CeBIT Hannover 2007 (Part 9)


Beyond The Ordinary (BTO)'s Booth

Beyond The Ordinary (BTO)'s Booth

 Beyond The Ordinary (BTO) had an interesting audio companion unit called the Plusdeck EX. In this tiny SFF-like unit, it integrates a stand-alone 7.1-channel USB audio sound system, S/PDIF (Coaxial and Optical) input and output, several audio inputs (including LP), has stand-alone functions like radio and even cassette tape. Interfacing with the PC via USB 2.0, it this is a very useful unit to quickly convert analog audio tracks to digital formats.

 A cassette deck is getting as rare as the LP these days, but many older folks still use cassettes as it�s a really affordable and easy to use format - plus it�s the familiarity that counts most. This Plusdeck EX not only plays audio tapes, but also records to it, be it from the FM radio source, all the way to the digital tracks that one has on the PC (it does the necessary conversion) and other external sources connected to the unit.

 The various connectivity options it boasts. The only thing else you require is a pair of speakers as it does not have an integrated speaker unit. The Plusdeck EX should be ready by June for retail.

 There's even a PC-only version of sort called the Plusdeck 2c, though this has been in their lineup for a long while now. It's primarily a tape to MP3 converter since the rest of the functions of the above external unit is handled by the PC.