Back in August we reported on rumors that said Dr Dre and Iovine were expanding their Beats line of headphones to include HP-brand laptops dedicated to delivering only the best in high quality sound. While there was no confirmation at the time, HP Friday unveiled a new notebook in its Envy line that is aimed at DJs and music lovers.
“When Dre and I got together on Beats, it was about an idea which was to improve the transmission of sound between the record makers and the consumers,” said Iovine in a statement. “We realized that with the digital revolution, what went terribly wrong was the degradation of sound, which is the heartbeat of music. We found that most PCs downgrade sound to unacceptable levels and when you reduce it further to a limited platform, like an mp3, the music doesn’t stand a chance.
Aside from some vague details about a specially tuned Beats audio system, HP hasn't provided much in the way of details for the notebook. The company has said it will pack Intel's Core i7 and ship with a pair of Beats over-the-ear headphones and Native Instruments' Traktor LE software. Customers have a choice of two 15.6-inch HP BrightView high-resolution LED backlit displays, and HP claims the laptop can run up to seven hours on one charge.
Availability is set for Windows 7 Day (October 22) with a nice $2,299 price tag.
Check out the Envy 15 Beats site for more or less the same information you see here. We can only assume HP will add more info as the release date draws nearer.
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Sure, I want my music to sound good, but anyone who walks around listening to Dr. Dre thinking "man, I really could have used a little more on the high-end there when he was talking about beating down hoes" has their head up their ass.
Just couple of facts:
1. 80% of the people older then 18 years CAN NOT hear frequency higher then 17 kHz and lower then 40 Hz.
2. The human ear CAN NOT distinguish level differences lower then 3dB.
3. The humans practically can not locate correctly the vertical position of the sound.
4. The humans locate the source of the sound based on were it come first not by its level.
So if you have $2300 to give it to HP and Dr. Dre go ahead. You are welcome. If you smart will save your money and ask HP to release the specification sheet and find independent laboratory to test it. There is big difference between intended specs and resulting one after compromises are made to reduce the cost during manufacturing.
The original HP Envy 15 is slated to come with an ATI Mobility HD4830. What I don't like about the "seven hours on one charge" claim is that they don't mention the "slim fit" battery attachment that gets added on to this thing to make it last that long.
Otherwise, the concept for the laptop is great. Clone a macbook pro body in magnesium and slap a core-i7 w/ windows 7 into it and you've got a laptop that is worthy of carrying the name Envy. I just wish that Voodoo actually had a hand in the making of this thing. If the price were lower, I'd be all over this.
In all honesty, I dont care who makes, who sells, or who's name is on the headphones. They need to sound great, be comfortable, and look decent. The Dre ones don't achieve that on any level. I am going to assume that laptop is in a similar place.
All in all, you have to "learn" to hear the differences. They are there but they are guite difficult to find out without some experience, so it's true that in most normal cases 320bit mp3 is good enough!
You need very quiet environment, very high end system and you need to switch between the original and mp3 version on fly. Allso acustic instruments are needed. In electronic music it's much harder to find out, but not impossible.