HP’s been dropping Dr. Dre’s Beats audio into
laptops and select TouchSmart 600 PCs for some time. Now that high quality
on-board sound is finding its way to select HP desktops. Within the next couple
months look for the HPE-510 and HPE-570t desktops. They will come primed with
Beats audio by default while the Pavilion p6780t and Slimline s5780t will offer
Beats audio as an upgrade option.
Just look for the Beats audio logo next to the audio jack. It looks like
There’s a slightly nerdier take on why I think having this high-caliber audio
on a desktop is key. This is the sort of stuff that used to require me taking
up a PCI Express slot with a third party sound card, like something from Creative’s
X-Fi line. Instead, HP engineers worked with Dre’s Beats team to craft a
separately tuned and powered audio chip on the motherboard. Nothing extra to
plug in, no extra space required. More important, it sounds good.
Obviously, it’s a little tough to convey through
your current machine how these things sound. I’d encourage you to go to any
store, bring in your own reference audio (you know, that Katy Perry song
clawing around in your head and refuses to leave) and even your own headphones.
Plug in and see if you can tell the difference. Just look for those TouchSmart
600 units to see what Beats audio can bring to your desktop experience.
Ask Ken Bosley. The worldwide product manager on
the consumer desktop team can be seen here rocking out with an old-skool set of
Beats. Because he’s O.G.
Have any specific questions or thoughts on Beats
audio? We want to hear ‘em in the comment boxes! (You see what I did there? ;p)