Last Friday, Brian Klug, Ian Cutress and myself took an hour to discuss a lot of what was on our minds lately. At a high level we discussed building a new Ivy Bridge PC, Brian's picks for best Android smartphones on the market today and even talked a bit about the next iPhone. Go a bit deeper and we had discussions about SSDs, the changing PC landscape, Haswell and much more. 

This marks our first ever official AnandTech podcast. The plan is to regularly do more of these and my hope is to be able to rope in all of the AnandTech writers to spend some time on the mic. We're getting an RSS feed for the podcast setup but for now here are direct links to the first episode (mp3 and m4a formats) as well as an embedded player here if you want to get started immediately. The total play time is just over 1 hour (01:01:05) and that will likely be our target going forward. As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. Let us know what you liked, hated and want to hear more of.


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  • cantcurecancer - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - link

    Loved it! Would definitely like to hear more about smartphone news and reccommendations, the market moves so fast that you need to regularly adjust what you think is a "wise buy".

    Also would really like to have these in video instead of audio only.
  • kawatwo - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - link

    Finally, something else to keep me occupied between MaxPC podcasts :)
  • Peroxyde - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - link

    Excellent idea. Thank you very much.
  • ATC9001 - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - link

    Outstanding job guys.

    I love the open discussion format, flows very well.

    Only possible suggestion could be to add time stamps for major topic shfits...i.e. shift from CPU to people who don't care to hear about something can jump right ahead. Nit picky, but might help some.

    Thanks again for keeping it real!
  • kureshii - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    Re one-drive-letter setups, you can still achieve this with multiple drives/partitions simply by using the mount-in-folder option instead of assigning the partition a letter.

    I've actually sent in a 2TB Caviar Green during RMA, and gotten back a 2TB Caviar Black. That was a *really* nice experience.
  • deject - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    As soon as this hits iTunes I'm subscribing. I think the podcast was pretty great.
  • critical_ - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    For years I have gotten replacement hard drives from Seagate, Maxtor, and Western Digital that were bigger than the ones I sent back. It doesn't happen all the time but it does happen quite frequently.

    Where this was problematic was a bad Western Digital WD20EADS (2TB green) that could enable TLER for hardware RAID which was replaced with a newer TLER-less WD20EARS. WD considers TLER an Enterprise feature but we could always enable it with a utility. They later disabled it in their consumer drives in the hopes of us pushing RAID home users like us towards their much more pricey drives so the WD20EARS was a downgrade. Many of us moved to Hitachi's green drives as they allow the use of TLER but that may be in jeopardy now as they were recently bought by WD.

    The other place a non-like-for-like replacement policy trips us up is hardware RAID set ups where it is a good thing to have similar drives throughout an array. I just though I'd share this with you all. Great podcast!
  • Lucian Armasu - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    You should discuss Cortex A5, Cortex A7 and big.Little next time. Compare Cortex A5 with Cortex A7 performance, and then A7 vs A9 performance, and then talk about the role of A7 in big.Little.

    You should discuss OpenGL ES 3.0, too, and all the new GPU architectures supporting it, like Mali T600, Adreno 300, Tegra 4, etc.
  • five_seven - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    The first hour of my office job this morning just got a lot less boring! Thank you!
  • meloz - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    I hope you guys fix the annoying audio issues. Decent first episode, but keep improving. Want some feedback? Heheh...

    1. Anand's audio quality is the best of the three. Ian is second, but only because he has some occasional echo (?) issues. I think Ian's room acoustics are _far_ better than Anand's, whose sound like a bathroom. Some acoustic foam (or thick curtains) in Anand's recording room will improve his sound.

    As for Brian, total disaster. Anand should probably write a tutorial ("Babby's First Podcast...") so that Brian can copy whatever Anand is doing with his audio to make it sound so good. It is not all about the mic, you have to make some effort and be professional. Experiement with mic placement as well, if you are not using a headset.

    2. You should also prepare an 'index' for the program, which topic is discussed at which time in the program. Publish it as as a list alongside the download link.

    3. Include a technical description of the podcast (length, filesize, bitrate etc) in a simple format (standardize, and then stick to it), and please don't hide / clutter the download links in a paragraph.

    4. You can safely reduce the bitrate and not compromise the audio quality. For the audiojehadist, include a .flac. On a torrent (TPB?) if you are scared of bandwidth wastage. The rest of us will be perfectly fine with 128 kbps, if not 96. Most audiobooks sound awesome even when they are 64 kbps bitrate. Room acoustics and low noise levels while recording are far more important to sound quality of the finished product than mere bitrate.

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