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3 out of 5 eggs Excellent Sound. Immature firmware. 07/23/2016

This review is from: FiiO M3 Digital Portable Music Player, Black #M3BK

Pros: Note: Not purchased through Newegg.

This thing sounds great! Rated to use up to 64 gb micro sd, which I used and works great. Some have reported 128 GB works (when formatted to fat32, but I didn't test that)

64 gb cards are cheap, so this is essentially infinitly expandable. The db is stored on the card, so flipping between cards is quick and easy.

Cons: Firmware: Hard to read (small font), Doesn't honor all MP3 tags, No navigation by genre. Doesn't sort songs correctly, and doesn't have gapless playback.

Fiio has released several firmware updates since the device came out. I guess we need a few more.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully Fiio will address those cons. At the current price, this is a sound quality value leader, as long as you can deal with the firmware foibles.

I've used a file sorting utility on my laptop to solve the "out of order" issue (which is obviously critical to whole album listeners, classical fans etc.) I also am navigating using the file hierarchy rather than the db based (album, artist, etc) modes. So i'm making do until better firmware arrives.

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Silicon Power 64GB Elite microSDXC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP064GBSTXBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Good value card, includes SD adapter, which came in handy. Silicon Power is a fairly new company, and they provide a range of cards at different price/performance levels. This card is Class 10, UHS Class 1. This rating gives a minimum 10 MB/s, in addition, the card is rated for "up to" 85 BM/s read. The read speed rating is impressive.

I tested this card for use in an audio player (Fiio M3). Before use, I had to reformat the card to FAT32 (this size card is factory formatted to exFat by default). Once reformatted as FAT32, it achieved 10-12 MB/s write speeds and 65 MB/s read speeds sustained transferring mp3 audio files. Not bad. Filled the card completely, and worked flawlessly in the MP3 player.

Cons: The write speed is significantly slower than the read speed, so its possible that you'll need a faster card for 4K HD video recording. For typical point and shoot photography, this should be fine and save you a bit of money vs Silicon Power's higher end card.

Silicon Power micro SD cards come in Elite, Superior (pro) according to the website. Superior claims to have much higher write speeds, and Superior Pro is rated as UHS 3. Superior seems to run double the price of Elite, so its something to consider if you need the write speed.

Silicon Power's tag line is "memory is personal". Not sure what that means.

Other Thoughts: Other reviews note lower speeds than I found. Most surprising are those that achieved read speed around 22 MB/s rather than the 65 MB/s that I got (exFat formatted), or the claimed maximum of 85 MB/s. It is probably that those testers were using interfaces limited to USB 2.0 speeds -- maybe plug in adapters rather than native interfaces. 22 MB/s is about the maximum you can get from a typical USB 2.0 stick, which is what makes me think that.

For me this is a good card for a digital camera, mp3 player, webcam, etc, and I wouldn't be afraid to buy this brand as performance seems competitive to similar cards from SanDisk and Kingston.

Buy on price.

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Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red
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4 out of 5 eggs Wired headset with a USB Dongle -- iPhone and Computer. 07/10/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 USB Adapter - Red

Pros: This is the member of the void line for a very specific use case: You want to use in USB mode with your computer, but also want be able to plug this into your iPhone. That's what makes it hybrid.

If you don't want or need to do both these things, you can choose a different VOID headset either to get additional features or save money. EOS.

Well built, super comfortable and good sounding wired headset, at a good price. Volume wheel and mute button on the left earcup.

Terminates in a single trrs plug, convenient for directly plugging into iPhones, newer laptops and gaming rigs.

Included is a USB sound card (dongle), specifically designed for use with the headset. The soundcard simulates 7.1 dolby sound using the Dolby Headphone protocol. Even though the headset only has two drivers, this is supposed to make it sound like sitting in a room with all 8. It does this by adding various delayed signals to the sound using something called a Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) to trick you into perceiving more than just left or right soudstage (up down, in front, behind, etc.).

This headset is basically identical to the Void stereo, but with the included USB sound card that does 7.1 virtualization. The chip in the dongle is (probably) the same exact one in the Void USB. Best of both worlds here, is the idea.

Cons: Not many. Maybe one:

Sound quality. Bass is a bit overdone and flabby, but extends nice and deep. Mids are very good, and high end resolution is ok, but not quite audiophile. That said it won't cause an audiophile's ears to bleed. :) Just don't use the 7.1 mode for listening to music. Save it for games and movies. Use direct or even bypass the USB dongle altogether for best sound.

Also, the CUE software must be running to turn on the dolby headphone feature. There is a LED on the USB adapter that lights up when the 7.1 feature is engaged. The CUE software allows you to turn on/off the 7.1 simulation as well as adjust the equalizer presets and the amount of sidetone (hearing your own mic). Without the software running, you can still manage sidetone through the windows sound control panel, but that's it.

Of course, if you're already a Corsair person, you are probably running CUE anyway for mouses or keyboards. So maybe not a con.

Other Thoughts: The USB dongle does all the magic.

To be clear, the headset itself is a stereo headset, 1 driver per ear, as are the other void headsets. The 7.1 simulation is handled completely by the USB card. As far as I can tell, the headset itself is identical to the VOID stereo, just in a different color. The included USB dongle is what makes it different. (Instead of a USB dongle, the VOID stereo comes with a desktop adapter to split the single connector to separate mic and headphone connectors found on most desktops and older laptops.)

The sound quality of the USB dongle has a lot to do with how the headphone sounds (i think it sounds even better when plugged directly into a higher quality source -- even just an iPhone.)

You might prefer to roll your own hybrid. Perhaps consider buying the lower priced (but identical) Void stereo and adding a the USB sound card of your choice. Here, corsair has done the shopping for you, and its a perfectly good solution, integrated into the CUE software, and a pretty nice headset. Of course, if this is on sale its a no brainer.

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