and any other interested forum members.
One of the things I've recently noticed, although it seems obvious now, is that from time to time most of us are on the look out for new tech equipment to add to or enhance our respective entertainment systems.
Apart from my Covid-19 equipment binge of the recent past, I'm looking to either buy myself a new set of stereo speakers and or a stereo equalizer, even though I don't honestly need them (I'm getting that brain itch).
So guys, what have you recently bought or what are you looking to get and, if your willing to say, why?
There is only three things on my tech want (dream list).
1. OLED Television.
2. BK Subwoofer for my Home Cinema.
3. Dolby Atmos Surround system (ie soundbar and wireless sub) for the Living Room.
Unfortunately i am skint at the moment and will have to do what i have 😡.
May have to fork out for a new tablet, where my Amazon Fire TV tablet is starting to get a little sluggish 🐌.
I need a new Android tablet as well, my current version 5.1 can no longer cast to my chromecast device, playing my digital music, without crashing out (I think it's a deliberate plot by Google to keep the "churn" going.
As for a subwoofer, I'm getting that "brain" itch again (I want one but I
don't need it, and I can't really justify the purchase).
I hope to buy the least conscience bothering tech on my list first, i.e. a new tablet, then maybe the stereo equaliser, which doesn't bother me too much. But the new speakers and or subwoofer is going to cause mental gymnastics in my thinking processes in order to come up with "justifications".
Anyway forum member Schnapps, I wish you well with your future purchases and that your installations go smoothly.
In the meantime, I will start my search for a version 10 or above Android tablet.
@ukbobboy no major purchases planned. I satisfied one want during lockdown by buying some good quality Bluetooth headphones - another cord cut. Just about reached the point where connectivity issues have been solved and battery life is good enough for several hours use on a single charge.
Next little purchase planned is a pocket/portable projector so on balmy nights in the summer I can sit on the patio and watch cricket or a film.
@Simon-J I spent a long time looking and got it down to a choice between Sony wf1000xm3, Bose Soundsport Free and Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch. Went for the Cambridge Audio.
They had their issues at launch late last year which a firmware update in January sorted. Still have a slight problem with the touch controls being very sensitive but the sound quality is incredible, especially when paired with my Sony nw-a55l hi-res audio player.
@ukbobboy only just started to research and look so no specific models on the list yet. I had an original budget in mind but from what I'm reading, I'll need to double (or treble) it.
Yeah, a pocket projector sounds "Well Cool", I don't know about projectors per se but I take it those small projectors are wireless?
Let us know what models you are looking at, I'd be very interested to know (as I'm an ignoramus about such things).
So towards the end of last year I bought a Sony Bravia Android TV. Mainly for having the option to download VPN apps on it.
Turned out to be a cracking buy as I have been able to unlock other regions of Netflix and Disney+. It was also allowing me to create a US google account which I was able to download Peacock (US version of NOW), which has ALL episodes of Chicago One 😎
Apart from the TV I’m waiting patiently for more stock of the PlayStation as I would like to get the digital edition. Got savings sitting ready to splash on it.
@gavs82008 Then if you like PlayStation you will consider what I'm about to say to be heresy. I would like the new Xbox the X version, the one with the Blu-ray drive. In 2020. I brought a new LG TV supports AMD freesync which allows for up to 120 FPS output. Perfect for the new Xbox's
Although unfortunately though, I got caught out with the AV receiver that I brought a month or two after the TV as it turned out to be one of the ones that was affected by the HDMI 2.1 issue so that means I shall have to connect the new Xbox directly into the TV rather than connecting it to the AV receiver. If I ever manage to get that I've been looking for months and they have yet to be in stock
@Simon-J @Saint1976 are the headphones you brought in-ear or on-ear headphones? I don't like the fact that of Bluetooth earphones are now the in ear type. I prefer the old-fashioned style that go on/over your ears. I believe in-ear headphones are sometimes referred to as earbuds. just in case you're not sure what I mean.
When I last went to purchase some Bluetooth headphones I wanted to get some 'Bowers and Wilkins' Bluetooth headphones but when I saw the price I was soon dissuaded of that idea as they would have been overkill for what I want to use them for (they would have been close to the cost of an AV receiver 😲) so I went for a pair £45 Sony ones instead, which are a major improvement over my old ones considering they haven't snapped in half. They are also light and comfortable. I initially looked at Bowers and Wilkins because I knew they probably wouldn't snap in half this in the end couldn't justify the price. To be fair, it's my own fault I should never have brought cheap supermarket headphones, I won't ever be doing that again.
@commanda6 yes they're in ear headphones. There are pros and cons to both types but I've only ever had in ear headphones.
I'd love a set of Bowers and Wilkins but yeah, a small loan would be needed so no justification in spending that amount and given I wear my headphones for running, I'd be paranoid of damaging them at that price!
I know that most of you like them and, I must admit, I use them from time to time myself but ear-buds, c'mon now, those things were designed by some evil (humanity hating) genius, possibly specialising in sensory depravation.
As you guys can probably guess, I do love listening to music but to be cut off from the world while having my favourite tunes piped directly into my head, that is just all sorts of wrong.
While I do agree in "different strokes", but ear-buds just aren't it for me.
It's hot and I'm listening to some cool music with a likewise cool alcoholic beverage, yeah that the way.
PS. Summer Breeze
I'd like one single device that can access all streaming services that doesn't have noisey fans (games console) or cost the earth (apple tv) or require a third party account
(roku). There always seems to be one service that you'd need another device for. The standard nowtv stick is good value and I also use a chromecast but one device with a remote that can access them all would be good.
I think a newer firestick might do this but it's controlled by Amazon and they stalk you across the Internet enough as it is without giving them access to all your viewing habits.
I see where you're coming from but, yeah there'll always be a "but", what you're wishing for, i.e. One Ring To Rule Them All, sounds good but not practical because as long as you have multiple companies competing for the same "market space" you'll always have fragmentation.
Also, you complain about Amazon tracking users across the Internet, do you honestly think this "tracking" would stop if another one or two companies had the whole streaming TV market space? Tracking users viewing and searching habits is an economic gold mine worth millions to advertisers, no company in business to make money is going to let that go.
This is now the way it is, so get use to it and protect yourself the best way you can.
To follow up from what @ukbobboy mentioned, if you want to protect yourself on the internet then I would recommend getting a VPN.
Amazon fire sticks allow VPN apps to be installed, most Android TVs also allow VPN apps to be installed.
Personally I have a VPN, but not for protection, however for the wonderful grey area of unlocking Disney+ and Netflix regions outside the UK.
Yeah I've used VPNs before for Netflix but I'm not so bothered about tracking to use one all the time. I tend to avoid Google for casual browsing and searching and always reject cookies and hunt down the legitimate interest settings etc. I see people in work clicking ok every cookie pop up then complaining about adverts following them around the Internet.
The one device thing is just a minor annoyance too. For example I had britbox but there was no app for the Now stick so I couldn't watch it in another room without moving my chromecast.
One thing that annoys me is if I watch a movie from the Play Store, like an UV Digital copy or just a previous purchase on there they use that view to market other movies to you. You get because you watched... sections. That's a bit too stalky for my liking. You dont get that with disc movies but then you have to get up and put the disc in the player with them!
I think the cheapest solution is to have two devices like a chromecast and router but it's not a real big issue. I always have things to watch which ever room I'm in as I have access to a few streaming services. It's just in the past I've looked around for one that has all the major streaming services and there's always a but, always one like Apple TV not being on it. I'd quite like to watch the Ewan Mcgregor and Charlie Boorman Livewire bike trip series but that's about all I'd watch on Apple TV so I'd just drop in for a month. I still can watch it on my PS4 but that sounds like a jet engine this time of year.
The thing is, devices will always be personally preference.
For me outside my Sony Bravia Android TV, the Amazon fire stick is the device for me.
Can get BritBox, Apple TV, NOW, BT Sport, VPN apps, My5, Disney+, ITV hub, All4, iPlayer, Amazon (obviously).
It has even allowed me to get Paramount+ and Peacock TV, and for a brief period Hulu all US apps.
So whereas I know the Amazon Fire stick isn’t “missing” any apps for me it won’t be everyone’s cut of tea.
Plus you time it right during sales it’ll generally only cost you £20-£30 so definitely more cost effective than 2 devices.
You now guys
I agree with Amiga about the annoyance caused by Google, and the like, asking you to answer questions so that they can better track you. For example, my new android tablet just arrived, about an hour or so ago, and for most of the time I had to answer a plethora of questions before I could actually start using the thing.
And those "so-called" helpful questions are not really there for my benefit, it's all part of their data gathering mission.
Remember the time Google said that they accidentally gathered all the wi-fi details thoughout the UK by accident, an (unnamed) engineer had overstepped his authority. That was a lie, gathering wi-fi data was all part of their work plan simply because data can be monetised and Google knows how to do that.
Yeah, I like new IT kit as much as the next man but those infernal (tracking) questions that have to be filled in before the device will work is becoming too much.
It's the cross device tracking that really bugs me. I don't know how companies can be allowed to exist by monitoring people's Internet habits to such an extent that they can identify you no matter what device you are on. They will know its you on your work computer or your phone. That's the deeply stalky part of tech that doesn't get the publicity that cookies and trackers do.
If you read the cookie notices etc some list hundreds of companies that want to store cookies and there's usually 5-10 cross device tracking companies too.
They wonder by people use ad blockers, vpns pi-hole etc.
Anway I'll take my tin foil hat off now and watch the bike racing... which reminds me. I noticed a while back that Google had worked out I ride a motorcycle. On my timeline it listed where I had been and on what transport. Guess that's all the sensors in my and millions of other peoples phones letting them know our activities.