If you have a collection of old vinyl, or still buy new, and want to have the convenience of having digital copies for your phone/tablet/PC, you need a device to convert. For a number of years you have been able to purchase a USB turntable that allows you to perform this task, but what if you already have a nice turntable, and want to use it? Behringer has a solution for you.
The Behringer U-Phono UF0202 USB/Audio Interface (let’s just call it the U-Phono) is an adapter that allows you to record from any RCA audio source to USB. It can take input from any device that had stereo RCA output, and can be set to take the lower input from a record player. You not only get an adapter for your existing turntable, but a tool you can use for any device the outputs in stereo RCA.
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As you have become aware, Julie challenged us to open our everyday carry bags to share what has become our standard gear. It was an interesting exercise, I used the opportunity to get rid of some gear that has remained in my bag, but when I was done, I still had a lot. You can click on the picture for a closer view. Let’s take a look at my gear.
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As any self-respecting gadgeteer parent, I put a lot of thought towards the appropriate gadgets for my son. As Christmas approached last year I had decided to get him a tablet, and had my list down to the V-Tech and LeapPad Tablets when V-Tech offered one for a review. Unfortunately (for me) last Christmas was a hot season for this gadget, and they were unable to get a review unit to us until well after the first of the year, so I actually had to brave the stores and buy one myself. I still ended up with the InnoTab, and this has been a main stay in our house since Christmas. With all the tablets out there, is there really a need for a kid’s tablet? Let’s explore.
We don’t share many Woot! sales as news, and I trust most of our readers know of Woot! but today’s sale caught my attention. They are selling the Sony Tablet s with 32GB and a dock for $259.99. If you are looking for a quality ICS-Capable Android Tablet, it would be hard to go wrong with this one.
- 1 GHz nVIDIA Tegra 2
- 1 GB Memory
- 32 GB Storage
- 9.4″ 1280 x 800 display
- microUSB port (not for charging)
- Full-size SDHC (up to 32GB)
- 5.0 MP camera plus .3 MP front-facing camera
- IR Remote capabilities
It also comes with the dock, and a power cable (you can use the cable with the dock or the tablet). Of course a key feature is the $260 price tag. This is a great deal on a tablet that is not the old. Here are some things to be aware of:
- Newer tablets can come with Tegra 3 1.6 GHz processors
- No HDMI out, even in the dock
- Odd shape (it’s a wedge) I kind of like the shape.
- Comes with Honeycomb, but you can upgrade to ICS right away.
So what do you think? I had one friend on G+ recommend spending another $150 for the ASUS TF300 (it has a Tegra 3), and of course I can’t help but covet the TF700 (add in high res screen, gorilla glass) for another $240. But at this price point, it is an attractive deal.
Earphone Solutions recently provided a pair Westone Westone TS-1 earphones for review here on the Gadgeteer. Bill Henderson did an excellent review on the Westone 4 headphones, and I looked forward to giving these a spin. The TS-1 has a single driver, rather than the quad-drive of the Westone 4, but it adds a microphone so that you can use these with your phone to take calls. The headphones are in-the-ear style and sport a standard 3.5 mm plug. One wrinkle is that there are currently issues with an echo effect when using these with the iPhone 4/4s. This issue does not present itself on other phones, and since I don’t have an iPhone, this was not an issue for me.
This would be my first exposure to a balanced armature earphone, and my first time using an earphone that either was not included with a device I bought, or one of the cheaper ones available. Would I notice a difference?
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Chances are you knew this was coming. Verizon officially announced yesterday their new Share Everything plan. It is a simplified plan that gives you unlimited minutes, and messages for up to 10 devices, as well as mobile hotspot with no extra fee. However, it also ends unlimited data as an option on new contracts and subsidized upgrades. So, is this a good thing, or a bad thing for the customer? Like all good questions, the answer is it depends.
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It was October 14th, 1975. Bottom of the 10th, the Reds and Reds Sox were tied in game 3 of the World Series. Ed Armbrister attempted to advance Caesar Geronimo with a bunt. In the ensuing action, Carlton Fisk thought he was interfered with, and Reds’ fans were subjected to announcer Curt Gowdy’s complaints about the play over and over again. That is when a tradition was born in our house. Turn down the TV and crank up the radio for baseball games.
Over the years, that approach became more difficult. As the TV broadcast is sent to the station, then to the cable company and finally to your DVR, more than likely the TV action will be noticeably delayed from the radio play-by-play. Enter technology.
The SportsSync AM/FM Radio provides a configurable delay of up to 16 seconds. The delay is set by a slider on the front of the radio. They do warn that there is a chance you would experience a problem if the TV is ahead of the radio (I would think that is rare), or if the difference was more than 16 seconds. All in all, this looks like a pretty cool solution to the baseball fan that wants to watch their team on a national feed, but listen to their local radio broadcast.
Hat tip to announcer (not surprisingly RADIO announcer) Dan Hoard for the heads up on this device on his Twitter feed.
Blue Microphone recently released the Radius shockmount for their Yeti and Yeti Pro microphones (both microphones have the same mount and form-factor). A shockmount is used to isolate your microphone from vibration while recording. The mount is specifically designed to work with the Yeti and Yeti Pro, but could be used with almost any microphone with a standard mount.
Blue sent me a Radius to use with the Yeti Pro I recently reviewed. I was happy to give it a spin.
I heard the sad news on Wednesday that Michael S. Hart had passed away at 64. Who is Michael S. Hart you may ask? He is the founder of Project Gutenburg (PG), which is one of the earliest and longest-lasting online literary projects. The picture for this article is a screen grab of “ebook #1″ the Declaration of Independence added in 1971. That’s right, 1971. If you have ever enjoyed an e-book, you have Michael S. Hart to thank.
You can read a complete obituary over at Project Gutenberg written by Greg Newby, The web sites seems to be up and down, so I’ll share the highlights after the jump.
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