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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Review – DJI’s updated gimbal that’s over 50% cheaper than the original

Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. I owned and reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, so I was quite keen to see how this improved upon the original, also considering the original cost £299 whereas the updated version is only £139.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 295 × 113 × 72mm
– Weight 485g
– Model OM170

– Consumption 1.2 W -Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Controllable Range Pan: ±160°
– Tilt:±155° (landscape orientation)
Mechanical Range Pan:±170°
– Roll:-90° to +70°
– Tilt:±170°
– Max Controllable Speed 120°/s
– Width of Compatible Phones 58.6 – 85mm
– Battery Type 18650 LiPo,Capacity 2600 mAh,Energy 18 Wh,Voltage 7.2 V
-Operating Time 15 hrs – Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Charging Time 2 hrs
– Bluetooth LE 4.0

Review

I reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, link at end to review which includes sample footage to some of the modes in the DJI app, which cost £299. On top of the £299, you had to buy so many accessories from a tripod attachment mount and more which added another £70 plus to the cost. With the new version, DJI lowered the price to £139. And you don’t need any accessories for it either. Why? Firstly by making the battery integrated, it added a tripod mount. Plus the integrated battery lasts up to 15 hours which is a vast improvement over the original.

The new version is also much lighter which makes it easier to hold for longer. Plus the new version allows you to charge your phone on the go when using the gimbal, or just acting as a power bank. You can’t charge both at same time though.

The DJI app is available on iOS and android. And just as iOS and android have differences, so does the app depending on the platform. See video review for differences.

As a gimbal, the Osmo Mobile 2 is fantastic. The new phone grip holds much bigger phones , although you might still need to take your phone case off. See video again which illustrates this. Using the gimbal you get smoother video footage. You can also take perfect panoramic shots , and a range of time lapses, motion time lapses and hyper time lapses. You can also shoot long exposures hand held!

Conclusion

It is incredible to think DJI not only reduced the price by over 50%, they actually made it much better than the original too. If you want a gimbal, this is the one to get.

Useful Links

DJI deals on Amazon UK
DJI Osmo Mobile Review (original) with sample footage from all the modes

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Apple HomePod Review – An Audiophile Dream Speaker

Welcome to my review of the Apple HomePod. I must admit when I first read all about this new speaker from Apple I was skeptical.

First, lets take a look at the key specs.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions:172 mm high x 142 mm wide
– Weight 2.5 kg
– Colour Space Grey or White

Audio Technology

– High-excursion woofer with custom amplifier
– Array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
– Six-microphone array for far-field Siri
– Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
– Direct and ambient audio beam forming
– Transparent studio-level dynamic processing

Audio Sources

– Apple Music
– iTunes music purchases
– iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
– Beats 1
– Apple Podcasts
– AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac

Audio Formats

– HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV and FLAC

Touch Surface

– Tap or hold + or – for volume up/down
– Touch and hold for Siri
– Tap to play/pause music or Siri
– Double-tap to skip
– Triple-tap to skip back

So as I mentioned, I was skeptical to say the least. So unboxing the HomePod is like any other Apple product. A wonderful experience including the setup. The other thing I noticed is how damn heavy the HomePod was for its size.

Apple make technology simple at times, and setting this up was a breeze. See video below. When the HomePod powers on, you hear a thud. That is the first time you realise this little speaker is capable of delivering some deep bass.

If you read the specification above, there are lots of fancy words used. However, what matters is how good does it sound and does Siri actually work. I am astonished at how good the sound is for such a small speaker. Even listening at low volumes, it is a treat. Jazz is delightful. The room is filled with wonderful vocals and instruments. In fact, I tried lots of different genres and all were great. Sometimes, the mids got lost, but honestly you cannot go wrong with this. Siri works well and pretty quickly too.

I don’t have an Apple Music subscription, but as a back up, I do have iTunes Match subscription on top of my Google Play Music. This means all my 10,000 songs can be accessed instantly. Using Airplay, I can listen to any other music source from my iPad. I can even ask Siri to move to the next track on my iPad.

Of course, the HomePod nows works with HomeKit. Now lets take a look at the video review.

Video Review

Conclusion

If you have an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone then this is for you! If you also have an Apple TV music or iTunes Match subscription then this is a no brainer. The HomePod is so much better than I ever thought. Amazing!

Useful Links

Apple HomePod on Apple UK Store

TIBO Sphere 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker Review

Welcome to my review of the TIBO Sphere 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker which retails for around £199 and is available in several colours black, white, green, red and orange.

Key Specifications

– 30W RMS, Portable Speaker
– Direct pre-sets for internet radio
– Bluetooth & Wi-Fi streaming
– Up to 8 hours battery playback

The 30 Watt Sphere 2 is a Multi-Room Wi-Fi Bluetooth speaker, which allows Hi Res audio Playback. The Sphere 2’s High Resolution audio is delivered by 30W of RMS power supplied by a class D Amp 4 Ohms at 88 dB 60Hz-20KHz.

You can have 5 direct presets for streaming thousands of internet radio stations and playlists. The built in lithium rechargeable battery allows a minimum of 8 hours playback. The sphere 2 allows playback in single, stereo or group mode. Comes with wireless or LAN connections and has USB for charging you mobile devices. The speaker is controlled and initially setup by the free Tibo App. The video review has more details on the app. Within the app you can setup Spotify Connect, Tidal, Tunein radio and more services. You can also play locally stored music, connect to it via bluetooth or even use the aux input. The key here is versatility.

Video Review

Conclusion

A great sounding portable speaker, with lots of versatility. Recommended.

Useful Links

The latest prices and more info on the TIBO Sphere 2 on Amazon UK

TIBO Kameleon Touch Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa Review

Welcome to my review of the TIBO Kameleon Touch Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa. The TIBO Kameleon retails for around £149.

The Key Specifications

– 30W RMS, Tap to talk – Multi-play speaker
– Direct pre-sets for internet radio
– Bluetooth & Wi-Fi streaming
– Amazon Alexa near field VAS built-in
– 3 changeable sides: Walnut, White, Grey

The TIBO Kameleon Touch is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Multi-Room speaker with Amazon Alexa built in. With Amazon Alexa the speaker takes on a whole range of smarts. It is also able to link with ease to other TIBO Smart Audio products.

The Smart Audio capability is controlled by the free TIBO App. Setting up the speaker using the app was a breeze. The app then allows you to link other TIBO Smart Audio speakers and the various music streaming services from Spotify connect, Tunein Radio, Tidal and others. Refer to video review for more details. You can also stream music stored locally on your phone. Versatility is the name of the game here. The Kameleon Touch can be used to playback audio in single, stereo or group mode at the touch of a button. High Resolution audio streaming via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth makes music from a wide range of sources immediately available. Plus, the speaker has five pre-sets which can be toggled through for thousands of internet radio stations and playlists. This saves a lot of time and to also include an aux in is another nice touch.

Amazon Alexa is available at a touch of a dedicated button. For styling purposes the speaker comes with 3 sets of interchangeable panels, white, dark grey and walnut, which is a neat touch.

Video Review

Conclusion

A very versatile and great sounding speaker, recommended.

Useful Links

TIBO Kameleon Touch Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa on Amazon UK

LG V30+ Review & Camera Showcase – 32 reasons why this is the best phone in the world!

Welcome to my review of the LG V30+. The review includes a camera showcase plus 32 reasons why this is currently the best phone in 2018!

And just in case you missed anything, here are the 32 reasons. The video includes additional commentary, screen shots and the camera showcase.

1. V30+ has lots of storage 128gb. Great for keeping apps and games in internal storage. Longevity as games and apps get bigger.
2. Dual hybrid sim so either another sim or micro sd card. Flexible options without huge extra costs.
3. Top processor snapdragon 835 and 4gb ram. Snappy device.
4. Hardware. Gorgeous. Glass back using gorilla glass 5 in an aluminium frame.
5. IP68 dust and water resistance plus up to 1.5metres for 30 mins Plus MIL-STD-810G complaint. A lot of phones have IP68 but aren’t MIL-STG-810G.
6. 6 inch OLED screen at 18:9. Great for content and usage with easy grip 7.54cm wide. Not missing a cutout like iPhone X and screen colour profiles and with custom colour profile option.
7. Dolby vision and hdr 10 complaint.
8. Always on display that shows you what you need at a glance without impacting battery. Fully customisable.
9. Not heavy at 158g. Considerably less than some flagship phones.
10. Cameras dual 16mp f/1.6 and 13mp ultra wide f/1.9 , 5mp front. 16mp more detail than 12mp flagships.

11. HDR video, manual video, cine video, lut recording profile, graphy, 192kHz stereo sound, iPhone X still mono !
12. Manual photo and huge options and modes well ahead of other phones. Special mode for Instagram photos. Ultra wide lens is amazing. Even use it for selfies.
13. If you miss the Google Pixel camera, a dedicated port for the V30 normal and wide lens is available. Best of both worlds.
14. Not only does it have a headphone jack, it’s fitted with a Quad Dac. No need to worry about have I got my adapter or have I charged my Bluetooth headphones. MQA streaming support included.
15. But if you use Bluetooth, you have aptx, aptx hd and LDAC is coming next. iPhone X doesn’t have the basic aptx. MQA streaming support included.
16. Audio is 32 bit, 192kHz, b & o certified , audio recording is 24bit/48khz
17. Active noise cancellations with dedicated mic too.
18. Comes not only with headphones in box, but B & O Headphones, some of the best in the box headphones.
19. Decent mono speaker despite IP68.
20. FM radio included with RDS.
21. Fingerprint on rear which is reachable without any strange moves eg Note 8.
22. Sensors include fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compasss, barometer, and colour spectrum for camera.
23. Battery is great, gets you thru a heavy day despite QHD display, but can adjust display to 1080 or 720p.
24. Quick charge 3 with correct plug in box to do this and also has Qi wireless charging.
25. Handy knock on or knock off. Just a useful feature.
26. Floating bar gives access to shortcuts, screen capture with options like gif, music player and quick contacts. Customisable and position change. Again all mod cons to make using phone a lovely experience.
27. Uses the modern usb type c plug.
28. LG Home + has lots of themes now.
29. Fluid experience and Google apps, hardware and services work well with the phone. As well as Google Assistant voice control when phone is locked too. A lot of phones don’t have Google Assistant when locked
30. The home touch buttons can be customised and position changed plus you can hide them in whichever apps you like, or even show them. LG adds an extra menu item for app scaling or game control as applicable.
31. Games tools. Game graphics, screen resolution, break time (reduces brightness and performance when you leave game running for more than 5 mins, screenshot)
32. I said so 😉

Conclusion

The LG V30+ is a competent workhorse, yet in a beautiful body with all the requirements needed for a modern phone, with nothing missing from a hardware perspective.

Useful Links

LG V30+ deals on Amazon UK
LG V30 cases on Amazon UK

Focal Elear Headphones Review – A Dream Pair of Headphones

The Focal Elear headphones cost around £800 and are an open back pair designed headphones. The Focal Elear feature many innovations from Focal.

For starters the Elear offers the world’s first, full range and fully open back loudspeaker, built-in to a pair of headphones. They are made from an Aluminum-Magnesium blend, in a formed shape, brand new “M” shape dome speaker. This new dome shape has originated from the research performed during the £3,500 Focal Utopia headphone. In fact the Elear also benefits from a lot of the R&D done on Utopia.

The acoustic quality and design of the Elear means that Focal menaced to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process in order to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 23kHz.

So what does all this fancy tech mean. Quite simply the headphones virtually disappear and provide a truly unique high-fidelity audio experience. The headphones are also very comfortable too.

The Key Specifications

– Impedance 80 ohms
– SPL 104db
– Frequency Response – 5Hz to 23kHz
– Loudspeaker – 137⁄64“ (40mm) Aluminum-Magnesium “M” shape dome
– Weight – 450g

The Musical Experience

One word for these headphones. Incredible. And like nothing you have listened to before. The Focal Elear headphones are also relatively easy to drive but do need a separate amp for optimum performance. My LG V30 and even my Fiio Q1 mk2 were powerful enough to drive these. However, upping the ante to a £400 Audio-gd USB DAC/Amp and the bar gets raised again.

What makes the Elear so special to listen to? Everything appears as if its being performed in the room. The headphones disappear. Singers appear in front of you, instrument separation and soundstage is off the charts good. Bass is fast, deep and impactful. The experience is staggering. Every genre I tried was a new experience and rediscovering every song in my collection.

Video Review

Conclusion

In your lifetime you owe it to yourself to own a pair of these. Highly highly recommended.

Useful Links

Focal UK
Focal Headphones on Amazon UK

Sound & Vision – The Bristol Show – Now in its 31st Year is next month – Full Details

Sound & Vision – The Bristol Show 2018 is happening next month on Friday 23rd thru to Sunday 25th February 2018.

This is the 31st year for the Sound & Vision Show and is not to be missed. There are many reasons to visit the show –

– Experience the Latest Hi-Fi and Talk to the Manufacturer’s
– Exclusive Product Launches
– Your Chance to Win Over £10K Worth of Hi-Fi
– Exclusive Deals & Special Offers
– FREE Headphones For Students

There will be over 180 exhibitors all under one roof which will provide a great day out. The show is so popular that tickets are available for one, two or even three days.

I have attended the shows several times and each time it has been an enjoyable experience hearing and seeing some amazing HiFi. Watch out for the show report too.

More info Sound & Vision Bristol Show website

Focal Listen Wireless Headphones Review – Stunning sound from Focal

Welcome to my review of the Focal Listen Wireless headphones which sell for around £200. Focal are renowned for some of their audiophile headphones like the Focal Utopia that cost £3,500. So using the audio expertise, Focal have delved into the world of bluetooth audio.

Key Specifications and Features

– Portable headphones & comfortable, passive isolation
– Exclusive cone technology offering outstanding sound quality
– Bluetooth 4.1 for moving around freely up to 50 feet (15 metres)
– Up to 20 hours of battery life
– “Clear Voice Capture” double microphone system for even greater intelligibility of speech and conversations
– Bluetooth® wireless technology 4.1, Range 15m
– Battery Up to 20h
– Impedance (passive mode) 32Ω, Sensitivity (passive mode) 122dB SPL @ 1kHz – / 1Vrms THD @ 1kHz / 100dB SPL < 0.4%
– Frequency response 15Hz -22kHz
– Driver Electrodynamic (137/64“) Mylar Titanium
– Microphones – 2 Omnidirectional (Clear Voice Capture)
– Net weight 300g

Main Review

The Focal Listen Wireless consist of high density memory foam pads, that are not only comfortable but heat-sensitive. The headphones possess good dynamics, tight bass and a lovely tonal balance. No matter what genre of music I threw at these headphones, I was presented with a lovely sound and musicality. Bass was tight, mids and treble were well balanced and with a reasonable sound stage. Bear in mind these are closed back, so the soundstage is not massive.

To keep the weight down, plastics have been used, but at least the headphones fold into the cloth bag which is included in the box. If for any reason the power runs dry, Focal also provide a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable to plug into a headphone socket. Unlike many bluetooth headphones, in wired mode, these are relatively easy to drive too. Review now continues with the video below.

Conclusion

A surprisingly lovely sounding wireless headphone from Focal. Recommended.

Useful Links

Focal Listen Wireless headphones latest pricing and more info on Amazon UK

Optoma NuForce BE Free8 – Truly Wireless Wire Free Earphones – Review & Comparison with AirPods & Sony WF-1000X

Welcome to my review of the Optoma NuForce BE Free8. These are a true wire free and wireless headphones. The quick review. The best ever truly wireless wire free earphone. Now read on to find out why and how they compare to other top earphones.

Key Specifications and Features

– Cable free – true wireless earphones
– Stable and reliable signal/connection – Bluetooth and NFMI technology
– Superior sound quality with deep explosive bass – enhanced with AAC and aptX for Apple, Android and Windows
– Non-stop listening on the go – 4 hour battery life with three additional full charges using the charging case
– Rain and sweat resistant – IPX5 rated

Main Review

The Optoma NuForce BE Free8 combine advanced audio coding and connection technologies including AAC, aptX LL and NMFI. This enables superb Hi-Fi sound with no lag or connection issues. One of the issues with a lot of wire free wireless earphones is lag and connection drop outs. The Sony WF-1000X suffer from drop outs and lag as do many others, which makes watching YouTube frustrating. AirPods do not suffer lag or drop outs and finally Optoma nailed this common issue with the BE Free8. I was able to walk around my whole house and not miss a beat.

In terms of fit, these fit snug in the ears without any discomfort. I was able to walk and jump and they did not fall out, Being IPX5 would be ideal for the gym.

Sound. Deep enhanced bass is one of the characters of these earphones. On some tracks the bass did interfere with the treble and midrange but overall the quality is excellent. Reasonable soundstage too. Compared to the audio quality of the Sony WF-1000X, the BE Free8 are far superior to the Sony’s. The BE Free8 are also superior in sound to AirPods, with more bass and passive noice cancellation.

The battery lasts 4 hours with another 3 full charges from the battery case. Also, the earphones are black which is a much better colour than white. So lets continue my review below.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a wire free in ear headphone, the Optoma NuForce BE Free8 are in a league of their own. Highly recommended.

Useful Links

Optoma NuForce BE Free8 – latest pricing and more info on Amazon UK

Kodak Ektra Smartphone Review – The Camera Phone from Kodak

The Kodak Ektra smartphone is a camera or is it a phone, no its simply an android phone, designed to look like a camera. It looks different and actually is pretty easy to hold due to its shape and textures.

Key Specs

– Processor – MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Deca-core, 2x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0GHz,4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
– OS Android™ 6.0
– DIMENSION 147.8 x 73.35 x 9.69mm (14.02mmat camera lens)
– DISPLAY 5” FullHD 1920×1080
– CONNECTIVITY BT4.1, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), GPS/Glonass
– MEMORY 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
– I/O 3.5mm audio, USB 3.0 Type C, microSD™ (Up to 128 GB)
– Single SIM (Nano(4FF))
– SENSORS Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, E-Compass, Proximity sensor
– AUDIO Speaker, Receiver, Dual MIC
– KEY Camera key, Power key, Volume up/down
– BATTERY 3000mAh, with 5V 2A charging, and Pump Express ready
– APPS Kodak Camera, Gallery, Super 8, Selects curation portal, printing apps; Google’s Snapseed™ editor;
MobiSystems’OfficeSuite and File Commander; AVG AntiVirus

Camera Samples

Main Review

In my main review, I take a closer look at the phone, the software, camera software and photo editing.

Conclusion

The Kodak Ektra came out over a year ago costing over £400. At the figure it was not worth the cost. At less than half that price now, it is a nostalgic piece of kit and fun to use. It has also benefitted from many firmware updates, however, the camera is not a patch on current flagship phones.

Useful Links

Kodak Ektra latest pricing on Amazon UK

YouTube just changed its rules and Gavin’s Gadgets needs YOUR help urgently

Gavin’s Gadgets YouTube channel needs your help. Please subscribe and ask your friends to subscribe ASAP.

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The anger in the comments of this post by YouTube clearly shows how unpopular this change is regarding minimum number of subscribers required going forward. Another move by YouTube to become less user friendly and probably its all about cost cutting. I need to ensure that my YouTube channel is well over the 1,000 subscriber limit by 28th Feb 2018. Please subscribe. Thank you.

From YouTube –

2017 marked a tough year for many of you, with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). Despite those issues more creators than ever are earning a living on YouTube, with the number of channels making over six figures up over 40% year-over-year. In 2018, a major focus for everyone at YouTube is protecting our creator ecosystem and ensuring your revenue is more stable.

As Susan mentioned in December, we’re making changes to address the issues that affected our community in 2017 so we can prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube. A big part of that effort will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great.

Back in April of 2017, we set a YPP eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views. While that threshold provided more information to determine whether a channel followed our community guidelines and policies, it’s been clear over the last few months that we need a higher standard.

Starting today we’re changing the eligibility requirement for monetization to 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators like you. They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.

On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. When they reach 1,000 subs and 4,000 watch hours they will be automatically re-evaluated under strict criteria to ensure they comply with our policies. New channels will need to apply, and their application will be evaluated when they hit these milestones.
Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this threshold will be paid what they’ve already earned based on our AdSense policies. After thoughtful consideration, we believe these are necessary compromises to protect our community.

Of course, size alone is not enough to determine whether a channel is suitable for monetization, so we’ll continue to use signals like community strikes, spam, and other abuse flags to ensure we’re protecting our creator community from bad actors. As we continue to protect our platform from abuse, we want to remind all of you to follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines, Monetization Basics & Policies, Terms of Service, and Google AdSense program policies, as violating any of these may lead to removal from the YouTube Partner Program.

LG V30 – Audio Review – Speaker, Bluetooth, Type C, Wired – Over 12 Different Headphones Compared

Welcome to my LG V30 Audio Review. This review covers the loudspeaker, bluetooth headphones, type c headphones and wired headphones. Over 12 different types of headphones used for the review.

To recap, the LG V30 embraces the 3.5mm headphone jack and adds a Quad Dac. The Quad Dac can drive headphones up to 600 ohms. However, I would recommend up to 300 ohms max and dependant on the sensitivity of the headphone as well. Over 50 ohm headphones trigger the high impedance mode of the Quad Dac to ensure proper amplification. Sub 50 ohms and a wider dynamic range is engaged.

The Quad Dac features high end options from being able to choice digital filters, an equaliser and even supports the new high resolution streaming format MQA.

So now sit back and enjoy the LG V30 Audio Review!

Useful Links with Latest Pricing

High Impedance Headphones

VE Monk Plus – http://amzn.to/2mtZdZj
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 ohm – http://amzn.to/2AYqk42
Sennheiser HD 660s – http://amzn.to/2FARBxd
Sennheiser HD 579 – http://amzn.to/2DaDNer

Bluetooth Headphones

Sony WH-1000MX2 – http://amzn.to/2DaDT5N
Sony WF-1000X – http://amzn.to/2qZfafE
Optoma NuForce BE Free8 – http://amzn.to/2DbXRhn

In Ear Headphones

Sony In Ear headphones – http://amzn.to/2DfPAb8
Sennheiser In Ear headphones – http://amzn.to/2DaOSgn

Sennheiser HD 660s Headphone Review – The legend continues

Welcome to my review of the new flagship headphone from Sennheiser. The £429 Sennheiser HD 660s replaces the legendary HD 650 which was first sold over 10 years ago. So can the new HD 660s take the crown. Short answer is yes. But here’s why?

Design

From a design point of view the HD 660s look nearly identical to the outgoing 650’s. In fact, all the spare parts from the 650 will fit the new 660s. From a longevity point of view you are buying an investment and should you need to change pads, cable, in fact anything, you can just order the piece you need. The 660s take on a black paint job, with the Sennheiser logo on the grills and instead of the name Sennheiser spaced out across the top of the headband, it’s just placed on the left side. See video for visuals.

Comfort

The headphones are massive. Large ear pads comfortable fit over any ear. However, the clamping force is reasonable and due to the larger size might cause some people a little discomfort. With care it is possible to gently stretch the headband. I can wear these for hours and hours. However, I do find the cheaper HD 598s lighter and more comfortable.

Sound and Specs

The outgoing HD 600 and HD 650s were 300 ohms and therefore required some decent amplification to extract the most out of them. The 660s are now an easier to drive 150 ohms with a sensitivity of 104db. The frequency response is 10 – 41,000 Hz. Sennheiser designed these to work from some of the newer portable music devices like the LG V30 or Fiio Personal music players. However, these really need beefy amplification with decent voltage outputs to fully obtain music nirvana.

Before I tested these headphones, I gave them a 200 hour burn in. However, as you do, I had a quick listen straight out of the box and was instantly impressed. Now after 200 hours this is my verdict. The 660s are extremely detailed. Huge soundstage which has great positioning too. Speed and attack are present as well. With some of my favourite jazz, I had the hairs on my arm raise. There are very few headphones that can recreate that level of atmosphere and musicality. Bass is precise and not overdone. Being open back, you can hear everything around you and likewise anyone in the same room will hear what you are listening too. The open back design is what helps provides such a huge soundstage.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Sennheiser HD 660s are highly recommended. They have a legendary musicality and will deliver you years and years of satisfaction.

Useful Links

Sennheiser HD 660s latest pricing and more info on Amazon UK

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Top Cases Reviewed

Huawei Mate 10 Pro, top cases reviewed. When you have a beautifully designed phone like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the last thing you would want to do is put a case on it. Unfortunately, if you don’t, one simple drop could end in tears. Glass no matter how strong, scratches and cracks.

So I have looked at a range of cases from different companies looking at a number of factors and then picked a winner. I will leave some links to the cases at the end. My favourite case for the Mate 10 Pro, is also the same case that I use for the Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30+.

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 10 Pro cases on Amazon UK

USB C to 3.5mm Adapters Reviewed & Explained

USB C audio is a complicated mess. Very few manufacturers have adopted the format is the same manner, some doing their own thing and others following the system incorrectly. In my video below, I take a look at several different types and explain the differences, what works and what doesn’t. Due to the changing landscape, this is still an evolving landscape too!

Useful Links

USB C to 3.5mm adapters on Amazon UK