Setting Up Surround Sound on a Computer

If you’re like me you like to watch movies and play video games on your computer at home and not just in your living room. We all know the best way to play some of these games is in the solitude of your Mancave late at night secluded from prying and often judgmental eyes.

Here’s a little known fun fact to help increase your audio enjoyment – You can easily set up a realistic surround sound speaker system with very little hassle using your computer, the exact same way you would with a television. You read that right! That’s why I’m going to break it down for you so you’ll know how to do this from now on. Then whenever you feel like watching a movie the way the director intended you to, or playing a first person shooter with the full effect of hearing shots going off behind you, you’ll be able to hook up optimal audio performance on a moment’s notice.

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Optrix Fisheye Lens for iPhone Review

shoots everything you could dream from an iphone

Optrix Fisheye Case modified
 Today was also our first day out with the Optrix iPhone case.  This case fits a fisheye lens to your iPhone.  On Instagram photos and video, the field view is PERFECT although on the normal camera mode, you start picking up the edge of the lens.  Could just be a mechanical tweak made for a bigger lens with the same radius/magnification.  As the smartphone cameras continue to improve, one must wonder if these kind of adaptations could replace the GoPro.  One thing is for sure, the speakers on iPhone’s always suck, and the microphones have a lot of room for improvement too.  Which devices will consolidate into the smartphone?  All that is left is the video camera and car keys.

We took ours and cut out the screen in front and shaved a hole in the bottom to charge.  It kills the waterproofing but makes it so that the piece is more of a day-to-day piece.  We used an exacto knife to remove the screen on the front so that we could get better touch input.  Then we used a Dremel tool to cut a hole in the bottom to allow the charging connector to move through and allow the on-board speakers to be exposed. Might also be good to look at a product like the Olloclip, but then you have to remove the case.  Anyone know an iPhone fisheye that is built into a case (non-waterproof?)

here are some photos we took with it today

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Ski Season is coming back!!

And we are jonesin’ for some pow shots

This morning I found myself lusting for powder when I woke up to the abrasive sound of a street cleaning vehicle going by.  My mind wished that it was a snow cat laying down corduroy on the back of High T.  Alas, it wasn’t.  It is only August.  In any case, if I can’t ski, I might as well sit down on Adobe Premier Pro and edit all of last year’s footage.  Sometimes it is good to just do SOMETHING with it so it doesn’t end up buried in the abyss of your hardrive.

Last season got off to a slow start but one way or another, our team was able to put together some pretty sick shots. No matter how rough the conditions, you really just have to stay mobile and jump on the opportunities you get to ride powder. One of the things we love about Boombot speakers is that even if the conditions are sub-par, at least you have a dance party on your pocket and you can jam out in every lift line and long cold chairlift ride life throws your way.

Shot on location: Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Squaw Valley

Track: Waves (Chilly Gonzales Piano Remix)

 

2012 Summer Outdoor Retailer Recap

Salt Lake City

This past week our team headed out to Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in lovely Salt Lake City #WEOUTHERE.  The show had exhibitors varying from stand up paddleboards to illuminating night kayaks.  With just about every major brand in the outdoor retail industry, this is not one show to miss; Even if your van breaks down in the middle of a prison area on the salt flats.  Yes, that happened and we towed our van two-hundred miles to get to the show and make it just in time for set up.  Salt Lake City is nestled in the heart of the Wasatch mountain range, which makes it one of the best venues for this type of show.

Standup Paddle board

One of the things we were really on the lookout for was outdoor gadgetry.  Other portable speaker companies at the show included Outdoor Technologies and Eton.  Eton was showcasing wind up radios and solar powered boomboxes.  Outdoor Technologies had a Bluetooth speaker that resembled a hard-edged turtle shell.  We nearly had to twist their arm to get a demo of their speaker.  They claimed that they didn’t have charged units working at their booth (which is quite silly if you are showing a product at a major tradeshow).   While it delivered reasonably good sound output, we were surprised to find their design was a little bit cumbersome.  It was more poised to compete against products like the Jawbone Jambox rather than our portable speakers.

On Friday night, energy was high and our team was amped up about how the show was going.  We headed to Club Elevate for an industry party hosted by Teva.  Apparently Teva is venturing into ultra lightweight running/walking shoes.  Between taking shots of tequila and playing buffalo with liter glasses of beer, we popped Voke tabs to keep a wide-eyed buzz till as late as Utah clubs open (1AM no joke last call).  Despite Utah being known for being a dry state, there was certainly no shortage of alcoholic beverages consumed on this trip.

Hoola hooping

On Saturday night, we headed to a taco stand where they were dishing out two tacos for $1.50 and $3 for a burrito.  Do the math, but one must wonder what goes in these tacos to have any kind of margin.  Low and behold, the entire crew has been farting profusely for the last 24 hours and we literally destroyed the port-o-potty at the convention.  True story.  In any case, they tasted good while they were going down and we made some friends with some local fixed gear riders that were enroute to one of the big premiers.  This eventually inspired us to go ride around Salt Lake till 1AM and get soft serve ice cream.

roach coach

One of the lines we were particularly impressed with was Sombrio Cartel’s collection of urban and downhill bike riding gear.  They have this varsity jacket made with high tech lightweight materials.   #SWAG.  We’ll be teaming with them on their upcoming tour providing them some pro-audio to keep their party on wheels going hard.  You can really see the attention to detail in their specialized garments, and we’re going to be amped to clip some speakers onto their gear in upcoming months.

This was the first show that we showcased a very-close-to-production prototype of the REX speaker.  The feedback was really encouraging.  The addition of a passive bass radiator adds a subtle improvement in the dynamic frequency range of the sound output.  What really got people juiced about it was the feeling when they picked it up.  Not only is the REX pretty lightweight, but you can really feel the bass.  It’s like holding a live beating heart straight out of Indiana Jones.  Now we know we have to mob eleven hours back to the studio and put the finishing touches on this guy to get ready for a Q4 launch.  Lets just hope that the van doesn’t break down on the way home too. San Fran or Bust.

Anyhow, we had a great time and we are most certainly going to be back for another show next year.  You can check our album out on Facebook and hopefully we’ll see our friends at some of our upcoming shows for Surf Expo and Interbike.

Outdoor retailer

JAY Z & KANYE TAKE AIM @ OCCUPY CROWD

So the new video is out for NO CHURCH IN THE WILD from Kanye West & Jay Z’s master collaboration WATCH THE THRONE and, as expected, it’s pretty amazing. After being used as the de facto anthem for the movie SAFE HOUSE it seemed all but likely that the music vid would feature endless shots of Denzel shooting people and acting covert while being chased by Ryan Reynolds.

Instead it’s set in Greece during what looks like the Athens riots, and it’s chock full of slow motion shots of Molotov cocktails and angry people with covered faces attacking cops in full riot gear. The Greek director Romain Gavras is no stranger to controversy, especially after his last MIA video.

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