YouTube just changed its rules and Gavin’s Gadgets needs YOUR help urgently

Gavin’s Gadgets YouTube channel needs your help. Please subscribe and ask your friends to subscribe ASAP.

The anger in the comments of this post by YouTube clearly shows how unpopular this change is regarding minimum number of subscribers required going forward. Another move by YouTube to become less user friendly and probably its all about cost cutting. I need to ensure that my YouTube channel is well over the 1,000 subscriber limit by 28th Feb 2018. Please subscribe. Thank you.

From YouTube –

2017 marked a tough year for many of you, with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Despite those issues more creators than ever are earning a living on YouTube, with the number of channels making over six figures up over 40% year-over-year. In 2018, a major focus for everyone at YouTube is protecting our creator ecosystem and ensuring your revenue is more stable.

As Susan mentioned in December, we’re making changes to address the issues that affected our community in 2017 so we can prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube. A big part of that effort will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great.

Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you. They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.

On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.
Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community.

Of course, size alone is not enough to determine whether a channel is suitable for monetization, so we’ll continue to use signals like community strikes, spam, and other abuse flags to ensure we’re protecting our creator community from bad actors. As we continue to protect our platform from abuse, we want to remind all of you to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Monetization Basics & Policies, Terms of Service, and Google AdSense program policies, as violating any of these may lead to removal from the YouTube Partner Program.


LG V30 – Audio Review – Speaker, Bluetooth, Type C, Wired – Over 12 Different Headphones Compared

Welcome to my LG V30 Audio Review. This review covers the loudspeaker, bluetooth headphones, type c headphones and wired headphones. Over 12 different types of headphones used for the review.

To recap, the LG V30 embraces the 3.5mm headphone jack and adds a Quad Dac. The Quad Dac can drive headphones up to 600 ohms. However, I would recommend up to 300 ohms max and dependant on the sensitivity of the headphone as well. Over 50 ohm headphones trigger the high impedance mode of the Quad Dac to ensure proper amplification. Sub 50 ohms and a wider dynamic range is engaged.

The Quad Dac features high end options from being able to choice digital filters, an equaliser and even supports the new high resolution streaming format MQA.

So now sit back and enjoy the LG V30 Audio Review!

Useful Links with Latest Pricing

High Impedance Headphones

VE Monk Plus –
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm –
Sennheiser HD 660s –
Sennheiser HD 579 –

Bluetooth Headphones

Sony WH-1000MX2 –
Sony WF-1000X –
Optoma NuForce BE Free8 –

In Ear Headphones

Sony In Ear headphones –
Sennheiser In Ear headphones –

Sennheiser HD 660s Headphone Review – The legend continues

Welcome to my review of the new flagship headphone from Sennheiser. The £429 Sennheiser HD 660s replaces the legendary HD 650 which was first sold over 10 years ago. So can the new HD 660s take the crown. Short answer is yes. But here’s why?


From a design point of view the HD 660s look nearly identical to the outgoing 650’s. In fact, all the spare parts from the 650 will fit the new 660s. From a longevity point of view you are buying an investment and should you need to change pads, cable, in fact anything, you can just order the piece you need. The 660s take on a black paint job, with the Sennheiser logo on the grills and instead of the name Sennheiser spaced out across the top of the headband, it’s just placed on the left side. See video for visuals.


The headphones are massive. Large ear pads comfortable fit over any ear. However, the clamping force is reasonable and due to the larger size might cause some people a little discomfort. With care it is possible to gently stretch the headband. I can wear these for hours and hours. However, I do find the cheaper HD 598s lighter and more comfortable.

Sound and Specs

The outgoing HD 600 and HD 650s were 300 ohms and therefore required some decent amplification to extract the most out of them. The 660s are now an easier to drive 150 ohms with a sensitivity of 104db. The frequency response is 10 – 41,000 Hz. Sennheiser designed these to work from some of the newer portable music devices like the LG V30 or Fiio Personal music players. However, these really need beefy amplification with decent voltage outputs to fully obtain music nirvana.

Before I tested these headphones, I gave them a 200 hour burn in. However, as you do, I had a quick listen straight out of the box and was instantly impressed. Now after 200 hours this is my verdict. The 660s are extremely detailed. Huge soundstage which has great positioning too. Speed and attack are present as well. With some of my favourite jazz, I had the hairs on my arm raise. There are very few headphones that can recreate that level of atmosphere and musicality. Bass is precise and not overdone. Being open back, you can hear everything around you and likewise anyone in the same room will hear what you are listening too. The open back design is what helps provides such a huge soundstage.

Video Review


The Sennheiser HD 660s are highly recommended. They have a legendary musicality and will deliver you years and years of satisfaction.

Useful Links

Sennheiser HD 660s latest pricing and more info on Amazon UK

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Top Cases Reviewed

Huawei Mate 10 Pro, top cases reviewed. When you have a beautifully designed phone like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the last thing you would want to do is put a case on it. Unfortunately, if you don’t, one simple drop could end in tears. Glass no matter how strong, scratches and cracks.

So I have looked at a range of cases from different companies looking at a number of factors and then picked a winner. I will leave some links to the cases at the end. My favourite case for the Mate 10 Pro, is also the same case that I use for the Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30+.

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 10 Pro cases on Amazon UK

USB C to 3.5mm Adapters Reviewed & Explained

USB C audio is a complicated mess. Very few manufacturers have adopted the format is the same manner, some doing their own thing and others following the system incorrectly. In my video below, I take a look at several different types and explain the differences, what works and what doesn’t. Due to the changing landscape, this is still an evolving landscape too!

Useful Links

USB C to 3.5mm adapters on Amazon UK

Sennheiser HD 579 Headphone Review vs Sennheiser HD 598

Welcome to my review of the Sennheiser HD 579 headphones with a comparison to the Sennheiser HD 598.

The HD 579 is part of the new HD 500 Series. The HD 579 is a headphone that provides premium performance and great value. They are powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology and feature the ‘Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement’ design.

Using the HD 579 was a great experience. For a fraction of the price compared to high end audiophile headphones, The HD 579 was approaching high end audiophile sound reproduction. The open back, around ear headphone design delivers a lovely natural tonal balance with a wide soundstage and spatial performance. Comfort is one of the best with proper large ear cups fitted with plush velour ear cushions. Treble and mid range is detailed and not tiring. Speed and timing is excellent with a decent amount of bass.

As these are open back headphones, they let all the music leak from them and at the same time you can hear everything going on in the outside world. Sennheiser do have a range of closed back and noise cancelling headphones for those days when you need no disturbances! So for commuting, these are not the headphones to use. At home and in quiet environments they are ideal. They are also easy to drive. Tested with the Google Pixel 2 XL using the USB C dongle and also with the LG V30+. The pairing with the LG V30+ was exceptional.

So how do these compare with the older HD 598. They are pretty much identical. The HD 598 are marginally easier to drive and have a slightly wider frequency range. In real life its hard to tell them apart. I felt the bass on the HD 579 was marginally better.


The Sennheiser HD 579 headphones are highly recommended and represent great value for money.

Useful Links

Sennheiser headphone info and deals on Amazon UK

LG V30+ First Impressions – 128gb storage & Headphone Jack with Quad DAC & Wireless Charging

Welcome to my first impressions of the LG V30+. The V30+ is exactly the same as the V30 except it has double the storage at 128gb instead of 64gb.

Notable features include (and I suggest you read these as they are impressive)

Hybrid Sim – either dual sim or single sim plus micro SD card (some markets just single sim plus micro SD card)
IP68 dust and water PLUS MIL-STD-810G compliant
Wireless Charging
3.5mm headphone jack with a QUAD DAC 32-bit/192kHz audio, B&O Play certified,24-bit/48kHz audio recording, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
6 inch P-OLED QHD screen 18:9 aspect ratio
– Gorilla Glass 5
– Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
– Always-on display
Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540
– Android 7.1.2 – Oreo rolling out now
– 64gb or 128gb storage, 4gb ram
Rear cameras – Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, 1 µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec
– Front camera 5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12 µm)
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD (with Oreo update, Sony’s LDAC codec is added)
Stereo FM radio with RDS
– USB C Connector
– Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, colour spectrum
– Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm Small size
Weight 158g Quite light

Before I get to the video review section, I just want to emphasise the specs above again, as the LG V30+ has nearly everything you could dream in a phone. It also looks gorgeous. Below are a few first shots from the camera.

Camera Samples

The camera is a beast, so many options too. The photo that looks like it has had a filter applied was actually snapped with a filter pre applied. The camera shoots in 4:3 at max MP. All I have done is cropped afterwards to 16:9.

First Impressions plus look at the Interface and Camera

Useful Links

LG V30 latest pricing on Amazon

LG V30 cases on Amazon

Amazon’s Boxing Day Sale – All the Deals in one place

Amazon’s Boxing Day Sale started today. To browse all available deals –

Looking at the different categories, the following are available –

– Deals under £15

– Post Xmas Workout deals

– Techie deals

– Photography deals

– Gamer deals

– Lightning deals

– Kids Corner deals

– Deals for Pet Owners

– Beauty & Grooming deals

– Great Night in deals.

– Festive Food & Drink deals.

– Smart Home Deals

– Clothes, Shoes & Bags deals

– Chef, Kitchen deals

– Baby deals

– Deals on Watches

– Deals for the home

– Arts & Craft deals

– DIYers deals

Razer HammerHead USB C Headphones Review vs Sennheiser Momentum

Welcome to my review of the Razer Hammerhead USB C headphones. Whilst these are made specially by Razer, these are quite unique at the moment being terminated with a USB C connection. Razer also has included a special DAC for an improvement performance.

I tested these with the Razer phone, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and a MacBook Pro and then compared then to the Sennheiser Momentum in ear headphones. So it back any enjoy the review.

Last Minute Christmas Deals on Amazon – My Picks of the Best Deals on Sunday 16th December

Just finished browsing the “Last Minute Christmas Deals” on Amazon this morning to see what’s what. These are all the best deals on Sunday 17th Dec

– up to 35% off Anker Wireless earphones
– 25% off Smarter iKettle (3rd Gen)
– 40% off Bosch PSM 100 Multi Sander now £23.99
– 30% off B & O Play Bang & Olufsen H5 Wireless earphones
– up to 50% off selected sodastreams
– 65% off Philips Sonicare Toothbrush
– 50% off Philips Series 9000 laser guided beard trimmer
– 50% off Philips Star Wars Special Edition Dry & Wet Shaver Gift Pack , so cool

– up to 50% off Casio Watches

– £15 off Echo Dot. £20 off Amazon Echo. £70 off Amazon Echo Show
– Amazon Fire 7 Tablet £15 off now £34.99
– Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet £30 off now £49.99
– Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet £20 off now £79.99

– up to 50% off Olay Face Creams
– 40% off Philips Lumia Essential IPL Hair Removal
– 50% off Real Techniques Starter kit
– up to 50% off LSA gifts
– 25% off urSkin products

– up to 50% off slippers, decent brands too
– up to 60% off mens shoes & accessories, decent brands too
– up to 40% off mens coats, decent brands
– up to 50% off Christmas clothing
– up to 50% off Premium brands in Fashion, men & woman

– up to 30% off selected Gin, some super options
– up to 30% off sparkling wins

Honor 7X Review – Another classic phone from Honor


Welcome to my review of the Honor 7X.

The Key Features

– 5.93-inch display with IPS Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio
– Kirin 659 chipset, 4gb ram, 64gb storage
– Storage expanded for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card
– Dual rear camera setup that features 16mp and 2MP sensors for depth sensing
– Front camera is a 8mp
– 3,340 mAh battery
– 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm
– Weight 165g
– Android 7.1 and EMUI 5.1 – update to Oreo and EMUI 8 in New Year
– 3.5mm headphone jack
– Micro USB, no NFC

Camera Samples

In good light the Honor 7X takes good shots. Wide Aperture mode, Portrait mode are all present making the camera a good offering. In low light images are soft.

Video Review

Useful Links

Honor on Amazon UK

Honor Store UK

Amazon’s Last Minute Christmas Deal Sale – The Best Picks from Today’s Offering

Just noticed today that Amazon has started its “Last Minute Christmas Deals”. I am so pleased I held off on a couple of items, as they are now on offer as a deal of the day. Here are all the Christmas deals

A few examples, personally just nabbed myself a Fitbit Alta HR.

– up to 40% off Fitbit Alta HR available in 4 colours

– up to 50% off Christmas Jumpers

– 40% off Rimmel London Beauty Gift Box now £15

– Wileyfox Swift 2 X smartphone now £144.99 – 2 colours, 32gb storage, 3gb ram, dual 4G and more

– 14% off latest model 2017 Sony Bravia 65 inch TV 4K HDR

– 57% off Philips Series 5000 Waterproof Shaver

– 67% off Philips Sonicare toothbrush

– up to 40% off Baby Driver DVD & Blu Ray

– up to 40% off Bomb Cosmetic Gift Packs

– 30% off Rode Videmicpro On Camera mic

– up to 30% off top brand Whiskies

– 45 % off Bosch X-Line 50 piece Accessory Set now £10.99

– up to 30% off Slumberdown Winter duvets ideal in this cold snap

– up to 50% off Vans Mens & Womens shoes

– 40% off Cluse Watches for women

– 25% off Morphy Richards pans and other stuff

– 61% off Vax C85-P5 Cylinder vacuum cleaner now just £58.90

Again main link for all Last Minute Christmas deals is