If you are like me you may be wondering what is actually in Beats Audio technology, which comes from HP in partnership with Beats by Dr Dre.
The technical information is not that easy to find; but a comment to this blog directed me to this video:
According to this, it comes down to four things:
1. Redesigned headphone jack with better insulation, hence less ground noise.
2. Discrete headphone amp to reduce crosstalk. This is also said to be “more powerful”, but since we do not know what it is more powerful than, I am not going to count that as technical information.
3. Isolated audio circuitry.
4. Software audio profiles which I think means some sort of equalizer.
These seem to me sensible features, though what I would really like to see is specifications showing the benefits versus other laptops of a comparable price.
There may be a bit more to Beats audio in certain models. For example, the Envy 14 laptop described here has a “triple bass reflex subwoofer”.
though this user was not greatly impressed:
I ran some audio tone test sites and found out the built in laptop speakers do not generate any sound below 200 Hz. In the IDT audio drivers speaker config there is only configuration for 2 speaker stereo system, no 2.1 speaker system (which includes subwoofer). I’m miffed, because on HP advertising copy claims “HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer amplifiers put out 12W total while supporting a full range of treble and bass frequencies.” Clearly I am not getting “full range” frequencies.
Still, what do you expect from a subwoofer built into a laptop?