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dalethorn

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Beats Studio 3 Wireless/Bluetooth Headphone review

26 December 2017 - 08:34 AM

The Studio3 was sitting there at the Apple Store, looking very tempting in its impressive "special edition" packaging, and I even got a 5-minute listen to the demo unit using my own iPhone. The demo sounded kinda thick - even a bit muffled, but the extra sweetening they added on the high end made it listenable.

I've had a few Bluetooth headphones now, but not a Beats wireless, so I was curious what the potential of this headphone might be for quality listening, given that I'd re-tune it a little with my equalizer. The conclusions are in the review text, but one thing I can say up front is that while they get the middle frequencies about right through their ANC-plus-Bluetooth codecs, the extreme lows seem to have excess distortion. The extreme highs fare better, but I can't judge how much negative impact the DSP's have on those highs versus how much quality if any is lost in the basic design.

One issue that popped into my head while writing this review is the so-called Loudness Wars. I wonder if the trend in many new headphones to have a recessed lower treble is actually compensation for the Loudness effect, to push the strong forward voices more to the background. Pure speculation there....

http://www.hifiheadp...ne-review.4516/

Thinksound Ts03-plus In-Ear Wood-Earpiece IEM review

19 July 2017 - 12:32 PM

This could have been just another IEM review, but it's a woody, it's a Thinksound, and to me the sound is as good as or better than the RHA T20i that I had. The sound is definitely V-shaped, and it has a one-button control box with microphone. MSRP is $119 USD.

http://www.hifiheadp...em-review.4489/

NuHearA IQbuds

08 June 2017 - 08:06 AM

NuHearA IQbuds are a new item being promoted as "Airpods on steroids", which sounded very appealing to me, but I had some doubts, so after 2 days of email exchanges it emerges that these are just an IEM and not a competitor to Apple's outer-ear Airpods:

http://www.nuheara.c...CFVQ8gQodS2gI8Q

Blue Microphones Ella Planar Stereo Headphone review

04 June 2017 - 10:20 AM

I bought the Ella because it looked very futuristic, extremely well built, had planar drivers, and the minimal reviews and comments didn't scare me off. While that doesn't sound terribly exciting, my review doesn't rave about this headphone either, because the price is high ($700 USD) and the sound is rather mid-centric. All that aside, I love this headphone, and I place it above the likes of the AQ NightHawk and other headphones near its price, and very close to the Focal Elear in overall quality and performance.

http://www.hifiheadp...ne-review.4470/

SoundMagic E10BT Bluetooth Earphone/IEM review

20 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

I got this Bluetooth IEM thrown in with a wired headphone I purchased. This has to be the first time for me that the freebie was better (by far!) than the purchase. Oh, well...

http://www.hifiheadp...em-review.4464/