Category Archives: Audio

Teardown: RadioShack Amplified Telephone Earpiece (43-229)

After my experimentation in building a T-coil receiver on my own, it seemed that the unit did have some issues which I eventually corrected. While it seems the schematic may have been a victim of a transcription error, I thought … Continue reading

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Teardown: FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier

The FiiO E5 was a low-cost but decent performing compact headphone amplifier a few years back. The unit bore a vague resemblance to an iPod Shuffle clip-version, and was relatively compact with integrated rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Since someone didn’t want … Continue reading

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Project: Paeansonic CF210SP CD9088+CD7642 AM/FM Radio Kit

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately – I’m just swamped with work, and it never quite goes away, but neither does the desire to do something for my own enrichment and enjoyment … and the desire to blog … Continue reading

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Melb2016: DAB+ Scanning & Slideshow Images (Part 10)

In my last post scanning the airwaves in Melbourne, I commented on just how difficult it was to get acceptable FM reception in the hotel. As it turns out, the DAB+ digital radio signals were much easier to receive, and … Continue reading

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Project: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION of V.90/V.92 Modem Sounds

Just recently, there was a surge in traffic to my old legacy dial-up sounds pages. While I did my best with the equipment I had at the time to capture the sound of dial-up modems, I always knew that my … Continue reading

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Retired, Teardown: Uniden XSA660 Analog Cordless Phone

On the whole, the rapid pace of technology means that, inevitably, there will come a time when you will need to upgrade to newer devices. But some systems have stayed the same for so long, that sometimes they escape being … Continue reading

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Review: 1MORE Super Bass Earphones (EO303)

On this site, I’ve managed to review and test numerous 1More design products under the Xiaomi/Mi branding, but in this article, I will be reviewing a 1More branded product for the first time. The EO303 is also known as their … Continue reading

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Review: Meizu HD50 Hi-Fi On-Ear Headphones

When it comes to portable audio, users are increasingly enjoying their music on-the-go from portable music players and their mobile phones. While some of these products are bundled with included earbuds which seem to serve some people well enough, an … Continue reading

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Repair: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Noise-Cancelling Headphone Ear Cushions

For someone who travels a lot on public transport, having a good set of noise cancelling headphones is indispensable for making the trip a lot more enjoyable and stress free. By shutting out the external noise with passive cancellation, and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

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Modification: Ausdom M06 Headset to Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Having recently just reviewed the Ausdom M06, I decided it didn’t quite fit my needs as a headphone, but it had a perfectly adequate and capable Bluetooth chipset. As a result, I decided to embark on a short journey to … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Ausdom M06 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

To most, Ausdom is not a highly recognizable brand. In fact, it is another one of those Chinese Shenzhen-based companies with lofty ambitions, currently focused on headsets, speakers, surveillance and automotive accessories. Such companies are often operating in highly price-sensitive … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 2: The Recorders

If I had just a bunch of tapes but nothing to use it with, it wouldn’t be that exciting. After all, the last thing I had (prior to this batch of donated gear) was a Computec branded single-tape answering machine … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: The Microcasette – Part 1: The Tapes

Just the other day, I was talking to a random stranger about floppy disks and VHS cassettes, and how another generation has already been born not knowing the frustrations and wonderment of simple old-fashioned technology. It’s interesting how such old … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (NDZ-03-GA)

The Xiaomi or Mi brand has been gaining prominence in Asia for providing functional, quality and elegant products at very reasonable prices. Initially focusing mainly on smartphones, they have diversified into power banks, tablets, audio and mobile phone related accessories. … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 3: More Sydney Trains)

In the previous part, I had began a small project to collect samples of digital voice announcements from Sydney Trains Millenium and Warratah sets. In fact, I had continued to collect more samples just out of my own interest, but … Continue reading

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Tip: Upgrading your FLAC collection to FLAC 1.3.1

Music enthusiasts and audiophiles generally view lossy compression as evil. Depending on how it’s done, it can significantly alter the music itself, introducing imperfections and destroying subtle cues. In a world where storage and processing are getting increasingly cheap, the … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: FiiO X1 Portable High Resolution Music Player

I would bet that the latest posts about the Sandisk 128Gb microSDXC card might have got some people thinking – who on Earth would need a 128Gb card, at such a price premium? Well, as it turns out, I decided … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 2: Sydney Trains DVA Collection)

In the last part, I decided to design and build myself an audio induction loop receiver. Part of this was just out of pure curiosity as to what sort of signals exist in the electromagnetic spectrum at audio frequencies, but … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 1)

In daily life, you might have come across signs like this, with a picture of an ear, and the letter T on them. Maybe you didn’t think any more about them, as an average person with perfectly good hearing – … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL Limited Edition Professional Monitor Headphones

When it comes to audio, I have an unashamed preference for Audio-Technica products. While some people criticize their sound signature as being overly analytic and cold (as opposed to warm), I find them generally nice to listen to. There’s no … Continue reading

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Review: Sony MDR-10R “High-Res Audio” Headphones

I’ve been in a slight “headphone pickle” lately. My AudioTechnica ANC9’s have been in RMA for a long time (over a month), and my morning commute with canalphones has been causing my ears irritation over time. My A900’s at home … Continue reading

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