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Enermax DreamBass Genie AP001 USB Audio Adapter Review

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Decent audio performance on a laptop is probably the last thing manufacturers think about when making them. I'm sure most of their time is spent working on battery life, display, keyboard functionality, thermal ventilation, software and bloatware bundle pack, physical appearance and marketing, before they get to deciding how audio output is going to sound coming from those tiny, thin, low-power speakers. Plugging in your earphones on the headphone jack usually doesn't help much either since it most likely uses an entry level audio codec, especially if you have a netbook.

Enermax DreamBass Genie AP001 USB Audio

 

Enermax has built a solid reputation making some of the world's best power supplies and has also received a lot of attention with their keyboard and case designs. They aren't usually the first name that pops up when you are looking for a solution to your audio problem but as part of their expansion, Enermax is applying their "Power, Innovation, Design" to new areas that require fresh creative solutions.

 

The Enermax DreamBass Genie is a small USB audio upgrade solution aimed mostly for laptop users who want a richer media experience on-the-go. The Enermax DreamBass Genie's physical appearance is inspired by classic vacuum tubes but inside is a 2-channel VIA VT1620A audio chip that supports stereo 24-bit resolution and up to 192 kHz sample rate. Requiring only a standard USB 2.0 connection, the Enermax DreamBass Genie is completely plug-and-play and is compatible with Windows 7, XP, Vista, and 2000, as well as Mac and Linux systems. The standard AP001 model of the Enermax DreamBass Genie is available for $29.99, while the AP001E model comes with ultra-light in-ear earphones and is priced at $39.99.

 

 

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