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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Saturday
Oct192013

Sony MDR-1RBT Premium Bluetooth Headphones

I decided I wanted to get some good quality headphones. I was also determined that this should be the last pair I'll have to buy for the foreseeable future, and therefore I was prepared to pay a bit more than usual. Over the last few years I've spent a lot of money buying half a dozen different sets of earphones and headphones...most of which still work, but for some reason I no longer like. This time I'm going to choose more carefully and I now finally know what I want. I've gone off in-ear buds, I'm cheesed off with wires and I don't care whether I look like a lunatic any more. So therefore...it's time to get a big ol' set of bluetooth headphones.

After a bit of research (you won't find a better online resource for headphone reviews and advice than Head-Fi.org) I've found that there are a only a couple of pairs of bluetooth headphones that people really recommend. I then spent some time hunting these down in shops so I could try them on and in the end whittled my selection down to one...the Sony MDR-1RBT.

Now I'm aware that Bluetooth headphones are not the best way to listen to music, but more often than not, I'm using these on a noisy train listening to podcasts of people talking. I'll be connected up to my iPad and will be either reading RSS feeds or answering emails. When I get to my destination the fact I'm wireless means I can pack my iPad in my rucksack and continue my journey on foot whilst still listening to the podcast. If I want to listen to music, Bluetooth usually sounds good enough, however if I attach the wire, the sound does get a tad richer and warmer, although it's not a massive difference.

These headphones reduce background noise significantly, but they don't completely block it, which is actually preferable for me as I like to maintain some awareness of what's happening around me. For example on a train I'll be able to tell that they are making an announcement, but I'll have to lift a cup off my ear to be able to understand it. The fact that these are over the ear headphones means that there is no sound leakage, but that also means that your ears can get warm in hot weather. 

Sony are also introducing a smaller and cheaper version of these headphones called the MDR-10RBT which sport an on-ear rather than over-ear design which might be more suitable for some and I'd imagine they will prevent your ears getting too hot. The new model also supports Apt-x for potentially even better wireless performance.

I bought my headphones when a high street store had a sale on and I also had a £50 off voucher. At the moment the best deals for UK buyers seem to be from Japan on ebay...but I'm concerned about the potential import duties. When it comes to buying high value items like this you would be better getting it from somewhere you know like Amazon.

 

UPDATE - I forgot to make any mention of the range. In my modesty sized two story house I can put my iPad in one room and the headphones will stream the sound to me in any other room in the house without breaking up. I've got plenty of other wireless devices operating, so that's pretty good going. 

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Reader Comments (8)

Hi Lobot,, sorry, Matt!

Just one point: On a plane, if the instruction to switch off electronic devices has been given, you also need to remove head/earphones too ;-)

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Hello Techmoan,
thank you for those great reviews on CarDVR, I bought Front & Back Cam after watching your reviews and i must say, i am very impressed with the quality and features.

Recently, I came across this new DVR camera with few enhanced features (Remote less, better quality). Hope you might find it interesting to review and provide your opinion.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyoRXlS37ds

Thanks again.
Bharath

June 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBharath

hi techmona I nee a car dvdr

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterarron

I have followed you on u tube and found the tea on dash cams very helpful and got one .I recently had a incident with a idiot on a motorcycle overtaking me when I was turning rite and he over took me on my side and hit the front of my car he said I wasn't flashing to go rite .The police looking at my video could not tell if I was but the sound of my flashers was on the ordeo this is why it is in portent to have good sound thanks for all your help will keep watching ken

November 22, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterken

Hej Techmoan,

I don't know another way to reach you, so I post my thanks here. I want to thank you for your splendid review of the Mobius Cam on YouTube; I bought one and I'm very happy with it! I also bought a waterproof box for this amazing cam, again thanks to your review.
You see, I'm a fan and I subscribed of course to your YouTube Channel.
Thanks and keep on reviewing!

January 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNiek

i have a problem with my new secret key holder video camera recorder. it is new one which i charge more than 5hrs but the yellow light is still there. pls i need help

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterseidu ibrahim

Hi Matt love your work not interested in hifi but all the other stuff great and I like your style and ethics. I looked at your PATREON Video and I get it, but I was put off entering any details in yet another place on the web particularly as I would just prefer to send you £10 as an occasional one off to show my appreciation. I have purchased a few things ranging from the Anker sub charger a printer and car cam. Can you review one of the ones that Halfords sell one day?
Anyway I would like to show my appreciation and support but would prefer to just sending you a donation via PayPal which I use a lot and it's easy cos I don't want to go log on Patreon
Keep up the good work
skydyer

February 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterskydyer

Don't worry about it - there's no charge, just keep enjoying the videos.

February 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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