PSA: Spotting Counterfeit IC / Electronic Components

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When you are in the process of getting your product into mass production, the last thing on your mind is if parts being used are real or counterfeit.  Especially, relatively cheap commodity parts like a simple voltage regulator.   I’ve always heard to beware of parts from China as they are typically not the same quality, much lower quality or not even the same functionality as the original. (more…)


Posted at Apr 19th | no comments | Filed Under: DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods read on

Comparisons: Myro:Air vs. Arcam airDAC Airplay UPnP DAC / Streamer

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As of this post, there are only two Apple Certified AirPlay Streamers featuring high-quality DAC’s.  The Arcam airDAC and Myro:Air.  Both streamer/DAC combos are very capable but offer different features and components.  As far as streaming capabilities both offer AirPlay streaming and are compatible with devices (e.g. Windows & Android) that can stream content to UPnP DMR’s (Myro:Air has been tested with the following media types). (more…)


Posted at Apr 15th | no comments | Filed Under: Electronics, Home Automation, Home Theater read on

Dub-Box-USA: The Airstream Alternative

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I was flipping through this month’s issue of Men’s Journal and saw what looked like a VW “Kombi” bus but it wasn’t a VW — it was a trailer that looked like one.  Well, it’s exactly that, a camper trailer inspired by the design of VW’s bus.  Made by Dub-Box-USA located in Portland, Oregon, the body is made from fiberglass with a towing length of about 16′ (body length is 12′).   This camper is equipped with a double bed, sink and Faucet with additional options like refrigerator, stove and outdoor shower.  This trailer will make any camp site a lot more fun.   Made to order, starting at $19,500.

- Dub-Box-USA

 


Posted at Mar 21st | no comments | Filed Under: Automobiles, Offbeat read on

VIDEO: Myro:Air showing uPnP Streaming capabilities with Wolfson WM8741 DAC

Danny Mavromatis from Mavromatic/Myro Control demonstrates Myro:Air by Myro Control uPnP Streaming capabilities using a Samsung Tab/Android device. The audio is processed by the onboard Wolfson flagship WM8741 DAC. Two-way metadata and transport control is also available from the RS-232 port on the Myro:Air.

Visit myroair.com for more information and to pre-order.


Posted at Mar 11th | no comments | Filed Under: Electronics, Home Automation, Home Theater, Videos read on

Myro:Air AirPlay Streamer Now Available For Pre-Order!

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I’m proud to announce that after two and a half years and thousands of man hours Myro:Air has passed Apple Certification for AirPlay and Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad. Myro:Air is designed, engineered and made in the U.S.A with domestic and foreign parts.  The boards are assembled in Washington State — one of the main goals in creating Myro:Air was to keep as much of the product made in the U.S.A. as possible.

From a technical perspective, Myro:Air is the first AirPlay streamer of it’s kind (most AirPlay devices are wireless speaker systems or receivers).   Features like RS-232 for home automation/control systems like Crestron and AMX brings transport control (play, pause, next track, previous track) and metadata integration to custom installers. As well as smartsource support for Russound RNET based controllers. For the audio output side, Myro:Air provides analog output via the venerable Wolfson WM8741 DAC. It can also output digital audio in parallel via a Wolfson WM8804.

I’m especially excited to finally be able to share Myro:Air with the rest of the world!

Click here to learn more about Myro:Air and to place your pre-order.


Posted at Feb 20th | no comments | Filed Under: Announcements, Electronics, Home Automation, Home Theater read on

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