Δευτέρα, 3 Ιουνίου 2013

Silvercrest SKD 1000A3 casete converter presentation

This is a  cassette player and converter  that just passed  my hands and returned back to the shop  bought it Lidl at a price of 22.5 euros ....



As you know  Lidl chain of supermarkets  every week  they offer news series  of products that are recycled  every half a year. Same happens to this nice and tiny cassette converter . Hoping that this small gadget could fulfill my interests in converting several cassettes  I bought it with  the hope that it could fulfill my interests : including a internal memory so that  recording  could be off computer . It was  a specification  not noticed in the box , so it was  the only reason  i boght to check into the users guide

Anyway i made a  very short check  very carefully  without opening any plastic paking in case i cold return it back.





Just opening its box the  follweing items were included:
A guide (easily unpacked from its wraper )  , the player , a USB cable , earphones  two batteries and a CD called Audiolava  that  is the  real time  converter
Unfortunately  no information was available for  internal  memory ! that means the  converter can only  convert on trhe fly with  computer via the USB ... Gosh  , it was  not my intention ... so is the reason to return it back...



The casete player can be easily removed from its foam wrapper  by carefully detaching the scotch tape





This is the picture of the  player with the cover closed .....






and  here witrh the cover open!




and here with a  tape for minimal test


Here are all the playback control buttons . ON top are the  direction button , playback , FF (fast forward), REW  rewind , the playback button and the  stop button

and aboveare the controls  for volume , USB   earphone and eject


and here is  how compares with  my Aiwa  tape player


For the sake of the  review i did a  very short  audio test by installing  two batteries from my collection and  used a company tape  (original commercial  recording  )

The SKD  required  at least two times press PLAY  so that it can start play . Otherwise ti seemed  as 'dead'!

Sound: sound is great ! (used  the Sennheiser  earphones  for the best possible audio ) and compares with the also great audio  from Aiwa with little more higher tones.

As Aiwa is quite old (13 years after  the purchase) that possibly means that the  speed is somehow  slower than the nominal. Checking the  speed pf Silvercrest over Aiwa , foe at about one 'hash' over (Mi note shifts  to Fa  in silvercrest )

While changing  direction on Silvercrest and  changing tape,  the direction  remains the same . That means  if the   tape is played in the  reverse (the B side  while the normal side is in A )and you change the tape  , the  tape is played on the reverse  side !

Maximum volume is relatively  low. compared  to Aiwa's  at least 25 db !  Its sound is still comfortable  with the Sennheiser   earphones

If  the player  had an internal  memory  i could keep it . Otherwise  it is very good  though with relativity  low though  sufficient volume.











Πέμπτη, 9 Μαΐου 2013

silvercrest earphones!!

Silvercrest earphones







 This is my latest  catch of earphones  found  and bought from Lidl several weeks ago The cost  was relatively low at €5
For this  price you get in a  plastic package





The earphones with put in buds plus  1,2 m of cable length
Two spare plastic ear sockets , a fat set and a thin set
A nice bag  for storing  your  buds
And a product guide  of ca 50 pages in several languages including English Greek and Magyar   (quite uncommon for models  of this type !)




And 3 years of guarantee !!!

Now about their efficiency, that depends on how stiff  you put  the buds into your ears  (for less or more bass)

Checking with  Sandisk earphones , their sound is  very low , close to 4-5 db and are more trebly
Same occurs with other bud type  earphones as AKG 909 etc

But to my surprise using it with Sennheiser HD417 http://gadgets-zliangas.blogspot.gr/2012/10/sennheiser-hd417-headphones.html
Their sound seems  very good very close to 417 with the same bandwidth , same bass excpt the middle tones which are  higher !!  (comparison between 417 and other buds yelds to same middle tone difference )

So verdict : 2/5 for their low audio output\
   4/5  for their fidelity