updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed October 19, 2005
iMic USB audio adapter
Griffin Technology today unveiled its , improving on the old design with support for modern hardware. iMic connects virtually any microphone or sound input device to iBooks, PowerBooks, Power Macs, or other Mac/PC systems with a USB port. iMic supports both mic and line level inputs via a selectable switch, as well as a variable level output for connecting speakers or headphones. iMic requires no driver software installation, and is expected to ship in mid-November for $40.
iMic boasts superior audio to most computers' built-in capabilities, utilizing USB to carry the audio -- which isolates the signal -- providing higher quality sound when recording, as well as higher quality output for external speakers. iMic will ship with Griffin's audio recording software, Final Vinyl, to ease the process of recording old records and tapes. Final Vinyl provides additional features such as waveform-based cue editing and built-in 10-band EQ, and can equalize LPs without connecting a turntable to a pre-amp.