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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    The Doogee Y8 is new and on a flash sale at AliExpress for $69.99 (2,222 baht) and for that you can get a pretty nice entry level phone. https://www.devicespecifications.com/en/model/d1954ec4
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    Stereo system

    Do I like which series? I am having fun watching the original Star Trek again. I'm surprised that I forget so much about that series. The Magicians has too much violence and sadism for my liking. But it has magic and 20 somethings with character mucking around in a fantasy world so it barely qualifies for me to spend money and time on it. It is not a series that I recommend. Basketball is the only sport I watch much and I like my NBA League Pass. I used to watch Monday Night Raw and some other WWE shows when I lived in the US, but again I don't recommend them. My favorite Star Trek is Voyager and I just finished every show, every season, and I do recommend that series as what I consider to be quality science fiction. No I haven't moved the speakers which are heavy and on needle spikes so I would have to tip the maintenance men to move them around for me. I'll probable do that the next time I need them for something else, but I don't expect an improvement as I put them in a reasonable place to begin with. Right now I do not want to try DFX. The following review quote doesn't really tempt me: "There's no other way to say it - DFX Audio Enhancer looks tacky. It has the kind of "control center" looks that were popular in the early 2000s and which just look terrible today. Once you get past DFX Audio Enhancer's looks, you'll be disappointed to also find that the sliders don't work in this free version. You can simply enable or disable the various options, like Fidelity and Hyperbass. Not a miracle solution In reality however, DFX Audio Enhancer seems to add nothing more than a bit more body to your music." I'm not the kind of guy into equalizers/enhancers, and I think I would poke around other such solutions before installing DFX. I think if my speakers lack sufficient bass that buying a sub woofer is reasonable instead of boosting the bass level via an equalizer. I do agree that replacing the Receiver with one that has binding posts won't, by itself, improve the sound. It's at the back of my to do list, but a better receiver, in general, might improve the sound. Yea, I am doing a bit of wallowing in buyer remorse......but I have a plan. Plan A, ya know. I've got the sub woofer of my dreams picked out. I kind of always wanted to have a sub woofer. So I'm looking forward to my February check.
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    Stereo system

    I found the settings screen on Spotify and when I switch the audio from regular to high quality I can't tell the difference. I joined the Deezer HiFi paid subscription and when I change from HiFi to regular on Deezer I can't tell the difference. So I downgraded my Deezer to a regular paid Deezer subscription which is cheaper each month. I respect those who have the ears and the components to tell the difference in Deezer and Spotify, but sadly, not me. So do I regret my buys at this time? Absolutely. I am disappointed in general in the Q Acoustic Concept 40'2 and I wish I had bought a better A/V receiver with binding posts for the speaker connections. February is add a sub woofer month. March is upgrade one of my computer displays. And April, I hope, is buy a Sharp Aquos R2 Compact mobile. Maybe like in 6 months I'll upgrade my A/V receiver. I'm not crying in my Khaw phad. I never knew about either Spotify or Deezer until this Topic and I like them both. If I find them redundant in the future I'll just continue with the one I like best. I have a very good set up now and I think it will only get better. I tend to pass my time playing a computer game on one computer (bridge on BBO, poker on Pokerstars, or a stand alone D and D game) and listening to music or watching TV/Movies on the other computer. The newer computer is hooked up to the Denon/Q Acoustics sound and the other computer is hooked up to a Samsung 450 W 3 Ch Flat Soundbar HW-MS651, Right now I have a NBA League Pass subscription, and it the mornings I may watch some basketball games. I have a Netflix subscription and I am working my way through the 3 seasons of the original Star Trek. And I am going to get a subscription to the WWE network. That way I can watch the WWE pay-per-views as well as Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. And I have already bought Season 3 of the SyFy Channel TV show "The Magicians" on Amazon Prime Video. Hey JVS, when are you gonna upgrade that Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite? If I buy the Sharp my Meizu 16th may go up for sale.
  4. daocat555

    Stereo system

    I got Deezer on the free version to try out. Interesting, thank you marcusarelus.
  5. daocat555

    Stereo system

    I agree that getting older, second hand equipment is one good way to go. It's not my way. I have another hiccup along my way. I don't like a bass heavy sound and I never had a sub woofer before. I thought, going by the reviews of the Concept 40's, that their sound would be right for me. But it turns out that I find the sound doesn't have enough bass. So when I get my check next month I am going to add a sub woofer. I narrowed the field of sub woofers down to 3. The big (12", powerful (500 Watts) JBL; 11,290 baht. JBL SUB12 Venue Series 12-Inch 500-Watt Subwoofer | Lazada.co.th The smaller, but tighter sounding Yamaha, 12,150 baht. http://www.stereohouse.co.th/index.php?lay=show&ac=cat_show_pro_detail&cid=55665&pid=251180 Or, gasp, the even smaller, less powerful, Q Acoustics, 14,850 baht. Q Acoustics 2070Si Subwoofer I will most likely go with the Q Acoustics 2070Si, which puts me clearly over-budget for the set-up. Oh well, had I gone with the Yamaha NS-55 speakers, surely I would not have wanted a sub woofer and I would have brought the set-up in well below budget. http://www.stereohouse.co.th/index.php?lay=show&ac=cat_show_pro_detail&cid=55651&pid=253451 I hope my end product will have a good tight sound across the frequency range. I hear you about solid floors and a harsh sound. I am lucky that my room has a soft ceiling and a wall of curtains, so that I think my room acoustics should be pretty good in general. I upgraded my Spotify account to the pay version. I think that Spotify has much better fidelity than YouTube, and although I cannot really tell the difference between the Spotify free or paid in terms of fidelity, the price is small enough and I am glad to be add free. I like the Spotify radio stations. Thank you everybody for your comments.
  6. daocat555

    Mid-range smartphone recommendations

    I would label the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 as almost exactly in the middle of the Mid-range phones at a budget price. However I prefer the Meizu X8. Here they are compared to the iconic Poco. Comparison between: Meizu X8, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 And available right now from Lazada the X8 is 7,990 baht and the Poco is 10,799 baht in blue, cheaper elsewhere. Meizu X8 (4/64) สีดำ: ซื้อขาย โทรศัพท์มือถือ ออนไลน์ในราคาที่ถูกกว่า | Lazada.co.th I've said this before but the Meizu X8 has a narrower body with a wider scree (very thin bezels) and is light and compact with a very energy efficient CPU.
  7. The Meizu 15 is down to 7,441 baht at Aliexpress. I used this phone for 8 months and liked it a lot. It's short, thin, and light, with very thin side bezels which make the 5.45" screen seem bigger than it is. A new Sony rumor says that Sony may not release the XZ4 compact, Comparison between: Sharp Aquos R2 Compact, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Meizu 15 US $229.98 8% OFF|Original Meizu 15 4G LTE Global Version 4GB 64GB Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 5.46" FHD Screen Fingerprint Fast charger Cell Phone-in Mobile Phones from Cellphones & Telecommunications on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group The Meizu 15 has the biggest body of the 3, but also the biggest battery and by far the biggest and widest screen.
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    Stereo system

    I got the sound system set up this morning. The rate limiting factor was the housekeeper in my complex who took days before she would clean my room and she finally did it. Then the maintenance men set up the system and it sounds good. I want to say that Stereo House had by far the lowest prices on my components, and I will tout them now. http://www.stereohouse.co.th/index.php?lay=show&ac=cat_show_pro_detail&pid=316075 The A/V Receiver that I bought has clips for the speaker connectors on the back which I think is disgraceful. I am not a big monster wire kind of effete audiophile but I prefer Banana plugs for speaker wiring, then screw posts and clips I do not like. But all audio equipment is more expensive in Thailand and I went with a minimum, acceptable, A/V Receiver so I could put the money into the Concept 40's, which I really like. Ten years ago when I set up my first good sound system in Thailand I had Mordaunt-Short Carnival 6 speakers (still available in Thailand for 19,200 baht/pair) and an inexpensive Sony receiver; which had a nice sound. I considered Yamaha NS-555 speakers (20,000 baht) and Q Acoustics 3050 speakers (29,000 baht at HiFi Center; not a friendly price). If I could have gotten the Q Acoustic 3050i in Thailand for the $799 that Amazon sells them for that would have been tempting (if wishes were horses beggars would ride for getting US prices in Thailand). Then I joined the free Spotify which is nice. I haven't downloaded get_iplayer yet, as I'm kind of tired so that's on my to do list as is BBC internet radio. Since you say that the free Spotify has lower audio quaility than the pay version I will also be considering the pay version. So thank you, again, kittenkong. I post a lot in the Mobile Forum and there seems to be a lot of activity there. Too bad the Audio/Video Forum seems fairly inactive. I sure learned a lot researching my purchase and from kittenkong's posts..
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    I am learning a lot while seeking to watch The Magicians Season 4. First I tried a VPN which took me a while as the "free VPN's" I found when I searched for "free VPN Thailand" tended to not be free at all and some were over 10,000 baht/year. Finally on the second or third search page I did find a VPN which was actually "free" and I used that to try to buy episode 1 from Amazon Streaming Video and they would not let me because of "area restrictions". But when I tried to log into my Credit Card site they told me that something was different about this log in attempt and they would need to phone me a code for me to continue. So I disconnected from my VPN and went back to my Credit Card site and was able to log right in normally. I had gotten a free 1 month subscription to Netflix to watch "The Magicians" but after I had registered for Netflix I found out that they do not offer "The Magicians" as part of their package. I am going to use the Netflix however as they have a couple of movies I want to see. Then, I went to Amazon on Microsoft Edge rather than Google Chrome, and I looked at it again and, bam, no problem buying Season 4, and I watched the trailer so it is working. Very odd, but it seems that Edge protects me from the "area restrictions" but Chrome and Firefox (which I also tried) do not.
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    Thank you, Faraday. Wow you responded fast, but before you responded I did figure out the answer....it's not available anywhere yet. I did sign up for a free month of Netflix, and at like 200 baht/month (if I don't cancel before the month ends) I can watch the entire season cheaper than buying it on Amazon. So I won't be buying it from Amazon this year as it's not something that I tend to watch more than once, unlike Star Trek Voyager which I just watched every episode, every season, finishing today so I started to look for "The Magicians". Netflix has a lot of stuff to watch...free for a month, btw).
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    Faraday, (who got me Bell Book and Candle), or anybody else. Can you tell me how to watch "The Magicians, Season 4 episode 1" from Thailand. I bought and watched "The Magicians Season 3" from Amazon Prime, and Amazon will not let me buy Season 4 because of "area restrictions". Darn. So I am trying all sorts of ways to watch Season 4 from Thailand, and so far no luck.
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    Stereo system

    I have just ordered the Q Acoustics Concept 40 floor standing loudspeakers and a Denon AVR-X250BT A/V Receiver. I will have a 2 channel stereo set up with a HDMI cable from my computer to the Receiver, and will use it mainly for watching YouTube Videos. I ordered from Stereo House and the cost was 43,400 baht. http://www.stereohouse.co.th/index.php?lay=show&ac=order_view&sorttype=&viewtype=1&subform=none
  13. NanLaew started what I think is a nice topic called Mid-range smartphone recommendations. I started a topic called High End Mobile Recommendations; so here is a place for affordable (not necessarily cheap) smartphone recommendations. I'll start with the Cubot J3 Pro. I have an order at Aliexpress for it's little brother, the Cubot J3, but have not yet received it. I paid 2,139 baht for the Cubot J3 which really had me thinking, "what is the minimum specs a phone needs to work well?' I think the Cubot J3 will meet the minimum specs, while providing a nice small and light phone to carry sometimes when I go out and about. With a body size of 66.3 x 141.4 x 8.8 mm and a weight (as listed on the spec site Kimovil) of 140 grams, the phone will be very easy to carry. It has a 2,000 mAh battery, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM. It has a Quad-Core CPU running at 1.3 GHz, and runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. From Android Authority here is a description of the OS. Android Go, also known as Android Oreo (Go edition), is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones. It’s comprised of three optimized areas — the operating system, Google Play Store, and Google apps — which have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware. The operating system is optimized to run on smartphones with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. It takes up roughly half the space of Android Nougat, giving smartphones with low storage the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box — most Android Go smartphones come with 8 or 16 GB of storage. Like the OS, Google has also developed apps to make better use of the device’s memory. These require up to 50 percent less space and perform better on low-end hardware. Android Go smartphones come with only nine pre-installed apps, listed below: Google Go Google Assistant Go YouTube Go Google Maps Go Gmail Go Gboard Go Google Play Store Chrome Files Go No bloatware or weather widget, great, sign me up. The Display is 5 inch TFT with 480 x 960 pixels, 215 ppi, with a 2:1 aspect ratio. I would have certainly preferred to spend a bit more and get an IPS TFT screen, and I prefer the old 16:9 aspect ratio, but the 2:1 aspect ratio is appearing more and more on new phones. Devicespecifications lists the display area as 69.04%. According to the Cubot site the screen has 1000:1 contrast, brightness of 430 cd/m and is 2.5 d with a blue notification light; which are pretty good specs as TFT screens go. The Cubot J3 does not support 4G. The battery is said to have a 10 hour 3G talk time and a 7.1 days stand-by time. The Cubot J3 Pro does support 4G. It has a larger 5.5 inch screen and the screen is IPS. With the same 480 x 960 pixel resolution as the J3, the J3 Pro has a reduced pixel density of 195 ppi and a display area of 71.09%. It has a Quad-core 1.5 mHz CPU and a 2,800 mAh battery. Here are three phones which run Oreo 8.1 Go compared on devicespecifications. Comparison between: Cubot J3, Alcatel 1X, Cubot J3 Pro The Cubot J3 is currently priced at about 1,975 baht at GearBest and Aliexpress, the Cubot J3 Pro is 2,952 baht at GearBest and Aliexpress and the Alcatel 1X is 3,291 baht at the Amazon USA site and on the European sites so I would expect it to list shortly on the International sites at a similar price, as the dual SIM version has 2 GB of RAM (vs 1 GB RAM for the single SIM version) but only a 8 MP rear camera (vs a 13 MP rear camera on the single SIM version). So the Cubot J3 has a 5 inch TFT screen, the Alcatel 1X a 5.34 inch IPS screen and the Cubot J3 Pro a 5.5 inch IPS screen. The Cubot J3 has a 1.3 mHz Quad-core CPU, the Alcatel 1X a stronger CPU but also Quad-core 1.3 mHz, and the Cubot J3 Pro the same Quad-core CPU as the Alcatel 1X but the J3 Pro is running it at 1.5 mHz. The Cubot J3 has a 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP selfie. The Alcatel dual SIM version a 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP selfie, and the Cubot J3 Pro a 13 MP and 2 MP dual rear camera and a 5 MP selfie camera. The battery on the Cubot J3 is 2,000 mAh, and 2,460 mAh on the Alcatel X1, and 2,800 mAh on the Cubot J3 Pro. The J3 has a 69.04% display area, the Alcatel 1X a 69.84% display area, and the J3 Pro a 71.09% display area. The small Cubot J3, per Kimovil website, has a weight of 140 grams; the Alcatel X1 is 151 grams, and the J3 Pro, with the biggest battery and screen has a weight per Kimovil of 154 grams. Good, better, best; I would say. The Cubot J3 Pro is an actual, full featured phone, with an adequate CPU, screen, battery, and camera. My main concern with all three of the phones is quality and volume of the speaker. Gsmarena, which will list the measured sound output of the speakers for voice and ring tone in dB does not review Cubot, and other review sites tend to only rehash the specs, so speaker output is unknown on the newly released phones I have listed. Neither the Cubot website nor the Alcatel Website say anything about speaker output when they praise the features of their phones. Since I will be receiving the Cubot J3, hopefully, within weeks; I can comment on speaker volume after I have used it. At 2,952 baht, with a compact 150.3 x 72 x 8.8 mm body; the Cubot J3 Pro would seem to be a great deal. Except........for just one thing.......Xiaomi. The Xiaomi Redmi 6, and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, that is, which is to be released on June 25, 2018. Here is the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, the Xiaomi Redmi 6, and the Cubot J3 pro as compared on devicespecifications. https://www.devicespecifications.com/en/comparison/25dd10bb0c Here is the Xiaomi 6 Pro, the Xiaomi 6, and the Alcatel 1x as compared on gsmarena. Compare Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs. alcatel 1x - GSMArena.com The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is set to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with a 14 nm process technology running at 2.0 gHz. It has a RAM of 2, 3, or 4 GB, and a ROM of 16 GB, or 32 GB, or 64 GB, so it can comfortable run Oreo 8.1. The display area of the Xiaomi 6 Pro is listed at 79.8% with a 5.84 inch screen, and it has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels for a 432 ppi density. It has a dual 12 MP and 5 MP front camera, a 4000 mAh battery, and a weight of 178 grams The Xiaomi Redmi 6 has a RAM of 3 GB or 4 GB, a ROM of 32 GB or 64 GB, and sports a MediaTek CPU with 12 nm process technology running at 2.0 gHz. It has a 5.45 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels (295 ppi), with a 72.92% display area. A dual 12 MP and 5 MP front camera, a 3,000 mAh battery, and weights 145 grams. So look at some of the specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 6 vs the Cubot J3 Pro. The Xiaomi runs Oreo 8.1, the Cubot 8.1 Go, the Xiami has a Quad-core CPU at 2.0 gHz vs the Cubot at 1.5 gHz, with the Xiaomi running a 12 nm process technology vs the Cubot 24 nm process technology; the Xiaomi has a faster RAM and GPU frequency with a better GPU chip. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 has a better camera than the Cubot J3 Pro, the same battery power, is 8 grams lighter in weight, and has a body which is thinner, shorter, and more narrow vs the Cubot J3 Pro, with a better % usable display area. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 beats the Cubot J3 Pro in every single relevant spec. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 is not available for sale or pre-sale yet, but should be shortly, expected at about 4,607 baht vs the Cubot J3 Pro which is available now on GearBest for 2,952 baht. The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro is just in a different category because of it's large screen and battery. At maybe 5.758 baht it should probably be bumped to NanLaew's Mid-range smartphone recommendations topic. And that topic is so much fun because there are so many choices at around that price. So, staying with the affordable topic; consider the four phones, the Cubot J3, the Cubot J3 Pro, the Alcatel 1X, and the Xiaomi Redmi 6. I have voted with my debit card for the Cubot J3. In my opinion the Xiaomi Redmi 6 beats the Cubot J3 Pro in value, because I think that for an extra, maybe, 655 baht, maybe 1000 baht, you are likely to get a better Phone with the Xiaomi Redmi 6. Xiaomi has a good track record with speaker output, for example the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a 71 dB max in call voice volume and a 87 dB max ring volume; which is just excellent for a phone selling at 5,690 baht at Lazada. I just have no knowledge of the track record of Cubot with respect to speaker output. Why didn't I list the Redmi 5 Plus here as a recommendation? Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS; ugg, 77.68% display area; nope, 75.45 mm body width, it's out of here! The specs on the Cubot J3 Pro are good, my guess is that it is also a very nice phone. Please post your vote concerning these phones, or nominate some other candidates.