By Mark Budgell from HP’s TheNextBench.com

If you’re anything like me, there is a soundtrack for almost every life experience. Parties, the daily commute, date night, weddings…sometimes I even rock out at work (on headphones, of course). Unfortunately, the digital revolution that brought us the convenience of MP3 files and portable music devices also eroded its quality.

It’s more than just a love for music with Jimmy Iovine – as the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Beats co-founder, it’s his life. You can hear it for yourself as Jimmy and some of his friends explain the importance of bringing back sound quality.

HP teamed up with him to create HP Beats Audio, technology that makes listening to music on a notebook or desktop sound like it does in the studio. And we’ve put that technology into a portfolio of great looking systems.

But what is Beats Audio really about? It’s easy – and rather smart – to be skeptical about how it works. HP’s Gizmo Gladstone from The Next Bench gives you the lowdown on the audio jack, an important aspect of what we call the sound chain. Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post for the rest of the story.

Beats Audio has made its way into a number of HP systems. For road warriors, the ENVY 14 is a great option – in all senses of the word. It’s also the kind of system that will get second glances at the coffee shop or look hot on a coffee table. And it’s packed with impressive components. It’s worth noting that WIRED Magazine named it “Laptop of the Year.”

But HP also brings the Beats to the HP TouchSmart 610 – one of the cooler computer members of the Beats family. From experience (one sits on my kitchen counter as I write this), I can tell you that it wears many hats, from jukebox to game system to cooking aide. I’m a big fan of the tilt feature.

If music plays a big role in your life, get the most out of it with quality digital audio technology. And stay tuned to TheNextBench.com for the latest news on HP Beats Audio.

Mark Budgell is a music enthusiast, aspiring musician and senior social media manager at HP. Check him out at TheNextBench.com.