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Boostaroo Revolution now shipping

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageUpBeat Audio is now shipping the Boostaroo Revolution, a pocket-sized audio amplifier and two-way splitter. The Revolution is compatible with any device with a headphone jack, including all models of iPod. It can drive high-end headphones (greater than 60 ohm impedance for best results) or mini-speakers, quadruple their volume, and image “high-definition 3-channel surround” sound. The Boostaroo Revolution is available now and sells for $79.95.

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1

It is unclear, but would this increase the volume for one headphone, or is this devise only to increase output to drive two headphones?

Also, according to the web site this device take 2 AAAA batteries.  What are AAAA batteries?

Posted by Obadiah on October 5, 2005 at 9:03 AM (PDT)

2

It is designed to boost your existing output as well as allow you to power two headphones. I’m not sure if it splits one audio feed or if it has independant circuitry to run each output, though.

As far as quadruple-A batteries go…

Maybe when a AAA and a coin battery really love eachother…

Probably a typo smile

Posted by Domo on October 5, 2005 at 1:46 PM (PDT)

3

I would not trust ANY Boostaroo product.  All they do is introduce an enormous, and I mean ENORMOUS amount of noise to the audio.  The last one I tried was the new and improved model they were pitching as low-noise, and it was unlistenable.

Posted by stark23x on October 5, 2005 at 3:20 PM (PDT)

4

Radio shack has an amplified adapter that used 1 aa battery and powers up to 3 headphones, and costs $22. Item 33-1109

Posted by a better deal on October 5, 2005 at 3:57 PM (PDT)

5

oops, the radio shack uses 2 aa batteries.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog_name=CTLG&category;_name=&product;_id=33-1109&site=search

Posted by a better deal on October 5, 2005 at 3:59 PM (PDT)

6

WTF? It’s an altoids tin amp, and it’s in a white plastic enclosure, so we’re gonna charge 80 bucks for it.  Get real!

Contains about $2 worth of components, plus $1 of assembly from an electronics sweatshop in China, that’s a pretty neat profit margin.

I think I’m gonna buy shares in the stuff they add to plastic to turn it white colored.

Posted by dopial on October 5, 2005 at 7:45 PM (PDT)

7

Ugh, see you on head-fi.org if you want to read about amps worth their price.

Posted by Bad Beaver on October 5, 2005 at 11:44 PM (PDT)

8

..or you just go to http://www.fixup.net/ and search Dr. Xin’s forum for “supermicro”. The SuperMicro-3 should be out very soon, and I will be quite tempted to buy it, despite already owning several of Xin’s amps. Very very fancy stuff for DIY products. No ““high-definition 3-channel surround”- BS though, just built in true channel-crossfeed. I’m not related to fixup in any other way than being a happy customer of course.

Posted by Bad Beaver on October 6, 2005 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

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