The Mighty Boom Ball

Fancy a speaker that enables you to share your music over a distance of 20m with little or no distortion?
How about a speaker than does that but only runs on 2 x AAA batteries?
If the answer is yes - how about a price point of only £15?
My son recently bought a mighty Boom Ball at the Gadget Show live to use in his bedroom to listen to music from his iPod shuffle.



The boom ball is a vibration speaker with a battery boost that attaches via a sticky pad to any surface. The kit contains a couple of spare pads, the boom ball and a battery booster pack (batteries not included).
The speaker does exactly what it says in the box and does turn any surface into a fairly decent speaker.

Verdict:

5_Star


I am extremely impressed with this little unit and think the sound quality is excellent particularly when used with a hollow tube (from an Easter egg).

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HD-PVR2

Updated 18th March 2013

I am not a huge gamer but I can see the attraction of recording your epic exploits and sharing them on YouTube.

The HD-PVR2 is a cheap and easy device for recording footage from XBOX360 of PS3. It does not explicitly say that the device is compatible with the Wii but with a clever bit of cabling I was able to record footage from the Wii.

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I have been using this device now for a week and have found it really simple to record real-time game footage from both the XBox and with a slight fudge from the Wii.

The quality of the recording from the HDMI input is fantastic and I have not noticed any discernible lag on the screen. If you are looking for an effective way to simply record your game footage then the HD-PVR2 is a smart device which does the job. The biggest selling point has to be the simple one-button record function.

This device can also be used to record from other composite or AV inputs such as from a DVD player of old-school video camera - although I must give the usual disclaimer about ensuring you own the copyright for any material recorded. I have found it also particularly good for recording from HDMI from the cable box whilst still maintaining a live picture on the screen.

In conclusion, this is a nice device which does the job cleanly and efficiently. It works well for both Windows and Mac versions of the software are available.


Technical details from Hauppage website

  • Record your Xbox®360 or PS3® game play in HD
  • Upload and share your games on YouTube with one click
  • Includes real-time passthrough, allowing you to play while you record
  • Includes all the cables you need to connect to your Xbox 360 or PS3

Record video game play in HD on your laptop or desktop PC
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records high definition video from a Sony® PlayStation®3 or Microsoft® Xbox® 360 onto your Windows laptop or desktop PC, in a high definition H.264 format. Make video recordings of your best game play in HD. Upload your favorite games to YouTube and share them with other gamers online. Or make a high definition movie of your game play to share with your friends or use it to discuss tactics with your clan members! You can also play your game play recordings back onto your PC screen or transfer them over your home network for playback on a PS3 or Xbox 360.
New! Now with HDMI and Component Video in plus no-delay HDMI video passthrough!
HD PVR 2 now comes with HDMI in and out to make it easier to connect to your Xbox 360 and your HD TV set. For the PS3, HD PVR 2 comes with a PS3 Component Video gaming cable plus uses HDMI out for no-delay passthrough to your HD TV set!
Amazing audio and video quality
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records using amazing H.264 compression at HD resolutions up to 1080p30. HD PVR 2’s H.264 recording format is used by Blu-ray disks and exceeds other compression standards in video quality, providing a crisp image with amazing digital sound. And H.264 uses 1/3 the disk space compared with the popular MPEG-2 format.
Watch recordings of your best game play on your PC monitor or HD TV set
Once your recordings are on your PC hard disk, you can play them back directly on your computer screen using the included ArcSoft ShowBiz application. You can also transfer the recordings over your home network to your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or other high definition media player.
Play while you record with our no-delay HDMI video passthrough!
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with real-time video pass through, so you can watch your game play on your HD TV while recording your game on your PCs disk drive. Simply connect HD PVR 2 in between your game console and your HD TV set (HDMI in and out plus Component Video cables included).
Upload your best games to YouTube and share with your friends
HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition comes with a one click upload to YouTube. Make HD recordings of your game play and upload your best videos to YouTube. HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition records videos in HD using H.264, which is perfect for YouTube.

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Prosumer Microphones

I recently had to buy new microphones for work.


AKG D5

audio-technica PRO61

audio-technica PRO41




I was very impressed with the quality of all three microphones but the AKG D5 stood out as the highest quality for both speech and singing.

If you are on a budget the PRO41 will more than do.
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