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About Hypnotoad

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    Junior Member
  • Birthday February 9

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    Virginia, USA
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    Intel Core i7-7700
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  1. Hypnotoad

    4k streaming device that uses ethernet

    Chromecast Ultra has ethernet.
  2. I currently have a 43" TV and it's the perfect size for the room it's in and viewing distance for my setup. I don't want to upgrade to anything but OLED, but it seems like there are no real OLED options smaller than 55 inches.
  3. If anyone here owns one of the new Q Venture Gen 4 watches, I'm interested in knowing the battery life you are getting out of it. I was interested in one, until I read reviews on Fossil's website claiming battery life around and below 12 hours.
  4. I want to build a server, or buy a NAS which I can use as the backbone for a whole-home surveillance system. I'm aware of off the shelf consumer offerings, but I don't like the monthly subscription costs associated with storing the footage from the cameras, and generally I like taking on projects myself and would look forward to setting up a system on my own and getting to know how it works inside and out. Requirements for me: Must be able to view live camera feeds and backed up recordings relatively easily from my smartphone. (Android) Must use on-site storage for saving the video feeds, with DIY remote backup functionality available for later setup if desired. Nice to haves, but not strictly a requirement: Image recognition to detect things like dogs or people, and be able to differentiate motion from those kinds of things with rustling leaves, etc. The ability to use the same storage pool for things other than surveillance storage, like Windows backups, etc. Things I am aware of: I know it's generally recommended to use hard drives designed for non-stop use, like WD Red drives, and I am aware those drives are more expensive. I know that adding cloud storage down the road will incur additional cost, but my hopes are that it would be cheaper than the monthly subscription for off the shelf services. Questions I have: What direction should I look in for the best value? Server or pre-built NAS like Synology? Would running any form of redundant RAID be recommended to protect against drive failure if I don't immediately setup cloud storage, even with NAS grade hard drives? Generally I'm looking for advice on where to start, or recommendations on hardware to use, and what software would be easiest to configure. Thanks. EDIT: I see that there is OpenIPC firmware to enable RTSP on the Wyze cameras. Perhaps that would be a good entry-level option for home security? Right now I would be satisfied by putting cameras on window sills facing outwards, since I'm currently renting and don't want to do any significant drilling, mounting, or cable-routing.
  5. Hypnotoad

    My Perfect TV

    I suppose the issue with that is there are no large format 4K OLED monitors. (that I'm aware of)
  6. Hypnotoad

    My Perfect TV

    I was giving a little bit of thought today about what my perfect TV at the moment would be. However, I don't know of anything like it, or if there will ever be anything like it. 4K or higher as higher becomes mainstream OLED - best contrast, blacks are actually black/off Dolby Vision & HDR10 support ~ 50" - good all around size for me No built-in speakers at all - saves cost and I prefer external systems for this anyway Native 120 Hz or higher capability - in case future TV broadcasts begin supporting this, but mostly for occasional gaming And probably the biggest hurdle of all Dumb TV (not smart) - I'd much prefer to decouple the "smart" aspect of a TV to hardware that I can control and upgrade as I see fit, however I can't think of any high-end panel TV's shipping today that don't try to throw in some form of smart OS. I'd prefer to save more cost here which I could invest in external hardware. I suppose these things could add up to what would be a glorified, super-sized gaming monitor. However, I don't think any high-end gaming monitors use OLED because of screen burn-in concerns
  7. Hypnotoad

    The First USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Hub?

    Isn't that just a development board? I guess I mean a product any consumer can go and buy.
  8. Does anyone know if this is the first USB 10 Gbps hub? That is, each connected device can use up to 10 Gbps, and not just 5 Gbps with the hub connected to the PC via a 10 Gbps link? https://www.coolgear.com/product/4-port-type-c-usb-3-1-gen2-hub-with-din-rail-mounting-kit
  9. Hypnotoad

    Question about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

    Can the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 be used to mix audio from my PC (system audio) and an external audio source (stereo) to be fed out via the two balanced TRS outputs on the back of the 2i2? Here is my use case: I want to mix audio from my PC and a Chromecast Audio. I would like to think that I can hook up the Chromecast Audio, using a 3.5 mm TRSF to Dual 1/4 inch TS Stereo Breakout Cable, to both of the front mono inputs of the 2i2. The main reason I am considering this piece of kit over a standard mixer like the Behringer Xenyx 502 is because the 2i2 offers balanced TRS outputs and has an internal DAC. Currently, the only DAC I have is a Fiio K1, or I could try using the audio solution built into my PC's motherboard. I want to hook up the output of the 2i2 to a pair of JBL LRS305 speakers.
  10. Hypnotoad

    Powered Bookshelf Speakers w/ Chromecast Built-in?

    Perhaps this would be a solution for me? http://a.co/c1Z8CmC
  11. Hypnotoad

    Powered Bookshelf Speakers w/ Chromecast Built-in?

    My problem isn't finding speakers that have Chromecast built-in, it's finding bookshelf-style speakers with it.
  12. I have been searching for a while and can't seem to find any powered bookshelf-style speakers that have Chromecast built-in. I would like to replace my current desktop speaker setup with a pair of speakers that have Chromecast built-in and also have other wired inputs that I can use to hook up to my desktop computer. I am finding it both funny and annoying that the marketing materials Google has for speakers with Chromecast built-in look like bookshelf speakers, but I can't find any that exist. https://i.imgur.com/PM359ZT.png I have clicked through to every manufacturer listed from the following page and none of them have this kind of solution. https://www.google.com/chromecast/built-in/audio/ I want to clarify that the reason I'm not currently considering a Chromecast Audio is that I would hope that speakers with Chromecast built-in would automatically switch sources when I cast to them, and if I used a Chromecast Audio I would have to manually switch sources. These look good but I can't find them for sale anywhere. Raumfeld Stereo M Wireless Streaming Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113OR33I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_LzXkAbCDZGFH1 EDIT: Maybe this is the best solution? http://a.co/c1Z8CmC
  13. I've been researching new home theater receivers lately because an old Panasonic one I was using bit the dust on it's digital input. I like the idea of having a receiver that supports Wake on Cast like my Android TV does. I see that a lot of Onkyo receivers and a couple of Sony receivers have Chromecast built-in, but what is unclear is if I need to keep the receiver powered on in order for Chromecast to work. EDIT: If it matters, my TV is a LeEco Super4 X43 Pro, which I think supports HDMI-CEC? I'm not sure.
  14. I'm getting married next year, and was thinking about buying a nice speaker system that I could also use as the audio solution for my wedding. I'm not as educated with audio solutions as I am with building a PC, so I'm leaning on you guys for some advice. I've been to a few events where the PA system sounds like garbage. Basically people talking through it sound muffled, and the syllables of their words seems to drone together, and music sounds blown out in the low frequencies and you can't quite make out what's happening in the high frequencies. I would like a system I can hook up a microphone to (with a powered adapter if necessary) that sounds good in a small-medium sized venue, but whose main purpose would be to be used as a home theater system after the wedding. A plus would be something that supports Google Cast, and an even bigger plus to that would be something that can do wake-on-cast, like my Android TV. Is this a realistic ask, or would I be better off just renting some venue-style audio equipment? I was mostly looking to save money overall because I will eventually want to spend money on a nice home theater audio solution.