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AV Rant #296: Bluetooth vs AirPlay

Welcome to the podcast that is sometimes not boring. This week, Tom discusses the quality of Bluetooth and Apple’s AirPlay. Feel free to correct him if his Google-fu let him down. A big thank you to listener Jason for his killer Mee Goreng recipe. It was yummy. Tom talks about Fannys and Wangs (the headphones). We honestly can’t believe neither of those words ended up in the title of this podcast. Over the Ear Wangs? Come on! Liz finds audiophiles like to mix reality and big bags of crazy. Welcome to upselling vibration dampening. GameDock and iCade prove to Tom that his theory that mobile devices will someday replace your computer is coming. Also, a prediction about Kickstarter and other such services. OUYA – a $100 game console based on Android that is completely open sourced. Sunfire’s HRSIW8 in-wall sub. Every one sold is proof positive that the Internet is too hard for some people. Thanks for listening. Check out our Facebook Page. Click here for our YouTube channel where you can see the recordings of our show videos. Download Tom’s FREE superhero-themed ebook Bob Moore: No Hero wherever ebooks are sold (or given away in this case). Visit Tom's website for download links as well as links for the two full-length followups - Bob Moore: Desperate Times and Bob Moore: Hostile Territory. Lastly, if you live in the Tampa Bay area and are interested in a mobile climbing wall, check out Fearless Mobile Climbing and meet Tom in person!

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  1. Mark
    July 26th, 2012 at 16:54 | #1

    Looks like Sunfire is another Bob Caver company. This guy really gets around; subs, small tube amps, big transistor amps. Personally I though the auto-correlator was his best product. For the time it made our limited quality source material sound better.

  2. Gary J McN
    August 8th, 2012 at 07:55 | #2

    I use a lot of Low end low priced Bluetooth products for wireless transmission of music and phones to amps at home and have had good success for what they are. Here are some to checkout
    + Aldi Supermarkets Fission Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver $29 AUD they gave an internal battery
    + Fusion Headphones $30 AUD at Officeworks pairs nicely with Ipads, Itouches and phones and can make calls cheap, OK sound and good for calls
    + Belkin I43 receiving unit $30 to $50 Officeworks good for getting wireless music to an older receiver
    + Creative Labs D50 Simple battery or mains powered speaker $50 good for Kids, a bathroom or shed (or check out their website for others in range) higher models allow multiple connects so a poor mans (like me) Sonus/Squeezebox

    I also like your pod on what bit rate and wondered if you have considered doing a price to quality rant on when higher rates matter amps, DACs and speakers.

    I have only just rediscovered your pods last time I was a listener you were just moving to Western Australia and dropped off the radar for a while.

  3. Gary J McN
    August 9th, 2012 at 19:16 | #3

    Oops sorry, it pays to re read your comment “thrice-ly” and keep your batteries powered on a wireless keyboard before you submit. The blue-tooth headphones at Officeworks ARE the brand “Laser” not Fusion.

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