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JBL J88a Premium Over-Ear Headphones with Mic - Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Ridiculously over-priced 04/19/2015

This review is from: JBL J88a Premium Over-Ear Headphones with Mic - Black

Pros: They are significantly lighter and more comfortable than my 40-year-old Koss Pro/4AAAs - my standard for comparison, and which I seem destined never to find a good replacement for at any sane price (as I recall the Koss 'phones were $70 - $80, possibly on sale, in the '70s and were considered high-end studio headphones at the time).

Cons: The sound is muddy compared with the Koss 'phones, across the audio spectrum. The bass is somewhat accentuated (I've always thought that the Koss units were pretty close to linear), but not to a point that would be a problem if it were clearer. The highs lack the brilliance and clarity of the Koss units.

Information on the JBL web site is minimal

Other Thoughts: I base my 1-egg rating on the current (list or close to it) price. I got these on sale for less than 1/6 that so if they were still available at that price I'd probably rate them at 3 eggs. Haven't tested the microphone yet, as I bought these primarily for listening. The one thing I haven't done yet is test them using a splitter just in case plugging them directly into a normal stereo output jack might compromise their sound quality (something I did try to research on the JBL web site but, as noted above, there's nothing useful there).

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ZyXEL BRG35503 DOCSIS 3.0 Residential Cable Modem Up To 160 Mbps Down and 120 Mbps Up RJ-45, Gigabit Ethernet DOCSIS 3.0, 2.0 and 1.1, Euro-DOCSIS 3.0
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Works for us, but our service doesn't stretch its bandwidth capabilities at all. Set-up was smooth though had to call our non-Comcast ISP to have them register its MAC address as one they recognized. Great price after rebate (even better last December as I understand, but I'm not complaining).

Cons: Boots and connects kinda slowly (maybe it's optimized to connect to Comcast?), but booting happens rarely anyway.

Runs hot enough that I'd worry about its longevity unless you raise it to give it better air circulation underneath (after which it doesn't even get very warm).

Other Thoughts: If this lasts nearly as long as our Motorola SB4100 (13.5 years old and still going strong, but our ISP is phasing out support for DOCSIS 1/1.1 modems) I'll be very happy.

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SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS1UT+B 1 x Hot-Swappable 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Built like a tank. Does what it claims to so far: USB and eSATA access work (haven't measured speeds yet) and disks run reasonably cool and quietly. Price seems to be in line with other products that connect with both USB3.0 and eSATA.

Cons: Not as convenient as tray-less bays or docks. A bit pricey if all you need is USB3.0 connectivity. Limited to 4 TB disks (but for no obvious reason - perhaps it just wasn't tested with larger ones?).

Other Thoughts: For the net price I paid (assuming the rebate is honored and that I use the gift card within a year) Newegg might almost have given it to me for free, so it would get a 6th star for that if one were available. But it may well be worth Newegg's normal price if it's what you need.

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Display Name: William T.

Date Joined: 09/06/03

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 04/11/08
  • Last Review: 04/19/15
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