Monday, June 26, 2017

Product Review: Samsung - 3-Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer

This Samsung 3 Channel Hi-Res Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer is an excellent choice for a soundbar without an external subwoofer. It was super easy to install, with several options of inputs. It also is wifi enabled so you can stream using the Samsung Multi-Room app, or wirelessly connect your samsung wireless enabled tv. This device is not only versatile with it's connections, it has a very rich sound with great quality reproduction of bass and treble while obtaining a balance throughout different volume points. It also has unique metallic finish, bringing a high quality look to a high quality unit.

I would recommend this unit to a friend.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

**Image provided by Samsung.com**

Monday, June 19, 2017

Random: Missing An Orange

For our most recent camping trip I was packing and planning and I had the urge to send off an email with the situation I was presented with. Here is the email:

I was so excited to get the Summer Shandy Sampler package today to take camping and fishing, upon loading my cooler I noticed that one of the Orange Shandy's were laying down on the job, which means I actually received one less can of delicious Orange shandy in my case of Summer Fun. Just wanted to make sure you were aware that may you have a packaging issue, or one drunk worker , ii they are drinking one out of every case that passes by...

Thanks for brewing excellence!

They reached out to me, and will let me know what they find with their investigation. I hope I didn't get anyone in trouble... I just don't wish this anguish on anyone else!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Product Review: LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

So I have had different low end Bluetooth speakers, but this LifeProof Aquaphonics AQ10 Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a huge step up in performance and engineering. It's small footprint is great so you can easily find a place to put it, on your boat, next to your camper, or on the ground while you work. We used this over the past weekend while we camped. I was surprised at it's range, It was playing at our camper and we walked down quite a few sites to a family members site, and my daughter verified that it was still playing my playlist.

Some of the positive aspects of this unit, is it's rich and balanced sound quality, it;s lastability (13 hour rechargeable battery), it's submersibility up to 1 meter for 30 minutes (which I have not tested yet), it's drop-ability from 1.2 meters, it's sealability from dirt, dust and snow, it's charge-ability (yes it can charge other usb devices) it's dry-ability (for money, credit cards, id, or mp3 player, and finally it's call-ability (it has it's own microphone). This is a unit with a ton of capabilities...

Now for the one thing that really bothers me about this device, and it actually had a considerable impact it's overall rating and lost a star because of it. At this point we all have plenty of chargers with Micro Usb connectors on it. I love that most of my devices use this type of connector, so I am not searching every time I want to charge a device for their specific charger. This has a proprietary charger included with it. So I will always have to keep up with where I have this stored this bugger.
The hope the engineers of this device designed it in this way solely to maintain the durability of the charge port.

I would recommend this to a friend, even with it's charging shortcomings. You can grab one of these here.





*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Product Review: MV60 Master and Dynamic Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Oh my goodness... With how much these Master and Dynamic MV60 wireless over-ear headphones cost, I expected quality.  But not like this, from the packaging, which was incredibly detailed, to the
quality of lambskin on the ear defenders. The leather is so soft and comfortable on your head for numerous hours. These ear defenders actually attach with rare earth magnets, so they will stay put, but are easy to take off for cleaning.

The construction of Stainless Steel and Aluminum makes them feel durable, and look incredible. I have not used them for a full 16 hours yet, but that is what the specifications boast they should be able to obtain. They did not forget to include a microphone for when a must answer call comes in while you're listening to what your heart desires. The detail the expressed in the design of the tactile controls is appreciated. I don't have to be gentle with my gorilla hands when switching things about. They are crisp and responsive and are actually well placed with large enough footprints that they are easy to find. I embrace the fact that they come with a case, so that when they are not in use they have a layer of protection. The sound quality of these headphones is top notch. With a frequency range from 5-25000 hertz, I was afraid they might loose a little bit of range that I would notice. Another set of headphones I have from a major competitor's frequency range is 4-40000 hertz, even with that being said, these MV60's still produce an almost perfect blend of highs and lows for my ears anyways. The only feature these are missing, is noise cancelling. I could see where that could be useful when traveling, to be able to listen in on your surroundings or block them out completely. But with that being said, there are plenty of other head sets that offer such features. These are incredible, a bit pricey, but for my audiophile friends, these are a must for your wireless listening.

These get a 5 out 5 stars. From design, to materials and to the excellent sound quality.








*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Product Review: Belkin Wemo Wi-Fi Dimmer Switch

Belkin’s latest design of it's Wemo Wi-Fi Dimmer switch, is a great idea for those home automation enthusiasts. Upon receiving the unit I realized that your switch that you are replacing, needs to have a neutral wire passing through it. I have rewired almost our entire house and the method I use to wire switches actually eliminates the use of a neutral to each switch unless it is a three way. Fortunately I had easy access to the switch I was replacing with the Wemo Dimmer. Other then the extra requirement, the install was a breeze, and Belkin’s Wemo application works well with its remote switching, timer or options and some other extra stuff. Where I run into problems is when I connected it up to Google Home. It does not turn on and off every time I try to do it via a voice command. It may not be Belkin’s problem and could be Google's. If you are looking to solely try to switch it off and on with voice command via Google Home, you might want to see how it stacks up using Google's competition, Alexa,  Amazon's version of Home.

When I tested it with this video that is below, it actually worked well. Google home has updated recently, maybe they fixed it.




*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or it's manufacturer*

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Story (Updated): God snuck into my life. #dutilhshares

As a church we are celebrating this season of Easter, by concentrating on sharing the good news of Jesus. So I have been reflecting on this throw back to a Thursday eight years ago, when our pastor of the church we attended at the time, asked us to share our story.
This past Sunday our Pastor presented part four of Just Walk Across The Room Sermon Series, “The Power of Your Story”. He concluded with a request to email him our individual Story of coming to Christ. I figured I would use this as an opportunity to share:
My story is pretty simple. I grew up in a Christian family, we went to Church some, we practiced what was preached most of the time. I got married. We had kids. I went to Church because I felt the kids needed it. About six months into it, it hits me upside the head like a brick. I realized that this is what I had been missing. A genuine belonging, a sense of hope, a desire to be what God wants me to be. With this I know that there will be ups and downs on this bumpy road we travel on this earth, and I struggle with things in life just like the next guy. But what I have now is hope of an eternal or everlasting life in heaven with God. For me this hope is something that is tangible in this broken world. Something to live for, without it life could be pretty darn depressing.
To update this entry, Of course it started with my parents introducing me to God, through Sunday School and Youth Group. But it wasn't until being hit upside the head with that brick...I feel like God snuck into my life with such precision. My relationship has grown quite a bit since then, and we are still working on some rough edges, I'll admit that some fine tuning will always be necessary as long as I am a part of this relationship.

When we did our family Church Adventure, it reminded me how much I rely on not only attending but participating in a weekly worship service. It was fun and educational to see how other denominations worship, but it was a relief to find where we felt called to serve. When we joined the Dutilh Mars campus, my prayers were concentrating on bringing more people to our little congregation, focusing on the numbers...Insert God's subtle nudge, my prayer now, is to let the Holy Spirit shine so that everyone can feel God's love, not only in this place, but in this community and surrounding communities. I have times when my focus is so far from where it needs to be, to productively be His hands and feet. It is those very moments when he gives me that gentle nudge to steer my ship from sinking. That tangible feeling of hope will never be lost, if I keep my eyes on Him!

This time of reflection has given me pause, reminding me how much my walk with Him by my side is so important. How our relationship has become more intimate, and that I depend on His ear a whole lot more then I realize. A day does not go by, where we don't have a conversation, sometimes it may seem one sided, but I know He is listening to my every word (even when I'm babbling).

This dance, could not have happened without His persistence, or without Him planting some amazing Pastors, family, and friends in my path, to guide and mentor me, into this relationship. I am positive  I would not survive without it. For His persistence, I am forever grateful.

In the photo above are just a few of the amazing people God has brought into our lives, while serving and sharing the good news of Jesus!

Thanks for taking the time to read about my story. It would be great if you would share yours. You don't have to be a Dutilh member, we would love to hear your story of  how you came to know the good news of Jesus. You can do it by commenting to this blog or your can share on facebook or twitter. Just use the #dutilhshares.