Posts Tagged ‘USB’

Car stereo for use as public-address radio source

22/10/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this in a Facebook post and I was thinking to myself that this is a great idea. Car stereos are built to withstand heat ( have you been inside a car when it has been in the hot sun?) and these things are also generally small in size. They pack a stereo radio (needs a 75 ohm co-axial connection) and a CD player and sometimes, in some models, a USB port is available so that you can play off USB. All you require is a 230V to 13.8v step-down transformer and you are in business. Something useful for me to do if I ever do PA installs.


Connecting up your DJ controller to the new MacBook Pro

24/08/2017 Leave a comment

I can see it now. DJs will soon be buying over the newer MacBook Pro laptops and those new MacBooks do not have your standard run-of-the-mill USB ports in them no more. Zero, zilch, nada. What those Macs do have is the new USB 3 Type C. So how are you going to hook up your controllers or Rane SL boxes to your Macs? Simple. Use this converter above. This converts it from one format of YSB to another. They are not cheap, if you get the better-made ones, and those are the ones I recommend. You do not want your set to get an issue halfway when you are in the middle of a banging set. So spend a bit of money, get a quality USB converter. I think I may need to buy one to keep…just in case.

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Xiaomi USB light-stick

28/07/2017 Leave a comment

When I bought my Xiaomi Redmi 2, I also bought a 16000 mAH Xiaomi battery bank. That battery bank came with a “free gift”…this Xiaomi USB light stick. The reason I label it “free gift” is because it was bundled together with the battery and I could not order the battery without it. But then again, after a while, I came to realise how useful this thing is. For low light situations, like when I DJ and such, it is an invaluable tool. When I am in dark places, just fastening this light in my battery bank and use it like a torch. It gives a brilliant light with its ultra-bright LEDs in it and it just works. So it was not such a bad bundle after all.

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Edirol UA-1X USB Cable Audio Interface

11/03/2017 Leave a comment

I have a Behringer UCA-202 USB audio interface and I have used it for many applications like converting my old vinyl records into MP3s, recording live performances and the list goes on. I had only just discovered last week, a product very much like my Behringer that can do the same. It practically looks the same as well. Edirol is a subsidiary of the Roland Corporation and I am pretty sure that this is a product that can be trusted.Like the Behringer, the UA-1X also has an S/PDIF optical output to send digital signals to digital destinations and a headphone jack for direct monitoring of your computer audio & input signals.

Interesting bit of equipment and I am glad that I came across it. Unfortunately, this Edirol UA-1X has been discontinued.

TP-Link TL-WA820RE USB Wi-Fi Range Extender

15/02/2017 1 comment

I bought this TP-Link TL-WA820RE USB Wi-Fi Range Extender online four days ago when I saw it being advertised. The actual price was apparently $30 but I got it for about $20. I tried it out when I received it today and I must say that it works very well. The instructions included are very easy to follow and setting up was a breeze. I have always had a pretty high regard for TP-Link products and this will serve me well, I think, in my mum’s place, where the wifi signal is pretty weak.

Battery for Polycom remote control

18/07/2016 Leave a comment

I was at a client’s place about a week ago, trying to connect up a Polycom RealPresence 500 when I came across the remote control that had a flat battery. The RealPresence group is shown above and as you can see the remote control is very slim. The battery has a very unique charging system, and very innovative. All you have to do is to unplug it and when the battery is removed from the remote, you can see that it “interfaces” with the remote via a USB connection. What you do after that is simply to plug the battery into a USB charger like so:

My only gripe is that it took some time to charge this battery, beside the charger being a fast charger. But charged in the end it was and I was able to do my work. I must say that this idea of a removable battery is a brilliant idea. Why aren’t other manufacturers doing this?

VGA to HDMI converter

08/06/2016 Leave a comment

Lots of people have notebooks that have a VGA port, especially the older notebooks. But what happens when you need a HDMI port? I came across this VGA to HDMI converter. Looks like it is something I need to get because my notebook has no HDMI ports. You can see that it has a USB plug on it. This serves to power the device as it is not a passive converter. Looks like this is gonna go on my shopping list

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