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Wireless speaker for Windows® launched

Oregon-based Aperion Audio has announced the launch of a wireless speaker that allows Windows-using music fans to listen to their favorite track from anywhere where there is a home network connection.

How it functions?

Named ARIS wireless speaker, the unit is developed to work with Windows 7’s ‘Play To’ feature that makes it easy to stream content from a PC over a home network. ARIS uses the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol, which is supported on many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Once connected to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the unit will show up as a device on a networked PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Featuring a single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure, the ARIS measures 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches wide, and weighs in at 11.3 lbs. The ARIS wireless speaker for Windows is priced at US $499 and is scheduled to ship mid-June 2012. Pre-orders are presently being taken on the company website.

Hooking Up PC Sound Cables

Computers have really proved themselves as an all in one device. Now you seldom feel the need for some expensive music players because computers are very much capable of playing the highest quality of digital music. Computers can be attached with good sound systems to get the audio output which is crystal clear and very soothing to our mind. Audio on a computer is played by a dedicated device called as a sound card which is connected to the motherboard. Sound card works in reading the digitally stored songs on the hard drive and changing them into audible digital signals which can further be played by external or internal speakers. It also captures the analogue audio signals from a microphone attached and converts them into digital signals so that they can further be treated by the digitally operated sound editing software in the computer. Conventionally every sound card has three ports available to which we connect audio devices like speakers, and microphones, Now with innovations in the sound technology, even the sound cards have become advanced. On a computer you might find more than 1 set of audio connectors available and you might also find five connectors instead of three. In this post I will discuss these 5 connectors, there use and the ways to connect your audio devices to them.

Commonly the three connectors available in all the sound cards are as follows:

1.  LINE-IN: This connector is used for connecting the sound card to an external digital audio source like a CD player. This can be used for recording or listening to the audio from some eternal source. Connecting port is globally of light blue color and requires a 3 point stereo connector.

2. SPEAKER: This is the most widely used connecting port in any sound card, because this is the one which is used for connecting external speakers to the computer for playing audio. This is also called as LINE-OUT because this is the place from where the audio is sent out of the computer. This is the jack where one needs to connect the headphone and speakers. This jack is Lime Green in color and same should be the color of the connector of your speaker.

3. MICROPHONE: This jack is used for connecting a microphone to the sound card for recording analog sound signals produced by the microphone. The color of this jack is pink and so should be the color of your microphone’s connector if is manufactured keeping industry standards in mind.

The three connectors discussed above are the ones which will always be present in any sound card. Apart from these there could be more jacks and connectors available depending upon the sound card and features available in it. After the above three connectors there is no fixed set of other connectors but let us see few more connectors which might be present on any sound card.

4: SUB WOOFER-OUT: Orange in color.

5: REAR SURROUND SOUND: Black in color. Available in 5.1, and 7.1 systems.

6: MIDDLE SURROUND SOUND: Gray in color. Available only in 7.1 systems.

How to configure Audio Input and Output Devices

Advanced operating systems and improved technology has proved its benefit in the world of computer manufacturing. The user is getting closer to the system with the help of technological achievements. Research in the field of computer hardware is making computers more useful and reliable. You can connect microphone for recording or online karaoke competitions to your desktop. You can connect your music player or iPod to computer to listen to your favorite songs. There are ports available on the front, back or side of your personal computer or laptops. These are known as jacks that connect inserted devices directly to the driver in the system.


When you insert microphone into the jack provided for the same, operating system establishes connection between microphone and sound card and thus produces required results. Many desktop computers have two common jacks. One is known as line-in jack. As the name suggests it is used to connect audio devices to the computer and other is known as line-out jack. It is used to connect speakers i.e. they give output of sound produced. One microphone jack may also be present in the front of the system. In case of laptops, they lack line-in or line-out jack. There are two jacks for microphone and headset which are located at the front side of it.

Audio Troubleshooting

Often when you connect an audio device in one of the jacks but cannot hear anything you must make sure that jacks are not muted. If you face any query while connecting the input devices, here are the solutions:

  • After plugging music player into link-in jack you have to go to control panel and search for sound button.
  • In recording tab, you have to go into the properties of Link-in tab.
  • Ensure that sound level is not set to mute and if it is so then change it to full or as per required.
  • In listen tab check ‘listen to this device’ and click OK.

As mentioned earlier, in laptop audio devices are connected to microphone jack. Perform similar steps as stated above. You have to perform changes in ‘microphone’ tab instead of ‘sound’. Check the sound coming out from speakers of laptop as microphone jack is designed to receive sound from microphone which is different from the sound of music player. You can attach microphone to the microphone jack to input sound. After setting up connection, you have to go into the microphone tab in control panel in order to ensure that the sound level is not zero. If so you have to increase it as per requirements.

Music player or many audio devices can be directly attached to the USB input port. When it is attached to USB, operating system tries to find out drivers for it and then you can access it or perform changes and actions you wish to. Connection like this does not connect the sound card with input device directly. It is more convenient to use as it doesn’t involve settings controlling the sound of the ports. Sound can be directly increased or decreased with the help of sound key.

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