If you have been following my blogging activities, you know that I write daily—usually three posts per day. One of them is a witty joke, the second is a photograph of the day and the third one is a miscellaneous comment on just about anything.
When I’m tickling the computer keyboard, I like to listen to music. I can’t think without music. It goes way back when I was a kid and I don’t know why. Music is a natural fertilizer to my brain. Normally I listen to classic orchestral music streaming it from Beethoven Radio or WCPE Radio. I feel they have the best classical music broadcasting on the Internet and the quality of sound is almost like listening to a CD. For popular music, I downstream music from Finetune where I created a personal playlist with approximately 200 favorite songs.
After buying a decent Planatronics headset, I enjoyed my music harnessing my head with the musical accessory. The stereo was exceptional; that is… until I received an e-mail from a company called SRS Labs. They were offering a plug-in called SRS Audio Sandbox for the PC for $20.00.
After reading their offer, I fell for it and headed for my credit card. In less than five minutes I had downloaded and installed the plug-in and was $20.00 poorer. Sacrificing twenty bucks for good music isn’t too bad, but I’m sure my wife will move her head sideways, if you know what I mean.
Even though I have two small Harman/Kardon speakers (3″ x 4.5″), the quality of music made a quantum leap when I connected them to the plug-in. Literally, I couldn’t believe my ears. As you know, describing with words the beauty of a sense—like hearing— is almost impossible.
Basically, the SRS Audio Sandbox is a software plug-in compatible with all media players. With this application, you can enjoy music, movies and games the way artists intended them to sound on your music player. I know this sounds like a cheap ad, but it’s true.
At this moment I’m listening to Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye”, and his voice seems to emerge from every corner of my small office. I’m using the option 5.1 Surround that uses the music technology known as Circle Surround II. It’s amazing how the quality of the sounds is enhanced with this relatively inexpensive software.
For users who want even more customization, this products lets you personalize your audio through the use of advanced controls, to provide deep rich bass, restore the clarity to vocal and high frequency sounds, provide 3D enhancement for stereo and mono content, and a lot more.
Blogging, taking photographs, and listening to high quality music make my retirement years better and better. They’re indeed Golden Years. Good Day.