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This 40th Anniversary Edition of the Spin Clean is no longer available, but you can order the yellow version from the following Amazon Affiliate link:
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Dirt on vinyl records can damage not only the vinyl, but also your needle. In this tutorial, I demonstrate step-by-step how to use the Spin-Clean Record Washer MK II 40th Anniversary Edition, and provide tips on how to air dry while minimizing dust using a dish rack and box fan with air conditioner filter.

I also include two needle drops, one with a dirty record, and the other with the same track after the record has been cleaned, and demonstrate a procedure for pre-rinsing extremely dirty records prior to using the Spin Clean.

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Banggood offers an Action Cam that boasts 4K quality at a bargain price, but does it live up to the hype? I unbox the SJ9000 (not affiliated with SJCAM), try it out both indoors on a tripod and outdoors handheld, and compare it to my Campark V30 in a side-by-side test of the footage.

This SJ9000 is NOT a sponsored product. I purchased it from Banggood for the sole purpose of this YouTube unboxing and review. It was on sale when I placed the order, so the price has likely changed, but here is the product page for this item:
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Description (from Banggood website):
1. It is mainly for automobile data recorder, diving records, outdoor riding, home security, diving surfing, rock climbing and other scenes to meet your needs of shooting HD p recious images everywhere.
2. Provided with waterproof shell diving capabilities to make you shoot the wonderful water and underwater sports, waterproof shell can be waterproof to 30 meters depth.
3. 1080P HD high-speed shooting function. Ultra HD display screen, real time display and play exciting video capture.
4. Removable battery, easy to replace the battery and prolong life.
5. Automatic circulate recording, WIFI connection.

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In this video, I explore options on how to transfer old Digital8 footage over to a file format using a new Windows 10 machine. The IEEE 1394 interface can be hooked up to most DVD recorders, but I try out the LinksTek PCIE FireWire Card.

The footage was shot on a Sony DCR-TRV103 Digital 8 camcorder (that no longer functions). Playback was on a different DCR-TRV103 that was purchased used at a later date. The footage I demonstrate was shot in the stands at the Chevy 500 Indy Car Race at Texas Motor Speedway on September 15, 2002.

The entire race as broadcast on ABC has been uploaded by another channel. It is available HERE:
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Correction: At 5:24, I say that I am using PowerDirector 18. The machine used in this demonstration actually has an installation of PowerDirector 15.

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In this rechargeable battery comparison, I do flashlight duration and recharge capacity tests on the following four AA battery brands of NiMH (nickel metal hydride) rechargables:

Energizer Recharge 2300mAh
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Amazon Basics AA Rechargeable Batteries 2000mAh
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Harbor Freight Thunderbolt Magnum 2200mAh
https://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-4-high-capacity-nimh-rechargeable-aa-batteries-97866.html

YXZHENG 4 Pcs AA Rechargeable Batteries 2200mAh
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I conduct two tests. I discharge these batteries using FOUR GearLight M3 LED Tactical Flashlights and see how long they last. Each brand of battery was discharged in each Flashlight.
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I also check recharge capacity of each cell after discharge using a LiitoKala Lii-PD4 charger. This is done 4 times with each brand (twice with each cell).

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RCA patch cables are commonly associated with interconnects for audio devices, but they have been used for much more over the years. RCA plugs (also called phono plugs) have been around since the 1940s, and are still commonly used today for many applications including line level analog audio, loudspeaker connectors, power connectors, RF connectors, and S/PDIF digital audio connectors. While untangling my cords and cables, I discusses uses for this plug, and discuss various types of patch cables and adapter cables that use this type of connection.

In addition to standard RCA patch cables, I also look at adapters that have RCA jacks including the piggyback variety, 3.5mm Mini Plug adapters in the TS, TRS, and TRRS variety, and even a couple of other adapters including some with 1/4" plugs and 2.5mm plugs.

I include a brief history of the RCA connector and discuss the usage of EMI suppressors that are useful when experiencing electromagnetic interference.

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Music during time lapse scene:
Late Night Drive by Nat Keefe & BeatMower
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Super VHS was a considerable upgrade from standard VHS, as it offers about 420 lines of resolution compared the VHS at 240. Another innovation by JVC, Super VHS ET, allows recording SVHS quality on lower cost VHS tapes! This camcorder offers SVHS ET in a the compact form factor, SVHS-C. In this video I check out the features and footage of the JVC Compact VHS Camcorder Model No. GR-XSM320U with SVHS-ET capability.

From the product literature:
The JVC GR-SXM320U has three recording modes: It uses Super VHS recording to deliver up to 60% better resolution than standard VHS models for better quality home movies. For quality and economy, the Super VHS ET mode lets you take those high resolution videos using any VHS-C tape. For compatibility with any VHS video recorder, standard VHS is also available. A 2.5" LCD view screen allows the camera to be operated from any angle, for maximum comfort. The picture stabilizer gets rid of annoying picture shake. The 400X zoom makes sure you don't miss any of the action. A built-in light improves the picture in night time situations. Endurance Shooting allows up to two hours recording time with the provided battery pack. When you are done recording, the tapes play back & and can be shared in any VHS video recorder using the provided VHS-C Playback.

Features:
400X Variable Speed Digital Hyper Zoom
112,000 pixel 2.5" high resolution 270 degree rotating LCD Color monitor
Electronic viewfinder with black/white 0.5" CRT
5 Video Head VHS-C and Super VHS ET recording system
Digital Image Stabilizer
16X Optical Hyper Zoom with numeric readout in viewfinder
Super LoLux boosts low light sensitivity to less than 1 lux
6 Component Digital Signal Processing
Program AE with 7 Special effects and Digital Special Effects
Title Generator features 8 preset messages in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
Auto and Pro-Style recording modes
Wide Mode
Tele-Macro
Manual focus, Exposure, and White Balance modes
Animation and Time Lapse
Quick review and retake function
Black fader
Digital Wipes and Fades
Maximum shutter speed - 1/2000
5-Sec Record mode
Digital Auto Tracking
Endurance Shooting - lower power consumption for longer battery life. Compact Battery Pack - BN-V11U
Multi-voltage AC Power Adapter/battery charger with built-in battery refresher
J-Terminal
Shoulder Strap, Compact VHS cassette playpak
F1.6 Wide-Angle lens
Integrated Auto Video Light
AV output (monoral audio)

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All optical discs including CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and games can get scratched up over time. When these scratches start affecting playback, they can usually be repaired using an optical disc resurfacer. In this video, I demonstrate what type of damage can be repaired, and give a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the JFJ Easy Pro.

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Do you have old music CDs that aren't on your playlist sitting in your CD collection? Trade them for Compact Discs that you want! In this video I explore options for swapping compact discs and explore the history of online CD trading, with details on both active and defunct websites offering this service.

Websites that are currently active that offer CD trades are:

MusicBoomerang
http://www.musicboomerang.com/
Discussion:
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/music-talk/547955-great-new-cd-trading-site-music-boomerang.html
http://www.organissimo.org/forum/index.php?/topic/71993-musicboomerangcom-if-you-have-not-found-it-yet-its-great/
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/371041/news-music-lovers-musicboomerangcom
http://musicgourmets.org/index.php?threads/music-boomerang-news-and-recent-trades.34/

SwapaCD
http://www.swapacd.com/
Article:
http://www.chicagonow.com/cut-out-kid/2014/09/swapacd-club-trade-one-you-dont-like-for-one-you-like/
Discussion:
https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/any-feedback-on-swapacd-com.183052/

Title Trader
http://www.titletrader.com/
Discussion:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/84864

Defunct website that formerly offered CD trading include:

Swaprat/SwitchHouse
Article:
https://www.zdnet.com/article/former-swaprat-shuts-doors/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/switchhouse.com
Note: There is very little information about SwapRat out there. I could not even find the original graphic used on their website. Considering the groundbreaking nature of this website, I think it warrants a Wikipedia Article, or at least a Stub.

Zunafish
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zunafish
Article:
https://mashable.com/2006/04/15/zunafish-the-return-of-online-swaps/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/zunafish.com

Swaptree
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swap.com
Note: A Wikipedia search of Swaptree redirects to the current article about Swap.com, with NO historical information about the company before the the acquisition from Netcycler. Swaptree was an active website with a unique algorithm that deserves it's own Wikipedia entry.
Articles and Reviews:
https://techcrunch.com/2006/06/02/i-like-swaptree-but/
https://www.cnet.com/news/swaptree-a-new-way-to-get-value-from-old-books-and-cds-6537194/
https://www.mymoneyblog.com/swaptree-review-barter-your-books-cds-dvds-and-video-games.html

Lala
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lala_(website)
Articles and Reviews:
https://techcrunch.com/2009/12/04/apple-acquires-lala/
http://www.andrewdavidson.com/articles/lala-com-used-cd-trading-site-review/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/29/AR2006062901844.html
https://www.wired.com/2010/04/apple-kills-lala-music-service/
https://www.cultofmac.com/211126/the-inside-story-of-how-apple-bought-music-startup-lala-and-then-bought-it-again/
Archives:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/lala.com

Related Links

Google Groups
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Yahoo Groups
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo

Craigslist
https://craigslist.org

Music Gourmets
http://musicgourmets.org/index.php

Paperback Swap
http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php

SwapaDVD
http://www.swapadvd.com/index.php

Researched through Wikipedia
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& The Internet Archive
https://archive.org/web/

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Used Compact Discs can be found at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. These can be used to build a personal collection, or they can be used to trade for other titles. In this video, I discuss things to look for in the bins that are in demand among CD collectors including audiophile discs, vintage discs including Target CDs, Specialty Labels, Imports, CD singles, and Minor Label releases. I also discuss what to avoid in the bins, including dime-a-dozen titles, art-impaired discs, scratched discs, and CD-R releases.
Links:
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http://www.swapacd.com/

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Old potentiometers cause crackle in audio gear, and jitter with an Atari paddle. There are several videos that show how to replace or repair the potentiometer, but most the time, they just need some cleaning. I demonstrate the fast way to get rid of the jitter in a few easy steps, without the need to disassemble or replace the potentiomenter.

I used CRC QD Electronic Cleaner as part of this procedure. Product link:
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I had some leftover parts from previous computer builds, so I decided to use those parts to build another computer!

Parts came from various sources, but most these items are available from Amazon.
ASRock B450M Pro 4 Micro-ATX Motherboard
AMD Ryzen 3 2200 Processor with Quad Core processor with Radeon Vega 8 graphics
Avexir Budget Series DDR4-2133 4G DRAM
Crucial DDR4-2133 DRAM
Corsair Force Series MP510 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2 SSD
EVGA 600BQ 600w Bronze Power Supply
DIYPC MA08-BK Black SECC Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with two fans
Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard with RGB Lighting
Arctic Silver 3.5g High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Cooling Compound

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In this video I unbox the unit, go through the setup process, check out some of the new features including Fast Channel Launch, make sure it streams with both a wired and wifi network, check to see if it works with my local DLNA server, and check it out on both a 1080p and 4K TV set. I also try out voice search, TV controls, the custom personal shortcut buttons, lost remote finder, and the headphone jack with the included Permium JBL headphones (earbuds).

UPC 829610003504

The box says:
Roku Ultra, Our ultimate streaming player. Powerful quad-core processor & our best wireless performance. Lost remote finder & private listening. New! Fast channel launch & personal shortcut buttons. Stream free TV, live news, sports, movies, and more. Great for HD and 4K TVs. All you need to get streaming is broadband internet, a wireless or wired router, and an HD TV with an HDMI port. For 4K/HDR you will need 4K/HDR content and a compatible 4K/HDR TV with an HDCP 2.2 HDMI port.

What's included:
Roku Ultra streaming player
Enhanced voice remote with TV controls and personal shortcuts.
Premium JBL headphones
Two AA batteries (Duracell)
Power adapter

What you should know:
Some channels require payment. Channels can change and vary by country. TV power, volume, and mute buttons work with most TVs.
Easy setup. Plug it in. Connect to internet. Start Streaming. Works with Alexa. Works with Google Assistant. Third party voice assistant support may change.

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has prompted stay-at-home, lockdown, and other social distancing orders that have folks working from home using Zoom and other video conferencing technology. This has triggered a shortage of quality webcams such as the Logitech C920 Pro.

I found a generic webcam for the price of $3.31 with free shipping from Singapore on Ebay. It was advertised as HD, but I had my doubts and decided to check it out.

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I picked up the Logitech C920 Pro back on Prime Day for $40. I also picked up a PC Camera WC1 from "Dirt Cheap", a clearance store chain, for $7, later marked down to $5. Comparing a 1080p camera to something super cheap at a clearance store probably isn't fair, but I thought it might be interesting to see how much of a difference price matters when it comes to webcam performance!

Details on the Logitech C920 Pro:
Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with the latest version of Skype for Windows; Webcam with 5 foot cable
720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients; Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels).Max Resolution: 1080p/30fps 720p/30fps
Video compression, Built in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction; Automatic low light correction, Tripod ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later; Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.10 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS,Android v 5.0 or above (with supported video calling clients),USB port,Internet connection

Details on the PC Camera WC1
Max. Video Resolution: 640 x 480 (15fps)
Max Frame Rate: 30 fps (320x240)
UPC: 2011040301581

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For about half the price of the newer DR-40X, I found the slightly older Tascam DR-40 Version 2. This item was sold as "used" but looked almost new when I received it.

In this video, I check out the main features of this recorder and do a test recording.

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In this video, I take an old Willys Jeep off-roading in order to test out the gyroscope image stabilization on a Campark V30 Action Camera. The camera was attached to the windshield using a suction cup mount. An external microphone was attached and picking up audio from inside the vehicle near the dash. The version I uploaded here is in 1080P, but this was originally shot in 4K. Inquire if you want to know how to access that version.

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Mr Microphone by Ronco was the first mass marketed microphone with a built-in FM transmitter in the 1970s. Eventually those patents expired, opening the door for others the create products using the same technology.

In this video, I discuss the original Mr Microphone, talk about the Simpson's Episode "Radio Bart" that satirized this type of product, and try out the Supreme FM Wireless Microphone that lets you transmit your voice through any FM radio. It is portable & Cordness and comes with a foam windscreen.

The performance of the Supreme FM Wireless Microphone does not necessarily reflect on the quality of the Ronco Mr. Microphone (Mister Microphone).

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In this video I test out a fun little camcorder from 2003, the Sony DCR-DVD300 NTSC. In this video, I review this camcorder, explore the features, shoot some test footage, and discover that it has an intermittent issue with the CCD image on the LCD screen, not really a surprise for a camcorder as old as this. After the LCD started working again, I check out the varous digital effects that are built into this camcorder, the Nightshot feature, the still photo feature. And I pop the DVD into my Samsung Blu-ray player for viewing.

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has prompted stay-at-home, lockdown, and other social distancing orders that have folks working from home using Zoom and other video conferencing technology. This has triggered a shortage of quality webcams such as the Logitech C920 Pro, and consequently high webcam prices. In this video, I test out an affordable alternative 1080p webcam, the ASHU HD 1080p, and compare it to the popular Logitech C920.

The ASHU HDWeb Camera with Built-in HD Microphone 1920 x 1080p USB Plug n Play Web Cam, Widescreen Video was purchased from AliExpress. The Logitech C920 Pro was purchased from Amazon.

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I test out the oldest camcorder I own, the Panasonic Model No. PV-520D Shoulder Mount VHS Camcorder. I explore the the camera features and shoot some outdoor test footage.

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The Vidicraft Play-Right was marketed as a "Digital Video Stabilizer", but what it really does is remove the white pulse signals embedded in the vertical blanking interval on Macrovision encoded VHS tapes. I compare the results with the RX-II video stabilizer.

This device prevents problems with auto-gain control when making dubs of videotape, but will it work with DVD recorders, including one that would only work with "DVD+R" media? The Play-Right removes white pulse signals from a video signal, but will it remove ALL traces of Macrovision so DVD recorders, manufactured long after the Vidicraft unit, will dub commercially produced discs?

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In this video, I try out a Panasonic WJ-MX50A Professional Production Switcher with Macrovision encoded videos. After 20 years of wanting a Professional Video Editing Switcher, I finally found one for a thrifty price! In this vid, I discuss why an item that cost thousands of dollars 20 years ago would now sell for so little. I briefly discuss key features of the Panasonic WJ-MX50A, and see what happens when a VHS video with Macrovision Copyguard Copy Protection is fed into one of the inputs on the switcher.

After making a 1st Generation dub of a Macrovision tape with no attempt at filtering the signal, I then use the "Wipe" feature of the Panasonic to demonstrate "before" and "after" on the original tape, and the one dubbed using Macrovision.

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Video Stabilizers from the 1990s were designed to help folks make backups of their VHS collection. I explore the possibility of using these same devices with modern Blu-ray gear and streaming services via a Roku 2.

Playback Devices:
Sylvania NB 501599 Blu-ray
Roku 2 XS 3100X

Video Stabilizers / Clarifiers:
RXII
Sima VideoCopymaster
Clearline Concepts VC-1
VTI VC-3

Recording Devices:
Samsung DVD-R155
Panasonic DMR-ES15
Philips DVDR-3576
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I test a Clearline Concepts VC-1 and a new old stock VTI VC-3 with a Disney movie encoded with Macrovision Copyguard. I also demonstrate how a Samsung DVD-R155, Panasonic DMR-ES15, Philips DVDR-3576, and a Polaroid DMR-2001G respond to a video signal encoded with Macrovision. The playback machine is a JVC Super VHS Deck HR-55900U.

In this video, I reference an earlier video covering Macrovision and Video Stabilizers.
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Don't let the motion picture studios subvert your right to make personal backups of YOUR movies!

Using an old CRT monitor with Pulse Cross and Underscan, I compared NTSC sync signals of VHS tapes and a DVD encoded with Copyguard, and saw what an RXII, Sima Video Copymaster, and a Vidicraft Guard Stabilizer / RF Modulator did to the sync signal that is normally not displayed.

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Ikegami TM9-1 Monitor, Hitachi LE24C109 LCD TV, Samsung DVD-R155 DVD recorder/player. Panasonic DMR-E515 DVD recorder/player, JVC Super VHS Deck HR-55900U, RXII Digital Video Stabilizer, Sima Video Copymaster SED-CM, Vidicraft Guard Stabilizer / RF Converter.

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ThriftyAV tests and reviews audio & video gear, media, and other computer and electronic tech that can be found at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, auction sites, and retail outlets. ThriftyAV concentrates on bargains, vintage or modern, demonstrating how older gear can work hand-in-hand with modern technology such as multimedia streamers, Blu-ray players, HDMI receivers, and LCD televisions. From VHS to Roku, from record players to streaming, you can find it HERE or on my companion YouTube channel.

VCRs, DVD records, film projectors, scanners, video signal processors, amplifiers, equalizers, televisions, cassette decks, multi-track recorders, DAT recorders, microphones, pre-amplifiers, 8-track decks, turntables, vintage game systems along with media are tested, reviewed, maintained, and optimized in videos that are to-the-point and easy to understand. If you like electronics and A/V equipment, ThriftyAV is the channel for you!

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