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

Programmable DC Electronic Load Tester (Array 3710A/ProTek L-300)

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As many of you know I’ve been busy finishing my latest hardware creation, Myro:Air and as part of a certification process, the USB port on the back of the unit must be able to provide a stable 5V at both 1A and 2.1A loads.  Long story short, it’s been quite the process to test the power supply consistently until I found this nice Programmable DC Electronic Load system.  It’s marketed under many different brands like TekPower, Circuit Specialists & ProTek but it usually also contains the model number of 3710A and is made by Array.  The best part is the price — $349 for the 360VDC/150W and $499 for the 360V/ 300W version.

I purchased the unit from Circuit Specialists and will post a full video review soon.  It’s allowed me to easily test different component profiles as well as test the required overload protection of Myro:Air’s USB circuit.    The unit also features a built in multimeter that can also measure the voltage of the circuit under load though I still prefer to use my DMM for more accurate measures.   I’ll also demonstrate the PC software it ships with in the video.

Feel free to post an questions in the comments and I can answer then in the video.

- Circuits Specialists CSI3710A

- TekPower TP3710A via Amazon.com

 

 


Posted at Jan 16th | no comments | Filed Under: Cool Tools, DIY, Electronics read on

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