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Techmoan is a YouTuber and blogger active since May 2009, featuring consumer tech reviews and "RetroTech" documentaries.[1] He lives in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Techmoan
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Techmoan logo
Personal information
BornMatthew Julius Taylor
January 1971 (age 48)
Websitewww.techmoan.com
YouTube information
Also known asMat
Channel
Years active2009-present
GenreTechnology
Subscribers787,094
(21 June 2019)
Total views158,380,875 million
(21 June 2019)

Apart from reviews and tests, videos often include taking products apart and, in the case of older technology, going over the product's history plus reception via references in publications of the time; for audio and entertainment devices this is often Billboard magazine, which at the time covered both consumer and trade electronics devices through articles and old advertisements. His statements have been quoted by The Daily Telegraph[2] and Gizmodo.[3][4][5] By ratings on Reddit, MarketWatch listed the YouTube Channel 6th in its "binge-watching" top ten.[6]

Current product reviews on miscellaneous tech items, mainly on consumer products like action and dashcams, sometimes sponsored or donated, participating the affiliate marketing associates program of Amazon Services LLC,[7] and a Patreon membership keep the channel alive.[8][9]

Bonus outro skits often feature a trio of muppet-like puppets voiced by Mat, and frequently skewer the inanity and pedantry of YouTube viewer comments.[10]

His videos are referenced by sites such as AVclub,[11] Gizmodo,[12] Hackaday,[13] El Español[14] and Popular Mechanics.[15]

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 2006, Mat started a YouTube channel called "Vectrexuk", with videos of similar tech items like installing a home cinema and controlled toasters[16][17] "just to prove a point that people will watch anything on YouTube".[18][19]

The Channel "Techmoan" started on May 31, 2009, uploading a tour of a 2009 Piaggio MP3, taken at 480p and very basic sound quality.[20] For additional non-tech videos, in 2015 he started another Channel, called the "Youtube Pedant".[21] As of June 2019, the main channel has over 780,000 subscribers and over 158 million views. Some videos have had over 3 million views.

Later documentary videosEdit

Documentary videos about forgotten magnetic tape recording formats show the OMNI Entertainment System[22] which used 8-track tape storage, the HiPac, a successor of the PlayTape and related applications of it. Other videos show some of the smallest and largest analog recording tape cardridges ever made like the Picocassette[23] for dictation machines or Cantata 700 background music system.[24] Further videos show other former ¼-inch-tape cartridge formats like the Sabamobil[25] which used existing 3-inch open reels for mobile use, and the portable Sanyo Micro Pack 35.[26] as well as the RCA tape cartridge[27] and the Sony Elcaset[28] with another compromise of playtime and sound quality, oddities and gimmicks on Compact Cassettes as "reinventing the reel",[29][30] several ways of autoreverse,[31] automatic multiple cassette players,[32][33] endless loop cassettes,[34] and cassette mass production technology.[35][36]

Documentary on formats of vinyl recording show the Tefifon[37][38] endless cartridge, or the Seeburg 1000 background music system,[39][40] vertical turntables,[41] and other audio encodings CX and dbx for noise reduction on vinyl analog recording.[42]

Further documentaries show the mechanical Curta calculator,[43] devices with Nixie tube displays,[44] wire recording,[45] and the WikiReader.[46]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Techmoan/about". Retrieved 24 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Why a dashcam could save you money on your car insurance, The Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2016
  3. ^ Bryan Menegus: Yup, This Vertical Record Player Is Rad 6 May 2016
  4. ^ Bryan Menegus: There's a Good Reason This Weird, Old Cassette Format Didn't Work Out, 31 August 2017
  5. ^ Rhett Jones: Music Designed for an Oscilloscope Looks and Sounds Cool as Hell, 24 November 2016
  6. ^ Shawn Langlois: 10 YouTube channels for binge-watching, 19 July 2017
  7. ^ Archive.org capture of www.techmoan.com/about/ as of 17 April 2017
  8. ^ "Techmoan Youtube Channel".
  9. ^ "Techmoan Blog / Website".
  10. ^ Comments IRL, 13 August 2018
  11. ^ Henne, B.G. "Behold the Tefifon, the unholy German union of vinyl and 8-track". News. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  12. ^ Menegus, Bryan. "There's a Good Reason This Weird, Old Cassette Format Didn't Work Out". Gizmodo. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Teardown and Repair of a Police Recorder". Hackaday. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Llega el vídeo en vinilo, la experiencia más retro posible". Omicrono (in Spanish). 18 September 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  15. ^ "The Strange Machine That Played Paper Instead of Records or Tapes". Popular Mechanics. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  16. ^ Techmoan (25 July 2017), Techmoan - Not the 10th Anniversary Show, retrieved 12 November 2018
  17. ^ "Vectrexuk", YouTube, retrieved 6 May 2019
  18. ^ "About Techmoan".
  19. ^ Techmoan - Not the 10th Anniversary Show, 25 July 2017
  20. ^ "Youtube -Techmoan's First Video".
  21. ^ About the YouTube Channel "Youtube Pedant"
  22. ^ MB OMNI Entertainment System - The 1980s 8-Track games machine., 6 August 2017
  23. ^ The Picocassette – Smallest Analogue Cassette Tape ever made, 2 August 2015
  24. ^ Retro Tech: This 1960s BGM Machine played the Biggest Cassettes ever made, 11 May 2016
  25. ^ Forgotten Format: The Sabamobil, 22 June 2017
  26. ^ Forgotten Format: SANYO Micro-Pack 35 Tape Recorder, 31 August 2017
  27. ^ RetroTech: RCA Victor Tape Cartridge - A trailblazing failure, 22 September 2016
  28. ^ Forgotten Audio Formats: DCC & Elcaset 6 May 2014
  29. ^ TEAC O'Casse Open Cassette - Reinventing the Reel, 16 May 2015
  30. ^ Audio Craft Cassette Cartridge: More music per pocket., 12 April 2017
  31. ^ Auto-Reverse: The Hard Way, 26 February 2016
  32. ^ What a 10hr music playlist looked like in 1992, 30 December 2015
  33. ^ Retro-Tech: The 1972 Desktop 'iPod', 14 August 2016
  34. ^ Cassettes: Lenticular Classics & Endless Loops, 13 September 2016
  35. ^ Cassettes - better than you don't remember, 1 February 2016
  36. ^ Pre-recorded Cassettes' Last Stand 24 January 2017
  37. ^ Vintage Electronics - The Tefifon, 6 April 2015
  38. ^ Tefifon Update - more info, more music, bigger.... and smaller. 4 May 2015
  39. ^ RetroTech: Seeburg 1000 BMS1 Background Music System (1959-1986), 28 February 2017
  40. ^ Seeburg 1000 BGM Part 2: The DIY version, 1 March 2017
  41. ^ Rescued 1980s Relic: The Sharp RP-114 Vertical Turntable, 9 June 2014
  42. ^ CX Discs : Better, Worse & the Same as a normal record - A Forgotten Format, 19 October 2017
  43. ^ 1950 Curta Calculator, 24 December 2014
  44. ^ The Nixie Watch, 15 March 2010
  45. ^ Retro Tech: The Wire Recorder, 3 July 2016
  46. ^ WikiReader: the Internet without the Internet, 3 September 2018

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