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Poster: BNRToast Date: Mar 21, 2021 4:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My“master“ Audience Tapes -

If there is reel or tape equipment being discarded don't forget to mention it in the Old Time Radio section. I guess most of the folks there do not wear tie-dye but otherwise the physical actions of the group are similar to the GD section.
OTR tape conversion action list
1. put on headphones. 2. Turn on A/D equipment. 3. Run tape. 4. Wake from nap. 5. Reminisce. Did I miss a step?

PS Monte, do you know why the smoke for a soldering iron always goes toward the eyes?

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Mar 21, 2021 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My“master“ Audience Tapes -

re: Step 2 & 3, turn on A/D gear, roll tape, and grandfather your audio gear into the 21st century

My old Sony VAIO laptop's high definition audio sounds particularly excellent. I had to buy a Maker Hart audio mixer. One mixer output feeds into my old stereo. A second mixer output feeds a Bose stereo amplified speaker system, filling the room nicely. All cables are 3.5mm connectors, easy peasy. This mixer has 5 inputs and 3 outputs. My VAIO audio, my TV audio, and my 64GB iPhone audio are mixer inputs. I use the mixer's headphone output, as my third output, to run my bluetooth radio transmitter for the whole system to go wireless. I paid $75 for my Maker Hart mixer about three years ago. Solved all my home audio interfacing problems, nags, and headaches. Incredibly valuable to me! Unless you wanna toss it all in the trash and buy near gear constantly.

three-minute demo video -

Maker Hart Loop Mixer web page, 5 x 3 audio mixer

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Poster: secfedjax Date: Apr 14, 2021 4:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My“master“ Audience Tapes -

Hi can anybody tell which theme is this website using:

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Mar 21, 2021 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My“master“ Audience Tapes -

What about Step 6, Tape Trading? 25 years ago tapers were trading B & P, blanks and postage. Now we're trading D & P, decks and postage.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Mar 21, 2021 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My “master“ bluetooth radio guide

OTR is a cool group. Lum Edwards cracked me up.
Can you guys get your grandkids to start a BTR group?

Don't you agree we need a Bluetooth Radio user group?

Come on, how do you guys listen to music outside of your home, outside of your car, and outside of your office? It's a simple question. This is THE most important musical consideration for me, outside of my home.

Several days ago I had to replace my portable bluetooth radio because the 3.5mm connector’s output was terribly intermittent. I had to deal with all this stuff, all over again. Here's what I wrote about this.

"There’s dozens, maybe hundreds, of portable bluetooth radios. It’s too much work to study all of them. We know Google's search and algorithms are rigged. I was played like a fool last time I shopped, five years ago. This time, I googled 'tiny bluetooth radio aptx'. I never searched 'tiny' before. And only then, for the first time, I found this 'old' model Kokkia 'IAdapter aptX Transceiver'.

Like other 'inexpensive' portable bluetooth radios in its class, Kokkia's specs are muddled, incomplete, and hyped. It leaves you guessing. Their web page says 'new release'. That means nothing when the specs on the web page are incomplete. My question was, is it bluetooth 4 and the older Qualcomm aptX chip, or is it bluetooth 5 and the newer Qualcomm aptX chip —

Radios with the newer chip come in a bigger package, appear to use more power, and a bigger battery. I wanted the smallest possible tiny radio package, and, I only need CD audio quality aptX mode. I don't need HD audio aptX or Low Latency aptX modes.

I searched IA's Wayback Machine for Kokkia's bluetooth radio web page, to find out, how old their iTransceiver’s 'new release' web page actually is? This tells me how old their product is. Can you believe this crap? Otherwise, it’s impossible to know. Thank you Internet Archive. Problem solved.

The Kokkia iTranceiver model appears to have come out in 2014. Perfect for me, my two old Nanos, my two iPhone 3 old smartphones, my home audio system, and my aptX portable speaker. My new radio transmits or receives. The price I just paid was $60. It arrived today and I just took it out of the box.

This radio was designed and built for Nano's and similar devices. When plugged into my Nano, the radio fits very close to it, very tiny footprint, very low profile. The 3.5mm connector is built into the radio, and it supports full remote control — volume up / down, pause / play, and next / previous track changes. It's a beautiful thing.
[Extremely important and necessary when listening to live Dead tapes or any live music, because often there's minutes of tape between songs. Changing tracks and pause-play are a MUST-have!]

My Kokkia iTransceiver's box has a certified aptX label on it, like you'd expect. And, only when you buy the radio, open the box, and read the manual, do you find out this radio's LED flashes in a certain way when it's running in aptX mode. So, when it’s connected and paired to my JLAB aptX earbuds, it flashes and indicates aptX. And I just verified that. Excellent sound, remote controls working. CD quality audio in my old bluetooth earbuds.

I like this configuration’s power distribution and efficiency. It works best with separate Nano power, radio power, and earbud power.

There's another Kokkia radio with aptX that is transmit only, and it connects to the Nano's dock connector. Very interesting. It's a more secure and tighter connector fit, but it uses the Nano's battery, and it's dedicated to the Nano's dock connector. Price was $50 when I looked around. —


The aptX codecs must match up correctly to achieve correct device interoperability. Here's the difference for aptX codecs in bluetooth 5, I believe. - I see this DSP chip runs at 80MHz. It has (no HD aptX) audio aptX and LL aptX only - I see this DSP chip runs at 120 MHz. It has audio aptX, HD audio aptX, and LL aptX

I'm a music loving, bluetooth using, "action figure" whose itty bitty tiny audio gear is hi-fi and lossless, but without a smartphone, and without ultra-expensive FiiO gear. The major bluetooth earbud battle space takes place on smartphones. These are gigantic, expensive devices that demand your time non-stop. Not for me. I think I'm the only person having these discussions, imo.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Mar 21, 2021 8:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My “master“ bluetooth radio guide

Some of your grandkids are zooming down your street on their electric skateboards, at 25 mph, and they're controlling speed and braking remotely with a bluetooth radio handheld joystick. - What happened to Marbel? They developed a twin motor board, the Marbel 2.0 They were zooming all over town around here.

Maybe instead, your grandkids are zooming down your street on their mountain bikes, at 25 mph, and they're shifting gears without cables, wirelessly - off their handle bar remote, using a bluetooth rear derailleur.

Meanwhile grandpa and grandma are riding new electric bicycles. e-bikes and electric bicycles are here, like ants, everywhere. We have a new electric bicycle store in town! Time for them to take a nap. I'm smoking a bowl.