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Avenue Music System

Avenue Music System - PCSTATS
Abstract: For audio enthusiasts who work with on a computer, nothing could be worse than a system that generates so much noise it competes with the work you are doing.
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External Mfg. Website: Avenue Dec 07 2001   Max Page  
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Avenue Music System

For audio enthusiasts who work with on a computer, nothing could be worse than a system that generates so much noise it competes with the work you are trying to do. To solve this problem, two companies have joined forces and recently announced a system comprising of a Crusoe-based notebook, dual CD player stereo and speaker system. The whole setup has been titled Avenue , and represents a PC designed for music.

The project itself is a collaboration of Iiyama and Kenwood. Iiyama have contributed the 'Avenue Notebook', and Kenwood has supplied the 'Avenue Audio' component.

The lightweight and thin notebook together with the speaker system is expected to begin selling some time in February 2002. The price is still up in the air, and as of yet there are no indications of a North American release for the Avenue (MPX-710).

The TM5800 800MHz Crusoe powered notebook employes a 12.1" XGA TFT display at 1024x768 resolution and is small enough to fit in a B5 envelope. The notebook has a hairline finished aluminum body and features 128MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, an 8MB RAGE Mobility M1 graphics chipset, a host of connectivity options (PCMCIA, (2x) USB2.0/IEEE1394, VGA out, S-Video, and audio jack) and weighs a mere 1.6kg.

Since the Avenue notebook uses no fan for cooling it allows users to enjoy the music fully. The system is loaded with Windows XP and is expected to have fairly long battery times, but no specific values have been mentioned.

The audio section the Avenue System is in a metallic motif and is "designed for style" says the company. The subwoofer uses and active amplifier to improve treble quality during playback. The media deck is equipped with a tandem DVD-ROM drive and CD-R/RW drive. Located below is a MD drive which corresponds to the new standard, "Net MD". The system can play back WMA and MP3 file types.

The notebook and the audio component are connected by the just released USB2.0 standard, which is capable of up to 480Mbps data transfer. There is a good article here explaining USB2.0. Unfortunately, that is all we have on the system at the moment. More information is expected once the unit becomes available in February.

Avenue Notebook Specs
CPU Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 800MHz
Main memory 128MB SDRAM
Video system ATI RAGE Mobility M1 (8MB)
Sound AC'97 conformity (monaural speaker built-in)
Display 12.1 inch TFT LCD (1024×768)
Communications Broadband port (LAN terminal) and V.90 / K56flex correspondence modem
Interfaces PC card slot (TypecIi) ×1, USB2.0×2 and IEEE1394 (4 pins) ×1 and D-SUB mini- 15 pin ×1, TV output (S terminal) ×1, HeadPhone×1, Mic×1 and Line-in×1
Keyboard Japanese 85 key (key pitch 19mm *6 )
Dimensions 273.0 (W) X26.5 (H) x220.0 (D) mm
Weight Approximately 1.6kg
OS Microsoft (R) Windows (R) XP Home Edition
Software Stage Master, DVD playback software, CD-R entry software other things
Avenue Audio Specs
Drive DVD-ROM drive (audio section cannot play back DVD) , CD-R/RW drive and Net MD drive
FM / AM tuner FM 76 - 90MHz and AM 531 - 1629kHz
Amplifier 20W + 20W
I/O port USB2.0 (Upstream×1 and Downstream×1), AUX input terminal ×1 / output ×1 and sub woofer terminal ×1
External size (W×H×D) Substance: 332×179×285mm
Amplifier tuner section: 95×270×220mm
Speaker: 105×270×248mm
Mass Weight Approx. 4.7kg
Amplifier tuner section: Approx. 4.4kg
Speakers: Approx. 2.4kg


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