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This review is from: Audio-Technica ATH-CHX5 SonicFuel Hybrid Earbud Headphones
Pros: + Good price point.
+ Bass is toned down, but surprisingly tight, so these earbuds are not for bassheads, which may be a pro for some and con for others (it's a pro for me).
+ Not noise cancelling, can still hear things going on in surroundings.
+ Build quality is surprisingly decent for being plastic.
+ Very lightweight for their size.
+ Flat cord is very nice.
+ Nice little carrying pouch if you're tossing these into a backpack, carrying case, or purse.
Cons: - Highs are almost certainly artifically enhanced - almost to a harsh degree at louder volumes (they have not been burned in yet, so that may be a contributing factor to the highs being this way as of this review).
- Mids are semi-muddled, but not awful, this is due to the highs being so loud and the bass being so soft.
- These earbuds are somewhat awkward due to the large size, but are not terrible - good for normal exercise (walking, jogging), bad for headbanging and jumping around.
- Small soundstage - you can definitely tell that these are earbuds.
Other Thoughts: I bought these because I wanted something I could walk my dog around the neighborhood and trails with, but without any noise cancelling features of earbuds that fit into your ear canals. I also needed earbuds that didn't sound as bad and artificial as Apple Earpods.
I didn't want to spend a ton of money, which was another important factor since these were going to be used specifically for just miscellaneous purposes, and not for my serious listening and mixing (I have a set of Audio-Technica M50x headphones for that). I like the Audio-Technica brand, because I've purchased many pairs of other headphones and earbuds that were either uncomfortable, poorly built, or sounded bad. Audio-Technica's are well built and generally sound good.
I have many pairs of noise cancelling earbuds, but got tired of not being able to hear nature and other surroundings while walking my dog or riding my bike. The fact that these weren't noise cancelling (and Audio-Technica brand) were a major contributor to my purchase, and I wish there were more headphone makers out there that still produced these type of earbuds.
The bass is not as hard as other similar earbuds, which is great, in my opinion. When I was younger, I used to be a major basshead, but as I've gotten older, I find that I dislike the inaccurate sound that heavy bass causes to the overall quality of music. The highs and mids are slightly disappointing with these, but not a deal-breaker, since I'm not using these for their sound accuracy.
Some people may have problems due to the size of these headphones. These earbuds come with 2 different tip sizes (Small and Medium). I found the Small tips to be uncomfortable, but the Medium tips fit me perfectly.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. They are exactly what I wanted for the money that I was willing to spend. The build quality is very good, as expected of an Audio-Technica headphone. I would certainly purchase these again, or maybe spend a bit more for the CHX7 models next time.
Pros: 1 - The optical mouse works as it should, and is extremely accurate.
2 - DPI button works and gives 4 DPI settings (if you include the default setting)
3 - Very good build quality, soft rubber coating on the sides adds extra grip (and feels like my Google/LG Nexus 5)
4 - The LED lights are pretty cool.
Cons: 1 - The scroll wheel LED, the "Sunsonny" LED, and the blue LED inside the grill portion on the bottom of the mouse do not power off when my PC powers off -- and there's no setting in my PC, BIOS, or on the mouse to change that.
Other Thoughts: I was hoping the scroll wheel would have the option to click left and right by pressing the side of the scroll wheel (which is great for scrolling really wide or badly coded web sites) -- although it's not enough to list as a Con or take any stars. I knew it wouldn't have that feature, as it wasn't listed in the device overview or specs page.
I wish there was a way to turn off the LED lights when my PC powers off -- the only way I've found is to unplug it (too bright when I'm trying to sleep).
Pros: +It does what it says... quickly burns DVDs and CDs.
+It's surprisingly quiet... not a whole lot of noise when burning a disc.
+SATA connection is nice.
-It's not a VCR :(
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an old IDE HP DVD/CD burner. I have 2 IDE hard drives, and don't feel like opening my case and switching cables around every time I need to burn a DVD. The first thing I noticed was that it's nearly half the weight of my old drive, which is nice when having to move my tower to open it up for maintenance.
The price point as well as the many positive reviews are what contributed to my choice for this specific drive over any other that were available. The SATA connection is a definite plus, and it seems to transfer/burn data more smoothly than the old drive that it's replacing.
I may replace it with a Bluray drive at some point, but not for the foreseeable future. I would definitely recommend the drive to anyone looking for a quality low cost SATA DVD/CD burner.
Display Name: Christopher S.
Date Joined: 12/25/05
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