Yamaha heeft vandaag z'n nieuwe YST-MS55D speakers aangekondigd. Hier heb je wat geblah uit de press release:
Yamaha Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments, today announced the launch of its new Yamaha Powered Multimedia Speaker System (YST-MS55D) for PCs that promises high-fidelity sound and easy connectivity using the USB interface standard.
The YST-MS55D will debut in electronics and computer retailers throughout Japan from July 1. In the U.S., Yamaha has already begun promoting the YST-MS55D at the suggested retail price of US$179 as well as its identical twin, the MS50 which does not have USB standard support. In Europe, the product will go on sale this fall.
The latest addition to the Yamaha range of speakers for PCs, the YST-MS55D is a three-piece system of two satellite speakers - one each for the left and right channels - and a small subwoofer which incorporates Yamaha's own Advanced-YST (A-YST) technology(a) for realistic bass reproduction. Yamaha also chose to use spruce pulp in the speaker ``cone drivers'' or diaphragms because of the pinewood's excellent resonance characteristics.
The result is a system powerful enough to deliver a natural, vibrant sound and yet small enough to nestle neatly in the limited space around a PC monitor.
The YST-MS55D is also easy to install because it is the first Yamaha system to take advantage of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) standard, a new interface standard for moving data between PCs and their peripheral devices. With USB, users don't need to adjust system settings, insert add-in cards or restart their computers when adding peripherals. The availability of PCs equipped with USB ports and the number of peripherals that can be connected have both been rising rapidly since USB support became standard on Windows98 last year.
Before USB, the digital signals from a PC's music CD or software were converted into analog signals by the computer's D/A converter and then output to the speakers, a process that risked contaminating the sound signal with noise originating from inside the computer. As a USB ``plug-and-play'' connection can be used to send the digital signals directly to the speaker system which then converts them to analog, extraneous computer noise is reduced and playback quality further enhanced.