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New iPod RF remote control announced
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 @ 10:10am

Engineered Audio has announced RemoteRemote 2, its latest RF wireless remote control for third-generation iPods. RemoteRemote 2 resembles Griffin's iTrip and similarly attaches to the top of the iPod, allowing users to control playback and volume of their iPod from a distance and through walls. RemoteRemote 2 will be available in black and white when it ships later this spring for $50; pre-orders are being taken now.

Engineered Audio LLC introduced itself this week with the introduction of two new products aimed at audio enthusiasts -- the Aurius, an FM transmitter designed to work through USB, and the RemoteRemote, an RF (Radio Frequency)-operated remote control for Apple's iPod.

Aurius sports a USB audio interface that connects to a Macintosh or PC. Equipped with an FM transmitter, the device enables users to play back the audio on their computer through any FM receiver or radio. It's USB Audio compliant, according to the company, so it'll work with any audio software -- iTunes, for example, or DVD Player. System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher.

Aurius also features a separate stereo mini-jack (1/8th-inch) line out connector so you can connect it to powered speakers, if you prefer. A discrete mute control lets you quiet the FM transmitter if necessary. The device is powered from the USB bus, and features user-adjustable output frequencies from 88.1MHz to 107.9MHz. You can output mono or stereo signals, as well. Aurius' operating range is 30-50 feet, according to the developer.

Engineered Audio plans to ship Aurius late this summer and expects to fetch a retail price of US$54.99.

What's more, Engineered Audio also announced the RemoteRemote, a wireless remote control designed especially for Apple's iPod. The device eschews Infrared (IR) signals, opting instead to work through Radio Frequency (RF). This means that the RemoteRemote can work around corners and through walls -- it doesn't require line-of-sight like IR products do.

The RemoteRemote transmitter sports a five-button array and measures 2.25 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches. It can operate up to approximately 100 feet away from the iPod, and is powered using a 3v Lithium battery. The receiver, which attaches to the iPod, requires no power of its own; it draws juice off the iPod instead. Engineered Audio notes that the initial version of the RemoteRemote is designed specifically to support Apple's third-generation iPod, the new 10, 15 and 30GB models designed with the dock connector on the bottom. The company noted plans to support first- and second-generation iPods "very soon," however.

Like Aurius, RemoteRemote is expected to ship in late summer, and will carry a suggested retail price of $34.99.
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I have seen this web site- and have studied the product as much as I can see. I am very familiar with the transmitter- as it is one that I adopted for my VSM Mini LED months ago.

The transmitter is a standard universal OEM key fob that 'they' have adopted as well, but overall this thing has a vastly limited range- maybe 40 feet and a tricky button config. This is why I hardly sell it anymore.

The receiver is located “on the iPod’ so the power utilized for it comes from the iPod- which cannot be all that powerful enough to overcome the limited throw range of the key fob AM transmitter. Besides- the iPod is throwing off electro-magnetic field/noise all on its own that may interfere with the snugly attached radio receiver…Remember that the receiver is what makes the RF link work dependably- not the transmitter.
The receiver has to have enough sensitivity to overcome interference and seek the signals coming to it. This may be hampered by the snugly attached iPod.

It may be good for puppet shows or simple low budget stuff- but you can’t take this thing on a stage and expect to operate it without pressing the wrong button accidentally or not having enough range. It is also important to mention that it is another AM transmitter as well, but one that is not meant for anything stage or important.

I know that it may sound like I am giving you bad news- but I think rather that I am giving you information so that you can think for yourself. I am after all qualified, and have decided to spend my time to explain it.

AS to the iPod... This is not a good product to use for shows. If you are the ‘lucky one’ (and there are a few), - or if you want to be dishonest and tell me that you have no problems with this on stage- then Okay- Pinocchio...

Otherwise, I will tell you that I have yet to obtain one that won't hang-up, crash, of ignore the first command on occasion (enough to be leery)– any one or combination of these always seems to be present.

And- (one of many examples) What About Anti-sleep? This device does not offer it- not do they mention it as something to consider…We have figured it out- and have come up with a complete package- but we are still hesitant to release it because of the engineering deficit that Apple always seems to bring to the table each Generation they release. Including the NEW 4th generation that I currently have sitting on my desk right in front of me right this moment.

If you want to discuss the specific deficits about the iPod- then please e-mail me separately using my web site address instead of this forum. In the future I do plan on adding the iPod controller to the VSM 7.5, but it will have some limitations over the Walkman.

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This is a great idea I use my laptop for streaming mp3,s EAV,s and internet radio and it never locks up. This USB RF remote is 315mHz, and they quote a range of 100 feet. The cool thing is you just utilize something you own already to keep sounds on. If you don’t own a laptop get an older one for 60 bucks on E-bay. You can have a dedicated system for about $210.
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For a laptop I suggest the 300mhz or higher mhz model. Some WINAMP plugins require the 300mhz or higher speed such as the plugin called "Enhancer", which makes the MP3s sound vibrant and amazing. Enhancer is one of the plugs that I highly recommend, I give it 5 stars.
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