[bct] Re: 2 reviews I made and other stuff!

  • From: "Riz" <rizstf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 11:31:10 -0000

Hello Christian, I am really looking forwards to your reviews. Welcome to the list and hope you find it as entertaining and informative as I do. This free view set top box for the TV. interests me, can you tell me anything else about it? How much is it and were does it come from?
From: Riz
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kristian Whawell" <kwhawell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 10:17 AM
Subject: [bct] 2 reviews I made and other stuff!

Hi all, I'd just like to say, that this is my first time on the list, I recorded 2 reviews, for blind cool tech, not sure if they will get posted up on the site, but I tried if nothing else, firstly I talked about the sonus 1XT talking digital radio, for those of us in the UK, you may already know about this, but for the rest of you, I'll talk about it breefley, digital radio by it's very nature has a visual side to it as well as the audio you get from the radio, a lot of textual information is given about the station you are listening to, by use of the built in screen, for us as VIPs, it's not exactly the most accessible medium to work with, however, Pure digital who make the sonus 1XT have changed most of that, they have introduced the sonus 1xt which is a self voicing radio, what I mean is, whenever an action is required such as using the station list, the radio will announce out loud what stations you select using the tuner dial, it also offers access to the menu system. there are 2 things which currently don't selfe voice, and that is the manual tune and quite a lot of the on screen information, how ever you can get some of the on air info by pressing and holding the info key, this spells out the info lettter by letter,

the other review I did talks about the LG MS283TD talking microwave which now sadly is discontinued, it is nearly the same as cobolt systems version, but at a heck of a lower price! what is more, is that a sighted person can use it propperly because it has the standard clock on it which the cobolt version doesn't have,

to darren about the bop it blast, I really enjoyed your review of this toy, I really think though that they could have added a bit more variation on the rhythms, I own a bop it extreem 2, and I love it! it's score goes up to 250, but you have a heck of a challenge getting there! you have 5 ways of interacting wih the bop it, extreem 2, you can bop it, twist it, pull it, flick it, and spin it, when you are nearly at the end of the game and it's going at a heck of a speed it's a great challenge!

anyway, I'd just like to say, that I will be doing some more reviews on technology I have here, especially some of the more interesting items like the radio that are not particularly well known outside the UK, my reasoning for this is to share with the rest of the world some of the great technology we have here, including a free view television box that gives us audio description, the box is made by netgem but has been specially adapted with some speech feedback and the ability to receive the audio description signals, for those programs that utilise them.

lastly, I'd just like to say that I enjoy the pod casts from all you people, they are entertaining, but at the same time they are very informative too! I am one of these creative types and own a yamaha tyros keyboard. when I listened to neil's christmas on the kurzweil podcast, I was amazed at the quality of the sounds that machine produces, I will hopefully try and demonstrate the tyros on a future review, that is when I get myself a decent recording facility, at the moment I either use my pc with CDEX, thanks to Riz for pointing that out, or I use an el-cheepo sony flat cassette deck who's quality is rather suspect! ok I do have 3 different APH 4 track cassette decks, a handy mark 1, a handi mark 2 and a 26+ year old desktop version a friend gave me a while back because she reckons it had seen better days, thing is, I've played with it constantly and it seems to be regaining it's ability to work propperly again.

anyway, I'm in the market for an I-river H340 as a recording station, does anyone have such an item and how do you rate it's recording ability? has anyone got rockbox installed on one yet? I've heard from a friend that rockbox will work on them but it's not fully fledged like the version for the H100 series of Iriver jukeboxes.

anyway, thanks everyone for providing such a cool website, and for the comunity spirit this list provides.


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