NewQ PlatinumNEWQ tm Platinum
I first heard about the Samsung NewQ Gold I just had to have it. Why? Because
there are mod freaks and there are MOD FR33KS, Some people kit up their cars
well we all went through that phase didn’t we /wink. This piece of kit looked
like a car stereo shoved in your bay and brought back long lost memories.
I helplessly searched day and night for reviews and specs on this and guess what Xev wanted one of these along time ago as well… do we all nerds think alike? Frantically I spammed everyone on my list to see if they heard about this and then EVERYONE wanted one. I was then informed of the Platinum version and as you see here definitely look the business.
Nobody in the UK sold this and a whole bunch of other stuff and at the time I was so close in buying a ticket and visiting the US in an effort to evade the silly TAX they put on imported hardware, I figured that I would actually benefit in making a free trip to the states, take a few days of sick from work (paid of course) and visit the US. If I was to import the goods it would cost me more and plus the savings I make from the states would pay for my ticket. Good plan or what?
work colleague was already in the states and I rang him up on his tri-band Nokia
(the scum bag) got his details of where he was staying and then ordered on my
lunch break to his place of residence. I was so greedy that I ordered the last 2
remaining from www.outpost.com just before
the New Year.
Salvador came back to London I raided his house like a child grabbed my goodies
of him…did I mentioned I brought some Levis Silver Tabs? Nah you cant get them
in the UK either. On the box it said, “You have it they don’t” you should
have seen the grin on my face.
does this do? Well I didn’t care what it done I just wanted a cool VFD
display in the front of my PC to dance around to my music.
Remote control! Yes I did say remote!, the Unit Leads and connector plate.
is the installation Guide which you don’t really need to use as its all very
straight forward, I actually never knew this was included as it was inside the
booklet they gave. Yes I had ants in my pants and just wanted to give this unit
is the remote control, this baby is slim and looks like the Kenwood remotes that
you get for car head units. This thing came with a battery already installed.
an idea to show you how thin the remote actually is.
is the back of the unit, which has a standard power molex connector, an input
interface and an antenna input… OH yes indeed this baby has radio too. I was a
bit worried that the radio might not work in the UK because the last time
I brought a Kenwood mask about 3 year ago the radio wouldn’t play Kiss as it
went in increments of 5’s but who cares!
is the back plate that comes with the unit. It has dc in, aerial and audio ins
and out in the form of 3.5mm jacks.
have installed the aerial lead and ribbon for the input interface ready to be
plugged into the back of the NewQ.
put the back plate into the last slot because I don’t use the 8bit ISA but its
not a problem as it does not take up more than 1 slot.
Interface and aerial connectors into the back, you don’t need the Arial if you
don’t want to listen to FM.
view, just under my sound card.
couldn’t get the aerial thy gave me to work so I plugged in my cable TV coax
I had one of these:
to have friends everywhere ;)
go the speakers to the plate, you can actually plug in 4 speakers ill come to
that in a bit.
dc input is there to power the unit when you don’t want your PC to be on as
well its quite handy and is an optional Item; the one I am using is a switch
able one available from most electrical shops. If your going to do this just
make sure it’s a regulated one as the cheap ones send spikes. Because of this
cool idea I have also connected my neon’s so that I can have the PC lit up
all ready to be fired up! Lets have a look at the controls:
infra red sensor is behind the purple bit in the middle of the rotary dial. Nice
chrome buttons! This thing is class.
button and headphones output! The Mic jack is on the front as well! Handy as I
always keep my mic in my draw and can just plug in the front when needed.
of unit: $150.00 USD
Provide virtual 6 speaker effect through four speakers.
* Easy Control & Installation
-. Easy access to Volume, Headset, Microphone,
and Mute Controls
-. Quick & simple connection from NewQ to sound card
-. No software or driver needed/ No conflict with any PC
* Perfect compatibility
-. No need to upgrade sound card
-. Compatible with any 2 or 4 channel sound card
* Special Auxiliary Performance
-. Mp3 player, Mini Disk, Cassette player, CD player
* DSP(Digital Signal Processing) function
-. Hall, Live, Club, Stadium, S/F effect
its got funky effects and the radio worked in the end. I don’t use the virtual
speaker effects as my main machine has digital out and Dolby. But for the
machine its in it does a wonderful job and the virtual speaker output is not
really a gimmick you’ll be surprised just wish you could hear it. I suppose if
you already had a soundcard and don’t really watch dvd’s but wanted to
upgrade your sound card this is a trick piece of hardware. It definitely gets
everyone talking until they see my window and neon…
specs direct from www.newq.com