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Unboxing Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today, I got the new Game Builder Garage game for the Nintendo Switch, thanks to Amazon’s Prime Release Day Delivery.

The box art is very yellowish in color.

Game Builder Garage Nintendo Switch 3

The same goes in the inside, where we also see the game cart.

Game Builder Garage Nintendo Switch 4

This is the image that pops in the Nintendo Switch when the game cart is inserted:

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Here goes another game to play later. I’ve been playing Ring Fit Adventure lately to keep myself exercised.

You can get this game on Amazon at the following link:

Unboxing Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be looking at Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for the Nintendo Switch.

I got this game because I loved playing The Tower SP back on the days of the Gameboy Advance:

Then came the Nintendo DS and it got The Tower DS, but only in Japan. Coming forward to the present day, we got Project Highrise, which was released for several platforms.

Project Highrise is basically an adaption of the original SimTower game, of which both The Tower SP and The Tower DS were also based of. This means that we get the SimTower experience on the Nintendo Switch.

The box is wonderfully designed with several buildings. The back of it has some screenshots which looks very familiar to those who played the previously mentioned games.

Project Highrise Architect's Edition Nintendo Switch 3

Inside it’s a different story. Just the limited warranty as well as technical support information. We also have the came cart on the other side.

Like the game box, the cart design has some buildings. Finally, this is the game design when inserted in the Nintendo Switch:

Project Highrise Architect's Edition Nintendo Switch 6

I’ll definitely be playing this game and build an awesome tower.

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

Unboxing Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Nintendo released Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch. This is a remaster of the original Miitopia for the Nintendo 3DS released back in 2017.

Honestly, I never played Miitopia on the 3DS, so I hope to play this game and experience it myself. This is why I pre-ordered it some time ago and finally got it on Friday.

The box presents us with different Mii characters in different situations. The back of the box shows us a description of the game.

Miitopia Nintendo Switch 3

Inside we have a simple graphic with several Mii characters, and of course, we have the game cart.

The game cart is very simple with just the game logo.

Miitopia Nintendo Switch 6

This concludes this game unboxing. Next month, we’ll see Game Builder Garage and Mario Golf: Super Rush:

See you next time!

You can get Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch at the following link:

Unboxing New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch

Unboxing New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

On Friday, I got the New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch. This is the successor for the Nintendo 64 Pokémon Snap game. Here, we’ll see the box and its cart.

The game box contains graphics with several Pokémon.

New Pokemon Snap 3

Inside, we see a simpler graphics with the game cart.

Above are pictures of the game cart.

New Pokemon Snap 6

And this is how it looks on the Nintendo Switch Main Menu.

Have you got this game? I’ll be playing it in the following days.

You can get it on Amazon at the following link:

Unboxing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today, we’ll look at the box for the Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time game for the Nintendo Switch, which got released today. I had it preordered on Amazon.

The box is very colorful and the graphics looks of high quality. Let’s see the inside:

Crash Bandicoot: It's About Time for Nintendo Switch 3

The inside, however, is very simple. There’s no graphics inside. Instead, just Warranty information.

Let’s take a closer look at the game cart:

And here’s how it looks in the Nintendo Switch:

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While I have the N. Sane Trilogy, I haven’t finished it yet. At this point, all of these games are more for collection purposes and some day I’ll play them.

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.

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 works once the LED turns green again.

The second thing is that the charging speed is back to normal as well. My previous unit was having a slow charge rate of just 0.06A. Here, you can see it’s drawing a full amp, as I also have the unit turned on:

Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus charging
Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus charging

Once the unit finishes charging, the LED turns off, as expected:

Fully charged Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus
Fully charged Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

The device not only is working great in my Windows PC, with Tidal and Foobar, both using WASAPI for a bit-perfect playback experience, but it’s also working great with my Hiby R3:

The Hiby R3 also has an excellent sound, but I use my Tempotec Sonata iDSD as the sound is more open to my ears, and sounds more natural too.

It’s been several days with the DAC, and I’m really pleased with it. I’m listening to Tidal Masters, which are actually MQA-encoded music files and they sound excellent with this DAC, as a sample rate of either 24-bit/88.2Khz or 24-bit/96Khz, depending on the track being used:

Hiby R3 streaming Tidal Masters to the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus
Hiby R3 connected to the Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus

I hope this DAC work fine for a lifetime, as it’s the most enjoyable sound I’ve ever heard.

The USB cable I’m using with the DAC is the UGREEN USB to 2x Micro USB (Y) Cable, which allows me to listen to music and keep my unit charged at the same time.

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.

Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 1
Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 1

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 felt as if the glass was just placed on it, with some simple glued tape behind.

Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 2
Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 2

What I can see from it is a thin tape that covers that metal shield which was holding the glass. Now that the glass is removed, I can remove the 4 screws holding the metal plate to the DAC:

Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 3
Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 3

It’s pretty much identical to the previous Tempotec iDSD Plus unit, except that a quick look reveals that there’s no capacitor at the C46 mark.

Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 4
Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 4

In the above picture, you can see that the old unit (the unit below) has a capacitor in the C46 mark. Let’s tale a closer look:

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C46 capacitor missing in the new unit

It’s missing in the new unit, as can be seen in the photo above.

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C46 capacitor in the previous unit

And above you can see it in the previous unit.

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Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 5

Taking a look at the actual DAC printed circuit board, it also look pretty much identical. I didn’t noticed any difference at first sight, but it does has an IC changed.

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Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 6

The D4 diode was changed. Above you can see the diode from the new unit, which seems to have been replaced by hand, as it’s not placed straight there. Below, you can see the IC used in the previous unit:

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Tempotec Sonata iDSD Plus Teardown 7

You can see that one is straight.

It seems that these 2 changes have fixed the Blue LED problem for the new units, and that’s great! They didn’t did a new board revision, and instead they just switched the D4 IC and removed the C46 capacitor. Both boards have the same V1.1 revision written in it.

The battery is the same. Ironically, they also have the same dates. I wonder if Tempotec had to fix old units by hand, sealing it, and selling them as new, or if these are returned units which have been refurbished. Either case, the new Tempotec iDSD Plus works fine, charges fine, and has an excellent sound.

I did, however, noticed that the new unit sometimes have both Green and Red LED turned on simultaneously, making it seem to be orange. The unit doesn’t work at all when this happens.

Tempotec iDSD Plus Orange LED
Tempotec iDSD Plus Orange LED

It seems to work again after I charge the unit a bit. It makes me wonder if it may have to do with the battery voltage when it gets low. While this has been happening rarely, it may represent another underlying problem with this DAC.

I’ll, of course, keep using this DAC because it produces an awesome sound that I really like, and I’ll soon be receiving the newest Hidizs Mermaid MS1 and MS4 In-Ear Monitors which I’d love to use with this DAC.

UPDATE 3/25/2019: Added closer pictures of the C46 capacitor.

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.

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The WD Elements 10TB HDD

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:

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Sliding the WD Elements 10TB HDD to the right

We’ll keep sliding it right until it gets out:

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The WD Elements 10TB HDD

The drive inside my WD Elements is a WD100EMAZ:

WD Elements 10TB 4
WD Elements 10TB 4

Now, we need to take out the Hard Disk Drive from the case. This is easy, because it is attached to the case using some rubbers. We just need to carefully push the hard drive to get it out:

WD Elements 10TB 5
WD Elements 10TB 5

Now, we need to take out the SATA to USB controller screw:

WD Elements 10TB 7
WD Elements 10TB 7
WD Elements 10TB 8
WD Elements 10TB 8

And here we finally have the shucked drive:

WD Elements 10TB 9
WD Elements 10TB 9

This drive didn’t required any hack to install it in my desktop machine, unlike my 8TB drive which needed to be plugged with a MOLEX to SATA adapter so that it doesn’t receive the 3.3V. I plugged this 10TB drive directly using a SATA power cable from my EVGA 600W PSU:

WD Elements 10TB 10
WD Elements 10TB 10

Windows recognized the drive immediately:

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive in Windows Task Manager
Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive in Windows Task Manager

10TB of space! (Actually, 9.1TB)

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive Properties
Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive Properties

I ran CrystalDiskMark and this is the result:

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ CrystalDiskMark benchmark
Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ CrystalDiskMark benchmark

It’s fast, and it’s working awesome in my machine.

With this I conclude this quick and simple post.

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown)

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown)

Hi everyone,

Today, I’d like to show you some pictures of the Hidizs DH1000 Circuit Board.

We need to take out the top and bottom glass first. You can remove the top glass if you want to see the main chips, and you can remove the bottom glass to take a look at the battery. Please note that the glasses are completely glued, not just the borders, so you’ll need something that you can use to carefully remove the glue behind:

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Once the glass is removed, there’s a metal shield protecting the circuit board. Removing it is as easy as taking off the 4 screws it has. Note that the surface is full of glue:

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown) 1

Once removed, the beauty of the circuit board awaits:

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The main chip is a Hiby Music HBD150A:

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The second chip is a SmartAction SA2000 chip. From there, it goes to the dual ESS ES9018K2M DACs (Digital Analog Converters):

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown) 2

Here’s a closer look to the dual ES9018K2M decoder chips as well as the dual amp chips:

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown) 7

On the other side, there’s the battery. It can be detached but it seems to be glued, so it needs to be carefully removed:

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown) 5

Here I have the unit connected to my PC using both USB’s and a headphone connected:

Photos of the Hidizs DH1000 DAC/AMP Circuit Board (Teardown) 8

And here’s the battery side:

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It’s difficult to know if the unit is charging or not, because my unit has a fault in which the LED is always turned on, and the charging is extremely slow. Also, for now, the only way to power it is to disconnect the battery, press and keep pressed the power button, then quickly connect the Power USB cable without having the data cable connected. This will make the unit turn on. Once it’s on, the battery can be connected and once it is connected, the data cable can be connected. Otherwise, the unit will turn off almost immediately, maybe because it doesn’t have enough power to be kept on, which is why the battery needs to be connected.

I wonder if Hidizs will release an updated version (maybe a Hidizs DH2000?) which fixes this battery defect which some users have been facing. It’s just a matter of time to see what amplifier they do next, as this one sounds very good and I enjoy the sound. It’s unfortunate that it has such a battery problem. Anyway, I’ll keep using this product, again, because I enjoy the sound 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the photos!