Not all audio jacks are created equal. The fact that we’re seeing these Beats audio jacks across all sorts of HP products – including the new TouchPad – is proof of that. What, exactly, does that even mean, though? Well, I went on a bit of a rant a little while back where I played up the difference Beats made on the HP Pavilion dv7 the latest rev of the HP Mini 210 – and even some desktops like the Pavilion HPE. But it isn’t until you hit the road, that you reallyappreciate what these new jacks deliver. Let me tell you a little story….
(If you get Déjà vu, I had already written this bit below about Beats audio jacks).
I’m driving and my buddy plugs in his device – which shall remain nameless – so that I can check out some new album. Only problem is that there is some God-awful hiss snaking out of through car stereo distracting me from said awesomeness. I chalk it up to a bum wire connecting into the audio jack and plug in another wire. Then there it is again, that same squealing sound that’s making me want to claw my ears out. Great. Does this mean something’s wrong with the car stereo? Out of curiosity, I whip out my cell phone and plug it in to try testing the sound in through the car. Yeah, that’s me – such a scientist trying to troubleshoot audio problems when I should be 1) appreciating the music 2) focusing on the road. (That aside, it did sound a little better with less hiss).
The way it was explained to me is that the audio jacks built into many devices introduce interference. But the Beats audio jacks are grounded.
And, something unique to the TouchPad are those two side-mounted speakers. Crank up the volume and you can get some respectable audio that can fill up a room. But it might be frowned upon if you’re testing it in the local electronics store.
Obviously, it’d be kind of bogus for me to try and simulate the sound online. Or even just tell you that it sounds better. You be the judge for yourself. Trek over to a store and see if you can hear the difference.
What I can do, though, is remind you of a video we put together that walks folks through exactly how the technology works. What can I say? I’m still a sucker for the 1950s-style of this “educational film.”
What do you think? Have you tried it out? Can you tell the difference?