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Jeffrey L.

Jeffrey L.

Joined on 03/13/05

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Almost Five Stars, But...

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones
Sennheiser HD280 Pro Around the Ear DJ Headphones

Pros: Sennheiser quality, Sennheiser sound. I really don't think you will find a better designed pair of headphones in this price range, except maybe for other similar models BY Sennheiser.

Cons: I've been a Sennheiser user for many years. WHY they've decided to make newer models SMALLER is beyond me. Granted, I have a big fat robotic head--but these were a VERY tight fit, so much so that I almost returned them. However, I soon discovered that the padding along the top is removable (the seam along the top comes apart like a ziploc bag)--how's THAT for top-of-the-line design! Still, my old HD-545's fit me WAY better than the HD-555 or these new HD-280PRO's.

Overall Review: If you're trying to decide between the HD-555's and the HD-280's, it really comes down to what you want to hear. If you listen to loud music and want a very comfortable fit with very open sound, take the HD-555's. If you want to hear EVERY LITTLE NUANCE (i.e. more instrumental type stuff) and have the rest of the world shut out like you're wearing gun muffs, take the HD-280's.

10/22/2008
Most Critical Review

May have driven me to a nervous breakdown

XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT98GYDLU
XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT98GYDLU

Pros: Performance-wise, it's a great card. I'm not a big gamer, but it ran Bioshock flawlessly at 1920x1080 with the settings pretty much maxed out (on AMD Athlon 6400+ 3.2 d/c with 8gb of mem).

Cons: There is a special place in Hell for whomever designed the fan for this thing. Had it a week and a half and it was already GRINDING GRINDING GRINDING like a jack-hammer. Replaced the card with a different model from a different manufacturer and WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Card would have been PERFECT if not for the fan.

Overall Review: I've used XFX cards before and never had this problem. Hate to badmouth them but, c'mon... a week and a half? Just doesn't happen. Sorry XFX.

Maybe just a teensy bit over-rated

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

Pros: Certainly more efficient than the stock cooler. Fan operates at about 400rpm less than stock cooler, and is certainly as quiet.

Cons: No real discernible drop in core temp. My Athlon X2 6400+ used to max out (full load) at 56c, now it's 52c, but that may very well be from a difference in the ambient room temperature. Cooling unit is HUGE and kind of ugly.

Overall Review: It's not like I went through unit after unit. This may very well be the best alternative to a stock cooler, but for my particular system, I didn't see much difference.

If it were a woman I'd marry it

ASUS M3A78-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M3A78-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy to setup, even for someone as intensely stupid as myself. User guide was very easy to follow.

Cons: None

Can't beat Sennheiser

Sennheiser - Surround Sound Headphones (HD 555)
Sennheiser - Surround Sound Headphones (HD 555)

Pros: I bought these to replace a treasured pair of HD-545's I'd acquired a few years ago. Despite a recurring problem with the wiring (a obvious design flaw in the 545 that couldn't be helped with the purchase of a new cable—I would imagine that's why Sennheiser doesn't use that type of connection anymore), I adored the comfort and performance of the 545's. In comparison, the HD-555 is just as good, if not better. Yes, the fit is a little snug at first, especially if you have a big and fat Andre-the-Giant-type cranium like mine, but rest assured, the foam will soften over time. And yes, the design does allow for sound leakage, but if you're listening to music at such a high volume that it disturbs other people in a totally quiet room then you may want to get your hearing checked. Certainly nothing that a strategically placed fan couldn't fix—or maybe do yourself a favor and just cut back a little bit on the speed metal. All in all, well worth the purchase. Danka Schoen, Sennheiser!

Cons: None