Xitel's HiFi-Link improves the audio capabilities of personal computers by providing a high-quality signal to stereo equipment through a USB line out that by-passes the PC's built-in soundcard. Because the HiFi-Link processes digital audio directly from the USB it results in better reproduction than a generic soundcard built for use with headphones and small multimedia systems. It transmits the signal from outside the "noisy" environment inside the box, reducing interference from other components that emit electromagnetic radiation. Two-versions are available to convert the computer's digital audio into either an analogue or optical digital signal. Compatible with all digital media formats on PC and Mac, the HiFi-Link requires no driver installation, includes a ten metre audio cable and the digital and analogue versions cost AUS$159 and AUS$120 respectively. Available online at www.minidiscaccessories.com.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon