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This review is from: MTX StreetAudio iX1 On-Ear Acoustic Monitor Headphones - Black
Pros: 1. Solid build quality.
2. Excellent bass response.
3. Excellent sound quality.
4. Aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: 1. Very tight fit.
2. Small ear cups.
3. Impossible to wear for longer than 1 hour.
Other Thoughts: My initial perception of these headphones was extremely positive. I opened the packaging and the build quality of the headphones appeared to be very good. There are metals, soft-touch plastics, heavy-duty hinges, and thick padded foam. They're solid to the touch with a quality feel to them.
The sound quality is also good. Above all else, bass response is intense. Tantrum Desire's Guided Rhythm is precise and there's no sense that you're missing parts of the song because the drivers can't keep up. Switch to Elbow's Grounds for Divorce and there's that solid bass response again. They deliver a really solid sound stage that makes me want to listen to more music.
And that's really depressing, because I can't wear them for any longer than about one hour. Unfortunately this isn't because I've gone deaf from having the music turned up to an immature level. The reason was because I'd developed a headache from these cans squeezing my head with a boa-like death grip. I've adjusted them every way I could. I've put them at different angles on my head. I've put them forward, back, low, high and every where in between on my ears. I'm 5 foot 7 inches tall and 150lbs. (small-ish) and these things are a tight fit. My wife's the same size and she can't wear them. Even my 5 year old son complained about them after approximately 30 minutes. (product testing on children!! *GASP*)
All-in-all these sit in the case and are rarely used, even after having them for only three days. I'm really disappointed because they offer a solid sound reproduction and, in my opinion, absolutely look the part. But if they're not comfortable they're as good as a paper weight.
This review is from: Corsair Raptor HS30 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: 1. This product is very easy to setup. Plug into the Mic and Audio ports of your computer and most modern operating systems detect them immediately.
2. Sound quality is solid until approximately 60% of the in-line volume knob is used. Beyond this is ear damaging.
3. The ear pads are extremely comfortable. After 6+ hours of use during a TopGear marathon my ears (which are not huge) were still comfortable inside of the "cans". The pressure exerted by the overhead strap was enough to keep the headphones in place but not uncomfortable.
4. Even after extended use the Mic shows no signs of not staying in its "up" position. I have put it up and down numerous times over the past month of use and the mount is still solid.
Cons: 1. The look is questionable. I would have preferred a solid black color scheme.
2. The identifiers on the 3.5mm jacks are extremely difficult to read and, because they both follow the maroon red color theme of the headphones it's impossible to tell which is the Mic and which is the Audio with a quick glance.
3. Mic quality is reasonable but don't expect exact audio replication.
Other Thoughts: For the price of this head set you'll struggle to find a better value. I have a set of competitor headphones with a Mic that were trash after approximately 5 months. The mic fell off and the build quality was questionable from day one.
With these Corsair HS30s I've given them the ultimate quality test, my five year old son. He picks them up, puts them on for a few minutes and then drops them on his desk in his quest for finding his next entertainment. They've been dropped on the floor from two feet up, stretched to impossible amounts, and the cord has been stepped on more times than I care to admit.
I pulled them from his desk after three weeks and they still work beautifully. Skype calls are clear but, as mentioned, the mic isn't perfect. The sound is excellent right up to the point of ear damage.
I used them with two custom tower computers running Win 7 and 8.1, Dell XPS15 on Win 8, Mac Book Pro on OSX 10.9, and a Win XP machine. Win XP was the least forgiving in getting configured, but everything saw the mic and head phones properly.
Again, for the price you're looking at a solid set of head phones with a mic that will take all that a five year old can dish out and keep going. Just make sure you take some time to workout the mic position and settings before you try to use them.
This review is from: ZyXEL 11ac Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Router (X650)
Pros: Excellent Performance
- 300Mb/s between 10 and 30 feet of range
- ~80 feet of signal range while maintaining 20% signal strength.
- 50Mb/s transfer speeds with 10 clients attached with various Netflix, YouTube, File transfer and other activities going on.
4 port 1GbE switch
802.11AC (if that's your thing)
Multiple configuration options for the router (AP, Bridge, Router, Firewall)
Simple Interface (more on this later)
Cons: Simple Interface (see what I did there?)
Poor documentation that makes you "press buttons and see what works" often.
Constant reboots during initial configuration.
Convoluted wording on the interface.
Other Thoughts: As soon as I got this device I attempted to install and set it up as my primary router. It worked great! But then so did my existing router... so what to do? My existing router supported DD-WRT and I really liked the feature set.
Transfer speeds of the X650 were fantastic and the range was also good. But again, no better than my existing router and in some cases the web interface made me resent this router, wishing for my DD-WRT equipped original.
For me the party piece of this router is it's ability to bridge signal to devices which have no built-in wireless. With this device attached to my wireless network at the full 300Mb/s I can stream HD BluRay movies from my media server without a problem. With the built-in 802.11G on my PS3 this wasn't possible. I was stuck running a Cat5 cable across the living room to the Den. Trip and electronics death hazard if there has ever been one. Never mind the embarrassment when you have "movie night" at your house and have to explain to your friends why your 60 inch TV and super impressive home theater is connected to a 50ft Cat5 cable going into the den...
Wow that last sentence was really smug. (1st world problems, right?)
Any who... Set this thing up as a wireless bridge and my PS3 is streaming like a... PS3 only wired... even though it's not, but is.
The connection is stable even when other end users are connected to the wireless router. The X650 takes priority and keeps the connection going. Playing a BluRay movie while others are downloading, transferring, YouTube'ing or whatever the crazy kids like to do. The X650 provides the connectivity and soldiers on.
Worth it? As a router... sure, but it'll probably give you a headache while you configure it. After that it's quiet and just keeps working.
As a wireless bridge it's a champ. It just works.