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Aug
19
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Bluetooth Audio: The Myths and the Know How

Nowadays, brands and manufacturers are pushing Bluetooth more than ever. Although BT branches among lots of different things, from smart watches to phone controls, I will be focusing this mainly on Bluetooth Audio transmission. Basic information about how it works, what it entails, and even the common myth that you can't get quality from wireless will be talked about.

How Bluetooth Audio Works

Bluetooth, at its core, depends on a BT profile, in this case, BT has a profile specifically designed for audio: A2DP which stands for Advanced Audio Distribution Profile. This profile is broken up further, but at its core, it allows the transmission of digital audio both ways, in and out (as a mic and speaker/headphones). By default, one codec (for audio transmission) must be supported, SBC... Not the old internet provider (yes I'm old). This codec supports both mono and stereo streams up to 354 kb/s...
Aug
07
by tinyman392 at 8:31 AM
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Well, according to several sources (Forbes, Wall Street Journal, etc.), Apple will be having an event on September 9th of this year (or I hope it's this year :p).

What's everyone looking forward to seeing? What new features do you think will come about? I know there are many rumors trickling around, which ones do you feel are true? Which ones false?
Aug
06
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Brainwavz | In-Ear Monitor | $ 99.50

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Recently, we got introduced to the new Brainwavz S1 IEM, it was the entry level to S-series, essentially, a new series of IEM pioneered by Brainwavz. The S5, the current flagship to the S-series, takes many characteristics from the S1, but also some characteristics from some previous models. Continuing with the v-shaped signature, the S5 remains a very well-tuned IEM for the masses.

Specifications

Driver: 10 mm Dynamic
Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 24 kHz
Impedance: 16 ohms
Sensitivity: 110 dB

In the Box

Brainwavz S5 IEM
Carrying Case
Silicone Tips (Single-flange: S/M/L; Translucent: S/M/L; Duo-flange: M; Triple-flange: L)
Comply Foam Tips (M)
¼” Adapter

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Design

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the housings for the new S5 wasn’t actually the S1… I feel that the S5 is more like a metal version of the Brainwavz B2 housing, though with some subtle...
Aug
01
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NAD | DAC/Amp | $ 499.00

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We first learned about NAD on iFans through their headphones, the HP50 have shown to be one of the best values in a pair of headphones. However, before headphones, NAD has focused mainly on electronics. With a DAC/Amp that is closer to their roots, the NAD D 1050 proves to be a very promising DAC and amplifier combo.

Specifications

Inputs: Coaxial x2, Optical x2, USB
Outputs: Balanced XLR, RCA, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
DAC Resolution: 24-bit, 192 kHz Sample Rate

In the Box

NAD D 1050 DAC/Amp
Power Supply
Outlet Adapters
Rubber Stoppers

Design

A discrete box that is rounded off on one end is what shapes the D 1050. The NAD badge sits on the left side of the tower as the volume knob protrudes like a tube out of the main body. The sides of the body are matted with a slit that reveals grating on the side, this is mainly used for airflow it seems.

A single strip of glossy, black plastic...
Jul
31
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Martian Watches | Smartwatch | $ 129.00

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Smartwatches have come a long way from the original prototypes. They come in a wide variety of ranges and offer different features. Whether it’s a watch designed to be able to replicate every function of your phone or something more subtle, getting a drawing point for what is and isn’t a smartwatch is actually quite gray area. Martian’s Notifier smartwatch is designed to be a watch first and smart second. The design as a whole works quite well.

In the Box

Martian Notifier
USB Cable

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Design

As stated, the first and foremost function of the Notifier is to be a working watch. With that regard, the watch functions just as any analog watch would. Additionally, there is a standard watch battery that powers the analog movement wired separately from the rest of the device. The face of the watch does look quite elegant and very professional. To simply say, it looks like a...
Jul
25
by tinyman392 at 11:41 AM
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Unlocking to Become Legal Again in the US

For the past couple years, a law passed that made it illegal to unlock your device. The device you bought... The device you own. I'm not alone in saying that I was very disappointed when I heard this news; even if I'm not unlocking my devices myself (OK, I'm jailbreaking, but not unlocking), it still seamed absurd that the law could restrict something you do to something you own. It'd be the equivilent of saying that it's illegal to upgrade the brakes in your car to something different...

Fortunately, the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" is on its way to becoming a new law reversing this decisions, put forth by the DMCA, a year and a half ago. This law will allow you to unlock your device as well as others (with permission from the original owners) without any sort of penalty... You know, cause you own your device.

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Jul
24
by tinyman392 at 7:29 PM
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HiFiMan | Over-Ear Headphones | $ 899.00

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HiFiMan has been in the audio business for the longest time. Though I learned about HiFiMan through their IEMs (the RE-0 was the second real IEM I ever owned), they are better known for their planar magnetic headphones. The HiFiMan HE-560 is one of two new planars that were announced at CES this year, the other being the HE-400i. They were to replace the HE-500 and HE-400 respectively having big goals in mind to make them not only lighter, with single-sided magnets, but also more comfortable and more sensitive as well. HiFiMan seemed to hit all the marks on this.

Specifications

Driver: Single-sided Planar Magnetic
Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 50 kHz
Impedance: 35 ohms
Sensitivity: 90 dB

In the Box

HiFiMan HE-560
Audio Cable

Design

Modern, cutting, edgy, complex… Those are four words that I’d use to describe the design of the HE-560. HiFiMan put a small twist with the normal wooden...
Jul
20
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Snappgrip | Accessor + Case | $ 69.99

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It’s been a little over 1 year since Nokia released the Lumia 1020. The phone was highly focused on photography and had an accessory that really geared it that way, the grip case. Snappgrip aims to bring this sort of functionality to the iOS and Android world and doesn’t do a bad job at it. The Snappgrip case isn’t the most stylish, but it’s a great concept that can definitely go the mile.

In the Box

Snappgrip Controller
Snappgrip Case
Carrying Pouch
Wrist Strap

Design

Snappgrip really didn’t put to much thought into the actual case design, the only aspect of the case that can stand out is that the Snappgrip name is placed on the back. It’s available in two colors, or lack thereof, black and a creamy white. Design-wise, the case doesn’t stand out, I do wish they’d give the case a bit more of a camera oriented design like they did the controller, the entire design as a whole would be a lot more...
Jul
19
by tinyman392 at 7:34 PM
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NuForce | In-Ear Monitor | $ 499.00

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Up until now, the only NuForce IEMs I’ve tried have all been sub-100 dollar IEMs, entry-level really. The Primo 8 seems to be the first foray into the higher-end IEM. The Primo 8 utilizes a quad-driver setup like the UE 900, Westone W4, and Heir Audio 4.Ai. It proves to be able to match up toe to toe with these heavyweights becoming a strong contender in this league as well.

Specifications

Driver: Quad-BA (dual-woofers, single-mid, single-high)
Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 22 kHz
Impedance: 38 ohms
Sensitivity: 118 dB

In the Box

NuForce Primo 8
Cable with Remote and Mic
Ear Tips (single-flange(x2): S/M/L/XL; Comply foam: M/L)
Leather Pouch
¼” Adapter
Airplane Adapter
Cleaning Tool
Microfiber Cloth

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Design

The NuForce Primo 8 takes its core design from the likes of Westone and Shure as they have a similar form factor, however, the unique, bicycle-helmet like design...
Jul
16
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Brainwavz | In-Ear Monitor | $ 59.50

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The Brainwavz S1 is the first of two new over-ear IEM models introduced by Brianwavz recently. It sits itself near the mid-range tier for the Brainwavz lineup, though I would still consider it entry level. It’s a lively, fun IEM that is casted in an aluminum housing that has a nice metallic shine to it.

Specifications

Driver: 10 mm Dynamic
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance: 16 ohms
Sensitivity: 93 dB

In the Box

Brainwavz S1
Carrying Case
Silicone Tips (Black: S/M/L; Translucent: S/M/L; Duo-Flange: M; Tripl-Flange: L)
Airplane Adapter

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Design

The S1 has a very simplistic design. It’s available in only one finish, which is a gun-metal aluminum finish that looks metallic. The Brainwavz name is silkscreened into the side of each housing. Dark purple is used as an accent color for the rubber strain reliefs, y-split, and headphone jack. Overall, the...