Sunday, 3 October 2021

REVIEW: ShuOne HSA-652 USB Condenser Microphone

The ShuOne HSA-652 USB Condenser Microphone is one of the most affordable Condenser microphones on the market, and it's portable. This microphone was originally mentioned in the video; "Your Zoom Sound Sucks!" at

Your Zoom Sound Sucks! - Sounding Better on Video Conferences

For the last 18 months, many of us have been diligently working away at home on our laptops, and the only interaction with our colleagues has been via Zoom, Teams, Meet or any of the other Video Conferencing software out there. But there is one big problem with this, and that's actually trying to work out what everyone is saying! In this video, i'll give you some options to improve your sound!

John Lewis & Partners Octave - 2021 Update - WATCH THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!

 Back in January 2020, I did a review of the John Lewis Octave Internet Radio ( Since then, John Lewis have changed some of the functionality on this radio which now makes some of the review redundant. If you're considering buying this Internet Radio PLEASE WATCH THIS FIRST!

REVIEW: Majority Peterhouse Internet WiFi Radio, Dual Alarm Clock, Stereo Speaker System

 The Majority Peterhouse is one of the lower priced Internet Radios on the Majority roster, and the slightly larger sibling of the Oakcastle IR100 which I reviewed earlier in the year. So which one is better? Watch and find out!

N.B. At one point in the video I play a few seconds of a track by the band Air, I got a Copyright Claim on this, so had to mute the sound on this part. Review of the Oakcastle IR100 is here;

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

REVIEW: Oakcastle IR100 Internet Radio/WLAN Radio with Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, USB, uPnP

 The IR100 is an Internet Radio released on the Majority sub-brand, Oakcastle. But how does this stack up with its bigger siblings? Watch and find out!

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Lockdown Quickfix: Can I Make My Own Smart Furniture?

In what could be (hopefully) the last in my "things to do in lockdown" series, I investigate whether the latest craze in "Smart Furniture" can be replicated by utilising a cheap 20 year old cabinet I bought from IKEA.


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

REVIEW: Roberts RS1 Wireless Multi-Room Adaptor with Internet, Music Player and Spotify Connect

The Roberts RS1 is a strange little thing in its unassuming white, plastic case... But couple it to any set of powered speakers or amplifier and you have an Internet Radio which will stream stations and podcasts from around the world. Will you find a place for it in your audio life?


Monday, 11 January 2021

DELL XPS 9560 - The Perfect Linux Laptop? (4 Years On...)

 In 2018, I uploaded the final episode in my four part series on running Linux on the Dell XPS 9560 laptop. Now that we're in 2020, it's almost four years since I bought it, I thought I'd do an update so you can see what the pros and cons have been during this time...


Friday, 8 January 2021

The New Generation of Rechargeable Consumer Batteries

Consumers like you and I have had access to rechargeable batteries for around 30 years. First with Nickel Cadmium and then Nickel Metal Hydride, but do we have a new generation of rechargeable batteries coming to shop near you? This video investigates how rechargeable Lithium-Ion AA and AAA batteries could be coming to a store near you soon!