The Gear Journal

McIntosh MA352

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I’ve never bought a single thing from McIntosh as I don’t have the budget for it. But, I do have a vintage McIntosh system that was left to me by my dad. It’s gorgeous, sounds unbelievably warm, and is one of my prized possessions.

In any case, McIntosh has moved along during the decades since my system was manufactured in the 1960’s. And their latest offering is the hybrid integrated amp dubbed the MA352. Apparently, this 2-channel amp is untouchable by anything else in its class. And, of course, it’s gorgeous.

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WD Black Game Drives

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These new external drives by Western Digital are great looking… Performance for the dollar isn’t bad either. It really is crazy how cheap storage has gotten.

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OtterSpot Wireless Charging System

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Pretty neat idea… Essentially, these are stackable wireless chargers that can be deployed and used and then stacked again for recharging.

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The Best Selling TV on Amazon

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So I don’t know shit about this TV, but a little research showed me that it’s the best selling tv in the history of Amazon.com… So, it must be special – right? Reviews hint at it being a typical smart TV with built in Amazon Fire, a pretty decent image quality, and a hell of a price.

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The Dumb Phone

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This idea is starting to grow on me… A dumb phone. Absolutely stupid. Only good for making calls… and that’s it. Apparently, Punkt is the best at being stupid.

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Sony WF-1000XM3

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Without doubt, the best noise canceling ear buds I’ve ever had in my ears. They are super comfortable, sound better than any noise canceling unit I’ve ever used, and do a fantastic job at silencing your world.

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Samsung Galaxy Book S

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Samsung launched this laptop at the same event they launched the new Note 10. It didn’t get a ton of coverage, but it’s important for two reasons if you are an Android/Windows guy:

  1. Samsung is trying to compete with the Apple ecosystem. Adding a capable laptop with an LTE connection is a big step in the right direction.
  2. Supposedly, this laptop has 23 hours of battery life. If true, that’s HUGE.

In my mind the only problem with the Android/Windows setup over an Apple setup (beyond the ecosystem), is simply the Windows OS. It’s certainly improved over the years, but it’s just not as livable or stable as MAC OS.

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Satechi’s 72W Car Charger

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Good god… 72-watts? You could easily charge a laptop with this Type-C charger…

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