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The beginner’s guide to home audio


So you’re sick of listening to the lo-fi sound supposedly coming out of your computer speakers or those cheap headphones that came with the phone? Well, you are not alone, there is a growing movement amongst consumers of the world to move away from the attractive prices of the low end audio devices on the market and get back to the idea of quality sound. We can see this in the massive popularity of certain brands that trade on their superior sound quality and even in the vinyl revolution, where people want that warm sound that used to be the norm.


Hardcore sound nerds will talk to you forever about audio and if you get seriously into it, you may never be heard from again. But for those who just want a bit of quality without the serious outlay of time, there are a few easy things to look for in a good sound system.


Where are the beats going to be?


It is really important to think about where the speakers are going to be as this can have a massive difference on the sound. If you are just going to put them in the lounge room and blast them while you sit on the couch then your set-up is going to be more straightforward. But if you’re looking at having a set-up that runs throughout the house, using wireless speakers might be your best bet. Consider obtaining a professional opinion to get the most out of your system.


Technical terms


You are going to want to spend some time getting to know the lingo that is used to describe the different features of an audio system and their technical capabilities. You don’t need to be an expert, a little research will go a long way to make sure you don’t end up with the wrong device or paying way too much for a system that’s going to be too loud and just get you into trouble with the neighbors. So do you know your receivers from your amplifiers and your tweeters from woofers? These terms have nothing to do with pets or social media, but are the names of the two main components of your speakers that produce the high and low frequencies that come out of your stereo. The woofers provide the base and the tweeters deal with the high and medium frequencies.


In the shop vs online


You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a drive and the same should go with a sound system. It’s important to get into the shop and hear what the speakers actually sound like and don’t take the advertising material at their word. Take some music with you that you know well and will be able to differentiate the differences on various systems. You will also be able to have a conversation with the staff that know what they are talking about and can give you valuable advice. Once you know exactly what you’re after, you have the choice of purchasing in-store or alternatively, take comfort in the joys of shopping online directly from your lounge room couch.



Can I mix and match brands?


You can absolutely, but it isn’t always a great idea. Brands design their systems to work seamlessly together and even though mixing, say, an amp and a set of speakers will definitely work, there is a chance of unexpected results and diminished sound quality. So it’s best to stick with one brand for the whole set-up. The exception though is with sub-woofers, where specialized brands will have a better product than brands that design entire systems.


The amazing home and garden projects you could work with a 3D printer

With advancements in technology, 3D printers have become quite affordable for even common people who want to try different things as hobbyists. Apart from professional use, people are also using 3D printer to accomplish different home and garden projects. Even though 3D printing is confined to limited items, the trend of DIY home and garden projects is definitely picking up. You can also try your hand at replicating things you have in mind. Here are some cool ideas to help you do some home and garden projects using a 3D printer. Continue reading The amazing home and garden projects you could work with a 3D printer

Electronic devices that accentuate your green thumb

Scientists and designers have come up with many flexible devices that not only help you save time but also help you go eco friendly. These devices ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and provide you an opportunity to go green without compromising the performance. Here we have a list of some green electronic devices that you should have in your home and work places to help sustain the environment. Continue reading Electronic devices that accentuate your green thumb

How Often Should You Defrost the Freezer?


Many eco-enthusiastic green minded families are finding that manual frost freezers are the way to go, in terms of using less energy as well as the more consistent level of freezing they provide for the foods contained in them. The process of the frost free cycle can also dry out foods, making them unpalatable and basically no good. It’s time to take another look at the necessary process of manual defrosting, as it has almost become a forgotten or lost art.

More Reasons to Buy a Manual Frost Freezer

For one thing, frost free is more expensive, compared to the same unit in a frost free model. And when it comes to chest freezers, they are always designed to be manually defrosted. Frost free freezers dehydrate meats and other foods by the process that actually allows them to sustain the frost free environment.

How a Frost Free Refrigerator Manages to Stay Free of Frost

It’s not through air circulation, but rather due to the cyclic freeze and thaw method it uses continuously as it runs. The way this works, is the freezer actually spends a portion of its time during this cycle to go into thaw mode, which affects every item of food and anything else that is stored inside it. What happens is that the edges of the food partially thaw and then refreeze. This produces ice crystallization which ends up wicking away water from the edges of your food. Enough exposure to this cyclic activity and what you wind up with is a tough piece of leather. Manual defrost freezers never subject your foods to this kind of problem, seeing as how once the food is frozen, it is maintained in that state continuously. There is no water therefore, to recrystallize.

Some Distinctions between Frost Free Refrigerators and Manual Defrost Refrigerators

The manner in which you should pack food differs from frost free to manual defrost fridges, too. Food that is not completely vacuum packed actually keeps better and longer in a manual defrost refrigerator. Then, when it comes to storing foods in a frost free environment, the converse is true. The extra measure of vacuum sealing everything you intend to place for storage in a frost free unit will actually serve to minimize the volume of dehydration and recrystallized damage to the edges and outer surfaces of all your food items. It’s the air voids within the food packaging that allow for water (and flavor) to be drawn out from the food where it simply crystallizes.

The Most Energy Efficient Type of Home Freezing Technology

While it definitely does not offer the easiest access to all of the frozen contents, a deep freezer or more commonly a chest freezer is, by far, way ahead of all the others in terms of energy efficiency and consistently maintaining the most suitable frozen temps. When you open up a chest freezer, what you have are layers upon layers of frozen foods, and often you end up having to dig your way through many different packages in order to get to the one you are looking for. Good maintenance of a chest freezer not only means timely defrosting, but also some type of diagram that is kept current and shows the exact configuration of all contents. When you take out an item, you delete it or mark it off. When you add items, you add them to the diagram, in the exact spot where you locate them within the freezer.


Avoiding Freezer Burn

Generally, you should be able to rotate your frozen items in such a way as to store those which you will most likely use first in the freezer component of your kitchen refrigerator, with all foods which you plan on storing for longer periods (or items that are just too large for your refrigerator’s freezer compartment) in your manual defrost freezer. The way a frost free freezer is able to sustain the frost free environment is by warming the internal temperature from somewhere in the vicinity of zero degrees Fahrenheit to around thirty two degrees fahrenheit. And this happens anywhere from between one to four times every 24 hours. While it doesn’t remain at the higher temp for very long, it is enough time for ice crystals that were beginning to form to be forced to dissipate. The thinner and less sealed the wrapper or container, the more likely your foods placed into a frost free freezer will be to become victims of freezer burn. So, lots of layers and plenty of air-tight occlusion is what is needed here. And don’t forget to only store items you will use within a relatively short period of time in a frost free freezer.

When it’s Time to Defrost

Any frost free freezers do not need defrosting. They should, however, be cleaned out on a yearly basis, and more often if need be. Manual defrost freezers should be defrosted a minimum of once a year or if you see that there is more than a fourth of an inch of frost that has formed over a large area anywhere within the freezer’s surface. The accumulation of ice and frost within the freezer will significantly reduce the volume of available storage space. If you are able to, try to plan on reducing the number of items that you have stored in your freezer over a period of a few months prior to defrosting. And then, you may find that you have enough room in your kitchen fridge’s freezer space so that you can simply transfer the foods from your manual defrost freezer into the one in your kitchen. Many people will take advantage of the coldest days during winter to defrost their freezers, especially when the temps dip below freezing, as this enables them to just stack everything together in an unheated garage, outbuilding or on a patio table while you defrost the freezer. The entire process of defrosting your freezer should take around one to two hours, depending on just how much ice and frost has accumulated.


Always remember to disconnect your freezer from the power supply before beginning to defrost. And if you have no colder place for storing the contents, place them in coolers that are well insulated and sealed. Clean the freezer as quickly as possible and make sure it is cool again before restocking it. And most importantly, refer to the manufacturer’s directions for defrosting.


Futuristic yacht designs that float the waves with opulence

Buying a boat/yacht has always been a favorite pastime of the rich. Thanks to innovative designers and improvements in technology, the luxury transit industry has taken a life of its own with several new concepts hitting the market ever so often. Here we present to you a few of the top concepts to hit the recreational sports market. Continue reading Futuristic yacht designs that float the waves with opulence

7 Amazing designs for the most striking tablets

Nearly every other individual has a tablet these days. These comparatively smaller devices are considered easier to handle and carry around when compared to laptops. While a lot of tablet designs are already available in the market, the hunger for more innovative concepts never fails to push us to explore new opportunities. As such, here are 7 amazing tablet concept designs which, if successful, would definitely revolutionize the tablet market. Continue reading 7 Amazing designs for the most striking tablets

4 Mind blowing gadgets from Mission Impossible you could not have missed

What James Bond 007 is to the British, Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible is to Americans. The movie was one of the top grossing films ever for Tom Cruise and earned him a lot of accolades for his daring stunts. More than that, the movie also garnered a lot of attention for the mind blowing gadgets and gizmos shown on screen. Here are 4 such amazing gadgets from the Mission Impossible movie series that definitely need to be seen in order to be believed in. Continue reading 4 Mind blowing gadgets from Mission Impossible you could not have missed