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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Electronics filter: Need to build something that'll light up different LEDs via radio frequency. Must be compact and battery powered. My electronics-fu is pretty good, but I'm not sure it's this good... [mi] [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Aug 9, 2004 -
I'm interested in learning electronics/electronics repair in my spare time and was wondering if there are any good resources someone could recommend (books, kits, etc.)?
posted by drezdn
on Jul 18, 2004 -
When I got home from work yesterday, my computer speakers were making an incredibly
horrible noise. When I unplugged them, the transformer was hot to the touch. There were storms in the area yesterday, although the surge protector plugged into the same outlet wasn't tripped and nothing else in the house seems to have been damaged. (The speakers were plugged directly into the wall, not the surge protector, because I had run out of room.)
So my question: would it be dangerous to plug them back in tonight and see if they're a lost cause? Should I just buy some new speakers and be done with it? (The speakers were expensive, but about 6 years old.)
posted by JoanArkham
on Jun 23, 2004 -
I recall an application for the Treo 600 phone which allowed me to dump pictures from my phone directly to my Mac bypassing the built in route which only allows you to transfer images by emailing them. I think I saw it on Gizmodo or Boing Boing a while back, but can't find it now when I search. Anyone know what the name of this Palm application is?
posted by sharksandwich
on Jun 10, 2004 -
I'm going to be getting a new tv soon, and I'm having trouble making a
decision. I can get the last generation Samsung 50" DLP (HLN5065W) for
$3 500 CND (about $2 600 USD) or the new model, the HLP5063W for $5 000
CDN (about $3 465 USD). Do you know anything about these T.V.'s? Which
would you recommend? I'm having a hard time finding reviews for the
newer model, I'm not sure it's out yet. Anyway, any help would be
posted by Evstar
on May 2, 2004 -
How do microchips work?
I understand it at a very basic level. I know that when you apply current to a semiconductor, it becomes conductive, and that this closes the gate in a transistor. By opening or closing the right gates, you're able to do basic counting and logical operations.
Here though, my conceptual model totally falls apart. Because try as I might, I can't get my head around exactly what it is that controls the current going to the semiconductor in the gate in the first place. How does the microprocessor know to open or close a particular gate? It seems like if it already knew to open or close a gate, then the operation has already been done. It's like you'd need another microprocessor controlling the current within the first microprocessor, and so an and so on back to some omniscient prime mover.
posted by willnot
on Apr 12, 2004 -
$200 falls into your lap. You can only spend it on something cool for yourself. Perhaps something electronic. Your picks?
posted by mecran01
on Mar 31, 2004 -
This one has been bugging me for a while. Why can I spend around $300 and easily find LCD computer monitors
that can handle 1280x1024 resolution, but even if you spend thousands upon thousands on a LCD Television
, you can only get 1280x768 max resolution? The 768 vertical pixel limit seems to make 1080i HDTV impossible on these new TVs, only allowing 720 and 480. Why the discrepancy?
posted by mathowie
on Mar 29, 2004 -
Carpets in new home are producing tremendous amounts of static and lots of sparks. What are good solutions to reduce the static to protect computers and other electronic equipment? Ideally, the solution would reduce the static across the entire house, as trying to protect each piece of equipment with an anti-static mat or some such would quickly become cost prohibitive.
posted by rushmc
on Jan 31, 2004 -
Does anybody else here have really, really bad luck with quality for "big ticket" (say over $50) items from Costco? [more...] [more inside]
posted by vito90
on Jan 12, 2004 -
I am interested in gaining a more fundamental understanding of AV electronics, things like TVs, cameras, microphones. I use a lot of this kind of stuff from the front end but would like a better understanding of how they operate from the inside. I want to know how to wire, maintain and repair them. But where to begin... [more inside]
posted by piskycritter
on Dec 18, 2003 -
I have an old Pair of Zenith Allegro speakers (50-watt, 8-ohm) with pre-attached cables and RCA-style plugs (male) for connecting to the stereo. I'd like to use them with a more modern receiver (50-watt max, 8-ohm) that accepts straight wire from the stereo; should I just lop off the ends and wire them in, or is there a better method? Also, can I use them with a >50-watt stereo if I keep the volume down, or is that just bad?
posted by The Michael The
on Dec 17, 2003 -