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Fixing the Orange LED of the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Fixing the Orange LED of the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Hi everyone, I have found a solution for when my Tempotec iDSD Plus gets the Orange LED. The solution is fairly easy. I believe that something may not be making good contact with the printed circuit board and may be preventing the DAC from working. However, slightly pushing around the SmartAction SA2000 chip, it seems to make the LED change back to green and allow the unit to work. You can see the video below where you can see the…

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How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18875

Hi everyone, Today, I finally managed to install Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 18875. Previosuly, I was getting an error with code 0xca00a000. After reading around the Feedback hub, it seems that disabling the Windows Search service and deleting the content of the Windows SoftwareDistribution folder fixes this, and the update is able to be installed succesful. Here, I’ll show you step by step how to do it. Disabling the Windows Search service First, press the keys Win + R…

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Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

Can’t get Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875 to install…

UPDATE 4/13/2019: Yesterday, I published how to install build 18875. Click here to read the post. Hi everyone, Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18875, but I’m unable to install it on my machines. For some reason, it fails at 7% when it’s configuring the update when attempting to restart, and then, if I try to download the update again, it returns a 0xca00a00 error. I removed the contents in C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and it seems to be able to download…

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A week with the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

A week with the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Hi everyone, It’s been actually more than a week with my new Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus, and my experience with this new unit has been very positive. First of all, I haven’t faced the Blue LED problem again. As I wrote in my teardown article, they changed some components inside that may prevent this problem from happening again, but it also seems to have introduced a problem where the unit main LED turns orange. This happens rarely, and the unit…

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New Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown

New Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown

Hi everyone, Today, I decided to do a Teardown of the new Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus unit I received to compare the internal components to my previous Tempotec/Hidizs DAC. The unit is identical from the outside, so I did the same teardown process I did before for this new unit. The best way to open it is to use a sharp object to very careful try to detach the glass. To my surprise, this new unit wasn’t glued entirely. It…

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Shucking the Western Digital WD Elements 10TB External Hard Disk Drive

Shucking the Western Digital WD Elements 10TB External Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show you the process of shucking the WD Elements 10TB External Hard Drive that I got the last 2 weeks. We need to use a sharp object and slide it toward the edges to take off the clips from the case. Then, we’ll slide it to the right carefully: We’ll keep sliding it right until it gets out: The drive inside my WD Elements is a WD100EMAZ: Now, we need to take out the Hard Disk…

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The Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

The Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

Hi everyone, Yesterday, I received the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus: This is a DAC and AMP all in one device. It has Dual ES9018K2M, Dual ES9601K amplifiers, as well as a Balanced 2.5mm headphone jack as well as the regular 3.5mm jack. The device is very similar to the Hidizs DH1000. In fact, it is a rebranded Tempotec product. Today, I’ll take a look at a newer Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus revision. The Tempotec unit I received should have some…

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The Western Digital 10TB WD Elements External Hard Drive

The Western Digital 10TB WD Elements External Hard Drive

Hi everyone, Last week, I got a new Western Digital 10TB Essentials External Drive, which was on sale at $160 on Amazon: The reason for getting this drive is that in today’s world, digital content is growing by a lot, and files are taking more space than ever. Video resolutions are growing and so are the quality of music, which takes a lot of space. Recent development on newer audio and video codecs may keep the audio file size small,…

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The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure Unboxing and Testing Video

Hi everyone, As I promised in the original post of the UGREEN 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Disk to USB-C 3.1 Enclosure post, here I share with you my unboxing and testing video. In the video, you’ll first see me as I go through the unboxing process and then I’ll be using CrystalDiskMark to test how the enclosure handles a 1TB Hard Disk Drive. Watch the video below:

The TAIHE Gemini Monitor Survey

The TAIHE Gemini Monitor Survey

Hi everyone, As a backer of the TAIHE Gemini Monitor, I have received the survey today: I’ve never had a survey sent using crowdox, which is the survey system TAIHE is using to collect backer details such as their main pledge, extra items, and of course, shipping address. I clicked the Confirm your Pledge button to have the survey started and filled as soon as possible. I was then sent to their site where my pledge for the Gemini FHD…

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