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Forum: Show Off Your Gear 01-06-2010, 02:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,280
Posted By bassbinotoko
I'd stick with the 2GB OmniTech thumbdrive player...

I'd stick with the 2GB OmniTech thumbdrive player for $20. For headphones, I'd hop in my time machine and buy the Sony V7 'phones again that I got for $35 at a pawnshop (and that I let a friend...
Forum: Other Gadgets & Technologies 01-05-2010, 04:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,693
Posted By bassbinotoko
33 lumens ain't that bad. I've got an old...

33 lumens ain't that bad. I've got an old Proxima LCD projector that only does 100, using a 400 watt halogen lamp.

I'll be keeping an eye on those mini projectors because they'd be a perfect...
Forum: Other Gadgets & Technologies 01-05-2010, 04:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,641
Posted By bassbinotoko
Shortly after lugging home a closeout Sony 720p...

Shortly after lugging home a closeout Sony 720p widescreen CRT set in 2007, I built up an HD video ready computer and began enjoying torrented TV in 720p. In 2008 I got an LG Blu-ray/HD-DVD combo...
Forum: Speakers 01-05-2010, 03:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,683
Posted By bassbinotoko
Just buy good used speakers and a stereo...

Just buy good used speakers and a stereo receiver. I picked up a pair of Mission speakers for $25 at Value Village, and an NAD stereo receiver out of a scrap metal bin (in working order). That...
Forum: Speakers 01-05-2010, 03:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,511
Posted By bassbinotoko
I would have suggested whatever speakers you can...

I would have suggested whatever speakers you can score from yard sales, thrift stores, or pawn shops. Thanks to the proliferation of nasty home-theaters-in-a-boxes, decent brands like Energy &...
Forum: Speakers 11-10-2009, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,691
Posted By bassbinotoko
Studio monitors aren't necessarily the best...

Studio monitors aren't necessarily the best speakers available. Good studios will have several pairs, to represent the different ways that music will be listened to. Aura cubes stand in for...
Forum: Home Audio, Car Audio, Amplifiers, Cables 11-10-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,928
Posted By bassbinotoko
That's weird. I've got several MP3 CD players...

That's weird. I've got several MP3 CD players (portables), and the only issue was that the oldest one didn't handle VBR MP3s.

Is it possible that VW is lying about MP3 compatibility? Maybe all...
Forum: Other Brands 10-31-2009, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,706
Posted By bassbinotoko
I wouldn't call a flash player that can't be...

I wouldn't call a flash player that can't be upgraded an investment. Especially not if it has an internal battery that can't be replaced easily. I've been using a 2GB "Omnitech" player from Staples...
Forum: Sansa SlotMusic / SlotRadio / Shaker 10-31-2009, 05:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,600
Posted By bassbinotoko
I've heard 8 and 16; the discrepancy could be...

I've heard 8 and 16; the discrepancy could be because they didn't have any larger cards to test with. If the designers followed the SDHC spec properly, it may be OK with much larger cards when they...
Forum: Speakers 07-12-2009, 03:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,443
Posted By bassbinotoko
What you want are the "Disco Destroyer" speakers...

What you want are the "Disco Destroyer" speakers I saw in a stereo store around 1980. They were towers with several big woofers (15" or 18"), lots of midranges and tweeters, and were over 6 feet...
Forum: Home Audio, Car Audio, Amplifiers, Cables 07-12-2009, 03:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,243
Posted By bassbinotoko
Most of the USB turntables are bad to mediocre. ...

Most of the USB turntables are bad to mediocre. There's all kinds of vintage turntables at thrift stores and yard sales for under $50. The main thing to watch out for is perished drive belts on...
Forum: Other Gadgets & Technologies 07-12-2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,847
Posted By bassbinotoko
There's been boxes and "drive cases" that did...

There's been boxes and "drive cases" that did something like that for quite a while, but they've only been SD quality, and were usually only available in hole-in-the-wall computer stores or from...
Forum: Other Gadgets & Technologies 04-07-2009, 09:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,858
Posted By bassbinotoko
Internal speakers are usually only good enough to...

Internal speakers are usually only good enough to reproduce Windoze noises and human speech. Even the headphone jacks can be pretty bad... I tried watching a movie on a Toshiba laptop and every so...
Forum: Speakers 04-07-2009, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,244
Posted By bassbinotoko
For 2.0, try thrift stores and yard sales. ...

For 2.0, try thrift stores and yard sales. There's a lot of _good_ speaker pairs being blown out for $25 or less. Like a working pair of Missions for $24.99, and a couple of tiny Energy speakers...
Forum: General MP3 Player / PMP Discussion 04-07-2009, 02:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,311
Posted By bassbinotoko
Two RCA Lyras, one 64M (paid about $80 new, plus...

Two RCA Lyras, one 64M (paid about $80 new, plus another $80 for a 512M SD card), the other 256M ($25 used). Simple, rugged as a cockroach, and expandable to 2GB via SD cards, and runs on one AAA...
Forum: General MP3 Player / PMP Discussion 04-07-2009, 02:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 594
Posted By bassbinotoko
There's some car head units that work like that. ...

There's some car head units that work like that. I can't think of any portable player like that.
How about SD card slots? There's not a huge selection of players that support them. Ancient RCA...
Forum: Speakers 03-24-2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,022
Posted By bassbinotoko
The best bet is to use proven plans and quality...

The best bet is to use proven plans and quality drivers, and don't aim too cheap. Zalytron & Madisound are a couple of places that sell drivers, kits, and plans.

If you want _loud_ speakers,...
Forum: General MP3 Player / PMP Discussion 02-17-2009, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By bassbinotoko
Anything I digitize I also burn to DVD-R for...

Anything I digitize I also burn to DVD-R for backup, with two copies, preferably on different brands of media. No hard drive lives forever. I don't have a good system for organizing stuff, though,...
Forum: General MP3 Player / PMP Discussion 02-15-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,065
Posted By bassbinotoko
I just got an "Omnitech" 2GB MP3 player from...

I just got an "Omnitech" 2GB MP3 player from Staples for a whopping $20; it _does_ resume at the same time after shutting off, which is great since I mostly listen to DJ sets that can run up to...
Forum: Headphone Amplifiers (Portable) 01-30-2009, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,205
Posted By bassbinotoko
Get an 8 pin machined-pin socket, fix the chip to...

Get an 8 pin machined-pin socket, fix the chip to the top of the socket with hot glue or RTV or phlegm. Solder fine wire jumpers from the tops of the socket pins to the chip leads. Use a second...
Forum: Home Audio, Car Audio, Amplifiers, Cables 01-30-2009, 02:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,647
Posted By bassbinotoko
Dollar store cables will work, unless they are...

Dollar store cables will work, unless they are egregiously lousy, and at that price you can afford to buy several (if there's more than stereo you'd want to plug into).
Forum: Other Brands 01-27-2009, 01:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,078
Posted By bassbinotoko
Can't you download it from RCA? They've got...

Can't you download it from RCA? They've got firmware there for my ancient RD1022 (64 megs!!!!!! and an SD slot that works up to 2 gigs!!!!!!!!!! and a battery I can replace when I'm biking round the...
Forum: Speakers 01-27-2009, 12:51 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 31,368
Posted By bassbinotoko
I guess the best speakers I've owned are the...

I guess the best speakers I've owned are the home-built ServoDrive ContraBass subwoofers. ServoDrive made a parts kit available for a limited time, and I bought two. They're a little impractical,...
Forum: Home Audio, Car Audio, Amplifiers, Cables 01-26-2009, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,056
Posted By bassbinotoko
I'd go with a modest 4 channel power amp,...

I'd go with a modest 4 channel power amp, something that does 40 to 60W RMS per channel. (I picked up a used Rockford-Fosgate last summer for $44.) For front speakers, try a car-parts swap meet. ...
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