Audiotron turns phone line into source of music Don't...


October 08, 2001

Audiotron turns phone line into source of music

Don't underestimate the phone line in your house. It could be music to your ears.

At least, it will be if you have an Audiotron, the latest digital music server to deliver MP3 sound throughout your house. Except this time, there's a new feature - Internet radio.

The Audiotron by Voyetra Turtle Beach uses your existing phone line computer network, an increasingly popular and easy way to network your home, to pipe MP3s and streaming Internet radio stations to any room with a phone jack. Like most phone line technologies, it works flawlessly but requires a little know-how to set up.

Audiotron is a sleek, thin, black stereo-component box that hooks up to your phone jack and to your receiver (alternatively, you can hook it up directly to a set of speakers). What makes it work is the network running in your house - be it a phone line or a traditional ethernet connection.

The device will, with a little fussing, home in on and connect to your home network. It then catalogues every MP3 music file and playlist on the computer or computers you have in the house, and makes them available to play through the Audiotron and your stereo. Of course, the computer with the MP3 files has to be turned on since Audiotron has no internal hard drive.

Audiotron is the first digital music server to add streaming audio to its sound capabilities.

You can listen to hundreds of Internet radio stations that you can pre-select through the Audiotron Web site.

Most tune in within a few seconds and sound great.

This is a stereo addition that doesn't come cheap, listing for $300.

If you're looking for one of the hottest new stereo add-ons, though, this will fit the bill.

Information: 800-233-9377 or

- Michael James

Video Game Enhancer brightens graphics

Squinty-eyed video gamers might want to take a look at Nuwave Technologies Inc.'s new Video Game Enhancer, but some will find this an unnecessary extra.

The VGE works with any video game console. Just plug the console into the device and the device into your TV.

While the product promises to deliver clearer, sharper and brighter images with any game, mostly they're just brighter.

This can be helpful if you play a lot of Resident Evil-type games where you're perennially stuck in dim alleys and dark tunnels, and you need to see where the next zombie is lurking or power-up is stashed.

Games on older consoles such as the original Sony PlayStation benefit the most from the extra brightness and slightly sharper image, but most gamers won't notice a difference on newer systems.

The VGE also brightens DVD movies, either played through separate players or using the DVD capabilities of the PlayStation 2 and soon-to-be-released Xbox.

If you really have a hard time making out the on-screen action, the VGE might be what you need, but most gamers would probably rather shell out $39 on a new game.

Information: 973-882-8810 or

-Victor Godinez/KRT

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