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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Annoying Tech!

So here’s something that really annoys me about tech, out of date hardware! I hate when companies think that they can just churn out nice new facelifts for the same old crap and expect us to keep shelling out top dollar for it.
Take for instance the ASUS Xonar HADV Deluxe 1.3:

In my opinion, the best sound card available on the market today, and has been for about 3 years! Come on guys! Sound cards are a hidden market, and no-one seems to give a shit. The HDAV deluxe is a true behemoth of a discrete audio solution, powered by ASUS’s AV200 HD audio processor it outputs sound via HDMI 1.3 and supports full decoding/encoding of pretty much every single sound format you could ever wish to use!

It even comes with analogue connectors if you don’t like HDMI:

So here’s my issue, this card is 3 years old and nothing has swooped in to kick its ass yet. I mean, it runs on a PCI Express interface, but the AV200 processor is so old, it doesn’t support PCi express. So they have to throw in an extra PLX PEX8112 chip just to get it to work. Bumping up the price that we have to pay.

Not to mention that HDMI 1.3 is now oldddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!

Where’s my 1.4 sound card?

I Mean, it even comes with a ‘Splendid HD Video Processor’ a built in video enhancer, ON A SOUND CARD? I paid a lot of money for my 560 Ti, and I think it can handle video just fine without having the perfect 1080p signal molested by some shitty little chip glued to the back of a sound card. I mean, I bought a sound card, not a video processor. Why make me pay for something I will never use. I mean it contains a few nice features for up-scaling etc etc, but I just want a sound card.

I suppose you could argue that why bother changing on something pretty close to prefect, I mean, why reinvent the wheel right? But seriously, I think someone should get off their ass and get me a serious card rather than expecting me to pay through the teeth for something ancient.  

If you can look past all this however, the Deluxe comes with four Digital to Analogue converters for handling output and another single DAC for inputs. Also, for you true audiophiles out there, you can replace the OPAMPS for sound that suits your ears. So, despite being an aging pensioner, it does still, sound truly, amazing.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

HDMI Cables

So heres somthing you might not know!

I walked into PC world today, and as usual was hounded by the staff, desperately longing to take my hard earned money from me. Apparently, HDMI cables were on sale and i NEEDED one to get the best out of my television. Being a dedicated home cinema enthusiast, i decided to check the cables out... Up untill the point when I saw the price tag atleast.

£69.99 for a Cable? I think not. See, what people don't realise is, HDMI is a digital signal, not like the old analog scart singals. Therefore, everything is transmitted in a series of 0's and 1's. It makes NO difference if your cable is gold plated, or 99.9% oxygen free, or made by some posh brand and has 25 billion layers of shielding and a stamp to say its special.

They're all the same! so next time your out to buy a cable, dont just fall for the outrageous prices they charge you instore, i mean it might as well be extortion. Jsut go on eBay and buy one for a fiver!

Amazon Tablet

Amazon tablet!
Ao apparently theres a nw amazon tablet coming out in november?
i've had some hand on experience with a number of different tablets and apart from the whole e-ink thing, i cant see what this has got going for it over the ipad two and other tablets in the market.
although the suggested $250 price tag is rather inviting

Friday, 2 September 2011

Cool Fish

So i found some cool fish, i know, not really cool tech but cool nonetheless.
if you look to your right, you'll find some fish that rather enjoy stalking your mouse, and depending on your distraction levels, can be entertaining for up to a few hours.

1.2 Terabyte SSD!

So, bit of a computer geeek!

But DAYUM, is this thing epic.
1.2 freaking terabytes of storage on a pci SSD, obviously designed for enterprise storage hence the lovely £4000 price tag. But if your a real computer enthusiast and have a large wad of cash lying around, well then why the hell not?
Onboard sandforce processor and speeds of 1 GB a second!

New Blogger!

New to this whole fantamagorical world of blogging, but hopefully something useful may come of it!

haven't really and specifics on the jazz that i'll be spewing out here jsut anything and everything i think is cool ;)
stay tuned!