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theCD player without beeping beep?!

Does anybody make a portable, personal CD player that doesn't have the annoying beep every time you skip a song or push a button? [more inside]
posted by wsg on Aug 16, 2005 - 8 answers

Electronics workbench recommendations?

Recommendations for what I should have on my electronics workbench? [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Aug 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Can my monitor be fixed?

Is my broken monitor fixable? It displays everything very bright and washed out, and sometimes clicks itself off (with the image disappearing to a tiny dot in the middle) when displaying something white. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Aug 5, 2005 - 3 answers

How can I keep lightning from destroying my stuff?

I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Jul 26, 2005 - 18 answers

48 or 12 Volts for my condenser mic?

MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2005 - 2 answers

Why does my stereo screech at certain pitches?

I recently moved my stereo to a new location. After I reassembled it, it started making screeching noises whenever a certain pitch is hit. [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 25, 2005 - 11 answers, shit

So, I might've broken my mp3 player. Can anyone recommend a good glue for use on a circuit board? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Jul 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Using fuses to protect loudspeakers?

How can I use in-line fuses to protect the drivers in my studio monitors? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk on Jul 8, 2005 - 8 answers

My wiring frightens and confuses me

My boyfriend and I live in a flat built in the '20s. We have reason to suspect that the outlets provide inconsistent amount of electrical current. Is there something we need to get for our computers to protect them? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jul 7, 2005 - 16 answers

Where can I get electronic parts in NYC?

ElectronicsHobbyistinNYCFilter: Where in New York City can someone get electronic components (resistors, capacitors, basic logic chips, common connectors, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Jun 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Any suggestions on a soft case for my MP3 player?

I'm looking for a soft case to carry my MP3 player around in. I'm obviously open to any suggestions. No, I don't own an iPod. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 23, 2005 - 4 answers

9 pin serial mouse question

"There's a 9 pin serial mouse cable. I have orange, blue, green and white wires. Which is ground?"
posted by nthdegx on Jun 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Cargo Cult Time

Please help me identify two bits of odd electronics which have made their way into my hands. [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on Jun 3, 2005 - 15 answers

Choosing a multimeter

I'm ready to make the plunge into electronics repair/circuit building but I'm wondering what I should look for in a multimeter and electronics tool kit? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on May 28, 2005 - 18 answers

Product Releases

I am looking for a resource, preferably web based, that will give me release dates for new electronics and software. I have been able to find websites that give that information for Books, CD's and DVD's but nothing for software and electronics.
posted by tirebouchon on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a really good wire stripper.

I'm looking for a really good pair of wire strippers. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on May 7, 2005 - 8 answers

Fave iPod accessories?

What are your favorite iPod accessories? (More specific Q inisde) [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 7, 2005 - 9 answers

cheap synth module for rock

I'm in a band. Two guitars, bass, drums. We're looking at maybe throwing in touches of synth -- touches of atmosphere, maybe an occaisional lead line. I have a keyboard/controller (an M-Audio Oxygen8), so I'm just looking for advice vis-a-vis a cheap-but-usable synth module. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 3, 2005 - 6 answers

What is the name of this audio effect?

I'm looking for a device that processes an audio signal by sweeping the center frequency of a bandpass filter back and forth across a frequency range. What is this effect called, and what sort of effects processor might provide it? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on May 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Digital Shutter lag is driving me crazy!

Does anyone know which digital cameras either have the least (or no) shutter lag or some kind of audible feedback to let you know the picture's been taken? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Apr 24, 2005 - 17 answers

What should I do with these LEDs?

After a trip to BestHongKong, I find myself with 1000 5mm red LEDs. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Neon on Apr 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter

I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2005 - 8 answers

Measuring temperature from heater?

Where can I find a thermometer which will accurately measure infrared heat in 10 seconds or so, and reads in the 300-1000 degrees Fahrenheit? [more inside]
posted by daver on Mar 25, 2005 - 10 answers

More turntable trouble:

What's the best way to keep a record player from skipping? [MI] [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Mar 22, 2005 - 17 answers

How to get a light buld to light momentarily.

I want to turn on a 60 watt light bulb when I press down on a switch. I bought a RadioShack Momentary Pushbutton Switch. Can I splice a an extension cord, and use this switch? It is rated at 3A at 125VAC, 1.5A at 250VAC. Dangerous? Wrong switch? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt on Mar 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Are product tester promotions a scam?

Has anyone signed up for one of these sketchy-looking "get free stuff for being a product tester" sites? (example.) What disaster, if any, has befallen you? What expensive personal electronic devices, if any, have you received for "free"?
posted by Tubes on Mar 10, 2005 - 10 answers

Trippy Filter: Costume for Burningman

I've got an idea for a costume for Burningman, but I'm going to need a bit of electrical help to figure it out. I want to use A set of LED's like these connected to cheap hobby quality fiber optic cable ala This sort of chintzy stuff. [more inside]
posted by Freen on Mar 10, 2005 - 16 answers

Silly ten foot headphone cords!

I have a pair of headphones that I like, but the cord on them is ten feet long. As it is I have to wrap them up with an elastic band. Is there a way to cut the cord, remove a bit of the wire, and put it back together? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 9, 2005 - 22 answers

Too good to be true?

On eBay sometimes they list products as extremely cheap because you are paying for "information" to get free products (e.g. a laptop or ipod for 5 cents). Are these things ever legit? [more inside]
posted by mowglisambo on Mar 4, 2005 - 13 answers

free gifts - scam or for real?

Browsing on ebay I have noticed many ads for ipods and other electronics either for free or for about $40. Can they be for real? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Feb 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Do I need the extended warranty on a Sharp LCD HD 37" t.v.?

Extended warranty-filter on a Sharp LCD HD 37" t.v., do I really need it? Any experiences with repairs/cost on this or similar t.v.s?
posted by 6:1 on Feb 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Which manufacturers make well-built home theater equipment at a reasonable price?

Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker on Feb 4, 2005 - 23 answers

Surge protectors and line conditioners in the mid-line?

I just purchased a Mitsubishi WD-52525 DLP HDTV and the manual suggest that some problems might occur if a surge protector and AC line conditioner are not used. Any recommendations on satisfactory surge protectors and line conditioners (something in the mid-price range)? Also, could someone explain how a line conditioner works and why it is necessary?
posted by sharksandwich on Feb 1, 2005 - 10 answers

Strange Electrical Happening with My Car and Two Car Stereos

Apologies for CarFilter, however: some weeks ago my car stereo began behaving badly before finally dying. [mi] [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Jan 29, 2005 - 5 answers

I need a DVD player that can work on two different voltages - US and UK.

DC-powered DVD players? I'm living in a country where the AC power is 220 volts, but will be returning to the US, where AC is 110. I want to buy a DVD player that I can use here and at home. [MI] [more inside]
posted by squirrel on Jan 20, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I keep my electronic gear cool in my car?

DoesThisExistFilter: I’m looking for something to keep my electronic gear cool in the car this summer. More inside. [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jan 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Do DVDs come in bad batches?

DVD Troubles: For Christmas I received a DVD box set of an 80's tv miniseries that I loved as a young teenager. The second and third two-sided DVDs showed as "bad" in my DVD player. With much sadness, I packed it up and returned the item to Amazon, requesting an exchange.

Today I received the replacement set. I eagerly popped the second DVD into the DVD player so I could finish my miniseries marathon. But it is yet again showing as "bad." I tried this DVD in two players (one cheap, one midlevel), both with the same result. There are no hairs, scratches, fingerprints, or dust. So what is going on, and what should I do?
posted by xyzzy on Jan 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Disadvantages of using a 220V converter for 110V electronics?

Voltage query: What are the disadvantages of regularly using electronics made for 110V using a step down voltage transformer in a 220V - 240V country?
posted by riffola on Jan 11, 2005 - 14 answers

Can I recover damages after a power surge?

power surge damage: last night something went wacko on my neighborhood power grid, and stuff started popping and blowing up and burning (in 6-8 other houses as well). We shut off all of the breakers as quick as we could, but when we woke up this morning lots of stuff was destroyed. Will anyone pay for the damage? [MI] [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Jan 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Where to go to learn how to build electronic circuits, gates, etc.?

Do Radio Shack's "50 in 1" electronic kits really teach EE skills? I'd like to be able to understand and build circuits, gates, etc. Experiences? Recommendations?
posted by skallas on Dec 27, 2004 - 20 answers

My PS2 is having intermittent trouble reading disks.

Speaking of dying Sony products, my PS2 has issues. [+] [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Dec 22, 2004 - 17 answers

Boosting FM transmitter signal

I need to boost the range of a FM transmitter from CCrane. Folks on Amazon suggest... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jwells on Dec 13, 2004 - 3 answers

Need either 240V only or bicurious with 110V CD Clock Radio in NYC or online.

Global citizen looking for either 240V only or bicurious with 110V CD Clock Radio in NYC or via online sites. O' Wise Ask MeFi, where do I find the perfect alarm clock to wake up with when in Bombay? I'm not yet desperate enough to make exceptions for 110V clocks in drag using a voltage convertor. [more inside]
posted by riffola on Dec 8, 2004 - 5 answers

Robot Costume

My little boy wants to be a robot for Halloween, and I'd like to include a 60's style bank of randomly blinking lights on his robot chest. Cardboard and spraypaint I know and can work with; electronics, not so much. Is there a fairly easy and cheap way to do such a thing? [more inside]
posted by crumbly on Oct 26, 2004 - 8 answers

Can I revive my cell phone after washing it by mistake?

We just ran my cell phone through the washing machine, accidentally, of course. Is there any hope of reviving it? How?
posted by pjhagop on Oct 24, 2004 - 11 answers

Need to Replace Computer Power Supply Manufactured by C&C Tech Co Ltd.

ElectronicsFilter : I've got a knackered power supply in my hands. I need to replace it, but I'm having a hell of a time. Any help would be appriciated. [MI] [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Oct 13, 2004 - 0 answers

How to find a skipless CD player for my car?

My car CD player (a Sony unit, probably about 6 years old) pretty much stutters/skips every CD I put in it, usually 5-10 minutes into the disk. Should I replace it, or try those lens cleaner thingies? Also, if I go to replace it, what's the metric in CD players' model specs that will tell me how well the lens will handle light scratches and/or burned CDs? I guess I could just get a really expensive one, but the only feature I really care about is that it doesn't skip.
posted by luser on Sep 14, 2004 - 7 answers

I'm looking at the JVC EX-A1, and want a NAD or a TEAC system. What direction should I take for a quality compact stereo system?

Looking at the JVC EX-A1, and really wanting a NAD or a TEAC system, what direction could be taken for a quality compact stereo system?
posted by four panels on Sep 1, 2004 - 1 answer

Recommend a book that will help me make simple electronics?

I want to learn how to make simple electronics, like LED controllers that I can hook up to a serial port. Can anyone recommend a book to get started with? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by krunk on Aug 29, 2004 - 13 answers

What camera or gadget can I get for $400?

My parents recently gave me $400 as a present, with the express condition that I use it to buy something (which means I can't save or invest it). Originally, they were going to get me an iPod, but I already have one. I'm thinking about a digital camera, so my question is: Does anyone have any suggestions for a good camera, or perhaps some other neat electronic gadget, in this price range?
posted by thewittyname on Aug 16, 2004 - 19 answers

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