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CSR Partners with Audio Expert Monster to Launch First aptX® Low Latency Enabled Tablet
CSR plc today announces that Monster, Inc., famous for creating high-performance headphones, connectivity solutions and A/V accessories, has enabled its 7 inch Monster® M7 Android-based tablet with aptX® Low Latency. The audio codec enables consumers using aptX Low Latency enabled Bluetooth® headphones or speakers to watch videos and play games while enjoying CD-like quality wireless audio on mobile devices with no lip or action-synchronisation issues.
“Monster’s tablet is the first device to market that matches innovative design with a high fidelity, low latency wireless audio experience that is perfect for listening to music, watching video or mobile gaming,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “Enabling this tablet with aptX Low Latency demonstrates Monster’s commitment to maximizing the sound quality and experience users can expect from their devices.”
Although standard Bluetooth technology can be used to stream stereo audio wirelessly from mobile handsets and tablets to headphones and speakers, its inherent latency of more than 150 ms is not ideal for video or gaming applications. This is because there is a significant time lapse between the sound and video experienced by the viewer.
CSR aptX Low Latency technology is designed to mitigate this problem by delivering a total end-to-end latency of just under 40 ms, well within recommended limits for audio and video synchronisation applications. This means consumers can enjoy watching video and playing games on their tablets with their wireless audio devices, without the annoyance of speech or sound effects such as gun shots being out of sync with what is on screen.
Monster also uses CSR aptX codec technology in a range of its high-fidelity wireless speakers and headphones, including the Monster® iSport® Freedom™ headphones and the Monster® ClarityHD™ speakers.
“We have always been dedicated to offering the best audio experiences possible from our products and we wanted to continue this tradition with our first tablet launch,” said “Head Monster” Noel Lee. “The aptX codec ensures our portable speaker systems and headphones offer high-quality audio streaming over Bluetooth, but with aptX Low Latency in the M7 we can take this one step further by eliminating any audio/video sync issues.”
The Monster® M7 tablet is its first device with aptX Low Latency and is exclusively available now at Walmart.com, and soon at Sam's Club Stores.
“Mobile gaming has exploded in recent years and this launch marks the point at which we will see the consumer market really open up to using Bluetooth for their wireless audiovisual entertainment needs,” concludes Murray. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the aptX Low Latency ecosystem grow further, enabling more people to enjoy the high quality audio experience that aptX is famed for when they watch videos and play games.”
CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms are optimised for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital cameras and imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio markets. We provide solutions to complex problems in the audio-visual, connectivity and location technology domains across a broad range of markets, with a technology portfolio that includes GPS/GNSS systems, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX® and CVC™ audio codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers, DSPs and broadband receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market platforms enable its customers to deliver a superior user experience and are adopted by leaders in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets. More information can be found at www.csr.com. Keep up to date with CSR on our technical blog or CSR people blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.
Monster was founded more than 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, a recipient of the prestigious Plus X Award®: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dre® headphones, and has become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, sonically superior headphones, all of which feature the company’s Pure Monster Sound™. Monster is also the world's leading manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions for high- performance home entertainment, audio, home cinema, computer and gaming, as well as a leading innovator in the field of mobile accessories and professional audio. The company also provides high-performance AC power line conditioning and protection products for audio/video systems, as well as energy-saving power products. Monster continues to lead in innovation with over 300 U.S. and international patents and dozens pending, offering more than 4,000 products in over 134 countries worldwide.