed for video on the go, sporting full-color 2.4-inch or 2.8-inch screens to play AVI and other video files. They also support photo viewing and e-books, and come with up to 4GB of built-in flash memory.

The flagship 2.8-inch model, VIDEGO 28, includes intuitive touch-screen menus for quick and easy navigation. VIDEGO 24T offers a 2.4-inch display with a sensitive touch-panel menu.

Part Numbers MP4/2801K4 /K2/K1 MP4/V2402K MP4/V2401K /W
Display 2.8" TFT LCD 2.4" TFT LCD 2.4" TFT LCD
Navigation Touch Screen Touch Panel Buttons
Memory 4GB / 2GB / 1GB 1GB 1GB
Memory Expansion Mini SD Micro SD Mini SD
Colors Black Black Black / White

VIDEGO products are available now from Super Talent resellers worldwide. VIDEGO 28 with 4GB of flash memory sells at street prices of around $125.

Source: Super Talent Technology

IBM Introduces Entry-Level System Storage DS3300

IBM announced the System Storage DS3300, a new entry-level disk array featuring integrated management software designed to give small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a simple and affordable solution to handle all their storage needs. The DS3300 brings iSCSI to the IBM System Storage D3000 series of products, providing the industry’s broadest choice of interfaces.

The DS3300 storage system is the newest addition to the IBM System Storage DS3000 product series and is designed to meet the consolidation needs for a wide range of users. With iSCSI interfaces, next-generation Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) back-end technology, and DS3000 management software, the DS3300 storage system provides businesses with robust, reliable, cost-effective shared storage. For even the smallest of businesses, transitioning direct attached storage (DAS) configurations to an IP (Internet Protocol) SAN is now virtually effortless. With Installation wizards to guide administrators through setup and configuration, even businesses that lack experienced IT staff can easily install a DS3300 solution.

The DS3300 is designed to provide as an easy-to-use IP SAN (iSCSI storage area network) solution for SMB customers looking for an alternative to a Fibre Channel SAN as they transition from a DAS environment. The DS3300 may be shared between applications, servers, computer rooms and remote locations for increased efficiencies across a company’s IT environment.

The IBM System Storage DS3000 series of products now offers a full range of host interface options – SAS, Fibre Channel and, now with the introduction of the DS3300, iSCSI rounds out the portfolio.

The DS3300 supports SAS hard disk drives and expansion via the IBM System Storage EXP3000 Expansion Unit for up to 14.4 terabytes of raw capacity that allow for the storage systems to scale up to 48 hard disk drives. Additionally, customers can elect to include enhanced data protection features such as FlashCopy for point-in-time, full volume copies of data, and VolumeCopy for full logical drive replication.

The IBM System Storage DS3300 will be generally available September 7, 2007 and will start at a list price of $5,000.


Pioneer Introduces DJM-700 DJ Mixer

Pioneer Electronics (USA)'s Pro Audio and Video Division introduced the DJM-700, which joins the ranks of the DJM-1000 and DJM-800, and further adds 96kHz / 24-bit full-digital outputs for the high sound quality, effect frequency filter, assignable MIDI and various audio effects.

The DJM-700’s high quality construction follows the same cues as its DJM-1000/DJM-800 predecessors by utilizing a high-rigidity chassis that minimizes noise from unnecessary vibration as well as a dual shield structure to eliminate entry of digital noise and full balanced output circuitry. Internally, the DJM-700 sound quality is re-enforced with a high quality 96kHz / 24-bit digital sampling system. Analog signals from the player pass through the mixer at the shortest signal route, digitized by 96kHz / 24-bit high quality sound A/D converter. The mixing is carried out by a 32-bit DSP.

The Pioneer DJM-700 is the first mixer to include an Effect Frequency Filter that allows the user to limit the frequency bands subjected to effects. Conventional effectors are limited to manipulating the entire frequency range, whereas the Effect Frequency Filter now expands the user’s ability to showcase their own mixing style.

The DJM-700 mixer also utilizes the same manual filter found on the DJM-800. The manual filter enables more intuitive settings for multi-layered effects expanding the DJs creativity with their music. Combining multi-effect options such as the Beat Effect, along with the manual filter allows for a wider range of DJ style and expression. The DJM-700 also features multiple effects that can be synced with its tempo (beat) capabilities:

  • Beat Effect: Pioneered from the DJM-600, the beat effect has evolved into a 96kHz / 24-bit high performance effect in the DJM-700. The mixer automatically detects the tempo, also known as beat per minute (BPM), of the tune so the effects are aligned with the beat. The DJM-700 enables various effects such as delay, echo, trans, filter, flanger, phaser, reverb, robot and crush.
  • Roll Sampler: The DJM-700 incorporates a new roll sampler with a 96kHz / 24-bit output which enables the user real-time sampling of sounds. Four patterns of sampling are available which includes roll, reverse roll, pitch up roll and pitch down roll.
  • Beat Select Buttons: The mixer incorporates two beat select buttons letting the user quickly select the effect timing to maintain synchronization between the beat effects and audio.

DJs with external equipment such as DJ Effectors or DJ software applications that support MIDI control can rely on the DJM-700 to work in unison. Many of the dials and switch information of the DJM-700 can be converted to MIDI signal format. Up to 49 keys are assignable providing complete control of MIDI devices directly from the mixer with complete synchronicity.

Additional Features:

  • Digital Output Terminal: Outputs 96kHz / 24-bit sampling rate for highest quality sound
  • Cross Fader Assign: Each channel of the mixer can be assigned to the cross fader
  • 3-Band Equalizer: A built-in equalizer on each channel enables level control within a –26 dB to +6 dB range for high, mid and low bands, respectively.
  • Fader Curve Adjust: The user can change the cross fader/channel fader curve
  • Talk Over: The mixer automatically lowers track volume when it senses a vocal input on the microphone
  • Peak Level Meter: A peak level located on the top right of the mixer shows input levels from each channel
  • Fader Start: With Pioneer CDJ products, the fader can automatically start the players by simply sliding the cross fader or channel fader

The DJM-700 will be available in September 2007 with a suggested price of $1299.


  • Number of Channels: 4
  • Input Terminal: CD / LINE x 5(RCA), PHONO x 3(RCA), MIC x 2(XLR x 1, 1/4 inch PHONE x 1)
  • Output Terminal: MASTER OUT x 2(RCA x 1, XLR x 1), BOOTH OUT x 1(RCA), HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT x 1(TOP PANEL 1/4 inch PHONE x 1), REC OUT x 1(RCA), DIGITAL OUT x 1(COAXIAL)
  • Other Terminal: SEND x 1(1/4 inch PHONE), RETURN x 1(1/4 inch PHONE), MIDIOUT x 1(5P DIN), CONTROL OUT(3.5MINI JACK) x 2
  • Sampling Rate: 96kHz
  • A/D, D/A Converter: 24-bit
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.005 % or less
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 104 dB (LINE)
  • Head Room: 19 dB
  • Power Requirements: AC 120V (60 Hz)
  • Power Consumption: 34W
  • Dimensions (without package): 320 mm (W) x 378.4 mm (D) x 107.9 mm (H)
  • Weight (without package): 6.6 kg

Source: Pioneer Electronics

Creative Introduces New Credit Card-Sized ZEN Player

Creative Technology today introduced Creative ZEN, the credit card-sized music, video and photo player with a 2.5-inch colour screen that supports up to 16.7 million colours. The Creative ZEN is the first Creative player to support AAC music and unprotected iTunes Plus tracks from the iTunes store, in addition to MP3 and WMA formats. The player has SNR of up to 97dB.

The Creative ZEN has capacity of 4GB to 16GB and it features a SD memory slot, so you can add virtually limitless additional storage capacity and bring new music, video or photos to the player.

The Creative ZEN supports WMV9, MJPEG, MPEG4-SP, compatible DivX 4/5, and XviD video formats. One charge of the built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 5 hours of video or up to 25 hours of music playback.

You can choose from popular subscription services such as Napster to Go or purchase tracks from popular download sites.

The player's patented ZEN user interface has a fresh new look for a better visual experience, enabling more information to be viewed on the screen. The Creative ZEN also includes a built-in FM radio with 32 station presets, a voice recorder, and a personal organiser to sync contacts, to do lists, and your calendar to Microsoft Outlook.

The Creative ZEN will be available in Singapore next month in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB models at the suggested retail prices of S$249.00, S$349.00 and S$499.00, respectively.

A variety of accessories will be available for the Creative ZEN when it hits retail and online stores:

  • A leather case with integrated stand, priced at S$39.00
  • A clear case with a stand, priced at S$29.00
  • An armband with a player enclosure, priced at S$39.00
  • A three-pack of coloured skins in black, red and blue, priced at S$29.00
  • A skin with wire management, priced at S$29.00
  • A three-pack of screen protectors, priced at S$29.00
  • A power adapter or car charger, priced at S$29.00

Source: Creative Technology

SanDisk Rolls Out New 8-Gigabyte Cruzer Micro

SanDisk Corporation announced an 8GB model of its popular Cruzer Micro USB flash drive, double the largest capacity previously available in the Cruzer Micro line.

Only two inches long, a half-inch thick and weighing less than half an ounce, the 8GB Cruzer Micro nonetheless can hold a massive personal library.

Other features of Cruzer Micro:

  • A sliding USB connector
  • Amber LED light
  • U3 Smart Technology for running applications directly from the drive, without those applications having to be installed on the computer. U3-compatible software provided free with Cruzer Micro includes the PC phone service Skype, SanDisk’s own CruzerSync for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the password manager program SignupShield Passwords from Protecteer, and a trial version of McAfee anti-virus software.

Cruzer Micro 8GB is expected to be available worldwide in mid-September with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price in the United States of $129.99. Cruzer Micro also continues to be available in four smaller capacities, with U.S. MSRPs generally as follows: 512 MB for $14.99, 1GB for $24.99, 2GB for $39.99 and 4GB for $69.99.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

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