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Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review

Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: The Albatron Widio Deluxe wireless audio receiver and transmitter allows users to listen to music at distances of up to 50m (164 feet) from the audio source.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Sep 07 2005   Max Page  
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Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review

The Albatron Widio Deluxe wireless audio receiver and transmitter is a small glossy white and green i-Pod sized device which allows users to listen to music at distances of up to 50m (164 feet) from the audio source. The Widio system is not dependent on any computer hardware, and only requires a power source and audio input for its base station (transmitter) to function. The Widio requires no software drivers, and can be used with a PC, stereo, X-Box, Play Station, CD-player, home theatre system, or any other device which has an audio-out jack; either mini-headphone, or left/right RCA to be specific.

Albatron's Widio works on a 2.4GHz wireless signal, and its receiver can also tune into FM radio signals for those times when you get tired of listening to the same old CDs or MP3s. The base station doubles up as a drop-in charger for the wireless receiver, which contains a rechargable 3.6V Lithium Ion 950mAh Nokia 8XX series cellphone battery pack. One Li-Ion battery is included in the package, at it will last about 4 hours before needing a recharge.

Furthermore, Albatron have included a nice pair of Audio Technica ATH-EM7 clip-on headphones with this, the deluxe version of their wireless audio system, to get you grooving to the tunes right away. The Widio deluxe version retails for about $165 USD, and the standard version for $130 USD. PCSTATS has been receiving a lot of feedback requests about where the WIDIO can be found; as far as we are aware, the only distributor is currently based in the EU (here).

Albatron WIDIO Deluxe
Includes:

Users Manual, wireless transmitter and receiver, AC power adaptor, mini-headphone to RCA audio cable, RCA-to-RCA audio cable, rechargeable battery pack, ATH-EM7 headphones and carry case, neckstrap, Widio carry case.

The Audio Technica ATH-EM7 headphones are both comfortable, and remarkably well built for headphones. They have won awards in Japan, and are made out of a lightweight aluminum alloy that should stand up to many years of use. The ATH-EM7's retail on their own for about $80USD, making it pretty clear that Albatron is aiming to create a big splash with its new Widio wireless audio system.

Bundling in a sweet set of headphones instead of a pair of cheap little ear buds is certainly a good choice, and one consumers will appreciate in the long rung. Though conversely, the standard Widio unit does comes with a pair of bright green AV Digital ear buds...

I spoil my ears with sounds from a pair of $160USD ($230CDN) Grado SR-80's, so it's none too surprising that the Audio Technica ATH-EM7's headphones aren't quite up to that which bears Joseph Grado's last name. But as far as clip on headphones go, the Audio Technica ATH-EM7's are acoustically quite good.

I found the sound the ATH-EM7's produced a little lacking in range, as some of the lower frequencies seemed to vanish when compared to that which a pair of Grado's can produce. Although, when compared directly to another pair of clip on headphones, the ATH-EM7's did produce nice crisp sound, and were substantially more comfortable to wear.

Most clip on headphones - the kind that wrap around the top of the ear - tend to pinch after a few hours of continuous use, becoming rather uncomfortable. The ATH-EM7's have a unique spring and rubber suspension system which does away with nasty pressure points, and they even contain a vertical adjustment mechanism to accommodate larger ears.

Plus, the metallic Audio Technica ATH-EM7's Albatron have tossed in with the Widio deluxe version certainly can't be faulted for their trendy aluminum alloy construction!

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Contents of Article: Albatron Widio
 Pg 1.  — Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review
 Pg 2.  Sound Quality Maintained
 Pg 3.  FM Radio and more

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