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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

 

 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

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
Feb132016

Teac AI-501DA-S - Amp/DAC 

I try to make videos that don't date quickly - and that's why I rarely mention the price of the object being shown. This video is an exception, the Teac AI-501DA is a discountined product with the remaining stock currently being sold off at half price on Amazon. I can't see it being around for more than a few weeks at that price. I've put this video together quickly so you don't miss out on the opportunity to pick up one at a good discount.

In the brief time I had it available to test - it felt like a very well built and capable machine. If I was putting together a compact HiFi system then it would certainly be on my shortlist, for its looks alone if nothing else.

Video demonstration below.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (4)

love the nixie calculator

February 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterdocBol

The killer app for this would have been the incorporation of APTX Bluetooth. For those not familiar, APTX is the audiophile codec for Bluetooth - I can affirmatively state that it makes for a marked improvement in fidelity. I'd recommend a Nyrius Songo Bluetooth adapter for this so that one could stream audio - directly into this Teac's Toslink port using the Nyrius' Wolfson D/A converters and decent range. Streaming also allows for using your player to adjust EQ settings.
Thanks again Mat for bringing a very cool audio component to our attention.
-Dave

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Sanborn

From the images of the PCB showing the power supply/transformer windings it may be possible to move the wire links to convert the unot to UK mains operation without the need for an external voltage converter

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Beeke

HI Techmoan, I really enjoyed watching all your retro hi-fi review videos. Recently, I bought myself a pioneer graphics equalizer from eBay model gr777. Just wondering would you be doing any graphics equalizer review or adding this great equipment into your hi-if collection.

Thanks!

Peter Yap (Singapore)

February 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

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