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Creative Sound BlasterX G1 review – A versatile USB sound card

Pros: Price, sound quality, versatility, pre-made software EQ
Cons: No separate mic/line input, software

Build quality & functionalities: 8/10
Software: 6/10
Sound Quality: 8.5/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: June 2016
Review Price: £40

Creative Sound BlasterX G1 review - Colour

First of all I would like to thank Creative and ESL Gaming for sending me out the Sound BlasterX G1 sound card for review. It can be found on AmazonUK for £40 and on AmazonUSA for $50.

Full specifications of the G1 can be found on Creative’s website.

Here’s my video review on the G1:

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Firestone Audio GreenKey USB Isolator and FR-H001 Headphone Stand Review

First of all I would like to thank Firestone Audio for sending me these products to review.

I shall start off with the GreenKey USB isolator.
First of all, purchase information
GreenKey USB Isolator – $102 / £50 / €59 – Available from:
Amazon USA

Here are the pictures:

The USB isolator is a product I wasn’t expecting to change a great amount of audible sound, especially in a setup at my desk, which consists of my modded Denon AH-D2000, the DigiZoid ZO2 and an EHP-O2D. I was trying so hard, for such a long time to hear a difference, whilst using the EHP-O2D in DAC mode. No matter what I did, I couldn’t hear any difference whatsoever in sound. I tried different USB ports, both at the front and back of the PC and 2.0 and even 3.0 ports. I was just about to give up and say: “this product makes no difference”, until I turned on my DigiZoid ZO2 and decided to hook it up to the PC and charge it at the same time, whilst it was in operation. This is where I discovered a difference in sound with and without the GreenKey.

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Using a USB JIG on a Samsung Galaxy S III – GT-I9300

Here is the video showing it:

I bought the USB JIB, quite a while ago, from eBay, and never really used it on my I9000 – I thus got curious about using it + the flash counter on the I9300.

All-in-all, the S3’s flash counter doesn’t get reset, but the JIG works in booting the S3 straight into download mode, which is exactly what I bought it for (a safety net).

Hope this clears up some things!

Samsung Galaxy S III – GT-I9300 – USB OTG Connector Overview

The Samsung Galaxy S III, is a USB OTG (on-the-go) compatible device, which means using a OTG adapter, will allow you to use the OTG functionalities on offer!

I didn’t have much to test with, nor have an expanded knowledge in OTG functionalities, however I had 3 things, which to me were the most important USB connections I could potentially use:
-The Logitech MX Revolution – Mouse
-The Logitech K350 – Keyboard
-The Kingston DT R500 – USB Stick

I thus set out to buy a USB OTG adapter – however most I found, that were confirmed OTG compliant, were wires and not portable at all.
I took the plunge, trusting myself on ebay, and bought myself this OTG Adapter – to my delight, when it came in, it worked perfectly with all the above 3.

My video should explain and show you my use of the OTG adapter with those devices. I should also point out, that there was a function that I missed out to show on the keyboard, and that is the volume up/down & mute button at the very top of my keyboard were working perfectly!

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