Radio Sharks The Digital Radio Recorder

TiVo and other digital video recorders or DVRs have been around since 1999. But Digital Radio Recorders, or DRRs?

When compared to what was involved in putting the first TiVo devices together, developing a digital radio recorder would seem to be a fairly simple process. Perhaps what was missing is any economic impetus to interest electronics manufacturers because there was certainly no rush to get a digital radio recorder into the hands of the listening public.

Griffin Technology and radio SHARK

But in 2004, Griffin Technology introduced their Radio SHARK, a digital radio recorder which not only turned any Mac of PC into an AM/FM receiver; it enabled the listener to record the radio broadcasts in real time.

Like TiVo, the Radio SHARK digital radio recorder had a time-shift recording feature which would let the user pause during a live broadcast to return to an earlier segment and catch up if they had been interrupted, and it also let people schedule recording for a later time.

But the Radio SHARK digital recorder did not merely record; it had a station preset function which could lock in the users favorite stations with a mouse click; and it allowed easy scanning and tuning of new stations.

The radio SHARK digital radio recorder connected to the PC through its USB port, from which it was powered, and looked like the sharks dorsal fin for which it was named. The fin was the digital radio recorders antenna and could simply be moved around to provide the best reception. And any broadcast saved on the radio Shark digital radio recorder could be transferred to an iPod or audio interchange file compatible MP for later listening.

Radio SHARK 2

The radio SHARK digital radio recorder developed a following, so Griffin Technology continued to develop the concept, and discontinued it in late 2006 in favor of the radio SHARK 2 digital radio recorder. The radio SHARK 2s improvements include a USB extension cable, allowing the receiver to be placed up to eight feet from the PC; an more powerful radio receiver chip; an on-screen tuner which closely mirrors a traditional radio dial; and the addition of Internet radio to the AM/FM menu. Internet radio opens up your digital radio recorder possibilities to international broadcasting.

The radio Shark2 digital radio recorder also has software which provides users with all the instructions they need to master time-shift recording, station selection and tuning, and optional antenna extension for those who live in poor reception areas. And, at 49.95, sown from the $69.95 of the original radio SHARK digital radio receiver, it is very attractively priced!

The New Features of the Canon EOS Rebel Digital Camera

Canon, which is well known throughout the world for its quality cameras, released the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera on August 20th of 2003. At this time there were other well known digital cameras on the market but the new features of the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera made this digital camera well worth looking into.

The various camera experts who have reviewed this Canon camera state that the price tag of $900 makes this a moderately priced digital camera that you can buy in various countries around the world.

If you are looking to buy your camera outside of the United States you might want to be aware of what the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera is called in other countries. For instance the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera will be called the Canon EOS 300D in Europe and in Japan you will hear it being referred to as the Kiss Digital.

For the digital camera enthusiast there is also a Canon EOS Rebel digital camera kit that can be bought. This kit contains an EF-S 18-55 mm 3x lens. The price of the entire digital camera kit is $100, more than the single camera.

The various specifications of the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera include a 6 megapixel CMOS sensor and image processor. The sensor and image processor are housed in the inexpensive plastic body of the digital camera.

To help their customers buy this camera the people at Canon have given the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera a pentamirror instead of a pentaprism. These various modifications have helped to reduce the cost of this camera, which therefore makes this digital camera more affordable.

There are a host of new features that you can find in the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera. These features include contrast, saturation and sharpness settings which can be adjusted for your various needs. There is also a new default parameter setting on the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera which is referred to as Parameter 1.

The Canon EOS Rebel digital camera was the first digital camera to support the use of a new lens called EF-S. The S in the lens’s name stands for short back focus. This lens can only be used with the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera as the other Canon Rebel series cameras will not have the necessary support for this lens.

For the enthusiastic novice or professional photographer, the Canon EOS Rebel digital camera is for you. The many great interesting features and functions to be found on the camera coincide very nicely with the reasonable price tag on it which only makes the camera more appealing.

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