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R2Icon



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:37 am    Post subject: Wired for Sound. Reply with quote

Following a bit electronic trickery and wiring we can now have the I-player piped directly into our main Hi-Fi system. So this morning were having a party , just me, Alex the DJ, Hooby ( the dog), our upright hoover, and a cup of tea. Fab music on the BTOTDS this morning. And still an hour and a half to go! Smile Waiting in for builders.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Yes a good selection, by the looks of things. He obviously left the 10CC CD behind for Chris.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TotD Cool
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Schizoidman



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, looking at the playlist, there was some excellent music played on Alex Lester and Chris Evans' shows today, a good mix, from 60s (Move, Small Faces etc) to the present day. Not sure why Life Is A Minestrone had to be played twice though! Excellent song notwithstanding.

And I just love If He Should Ever Leave You by Sir Tom, from about four years ago. Even Ken played a couple of good songs, including Azerbaijan's excellent Euro entry. Perhaps things are looking up at last (mind you, there's always the inevitable ELO song).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Janice.....end of
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was rather hoping that someone would ask : Whats the magic box, Rachel? So that I could tell you. But even though no one is interested, Ill tell you anyway. Well here goes.. and its a good job that techno-genius Colin chap isnt around anymore because he would be gloating and have that , I told you so, look about him. Remember I said this would never happen. I was wrong ( again) ( write it down... Rachel was wrong... again)

We have bought a magic box for our TV called a Humax DTR Fox T2 or something like that it has transformed our television and radio viewing and listening experience. It is truly magic. In a nutshell its a HD Freeview+ TV Receiver/Recorder- a bit like a sky + box one imagines, it does all those things: like you can stop the world and go to make a cup of tea during live TV record several channels at the same time while watching something else, rewind and fast forward etc (cue Clarkson) BUT..and heres the biggy , if you plug in a little usb stick- wifi dongle thing, it can connect to the interweb via your Broadband Wifi, No Wires! Its magic! Then it has this thing called a TV Portal linked to the BBC i-player as well as some other internet TV services and Youtube. A couple of audio leads later and Bingo!!!, Alex on a proper HiFi in the afternoon, or morning, or evening, or any time you like actually.

The downside is, Hubby has taken to watching BBC daytime TV via the i-player in the early evenings Homes Under the Hammer! , Escape to the Country! , Its like hes practicing for retirement: hes already very good at it- doing nothing and watching the telly while pretending to have a bad back that is.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-ha! Like this one
http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=20016

"install in 30 seconds" Now you're talking my language (I bet it doesn't)

I did try one of those DAB/Stream internet radios just after Christmas and even my resident PC Wiz couldn't get it to connect so we just got our money back.

Bad back? What have you been doing to him, Rach? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly that, Ron but not those white boxes, if you have wifi , you just need one of these and no wires...

http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/search.asp?keyword=wifi+dongle

It all took about 15 minutes to unpack and set up - and it all just worked.... but I was only watching. Hubby is the techo-geek.

Bad back- I think it's a being really tall thing, Ron, and of course he has the heavy burden of having to put up with me- day-in day-out. Smile I don't know how he does it. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello everybody,
I would really recommend getting a smartphone, I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 which has the Iplayer installed, but it is freely available to download from the Play store on the phone for free.
I just plug it into my Ipod Dock or HiFi using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead (like a headphone socket at each end) and perfect sound with no hassle.
I also have the Tune In Radio app on my phone which lets you listen to millions of stations live across the world.
The app is free and so simple to use, either browse the categories or click on the search button, type in something e.g "60's music" and loads of stations come up.
If you like any stations just click on the heart and the station is saved onto your presets list for future listening.
Just checked and you can upgrade to the pro version for 61 pence which lets you record the station you are listening to.
It's also available on the Ipod Touch and Pad, which will slot into a dock with no wires.
Here's a vid to show it running.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul0BvzWbIMM&feature=related
PS Tune In Radio runs using your router or your 3g connection.
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
....its a good job that techno-genius Colin chap isnt around anymore because he would be gloating and have that , I told you so, look about him. Remember I said this would never happen. I was wrong ( again) ( write it down... Rachel was wrong... again)


My ears must have been burning, Rachel! Smile

By the way, I use an Apple TV interface to link everything together. Don't mess about with 3.5" jack connections - they're inferior to WiFi connectivity and you have much less control. TuneIn Radio (the paid-for version) is a great app, too. Love it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
My ears must have been burning, Rachel! Smile



It gets worse, Colin. I have a one of "those" phones .... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
ColinB wrote:
My ears must have been burning, Rachel! Smile



It gets worse, Colin. I have a one of "those" phones .... Smile


See......progress gets us all eventually! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might be the right place for me to mention a gadget that I have bought and now find completely indispensable..... a fantastic bit of kit.
It's called a USB FM transmitter.
Basically, it's a small USB dongle that you plug into your PC and it transmits any sound that your PC is making as a low-power FM broadcast.
It means I can tune any FM radio in the house to the PC and listen to a 'listen again' broadcast.
It means I can listen to any DAB broadcast, such as 6Music or the cricket commentary on any old FM radio in the area.
I can use my PC as a jukebox, and listen to anything from my music collection in iTunes on any of my FM radios.
The really great thing is that all the FM radios are in synch with one another... great if you're moving from room to room, parties, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
R2Icon wrote:
ColinB wrote:
My ears must have been burning, Rachel! Smile



It gets worse, Colin. I have a one of "those" phones .... Smile


See......progress gets us all eventually! Smile


Progress is my middle name, Colin. Well one of them. Smile I'll be in London later this month:- looking forward to using the sat nav on my phone, to navigate my way along the South Bank.

I like the sound of that gadget Uncle Buck.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R2Icon wrote:
ColinB wrote:
R2Icon wrote:
ColinB wrote:
My ears must have been burning, Rachel! Smile



It gets worse, Colin. I have a one of "those" phones .... Smile


See......progress gets us all eventually! Smile


Progress is my middle name, Colin. Well one of them. Smile I'll be in London later this month:- looking forward to using the sat nav on my phone, to navigate my way along the South Bank.

I like the sound of that gadget Uncle Buck.


Sat Nav around London? Laughing Look at a Map first too, as those sometimes take you down the wrong streets.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with USB FM transmitters is that they use very low power (they have to - otherwise we could all start our very own radio stations!) and as such they suffer from squelch when the received signal strength drops. That said, they're ideal in the car in that you can send a signal from your mobile/ipod/portable wind-up gramophone to your FM radio.

It's similar to the Belkin iTrip which plugs into the bottom of an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and sends its output to the car radio. Again, it can often be a bit squelchy but perhaps the better option to most of the rubbish that's on national and local radio for much of the day.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of techology: has/did anyone notice(d) that the scrolling text on DAB this morning was stuck on a scrolling "Alex Lester" over and over. Even during Chris Evans. I love technology.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The USB transmitter I use has adjustable settings for 'gain' and 'power'. I can set it up to work very well for all areas of the house.
Again - I would recommend for anyone who does not want to invest in loads of DAB radios and uses iPlayer to be selective in their listening, as I increasingly do!
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