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Top Turntables That Won’t Blow Your Budget

Top Turntables That Won’t Blow Your Budget

In the past, a belt driven model has become typically the most popular selection considering that the motor is found further from the platter and as a result, less vibration is going to be passed on onto the platter as soon as the motor is turned on. This made it possible for music to be created at a higher quality in general. One other form of drive is referred to as the direct drive and the motor unit is actually put in right beneath the platter itself as a way to spin it. An immediate connection between these basically brought about considerable vibrations and consequently, decreased audio quality. These days nonetheless, technology has advanced to such a level that vibrations dampening makes it possible for direct drive turntables to perform at the very same levels as that relating to belt drive models.

You might be wondering then: why choose a direct drive when a belt drive will work equally well? The reason being that belt driven turntables do not have the reverse play or “scratching” capability and this feature is exactly what DJs need when they’re playing music inside the clubs on their turntables. It truly is unlikely that you’ll find recently manufactured turntables that come with a belt drive since direct drives are a lot more functional nowadays.

The tonearm of a turntable is definitely the part that swings out of the corner of the unit and its tip will be swung out over the record. You’ll find the stylus connected to the end of it, that is then lowered to the top of the record. The design and also standard build up of the tonearm might have considerable influence on the turntable’s effectiveness. You’ll also need to maintain the gentlest of connection between the top of the record as well as the needle to prevent it from being damaged horizontally. Selected systems can provide the user with a choice of whether to manually or automatically cue the tonearm over the platter. Semi-automatic return operations are feasible too for a few of the older models in order that the tonearm will be returned on its own right after the song stops playing. Find out which is the best turntable to suit your listening style by checking out this list of top turntables at Down To Five. Manual models tend to be more straightforward in this sense because you don’t need to bother about any possible malfunction. Given that fewer amounts of parts are going to be essential to build a manually operated turntable and therefore there’ll be smaller probability of interference, audiophiles tend to favor this type of systems.


Anytime you can, save some of the cash up for a set of external speaker systems. Wonderful speaker systems will make the music emitted from a sub-par record player seem awesome! Audio performance could be shed in every aspect of the overall process which means you ought to eradicate these prospects by ensuring that every single element is effective. Audiophiles or vinyl aficionados might even be willing to spend over $1000 for an outstanding model whereas there will be others who wouldn’t be able to enjoy the increase in quality. It is because higher-grade elements will be utilized to build up such record players and with these, a greater level of balance and also precision may be experienced also. Another important attribute that you must examine would be its base. This base or “plinth” will be the component which balances your device and allows it to stand. A metallic or wood plinth is fine but if possible you need to have a smooth rubbery structure on the outside to allow vibrations dampening.

The songs will most likely have a much higher quality to it thanks to the diminished vibrations from the lower area of the device. The platform in which your record sits upon (the platter) needs to be of a decent quality as well. As a general rule, a platter that’s heavier will vibrate a lot less and hence this is far more desired. Most record players will be categorized according to the form of drive they have.


Hosting A House Party? Whip Out These 3 Awesome Party Games For Adults

Hosting A House Party? Whip Out These 3 Awesome Party Games For Adults

When you were a kid you probably thought that adults = boring. While you now know that that could not be further from the truth, there is no doubt that some adults seem to spend their whole lives trying to live up to their boring stereotype. Fortunately, you are definitely not one of those people; I mean you regularly throw parties, for God’s sake! That’s like the furthest thing in the world from boring, or so you think. While parties are great (in general), there is no guarantee that your party would be great, in fact there’s a high chance that it would make an episode of Downton Abbey downright interesting by comparison. To avoid this from happening, add some zest to your next party with these three awesome party games for adults! If none of these three interest you, try checking out this guide for the best party games for adults in the market today! These party games will surely make your parties extremely fun!


How Do You Doo?

singingGame Supplies




  1. Write down a popular song name on each notecard, depending on the number of players, you can choose anywhere from 50 to 200 songs.
  2. Split the players into two teams.
  3. Only one team plays at a time; the first team now selects their first singer.
  4. On your mark, the singer selects a card and now has to sing the song on the card, but here’s the catch: he or she can only sing the song using the word ‘Doo’ (that’s right, the game title was not a typo).
  5. The singer’s team members will have to try to guess which song their singer is singing; they can guess as many times as they want. The person who guesses correctly now becomes the new singer.
  6. This process repeats until a set amount of time, e.g. 5 minutes per team is up. The second team now does the same.
  7. At the end of the game (you can determine the number of rounds per game as you wish), the team with the most number of correctly guessed songs wins.


Odd One Out

Game Supplies

buzzerBuzzer (Spoon if you don’t have one)

Sheets of Paper


  1. On each sheet of paper write down a list of items that fall under each category e.g. one sheet can have the category ‘Blockbuster movies’ and another can be ‘Top 40 songs’. Each category should have about 20 to 30 items however in each list there should be 3 items that do NOT fall into the category. So if your category is ‘Blockbuster movies’ then you might have Titanic, The Dark Knight etc. then you might throw in movies such as Gigli and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo in there (don’t put something in an entirely different category such as apples or oranges in there, too obvious).
  2. Players are divided into two teams and a buzzer or spoon is placed in between the teams. You will be the ‘game master’ of sorts and won’t be a member of either team.
  3. You will then choose one of your categories and being reading out the items on the list one by one, and that the moment they think they’ve spotted the ‘odd one out’ in that category to run to the middle and smash the buzzer or grab the spoon. If they are correct they can select someone from the opposing team to be ‘out’, if they are wrong, they themselves will be ‘out’.
  4. The game continues until only one team is left standing; if you run through your first category just move on to the next category.


Take a Hint

Game Supplies




  1. On each notecard write down a word or phrase (in large type) that can fit in with your party theme. So for example if you were having a Christmas party, you can write down words such as tree, green, red, birthday etc.
  2. Divide players into two teams with at least four people per team. You will be the ‘game master’ and won’t be part of any team.
  3. Only one team plays at a time, and they have to select a ‘guesser’.
  4. On your command, hand the first team their notecard (don’t let the guesser see it) and the team members will try to ‘hint’ the guesser as to the word on the notecard, one word and one person at a time. E.g. if the word was ‘tree’, the first teammate may say ‘bark’, the second may say ‘plant’ etc.
  5. The guesser only has one chance to guess the word, if they guess right, mark down a point, if they guess wrong, move on to the next card.
  6. After a set amount of time (say 3 minutes), move on to the next team and repeat.
  7. At the end of the game (which can be by the time every player has been the guesser or by number of rounds) the team with the most marks wins.
5 Common Household Pests and How To Get Rid of Them

5 Common Household Pests and How To Get Rid of Them

Pests are an annoyance and along with the diseases that it brings, the presence of pests will also reduce the value of your house. Here, we have narrowed down the 5 most common household pests and identified the most effective way of getting rid of them. Read on for great tips and tricks!



Roaches are everyone’s worst nightmare. They are unsightly and usually rise in numbers in the warmer months. Roach infestations are dangerous as they carry with them diseases. They are known to run all over your cutleries and food leaving behind a trail of bacteria and poisonous droppings. Unfortunately, killing the one-off roach that you see will do nothing. There is usually a whole colony of them hiding in dark corners of the house. The best way to get rid of roaches is to set up cockroach baits. When one cockroach eats the bait, it does not die immediately. It will bring back some of the bait to the others and other cockroaches which eventually eats the bait will die as well.


Ants are very much like roaches in the sense that they exist in large numbers. Killing an individual ant will not eliminate the ant problem in your home. What you have to do is to use ant bait. Squeeze out some gel bait in areas where you commonly see ants. Remember to apply the gel far away from the reach of your children and pets. The ants will eat the bait and bring it back to the ant nest to feed the other ants. If you are lucky, the queen ant herself will eat some of the gel poison and this will destroy the entire colony. To prevent an ant infestation, do also remember to seal up any cracks you see in the walls or windows.


Fleas are a common problem for households with pets. Whenever you bring your dog or cat to a park, it is highly likely for it to contract fleas from other pets at the park. This can also happen at the groomers where your dogs or cats mix freely with other pets.

The best way to get rid of fleas is to spray your whole house down with flea spray and wear a flea collar on your pet. The chemical in the collar will slowly seep into your pet’s blood where the fleas sucking on them will get poisoned. Remember to vacuum your house and throw out the dust bag as soon as you’re done. Wash and boil all bedding, carpet and rugs to kill off any remaining fleas and their eggs. If all else fails, call the pest control professionals.


Crickets usually hide in dark corners of the house and will only start chirping in the still of the night. It is very annoying when there is a cricket in your bedroom as the chirp is very loud and will definitely affect your sleep. To get rid of crickets, spray insecticide in the corner of cabinets and hard to reach areas. The residue from the spray can last up to 3 months and new crickets will not come back to that area.


Spiders gravitate to dark places and usually make their webs in corners of the ceiling and inside cabinets. They make these webs to trap other insects which are their source of food. So all you have to do to get rid of spiders is to get rid of other insects in your house. You can start by clearing up clutter and removing existing old webs. Wiping down the inner corners of your cabinet will also usually do the trick when it comes to eliminating spiders.

3 Steps For Fresh Smelling Pillows Every Time

3 Steps For Fresh Smelling Pillows Every Time

Imagine this scenario, it’s a Saturday night, and you’re ready to head out with your crew to pain the town red. You’re dressed super fly, you smell great, and everything is, as they say nowadays “on point”. You reach your favorite bar or club, and the immediately you feel awesome as you can  feel that the vibe and energy is great, and even this early on you can see that the place is  filled with attractive members of the opposite sex. As you walk into the place, some of them even give you ‘the look’ and, full of confidence and swagger (or ‘swag’ as they say) you go up to talk to some of them, after a few glasses of delicious liquid courage of course.

Hours pass, and you and your maybe potential spouse have had interesting conversations, but more importantly, the chemistry has been simply electric. The venue closes, and without so much as a direct word, you both head back toward your place. Things get hot and heavy, you’re both on your bed, and then…… BOOM! As soon as her head comes within 6 inches of your pillow, you can see the expression of disgust involuntarily flash across her face. The moment is ruined, and so is your self-esteem.

A little dramatic? Perhaps so, but let’s face it, isn’t it just simply gross to have a dirty pillow. You may not notice it (it is your ‘smell’ after all), but believe me, other people certainly would. And smell aside, there is nothing visually appealing about yellow, sweat-stained pillow. So to help our readers everywhere who are suffering from this problem, we present to you 3 easy steps in washing your pillow for that clean and fresh smell and look, always.


Step 1: Air That Pillow Out

As part of your daily routine, you should ‘fluff’ your pillows in order to get rid of dust and to maintain their shape. On a monthly basis, you air them outside for a few hours on a clothesline; ideal weather conditions would bright and breezy, with the temperature being warm or chilly. If for whatever reason that is not an option that is available to you, put them in your dryer on a no-heat cycle (IMPORTANT).

Step 2: Give It a Gentle Washing

An obviously essential step; pillows are full of dead skin cells, dust mites, and dust. You don’t need to overdo it; an occasional washing is enough as too frequent washing will cause them to lose their shape. We recommend you wash your pillows twice yearly, perhaps up to 3 or 4 times yearly if you are a really filthy person.

The type of washing you do is dependent on the type of pillow. If your pillow is synthetic, such as polyester or foam, they can probably be machine-washed however we advise you always check the instructions that come with the packaging. For example, specialty pillows such as side sleeper pillows may have specific washing instructions. For those who don’t yet know, side sleeper pillows are for people who well.. sleep on their sides, as opposed to say their backs or stomach. Yes, there also are specific pillows for people with those weird sleeping positions. Anyway, use the gentle cycle with lukewarm water and a good laundry detergent. Here’s a neat trick: if you have a large enough washer, wash two pillows at a time to balance the load and allow more effective circulation of water and detergent. We also recommend front loading machines as opposed to top loaders as the agitators can be too tough on pillows.

If your pillow is filled with down or feather, unfortunately you have no choice but to hand wash them. To do this, use a basin filled with warm water and detergent (equivalent to a small load for your washing machine). The pillow is to be completely submerged and kneaded gently like dough. After that, drain it and press down on the pillow to expel most of the water. Then roll it in a dry towel to get rid of even more water. Finally, place it in your washer (no detergent or water, spin only) on the slowest spin cycle.

Step 3: Dry It Completely

Complete drying is important to ensure no mildew develops, as that will cause your pillow to smell funky again. Don’t use the automatic settings on your dryer as the sensors will not be able to detect the internal moisture and will result with a still damp pillow. We suggest one hour on moderate heat; add a couple dry towels to speed it up as well as two new tennis balls. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly; the tennis balls prevent the filling from clumping up as they bounce around in the dryer. Of course, depending on your weather, you can also simply hang your pillows out to dry. Whichever method you choose, make sure you really check the inside of the pillow for any remaining moisture.


We hope this article encourages you to wash that filthy pillow of yours. As for your pillow cover and pillow case? Wash them weekly together with your sheets.

Secrets To Home Improvement That The Experts Don’t Tell You

Secrets To Home Improvement That The Experts Don’t Tell You

There are a few highly guarded secrets in the home improvement fraternity that they don’t tell you about. These simple tricks are sometimes all that it takes to transform your home from drab to fab. We have broken the magician’s code and are proud to present to you these secrets. You can thank us later!

Go Green

Most people are drawn to houses with beautiful trees and plants surrounding them. Landscaping is so important but is often overlooked. When deciding on landscaping, go for the long term. Select shrubs and trees that will mature over time. Buying these shrubs and trees when they are young and small saves you money. When they fully mature, they will look ten times more expensive.

If possible, plant shady trees around your house. When the trees mature, they will have a cooling effect and will reduce your energy costs by up to 30%. Mature trees also instantly increase the value of your home as it gives an air of elegance and old world charm.

When selecting your plants, do also remember to choose native plants. If possible, choose those that are drought-tolerant as well. These will save you tons of money when it comes to upkeep and maintenance as they require less watering and sprucing.

Invest in a water filtration system

Are you one of those that only drink bottled water? You don’t have to do this if you invest in a water filtration system. The initial cost may be high; however you will save tons of cash in the long run by foregoing bottled water. A water filtration system is an extra luxury that many homeowners love. You won’t regret getting one, we promise.

carpet-designSwap your carpets for hard-surfaced floors

Gone are the days where the entire home is carpeted. When carpets are new, they are luxurious and wonderful to step on. However, they all eventually end up flattened, moldy and stained. Consider replacing your carpets with tiles or wooden flooring. These are environmentally friendly and will improve the air quality in your home. There are a multitude of designs to choose from nowadays and you will be spoilt for choice.

Tiles and wooden flooring also gives your home a more modern look and will appeal to more people. Hard surfaced floors are easier to upkeep and clean. They don’t smell as they don’t hold odors. Carpets on the other hand are usually host to germs, allergens and odor. The situation is made even worse if you have pets or small children running around. Fur, pet droppings and spilled food can turn into a horrendous nightmare in a house where the floors are fully carpeted.

popcorn-ceilingRemove the popcorn ceiling

Most modern houses nowadays have flat surfaced ceilings. There is no worse way to date your house than by having popcorn ceilings. Popcorn ceilings were made popular in the 1950s. It is now the 2000s and no one wants popcorn ceilings anymore. Popcorn ceilings are used to hide uneven seams and watermarks leading to home buyers suspecting that there may be structural issues with your house.

Thankfully, it is quite simple to remove popcorn ceilings and it is a task that you can do yourself. Simply spray a solution on the ceiling to soften the texture and scrape it away. This solution can be found in most hardware stores and is inexpensive.  Remember to wear a mask when doing this as there will definitely be debris and find dust floating in the air which can be dangerous to inhale. Do also protect your floor and furniture with a suitable cover to save you the hassle of cleaning up after the ceiling scraping work is done.