Sound – Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:13:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Cowin E-7: Fair Quality Headphones at a Bargain Price http://reviewtech.info/cowin-e-7-headphones-review/ http://reviewtech.info/cowin-e-7-headphones-review/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:16:52 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3737 Checking in at just under $60 on Amazon, the Cowin E-7 noise-cancelling headphones are built for the music lover on a budget. You might not exactly fall head-over-heels for any headphone set when you get down to this price range, and as a newcomer to the industry, Cowin certainly has some flaws when it comes to product design. ...

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Checking in at just under $60 on Amazon, the Cowin E-7 noise-cancelling headphones are built for the music lover on a budget. You might not exactly fall head-over-heels for any headphone set when you get down to this price range, and as a newcomer to the industry, Cowin certainly has some flaws when it comes to product design. That said, it still pulls through with some surprising strengths, making it a strong contender for the right kind of buyer.

What’s in the box?

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For an all-plastic pair of headphones, the E-7 is surprisingly stylish. It’s a little bulky around the ears, so it’s not especially well-suited for jogging or other kinds of exercise, but a soft faux leather on the head strap and on the inside of the ear cups makes for surprisingly comfortable everyday wear. The padding is stable around your ears and decently breathable.

The ear cups easily swivel and ratchet up and down can be made to lie flat on the outside for travel. Unfortunately, though, they don’t turn inwards, so this isn’t the easiest pair of headphones to carry around. The travelling pouch these come with won’t protect from impacts or water damage, although a sturdier, rubber carrying case is available.

The ear cups are a little stiff to adjust but will stay firmly in place. The whole thing slides nicely over the ears, and thanks to its adjustable arms, there’s never too much pressure anywhere. It’s also fairly lightweight, at a little over half a pound.

You have your pick of colors with this product, too. They come in black, blue, purple, red, and white, and the glossy chrome outside is pretty nice—if you’re willing to put up with fingerprint smudges, of course. They are still all-plastic, so they might feel a little cheap and their build quality is moderate.

The cable is a little short (48”), but battery life is pretty good. The website lists it at 30 hours, and it only takes about three hours to charge. That’s not a bad deal for $60.

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Sound quality

Cowin E7 Ear PadsThe E-7 offers great wireless range, although it does tend to sound somewhat muffled (especially with active noise cancellation on). The bass, while often a little boomy, is heavy and performs well. The midrange can be overpowering, and the treble, while well-supported, often lacks clarity. The soundstage isn’t the most open, either, though this is somewhat improved with active noise cancellation on.

Overall, the sound has a tendency towards muddiness and distortion. There is an overall warm, round sound, but this product has a great deal of static even at moderate volumes. This gets worse when the volume is lowered, and raising the volume increases distortion.

Additionally, although these are marketed as noise-cancelling headphones, they’re far from the best at retaining quality while actively blocking out noise. In terms of passive noise cancellation, they work fairly well. Even without turning on the noise cancelling function, the E-7 easily blocks out most ambient noises, making it easy to immerse yourself in the music.

Once you try turning noise cancellation on, though, things get a little more complicated. The audio quality is drastically reduced, taking on a canned quality. This is especially true at lower volumes. Moreover, turning on active noise cancellation doesn’t do much to further block out ambient noise. Loud background sounds can still be heard, and it’s not that much better than when noise cancellation is turned off.

Wonky design

Cowin E7 HeadphonesThe E-7’s controls are poorly thought-out. Short-pressing the plus and minus icons on the triangle outside the right ear cup lets you skip forward or back on an audio track. If you want to adjust the volume, though, you have to long-press on these same areas—making it difficult to get the volume exactly as you want. And even with long-presses, volume adjustment is still counterintuitive, since the minus sign is for some reason above the plus sign.

The call function on these headphones is a little off, as well. The microphone is on the upper part of the ear cups and points away from the face, resulting in muffled audio quality. Additionally, double-clicking the play/pause button automatically redials the last number called—a potentially useful function, but easy to accidentally misuse.

In terms of your audio connection, you get the option of toggling between an aux chord, Bluetooth, and active noise cancellation with Bluetooth. These have good wireless connection, and you can listen to them while they charge. One drawback, though, is that you have to use Bluetooth if you want active noise cancellation.

Should you buy this?

That said, they’re only $60. They’re the Amazon #1 bestseller for DJ headphones, with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. They perform well, allowing for easy Bluetooth connection and simple manual controls. They have strong passive noise cancellation and battery life, and their ear cups fit comfortably over the ears.

These aren’t the headphones for an audio aficionado, but they’re a solid choice for the average consumer.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Review: The Best Bluetooth, Noise Canceling Headphones? http://reviewtech.info/bose-quietcomfort-35-series-2-review/ http://reviewtech.info/bose-quietcomfort-35-series-2-review/#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 17:43:56 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3684 For years, Bose has been trusted with providing some of the best wireless and sound proof headphones in the entire business. They continue that tradition with the QuietComfort 35 model which aims to take the experience to an even greater height. Bose designed these headphones specifically for the portable and on-the-go crowd. If you want nothing but ...

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Bose QuietComfort 35Much like how the Bose QuietComfort 35 was an improvement over the QuietComfort 25, the series II takes what was great about the QC35, adds some optional wireless tools and tweaks the sound signature for better optimization. We would absolutely recommend that you spend the extra couple of bucks to go for this upgraded model. Many headphone companies have been redoing their bestselling models lately with a more modern or accessible spin, but Bose’s attempt at this trend really stands out from most other iterations.
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For years, Bose has been trusted with providing some of the best wireless and sound proof headphones in the entire business. They continue that tradition with the QuietComfort 35 model which aims to take the experience to an even greater height.

Bose designed these headphones specifically for the portable and on-the-go crowd. If you want nothing but raw audiophile power, you will have to look elsewhere though. These headphones are meant to be brought with you anywhere with their rechargeable battery lasting up to 20 hours of noise canceling performance—there lies their advantage.

The Basics

The QuietComfort 35 II comes in two primary colors, black and silver. The headphones sport two different kinds of chargers, a car charger and a USB based one that is included with the compatible wall plugin. The ear-cups are closed-back rather than open-back, leading to superior outer noise reduction.

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As part of the name implies, this is the second edition of the QC35, an upgraded version of the QuietComfort 25. Both the second edition and the original QC35 sound much better than the older models, but the Series II comes with new “action buttons.”

This new feature gives you access to the Google Assistant voice-activated app. It’s a bit of a gimmick that will probably not be a game changer for most consumers, but it’s an interesting step in the direction of making headphones more integrated with smartphone technology. Speaking of which Bose even created a free app for these headphones that allows you to better calibrate equalization settings and the like.

The build isn’t made of the sturdiest materials considering the price range but the QuietComfort 35 II will surely survive at least a couple major accidents.

Comfort

While they may look a little small or a little stiff, Bose has truly made an incredibly snug fit of a pair. With the circumaural cups (pads that completely envelop your ears), the QuietComfort 35 II really lives up to the “comfort” in its name. Both of the ear-pads and the headband are made from the same material—a very soft and plushy sort of pseudo velour that makes you want to sink into all three spots as if tiny pillows are pushing into your head.

The fact that the QuietComfort 35 II is also quite lightweight only adds to this level of comfort. This headband is different and more minimalist than older Bose models, and we can only suspect that this is what added to the final weight count. These headphones were designed to rest on your head for several hours at a time. Pressure and unnecessary tightness will not build up, leaving you and your music uninterrupted for however long you want.

Style

This is one category that Bose has never really excelled in. While looks never make the headphone, and part of us wants to commend Bose for only putting their time and resources into what really matters, the fact is that Sony and Sennheiser have always made the more fashionable wireless cans. Even newer brands like V-Moda which began their entry into the business with unique looking headbands and geometric shaped cups have carried that habit over into the wireless end of things lately.

If you’ve seen one pair of Bose headphones, you’ve probably seen them all. The QuietComfort 35 II is no exception to this rule of thumb. The oval shaped earcups, the metal and plastic components always resting in the same spots, even the way they fold up to be put in their carrying case is the same.

It’s not that Bose makes ugly looking headphones or earbuds, not at all. It’s more like they look bland and very basic. While style and looks certainly account for some points, we would never really recommend people to buy or neglect any given pair based off of looks alone. If you happen to be the type of person who wears headphones as trinkets and accessories and places functionality second, you probably wouldn’t be shopping for Bose at all in the first place.

Sound

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II SoundBluetooth and other kinds of wireless headphones usually tend to fall behind in the sound quality department. The fact of the matter is, you can either have the highest of hi-fi sound quality or the most advanced new technology in noise-canceling and Bluetooth functionality. There’s a reason why both ends of the spectrum never meet. Companies that make the most advanced technological headphones have to go easy on including the most advanced speakers and drivers in order to keep the price affordable.

Luckily, higher priced cans like the QuietComfort 35 II can still maximize sound quality as much as is practical and feasible. This new model sounds much better than previous entries like the QuietComfort 25, despite looking very similar at first glance.

The QC35 II’s have better clarity, balance and dynamics. Vocals will be more audible and spoken words will be easier to decipher as they are better distinguished from instrumentation. Where the QC25’s had a little too weak high end ranges, the QC35 II’s do a better job of making bass and treble frequencies sound balanced. Even acoustic and electric instruments sound more authentic and crisp, even if both are being played at the same time. And as usual for Bose, electronic instrumentation sounds good.

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Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless vs Sennheiser HD1 Headphones: Which One Has the Edge? http://reviewtech.info/beyerdynamic-aventho-wireless-vs-sennheiser-hd1-headphones/ http://reviewtech.info/beyerdynamic-aventho-wireless-vs-sennheiser-hd1-headphones/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:33:27 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3639 ‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile ...

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‘Made in Germany’ is considered by many audiophiles as tantamount to excellence in regard to the audio quality of headphones. Their reputation is arguably spearheaded by two single corporations: Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser. Sennheiser has maintained its household name in recent years thanks to bestselling models like the HD598, a very popular entry level pair of headphones for those breaking into the audiophile world. They also have a reputation for creating very expensive headphones like the Orpheus or the HD800s.

Beyerdynamic is a company that doesn’t have as much a reputation among newcomers to the world of high fidelity audio, but they do have a strong name that is backed by many knowledgeable enthusiasts the world over. Both of these companies are absolute titans when it comes to delivering some of the best headphones ever made, period.

We felt it was appropriate to put these two German kings head to head and compare a pair of their most recent products: Beyerdynamics Aventho Wireless and the Sennheiser HD1s. Similar in price range, power and style, these are brands that are aiming at the same audience, more or less. But which is better, for specific purposes and in general?

The Specs

Like any curious audiophile, you’re probably wondering how they compare on a technical level, so let’s get that out of the way. Both of these headphones are in the same price range, so they’re virtually identical when it comes to that. Both are closed-back headphones, meaning that the sound will not bleed through the casing. Closed-back headphones provide better isolation from external noise, though typically have less accurate or less authentic soundstage (the quality of emulating the position of instruments relative to your ear).

When it comes to impedance, both are in the same ballpark. Impedance is measured in ohms, and is an indication of a headphones’ power. The higher the impedance is, the more amplification it will require to function at optimal levels, though higher impedance is heavily correlated with better sound quality. All of the best reviewed and expensive headphones often have impedances ranging from 200 to 600 ohms.

The Aventho scores at 32 ohms, and the HD1 scores at 18. Theoretically, the Aventho is the more powerful pair but generally speaking the difference between 18 and 32 is negligible and probably isn’t even noticeable at all. 16-32 ohms is the common range and anything under 50 ohms can be easily powered by any simple portable device like a smartphone, requiring no external amplification. On paper, the Aventho wins by a small amount, but the difference is so minor that it may not even count in the end.

Style

These headphones are very similar in aesthetics and appearance. The Aventho comes in two colors and the HD1 comes in a few, but they all go for the same kind of faux-leather look with muted, calm colors like brown, beige and black. Think of expensive sofas or the interior of luxury vehicles, these things often act as the influence for a lot of stylish looking headphones these days.

Both headphones have the velour faux-leather headband that splits into the adjustable metal bars that connect to the speakers. The pads themselves are the same color and fabric as the headbands. The combination of thin steel and velour gives them a very particular look, one that says they are half modern, half old fashioned, which is very likely a deliberate choice.

It was a hard pick as they both look quite similar but the HD1 wins when it comes to looks. The headband features stitching that gives it just a slight edge when it comes to character, and the metal pieces are more attractive and shinier looking, plus they sport the Sennheiser logo as a holographic symbol.

Comfort

Comfort is a very important factor when it comes to just about any headphones. You are potentially going to have these things on your head for hours at a time, be that for music sessions, movies or gaming. The Sennheiser HD1s are the clear winner of this category.

The Aventho’s, like some of Beyerdynamic’s other brand, namely the DT1350, are a little too tight on the head. It’s ironic because these headphones are very adjustable and can fit any sized head and even feature swiveling ear cups. But they start to get too tight after a couple of hours. The earcups themselves are also supra-aural or on-the ear, meaning they push against your ears instead of completely enveloping them.

The HD1s are circum-aural or over-the ear, so they will completely cover your ears which always makes for a more relaxing experience. The headband is also a little softer and thicker than the Aventho’s and they have a wider girth, resulting in a less tight and more comfortable resting on the head. The HD1 also has much softer and thicker earpads. They feel like miniature pillows resting on your head.

Sound Quality

Here we go; this is arguably the only category that matters for some of you. The Sennheiser HD1s feature very good bass and mid-range frequencies, but are a little muddy on the high end trebles and soprano ranges. This might be a deal breaker if you listen to music that heavily relies on such ranges, like metal music or even some classical. Virtually every other genre of music sounds great, and if you have a very analytical way of listening to music and want to notice every minute detail, these headphones will satisfy your needs.

The Beyerdynamic Aventho is of course a wireless headphone, and often wireless headphones sacrifice quality for this extra convenience. That is not the case with the Aventhos so we have to give extra points to Beyerdynamic for that. All ranges of frequencies, low, mid and high, are represented quite nicely. The bass and the treble never seem to be inadequate and are always discernible and noticeable. The problem here is that they can’t handle heavy instrumentation. Pop and hip hop for example will be fine, but any tracks with lots of instruments (classical or big band) will suffer a bit. These headphones struggle at multitasking several different sounds and textures.

We’ve said this before, but it was a hard one to decide. In most respects, these headphones have a lot in common but ultimately we have to go with the HD1s. They are our winner for both sound quality and are overall the better headphones, even if only slightly. While the high end could be a little more crisp and clear, they are more analytical in their presentation and are better at exposing details. The nail in the coffin of the Aventhos was their lack of handling multiple instruments at once well enough.

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Final Thoughts

These are both great models that have hit the market rather recently, and we earnestly believe that anyone who buys either one of these will be deeply satisfied. It’s true that the HD1s are slightly more comfortable, better looking and better sounding, but it really was a photo finish throughout this article. We hope you enjoyed seeing these two great but slightly flawed products go head to head and we hope you end up having the pleasure of owning one of them soon.

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AKG K92 Headphones: To Buy or Not to Buy http://reviewtech.info/akg-k92-headphones-review/ http://reviewtech.info/akg-k92-headphones-review/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:48:10 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3622 The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they ...

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The Sennheiser HD598 currently has the reputation for being the most affordable high definition headphones. Often being sold for less than $200, the 598’s have become an entry-level choice for many people in recent years. Often hailed as the undisputed gateway headphones for people looking to acquire high fidelity sound for the first time, they have remained utterly unrivaled and unchallenged in attracting new members of the audiophile community.

AKG released a new pair that is also trying to gain some ground on this specific demographic. The AKG K92, an even less expensive pair of headphones, is trying to attract the same userbase as the HD598’s, though at an even lower price. Does it have what it takes to compete?

What comes in the box

The packaging of the K92 is standard affair. The cable length is 3 meters long, which already implies that indoor environments are what AKG had in mind with these headphones – more on that later. AKG also included a 6.3mm screw-on adapter, so that anyone who wants to plug in the K92 into an amplifier or a device with a larger input hole can do so. The headphones are fairly light, only weighing about half a pound or so. The earcups are circumaural, meaning they completely envelop your ears, as opposed to pushing against them. This combined with the light weight makes for a very comfortable piece of equipment.

The color and styling of the headphones is quite appealing. The black and gold combination gives it the look of a luxury item, but isn’t flashy or shiny enough to be considered excessive or over the top.

Tech Specs

AKG’s K92 doesn’t have any mind blowing specs that will intrigue audiophiles right off the bat, like with a much more expensive pair such as Beyerdynamic’s DT 990. The K92’s impedance is 32 ohms, which is fairly standard. This means they don’t need much extra power at all, and do not require external amplification from a dedicated headphone amplifier. Again, this is a technical detail that already heavily hints at the kind of consumer AKG is aiming for with these headphones. The K92s will work no problem by being directly plugged into virtually any device that plays audio, including phones or tablets.

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Sound Quality

There’s a couple of things that need to be gotten out of the way before we continue. For its price range, the quality of these headphones are pretty good. With the exception of some of Grado or Audio Technica’s cheapest over-ear headphones, the K92 does demolish a lot of the cheap brands that sell for similar prices like Skull Candy. But does the K92 offer a sound that’s as impressive as, say, the ATH-M20 or the SR-60e, which are just outside the K92’s price range?

For starters, the noise isolation on the K92 is adequate. While external, ambient noise is not completely blocked out, as you can still hear sounds when no music is playing, the noise reduction is perfectly fine as long as you have music playing at a decent volume. This is important as these are closed-back headphones, which means they prioritize noise isolation over characteristics associated with sound quality, like soundstage or imaging.

And how is the K92’s soundstage? It’s okay. Again, these are budget headphones, and that must always be taken into account when trying to compare different headphones, otherwise the only pair anyone would ever recommend in any situation would be the Sennheiser Orpheus. So compared to unknown brands one might find in a department store or HMV, the K92 will give the listener a taste of what the phenomenon of soundstage is like. You will be able to slightly detect different instruments coming from different directions. However, soundstage is a quality best experienced via open back headphones, and as such it is still quite limited on this pair.

It also isn’t the most suitable pair for being an all-rounder on the frequency spectrum. It manages to portray mids perfectly fine. Bass is mostly good and gives a noticeable vibration of a punch to low end frequencies without succumbing to any irritating hissing or buzzing like some cheap headphones do on strong low end frequencies. Vocals and voices in general are not too great, as they are often a bit too drowned out by other instruments. This won’t be a problem if you mainly listen to instrumental music. Having a music player with decent equalizer settings will be ideal if you purchase the K92s.

The treble is fairly weak, regardless of what genre of music is played. A brand like Grado is well known for having cheaper pairs with great treble, which is good news for fans of rock or metal. The K92s seem to be better suited for genres such as hip hop, rap, electronic, and various styles of pop that don’t take advantage of the entire scale of frequencies.

Who should buy these headphones?

While these cans fall short in some ares, it must be said that they are much better than your typical sub-$100 headphones. If you are on a very tight budget and are only used to something like Apple earbuds, the AKG K92 will satisfy your needs. However, if you’re already used to something that is in a higher price range or are simply willing to spend twice the amount of money, you’d be better off with some of the other items previously mentioned in this review. They’ll also work perfectly fine if movies, television or gaming is what you mainly will use them for.

The AKG K92 are a solid effort at delivering a value product for its price range and certainly are the better decision compared to many other cheap brands. Despite its flubs, its a reasonable entry into the ever growing list of gateway headphones that help introduce more people to the world of high definition audio.

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Best Sennheiser Headphones for Any Budget http://reviewtech.info/best-sennheiser-headphones-for-any-budget/ http://reviewtech.info/best-sennheiser-headphones-for-any-budget/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:46:46 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3253 Sennheiser is one of the biggest names in audio, if not the biggest. The German company has been around since 1945 and is as successful as ever. Their headphones are what consumers might compare newer and less established brands to. They are one of the best brands in terms of quality of sound and value ...

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Sennheiser is one of the biggest names in audio, if not the biggest. The German company has been around since 1945 and is as successful as ever. Their headphones are what consumers might compare newer and less established brands to. They are one of the best brands in terms of quality of sound and value for money. If you’re already set on buying a pair of Sennhesiers, now all you have to do is narrow down your options based on certain criteria in order to find the perfect pair for you.

Factors to Consider for Choosing the Right Sennheiser Headphones

There are a few things to consider when choosing your headphones:

  • Value vs price
  • Size and shape
  • Compatibility
  • Extra features

Sennheiser generally offers excellent value, but some models are priced higher than others for various reasons. You should determine which features are essential to you and narrow down your search based on those. Then you’ll know which features are most useful to you and worth the price.

If you like the in-ear design, that will narrow down your search significantly, but there are still many models of that type. Workout models offer a snug fit and don’t fall out easily, so if you’re often active, you might want to pick out a pair that are specifically designed for working out.

If you want Bluetooth compatibility for phone functions and wireless use, there are plenty of great options. If there are any specific features that are usually included that you want, that will make your search for the perfect pair much easier.

Top Models Available for Online Purchase

Below are the very best Sennheiser models on the market. They have a huge variety of different products, so here are the top options in different styles.

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation

The momentum line has been out for just a few years, but has become of one the best-selling on the audio market, especially since the wireless edition came out. These are some of the best consumer headphones ever made. The active noise cancellation shuts out outside noise extremely well, creating an environment for you to enjoy your music totally unhindered.

In order for a pair of headphones to be great for noise cancellation, they ought to be sizable, so if you don’t mind wearing something somewhat large, these will be able to block out loud background noises completely. They do fold at the hinges though, so they can fit better in a bag or drawer. They work exceptionally well to isolate sound due to their NoiseGard technology, which uses very small microphones to reduce outside noise and amplify sound around your ears.

These have Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec for highly effective use with any device. They also have NFC functionality, so you can simply bump them against your device if NFC is activate. They have a 21 hour battery with ANC, which is very long. Alternatively, you can use the 3.5mm cable that is included. If your battery is out, you can still enjoy using them while plugged in.

Sound quality from the Momentum 2.0 Sennheiser wireless headphones is exceptional. You’d think that the price of these would reflect their sound quality, right? It totally does, and then some. They have solid bass delivery, but the lows are not exaggerated. Sound is clear and accurate, with instruments standing out individually to offer multiple dimensions of sound with a frequency response from 16Hz to 22kHz.

They have a good amount of cushion on the ear cups, and come with a hard carrying case. Overall, these are awesome if you can afford them and really deliver clean, smooth sound with excellent noise cancellation.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

For in-ear headphones, these are some of the best you can get anywhere. As far as in-ear models go, these have great, heavy bass capabilities that make hip hop and R&B sound excellent. Treble sounds very sharp and lively, offering dynamic range that makes them great all around. Highs are not disturbed by the bass, and remain distinct among the more powerful lows. Mids are not overly bass heavy, and the sound is still relatively balanced, but mids are less pronounced than they could be. This is a result of having strong bass and strong tremble. The two main spectrums of sound dominate the overall listening experience, creating excellent highs and lows but somewhat timid mids.

They’re not quite top-tier in terms of audio quality, but they sound so much better than the majority of in-ear headphones on the market that it’s hard to imagine anyone being displeased with them, especially for the price.

If you use the right tips (there is a good selection included), they’ll fit snug, but aren’t designed specifically for working out. There’s an in-line remote for easy volume, track control, and call functions. Their red and black color offers a fashionable touch that you can match well with certain outfits. Overall, these are an excellent pair of headphones for the price, especially if you plan on listening to hip hop, R&B, or pop.

Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear Wireless Headphones

The neckband on this wireless model has padded sheep skin leather, which is extremely soft on the skin. Many brands have recently come out with neckband headphones because they’re stylish and convenient. These are not the most fashionable, but they aren’t poorly designed either. The band itself has a built-in remote for song selection, calls, volume, and more. The remote portion extends beyond the curvature of the band so you can reach it better. The earbuds themselves are a bit heavier than average, which can be uncomfortable for people with sensitive ears.

They have a 10-hour battery life from a 1.5 hour charge, which is respectable compared to similar models. They have Bluetooth 4.1, AAC codec, and apt-X support. NFC pairing allows you to tap and sync up your device in seconds. These include vibration and audio notifications that can be turned on or off. They also include four types of tips and a carrying case. With these, you need to make sure you choose the right sized tip or they will be prone to sliding out of your ears when you move around.

In terms of sound quality, these offer extremely crisp mids and pronounced highs with lows that are quite sufficient, but may not be heavy enough for hip hop and R&B lovers. Like the Momentum in-ear model above, they don’t offer much in the way of noise cancellation, by they do produce clear, balanced sound. The HD1 in-ear model is a great option for reliable sound quality on the go and wireless use.

Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports Ear-Canal Ear Hook Headset

Although these are wired, they’re great all around and offer a very snug but comfortable fit. If you don’t mind the cord, you’ll be very happy with these, especially for the price. They’re sweat and water resistant, so you don’t need to worry if it starts raining while you’re running, or if you are covered in sweat while handling them.

Sound quality is quite good, especially highs and mids. Lows aren’t exactly powerful, but they are sufficient to balance out the sound and create a great overall listening experience. Their in-line remote includes a mic and buttons for music play and call control. The OCX 686G include several different types of anti-bacterial tips, and should fit snug no matter which one you use due to the ear clips.

The cord is an oval-shaped, non-tangle design that allows you to toss them into your pocket without worrying about them getting caught in a knot. This is quite possibly the best workout headphone on the market. Unless you are crazy about having heavy bass, you’ll love these.

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone

For those who are willing to pay for extra high quality, the HD 650 offer incredible sound that is designed for semi-professional use. They’re not wireless and they don’t come with a slew of extra features, but they deliver sound quality like you may never have heard before from a pair of headphones. Their open back design gives true sound clarity that allows each instrument to be heard virtually just the same as it would sound as played live.

They’re carefully hand assembled in Germany to ensure elite craftsmanship with each model. Their drivers are examined closely to ensure precise matching tolerances. They feature computer-optimized neodymium magnets, which reduce any distortion and further clarify sound. Bass levels are incredibly dynamic, and result in realistic, vibrant sound. Highs and mids are equality impressive and transparent. For movies with high quality sound, you’ll be amazed at the range and clarity these offer—well beyond any mid-grade pair of headphones.

They include a removable cable that ends in a 6.3mm jack. If you want to use these with a mobile device, you can simply switch out the cables, or buy a 6.3 to 3.5mm adapter. They’re intended for home use, but you can take them on the go if you want. They won’t exactly look flattering though. If you can afford these, they are simply amazing. If you’re willing to pay twice as much, you could find marginally better options, but these will more than suffice for any conceivable use.

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Top Five Most Impressive Tech Products http://reviewtech.info/top-five-impressive-tech-products/ http://reviewtech.info/top-five-impressive-tech-products/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:58:45 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2963 Tech products are making our everyday life so much easier. They are there for us to shortcut through unwanted tasks and get right to the essence of fun, information or entertainment. The present world is always coming with new and exciting additions to the tech products, and it might be overwhelming to keep pace with ...

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Tech products are making our everyday life so much easier. They are there for us to shortcut through unwanted tasks and get right to the essence of fun, information or entertainment.

The present world is always coming with new and exciting additions to the tech products, and it might be overwhelming to keep pace with it. However, today we will fast forward through the mass of information on the Internet and pause at each of the five most impressive tech products of today.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive
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Everybody talks about the next level of entertainment brought by the Virtual Reality products. However, few know about the tech product created by Steam in collaboration with Valve, the creators behind the Half-Life gaming series. HTC Vive was made for the ultimate gaming experience.

What sets this VR gadget apart from its competition is a very useful and vital feature for the overall experience. It hosts 70 sensors that create a full 360-degree motion tracking which eliminates the latency effect. Other such products cannot be used more than two hours because the users get motion sickness, and that’s where HTC Vive is the best in this field. Not only that, but the Valve product comes with a lot of sensors that enable you to move freely around the house with the VR headset, without the danger of colliding into furniture.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
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The sound is how we experience the best of a movie, playlist or game, and the high quality is crucial for an impressive experience. The new Sennheiser Momentum Wireless are closing the gap between Bluetooth connectivity and loss of quality once and for all.

The headphones have ditched the tangled problem of wires and embraced the wireless present with an impeccable Bluetooth connectivity. The tech product can be used up to 22 hours before needing a recharge, and they cover the ears in a comfortable and stylish way. The noise cancellation feature is blocking any disturbing noise, while the VoiceMax microphone delivers crystal-clear conversations. The stainless steel and quality leather are rounding up a perfect gadget.

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
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The tech devices are getting thinner and thinner, but the perfect combo is not to temper with the quality of the device. The guys from Microsoft came up with the perfect balance between a compact product and versatility. Their new keyboard turns all the devices you have into full usability computers. The smartphone or tablet can no longer mess with the deadlines when they get connected with the Universal Foldable Keyboard.

The product is ultra-thin and can be folded in two to make the best use of the limited space that comes with traveling or even commuting. You can connect it to two devices at the same time, and easily swipe between them with just a touch. It smart fabrics protect it from any damages, like spilling liquids on it, and its Bluetooth 4.0 technology cuts the need for extra wires.

Boston Acoustics M25B

Boston Acoustics M25B

When the cozy home requires the perfect surrounding ambient for a perfect day, the bookshelf speakers are the product you need. The Boston Acoustics M25B comes in a sleek design that can fit perfectly with any modern home look.

The main feature that sets the Boston Acoustics apart from its competition is the innovation brought by the Lo-Q design. Together with its 5.25-inch cone woofer, the speakers deliver a very clear, distortion-free sound.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo
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The 2016 world of innovation can now help you change your house into a smarthouse with just one acquisition, and that is the Amazon Echo. This little device can help you live in the house of the future.

You can do everything with this personal home assistant. You can ask  Alexa to wake you up every day in time for the job, find the best pizza recipe, keep you updated with the latest news in your favorite field of expertise all these with a hands-free navigation. Moreover, the device can schedule meetings for you just like a real-life assistant, notify you about the weekly chores or even answer the phone with the OomaVoIP system. As far as the promise of a better home environment, the Amazon Echo got you cover also. The device can control the lights, switches or thermostat through compatible apps, such as WeMo, Wink, Nest, Insteon, Phillips Hue and more.

So, these are the five most impressive tech products that can enhance the quality of any lifestyle. This year, the tech world has made many advancements and discoveries and thanks to them, we are closer to the futuristic worlds of sciencefiction.

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7 Best Water Speakers for Your Party http://reviewtech.info/7-best-water-speakers/ http://reviewtech.info/7-best-water-speakers/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:43:10 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2940 Water speakers are perfect for setting the mood and getting your guests into the music at your party or get together. Even for hanging out at home by yourself, water speakers are a lot of fun to use. You can watch the streams of water dance to the sound of your favorite songs anytime. They ...

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Water speakers are perfect for setting the mood and getting your guests into the music at your party or get together. Even for hanging out at home by yourself, water speakers are a lot of fun to use. You can watch the streams of water dance to the sound of your favorite songs anytime. They can connect to your smart phone, tablet or laptop through an auxiliary cable, and can run for hours dancing through your entire playlist. Some can connect wirelessly through Bluetooth. They can also be used for more than just music. Depending on what kind of television you have, you may be able to use them with your favorite shows or video games.

To choose the best set of water speakers, you should make sure they have all of the features that you need and are in your price range. Below is our top 7 list of the best water speakers out there.

Make sure you are getting a great set of water speakers by choosing one of the models below.

SoundSoul Mini Amplifier Music Fountain Speakers for Apple I-station 7

SoundSoul Mini Amplifier Music Fountain Speakers for Apple I-station 7
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The black version of this popular set of water speakers offers excellent value. They’re on sale now for approx. $20. At 9” high, they’re small enough to take around to friends’ houses anytime. They’re made with acrylic glass and a plastic base. The louder you crank the volume on these SoundSoul Mini water speakers, the higher the multi-colored fountain will rise. It operates through a 3.5mm jack, so you can plug your headphones into it, or run an auxiliary cable to your smart phone or computer. These 3W speakers are amazing for the price and the sound quality is actually quite good. The water and light show itself is worth the money.

SoundOriginal 6 Watt Dancing Water Stereo Speakers

SoundOriginal 6 Watt Dancing Water Stereo Speakers
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These speakers’ water show is controlled by the volume and tone of the music playing. A higher volume results in a more intense water show. It’s powered through a standard USB port and has a 3.5mm audio plug. It uses an included auxiliary cable instead of Bluetooth. Also included are two USB cables. These 6W speakers are loud enough to be the life of any party.  You can use them indoors or outdoors and they will have the range you need to entertain all of your guests. They have a frequency of 220HZ-13000Hz and are available in black or white. The SoundOriginal water speakers cost around $30 and come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

Svance Dancing Water Speaker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Svance Dancing Water Speaker Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
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The Svance dancing water speaker offers stereo sound with an LED light and water show in 3 separate play modes. It offers 360 degrees of angles to view the water show from. It has Bluetooth connectivity with any applicable device. It also has a Micro SD card slot that it can play MP3’s directly from, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It runs on a rechargeable battery and includes a charger cable, auxiliary cable, and a dropper. Colors for the water show are blue, green, and red. Although it’s only a single speaker, the audio quality is good and really loud. The Svance dancing water speaker goes for less than $35 and includes a one-year warranty.

Kingstar Dancing Water Speaker

Kingstar Dancing Water Speaker
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This Kingstar water speaker also has 360 degree viewing angles and can be enjoyed from any side. You can place it on a table in the center of a room for guests all around it to enjoy. It has wireless Bluetooth support with stereo sound. Sound can be played using an auxiliary cable, a Micro SD card, or via Bluetooth. It’s wireless, and uses a long lasting polymer lithium ion battery. Kingstar’s 3W water speaker produces 85dB of hi-fi sound from a built-in amplifier. It has a frequency of 90Hz-20KHz. For less than $30, the Kingstar dancing water speaker comes packed with one charging cable and one auxiliary cable.

KevenAnna Bluetooth Colorful LED Fountain Dancing Water Speakers

KevenAnna Bluetooth Colorful LED Fountain Dancing Water Speakers
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These stereo water speakers run off of a built-in battery that is good for 2-4hours of continuous play. It connects via auxiliary cable, SD card, or Bluetooth 4.0 for a fast and efficient wireless connection. The KevenAnna speaker set comes with dedicated volume controls rather than depending solely on volume control from the device its connected to. It also has previous and next buttons, play, pause, and a mode switch. At 8.7” high, they’re easily portable. These 3W speakers have a frequency response of 200Hz-15KMz. The KevenAnna speaker set comes in black or white and costs around $25.

New ATake Third generation Colorful Diamond Water Dancing Speaker

New ATake Third generation Colorful Diamond Water Dancing Speaker
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The 3W ATake water speakers by Lightahead connect through auxiliary and are powered by a USB cable. They stand 10” tall and have a frequency range of 90Hz-1800Hz. That’s loud enough to use at parties or even outside on the front or back deck. They have dedicated volume and play controls. Their multicolored water jets shoot straight up into the air in rhythm with the music they are playing. The ATake water speakers by Lightahead come in white or pink and cost around $18.

e-joy Dancing Water Speakers

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These wired dancing water speakers have 5W of power and a sound frequency range of 90Hz-18KHz. They’re loud enough to be used in large rooms or even outdoors with the volume cranked high enough. Although they are not compatible with Bluetooth, these speakers can connect with any MP3 device, smart phone, tablet, or computer through an auxiliary cable. They come with water already inside. The louder the volume of the speakers, the higher the jets of water will shoot up. They look great in the dark; children love them. They cost about $20 and ship with a USB cable and an auxiliary cord.

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Top 5 Retro and Vintage Style Headphones http://reviewtech.info/top-5-retro-headphones/ http://reviewtech.info/top-5-retro-headphones/#respond Sun, 15 May 2016 21:55:56 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2809 Retro headphones have that old school look that makes you feel like breaking out the old 8 track player and listening to hits from the 70s. You don’t need to order an old used pair that survived the bell bottom days off of eBay. There are plenty of manufacturers that are making retro or vintage ...

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Retro headphones have that old school look that makes you feel like breaking out the old 8 track player and listening to hits from the 70s. You don’t need to order an old used pair that survived the bell bottom days off of eBay. There are plenty of manufacturers that are making retro or vintage style headphones today. You can buy a brand new pair that looks and feels like the good old days, but probably sounds much better. In fact, the technology in some of the old school looking headphones today far surpasses anything they had back when these styles were the standard in the industry.

Take a look at this list of the top five retro headphones on the market based on style and sound quality.

Koss Pro-4AA Studio Quality Headphones

Koss Pro-4AA Studio Quality Headphones
Koss Pro-4AA Studio Quality Headphones
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These are an updated version of a model by the same name that Koss made in the 70s. They have a big bulky, old school design that lets you know they are super loud just by looking at them. Their frequency response is 10-25,000 Hz. Their 10-foot cord ends in a .25-inch plug. If you ever want to use them for your tablet or phone, you’ll need to pick up an adapter. They include an attached mount in case you want to set up a microphone.

The Koss Pro-4AA’s closed-ear design helps achieve a more isolated listening experience, limiting outside interference and sparing others the sound of the 70s blaring from your headphones. They have very good tonal quality and range. The bass is not overwhelming. They’re a bit heavy and not incredibly comfortable, but they do produce very high quality sound with a vintage look.

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I-MEGO Headphones, Throne Gold, Leather Headband and Soft Pouch

I-MEGO Headphones, Throne Gold, Leather Headband and Soft Pouch
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The I-MEGO Throne Gold retro style headphones are as classy as they are clear in sound. The headband is coated with genuine leather and decorative stitching. Although the gold grill on the outside appears to be metal, it isn’t, but most people won’t be able to tell. They look awesome. People will definitely notice and ask about them because their design is unique. It looks like you’re wearing two old style microphones on the sides of your head.

The I-MEGO Throne Gold headphones have very deep, powerful bass and overall crisp sound. The purple version is designed to amplify acoustics, so it has more accented mids rather than accented lows like the gold model. These stylish vintage headphones also feature an in-line microphone for making calls and controlling music.

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Panasonic Retro Over-the-Ear Stereo Monitor Headphones RP-HTX7-C1 (Cream) Dynamic Accurate Sound, Lightweight and Comfortable

Panasonic Retro Over-the-Ear Stereo Monitor Headphones RP-HTX7-C1
Panasonic Retro Over-the-Ear Stereo Monitor Headphones RP-HTX7-C1
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These headphones are the epitome of retro. They look like they came straight out of a box in the attic. The over-ear design contains sound well and minimizes outside noise. Their 40mm neodymium drivers produce sound that is loud enough to block out anything anyway. At just 5.4 ounces, they’re light and comfortable enough for you to forget you’re even wearing them. They have a real leather headband and a thin, one-sided cord ending in a 3.5 mm plug. They can easily plug into any phone, tablet or computer.

The Panasonic RP-HTX7 delivers well-accented mids and highs, with fairly good bass. They aren’t designed for bass-heavy tunes though. Think more like jazz or soft rock if you’re wondering where these really shine. They come in eight different colors and are great if you’re going for the vintage look.

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August EP634 – Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones

August EP634 Headphones
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These on-ear, cordless headphones come with a detachable cord that ends in a standard 3.5mm plug. They’ll fit in any standard mobile device. They come with a rechargeable lithium ion battery and a built-in microphone. If the battery dies, you can still use them with the detachable cord. They’re compatible with pretty much any device that supports Bluetooth. They have a simplistic design that comes in black, gray or red.

The August EP634 include call and music controls built into the side. As you can tell by the picture, they’re rather small, so if you have a larger than average head, they might be a bit uncomfortable. The sound quality is fairly well balanced overall, but their best
feature is their old school look.

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iFrogz EarPollution Throwbax II Headphones, Taupe

iFrogz EarPollution Throwbax II Headphones
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As an even more budget option than the August EP634, the iFrogz EarPollution Throwbax II feature 40mm drivers, a foldable design for easier carrying and storing, and a convenient tangle-free flat cord. They have a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and 32 ohms impedance. Sound quality on the iFrogz is quite good for the price, but don’t expect them to replace a $200 pair of Sennheisers. They offer very good value for something in the $20 range though.

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Studio headphones allow you to hear your instruments more accurately. They enable you to hear the bass, highs and mids equally, unlike regular headphones that wash out the mids in an attempt to make the sound more powerful. You can achieve a very detailed, clear listening experience for far less than you might think.

The studio headphones below are all priced at less than $100. Don’t waste your money investing in the highest possible quality headphones you can find when there are so many choices that are almost as good but at a fraction of the price. Although going against the age-old rule “you get what you pay for” seems counterintuitive, trust us on this one. You can have very high quality studio headphones at an affordable price.

Here are the best budget studio headphones on the market today.

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones
Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones
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These are a very popular option in closed-back headphones. Praised by users all over the world, the HD280 Pros have certainly earned a name for themselves. They feature up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound so you can hear your instruments without any interference. They offer an extended frequency response with impressively clean and accurate audio, and they use oxygen free copper cabling that helps produce very good sound quality.

The thick padded earcups and headband make them comfortable to wear. They have optimum impedance, and keep sound contained well. As a result, they are suitable to be used around others without annoying them. The cord is not detachable, but is sufficient in length at 3.3 ft, 9.8 feet uncoiled. The HD280 Pros are collapsible for easier portability, and they include a ¼” adapter for compatibility with stereo and studio equipment.

At less than $100, the Sennheiser HD280 Pros are a fantastic choice.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
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The ATH M-series is Audio Technica’s answer to what Sennhesier has to offer for the price. Their 40 mm drivers produce loud and crisp sound that is evenly balanced. The cord is removable and the earcups swivel, allowing easier maneuvering. Their build quality is very high and they are durable enough to withstand the test of time.

As far as sound quality is concerned, they’re practically the same as the M30s and the M50s, but the design differs a bit. The M40x have an improved headband and improved earcups.

The ATH-M40x keeps sound contained well. If you choose to use them for recreational use, you can listen to music at a very high volume without really disturbing anyone.

For around $80 dollars, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x can be yours.

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Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones

Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones
Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones
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Grado may be a less known company than the first two, but they offer a very quality sounding pair of headphones for $99. The large, thick ear cushions feel very comfortable on your ears, and the adjustable headband allows you to have the perfect fit. It includes a four conductor connecting cable with a ¼” adapter. Its non-resonant air chamber doesn’t provide the same sound containment that the previously mentioned closed-ear headphones do. You probably shouldn’t use them at the library.

The Grado Prestige Series SR80e utilizes high quality copper cables that contribute to their powerful but accurate sound. Their price is around $100 online. That’s a solid deal for these very high performance headphones.

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Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil

Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil
Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones with CCAW Voice Coil
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The Neodymium magnets of the MDRV6 and 40mm drivers provide power and very crisp sound with appropriately pronounced mids and well-balanced highs/bass. Evenness of sound is what you should be looking for in a pair of studio headphones, and these are a great example of that. These over-ear headphones keep the music being played contained well.

The Sony MDRV6’s 10-foot oxygen free copper cord is plenty long enough for studio use, but is non-removable. The MDRV6 include the typical ¼” inch adapter for their 3.5mm plug. The padded headband and earcups offer a comfortable fit. They also feature a wide frequency response of 5 Hz – 30 kHz.

The Sony MDRV6 studio headphones are roughly $80 online.

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Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones

Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones
Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones
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The Shure SRH440 come with the same basic accessories, such as a ¼” adapter. But there’s nothing basic about the SRH440’s sound. These headphones deliver incredibly accurate audio for less than $100. They made our list for being spot on and sounding very realistic. With an Impedance of 44 Ohm and large encompassing earcups, your sound will be crisp, clear and kept to yourself.

The Shure SRH440 Professional Studio Headphones go for about $90 online.

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Audio Technica M50x vs Sennheiser HD 598: Which One Has the Edge? http://reviewtech.info/audio-technica-m50x-vs-sennheiser-hd-598/ http://reviewtech.info/audio-technica-m50x-vs-sennheiser-hd-598/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:58:03 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=2695 When it comes to high-end audio, Sennheiser and Audio Technica are two of the biggest names in the industry. Sennheiser is known for being top of the line. They produce some of the very best individual models in the world. That’s not to say that all of the headphones they make are incredible, but Sennheiser ...

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When it comes to high-end audio, Sennheiser and Audio Technica are two of the biggest names in the industry. Sennheiser is known for being top of the line. They produce some of the very best individual models in the world. That’s not to say that all of the headphones they make are incredible, but Sennheiser is generally known for particularly good sound quality.

Audio Technica is known for making some of the best value headphones on the market. Their headphones pack a punch for an affordable price. They aren’t known for producing the very best quality headphones money can buy, but they remain competitive, especially for the price.

In this article, we’ll compare the Audio Technica ATH M50x and the Sennheiser HD 598. They are both very popular models, and are fairly similar in price, so let’s find out what these two have to offer.

Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser HD 598 HeadphonesSennheiser was founded way back in 1945 in Germany, right after WWII. They’re named after the founder of the company, Frits Sennheiser. Sennheiser has been in the game longer than Audio Technica and arguably has a better reputation.

Sennhesier makes one of the best studio headphones in the world, the Orpheus which cost a whopping $55,000+. Thankfully, you don’t need to pay that much to get great sound clarity. Their consumer models, like the HD 598 are more than sufficient for the average consumer.

Open-back headphones

First of all, the HD 598 are open-back headphones. That means the only thing separating the drivers from the people around you is a grated metal cover on each side. The M50x on the other hand fit around your ears, allowing your ears to fit inside. Closed-ear headphones block out noise and also block noise from coming out, but open-ear headphones produce more natural sound. Closed-ear headphones are more immersive. Open-ear headphones can’t quite match that immersive experience, although if you are in a quiet room by yourself, that is much less of an issue. The HD 598 aren’t good for places like the library where you don’t want what you’re listening to to be heard by others. But there is actually an advantage to that when playing online games.

In-game use

If you’re playing video games, the Sennheisers allow you to hear your own voice clearly while talking. The M50x block out virtually all sound, even your own voice while you’re talking. The result is an awkward attempt to listen to your own voice while having a conversation and not knowing how loud you are actually talking. It definitely takes some getting used to, but for some people, that might always be kind of annoying. But that’s the sacrifice you have to make for total exclusion of outside noise.

Physical features

At 9.52 oz, they’re extremely light. You can easily forget you’re even wearing them on your head. The beige base model looks unusual, but thankfully they are now also available in black as the special edition. If you’re planning on using them at home in your room, their appearance shouldn’t matter anyway. The HD 598 generally feel fine to wear, but they put a bit of pressure on your ears. If you’re going to use them for hours and hours, they might begin to get uncomfortable.

Sound quality

The HD 598 have higher impedance than the M50x. That means they require more power to produce higher volumes. The HD 598 have Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) technology. The sound coming from the drivers projects off of what Sennheiser calls “surround reflectors” for increased sound dispersion. The resulting sonic field sounds almost like you’re hearing sound within a room rather than speakers directly against your ear.

The HD 598 emphasize mids and highs, with mild bass. If you’re crazy about deep, rich bass levels that have the power to vibrate your brain, you should probably go with the M50x. Mids in the HD 598 are crisp, bright and realistic. Highs are also quite accurate and clean.

Other features

The Sennheiser HD598s don’t have bluetooth wireless capabilities. Their cable is removable in case you want to replace it. In the box, they come with an extension cable, a jack adapter, and a standard 3.5mm cable. They also include a two-year warranty.

Price – around $150, special edition costs slightly more

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Pros

  • Unique sound from E.A.R. technology offers very extremely crisp mids
  • Very lightweight
  • Great for in-game use

Cons

  • Not many accessories
  • They’re an unsightly beige color unless you get the special edition
  • They cost at least $20 more than the M50x

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xAudio Technica is a Japanese company that was founded in 1962. They aren’t known so much for super high end studio equipment, although they do offer some very good models for those purposes. Their most well-known product is the M50x which has garnered rave reviews since their release in early 2014.

M50 vs M50x

The M50 boosted Audio Technica’s status among competitors for being a fantastic value buy. The M50x is the updated version of the M50, which have been around since the early 2000s. The M50x come with some much needed improvements, such as less clamping force on your head, improved padding, a removable cable, and an improvement in sound quality. The M50xs boast a more modern sound signature.

Build quality

The M50x have great build quality. Their metal headband and hard plastic body is built to last. They should survive drops with no problems. If sheer build quality isn’t enough to convince you of its durability, it comes with a two-year warranty.

Accessories

The M50x come with more accessories. They include a bungee audio cable, an extension cable, a standard 3.5mm cable and a travel pouch.

Portability

The M50x folds inwards, allowing them to be more portable. The leather travel pouch that comes with them is good for toting, but doesn’t offer much protection. But as stated above, they are durable enough to take a beating.

Sound quality

The fact that the M50x are closed-ear headphones makes a big difference. The lows are deep and forceful. These are definitely bass-heavy headphones with a subwoofer effect on your ears. So if you’re big on powerful bass, these headphones are a fantastic choice. Mids carry significantly less impact. They’re more balanced out and generally toned down in comparison to the bass. Highs on the other hand are very clean and just as accurate as the HD 598’s.

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Pros

  • Closed-ear design offers immersive sound
  • Powerful bass
  • They’re more comfortable to wear than the HD 598
  • Great build quality and durability
  • Easily portable
  • They include plenty of accessories
  • Roughly $20 cheaper than the HD 598

Cons

  • Significantly heavier than the HD 598 (2.1 lbs)
  • Can’t hear yourself talking while playing games

Conclusion

There may not be a clear victor between these two powerhouses, but there are some clear differences that should help you decide which one is better for you. The M50x are closed-ear headphones with powerful bass, while the HD 598 are open-ear headphones with incredibly clear mids that would make acoustic songs or other evenly balanced music sound amazing.

Truth be told, either of them would be a great introduction to the world of high-end audio if you’ve never owned a really quality pair of headphones before. They’re both very good headphones.

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