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MEElectronics Air-Fi Venture AF52 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Headset Functionality
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I use these in Windows 7 for gaming. I would use them on my Dish Hopper too, but they don't work too well on that. These are extremely comfortable and have very good sound, especially for the money. They are very lightweight as well. I would recommend these.

Cons: In Windows 7, I had some problems with delay and that they would not work in certain games. This is a Windows 7 issue. The fix is to open up your sound shortcut, go into the "recording tab", and delete (yes delete) the icon which says Air Fi and is for the mic. This caused some delay, static, and caused issues in some games. If this makes the mic not work in Windows 7 I don't know, and I don't care because I don't use the mic. If I ever need the icon back, just remove the headphones under Bluetooth devices and reconnect, and the icon will be reloaded in the sound options. As for now, I just delete it and I recommend you do the same.

Other Thoughts: These are headphones that I am now proud to own. I have other headphones which actually sound a bit better (but I think they're expensive, I got them free with my Dish Hopper) but they (my other free IHIP headphones) squeeze my head like a zit and within 10 minutes my ears are throbbing so that I switch over to these much more confortable Air Fi headphones which have very nice sound too, again especially for the money.

So the bottom line, the sound good in windows and work good in windows once you delete the said icon in the recording tab. And they don't work well with the Dish Hopper which is unfortunate but ok with me because these headphones were a good price. And they are extremely comfortable.

I did write a review earlier bashing these headphones. But that was before I found the said fix in Windows 7. After the Fix, the headphones are nice. Without the Fix they're almost a paper weight.

One other thing. My review was based on using them via a Bluetooth usb doggle in my computer. But these have a hardline 3.5 mm cord option that is acceptable, although in BT mode they sound better.

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Nippon Labs 25 ft. Premium 3.5mm Audio Stereo Speaker 25ft Cable M/M Model SPC-25MM 25 feet
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works as long as I keep the cord bent in just the right spot.

Cons: The connectors aren't great. But aside from that, where the cord is attached to the connector there is something wrong. When I hold the connect in the headphone socket firmly (to ensure this isn't the problem) and then bend the cord around, one ear phone cuts out. It's extremely bad, and I almost cut it off last night and was going to splice it together myself, just to cut out the bad portion of the cord. This is almost like what you might experience on something like this after 10 years of wear and tear, not when it's brand new.

Other Thoughts: Stay away or you may be as sorry. I'm probably going to try and make due and in the mean time order a different brand.

Aside from the cord issue, the connectors aren't the best, but I isolated the issue and connector was not causing my problem. It's the cord where it attaches to the connector.

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Take this for what it's worth and it may not be worth much. I would caution anyone against obsessing too much about trying to improve sound or spending too much on trying to improve sound. This is because I have wasted literally thousands of dollars over the past 15 years on "sound", from stereo receivers to speakers, to PC sound cards and headphones. I have for a long time recognized that this has been the biggest waste of money in my entire life, as my expectations were rarely if ever met with these purchases, and many of them simply created a gigantic headache from bugs or compatibility issues.

With that said, I may be hearing some improvement with the creative labs sound software when using my onboard sounds. Again, the creative labs sound card itself, has issues as stated previously. I tested by doing system restores back and forth. So it's possible that my real tek onboard sound is benefiting from the Creative sound software, as it sounds a little fuller now and not so flat. But the card itself is worthless.

One egg for this.

Cons: I Installed this card yesterday. Tested it extensively for 6 hours on a variety of sources from games to movies to music. The bottom line is Tony was 100% right. The only difference in sound for the sound card is from gimmickry in the software, which actually makes it sound worse. The sound card also had a few problems that my onboard sound didn't have, such as slight crackling when playing movies. The worse problem though, was the "line in" was significantly worse than my onboard one. I ended up removing the soundcard before I went to bed.

The Sound card I purchased was a Creative Labs X Fi. This company has a long history of actually having both buggy hardware and software, which explains the slight crackling and the line in issues I experienced. I thought that with windows 7 that I would have lower risk of having issues than with my previous experiences in years past. Unfortunately, I had just as many issues if not more.

As far as just outputting sound aside from the line in issues, I think what Tony said is 100% correct. The Creative sound card hardware does exactly the same as onboard sound. It simply converts digital to analogue and nothing more. Then Creative's gimmicky software is what makes the difference in how it sounds. But at the end of the day, the pure sound through my onboard sound, was just better, and even has less artifacts and "noise" than the Creative sound card. In fact, my onboard sound has no artifacts whatsoever that I can hear.

So I was disappointed. But lesson learned.

Other Thoughts: I used Windows 7 64 bit. I know, it doesn't list this as being supported, but I have experienced similar issues with Creative labs cards going back to windows XP and before, crackly sound and bad drivers. So this just seems par for the coarse.

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Display Name: Douglas S.

Date Joined: 08/13/06

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 03/19/09
  • Last Review: 10/10/14
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