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Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi


DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Drift Ghost X

My favourite USB battery power Pack

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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




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'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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Here's something old - The Playtape

Before compact cassette, before 8-track...there was Playtape.

I like nothing better than trying out a piece of obscure technology for the first time. Opening up a BNIB (brand new in box) gadget from the past really can feel like taking a trip back in time.

Almost fifty years ago, a teenager somewhere in America will have opened up a box, taken out their Playtape machine and played their first tape. That teenager will be a pensioner now, and their tapes and machine long since gone. However the Playtape machine that they didn't buy, the one that got left in the store in 1967, stuck in a warehouse for almost half a century, frozen in time, sealed in styrofoam, finally gets it's chance to entertain... in the video below. 


The playtape format is largely forgotten and doesn't have a great online presence, however there are a few places you can find out more, including the always excellent Museum of Obsolete Media and Baja's Playtape page which also includes a comprehensive tapeography.

Playtapes can usually be bought from ebay and you can still find unopened tapes on there, some for over $100.

If you enjoyed this video, be sure to have a look at my other HiFi videos on youtube and please subscribe to the channel

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Reader Comments (12)

Great insight of another piece of A/V gear that I never knew existed.
One thing that stands out on this bit if kit is that there isn't any ability to fast-forward or rewind the tape, but I guess with only two songs per channel, there isn't any need to.

January 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrahamK998

Yes it wasn't such a problem, many 8-track players also didn't have fast forward (it was only 2x when they did have it) ...and of course couldn't be rewound for reasons that become obvious when you see how they work.

January 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan always ;-)

January 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Hi Mat, amazing that you find these gems? They are musuem pieces aren't they? Who the devil has been storing this wonderful machine all this time!?

Amazing !

...thanks for listening


January 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Well Mat, another interesting review. I just missed the Playtape, I think, as I had a Harry Moss 8-track player in my car from the early 1970's - (I passed my test in 1972, aged 17).

Like you, I'm stunned that those batteries hadn't leaked in all that time - they were certainly good quality, unlike some of the rubbish that you get today. Speaking of which, isn't it astounding that battery technology doesn't seem to have changed much in the intervening years? At least as far as the size goes, I don't know about the chemical make-up.

Keep up the good work.

January 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Very nice device, didn't know about this thing before, never knew about Tefifon either until I saw it on your review. Excellent job finding these old things in brand new condition, making a review and educating your viewers :) Thanks for doing what you do and please keep up the great work!

January 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish_viewer

Brilliant review!
Be careful with the bag though, my g/f has stolen my Oppo Blu-ray bag to carry her shopping in.

January 15, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteral

That was a great experience, and news to me! Love the original box and graphics even though I'm born 59'! ;)

Old Zinc–carbon batterys maybe didn't leak as alkaline's does? (Actually I think they were worse!)
Anyway a miracle they didn' ruin the player.

January 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Ah, the Playtape! VW actually made an in-dash Playtape radio back in the day, and once in a rare while you'll see them pop up on eBay.

February 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFunderbunk

Just wanted you to know, that I've really been enjoying your videos that I watched on YouTube! They are not only informative, but also very well produced, thought out, and a joy to watch! I also really enjoyed seeing the older tech that I never knew existed.
I wish you nothing but success, and I'm looking forward to seeing many, many more of your delightful videos!
Thank you very much, and I've been letting everybody I know, about you.

February 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNick C

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