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Unboxing the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable

Unboxing the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing my unboxing video of the MagaBolt MagX Magnetic USB-C Cable which was a campaign that ran on Kickstarter.

This is a Magnetic USB-C cable that resembles Apple’s MagSafe connector. It is compatible with all USB-C devices, so you can use this cable to charge your phone, for instance.

Watch the video below to see how the cable looks:

Using the Hidizs MS4 with the RevoNext 3 5mm cable with inline controls and mic.

Using the Hidizs MS4 with the RevoNext 3 5mm cable with inline controls and mic.

Hi everyone,

I’ve uploaded a new video to my YouTube channel where I’m showing the Hidizs MS4 IEM being used with the RevoNext 3.5mm cable that has a microphone and inline controls to control volume and media. The cable that comes with the Hidizs MS1 and MS4 does not have a mic or inline controls and this cable is perfect as it adds those 2 things.

Watch the video below:

You can get the Hidizs MS4 and the RevoNext 3.5mm cable at Amazon using the following links:

Unboxing and testing the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable

Unboxing and testing the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing my Unboxing video of the Yinyoo 2.5mm Balanced to 2-pin IEM In-Ear Monitor cable. This is a 2.5mm balanced to 2-pin 0.78mm cable that is compatible with IEM’s like the KZ ZS7 which I have. In this video, I’ll also be testing the cable with my HiBy R3:

Do you have this cable or another one? What do you think of it? Let me know your cable recommendations below.

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y Cable

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I received the UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y cable and I’m going to show it to you and also my use of it.

The UGREEN USB to Micro USB Y cable is a USB cable that splits into 2, and yes, you can use it to connect 2 devices simultaneously and transfer data to them because the cable acts as a USB Hub. This is the cable:

UGREEN Y Cable 1
The UGREEN Y Cable

Taken out of the package:

UGREEN Y Cable 2
UGREEN Y Cable taken out of the package

Now, this is where I show you my usage of it. As you may know from an earlier post, I own a Hidizs DH1000 Digital-Analog Converter and Amp. This Amp that I have has a problem with charging, and that’s where this cable comes handy. The DH1000 has 2 USB ports, One is for data and the other is for charging. This cable is the perfect solution to keep it powered on while enjoying music.

Here’s a picture of the cable connected to the DAC/Amp turned off and charging:

UGREEN Y Cable 3
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hidizs DH1000

Now, it’s important to know that this cable consumes around 0.05 to 0.08A (amps), so keep that in mind. This is due to its integrated Hub.

With the Hidizs DH1000 turned on, it consumes around 0.20A:

UGREEN Y Cable 4
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hidizs DH1000 and turned on

It works wonderful!

Here it is connected directly to a USB port of my laptop:

UGREEN Y Cable 5
UGREEN Y Cable connected to my Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop and the Hidizs DH1000

And of course, it’s compatible with my Hiby R3. Notice the USB logo on the top left, meaning it has a USB DAC connected to it:

UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hiby R3 and the Hidizs DH1000
UGREEN Y Cable connected to the Hiby R3 and the Hidizs DH1000

And there you have it. The cable does the purpose it’s meant to do. It’s working fine with my amp, and that’s a wonderful thing. However, when it’s connected to the Hiby R3, the DAP’s (Digital Audio Player, the R3) battery will discharge more quickly. Still, it’s a very nice cable for short listening sessions.

You can buy this cable on Amazon at the following link:

Hidizs DH1000 using a USB Meter to simulate a Y cable

Hidizs DH1000 using a USB Meter to simulate a Y cable

Hi everyone,

As you may have seen from my previous posts, I’ve been developing GUI’s for FLAC and Opus, which are 2 great audio formats. This, of course, means I listen to music, and to enjoy them, I use my Hidizs DH1000 USB DAC/Amp. The sound it produces is awesome, but I’ve been having issues lately due to it charging very slow.

Because the unit charges very slow, at just 0.09A according to my meter, I needed to figure out a way I can keep using my DH1000 without sending the unit back to China for replacement. Of course, this is easy, because the unit features 2 USB, you can just connect 2 MicroUSB cables and have the problem solved. This would send power to the unit while you enjoy music, but what if you only have one USB socket available? Yes, you can use a USB hub, but I don’t think it’s recommended to use one because it would have a Hub in the middle and not a direct connection to the DAC, and also you’ll have several cables around.

To do a simple test, I purchased the PortaPow USB Meter which features 2 USB-A ports. One is for charging only and the other allows data transfer and charge, so the connection I’m using is the data port to the DH1000 data port and the No Data + SmartCharge port to the DH1000 microUSB charge port:

Using the PortaPow to provide Data and Charging to the Hidizs DH1000

With the meter, I could see that the unit is working and it is also drawing power from the USB port, which is what I initially wanted.

I also tested this with my Hiby R3 as you can see below:

Using the PortaPow with the Hiby R3

The Voltage seems to be below 5V, but it’s working fine. The downside is that the R3 battery drains faster, but for short-term music listening, this is fine.

My next step is to find a good USB-A to Micro USB Y Cable that provides charging and data to keep using my DH1000 for as long as possible.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. I know there’s some of you that have the DH1000 Blue Light issue, and that’s why I also have the rubber band that came with my unit in the DH1000, because I also have that issue. But hey, at least the DH1000 is still working great!

See ya in my next post!

Unboxing Anker PowerLine USB 3.0 to USB-C cable

Unboxing Anker PowerLine USB 3.0 to USB-C cable

Hi everyone,

Today, I’d like to show you my unboxing video of the Unboxing Anker PowerLine USB 3.0 to USB-C cable

This is a cable that allows you to use your USB-C devices at USB 3.0 speeds when connected to a USB 3.0 port and assuming that the device is USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1-capable. If the USB-C device works only at USB 2.0 speeds, then, this cable will allow USB 2.0 speeds only. Still, it’s a better cable to get as, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with a USB-C to USB 2.0 cable (hence the reason I got this cable), so this cable will allow you to experience the fastest transfer speeds when using a USB 3.0 port.

Here’s the video. Hope you enjoy it!

You can buy this cable on Amazon here.

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Thanks for watching!

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable Overview

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable Overview

Hi everyone,

In this post, I’d like to show you this product I found on Amazon.com.

If you have ever had a laptop, you may have recycled them when they die or it’s no longer usable, but some people remove their parts like RAM, Hard Disk Drive/SSD, and Optical Units, or maybe you have got a new shiny DVD or Blu-Ray drive to replace your laptop drive. In any of these cases, you may have DVD drives around you that you are not using anymore but they work perfectly.

Meet this USB to Slimline SATA Cable:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 1

This cable is a Y-type USB cable, meaning that you have 2 connectors. One of them is used for Data and the other is used for Power in case the USB port on your machine can’t provide enough power. On the other end, we have the Slimline SATA connector, which fits our Slimline DVD drives:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 2

It also came with a cloth to clean our disc media.

Here’s a closer look at the cable:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 3

You can see all three connectors there. When browsing on Amazon, almost all of the cablers were a standard cable with 2 ends only, but I believe these Y-type cables should still be sold as there are some situations where a port can’t power a device like when using an unpowered USB hub. This is a real deal to me when it comes to purchasing these types of cables.

A closer look at the Slimline SATA connector. You can clearly see that it says Slimline SATA in it:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 4

A closer look at the pins:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 5

Now, it’s time to test this cable. Here, I’m using an LG Super Multi DVD Drive, model GT20L. This is an excellent drive I’ve had for years and the reason I got it was because it has Lightscribe in it, allowing me to etch labels on the unfortunately abandoned Lightscribe media:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 6

We’re going to connect the cable to the drive:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 7

Cable connected:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 8

And finally, the drive connected to this USB 2.0 hub, while the other USB end is connected to a USB Extender to a Wall charger:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 9

So, with this cable, I’m now able to use this DVD drive at USB 2.0 speeds. I’m using it mainly to listen to my Music collection. I still prefer to buy music CD’s instead of digital versions of the albums:

USB 2.0 to Slimline SATA Cable 10

I haven’t had any issues at all with this cable, which I got and it didn’t had any review on Amazon at the time I purchased it.

You can get this cable on Amazon here.

Hope you enjoyed this article!