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This review is from: MTX StreetAudio iX1 On-Ear Acoustic Monitor Headphones - Black
Pros: It's not much of an exaggeration to call these "Acoustic Monitor Headphones" – they really could be used for monitoring applications in a studio; they're that good. And what's the basis for that claim? It simply that these headphones are revealing details in music that I've never heard before on any stereo or headphone, including some high-end studio cans. I love progress!
I immediately noticed how generally pleasant music was sounding on these – no trace of fatigue. But then a Led Zeppelin song comes up in the random mix, a song that I didn't think even had "lyrics", and I was able to understand every word (unfortunately, in this case). This suggests that the sonic bliss generated by these phones is not the result of EQ tricks, but is rather the result of some extreme accuracy.
As one would expect for this price, the build feels solid, with metal hinges and trim. Cables are nice; even the case seems useful. Having a detachable cable solves the weak point in many headphones, since it can be easily replaced when it inevitably fails.
Sensitivity is excellent, which means less battery drain on portable devices. It also means you should turn down the volume before plugging these in. ;-)
Cons: My con is probably not one it all for most people. For me, these headphones have way too much bass. But, as other reviews illustrate, this is entirely subjective, because almost everyone prefers exaggerated bass in headphones (to compensate for not "feeling" the bass). I have some high-end reference phones with surgically flat response, and they always sound too thin; so I get why manufacturers usually design consumer headphones with a bass boost. But for my taste, these are over the top – I'm guessing there's a good 6db bass boost built into them. Some kinds of music – EDM, hip-hop, etc. – don't mind this at all. Pre-90s music tended to be a little bass-shy, so these phones are fun for revealing bass content in the oldies. But anyone looking for accurate musical reproduction will need to seriously EQ these things.
Other Thoughts: Yes, they do fit snugly. This does make it more noticeable to be wearing them, but it's the price you pay for excellent sound isolation. Incidentally, it makes them an good choice for tracking in a studio – minimal sound bleed in either direction.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: For the dwindling number of desktop owners, this can be handy – just make sure you're not trying to install it in some ancient machine that lacks a PCI express slot.
Being usually a stationary device, desktops are typically hardwired; but if, like me, you move yours around, this is just the ticket. Target market is probably the gamer who schleps his desktop over to a friend’s house.
Installation in Windows 7 was painless. I installed the included utility, but couldn't see any real benefit to using it. For most users it should be sufficient to just install the driver.
I'm not subjecting the adapter to any demanding work, but it's performing identically to a wired connection on general Internet access, Netflix streaming, etc. I'm getting five bars 20 feet away, going through one thin wall. If I needed to transfer gigs of data, I'd plug in a network cable, but for general use this is just fine.
Cons: As others have mentioned, the fact that a desktop is often pushed up against a wall can adversely affect performance of antennas situated in back of the case. Router antennas seem to do best up high, out in the open, away from other electrical devices, so to get the best performance from this adapter you'd want to find some extension wires to reposition the antennas. It all depends on what kind of throughput you're needing; for my purposes the antenna location wasn't a problem, and I appreciated their unobtrusiveness – even better than a USB dongle.
Other Thoughts: There are cheaper adapters available; the compelling feature of this one is the choice of two bands – handy if you have a lot of 2.4 GHz devices clogging up the airwaves…READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's been a while since I've had a drive with a five-year warranty, and I'm feeling all nostalgic. And at 1.5 pounds, it really reminds me of my first drive, back in the 80s (except that drive’s capacity was 20 megs…)
I'm using this drive in an external USB2 BlacX enclosure (streaming audio samples) so can't comment on maximum speeds (benchmarks top out at about 40 MB/s, reading or writing). But the drive is noticeably snappy, compared to my other 7200 RPM drives. Navigating folders and opening small files is near instantaneous. I don't understand all the technobabble in the product description, but clearly WD engineers have been busy.
It's also pleasantly quiet. Running in an open drive holder on my desk, the drive is almost inaudible unless it's reading or writing. Also pleasantly cool: at idle it's less than body temperature; after heavy processing it's only warm to the touch. My other (older, cheaper) drives tend to get hot to the touch in the fanless BlacX.
Other Thoughts: Granted, this is a handsome hard drive – if you're someone who dusts the insides of their computer every week, this one's for you – but for me, hard drives choices are largely about economics: dollars per gig, per year. What's harder to factor is the cost (even if you don't lose data) when a drive dies on you. A premium drive like this starts to make sense if it can lessen the likelihood of that ordeal. Time will tell whether the failure rate on these drives is noticeably better than industry averages (which seem to be getting steadily worse). But given its cool, quiet performance, I'm suspecting it might be...READ FULL REVIEW