A Cheap Passive Subwoofer Amplifier

At around $30, the Lepai LP-168HA (buy from Amazon) is a cheap 2.1 amplifier that can function perfectly as a dedicated amp for a subwoofer. A friend of mine recently came across a pretty good set of speakers that seems to have come from a home theater in a…

Backwards Guitar Solo from Bluebird by Electric Light Orchestra

I recently acquired ELO's On The Third Day on vinyl, and have had some fun playing Bluebird backwards on my new turntable since it contains a backwards guitar solo. The following audio clip plays the solo as it is on the album and then plays it in reverse, so that…

A Good Carbon Fiber Brush to Clean Your Vinyl Before Each Play

The AudioQuest LP Anti Static Record Cleaner is a good carbon fiber brush to help remove loose dust and static from your LPs before each play. My apartment has been really dry and this has definitely helped with the static problems I've been having. The handle folds closed to protect…

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB, The Perfect Affordable Turntable

I've wanted a turntable for a while and recently my wife has been expressing some interest. I wanted something that wouldn't damage records, would need little to no maintenance, would sound good, would be easy for family members to use, and would be affordable. At the low price of $233…

The Butterfly Wallet, the Perfect Ultralight Wallet for Minimalists

Until I discovered the Butterfly Wallet, I carried the Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet. It's a fantastic wallet, but it can't really hold paper money. At home I always use my debit card, but I was traveling to Europe and needed to find something so I could carry Euros…

No Audio from OpenELEC on Intel NUC over HDMI to Receiver

The Problem I've really loved XBMC on the NUC I acquired several months back (see here). Until just a few weeks ago, it had been hooked up directly to my television via HDMI. I had not had a single problem with it until that point, which was when I purchased…