DJI Osmo Mobile – Review – Stabilise your Photography in Style


Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Mobile. The DJI Osmo Mobile is the new gimbal from DJI for your smartphone.

The Key Features

– ActiveTrack technology built into the DJI GO app allows the Osmo Mobile to automatically keep your smartphone facing you as you move. (not available on the android app currently, only iOS)
– The Osmo Mobile’s 3-axis gimbal system smooths out the movements you make, turning every shot into cinematic video.
– With a few taps, the Osmo Mobile motion timelapse feature shoots video showing the passing of time.
– The Osmo Mobile lets you share special moments in real time using YouTube Live inside the DJI GO app.
– Shoot better photos in low light, with powerful camera stabilisation and full manual camera control.
– The Osmo Mobile’s panorama function automatically captures and blends 9 separate photos together to create one stunning photo.
– Used with its range of accessories, the Osmo Mobile can be mounted almost anywhere, giving you even more opportunities to get that perfect shot.
– Enjoy more than just DJI GO. Osmo Mobile is open for developers to customise.


Above is the optional base to quickly drop the DJI into. The underneath of the base also has a standard tripod screw.

The photo below shows the extension arm secured into the tripod base. The tripod legs extend further in one solid movement.


Video Overview of Hardware, Accessories and DJI Go App

The Lowdown

– The Osmo Mobile supports smartphones measuring from 58.6mm-84.8mm width and up to 8.4mm thick.
– ActiveTrack – The fastest it can track is the same as its Max Controllable Speed, 120°/s.
– ActiveTrack is a feature currently only available on iOS.
– YouTube Livestreaming or Stream Live to Facebook.
– DJI Go App – Lots of extra features (see video) but needs update to fully support iOS 10 and the iPhone 7 Plus telephoto lens.
– iPhone 6S Plus or 7 Plus does not fit with a case on.
– Apart from the normal timelapse mode, there is a motion timelapse option
– The optional base has a tripod screw underneath
– The DJI Go Movie editing app has a wealth of great music but does seem to degrade video quality slightly compared to using iMovie in iOS.
– Connects perfectly every time. With the iPhone 7 and the loss of the headphone jack, it becomes impossible to use an external mic without some trickery or additional hardware.

Sample Video from the DJI Osmo Mobile using the iPhone 7 Plus

My Experience

I have used the DJI Osmo Mobile extensively now and I was surprised that none of the reviews and YouTube videos mentioned that if you are using the iPhone 7 Plus or similar sized phone, it won’t fit or stabilise with any case fitted. I tried with the Apple silicone and leather case. Also, at the time of writing this review (I delayed the review too hoping for an update from DJI), the DJI Go app only supports 1080p video at 30fps and not 60fps as per the default camera app. You can use the DJI with other third party camera apps. The iPhone 7 Plus telephoto lens is not supported in the app either yet from DJI. It looks like DJI need to update the app properly for iOS 10! To connect the DJI to a tripod you will need the extension arm. This has a standard tripod mount screw underneath. If I had know this prior to purchase I would not have bought the DJI tripod base, as this used with the extension arm is not still enough in the winds of Dartmoor.

DJI motion

In the photo above you can see the extension arm is attached to my normal tripod and securely. I am keeping the DJI tripod base as this works well indoors as a lightweight alternative. The plastic base from DJI is ideal for placing the DJI Osmo Mobile into for quick use, say on a table for editing VLOGs.

The motion time lapse mode is fantastic. Panoramic shots are spooky good. The gimbal just moves all buy itself to take the panoramic photos. However, the file size outputted is only around 3mb vs the native iPhone app which can be over 3 times this size.

One problem using the DJI with the iPhone 7 is the OIS on the iPhone sometimes conflicts with the DJI. There is not much you can do about this, accept during post processing when this can be fixed. All the footage shown has not been adjusted to enable you to see what you get first hand.

Despite some of the negatives, which will likely be solved when DJI updated their app, I have found the DJI Osmo Mobile a joy to use. The included software adds lots of extra functionality and the active tracking is superb.


Despite some bugs in the DJI Go app, it is one of the easiest gimbals to use and setup. It also works really well and the extra options provided by the software make it a joy to use. Highly recommended.

More detailed information and pricing on the DJI Osmo Mobile – Click HERE.

For the latest pricing on Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Apple releases iOS 10.1, updates the Apple Watch, TV & MAC – Extra info not revealed and some thoughts

Last night in the UK, Apple released iOS 10.1 along with updates to the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the MACs.

I was extremely keen to update to iOS 10.1. The official changelog is as below. Some of the bug fixes had been impacting my iPhone 7 Plus but are all fixed for good.



And for the Apple Watch, watch OS3 fixed the following –


But the update also including extra fixes not listed.

– At the same time as going live with iOS 10.1, Apple Pay got switched on for Japan.

– For UK citizens using the Three UK network, iOS 10.1 was a huge and important update and the new carrier update to Three 26.0 fixed 4G connectivity, other connectivity problems and issues connecting to a Three Home Signal Booster. I am on Three UK and can confirm the change. The specific issues were with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

– Worth noting is everyone can now use the Portrait mode in the camera app, although it is still shown as in Beta. However, it works extremely well.

Updating the Apple Watch

I updated my Apple Watch as soon as my iPhone 7 Plus was on 10.1 by going into the Apple Watch app on my iPhone and manually checking for the update that was around 61mb. Word of warning, it took me about 25 minutes to update

Phones Show Chat Podcast – Episode 365

The Phones Show Chat Podcast, episode 365 was recorded on Saturday, featuring hosts Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon. Thanks to Steve and Ted, I was their guest for this podcast.

In this episode, Steve, Ted and I, discuss at length the Obi Worldphone MV1 which is a dual sim smartphone,

The Obi Worldphone MV1 was co-founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley and Robert Brunner, the lead designer from Ammunition, the design house behind Beats By Dre. They have just launched the MV1 smartphone in the UK for £99. For more information and specs on this phone – Click HERE.

We also debated the new Google Pixel, its “price” and “features”. Views on the iPhone 7 Plus 2356gb Jet Black, HP Elite X3 and more were all on the podcast.

To listen to episode 365 – Click HERE or search for the podcast in your podcast app or iTunes.

Thanks to Leon, who mentioned to me over the weekend, that Amazon have launched their amazon basics range of cases for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. For more information Click HERE.

Just how good is the camera on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus ?

So I have now had the Apple iPhone 7 Plus for about one month, during which time I have snapped hundreds and hundreds of photos.

I reckon it takes about a month to start to extract the best shots from any phone. It also allows for third party apps to be updated to enjoy the new iPhone.

So just how good is the camera on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus?

Check out the collection of photos collated into the below video.

Google Pixel & Pixel XL – Reviews & Opinions

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The Google Pixel and Pixel went on sale yesterday in the UK and around the world at select retailers. In the UK you can buy it directly from Google, or via EE or Carphone Warehouse.

As expected, specific large websites released their reviews –

The Guardian – A good start but not quite stellar.

The Verge – Every Android phone has always been a little compromised, and everybody knows it. There’s been a veil of bullshit between you and what Google intended on all of them.

Chip Chick – Myriam Joire wrote a great review noting the positives as – Great build quality, gorgeous screen, excellent camera, top notch performance, pure Google

Arstechnica UK – Bland, pricey but still the best android phone.

Android Central – The Google Pixel and Pixel XL deliver what we’ve always wanted from a Google Android experience: an attractive design, lightning-fast performance and unique Google features you won’t find on any other phone. Meanwhile the Pixel nails the essentials, with good “all-day” battery life, cameras that go toe-to-toe with the high-end competition, and update support unrivaled in the Android space. Though expensive, and lacking water resistance, these are great phones with a long life ahead of them.

The general verdict with most of the reviews is Google’s new Pixel phone is superb. The camera is great and reliable and the hardware feels solid.

The issue of the high price also got raised but then within the price is profit margins, marketing and 3 years of security updates and 2 years worth of OS updates. You also get free backup of your photos and videos in full resolution. If you think about the free photo backup, its not really free as it is built into the price of the phone.

I have read all the reviews linked above and many more. I have also visited tech forums to read up on what real people think of the phone. Most people seem to like their new Pixel phone. I also got to see the phone yesterday first hand and liked what I saw. It definitely felt fast to use and the camera seemed to take quick and accurate photos.

From what I can see too the camera works really well and consistently. Most of this is down to the decent snapdragon 821 processor and Google’s Camera app software. But bear in mind the Nexus 6P now has the new camera app update available in the nougat update/Google Store, and this improves the photos and speed of the Nexus 6P. I also now believe single lens rear cameras are not as important as dual lens rear camera setups. The LG G5, Honor 8 and iPhone 7 Plus have all convinced me the dual lens (one day triple lens) is the future.

But my biggest feeling after trawling the internet and the forums, is anyone buying the phone? And if so who? Normally, forums are buzzing with posts from new users, but the Pixel and Pixel XL threads seem empty in comparison to other phone launches.

Personally, I would not spend £819 on this phone? Would you? Maybe you have got one? What’s your view now?

For info a wide range of Google Pixel cases – Click HERE.

Motion Time Lapse – Shot on an iPhone at Sunset and then in a gale using the DJI Osmo Mobile

DJI motion

The sunrises and sunsets on Dartmoor recently have been spectacular with some vivid colours. So as part of my review process I decided to test the motion time lapse mode on the DJI Osmo Mobile, shown above. For the sunset motion time lapse shown below, I have the DJI extension attached to the DJI Osmo Mobile. The extension piece has a tripod screw which allows for a decent connection to my tripod.

Using the DJI Go app, you select motion time lapse, then you select the start and end points of the time lapse. You can several points too to make the motion time lapse more interesting. Next the duration between taking a photo and the overall length of time required is set. All you now have to do is press the shutter to start, and the DJI Osmo Mobile does the rest.

So far so good. But I wanted to know how much the DJI Osmo Mobile could stabilise the iPhone 7 Plus in extreme winds. During the recording of the below motion time lapse, I was concerned my tripod was going to be blown over many times. Fortunately, it didn’t. Despite the very strong winds, the DJI did a reasonable job too.

And finally, at sunrise yesterday, I couldn’t resist this view on Dartmoor. Snapped using Adobe Lightroom mobile, in raw, and post processed with Adobe Lightroom mobile.

Epic rising of the sun over Dartmoor this morning #iphone7plus

Groov-e Portable Karaoke Boombox Machine with CD Player and Bluetooth Wireless Playback – Review


Welcome to my review of the Groov-e Portable Karaoke Boombox Machine with CD Player and Bluetooth Wireless Playback. The recommended retail price is £69.99.

Video Review

The Key Specifications

– Bluetooth Wireless Playback
– CD Player: CD, CD-R/RW Compatible
– Karaoke: CD+G Compatible
– Flashing LED Party Light Effects
– LED Display
– Automatic Voice Control
– Echo Control
– Master and Microphone Volume Controls
– Program/Repeat Function
– Skip/Search Function
– 2 x Microphone Inputs
– RCA Audio Output
– Composite Video Output
– Carry Handle
– Speaker Power: 2 x 1W
– AC Power: Mains Cable
– DC Power: Batteries: 6 x C Size (not included)

Groove photos

What’s in the Box

– 1 x Groov-e GCPS923 Karaoke Boombox
– 2 x Microphones
– 1 x CD+G Karaoke Disc with 10 Songs
– AC Mains
– RCA Audio Cable
– RCA Video Cable

Groove photos

The Lowdown

Groov-e have brought out a brand new Karaoke Boombox. It features 2 microphones and a pre-loaded disc, the days of Stars in their Eyes can be revived through a smartphone screen.

The Groov-e Karaoke Boombox is compatible with CD+G Karaoke discs. However, all your current CD’s can be used too. If you are a person without any CDs you can use the Bluetooth wireless playback from any compatible device, such as a mobile phone or tablet. This mean you can sing along to the song with the lyrics displayed on your device. For those who prefer the bright lights of the big screen, the lyrics can be displayed on your TV using the video-output function.

With a second mic, duets become a reality. In a dark room the integrated flashing LED party lights adds a bit of fun.


The Groov-e Karaoke Boombox is fun product and would make an ideal present. I can see this appearing in many Christmas stockings!

Useful Links

For more information and the latest pricing on Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Oppo HA-2 vs Oppo HA-2 SE – All The Differences – Hardware & Sound Quality

Oppo compared

Oppo have just released the Oppo HA-2 SE which I reviewed yesterday. Click HERE to read the Oppo HA-2 SE review.

However, what you all wanted to know is how does the Oppo HA-2 SE differ to the original award winning Oppo HA-2. First up, check out the video below to see what’s different on the hardware and accessories.

Video Comparison

Sound Quality

So the Oppo HA-2 has the DAC and the HA-2 SE has the new DAC. The new DAC provides a much lower noise floor, which means sensitive IEMs are unlikely to hear any hiss. Also the “SE” now has 32 bit audio instead of 24 bit.

But specs are all well and good, but what matters is the sound quality. So what I did was test both devices using my Oppo PM3 headphones using the 3 tracks below. I have highlighted the audio differences with each song.

Track 1 – Dancing on the Edge, The Louis Lester Band – Down River

The Oppo HA-2 lacks the sparkle in the treble that the HA-2 SE possesses. The HA-2 is more dynamic and provides a slightly wider sound stage.

Track 2 – Bastille – All This Bad Blood – These Streets

The HA-2 SE has better clarity and definition. The original HA-2 feels muddied sometimes. I think the differences I am hearing is due to the lower noise floor, allowed the HA-2 SE to produce better treble and mid range across the track.

Track 3 – Offenbach: Les Contes D’Hoffman (Disk 1) – Prologue: Glou! Glou! Je Suis Le Vin!

The HA-2 SE once again has the edge over the HA-2. The precision in handling all the frequencies and scaling is slight ahead of the HA-2. I also prefer the mid and treble and overall musicality from the HA-2 SE. The vocal parts from this track felt more realistic from the HA-2 SE over the HA-2.


The Oppo HA-2 SE with its new DAC improves the musicality, dynamics, treble, detail and reduces the noise floor too. The Oppo HA-2 SE provides a decent update over the original HA-2 and consequently is highly recommended. I like the HA-2 SE so much over the HA-2 that I spent the whole weekend listening to all my favourite music!

Useful Links

All my Headphone, DAC and Audio Reviews
Oppo HA-2 Review
Sennheiser HD 598 SE headphone review
Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review
Oppo HA-2 SE on Amazon UK

MVR Ascend – Play PS4, Xbox One, PC Games in Tether Free VR

The MVR Ascend is a tether-free, smartphone based, Virtual Reality (VR) headset & controller that can transform existing and future First Person and Open World PS4, Xbox One and PC games into VR.

MVR has been set up by a group of technology enthusiasts who are keen to bridge the gap that exists in the VR gaming world today. There are some amazing devices currently available but some of them are a bit expensive, have limited games and physically tether you to a computer/console, while others are affordable and tether-free but allow you to only play basic smartphone apps.


We wanted to play our favourite AAA games in VR (not just apps or short unknown games), we wanted to be tether-free (so we don’t get wrapped up in a wire while doing a 360 degree turn) and importantly, we wanted something affordable! That’s why we created the MVR Ascend – The only VR system that is able to play existing and future PS4, Xbox One and PC games in tether-free VR. Our headset can also be used to play VR/AR apps as our system is smartphone based, so your screen quality evolves as you upgrade your phone.

So join us in this VR revolution and lets take gaming to the next level!

A brief intro to our range of products:

H1 Headset – A feature rich headset with patent granted flip-up function and built-in high quality speakers for full VR immersion.


P1 Controller – Our controller that works with both the PS4 and PC. The P1 converts your “normal” games into VR using our patent pending technology. The controller can also be used as a secondary controller, for normal game play on your TV, by detaching the cable that attaches to our proprietary sensors which sits on the back of the H1 headset.


X1 Controller – Our controller that works with both the Xbox One and PC, converting your “normal” games into VR. The X1, like the P1 controller, can also be used as a secondary controller by detaching the cable that attaches to our proprietary sensors on the back of the H1 headset.

S1 Screen – Currently the Xbox One does not stream to smartphones, so we are going to create a special screen that you can slide into the H1 headset to stream to from the Xbox One.

I was very lucky to be invited last week, to test some pre-production kit ahead of MVR’s Kickstarter campaign that starts today. I was playing Call of Duty Black Ops 3 in VR using MVR. I was impressed.

With MVR you can play all the current and future games in VR! Play all First Person and Open World PS4, Xbox One and PC Games in VR from day one. All existing first person games, that have a “look around” function, have already been pre-programmed into the P1 (PlayStation) and X1 (Xbox) controllers.

MVR are also in talks with a number of games developers to add native MVR sensor support to new games. This is in addition to developers releasing patches for existing games, adding the MVR Ascend VR system as a mapped controller input for enhanced accuracy.

MVR Ascend price and availability – The Kickstarter project for the MVR Ascend is live right now!

The RRPs are as follows:

– The PS4 one will retail at £199
– The XBox One version will retail at £249 (because this will come with a phone-sized tablet in the package)

Kickstarter Campaign – Click HERE.

Oppo HA-2 SE Portable Headphone Amp DAC – Review

Oppo HA-2 SE review

Welcome to my review of the Oppo HA-2 SE. The Oppo HA-2 SE is the upgraded version of the legendary Oppo HA-2, that I reviewed back in February 2015. Click HERE to read the original review of the Oppo HA-2.

Since Oppo released the HA-2, the world of personal audio has exploded. However, the improved Oppo HA-2 SE remains in a class of its own. Read on to find out why.

The Basics

– It is a Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC
– High-resolution USB DAC for Apple/Android/PC/Mac
– Two gain settings for optimal headphone matching
– Mobile power bank for charging your phone
– It looks gorgeous and sounds fantastic
– It has Oppo’s VOCC fast charging. Only 90 mins to recharge the HA-2 SE.
– The HA-2 SE is improved by upgrading the DAC from the ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018-K2M chip to the new ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9028-Q2M

Video Review

Oppo HA-2 vs Oppo HA-2 SE – What’s Different? I have a dedicated post highlighting all the differences between these models Click HERE..

The Design

Before I go to discuss the specifications and sound in more depth, lets take a look at the box and its contents. The Oppo packaging is top notch. Everything is neatly organised in the box which includes the Oppo HA-2 SE itself, the VOCC charger, a short lightning cable, a OTG micro USB to micro USB cable, a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, 2 rubber bands for securing it to another device and detailed instructions. The Oppo HA-2 SE simply stands out as a solid, well built and gorgeous looking device (see photos and video). It does not need a case as it is bound in leather.

The Specifications

Full specifications –

– Dimensions (W x H x D) 68 x 157 x 12 mm
– Weight 175 grams
– Frequency Response 20 Hz – 200 kHz
– Audio-in Level 1 Vrms
– Line-out Level 1 Vrms
– Recommended Headphone Impedance 16 Ohm – 300 Ohm
– Maximum Headphone Output Power 300 mW into 16 Ohm,220 mW into 32 Ohm, 30 mW into 300 Ohm
– Headphone Amplifier Impedance 0.5 Ohm
– Output Jacks 3.5 mm stereo headphone
– 3.5 mm stereo line-out
– Input Ports Analog: 3.5 mm stereo audio-in
– Digital: USB A for iPod / iPhone / iPad; USB micro-B for smartphones with USB OTG feature and computers.
– DAC Chip ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9028-Q2M
– Input Format Stereo PCM, Stereo DSD (DoP v1.1 or native)
– PCM Sampling Frequencies 44.1 kHz – 384 kHz, 16 / 24 / 32-bit
– DSD Sampling Frequencies 2.8224 MHz (DSD64), 5.6448 MHz (DSD128), 11.2896 MHz (DSD256, native mode only)
– Profile USB 2.0, USB Audio 2.0
– Included Accessories Power Supply Unit (Rapid Charging Charger)
– USB A – USB micro-B data and rapid charging cable
– USB A – Lightning data cable (for Apple devices)
– USB micro-B to micro-B data cable (for Android and other smartphones)
– 3.5 mm – 3.5 mm stereo audio cable
– Silicone rubber band (2 pieces)
– User guide and warranty documents
– Battery Built-in Battery type 3000 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery
– Battery Operation Time Approx. 13 hours for analog source via Audio-in; approx. 7 hours for digital sources via USB
– Charging Time Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Oppo HA-2 SE review

The Technology in More Detail

Ok, so what makes the device really special. The Oppo HA-2 SE is a Hybrid Class AB Amplifier with integrated circuits and discrete transistors. Oppo uses hand-picked and matched parts for the discrete transistors. The output transistors are biased to operate in their most linear range for the critical small signal, and deliver their full potential when power is required. This was most noticeable for when I was listening to music that scaled up suddenly.

The Oppo HA-2 SE is “MFI” Apple certified and is compatible with the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPod, and iPad, meaning it can be use the digital audio output via the supplied lightning cable. The HA-2 SE does not need the Camera Connection Kit. I tested the HA-2 SE with an iPhone 7 Plus and the iPad Air and all worked as advertised. In fact with Apple removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, this is the perfect solution for bringing back the use of the 3.5mm headphone jack and at the same time providing an improved audio experience.

Android – The HA-2 SE’s micro-USB input port works with Android devices that support USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) and USB Audio Class. A special USB OTG cable is supplied with the HA-2 SE to facilitate the connection. When used with a compatible Android device, the HA-2 SE can support the device’s built-in music app, tones and notifications. Additionally, a high-resolution music playback app can use the HA-2 SE as its external DAC to play lossless PCM and DSD audio files eg USB Audio Player Pro app for android.

Audio-In and Line-Out – The HA-2 SE has a 3.5 mm Audio-In port to support portable music players that do not have a USB-compatible digital output. While the HA-2 SE is used with one of its USB digital input ports, the 3.5 mm jack acts as Line-Out for the USB DAC.

And now on to the crown jewels of this device. ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC – The DAC is one of the most important components for digital audio playback. The ES9028-Q2M DAC chip used in the HA-2 SE is the latest flagship mobile DAC developed by ESS Technology. With the ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented performance for mobile applications. The performance and quality of this DAC is outstanding and a noticeable improvement over the DAC used in the original Oppo HA-2.

Asynchronous USB DAC – The HA-2 SE can bypass the smartphone’s built-in DAC and headphone amplification circuit that are often cost-constrained. The asynchronous USB DAC input of the HA-2 SE also works with PC and Mac computers to replace the built-in sound card and support high-resolution audio playback with PCM up to 384 kHz 32-bit (the original HA-2 only supported PCM up to 384 kHz 24-bit) and DSD up to 12 MHz (DSD256).

Clean Signal Path – There is no DSP (Digital Signal Processor) in the HA-2 SE. Volume control is operated by a combination of the DAC chip’s internal digital volume control and an analog potentiometer (the volume knob). Bass boost is performed by pure analog audio circuits. By avoiding re-digitising the audio signal for volume adjustment or bass boost, the HA-2 SE provides a clean signal path for the audio. And the difference is noticeable in playback.

Bass Boost – HA-2 SE offers a Bass Boost function. With Bass Boost off, the HA-2 SE delivers a ruler-flat frequency response; with Bass Boost on, the HA-2 SE adds force and impact to the sub-bass region without muddling the important mid- to high-frequency bands. In reality, I found I didn’t need the bass boost, although I can’t deny it wasn’t fun to use at times.

Two Gain Settings – The HA-2 SE offers two gain level settings for optimal headphone matching. The High Gain mode is capable of driving large power-hungry headphones, delivering up to 300 mW into 16-Ohm headphones. The Low Gain mode is intended for sensitive In-Ear Monitor type earphones. With the new DAC in the HA-2 SE this makes a big difference with sensitive IEM headphones, removing the background hiss that did occur with the previously DAC.

Rapid Charging – The HA-2 SE features patented VOOC rapid charging technology from OPPO. Using the supplied rapid charger, the internal battery can be quickly and safely charged to 75% capacity in about 30 minutes. It only takes approximately 90 minutes to fully charge the battery. A quick charge gives the HA-2 SE up to 13 hours of operation time.

Mobile Power Bank – The HA-2 SE functions as an external battery pack to charge your mobile device.

The Sound Quality

So what really matters ultimately is how does the Oppo HA-2 SE sound. For this test I used the following headphones: Sennheiser HD598 SE and Oppo PM-3. Genres used – Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Female Vocal. I used my Apple iPhone 7 Plus and iPad Air as the source. I had zero issues with connectivity. The Oppo HA-2 SE has Apple’s MFI certification and includes a lightning to USB small connector.

Sally Barker – To Love Somebody/Dear Darlin – With both headphones the vocals, guitar and the extra detail extracted by the HA-2 SE was exquisite. Sally Barker’s voice sounded so delicate and emotional. Plus the new ES9028-Q2M DAC seem to extract so much detail. The Oppo PM-3 headphones with the HA-2 SE were such a magical pairing listening to Sally Barker’s voice.

Adele – Rumour Has It/ Lovesong – vocals, drums, instruments and the beat – all so well captured and played. The musicality of the HA-2 SE was present in abundance. Good speed and attack and sound stage. Again comparing the 2 headphones, both sounded excellent but if I had to pick my favourite for these sounds it once again goes to the Oppo PM-3.

Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely on You – punchy, musical and a superb presentation. Plenty of bass but not overkill. The bass boost is nuts and so powerful in the sub bass, I had to turn the volume down. A similar discovery occurred again with the Oppo PM-3 headphones. With this new Sabre DAC and the HA-2 SE the combination is electric. My Sennheiser HD598 SE felt totally outclassed by the Oppo PM-3.

Yolanda B Cool & D Cup – We No Speak Americano – even without the bass boost, the Oppo PM-3 were being phenomenal. Of course, I had to flip the bass boost mode too, and bass freaks will love it in this mode. Again, a detailed musical presentation. Vocals are so good. The timing is astonishing too.

The Louis Lester Band – Downtown Uptempo/ Sweet Mary Jane – such great musicality, beat, bass, vocals, wide soundstage, instruments clearly placed in different positions. If you get this device, you must listen to Sweet Mary Jane – you will be blown away at just how good this track sounds across all headphones. But if you want to be transported in audio nirvana, you need the Oppo PM3 headphones.

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – what’s not to like. Superb presentation again.

Bastille – Weapon/ the Driver – the electronic sounds and fast beat really well delivered. Great vocals again and tons of attack.

Nicola Benedetti – The Lark Ascending – mesmerising delivery. Frighteningly amazing. Brought my hairs up on my arms. The music scales up as the drama unfolded too.

Sound Quality Takeaway – The new ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9028-Q2M DAC is a musical beast. It provides superb vocals, separation and low floor noise and made me want to listen again to all my music. Each time I listened to the Oppo HA-2 SE I was hearing my songs in a new light.

Final Thoughts

There are many portable headphone amp dacs available now. However, none match the Oppo HA-2 SE for its style, looks, flexibility, portability and sound quality. At £289 its an absolute tremendous recommendation. I totally LOVE IT !!

Useful Links

All my Headphone, DAC and Audio Reviews
Oppo HA-2 Review
Sennheiser HD 598 SE headphone review
Oppo PM-3 Headphone review
Oppo PM-2 Headphone review
Oppo HA-2 SE on Amazon UK

DJI Osmo Mobile – First Impressions – Stabilise your Phone with this luxury gimbal


The DJI Osmo Mobile is the new king on the block for stabilising your iPhone and android. Sorry no windows smartphone support.

It comes with a swish app on android and iOS too which adds a whole wealth of features. Now, I have watched many YouTube reviews of this new stabiliser and most left out the weaknesses. I intend to cover off everything, good and bad.

For now below are 2 short clips, both stabilised. One edited using the DJI Go app and the other using iMovie.

First up the clip using the DJI Go app.

And next a clip created using iMovie on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Now, these are the first video clips from the DJI Osmo Mobile and I am certain based on my learning curve, I should be able to improve the footage and the types of shots possible from moving timelapses and more.

Useful Link

More info and latest deal on Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 – Is this the hottest phone yet from Samsung? – My Review

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

Welcome to my review of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016. I have a lot to say about this phone that I have now used for 2 months. So enjoy the video review. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 costs around £300 and is Samsung’s answer to the mid market phone arena.

Video Review

Useful Links

Latest deals on the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 on Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Honor 8 smartphone review – Click HERE.