I had some problems at the beginning, I contacted the supplier and with his assistance we have solved, all in all the product for its low cost makes perfectly its function as a programmable reference generator with GPS, from the tests I did the antenna must be placed in the outside where it can receive the largest number of satellites to have a better stability of the signal, lacking documentation for its use I can say this !!
All in all, the product works properly and if you have any problems, the seller will respond in a short time.
I had some problems at the beginning, I contacted the provider and we have solved all the software for its low cost. I can say this !!
Thank you for providing wonderful review. Indeed I have to admit the insufficient documentation regarding details about GPS module setting. This item is almost "software defined signal generator" and I will try to improve documents. Thank you!
I received the ESP-32 Rev 2. Shipemnt was OK and it has included a litle origami. Many thanks.
I have just powered it on and I see the first screen at the OLED display:
ESP32 PCM5012 BT speaker my device name is hogehoge_mont Yeah! Speaker!
But I do not know and I was not able to find out clear instructions of how to proceed to have it working. This is my first experience with ESP32 so I´m not sure what I´m missing. I will appreciate more details. Thanks
Hello! and thank you for review! First of all, please install https://github.com/espressif/esp-idf , where the setup procedure is explained in the page above. After finishing it, please copy the source code by https://github.com/kodera2t/ESP32_OLED_webradio by git clone https://github.com/kodera2t/ESP32_OLED_webradio and execute "make menuconfig" and set your SSID and password will make your board into web radio. Please try!
The PCB-layout is well-designed and the components are good quality. I managed to get the system up and running. It connects to my iPhone flawlessly. However, the Bluetooth connection could not survive more than 3 meters line-of-sight. The connection will lose when being blocked by your body or even with a hand. Yes, it is mini-USB interface, not micro-USB. The audio reproduction is great. At least it sounds good to my ears. The OLED display works well. However, I am still not sure what the developer is trying to describe, Hence, I am trialling if he meant this or that. Overall, it serves the purpose and I will not lose any sleep on those negative stuff. If I need more, I will buy from him again.
For nostalgic reasons I found myself considering to add a vacuum tube amplifier or radio to my small desktop. As Radio Amateur I have now ended up using SDRs and computers and there is no sign of the cool colours and clear sound asociated with tubes. But never did it because of the bulky size and strong heating of this equipments
So, when I first saw NuTube it was a "love at frist sight" ;-) Ordered the Kit and got it in less than two weeks. Carefully packaged and including two origami figures. Thank you ! With the tube in hand I found a suitable plastic box and milled a window to watch the tube in light. The idea was not only enjoying a nice audio but also "watching" the colours of a real tube. Used double side adhesive foam to fix the tube to the plastic front of the case
In this links you can download some pictures of the housed Kit https://www.dropbox.com/s/fvenhjv06oa5nav/IMG_20171103_172948.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qzj81k2riqv9eb/IMG_20171103_173015.jpg?dl=0
The sound is great. I use it connected to a Roland USB and a pair of AKG headphones. There are microphonics if you tap the case, but even this sound like a glass bell and I love it. The audio difference is remarkable but hard to be described by words. Using a Perseus SDR receiving AM broadcast stations it resembles the best of both words, digital SDR technology and analog audio with tube flavour
But there was still something I was not satisfied about: The tube colour The green phospore pads are too cold and there is no such a warm red from an ignited filament. Fortunately, Nutube back side is partially clear and lets light run across the tube from back to front. So, with the help of some leds which I wrongly ordered as "red" but discovered they were really orange, I assembled a kind of backlight using six 0805 leds in series
The result is perfect ! Have a look :-) https://www.dropbox.com/s/3lqzw5qglfgnuij/DSC08480.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/z3sjeenssdb3u4y/DSC08479.JPG?dl=0
Now this really looks like a vacuum tube. A very special one, with the green pads over a nice orange red from a filament which also produces a deep sensation as the inner of the case gets iluminated. Different game ! Will be a "must" for future Körg amplifiers, hi hi
Thank you for wonderful review and beautiful modification for very warm colour illumination! I've checked your picture and really impressed by warm LED colour on Nutube. As pointed out, Nutube's illumination has some "cold" green colour but additional warm colour can greatly delight its existence. Wonderful and thank you so much!!
The ESP32 Monster board is pretty nice and has a lot of features, but.... First, the device requires a 3.7V battery to operate. I can't use one of the millions of 5V micro USB power supplies that I have. So, the entry to using the device is having to buy a 3.7V batter and charger. Just searching Amazon for a 3.7v power supply doesn't yield much in the way of these types of power supplies with the required connector. The product really needs either to be powered by a 5V micro-USB connector or barrel connector. I don't like the layout of the PCB with the ESP32 on the bottom of the board. Increase the PCB to place the ESP32 on the top with the other components. Third, there are no mounting holes to place stand-offs or stack it with other devices. Not having any mounting holes and the ESP32 on the board means resting the board/ESP32 against the surface which isn't ideal.
Thank you for review! YES, right. Indeed ESP32 Monster board rapidly evolved from tiny prototyping board (original is ESP32 dev board with OLED, which has just OLED and Lipo circuit, that's all) to the current full featured state. During this evolution, the mounting hole was not, actually, taken into consideration, but as pointed out, for stable and continuous usage, supporting stand is indispensable. Also the power issue (works with Lipo) and ESP32 module arrangement are due to its original design. My very recent series (mainly audio DAC related items) gained the solution (enable/disable Lipo circuit, which enables to use board just by USB bus power) and I need to include this improvement also for ESP32 Monster board.
But I am very happy to see your satisfaction of basic concept of ESP32 Monster board, except for ESP32 module arrangement flavor and mounting hole, and power supply preference.
Thank you for review! 5V operation is really good suggestion. Indeed 5V operation is possible by voltage booster adjustment. Just replace R8 with 70kOhms will reduce boost up voltage and will work for 5V power supply. But I may add 5V option for the item! Thank you for good suggestion!!
Product is well built, but the rotary encoder used is a let down as the frequency gets reset if not rotated properly. There is a play in the shaft of the encoder which makes it shift sideways when rotated leading to unintentional resetting of frequency. It is very frustrating to retune the band to the desired frequency. This is true even if used with the tuning knob which is part of the supplied accessory. I am also unable to tune into any MW and SW stations (used a 20ft long wire as antenna hanging outside the window). This may be because I am using supply from the phone charger which is generating a lot of noise as I do not have a male pin for the battery input (would have been nice if it had been included in the package).
Thank you for review! Cell phone charger with USB terminal and mobile battery with USB terminal usage is out of my design supposition. LiPo (3.7V single cell ) battery is one of a member in order to work this radio correctly. Please get appropriate battery for operation. The shape of Lipo can be found, for example https://www.adafruit.com/products/1904 the silver one is Lipo. Thank you.