Sony MDR-1A

The Sony MDR-1A is the successor of the discontinued MDR-1R, a so-called “premium” version of this product. People liked the previous model as it is known for being extremely comfortable. The MDR-1A is better, thanks to some improvements.

The design of the earcup is different but, it’s still keeping that exquisite design, adding on softer padding and cushions that are slightly angled to fit your head better. The design on the MDR-1A is a bit more textured compared to the MDR-1A.

One of the biggest design changes is the earcups rotation, the way that its facing in the opposite direction. Why would I mention that ? Its because the headphones can rest with their pads down. Which is more convenient when its resting on your neck. Means that it feels more comfortable we are wearing it around our neck and not listening to them.

Without any cables attached to the headphones, the mass of the headphones would be 225 grams which is slightly lighter compared to MDR-1R which is 240 grams, which doesn’t matter as it is still considered lightweight for an over-ear model. There is also another small design change to the cable connector on the headphones. On the MDR-1A, the connector is replaced with a gold ring.

When you get the headphones, the company also provides you two standard 1.2 meter cables, one of them has a button inline remote and microphone. It adapts towards Android and Iphones. But if you are using Android, you can use the SmartKey app to customize the button controls.

The MDR-1A is for audiophiles-those people who wants to hear the sound as accurately as possible, so there’s no jacked-up bass. It’s also one of the most comfortable headphones around, so you can listen to it without weariness. If you coincidentally have the older version of this product, the MDR-1R, you can try to compare both products to see which is better in audio. If you switch back to the MDR-1R, you will tend to find out that the bass is thicker, muddier and less clear.

So, all of these so-called premium headphones, that you like really comes down to your own choices. Like I said before, the clarity of the audio can beat down so many other types of headphones not only that but its very useful headphone that is well-worth considering if you’re looking for headphones “worthy” for you. The price of the headphone is roughly S$250-S$300 range.

Honestly, I would buy this headphone as not many type of headphones are around in the world. Given that it has so much more advantages compared to other products in the world, that would convince so many people to buy this product. Even though it is expensive, I would still recommend to buy this product as it is worth it to me and hopefully, many other people as well.

 

 

Critical Ops (FPS game)

 

I will be talking about Critical Ops, a first person shooter. A game with good graphics and nice gun/skins. Critical Ops is a fast-paced FPS that will test your reflexes and tactical skill. There are 18 weapons excluding the knife.

There are 2 game mode, Defuse and Death match. Defuse is a game mode where there are 2 different team, counter terrorist and terrorist, 2 different bomb sites A and B. A game mode where terrorist will have a bomb to plant while the counter terrorist needs to defend bomb sites and kill each other.$800 will be given to each player at first and the money will increase on whether you win or lose, you will need to use the money to purchase guns.

There is a timer of 1 minute 40 seconds, if time runs out without terrorist planting the bomb, counter terrorist wins. If terrorist plants bomb at a site and after 35-40 seconds counter terrorist does not defuse it, bomb will explode and terrorist will win. If you are near the bomb, you will take a lot of damage and might die. if teams kill each other and if all of the teammates dies, the team who survives win.

Death match is a game mode where you get any game you want and there are still 2 teams of counter terrorist and terrorist but this time you get to go wherever and kill the opponent. You will respawn every time you die. There is a timer of 8 minutes, 1 kill 1 point added to the scoreboard. 

The graphics are stunning with a maximum of 60 fps(frames per second) here are some pictures of the maps in-game. Requires Android 4.1, iOS 8.4 or later. Works best with a IPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or up

There is a control setting containing shooting/crouching/jumping/scoping layout settings like changing the x and y sensitivity and where the shoot button will be. There is also missions, complete missions and get around 20-30 credits. You will need 200 credits to buy a case. You can get skins for cases, skins are ranked from tier 1-7 . Tier 1 are commons while tier 5 are the maximum/legendary tier for normal guns, tier 6 are different type of knives without skin while 7 are knives with skins. In-app purchase are:

-240 credits for $2.98

-400 credits for $4.48

-1400 credits for $14.98

-3000 credits for $28.98

-10000 credits for $68.98

Overall i think that Critical Ops is a really good game to try out, it is not pay to win and can relax minds. Killing opponents allows you to relieve stress and have fun. Critical Ops a no-nonsense, action packed first person shooter, playing it can allow you to be amazed.  

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Plantronics BackBeat 500

What you see on top is the Plantronics BackBeat 500. This headphones are one of a kind, something that everyone needs.

Lets talk about why this headphone is a need-to-have. Plantronics BackBeat 500 is a bluetooth headphone, this allows people who easily forget about bringing the cables a solution ! It cost around $75-80 only! Plantronics BackBeat 500 headphone sounds great even for its affordable pricing. Plantronics BackBeat 500 has a long battery life, lasting for 18 hours after you charge it ! By buying this product, you can get a free carrying pouch allowing it to be more portable. There is even a DeepSleep mode which helps your headphone to conserve power when you are not using it. 

 

There are also some disadvantages about this headphone. Since it is dark coloured, the headphone will show some scratches over time, making it look old. It is also not as comfortable as the step-up BackBeat Sense(another product by Plantronics) 

To me this headphone is a really good one, it is affordable with lots of advantages about it like : DeepSleep mode and it being bluetooth. Also the product has cushions on it makes it more comfortable when wearing the headphones. The design is also solidly built with mostly thick matte plastic, soft faux-leather which also allows it to look slick despite its cheap price. 

 

From the pictures above , you can see the inner and outer parts of the headphones . These ear cups are just right for your ears and smaller ear cups makes it less bulky, allowing it to be portable. Its cushion and ear cups allows Plantronics BackBeat 500 to be comfortable though its cheap price.

The battery life is the best ! Able to survive for such a long time (18 hours) and even having a DeepSleep mode which would not allow Plantronics BackBeat 500 to lose any significant amount of battery. 

This product is the best out of all the affordable products, sounds great, light, portable and even feel great when you wear it. 

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Corsair Void Surround

Corsair’s products have been ergonomic and eye catching. The Corsair Void Surround is no different. One of the 5 Void headsets on sale, the Void Surround has a few things the other Voids don’t.

To start off, imagine a peripheral device that can be used on pretty much anything that is up to date. That is the Void Surround. It is able to be used on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and even on mobile devices, if they have a 3.5 mm audio jack. The versatility of this headphone is one of its strengths. However it is still able to be used on older platforms, some however might require an adapter.

Another feature is a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, by using the USB Dolby Headphone adapter. What does this mean? You can have surround sound while playing your favourite games on console. So if you want to experience The Last of Us or Uncharted with surround sound to have the best experience possible, this is also a good pick.

The microphone and the frame is not to be underestimated. Corsair teamed up with a few designing experts from BMW to make an ultra-iconic and ultra-comfortable design. The ear cups are ear-shaped and fit around your ear instead of rubbing against them. This itself allows a long lasting gaming marathon without fatigue kicking in very quickly. The icing on the cake for comfort is that the ear cups have memory foam microfibre wrapped around it.

The microphone itself has a program called InfoMic. On the tip of the mic, there are two lights, one to notify you about battery life, microphone mute condition and some settings. Unlike most other headphones, the buttons to toggle mute, adjust volume or swapping presets are not on the cords. Instead of making the cords look slightly weird, with that little bulge,  the buttons are on the ear cup to make it more comfortable and efficient to use and there is no need to fumble about to find that bulge.

Sound quality wise, it is still something to look up to. With 50mm neodymium drives and the aforementioned Surround Sound, listening experience are both gaming and music are equally good. Due to its strong drivers, the bass is strong and its pirmary focus. It also has a very wide dynamic range. The mid-range and high-end might not be on par with the bass’ quality, they are regardless still very good and decently clear.

So, if you want a gaming headset that looks nice, have quite a good sound quality and have a microphone that updates you about its status. This is one of the best choices. The surround sound is an ad-on that quite some people will like, giving more immersion to those epic singleplayer games and campaigns. With a price of 115SGD, this headphone is a good deal for its price.

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Sony H.ear On Wireless NC

The Sony H.ear On Wireless NC is Sony’s latest wireless headphone to be on the market. Being quite similar to Bose’s QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over QuietComfort in a few ways.

H.ear On Wireless NC is only 290 grams heavy, just slightly heavier than the QuietComfort and not as comfortable. However, with some parts of the headphone being not as elegant, it will take a while for you to fatigue. It is folds up into an included carrying case, though it does not fold flat. The case is also very bulky too. Aesthetically, H.ear comes in 5 colours, some of which are really striking.

Sound and track control are on the right ear cup, and you can choose to have noise cancelling on or off. You can also plug in a cord to make it a wired headphone. Its Automatic AI Noise Cancelling function constantly analyses environmental ambient sound components and automatically selects the most effective noise cancelling mode. H,ear is a textbook headphone for calling with two microphones, one external and one in the housing.

The headphone can last for 20 hours on Bluetooth and with noise cancellation active, it will last longer if you were to bring the volume down and not use noise cancellation. Compared to its rival, the QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over it in terms of sound quality. The sound quality is also really clear, with tight bass, all these being natural for Bluetooth headphones, but it sure does a good job imitating a wired headphone.

Even though it is not the most comfortable Bluetooth headphone in the market, it makes it up for its excellent sound quality, being so good, that it does sound a bit like a wired headphone. For the price, 468 SGD is quite pricey, however, it is a good trade-off for the sound quality.

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Rebirth EP

Rebirth is Rezonate’s latest EP, though it was about 11 months ago. If you have been an old timer on Monstercat, you should know Rezonate pretty well. With a ‘story-like’ of songs he released, this is no doubt a sequel to Shake it Off by Rezonate himself.

Link: Rezonate- Rebirth (featuring Ashley Apollodor)

The first song of the EP is conveniently named Rebirth.The start of the song has a piano tune to make your mind relax. Up to the vocals, the tune you are hearing is the staple tune for pretty much the next five minutes.Rezonate’s vocals are unbelievably good in this song,which is surprising as Rezonate is not a vocalist himself.As the song progresses, the featured voclist Ashley Apollodor starts singing right after Rezonate’s lines end. Her vocals are complimented with a guitar playing the staple tune of the song, with both the music and her voice combined, it has no doubt this song is liked by quite some Monstercat fans till this day.Her lines were short but it was beautiful.After which will be the drop.The drop was more or less similar to most parts of the song(to keep the carnival-like theme).Immediately after the drop will be Rezonate’s vocals again.It’s pretty much the same thing after Rezonate’s vocals.With a piano outro, this is no doubt the best song in the EP.

Link: Rezonate – The Only Road (featuring Danyka Nadeau)

The queen of Monstercat vocals returns again. With a loud start and the usual usage of Danyka’s  vocals in a ‘pop’ like style. For this first minute or so, the ‘pop’ vocals is basically what you will be hearing. The buildup after Dankya’s vocals is not anywhere near intense or an actual buildup, probably to fit with the style of the EP. Unlike Rebirth, the drop is repetitive probably due to its genre.After the drop its pretty much the same thing. This song ends with the drop which is something I do not usually see. This is one of those ‘Danyka Nadeau’ songs with awesome vocals. That’s all.

Link: Rezonate – What We Want (featuring Aloma Steele)

It starts off with the usual future bass, chirpy tune for a solid 30 seconds before Aloma’s vocals comes in.Her vocals were soft and negligible at the start but later on, it becomes louder and that is pretty much what you will hear.After her vocals, it would be the typical future bass drop which is chirpy and not so ‘bassy’.Immediately after the drop will be Aloma’s vocals again. For most of the remaining songs, it’s Aloma’s vocals and a shorter version of the drop.

Link: Rezonate – Outro (Performed by Austin Rafuse)

This is the outro to the EP, which is acoustic. It is really calming with the especially similar tunes to Rebirth.Even though it is very short, it is still a beautifully made song.

Artist links:

Rezonatehttps://www.facebook.com/RezonateMusic/

Ashley Apollodor: https://www.facebook.com/BeneathHerSkin/

Danyka Nadeau:https://twitter.com/NDanyka?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Aloma Steele:https://www.facebook.com/alomasteele/

Austin Rafuse:https://www.facebook.com/austinrafuse

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Bose SoundTrue In-Ear

As Bose SoundTrue In-Ear nears its retirement,there is no denial that this pair of earphones are really comfortable.Unlike other earphone that has a earbud stuck in your ear, this ‘open’ design basically hangs on the edge of your ears loosely.

Most of Bose’s ‘open’ earphones does not feature noise cancellation with the exception of QuietComfort 20, which costs considerably more than the rest.With this pair costing 186SGD with an inline microphone or 143SGD without it. As this phases out certain colours have a 30% discount online, making them good deals.The buds basically cling around the sides of your ears and does not fall off when running wire which is a good thing for athletic people, but it is not sweat resistant.

The SoundSport In-Ear comes with a round neoprene carrying case (plus a carabiner) while the SoundTrue In-Ear and Freestyle ship with a larger, rectangular case.The design of the remote is well done.The buttons are easy to feel, hence operation by feel is much easier.Call quality was also good, and this headphone works well as a substitute headset.The plug is not l-shaped but straight, which in theory, should be more sturdy. The straight plug is compact, so it’s designed to work with most cell-phone cases.

Performance wise, this uses the same driver as other Bose open earbud-style headphones.Bose does a good job making smooth-sounding headphones that are pretty well balanced with good bass performance. The headphones are like a Jack-of-all-trades headphones, not limited to a specific music genre.If you like to blast loud music, this may disappoint you.The top volume is 10 to 20 percent softer than a lot of in-ears on the market.With a sound-isolating in-ear headphone like the Ultra, you also get some cord noise when the cord rubs against your clothes. The open design of the SoundTrue, SoundSport, and Freestyle In-Ears eliminates the cord noise but lets ambient noise in.

If you really want or need a pair of high quality headphones or like Bose products, this may be a cheap grab for you, especially if you were to buy it online with the discounted colours. I would personally buy this for the cheap price if a have a lack of headphone or earphone to use.

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Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II is the successor of the Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear with the addition of Bluetooth.

Only just weighing slightly over 200 grams, it has plush memory foam ear pads and a really strong frame. Although it does not look sturdy, Bose has tested this in their labs and said that it can survive falls, bumps and grabs due to the materials used are like impact resistant, like glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel. However light and hardy this headphones are, it does not feature active noise-cancellation, but the around-ear design will help a bit by blocking off some noise, just do not wear it too long in hot areas as your ears will go steaming but during winter or cold areas, this will do fine to keep your ears warm and comfy.

It also has a two-way microphone system and what Bose calls Adaptive Audio Adjustments which changes volume based on speech level and ambient noise.It pairs well with both iOS and Android. It also pairs well with Bluetooth enabled computers but for iMacs and MacBook Air, the sound quality it is not as good. There is a case that carries the headphone itself and some wires that makes it a wired headphone. That carrying case has a pocket to store the USB charging cable and a headphone cable to use in case the battery dies and you want to listen to the headphones in wired mode (that cable doesn’t have an integrated microphone, but that’s a minor omission). It boasts remotes buttons that are placed on the right cup that can answer calls. Tapping the middle buttons allows you to skip tracks forward and back when you’re playing music. This headphone uses Bluetooth 4.0 multilink. It has NFC tap-to-pair technology is also on board (Apple’s phones currently don’t support this feature but most Android devices do). But AptX streaming didn’t make the features list. AptX is supposed to improve the quality of Bluetooth streaming but it’s unclear how much of an impact it has (Apple phones currently don’t support this feature either but many Android devices do). It also has a 15 hour battery life(dependent on usage) and charges really fast.

The sound quality is really fine too but it is not bass boosted whatsoever so you will not receive any extra crispness, sparkle, and depth that you get from a really good pair of wired headphones. But the sound is still pleasant and smooth.It also has digital processing going on board the headphone. This one,  Bose put in Active EQ and volume-optimized EQ. For volume-optimized EQ is designed to make your music sound better at lower volumes. Often, when you lower the volume, you lose the bass, and Bose’s digital processing makes things sound fuller and more detailed at lower volumes. Active EQ however, makes sure the incoming signal is complete and accurate and isn’t distorted. The idea is to get a more perfect transmission without boosting anything, the bass, for instance. The problem, of course, is that the quality of the digital files you’re streaming to your headphones vary but Bose is doing their best to smooth everything out and make it sound better.

All in all, this piece of headphones is not made for Techno songs or Pop songs, rather for softer songs instead.At a cost of 385SGD this is worth the price for its comfort and things Bose added to make this as reliable to Bluetooth connections.

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 Earbud Headphones

 

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 Earbud Headphones is not only good sounding and cheap. It is also just as comfortable as other higher price earphones. But it does not have a microphone therefore it cannot be used for making calls. It also has a thin cord resulting in it being tangled easily. It is easily the best in-ear headphone when compared to other in-ear headphones under $10.

The Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 Earbud Headphones has a sound quality that is as great as many other good $30 headphones and is definitely worth a go. It goes well with most genres but it does not have a really strong bass output. But it has really good clarity.

The soft part of the earphone really helps in minimizing outside noise and maximizing bass output. Earphones with silicone ear tips are hard to find at this price so it is definitely worth it to try. The silicone ear tip also allows the user to fit the ear piece comfortably into their ears without having the worry about it falling off.

I do not have much good things to say about the durability. The thin wires make it seem like it could snap anytime but it was still better than many other in-ear headphones at this price.

Overall, I think that if you’re a careless person who keep losing your things or afraid of your $30-$40 Headphones breaking easily, then this product is perfect for you. And if you like it, you might end up purchasing another one of these but if you don’t like it. Just give it to your friend who always borrow your headphones. The most you lose is just $6 but if you end up liking the earpiece, it will be worth it.

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Samsung Level U

Looking for a wireless Bluetooth headphone that is worth the price? The Samsung Level U could very well be the one you’ve been searching for. The Level U is relatively comfortable with earbuds that were designed to fit loosely into the ears. This way, you wouldn’t be able to feel the jamming sensation that some are not used to. The neckband, being thick in the center while a little thinner at the sides, sits at the back of your neck comfortably.

The device comes with two gel covers, the Hybrid Gel and the Stabilizing Wing Ear Gel. The Hybrid gels are made out of soft silicon but according to users, they didn’t stay in their ears as fittingly as the latter. However, both of them only comes in a standard size.

The earbuds have an interesting feature, they are magnetic. Therefore, they clasp together which makes it more compact and convenient to carry around. Though, due to its light weight and comfortable fit, you wouldn’t feel a thing if it was left around your neck.

According to Samsung, the Level U contains dual – mic for noise reduction, preventing the noise from outside interfering with your sound. With that said, the noise reduction isn’t flawless and due to the open design, there is still bound to be some noise leaked in. Therefore, noisy environments aren’t the ideal places to use the headphones.

The device has about 10 hours worth of battery life. When the headphone is turned on and when it goes into paring mode, there would be a voice prompt to inform the user. Also, when there is an incoming call, you will be alerted by the vibration of the back of the neckband. On the right side of the neckband, there are 3 buttons which allows you to pause and play music, answer and end calls, skip tracks and control the volume. These buttons are easily accessible, making it really convenient for the users.

Despite being just a headphone, the Level U is also able to read text notifications to you, which is not a common feature at all and is definitely one of the unique functions which make the headphone stand out from the rest. However, you would need to download the free Level App to gain excess to advance settings like such. This application is unfortunately only available on Android at this point of time.

The device sounded the same when tested with various different mobile devices. With less demanding music, the Level U performed relatively well but it showed its flaws when the incapability to handle more demanding and bass – heavy music was pretty obvious. With that said, this remains as a well – balanced headphone without showing lots of favour in any particular music genre. The headphone does distort at a higher volume though. If deep bass is what you’re looking for, this headphone definitely wouldn’t be the first choice but it still gives a pretty clean sound and is really suitable for casual listening in my opinion.

The connectivity of the Bluetooth was quite smooth but of course depending on the range and situation, there might still be a few problems. Also, the Level U is not waterproof and would become much looser with sweat. Thus it would not be the ideal headphone to choose when going for a run or even to the gym.

In all, it really is one of the more comfortable and convenient in – ear headphones but still, is not suitable for audiophiles at all. Of course, it doesn’t produce the best sound but it stands out most in its design and features. It costs about S$100 and including all its features, it actually is at an affordable price but there are definitely similar sounding in – ear headphones which are at a lower price.

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