Sennheiser HD 579 Headphone Review vs Sennheiser HD 598

Welcome to my review of the Sennheiser HD 579 headphones with a comparison to the Sennheiser HD 598.

The HD 579 is part of the new HD 500 Series. The HD 579 is a headphone that provides premium performance and great value. They are powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology and feature the ‘Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement’ design.

Using the HD 579 was a great experience. For a fraction of the price compared to high end audiophile headphones, The HD 579 was approaching high end audiophile sound reproduction. The open back, around ear headphone design delivers a lovely natural tonal balance with a wide soundstage and spatial performance. Comfort is one of the best with proper large ear cups fitted with plush velour ear cushions. Treble and mid range is detailed and not tiring. Speed and timing is excellent with a decent amount of bass.

As these are open back headphones, they let all the music leak from them and at the same time you can hear everything going on in the outside world. Sennheiser do have a range of closed back and noise cancelling headphones for those days when you need no disturbances! So for commuting, these are not the headphones to use. At home and in quiet environments they are ideal. They are also easy to drive. Tested with the Google Pixel 2 XL using the USB C dongle and also with the LG V30+. The pairing with the LG V30+ was exceptional.

So how do these compare with the older HD 598. They are pretty much identical. The HD 598 are marginally easier to drive and have a slightly wider frequency range. In real life its hard to tell them apart. I felt the bass on the HD 579 was marginally better.

Conclusion

The Sennheiser HD 579 headphones are highly recommended and represent great value for money.

Useful Links

Sennheiser headphone info and deals on Amazon UK

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LG V30+ First Impressions – 128gb storage & Headphone Jack with Quad DAC & Wireless Charging

Welcome to my first impressions of the LG V30+. The V30+ is exactly the same as the V30 except it has double the storage at 128gb instead of 64gb.

Notable features include (and I suggest you read these as they are impressive)

Hybrid Sim – either dual sim or single sim plus micro SD card (some markets just single sim plus micro SD card)
IP68 dust and water PLUS MIL-STD-810G compliant
Wireless Charging
3.5mm headphone jack with a QUAD DAC 32-bit/192kHz audio, B&O Play certified,24-bit/48kHz audio recording, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
6 inch P-OLED QHD screen 18:9 aspect ratio
– Gorilla Glass 5
– Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
– Always-on display
Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540
– Android 7.1.2 – Oreo rolling out now
– 64gb or 128gb storage, 4gb ram
Rear cameras – Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, 1 µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec
– Front camera 5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12 µm)
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD (with Oreo update, Sony’s LDAC codec is added)
Stereo FM radio with RDS
– USB C Connector
– Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, colour spectrum
– Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm Small size
Weight 158g Quite light

Before I get to the video review section, I just want to emphasise the specs above again, as the LG V30+ has nearly everything you could dream in a phone. It also looks gorgeous. Below are a few first shots from the camera.

Camera Samples

The camera is a beast, so many options too. The photo that looks like it has had a filter applied was actually snapped with a filter pre applied. The camera shoots in 4:3 at max MP. All I have done is cropped afterwards to 16:9.

First Impressions plus look at the Interface and Camera

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Amazon’s Boxing Day Sale – All the Deals in one place

Amazon’s Boxing Day Sale started today. To browse all available deals – http://amzn.to/2zxFI6E

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Razer HammerHead USB C Headphones Review vs Sennheiser Momentum

Welcome to my review of the Razer Hammerhead USB C headphones. Whilst these are made specially by Razer, these are quite unique at the moment being terminated with a USB C connection. Razer also has included a special DAC for an improvement performance.

I tested these with the Razer phone, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and a MacBook Pro and then compared then to the Sennheiser Momentum in ear headphones. So it back any enjoy the review.

Last Minute Christmas Deals on Amazon – My Picks of the Best Deals on Sunday 16th December

Just finished browsing the “Last Minute Christmas Deals” on Amazon this morning to see what’s what. These are all the best deals on Sunday 17th Dec http://amzn.to/2Bw8ABv

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Honor 7X Review – Another classic phone from Honor

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Welcome to my review of the Honor 7X.

The Key Features

– 5.93-inch display with IPS Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio
– Kirin 659 chipset, 4gb ram, 64gb storage
– Storage expanded for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card
– Dual rear camera setup that features 16mp and 2MP sensors for depth sensing
– Front camera is a 8mp
– 3,340 mAh battery
– 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm
– Weight 165g
– Android 7.1 and EMUI 5.1 – update to Oreo and EMUI 8 in New Year
– 3.5mm headphone jack
– Micro USB, no NFC

Camera Samples

In good light the Honor 7X takes good shots. Wide Aperture mode, Portrait mode are all present making the camera a good offering. In low light images are soft.

Video Review

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Amazon’s Last Minute Christmas Deal Sale – The Best Picks from Today’s Offering

Just noticed today that Amazon has started its “Last Minute Christmas Deals”. I am so pleased I held off on a couple of items, as they are now on offer as a deal of the day. Here are all the Christmas deals http://amzn.to/2BbiOaf

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones Review – Audio Nirvana without the wires

Welcome to me review of the Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones.

The Key Features

– Adaptive noise cancelling
– Advanced Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX-HD for hi-res streaming Natural UI, APT-X , SBC & AAC
– Built-in sensors handle functions like stopping audio playback when you remove the headphones
– World class acoustics from 40mm full range drivers Premium materials and build quality
– Rechargeable battery (up to 22 hours of battery life)
– Mobile companion app for personalising audio playback
– Inputs: 3.5mm stereo jack for optional wired playback USB-C (Audio, Battery charging, and Firmware update)
– Drive units: 40mm diameter Full Range Drivers
– Performance: 10Hz to 20kHz Frequency Range
– 22 ohms (passive) Impedance
– <0.3% (1kHz/10mW) Distortion (THD) 111 dB/V at 1kHz Sensitivity 1V Maximum input power
– 335g weight
– 4 x mics for ANC
– 2 x mics for telephony clear voice communication

Video Review

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Honor 7X – #MaxYourView #I00I – First Photos from the Camera!

The Honor 7X features a dual rear camera setup with a 16mp + 2mp rear lens. The front camera is 8mp. I wanted to share some photos from the rear camera to give you an idea of photo quality.

The Honor 7X captured the colours of this shot fairly accurately.

I like how the Honor 7X coped with shooting in to the sun. I really like this pic.

Another reasonable shot.

Again a well balanced shot. All the photos were taken in auto mode.

Honor 7X – First Impressions plus Camera

Yesterday, Honor launched the Honor 7X, its new budget offering with a stunning full view 18:9 display. In fact the whole phone looks lovely as you will see in the video below.

The Key Features

– 5.93-inch display with IPS Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio
– Kirin 659 chipset, 4gb ram, 64gb storage
– Storage expanded for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card
– Dual rear camera setup that features 16mp and 2MP sensors for depth sensing
– Front camera is a 8mp
– 3,340 mAh battery
– 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm
– Weight 165g
– Android 7.1 and EMUI 5.1 – update to Oreo and EMUI 8 in New Year
– 3.5mm headphone jack
– Micro USB, no NFC

In my first impressions video, I take a closer look at the camera interface and photo editing app with a few samples too. I will be producing a camera showcase, so stay tuned for this over the coming weeks.

First Impressions

Honor View 10 (V10) First Impressions – The AI Phone from Honor

Honor revealed their new flagship phone the Honor View 10. In other countries the phone is known as the V10.

The Honor View 10 has an impressive feature list which includes –

– OS Android 8.0 + EMUI 8.0
– CHIPSET Huawei Kirin 970, Octa-Core (4*2.36 GHz+4*1.8 GHz)
– BATTERY 3,750 mAh
– CAMERA Main dual camera: 16MP + 20MP, Front camera: 13MP
– STORAGE ROM: 128GB, RAM: 6GB, Expandable storage: up to 256GB, Micro SD
– CONNECTIVITY 4G TD-LTE/4G LTE FDD/3G WCDMA/2G GSM; Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz; Wifi 802.11 a/n/ac, 5GHz; – – Support Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0
-SIZED Dimensions: 157mm(L) x 74.98mm(W) x 6.97mm(T), Weight: 172g
– SIM SLOT TD-LTE/FDD LTE/WCDMA/GSM, SIM card 1 (SIM only), SIM card 2 (SIM or microSD card up to 256 GB)
– FINGERPRINT sensor, NFC and headphone jack
– SENSOR Ambient light sensor, Compass, Status indicator, Accelerometer
– EXTERNAL INTERFACE Micro-USB 2.0, mircoSD, 3.5mm headset jack
– OUTPUT 5V/4.5A

First Impressions

Google Pixel 2 XL – Camera Review & Showcase

Welcome to my Google Pixel 2 XL Camera Review and Showcase. First let’s take a look at the key features of the Pixel 2 XL.

Key Features

– Android Orea with a minimum 3 years OS updates and security patches
– Fullscreen 6.0in display QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi, 18:9,3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, Always-on display, 100% DCI-P3 coverage, 100000:1, super contrast ratio, True black level, Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colours
– Rear Camera Rear Camera, 12.2MP, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, Optical + electronic image stabilization, f/1.8 aperture, Rear Camera Video 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps,4K @ 30fps
– Front Camera Front Camera 8MP, 1.4μm, f/2.4 aperture, Fixed focus, Front Camera Video, 1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 30fps, 480p @ 30fps
– Processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835,2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz, 64Bit Octa-Core, Adreno 540, Security module
– 4gb ram, 65gb or 128gb storage
– Media & Audio – Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm® AptX™ and AptX HD™ audio codecs supported, USB-C™ port to use with your own USB-C digital headphones
– Headphone Adapter to connect a 3.5mm jack to your Pixel
– 3 mics Noise suppression
– Battery 3520 mAh battery, Up to 7 hours of go with 15 minutes of charge
– Sensors Active Edge™, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Pixel Imprint: Back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
– IP67 water and dust resistant

So the Google Pixel 2 XL features a decent specification, but just how amazing is its camera? Lets find out now.

Video Review

Conclusion

The Google Pixel 2 XL makes photography easy with some incredible post processing. Video stabilisation is one of the best too. Highly recommended.

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