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Philips SHP9500 Over-Ear Headphones - Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs my best pair so far 06/18/2015

This review is from: Philips SHP9500 Over-Ear Headphones - Black

Pros: Got these headphones for $50 (on sale). I have not even gone through the burn-in and they blow any headphones I have out of the water. Wonderfully clear, crisp, and full sound. I have a bunch of Sennheisers and had a portable Philips set in the past. The best Sennheiser I currently have is the HD 439 which is no match for this new Philips set; not only in the audio department but also wearing comfort.

The woven fabric is wonderful as it sits around one's ears. One thing I hate about the Sennheisers I have is the hairy/plushy fabric they use, which dust, hair, and anything can cling to; moreover, it feels icky and itchy to my skin. These Philips cans are smooth, comfortable, and the soft inner headband rests gently on top of your skull, making for a truly comfortable wearing experience. I have a large head and don't have tiny ears, but these cans are very spacious and don't constrict or compress my ears at all. Very, very comfortable and airy to wear. You know a set is well made when it's not particularly light but feels light on your head.

The open design, as noted by the other reviewers, does let most environmental sounds in, and likewise people in your space will be able to hear what you're playing through your headphones to a certain extent. Personally I like the open design for most of my listening needs. When you play a piece of music in an ambient environment, sounds mix with the music also. If you prefer isolating cans then this is not for you.

I've been around audio equipment quite a bit and have listened to some great headphones, but budget-wise I didn't feel I should spend hundreds of dollars on a set as I'm not using it for work. With this Philips set I can truly say that you will get a high-fidelity experience for a very low price. I don't think the price can be beaten for this kind of quality.

Having "pretty good" headphones laying around the house, I always thought it didn't really apply to my case when people would comment things like "I am hearing things I never heard before in music" when listening to certain headphones. Well, I was wrong, these Philips cans allow me to hear things so clearly and crisply and I am hearing all kinds of elements in familiar tracks that I could not hear before. It really is a different experience.

Cons: I am not generally a fan of long cords because most of the time I listen with headphones I do so in front of my PC. I do appreciate the quality of the cord, otherwise. I will hook up a shorter cord (4 ft or so) to make it more comfortable for me to sit behind the PC. I don't have anything negative to say about the long cord; just I wish they had also included a short one.

Other Thoughts: Not to out Sennheiser as they, of course, make great headphones, but I never found anything of theirs that approximates this Philips set for this price. Sennheiser does make a great portable set, the HD238/239 which is an on-ear, open design set which, for the size, is a truly great set. I will be using both it and this new Philips as my go-to cans for a good while to come.

CORSAIR Voyager GS 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model CMFVYGS3-128GB
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Pros would be: it's a Corsair; the capacity is nice; speeds are good; size is a plus.

Cons: For this price point, I would rather buy a SATA III SSD and put it in an external enclosure... It would actually be cheaper and faster and I would think heat would be less of a problem. The only thing going for flash drives is their size; otherwise, you might as well go with a SSD + enclosure. If you wanted you could get a mSATA SSD with enclosure and make it smaller that way.

Other Thoughts: Price is a bit high to me, and the design of the casing is a bit bleh. Sorry, I don't own this drive, but felt the need to make the point about SSD's + external enclosures and this is not being covered very well (or hardly even sold ready-made, if at all). Otherwise, it's flash nand anyway so the only difference is size and price

ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs can't have SSDs hooked up to Asmedia ports or install fails 06/24/2012

This review is from: ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've stated my pros for the board before. But the issue I'm having now pretty much annuls them in my view.

Cons: The Intel-controlled SATA3 (6G) ports are, of course, the fastest ports for Sata3 SSDs. Obviously I want my OS to be installed on the SSD connected to the Intel Z77 controlled ports. OK.

Here's the kicker: If you have a secondary (or more) SSD, connected to the Asmedia-controlled ports, you will not be able to complete your OS install to the Intel-controlled SSD. Yes, you heard it right: you have to manually disconnect the Asmedia port SSD EVERY TIME you want to install your OS. In my case, that's 50 times a year. So I can kiss goodbye closing my computer case indefinitely.

I believe the reason for this problem is that the Asmedia controlled drives are IDE mode, whereas the Intel ones can be set to ACHI mode. So if you want your Intel controlled SSD in ACHI mode (as in, WHO DOESN'T?), you can't have any drive connected to the Asmedia ports because the system will give precedence to the Asmedia ports because IDE mode takes precedence over ACHI mode.

Other Thoughts: So ASUS added two extra Sata3 ports in the form of the Asmedia ports. The only reason for these being Sata3 is of course so that you can hook up extra Sata3 SSDs.

But, try installing your OS to the SSD you have connected to your Z77/Intel-controlled SSD, while having another SSD hooked up to the Asmedia ports. Your install will fail, because it won't boot off the SSD on the Intel ports while you have another SSD hooked up to the Asmedia ports. Whatever setting you put in the BIOS to circumvent the Asmedia controlled drive, and only have the Intel in your drive list and boot order, when the OS install process reboots, it will NOT boot into the Intel drive.

The only thing you can do is manually disconnect the Asmedia controlled SSD every single time you install an OS...

I guess ASUS being one of the largest computer companies in the world can't reply to their customers here... while Samsung replies to each NewEgg customer that has bought a $50 printer... Nice going ASUS.


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Date Joined: 04/21/03

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