The Kenwood Earpiece, Do You Know The Difference?

Kenwood radios are the second most popular radio on the market, with hundreds of different versions. The fundamental types used on these radios are the 2-pin connector and the multi-pin connector. The two pin model features two connector pins and the multi-pin model features multiple pins. Any difference in performance is a matter of customer discretion.

The 2-pin connector’s earpiece features an in-line PTT (push-to-talk) button and a built-in microphone. It also has a surveillance audio tube and comes complete with a clothing clip. This Kenwood earpiece is available for just over £22 (including shipping and handling fees).

The multi-pin connected earpiece is a different type of connector entirely. However, the earpiece is the same, as it also features an in-line PTT button, a built-in microphone, surveillance tube and clothing clip. The cost is the same as the 2-pin version.

Both types of Kenwood earpiece can be upgraded by paying extra money and can include features like a ‘swivel’ earloop, for increased ease of use and comfort, a noise-reduction feature and a steel clothing clip (replacing the plastic version).

The types of connectors compatible with Kenwood two-way radios are limited when compared with some other manufacturers, but Kenwood know when to specialize in a certain area, because sometimes less is more.

Kenwood radios may only connect via two types of connector, but their equipment is among the best in the world. A Kenwood radio customer does not have to spend undue time searching his/her choices and researching them before purchase, provided the connector/earpiece falls into one of the two aforementioned categories, then the equipment will work fine.

Kenwood have been producing quality products since 1946 and they have a long history of trust, customer loyalty and cutting edge equipment. Because of this, Kenwood earpieces are well known and usually sell well on the international market.

For More information on the full range of Kenwood earpieces visit kenwoodearpiece.co.uk

Review of that portable Motorola gp340 two way radio

The other week we celebrated the 40th celebration for the world’s 1st cell phone call. Predictably, it’s a Motorola engineer who completed the historic phone call and, much more predictably, the phone call was made on a Motorola phone (or, in this case, prototype telephone). If you are taking one thing from this introductory section, it needs to be this: Motorola are boss, and when it relates to comms.

With that in perspective, I reviewed the GP340 Portable Walkie talkie, the prevalent in a lingering line of very good Motorola two way radio devices. The following is what I deliberated about it. Continue reading

Kenwood Earpieces: Do you Believe?

My Girlfriend and I recently started watching ‘The X-Files’ in the evenings.

It all started when my friend Kieran practically begged me to borrow his series 1 box set. He went on and on about it until I eventually acquiesced. When I was little, I was somewhat impressionable and easily upset by TV, so I only saw a handful of first-run X-Files episodes. I remember one where a guy had to eat people’s brains in order to survive, another that featured Golden Age Hollywood ghosts haunting an old film set and a bizarre black and white episode about a deformed character who was in love with Cher. 

Watching it as an adult, the series is a lot of fun, not to mention massively addictive. It is easy to see how it became such a worldwide phenomenon. What’s really cool is that I’ve always tended to view movieland’s myriad FBI, CIA and secret agent characters as untrustworthy ‘spooks’ and yet The X-Files portrays them as heroes, relatable, Human and sexy. I kinda like that.

This has made me a little more interested in the idea of getting a Kenwood Earpiece. Beforehand, I can’t say I’d ever really though about it, but after blazing through series 1 of the hit 90’s show (and grabbing series 2 from CEX over the weekend), I’m a lot more interested in getting a hold of one and bumbling about in the dark in search of unexplained phenomena.

The reason I specifically suggested a Kenwood Radio Earpiece, is actually pretty simple. The Kenwood Corporation, operating out of Tokyo, Japan, has been making quality amateur radio gear since 1946. If you’re going to get a radio, or any radio-related peripheral (try saying that one three times fast), then Kenwood is the obvious choice to go with.

Kenwood make earpieces to fit both multi-pin and 2-pin setups, so they’ve got pretty much all your bases covered. Plus, their reputation speaks for itself. If you happen to be involved in some ‘sensitive’ work, then a discreet radio earpiece is easier and less intrusive than lifting a chunky two-way up to your mouth and receiving a loud signal for all around you to hear.

Kenwood’s stuff is professional quality, but equally awesome if all you want to do is don a trench coat, grab a big-ass torch and disappear into the darkness in search of the unknown.

Perhaps you’ll get some messages from the spirit world, who knows? What is certain is that you’ll get a few funny looks, earpiece or no earpiece…

Need to buy the Motorola cp040 2 way radio? read our review first

We at this site spend a lot of time reviewing the best and most well designed radios on offer today. Some of these products are specially made for specific functions and can fetch intimidating prices for smaller companies that nonetheless are eager to compete. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a quick look at one of Motorola’s cheaper models and see how it compares with the big boys.

THE SPECS

With a utilitarian, somewhat pedestrian design, the Motorola CP040 is a million miles removed from the sleek, sexy contours of the MotoTRBO SL4000, or even the rugged, hardwearing face of the Motorola DP3400. The design is perfunctory, modest and unambitious, but looks can be deceiving.

A sturdy, capable model, this is a great choice for warehousing and agriculture (as pointed out on the Motorola site).

It only makes use of four channels, but is incredibly easy to use as a result, very much a ‘press and play’ radio. It also keeps contact over a surprisingly large range.

19 hours of battery life shows good durability (when in battery saving ‘low’ mode, anyway), while the ability to switch between broadcasting to multiple users or a single one is a very welcome function indeed.

Although clearly designed as a budget model, the CP040 has a lot of functions that we have come to expect from far-more pricey radios.

THE PRICE

Believe it or not (and we even had to read it twice!), the CP040 is available at less than £100. OK, at £99 it’s not a lot less, but it still beats the better models by half (and then some). Indeed, there is a feeling that Motorola could actually charge a little bit more for this device and easily get away with it.

THE PERFORMANCE

cp040Making great use of Motorola’s much-vaunted ‘X-Pand’ technology, the CP040 provides excellent audio quality with every message, so there’s no real loss in sound quality (unless you obsessively compare the CP040 with the really high-end models and we aren’t going to do that here).

In terms of use, the CP040 is easy and efficient, operating with the usual dependability that we’ve come to expect from Motorola radios.

The belt clip (an optional extra) holds the radio in well and everything is generally sturdy and nicely made.

The CP040 may be lacking some of the more fancy features and extras that some of its peers can boast about, but as a standard, basic two-way radio, it is incredibly difficult to find fault with it.

THE VERDICT

The CP040 has been designed with mid level business use in mind, yes, it lacks the ‘boys own adventure’ ruggedness of Motorola’s outdoor models or the discreet, professional modernity of their urban, security orientated range, but it makes up for this in spades with a solid, reliable performance that won’t break the bank.

Perhaps it’s not the best product of its kind that the market can offer, but it is a very long way from being the worst and, in addition, it genuinely offers excellent value for money.

Customers may want something a little bit tougher and more overtly safety-conscious for use on building sites or battlegrounds. Perhaps they’ll also want something a little more slender and/or trendy for customer interaction, but otherwise, the CP040 suits its design-niche perfectly.

This is a great little device for basic business radio use and it’s hard to imagine it letting anybody down. Strong, reliable and high performance, the CP040 combines a thoroughly satisfying user experience with a pleasantly manageable price tag to create a wholly likeable (not to mention highly recommendable) product.

For more information on the Motorola Cp040 radio visit 2wayradionline.co.uk

PS4: Is The Latest Batch The Greatest?

Where do the latest PS4 games sit on the Pantheon of the PS4? Let’s have a look-see.

College mate Bob.

“Well, with a little trepidation I’ve finally done it” the update read “I’ve bought my own detached house. It has all appliances I could need and a beautiful thatched roof”

Not much older than me. I was shocked that he was enjoying so much success. How he’d gotten so wealthy. Bob and I were in the same class at college. I used to take long lunches.  He moved away and I only met him a few years later, whilst we were on the same train. Working as writers. I was about to post a long message congratulating Bob on his newfound success when I noticed the final two words to his status. Dork.

Bob is not alone, loads of people had great fun last year with PS4 games. Skyrim destroyed the social lives of half of my friends. Awesome graphics, Skyrim was quite rightly lauded as one of the best games of 2012. In fact, for a couple months, every. Saw him.

Fell victim to this little number, is FIFA12. probably won’t. F13, for example, might disappoint F1 fans expecting an upgrade. It is the sequel to…Don’t make me tell you!, with updated squad lists and slightly better graphics. It sold well, but I can’t say it’s hugely better than FIFA11.

Another one that did well towards the end of last year. Maybe that’s going too far). I can’t stand Dragon Ball Z. Get into that show? There’s like, three frames of animation per episode, most of which is either recapping the last. Madder. Extremely pissed off) hero gets really mad, glows yellow and kills him. The end. hours of my life I’m not getting back any time soon to get there. What’s that? Oh, the game? I have no idea, I got Distracted…Actually, I should issue an apology before DBZ’s legions of fans stand around getting angrier.