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This review is from: Beats by Dr. Dre BT IN TOUR BLK Tour In Ear Earphone w/ ControlTalk -Black
Pros: I'm an audiophile -- I use a pair of in-ear B&W monitors and occasionally switch to a pair of Shure in-ears, so I consider myself picky. These monitors aren't terrible, but there's a lot of hype so I wanted to try them for myself. The bass overwhelms everything. Most of what I listen to is rock/ jazz (eg Foo Fighters, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Brubeck, Cole Porter, Clapton, etc.) and I had to tinker with the iPod's EQ settings to get to a listenable one ("Late-Night"). Not too impressed. The sound quality itself is nice but the way the music is affected by the tonal profile is not wonderful. Keep in mind that Bose does something similar -- it affects or "colors" the sound so you know you're listening to Bose. These aren't bad -- but I spent about two hours, let them play (eg burn in) and came back awhile later and was still underwhelmed. Back to the B&W's -- for half the price the Beats aren't bad, but listening is believing -- or not believing, in this case.
Cons: None per se -- I think these seem to be as well-built as many other fancy-packaged in-ear monitors (eg Shure, Klipsch, etc.) and I would recommend planning to replace them every 24 or so months with daily, normal usage. If you plan on using these during athletic/gym activities 18 months at the top end -- just the real world (and not just these -- for any in-ear monitors).
Other Thoughts: I was blown away -- in a bad way -- by how badly affected my music was listening to these. I think the main thing is that if you listen to bass heavy stuff -- eg hip-hop -- you will like the tonal profile these monitors provide. For me, they got in the way of rather than enhanced the source material I was listening to. That's the opposite of what good hardware should do. However, if you're listening to lower-quality source stuff (eg Spotify/Pandora/128kb/160kb mp3) these might very well work for you. The only real way to know whether these are totally right or totally wrong is to test-drive them yourself. But use the above as a guide -- if you want monitors with a flat musical personality, keep looking or at the very least buy at your own risk.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Bioshock Infinite Xbox 360 Game
Pros: The Bioshock franchise -- the original and the sequel -- were stories of great and awful, sort of like the first two Halloween films and the third film, which was awful. The first Bioshock was incredible and a game-changer. It was not only riddled with eery, spine-chilling play, it had rewarding action, crisp, engaging graphics, and the environment/world which the game constructed was memorable well after we players completed the game itself. The sequel, unfortunately, fell completely flat and was a genuine waste of time, storage space and the aluminum/plastic on which the game's contents were burned/delivered.
This new title is not so much a rebirth/rehash of the original -- but it is not only reminiscent of the original, it introduces many similar themes except now, rather than being planted in an undersea playpen of macabre twists and chills, this setting is a fabled city ensconced in the clouds. This sky City was created by a Prophet who endorsed seceding from the US. No spoilers here: it's safe to say that this City is sort-of-kind-of similar to the original Bioshock construct, and at times equally uncomfortable.
The combat and the myriad options available to the player are different: no more plasmids, now "salts" -- and no Big Daddies here. But the fact is this game is as engaging, interesting and well-crafted as the original. It's frankly an impressive, ingenious melding of the original game and Dishonored -- sort of a steampunk Bioshock with fresh graphics, new settings and a whole new addictive game that grabs you just as the original did.
Really, genuinely amazing, well-done, and worth getting without a doubt.
Cons: None, really. My only real issue was the "video margins" -- it's not entirely clear how the lines bounding the vertical and horizontal axes should appear or should be adjusted, but the truth is you tinker a bit and then continue through the game. Not even worthy of complaint, frankly, but in the interest of fairness...
Other Thoughts: Worth the wait -- for those who haven't managed to fire up the original game, do yourselves a favor and get the original first. And do yourselves yet another favor once you've completed the first game and skip the sequel and go right into Infinite. And be glad you weren't forced to endure a silly sequel and so much time in between the original and this third amazing installment in this series.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Aliens: Colonial Marines Xbox 360
Pros: On paper, this game seems great. The trailer(s) are very compelling -- reminiscent of the Aliens movie franchise. The game features the Alien creatures, and we all know that they're among the coolest sci-fi creatures ever dreamed up and put on film.
Onto the negatives...
Cons: Everything else. Where to begin? Lousy graphics, cheesy story, silly mechanics/physics, non-existent suspense...
Awful, awful game. They put the decimal point in the wrong place when they priced this game.
Other Thoughts: Garbage. When a film is continually delayed and its release date continues to be pushed back, there's a reason. Same with games. They should have continued pushing the release of this title back until the end of time. And then continued waiting.
Complete garbage. Don't waste your time or money.