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New (and proposed) gadgets... [Jul. 11th, 2009|10:22 pm]
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New Gadget

Samsung LE530 32'' 1080p Television

Yeah baby, a new telly!

Samsung LE530 32" 1080p LCD - sex on a stand. We got an awesome deal with John Lewis for this telly - £399 including a 5 year warranty. We searched and searched, and couldn't find a deal as good as this.

Next up, Sky+HD... but only once they drop their £9.75/month HD subscription!!

In the process of getting everything wired up - knowing that the telly only has one SCART socket, having already bought a SCART switcher to accommodate this, and seeing that the signal loss through the switcher was quite harsh - we realised that our PS2 also serves as a fairly decent DVD player. With the PS2 going into the telly through phono sockets, the Wii through component, and the Sky+ box through SCART, it kinda occurred to us that we don't actually need a separate DVD player any more - so there's one less SCART socket needed. Our final device is a VCR, which we're keeping for historical reasons, and the ceiling high pile of VHS cassettes that we haven't replaced with DVD yet! So ultimately, we have a Sony DVD Player and a Sony VCR which are now effectively redundant.

Any takers? All reasonable offers considered. ;o)

Proposed Gadgets

Behringer Xenyx 802 MixerBehringer C-1 Condenser Microphone

A Behringer Xenyx 802 Mixer and 2 Behringer C-1 Condenser Microphones.

I've been podcasting for nearly 18 months now, and I've been using the same kit since I started. A laptop and a headset. I always thought that the quality from that headset was excellent, and I never had any complaint about the audio quality. That is until last week. I contributed some audio towards a promo for the Association of Music Podcasting. You can listen to it here. You can tell which part is me from a mile off, because my audio is so much brighter and... well... tinnier than everyone else's. With one exception, but his audio is pretty lo-fi anyway.

Anyhoo, it made me very much aware that if I'm going to take this podcasting lark seriously (and I am trying to) then I need to make a bit of effort in my production quality. I've had recommendations from a number of people on the mixer, and I've chosen the mics based on research and the reputation of Behringer. The reason for buying 2 mics? It would appear as though Caroline has attracted a following on The Bugcast, and she seems quite keen on co-hosting with me! :o)

I haven't bought these yet: I'm waiting on a quotation from one of my suppliers, to compare against a quotation I've had from an online dealer, before I make my decision who I'm going to buy from.

Supplier? Dealer? Sounds like a drug deal!!

[User Picture]From: lestat75
2009-07-13 07:06 am (UTC)

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yes, I picked up the Phillips 37" one from Makro last year.
Was reduced from £799 to £470.

I thought it was only a 720p but imagine my suprise when i found out that I'd nabbed a 1080p and with two HDMI and two Scart sockets.

Was very happy indeed.

Id actually gone with the intention of buying the Samsun 32" 720p but they had this at the same price.

Samsungs are a bloody good make only really bettered by the high end Sony's but I'm very happy with the Phillips.

I invested in a new surround sound system which included DVD player so that and the ps3 go in to the TV via HDMI
and the wii through the scarts.
Still got Sky normal through scart.
to be honest, not that bothered about upgrading given what we watch on their doesnt really justify the upgrade to HD.

But eventually I'll upgrade when HD becomes the true norm and the price drops to the same as what we currently pay.
then i'll probably put the surround sound system through the scart and sky thru HD given I can still upscale DVD's on the PS3
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