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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ti-Muses Earbuds Tiamat's Newest True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones (WA-01) Review

Ti-Muses Earbuds Tiamat's Newest True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones (WA-01) Review

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Takeaway: Affordable truly wireless earphones with decent sound quality, but has connectivity and video sync issues.

You'll receive the earbuds in a small charging case, an instruction manual, microusb charging cable, and three sets of extra silicone ear tips. The case is a small pillbox cylinder shape and has a soft silicone exterior and transparent acrylic lid. The lid is magnetic and simply lifts off. Inside the two earbuds are simply gravity seated in their wireless charging slots. Pressing the silver button in the middle will display the battery life of the case using four leds, each light representing 25% of charge remaining. The case charges via microUSB but is also equipped with Qi wireless charging, so if you have a wireless charging base you can simply set the case down on the pad and it will, start charging as well. The case takes about 2 hours to fully charge and can charge both earbuds fully up to 5 times.

The ear buds come preinstalled with a set of medium eartips but you can easily replace them with the extra small, medium, or large ear tips. The earbuds are clearly labeled ‘L' and ‘R' for left and right. On the outside face is a single power/multifunction button and pinhole mic. The earbuds are sweat and water resistant (IPX5) but cannot be completely submerged in water. The earbuds pair with each other automatically when powered on. The left earbud will always be the primary one that pairs with your phone. Once paired, you'll hear a confirmation message and your phone will stream the audio from music and video files through the earbuds.

During playback you can start or pause playback be single pressing the power button on either earpiece. To skip to the next track short press the power button twice. Because each earpiece is equipped with a microphone, you can also answer incoming calls by short pressing the power button, and you can hangup the call by pressing the button at any time during the call. On a full charge, each earbud can play continuously for about 3 hours depending on playback volume and will start beeping when the battery is low. To charge them, simply place them back in the case and they will turn off automatically. Charging the earbuds takes about 1hr.

Performance wise the audio quality of the earbuds is clear and nicely balanced. The sound stage is fairly narrow, but I was pleasantly surprised with the bass response which was able to produce mid and low bass ranges with good definition although the higher registers tended to sound somewhat thin making distortion in the treble ranges noticeable at louder volumes. With a good seal the passive noise isolation is pretty decent, allowing you to block out most external noise at moderate volumes. My one complaint is that at lower volumes I can hear a bit of signal noise buzzing in the background of the right earbud, which is pretty obvious between tracks, but for the most part it's unnoticeable during playback. There is no volume control on the earbuds so that needs to be controlled through your phone. These earbuds aren't perfect for watching video because the sync lag is fairly apparent resulting in a delay in audio from the video. I also occasionally experienced disconnections which resulted in playback coming through my phone speakers for a few seconds until the earbuds reconnected with the phone. This happened primarily when one or both earbuds were low on battery. The earbuds can also be used singly with mono output.

Overall, for a budget set of true wireless earphones, I think these performed pretty nicely. With decent sounding audio quality, convenient wireless charging for both the earbuds and the case, and a compact form factor; perfect for workouts and leisure listening. These aren't great for watching video though, and the battery life on a single charge isn't great for all day listening though and you would need to charge a few times during the day if you plan to listen for extended periods of time.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Barrel Shape Electric Wine Dispensing Decanter Pump Review

Barrel Shape Electric Wine Dispensing Decanter Pump Review

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Takeaway: Budget friendly, good aeration, quiet operation, but spatters when you reach the end of the wine.

You'll receive the pump unit and an instruction manual. This electric wine decanter pump is a bit larger than other ones that I own. It has a 2.5" diameter and measures 7" from the cork to the top and 10.5" including the telescoping intake tube when retracted. The barrel on top houses the motor and the battery bay. The unit requires 4 AA batteries which are loaded in the bay on the back. On the front side are the pump button and dispensing nozzle which is a short ¾". The telescoping intake tube on the bottom is permanently attached and extends up to 10.5". This makes the pump suitable for use on a variety of bottle sizes. Before first use, you should clean the unit by running plain water through it using a finished wine bottle. Simply press the dispense button to run the pump and draw the liquid through the unit and release the button to stop the flow of liquid.

One thing to note is that the plastic cork end doesn't have a rubber seal on it so when placed in a bottle, it may not seal entirely, and you also don't want to force the cork into the bottle neck as it may be difficult to remove later on or you could damage the plastic. This means that the pump will not be spill proof and will also no preserve your wine if left on the bottle as it allows air the exchange into the bottle over time. When you use this dispenser with wine and especially red wine you'll notice that it adds a lot of air bubbles to the wine and makes it a bit frothy. This is how the pump aerates the wine to open up its bouquet and flavors for a deeper, fuller taste and takes the place of opening the bottle of wine and transferring to a decanter the breathe for 30 minutes before drinking. Because the intake tube goes straight down from the center of the neck, with traditional wine bottles, you won't be able to pump any wine past the punt, or the raised dome at the bottom of the bottle. This helps you avoid adding sediments to your glass.

For me, I prefer my wine aerated as I feel it tends to make the flavors more intense while softening the edges and results in a smoother mouthfeel compared to the same wine that hasn't been aerated. The pump is also a fun and unique shape making it an interesting conversation piece. I found it also reduces the chance of drips, spills, and splashes when serving wine. Just make sure you hold the glass up to the dispenser and don't dispense all the way so that you draw in air, otherwise it tends to spatter and splash at the every end.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

More Dental Lab Custom Bruxism Night Guard Review

More Dental Lab Custom Bruxism Night Guard Review

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Takeaway: Easy to create custom mold of your teeth for a highly durable and perfectly fitting bruxism night guard. Quick turnaround and affordable.

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With your order, you'll get a plastic tote with everything you need to make an exact mold of your teeth and send in for More Dental Lab to create your custom night guard. You should receive two tubs of blue molding putty, two tubs of white molding putty, a large and medium size mold tray, a set of detailed instructions, and a mailer envelope to send the finished mold. The instructions for making the mold are clearly printed in easy-to-follow steps and illustrated to help ensure you take a quality impression of your teeth. At the bottom of the instructions is a return card that you need to fill out so More Dental Labs can match your impression to your order and where you'll also select your preferred night guard material type.

Be sure to read the directions carefully and follow them exactly for best result. Taking the impression only takes a few minutes but there's a few things you should keep in mind. There are two sets of impression blue for taking the impression (one blue and one white for each set), which gives you two tries to get a good mold of your teeth. If you need more putty, contact More Dental Lab by e-mail for help: moredentallab@gmail.com. Also, while the instructions indicate you should knead the putty for 80-90 seconds, the material may set faster in warmer ambient room temperatures, so use a stop watch to keep track of time and as soon as the material is one solid color you'll want to move on to the next step.

On the first attempt, I kneaded the putty for the full 90 seconds, but it was about 94°F that day and by the time we were ready to press the mold onto the teeth, the putty had hardened. The second time around, I found 30 seconds of kneading was sufficient to combine the putty thoroughly. When removing the mold, pull firmly as it may feel stuck or take more force than you expect. E-mail More Dental Lab with the information on your return card and they will send you a pre-paid shipping label for your parcel. You may also receive a commercial invoice which you should include on the clear envelope on the front of the mailer. There are three material types that you can choose for your night guard, soft, hard, and extra durable.

I selected the extra durable material which is a clear acrylic type plastic. Compared to the night guard from my dentist, it's pretty similar except that it doesn't have the metal posts embedded in it that help it grip your teeth. The More Dental Labs night guard is also a little softer and slightly flexible while being quite dense, whereas the dentist supplied night guard is harder and not flexible at all. I also have here a soft silicone rubber type night guard (dentist supplied) which is a very flexible one but a little thicker than either of the hard versions. While I don't know for sure, I imagine this would be the material used if selecting the "soft" night guard from More Dental Lab. Their "hard" night guard is supposed to use a thinner material.

The new night guard fits perfectly and comes about halfway up the teeth and not up to the gum line. The fit is snug and they don't slide off your teeth at night. They're also pretty comfortable without any pressure points that can cause jaw pain. The night guard works great for protecting your teeth at night from grinding. Overall, the molding process was straight forward and the mold came out really nice with good quality. Turnaround time was about the same as the dentist's office but at a fraction of the price. There's also a 1 year warranty included with your purchase.

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