Monster Beats mini review

Written by admin on April 29, 2010 – 4:36 pm -

I’ve been eyeing these beats for a while now and when my Sony XB20 earbuds went south on me I decided to spring for the most expensive earbuds I have ever purchased to date. These buds will set you back USD160 a pop.

On the outside these buds sport a tangle resistant cable, a mic with remote controls that work with the latest iPods and the iPhone 3GS. A neat feature I like is the voice control feature on the iPhone 3GS which means I don’t even have to take my phone out of my backpack to control the iPod or to pickup calls.

The buds come with an assortment of silicone earbuds but I find the rounded ones to the most comfortable and provide a snug fit for my ears. Sound quality is a very subjective area so let me just say this, if your kind of music is dance, hip-hop or rock then you won’t be disappointed. Some people have been complaining about call or voice quality on these buds, well there are a little bassy for voice calls but it doesn’t really bother me.

The downside as I have feared and read from all the reviews is the chaffing of the cable itself near the mini jack. Sad to say but it is true. I’ve had mine for over five months now and I’ve been extraordinarily careful in handling and storing my Beats but I noticed that the insulation has started to crack on my pair. I can only attribute this to the fact that the cable is too flat and probably the material. The only fix I can think of is to put some shrink wrap tubing on it to prevent the tear from continuing. Disappointing build quality for such an expensive pair of earbuds.

The Monster Beats get these scores from me :

Cool Factor   9/10 – eye catching red colored cable, cable is soft and manageable and love the in-line mic and remote.

Sound Quality 9/10 – especially if you love your bass.

Build Quality 3/10 – cable prone to cracking or chaffing.


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Small talk

Written by admin on March 12, 2009 – 11:28 am -

Apple quietly released a new iPod Shuffle yesterday. The new Shuffle does not have any buttons on it except  for a switch on the top for hold / shuffle mode / straight play mode. The volume and navigational controls are now in the located on the right headphone cord. The new Shuffle features Voice Over, with a press of a button it tells you what song is playing and who is performing. Another first is that the new Shuffle allows you to have playlists as well just like other iPod models.

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Why bother with an iPod when there are a gazzillion mp3 players out there which are probably cheaper? The reason which many fail to realize is iTunes. iTunes and the iTunes Music store is the central core of the iPod, without it the iPod would just be another piece of hard to use hardware that only computer geeks would use. The iTunes software allows you to transfer your existing CD’s to your computer, organize your music, create playlists, buy music, videos and movies. And also access a whole lot of free information in form of Podcasts which incidentally are free with topics ranging from religion to various hobbies and sync them to your iPod.

My personal favorite is a Podcast by the Kimchi girls, they produce a podcast which teaches the Korean language in a fun way unlike most boring language programs. I simply subscribe to the podcast and iTunes regularly downloads new episodes as they become available and automatically syncs it to my iPod whenever I connect my iPod to my lappy. Just one of the many reasons an iPod is not only a music player.

The iPod is not perfect and one thing I don’t like with this new Shuffle is that my choices in third party earbuds are limited since the controls reside on the earbuds themselves. Being a person who likes a lot of bass, Apple’s earbuds leave a lot to be desired in that department. However it would be interesting to find out if the dozens of iPhone earbuds out there will work with this new Shuffle. Although the shuffle has never appealed to me, I’m sure it will to other consumers out there especially for those who want a no frills mp3 player no bigger than your house key.

http://www.apple.com/ipodshuffle/features.html


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Name that song

Written by admin on January 29, 2009 – 3:18 pm -

Ever been frustrated by not knowing the title or artist of a song? Some of the songs that I like are mixed into a compilation and its very difficult to find the artist or title of the song, especially most the songs I listen to are house, dance and r&b. Theres this song that I have in one of my mixes that I’ve been trying to track down. I normally Google excerpts of the lyrics and normally have a 70 percent success rate in finding the artist or title of a song. I do have a particular song that I like that has been proven to be really elusive even for Google. Well  until I found Shazam. 

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Shazam is an iPhone / iPod touch application that will allow you to record a 30 sec clip from a song. It then sends it over the internet via Wifi or 3G data to crosscheck its database. Within a  minute or two it will suggest a possible artists and titles.

I have to be honest that I was skeptical at first but much to my amazement it was able to identify the song, together with links to the iTunes Music Store and YouTube. Bloody fantastic piece of software if you ask me… no more embarrassing moments of trying to sing a few lines of your favorite song at your local CD shop. 

Before I forget, although this amazing app runs on the iPod Touch 2G, you will need to purchase a headphone / mic from your favorite Apple dealer since the iPod does not have a built-in mic like the iPhone does. Did I forget to mention that this app is free! Nothing better than that!

Other mobile phones and platforms are also supported. Check it out here.


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Leah Dizon

Written by admin on April 15, 2008 – 12:40 am -

I was browsing at a CD shop today and a CD entitled Leah Dizon caught my eye, it was in the J-Pop section so the first thing that popped into my mind was that she might be a Filipina. Fortunately the CD was in one of those CD sampler thingy so I went skimmed through the tracks to check it out. I eventually purchased the disc and while I was ripping it in iTunes, I decided to look her up on Google and confirmed my suspicions that she was Filipino. Born in Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. and moved to Japan in 2006. Read more about her in Wikepedia.

Click on the player below to play a soundbite from ‘Could you be the one’  which also happens to be the BGM for the Ninja Gaiden PS3 TV commercial in Japan.

Drat! I can’t get my audio player plug-in to work and I’m getting sleepy, in the meantime click this instead.

   


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