Questions And Answers
We get quite a varied range of questions via our Technical Support phone line, and we’re more than happy to help where we can. We’ll feature some of the more regular questions in this newsletter in case any of the answers are of interest.
What’s the difference between passive and active loudspeakers?
Active loudspeakers contain a built in amplifier to boost the volume and are either powered by batteries or the mains. For example, the excellent range of X-Mini speakers from XMi contain rechargeable batteries to power the amplifier to allow them to give a loud output for their size. Larger and more powerful active speakers such as the AudioEngine range are powered from the mains.
Passive loudspeakers do not have an amplifier built in and require no power. However, the volume you get out of them will depend on the output power of your MP3 player or mobile phone etc. For example the Philips SBP1120/10 speakers are passive and if your player can only give a low power output they may be too quiet.
Can I use the red and white audio connectors on the TV Out cable for the Cowon X7 to connect to it the HiFi for playing my music?
The TV Out cable will only carry the audio signal when watching videos on the X7.
If you are looking to connect the X7 to your HiFi for listening to music you would have to connect a lead from the headphone socket on the X7 to your HiFi.
Our team are often asked about software that’s available for use with their MP3 and media players. Now and then we’ll recommend a piece of software that you might find useful. Please note though we can’t offer support for third party software, but you should find all the help and assistance you need via their website.
winLAME – http://winlame.sourceforge.net/
winLAME is an open source audio encoder, to compress music in a variety of formats such as MP3 and OGG Vorbis.
winLAME supports many input audio formats, and uses the LAME mp3 encoding library for encoding and the MAD decoding library for decoding. Supported formats include WAV, AAC, WMA and FLAC.