Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 15, 2020

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 15, 2020

Hi everyone,

Today it’s a new Tuesday, so we will look at what’s new at Redbox to watch.

This week, we got 4 new movies, all available in DVD:

Movies added

DVD

  • Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!
  • Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  • Max Reload and the Nether Blasters
  • The Bay of Silence

Movies no longer available

DVD

  • Birth Of The Dragon
  • Blood Money
  • Demon
  • Detroit
  • Jeepers Creepers 3
  • Leatherface
  • mother!
  • Stronger
  • Vampire Wars

Blu-Ray

  • Detroit
  • Jeepers Creepers 3
  • mother!

Movies coming soon

This list is not final and may change at any moment.

DVD

  • American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules
  • Antebellum
  • Ava
  • Bill & Ted Face The Music
  • Black Water: Abyss
  • Critical Thinking
  • Friendsgiving
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Let It Snow
  • Lost Girls and Love Hotels
  • Most Wanted
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Red Shoes And The Seven Dwarfs
  • Run
  • Sea Level & Sea Level 2: Magic Arch Double Feature
  • Seized
  • The 2nd
  • The New Mutants
  • The Tax Collector
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • The Silencing
  • The Vanished
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Unhinged (2020)
  • Valley Girl (2020)
  • Welcome to Sudden Death

Blu-Ray

  • Ava
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Run
  • The 2nd
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • Unhinged (2020)

Are you going to watch anything this week?

SednaEarFit Xelastec Review

SednaEarFit Xelastec Review

Ever since I got my Hidizs MS4 IEM, I became a journey to try several ear tips, after I lost one of their “Bass” ear tips. This journey began with me trying some Chinese replacements tips, in particular, some called “Spiral ear tips”. They were good, but I still tried other tips, including the highly acclaimed Spinfits.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t pleased with the Spinfits, as I found it degraded the sound to my likes. It was until I found the AZLA SednaEarFitLight that I was really pleased with how the sound came from them.

SednaEarFit Xelastec 5

AZLA is known to make one of the best ear tips. Their SednaEarFit line improves both sound and comfort, but one of their issues has to do with getting the right fit, and the high price. However, once you find the correct size for you, you will be really pleased with how they sound.

AZLA recently released the SednaEarFit Xelastec, which is made of different material that adapts to your ear. This makes them fit great and will not, theoretically, fall.

SednaEarFit Xelastec 1

I found that one of the most important thing that affects the size is the nozzle size and diameter. The smaller the diameter, the more dull the sound will be, and the longer or shorter the nozzle length is, is how the sound frequency will get affected.

SednaEarFit Xelastec 2

On the Hidizs MS4, the shorter the nozzle length is, will produce more bass, great mids, and tame the treble. The longer the nozzle length is, there may be less bass, with more treble sparks, and the mids, well, fall in the middle or may get behind.

Once I tried the SednaEarFit Xelastec, they became my favorite ear tip. Here’s why:

Ease of use

Some ear tips have a hard time getting placed in the IEM nozzle, because of its diameter. This was the case when I got the Spinfit ear tip, as the diameter was small. With the SednaEarFit Xelastec, they just fit without having any struggles. This may be due to its adapting material.

Sound

The nozzle length of the Xelastec is shorter and just a bit smaller than their SednaEarFitLight. However, due to the material it’s made, the sound doesn’t get affected much. In fact, it does a great job to reproduce a great frequency response. The bass isn’t overwhelmed but is improved. The mids comes more forward but not too much. The treble is tamed with no sparks to it. The sound stage is very good to my likes, which is a forward sound with great instrument separation and energy.

Fit

This really depends on the tip size used. In my case, the best size is their ML (Medium-Large) size. They are very comfortable and fits very nice in my ears. I can use them for hours without getting itchy or without causing discomfort. They also do not fall. The material they are made will give you a sticky feeling, unlike silicone tips which depending on the one used, may cause you some itch and discomfort.

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The only downside is that due to them being kind of sticky, you may have to clean them often.

Price

Let’s be honest, these tips are not cheap, but they are really worth it. The main problem you’ll probably face is spending money to test the different tip sizes. I used to be a medium size when it comes to tips, but for the AZLA tips, the best ones are their Medium-Large. Fortunately, you can get various tip sizes but at a premium.

Personally, I got the pack that comes with medium, medium-large, and large tips, just to see if the medium-large would still fit or I needed to go down to the medium tips. The large ones are large indeed.

SednaEarFit Xelastec 3

So, for starters, you may want to start here. At a price of $28.00, each tip size comes at $9.33 approximately.

Conclusion

I can recommend these tips if you’re looking for comfort without compromising the sound. It may even improve it depending on which tips you are using. Remember that not all tips will produce the same sound with every IEM, so your mileage will vary here, but if you, like me, own the Hidizs MS4 IEM, I can recommend them. AZLA makes one of the most amazing and high quality ear tips I’ve ever used.

You can get these tips on Amazon here:

Individual sizes:

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 8, 2020

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 8, 2020

Hi everyone,

Today is Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and since it’s a Tuesday, it means new movies to rent at Redbox. This week we have 6 new titles, all of which are only available on DVD. Let’s take a look at today’s new content

Movies added

DVD

  • Beckman
  • Mighty Oak
  • Retaliation
  • Spy Cat
  • The Big Ugly
  • Z

Movies no longer available

DVD

  • All Saints
  • Border Cross
  • Cops and Robbers
  • The 13th Friday
  • The Heist

Blu-Ray

  • Atomic Blonde

Movies coming soon

This list is not final and may change at any moment.

DVD

  • American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules
  • Antebellum
  • Ava
  • Bill & Ted Face The Music
  • Black Water: Abyss
  • Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!
  • Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Let It Snow
  • Max Reload and the Nether Blasters
  • Most Wanted
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Red Shoes And The Seven Dwarfs
  • Run
  • Sea Level & Sea Level 2: Magic Arch Double Feature
  • The 2nd
  • The Bay of Silence
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • The Silencing
  • The Tax Collector
  • The Vanished
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Unhinged (2020)
  • Valley Girl (2020)
  • Welcome to Sudden Death

Blu-Ray

  • Ava
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Run
  • The 2nd
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • Unhinged (2020)

Which movie are you going to watch this week?

PAQCompress v0.4 has been released

PAQCompress v0.4 has been released

Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.4:

PAQCompress v0.4

This new version adds new versions of paq8px: paq8px v191, v191a, v192, v193, v193fix1 and v193fix2.

It also adds a new option to use custom-built AVX2-optimized versions. These can be a bit faster than the regular version but you’ll need to use the AVX2 version to extract the files.

There may also be compatibility issues if compressing and extracting files between CPU architectures or brand. However, if you use the same CPU, you should not have any issues. This applies mostly when using the LSTM option. However, v193fix2 should fix this issue.

PAQCompress v0.4 AVX2 option

As always, test your compressed files and do not use it for important files, as paq8px is very experimental.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 1st, 2020

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – September 1st, 2020

Hi everyone,

Today is Tuesday and also the first day of this month which started today. As usual, Redbox releases new movies at the box every Tuesday. Today, we’ll look at what’s new, what’s no longer in circulation, and what’s coming soon. This week, we have 3 new movies of which one is available on Blu-Ray. Let’s take a look at the list below:

Movies added

DVD

  • Blood Quantum
  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Rogue

Blu-Ray

  • Irresistible (2020)

Movies no longer available

DVD

  • Better Watch Out
  • Conner McGreggor: Notorious
  • Dementia 13
  • Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Singularity
  • The Crucifixion
  • The Osiris Child

Movies coming soon

This list is not final and may change at any moment.

DVD

  • Ava
  • Beckman
  • Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!
  • Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Max Reload and the Nether Blasters
  • Mighty Oak
  • Most Wanted
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Let It Snow
  • Red Shoes And The Seven Dwarfs
  • Retaliation
  • Run
  • Sea Level & Sea Level 2: Magic Arch Double Feature
  • Spy Cat
  • The 2nd
  • The Bay of Silence
  • The Big Ugly
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • The Silencing
  • The Tax Collector
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Unhinged (2020)
  • Welcome to Sudden Death
  • Z

Blu-Ray

  • Ava
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Run
  • The 2nd
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • Unhinged (2020)

Are you planning on watching one of this week’s new releases?

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – August 25, 2020

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – August 25, 2020

Hi everyone,

Today is Tuesday, meaning it’s the weekly movie release day at the box! This week, we have 4 new movies, 2 of which are available on Blu-Ray. Let’s see the list below:

Movies added

DVD

  • Hard Kill
  • One Night In Bangkok
  • The Burnt Orange Heresy
  • The King of Staten Island

Blu-Ray

  • Hard Kill
  • The King of Staten Island

Movies no longer available

DVD

  • Acts of Vengeance
  • Alien Arrival
  • Alien: Reign Of Man
  • I Do… Until I Don’t
  • Fun Mom Dinner
  • Ghost House
  • Lycan
  • Red Christmas
  • The Elf
  • Tulip Fever
  • We’ll Never Have Paris

Movies coming soon

This list is not final and may change at any moment.

DVD

  • Irresistible (2020)
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Max Reload and the Nether Blasters
  • Mulan (2020)
  • Rogue
  • The 2nd
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • The Secret: Dare to Dream
  • The Tax Collector

Blu-Ray

  • Ava
  • Mulan (2020)
  • The 2nd
  • The Informer
  • The New Mutants
  • Unhinged (2020)
Comparison of the sound of the different Hiby R3 models

Comparison of the sound of the different Hiby R3 models

Hi everyone,

Today, I want to talk to you about the different sound signatures of the different Hiby R3 models.

Hiby is a company that specializes in audio hardware and headphones. They have created Digital Audio Players, Bluetooth receivers, and headphones. They have also created a modified Android version for their Hiby R5 and R6 players while also having developed the HibyOS operating system that powers the Hiby R3. They also use a range of DACs in their products that ultimately gives them their signature sound.

Two years ago, Hiby launched the Hiby R3 player on Kickstarter. This particular model used an ES9028Q2M DAC. It also offered a lot of great features for a price of just $189 at that time. Then, in the last months of the last year, Hiby launched the Hiby R3 Pro, changing the DAC to not one, but 2 Cirrus Logic CS43131. Finally, a few months ago, Hiby launched the new Hiby R3 Pro Saber which went back to using ESS DACs. This time, powered by two ES9218p DACs.

These players each have their advantages in the sound department, but none of them sounds the same. This is why I’ll be giving my thoughts on this.

Hiby R3

The original Hiby R3 is musical in the mids. The highs are not bright and the bass is not overwelmed. The sound is neither warm or bright, but rather neutral. This is why it seems like the mids have a better presentation.

Hiby R3 Pro

The Hiby R3 Pro changed the DAC to dual CS43131. Cirrus Logic DACs are warmer than those from ESS, which sounds more analytical and sometimes bright. Because of this, the bass and mids have a warmer tone, including making the vocals be warmer, The sound is also a bit more open due to the two DACs.

Hiby R3 Pro Saber

The Hiby R3 Pro Saber went back to the ESS DACs, particularly, the ES9218p. These DACs sound different depending on their implementation. On the Hiby R3 Pro Saber, the sound is more analytical, airy, and more open. The hights are bright but not to the point where they will cause hearing fatigue. I rather like the sound this way because it makes the highs be more detailed. The voices have a lot more air and are more forward and clearer than on the R3 Pro, which was warmer.

Below, you’ll find a video I recorded talking about these different models and their sound signature:

Which DAP is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

The Western Digital 14TB Easystore Hard Disk Drive

The Western Digital 14TB Easystore Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you the 14TB Western Digital Easystore Hard Disk Drive. This is an external hard drive sold at Best Buy in the United State, and sometimes they sell them at a special price.

The drive comes with a USB 3.0 conection. It has plenty of space to store our precious data as well as allowing us to store backup copies of it. These hard drives are filled with helium which makes them not get too hot when we are using them.

Unboxing

The box comes with a simple presentation, usual of hard disk drives boxes:

When we open it, we see the hard drive:

On the side, we see the cables and the manual:

Disk Benchmark

I connected the drive on Windows which recognized it as a 12.7TB drive. I then went ahead and ran a benchmark using the CystalDiskMark utility. It reported over 200MB+ read/write speed:

Here’s a video of the benchmark, altough I used another drive and it reported over 170MB+. The difference was that this other 14TB drive already had data in it:

Conclusion

With 12.7TB reported on windows, this drive allows us to store huge amounts of data and store backups. It is very fast and comes with typical Western Digital quality. I expect this drive to hold still for a lot of years, as my previous Western Digital drives are still operating excellent.

You can buy this hard disk drive on Best Buy here.

The Avantree DG80 USB Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

The Avantree DG80 USB Bluetooth Audio Transmitter

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you the Avantree DG80 Bluetooth USB Audio Transmitter:

Avantree DG80 - 1

This is a Bluetooth adapter that works as a PC audio card. It transmits audio via Bluetooth using the SBC, FastStream, aptX, or aptX Low Latency codec, depending on which codecc your headphone or adapter supports. Having the aptX codec provides us with a better audio experience.

The aptX Low Latency codec allows us to watch movies and videos without any audio delay. Most Bluetooth receivers today support this codec and having a transmitter with it makes us take advantage of this.

Avantree DG80 - 2

Unboxing

The DG80 packaging is small and simple.

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We can see the adapter along with its manual and documentation behind.

We can see the transmitter is really small.

Finally, we have the included documentation.

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Package content:

Avantree DG80 - 10

Using the transmitter

Using this transmitter is as simple as plugging it into a USB port and going into pairing mode.

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We can see Windows detects it as Avantree DG80.

Avantree DG80 Settings 2

The transmitter has a bit depth and sample rate of 16bit/48khz, which is common with these adapters.

Avantree DG80 Settings 3

I paired it with my Fiio BTR5 and we can see it is using the aptX Low Latency codec.

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Here’s a video of the pairing process of the adapter:

Audio Quality

Becuase this transmitter uses a Qualcomm chipset, the sound quality is realy great, thanks to its support of the aptX and aptX Low Latency codecs.

Signal strength

Avantree claims the adapter will work up to 30 meters or 100 feet. This may be true unless there are some obstacles in the way. In my tests with the Whooshi adapter, known to have signal issues, I was able to listen to music while I was in the same room. However, going away I could hear the audio getting cut. If you’re looking for the best signal range, the Avantree DG60 is a better choice.

Conclusion

If you still do not have a USB Bluetooth audio transmitter, the Avantree DG80 is a good start. It’s small, portable, and cheap. It also supports the aptX and aptX Low Latency codecs to provide excellent audio quality.