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Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand review

Welcome to my review of the Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Stand which works with Apple’s MagSafe and the iPhone 12 range. It retails for £59.

In my video review, I have compared it to two other options.

Key Features

  • 2-in-1 WIRELESS CHARGING – features a magnetic wireless charger designed for iPhone 12 (7.5W) and a designated wireless charging pad for your AirPods Pro (5W) to power both devices with ease
  • MAGNETIC & HANDS-FREE – equipped with a built-in magnetic wireless charger, the Stand elevates and recharges your iPhone 12, while its adjustable ball mount allows you to maneuver for optimal hands-free viewing. Ideal for FaceTime calls.
  • CHARGE YOUR AIRPODS PRO – includes a designated wireless charging pad for your AirPods Pro with a grooved indentation for perfect placement and to prevent it from sliding around
  • ELEGANT DESIGN – with an ultra-sleek stainless steel and aluminum build, the Stand complements your Apple devices and adds an elegant touch to your nightstand or home office setup
  • COMPATIBILITY – iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12 & AirPods Pro/AirPods with wireless charging case. iPhones without magnet will not be supported. Includes USB-C cable, adapter plug sold separately

Video Review

Conclusion

A sturdy, well made and design magnetic wireless stand. Highly recommended 9.1/10.

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Hidizs MS2 Hybrid Dual Driver HiFi Earphones review

Welcome to my review of the Hidizs MS2 Hybrid Dual Driver HiFi Earphones that retail for £74.99.

The Key Features

  • Featuring a Hidizs Titanium Plating Dynamic Armature Driver & Knowles Balanced Armature Driver. MS2 equipped 10.2mm large dynamic driver with dual voice coils and chambers, which offer more natural, elastic bass and full. The Knowles 33518 balance armature has excellent resolution and expandability. MS2 owns professional circuit AVX tantalum capacitors, reduce noise at audio frequency, ensure noiseless clear filtering and high fidelity in the passing of audio signals.
  • Quad-core High-purity Wires & Gold-Plated Socket. The MS2 in-ear headphone has mixed braiding of quad-core high-purity wires, which quad-core wires are nicely braided by 60 high-purity silver wires and 60 high-purity oxygen-free copper wires. Silver wires for a brilliant and clean sound. MS2 has a detachable 0.78mm 2-pin gold-plated socket design, which can be used for more applications. MS2 has an elegant rose gold distributor and a 3.5mm exquisite gold-plated plug.
  • Skin-friendly Resin Body & Phosphorescent Panel. The MS2 uses skin-friendly resin body and phosphorescent plate. The customized resin body has a more ergonomic natural fit, which can ensure long-term wearing comfort, skin-friendly. And MS2 in-ear monitor wears a shiny phosphorescent faceplate presenting amber feelings, with beautiful rainbow shards and elegant Hidizs logo inside, showing Hidizs unique Aesthetic.
  • Custom Carrying Box & Good Selection of Accessories. Hidizs specially MS2 customises the earphone carrying case. High-quality metal panel, built-in full-surround silicone, effective shock and drop resistance. The magnetic closure mechanism keeps the IEM in place. At the same time, MS2 has clear eartips and balanced eartips, including 6 pairs of silicone eartips, and a good selection of accessories.
  • Hi-Res Certified & Compatibility. Hi-Res Audio is a quality recognition given by JAS and CEA, a standard sought after by music lovers and audiophiles and it became a synonym for high-end audio equipment. The In-Ear Earbud Headphones work with all Androids, PC tablets, MP3 players and other devices with a standard 3.5mm jack.
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-40kHz
  • Impedance 18 ohms

Audio Tracks used for the Review

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving 
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains 

Video Review

Conclusion

One of my all time favourite IEMs. Extremely musical and engaging. Highly recommended. 9.2/10.

Useful Links

Hidiz YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHdIkXTuzpb2oYoH4wxU6A/about

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HiFiMan HE-R10P vs HE-R10D

Welcome to my comparison between two superb headphones from HiFiMan. The HE-R10P and HE-R10D.

The R10P is the planar magnetic version and retails for $5,499 versus the R10D which is a dynamic driver version. This retails for $1,299. That’s a price difference of $4,200.

In terms of specification for the R10P, see below –

  • Frequency response – 10Hz – 60kHz
  • Impedance – 30 ohm
  • Sensitivity – 100db
  • Weight 460g

And for the R10D, the specification is –

  • Frequency response – 15Hz – 35kHz
  • Impedance – 32 ohm
  • Sensitivity  – 103db
  • Weight – 337g

In terms of sonic differences, there is a lot to talk about, so click on the video below to find out more.

Comparison Video

Useful Links

https://hifiman.com

HiFiMan HE-R10D review

Welcome to my review of the HiFiMan HE-R10D which retail for $1,299. These are a closed back dynamic driver headphone from HiFiMan.

Key Features

  • Frequency response 15Hz – 35Hz
  • Impedance 32 ohm
  • Sensitivity 103db
  • Socket 3.5mm balanced
  • Weight 337g

The HE-10D are the dynamic driver version of the HE-10 range which includes a planar magnetic version, the HE-10P. My review of the HE-10P went live yesterday. Tomorrow, my comparison between the two headphones will be up on my website.

The HE-10D feature large wooden ear cups which allow for sufficient breathing space and volume for the music to shine. They also feature a topology diaphragm which has a nano particle coating applied to its surface, giving a more natural and detailed sound. Finally, they are carved by CNC from wood and aviation aluminium.

The headphones come in a beautiful box with 3 high quality cables.

  • 1.5 metre 3.5mm cable
  • 3 metre XLR balanced cable
  • 3 metre 1/4 inch cable

Music tracks used to test the headphones included –

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving 
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains 

Video Review

Conclusion

The HiFiMan HE-R10D are an amazing closed back headphone from HiFiMan that are easy to drive and sound terrific. Highly recommended 9.1/10.

Useful Links

https://store.hifiman.com/index.php/he-r10-dynamic.html

HiFiMan HE-R10P review

Welcome to my review of the HiFiMan HE-R10P which retail for $5,499.

Key Features

  • Frequency response 10Hz – 60Hz
  • Impedance 30 ohm
  • Sensitivity 100db
  • Socket 3.5mm balanced
  • Weight 460g

The HE-10P are the planar magnetic version of the HE-10 range which includes a dynamic driver version, the HE-10D. My review of the HE-10D will follow tomorrow, and the day after that will features a comparison between the two of them.

The HE-10P feature large wooden ear cups which allow for sufficient breathing space and volume for the music to shine. The true nano thickness diaphragm also has a sub micro thickness coating. Finally, they are carved by CNC from wood and aviation aluminium.

The headphones come in a beautiful box with 3 high quality cables.

  • 1.5 metre 3.5mm cable
  • 3 metre XLR balanced cable
  • 3 metre 1/4 inch cable

Music tracks used to test the headphones included –

  • Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered)
  • Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
  • Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master)
  • Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged)
  • Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop
  • Natalie Merchant – Ophelia
  • CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley
  • K.D. Lang – Constant Craving 
  • Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons
  • Hans Zimmer – Mountains 

Video Review

Conclusion

The HiFiMan HE-R10P are an outstanding closed back headphone from HiFiMan that are easy to drive and sound terrific. Highly recommended 9.4/10.

Useful Links

https://store.hifiman.com/index.php/he-r10-planar.html

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro Headphones review in 2021

Welcome to my review of the infamous Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro which retail for anywhere between £400 to £600. The price varies depending on stock availability versus demand.

Key Features

  • Circumaural headphones for high-end studio use
  • 250-Ohm, 45-mm dynamic Tesla neodymium driver, Nominal sound pressure level: 102 dBSPL (1mW/500Hz)
  • Single-sided, detachable cable with mini-XLR connector. Frequency Response : 5 Hz – 40,000 Hz
  • Soft, replaceable ear pads and headband for long, drawn-out studio sessions

Video Review

Conclusion

In 2021, the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro headphones are a beast of a headphone, that deliver knockout sound and rock solid build quality. Highly recommended 9.7/10.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

Welcome to my review of the OnePlus Wireless Z earphones that retail for £51.

Key Features

  • Quick charge 10 mins for 10 hours
  • 20 hour battery
  • Low latency
  • Quick switch between 2 devices 
  • Magnetic on off control with buds 
  • 9.2mm dynamic driver 
  • 28g weight 
  • USB C 
  • Button – quick switch, volume, skip track, phone calls voice assistance 
  • IP55 
  • Bluetooth 5
  • 3 x silicon earbuds & usb cable in the box

Video Review

Conclusion

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z are a surprisingly good set of earphones. The quick device switching, good sound and low cost make these an easy recommendation. 8/10.

iFi iPowerX review – upgrade audio / video & more

Welcome to my review of the iFi iPowerX ultra low noise AC/DC power adapter.

The iFi iPower X retails for £99.

Key Features

  • Ultra-low noise DC adaptors that can be used for iFi products and other devices that require a silent power supply
  • Removes unwanted electrical noise introduced by noisy stock wall warts or plugs to provide a steadier and more reliable current to your device, including turntables, media streamers, phono stages, routers, DACs, audio interfaces, and LED studio lighting
  • More defined digital video with Active Noise Cancellation 2, which filters out spurious frequencies introduced by common household equipment that would interfere or muddy your entertainment experience
  • Comes with 5 different barrel tips (as well as micro USB and USB C tips with the 5v version), to ensure use with a wide variety of devices
  • 5V, 9V, 12V, and 15V versions are available so pick the correct version for your equipment.

Video Review

Conclusion

The iFi iPower X is a superb product that makes a difference when used with audio products, lighting and any other electronics. 9/10. Highly recommended.

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iFi ZEN DAC v2 review

Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN DAC v2 which retails for £159.

The Key Features

  • Compact Digital Analogue Converter for home audio, office, or desktop use
  • Connect via USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible) input from your USB source such as a computer or Digital Audio Player (DAP). Output to headphones, active speakers, or amplifier with 6.3mm Unbalanced / 4.4mm Balanced / RCA connections
  • Hear familiar songs in a whole new light with rich detail and warm natural tones created by the Burr Brown True Native digital to analogue converter which can process any hi-res audio format up to PCM 384kHz/24 bit, DSD256, DXD 384kHz, and decodes MQA all without additional conversion so you can listen exactly as the artist intended.
  • Variable analogue volume control, PowerMatch adjustment for iEMs/On & Over Ears, and TrueBass to add bass to iEMs and a new and improve low jitter clock with >20dB improved performance, you can listen to your music with smoother, cleaner, playback.
  • New 16 core XMOS chip that now decodes MQA and runs DSD 256 on the same firmware. Original version had a 8 core XMOS chip and was a MQA renderer.
  • Military Grade Aluminium makes up a sturdy and sleek exterior.

Video Review

Conclusion

An exceptional DAC from iFi audio. Great clarity and detail with superb musicality. Brings your headphones to life. 9.8/10. Highly recommended.

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How to edit ProRaw Photos on your iPhone

Welcome back everyone. Today, I am going to show you how to edit ProRaw photos on your iPhone. Currently only the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max support Apple’s ProRAW.

There are 3 parts to the tutorial –

Part 1 – The correct camera settings

Part 2 – The camera app interface

Part 3 – Editing the ProRAW photos

And finally as a bonus, there is a gallery at the end of 60 photos all shot in ProRAW, to show you what’s really possible.

If it helps, below is the time stamp, so you can go back or forth as required. If you are never going to edit ProRAW pics, I thoroughly recommend viewing the gallery.

0:56 The correct camera settings 

3:06 Editing ProRAW 

15:35 ProRAW Photo Gallery – 60+ shots 

I hope you enjoy this video.