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What'd you buy yourself today?

By Matthew
Apr 25, 2012
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  1. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Haha wow, nice splurge everyone! :D

    I recently went on holiday and was driving through some really nice roads. Ended up purchasing a GoPro suction mount to put on my car. Depending on how the videos turn out, I might post links somewhere on TS. :)

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  2. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I am not a big fan of guitar effects. On a Marshall, I will use just a hint of overdrive along with a BOSS D-D 3 to approximate some rockabilly reverb. From time to time, I will use my old, clunky Fender Fuzz-Wah, as well. But that's it. For me, the less there is between the amp and my Stratocaster, the better.


    Recently, however, I found myself playing through a Fender Twin Reverb on a couple of club gigs. (I stood in for the band's guitar player -- who is a way better musician than I can ever hope to be, but was down with something.) The Twin Reverb is a great amp, but I needed a little more kick from it, so I got myself one of these:
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    I never liked the distorted sound, but with a few adjustments, this little box gave me exactly what I needed. A great piece of hardware -- and not at all that expensive. I'm now a confirmed Proco Rat fan, although I don't think I'll be using it that much anymore. My stint as stand-in ended a few nights ago as the band's guitar player has returned healthy and fully restored.
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

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    Got a QNIX QX2710 recently, it's an overclockable 27in 2560x1440 PLS monitor and an absolute steal at £235 including delivery and customs.

    The overclockable Catleap/Overlord monitors have soared in price and they only came in glossy (my computer is in quite a well lit environment with windows) so this semi-glossy one is perfect. My Dells next to it now look fuzzy in comparison.

    The PLL layout isn't exactly symmetrical or aesthetically pleasing but it is functional - the portrait one is for viewing web pages, large middle screen for gaming/Photoshop and landscape one on the right for streaming/youtube etc.

    I've managed to OC it to 110Hz but to be honest I'm not overwhelmed by the difference from 60Hz. Sure the gameplay is smoother and the mouse cursor has more trails but it's not amazing as I thought it would be... or maybe I was expecting too much from the hype that other people have given.

    Also got a Spyder 4 Pro to calibrate my monitors, comes in really useful at 110Hz because the screen gets darker, colours shift and gamma goes way off.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Wow nice choice! Did you get a "pixel perfect" version (and if so what exactly was their policy)? Are there dead pixels/backlight bleed? What graphics card are you using?
  5. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Nope, the pixel perfect are quite a bit more expensive and still allow for 1 or 2 dead pixels so not really worth it IMO. In any case my one doesn't have any dead pixels and the backlight bleed is only noticeable in dark scenes and in a dark room. But I don't watch movies and the room is always well lit so it's not an issue.

    Using 2x 7970's, it was very easy to patch the drivers and create a custom resolution to get to 110Hz. Considering the price I'd really recommend this monitor to anyone.
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  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Glad to hear, I've been eyeing those $300 PLS monitors since they started coming out. Do you happen to know the ratio of non pixel perfect ones come without defects anyway?
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The ratio is pretty good, there's a big thread over at OCN where people have listed the results of their purchases. I think only a couple of people have received over 2 dead pixels.
  8. Sunaru

    Sunaru TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +9

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    Some fries and a cheeseburger. :-D
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  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    I'm still waiting for some footage St1ckM4n
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  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Ha. :D

    I still have at least 5 more videos to edit/upload, haven't had time. Stuff like go karting and driving through nice roads. Here's a couple taken with the GoPro:


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  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    Got this for Father's Day... guess it's a bit early but I like them. Closed headphones for work that actually sound decent.
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  12. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 889   +171

    Jesus, LNCPapa. I've always thought I owned a lot of gadgets and such. But, it seems you beat me when it comes to having a lot of toys :p
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    I've been listening to these at work today (just opened them after lunch) and I couldn't believe I paid so little for them. At first I was worried because they felt so light and the cups are made of shiny plastic. I've also read that those cups scratch very easily. They are very light and feel as if the sound is going to be light as well. After listening to them for the last 3 hours straight all I can say is "Oh my God." Not sure how these sell for so little but they sound incredible. They have such a heavy, full sound and no area overpowers any other area of sound. It's nice and balanced with a very slight but not muddy bump on the low end. I'm going to take them back home and compare them to my Audezes but it's a totally different type of headphone so I'm not sure how well that's going to go. They've certainly gone way beyond what I was expecting for $200 though.
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    Nah... it's just recently that I've decided to get back into an old hobby. I used to be really big into audio but kids and daddy life force you to make some adjustments. I'm getting back into audio but scaling it down to personal audio now. I'm avoiding cars as a hobby as I tend to overdo whatever I get into and I don't make nearly enough money to overdo it with cars.

    edit: I do think I'm starting to lose control though. Here's my headphone rig at the moment and I can't see it doing anything but growing:
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  15. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I got myself a '93 Fender Stratocaster (SN: N2 + xxxxxx). He's a little beat up, but plays like a dream. Excellent tonal qualities -- clean, sharp and warm. I just love the classic Strat sound.

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    This isn't a re-issue, by the way. It's a real vintage '93 instrument. So I had to make do with the cracked bridge pick-up. The electronics and wiring have not been touched, as far as I can tell. No problems at all there. The saddle is stock Fender -- the tiny logos are there. I might have to change that.

    The neck is a nice big, fat C-shaped maple with rosewood fretboards. This is a blues guitar through and though, I'd say. The body is cut from a a solid piece of Alder, I think. (Will have to look that up.)

    He sings and will keep a note for as long as you can hold it. He will respond to the subtlest vibrato, as well. All in all, the workmanship on this particular instrument is just outstanding. I'm very, very pleased with this purchase. ;)

    A friend tells me I paid too much for it. Heck, it's a '93! I don't really care. This is to be my go-to instrument, after I fix it up a little.

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  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    I bought myself a WD Blue 750GB laptop HDD. It's to replace the 160GB HDD in my PS3 that's struggling with all the free games dumped on me. :D
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,496   +304

    Thanks to slh28, I've also purchased myself a QNIX QX2710 monitor.
    Damn you! :p
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  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    It's official... I'm outta control
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    Not really sure how they sound yet - just picked them up off my doorstep, but I can tell you that they're very comfortable. Not AKG comfortable, but close.

    I also bought a pair of Brainwavz M5 IEMs but pics of those would be pretty boring. Along with that I got another one of those Brainwavz Peridot stands and a third, different model (don't remember which) is on the way.
  19. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 889   +171

    Indeed, good sir! Cool buy all the same lol.
  20. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    We're all gonna be out of control at the Steam sale. :D
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,657   +82

    New Remo Versa Drums 3 in a set shown below. What makes them different is the fact they can be stored into one drum. Also each of the drum head can be interchanged also. You get 3x tools to remove the drum heads to be use on all 3 drum platforms.

    There is a 4th drum head not shown it's call NSL = Not So Loud drum head. I have that one but not pictured.

    Also you'll need the drum tote for it which I have in the background, matching Remo drum stands shown 2. Remo extra long Mallets. In all this is what I do play drums since I was kid so now why not start it up again. They have full Moon drum circles once a month and other daytime drum circles. The girls/women belly dance around you when you play your drums. Pretty cool.

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  22. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    Anything that makes women dance around me is good.
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  23. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    After a 20% off sale, I finally bought my first pair of good cans! Note, I didn't pay the $399 as per sticker... ;)

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  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,306   +265

    Nice! I've always wanted to hear the Momentums. Let us know what you think about them.
  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Will do, just haven't had time yet! :( First impressions are - very nice sound isolation.


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