Bone Conduction Headphones vs Normal

Bone Conduction Headphones (Black)
Bone Conduction Headphones (White)
Bone Conduction Headphones (Red)

Alright everyone, check it out!  What is this strange device I’m holding in my hands?  Is it the visor from Star Trek?  What’s the difference between bone conduction headphones vs normal headphones?  I’ve been so curious about these, I had to order them and have the experience for myself.

First off, these are a new release on Amazon and is titled as Bone Conduction Headphones, yet the company name and other more descriptive text has been omitted from the listing which is a little confusing for people trying to search for this specific model online.  The brand is actually called Yakiee, which is yet another new Chinese company looking to acquire a share of the market.  As commerce in China has been increasing, the quality has been improving as well while still maintaining a very affordable price.  If you’re looking for the best that money can buy, this is not the answer, however, it is a strong contender when comparing the overall value of similar products at the same price. 

The headphones come in three different color options:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red

It also comes with a USB to micro charging wire as well as a short and easy to follow instruction manual.  The headphones need to be charged up for 3 hours before use and deliver 6 hours of continuous power, 30 hours in idle mode, which is more than enough for average use throughout the day.  The bluetooth connection is maintained up to 33 feet away from the pairing device.  These headphones are very easy to pair to a phone and connect right away.  There is also guided voice direction that allows the user to know what to do, which makes the manual, though useful, not necessary. 

Bone Conduction Headphones vs Normal ImageThe headphones are worn near the ears for an open ear experience with the head band resting on the back of your head.  This is the main difference of bone conduction headphones vs normal headphones.  This allows the user to still hear outside sounds as well as the music and or phone conversation audible from the speakers positioned next to the ears.  There is also a microphone with noise cancelation technology which provides enhanced audio quality to the person listening on the other end.  Watch the video for the full report and if you’re interested in purchasing, select your desired color by clicking on the links above. 

Bone Conduction Headphones (Black)
Bone Conduction Headphones (White)
Bone Conduction Headphones (Red)

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COWIN E7 Pairing Headphone Review with Sound Test

COWIN E7 (Black)
COWIN E7 (White)
COWIN E7 (Red) 

Fest your eyes on the Cowin E7’s.  With over 7,000 mostly 5 star review on Amazon, I was very curious to get my hands on these popular headphones.  Before they arrived I read a lot about them and watched a bunch of product reviews.  My first thoughts upon arrival is that the actual headphone box though sturdy, is quite small, especially compared to other headphones I’ve purchased in the past.  I wondered why I never heard of the Cowin brand before and that’s because it’s a Chinese company indicated by a good amount of Chinese characters written on the back.  The E7’s come in three different colors – black, white and red.  Cowin E7 pairing headphones have a stylish design and I’m happy to say that for the price, the overall quality has exceeded my expectations. 

Cowin E7 Pairing

What excites me most about these headphones is the Cowin E7 pairing bluetooth wireless technology. I own a lot of headphones and these are the first ones that can actually pair to a device. It was super simple to set up and only took seconds.  Another interesting feature is the ability to block outside sounds by enabling noise cancelation.  I will be conducting a sound test later in this video that demonstrates the sonic differences between both settings.  These are my second noise canceling headphones and I was curious to compare them to my Audio-Technica Quiet Point ATH-ANC7’s – which cost at the time of purchase, over $100 more than the E7’s.  The results were surprising.  With that being said, let me give you an up close and personal tour of the Cowin E7’s.  

See Video for Sound Test
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Cowin E7 Pairing HeadphonesAfter reviewing the audio recording, I can promise you that they sound much better in person and that there is a difference between the two settings, me strongly favoring having noise cancelation enabled.  The actual sound quality of these headphones are colorful and fun but lack definition in all ranges especially the bass.  There is bass but it’s quite boomy and not contained very well.  The mids and highs are also not as brilliant as I’d like but sound pretty good for the price.  Weather or not this is a good buy depends on what kind of listening you plan on doing.  If you’re looking to purchase them to block outside sound and listen for recreational purposes, then I definitely think these are a good buy.  But if you really need sonic clarity and plan on using the headphones for music production, it’s going to be difficult to make accurate mixing decisions.  Another downside though minor, is that the headphones do not automatically turn off, when not in use and I’ve mistakenly left them on many times.  To compensate for this, it’s nice to know that the battery life is really good and had a decent amount of charge from the moment I opened the box.  Overall, I’m happy with my purchase and look forward to using them when traveling.

COWIN E7 (Black)
COWIN E7 (White)
COWIN E7 (Red)  

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Shure SRH940 Headphone Unboxing and Honest Review

Check out the Shure SRH940 headphones here!

Here’s my unboxing and HONEST review of the Shure SRH940 Headphones!

INTRO

If you’re looking for headphones with superior sound, the Shure SRH940 headphones deliver exactly that. Designed for critical listening, studio monitoring and mastering, these headphones are like having a magnifying glass for sound. They deliver accurate response across the entire audio spectrum for smooth high-end extension with super tight bass. The transient response provides minimal distortion that can easily be worn for long periods of time thanks to the luxurious velvet padding.

Some notable features of this Shure headphones model include:

  • accurate frequency response
  • a closed back design for comfort and reduced background noise
  • a bayonet clip which securely locks the wire into the ear cup
  • lightweight ergonomic fit with premium padded headband
  • collapsible design with 90-degree swivel ear cups

Of course the company Shure has been around for a long time and has an industry standard reputation for legendary quality.

Shure SRH940 Headphones
Shure SRH940 Headphones

After listening to Finesse I went on to listen to a bunch of different styles of music, especially of songs that I know very well. I listened to some classical music and heard another dimension of the headphones that had tremendous depth and warmth. It felt like I was actually in the room when the recording was being made! The most surprising thing about these Shure headphones is that when I listen to recordings that I know very well, I notice a lot of new things that I’ve never heard before! To me that is super cool and totally gives new life to my favorite songs!

So far I’ve mentioned a lot of positives but there is one draw back in my opinion and other people seem to agree from the reviews I’ve read online. For the size, they actually feel pleasantly lighter than you might expect. But to achieve this light weight design, the construction is not as sturdy as I’d like and I feel like they need to be handled with care.

CONCLUSION

I definitely would not put these in a recording studio to withstand the wear and tear of session musicians. But for personal use, if you want the highest quality audio experience possible and are prepared to treat them like the delicate treasure that they are, I highly recommend them.

Check out the Shure SRH940 headphones here!

Shure SRH940
Source: https://www.shureasia.com/products/applications/listening/studio_monitoring

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M Audio Keystation 49 | An HONEST Review

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This is my honest review of M-Audio’s Keystation 49. This is the second Keystation 49 midi controller that I’ve owned so I have years of experience with this controller. I even talk about how my first one got damaged and how to avoid that from happening in the future. The greatest thing about this controller is that its four octaves yet at the same time, VERY portable and easy to travel with.

m audio keystation 49 midi controller

JBL 305P MkII vs LSR305 Series – Powered Studio Monitor Review

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JBL LSR305 vs 305P MkII Studio Monitors – What’s The Difference?

Are you looking for a new pair of studio monitors that sound amazing but won’t break the bank!?  Well look no further because I’m about to tell you all about the incredible JBL 305P MkII Powered Studio Monitors and also how they compare to the original LSR305 Series.  Stay Tuned. 

JBL’s LSR305 Studio Monitors were release towards the end of 2013.  Since then they’ve been widely acclaimed as a force to be reckoned with by audiophiles and novices alike.  Taking the world by storm, the monitors are extremely detailed at surprisingly a very affordable price point.  This is due to a variety of factors but the main star of the show is JBL’s patented Image Control Waveguide which I will talk about in greater detail later in this video.  This technology is so effective that many critics compare these monitors to other more expensive monitors that greatly exceed JBL’s price many times over.  With that being said, it’s hard to improve on something so solid and widely embraced, yet from a marketing perspective, JBL seems to have done it again. 

JBL 305P MkIIThe next-generation JBL 305P MkII powered studio monitors, also known as the 3 series, were released in early 2018 and once again, makes legendary JBL performance available to every studio.  At a very similar price, they offer the same stunning detail, precise imaging and a wide sweet spot that makes the music sound balanced no matter where you listen in the room.  The impressive dynamic range enhances the critical listening capabilities of any modern workspace and sports a new sleek, glossy design, though not everyone sees that last part as an improvement.

I’m going to cut right to the chase because these monitors have been reviewed by a lot of people and I don’t want to rehash the same information.  Yes, they are elegant, relatively compact and sound pretty amazing in comparison to other monitors at virtually any price point.  Now that that’s out of the way, let me address some comments I’ve seen on other review sites as well as the Reddit form.  I’ve noticed that many people are having a difficult time finding a concise comparison between the original model and next generation release.  After doing my own research and listening for myself, I can honestly say that the sound is very similar.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since the original series is so strong yet I’m reminded of the old saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

It seems like this next generation release is a marketing celebration to keep the JBL series relevant in the market place and fresh in people’s minds.  Though it might be confusing, there’s nothing wrong with this as it’s a competitive and necessary thing for a company to do.  People always want the latest and greatest new thing no matter how good last years model was.  After all, the same number 305 is used so that right there should let you know things are going to be pretty similar.  To those fascinated by shiny objects, there is a new glossy look around the tweeter, presumably to attract more attention but to those including myself who love the original matte finish, this change is not necessary and actually takes away from the professional look.  This obviously has nothing to do with the sound and is completely an esthetic preference. 

Upon comparing the specifications directly from the JBL website, both respective pages were set up differently so it was difficult to make an easy visual comparison between the two models.  To make things more obvious, I’ve compiled all the information onto a spread sheet that organizes this information in a clear and concise way.  Feel free to pause this video and take a screen shot if you’d like to really analyze the numbers.  As to be expected, upon close examination of the specifications, each speaker is quite similar with slight modifications to the weight, dimensions, Low Frequency Trim Control, Max Peak Input and Frequency range. 

In terms of an audible difference, the next generation 305P Mark 2 has a new tweeter that seems to have a smoother transient response due to the use of ferro fluid that dampens the motion which I prefer over the LSR305.  The optimized woofer causes the low frequency to be more linear and solid through its range so it can be pushed harder while staying centered without distortion.  Lastly, the boundary EQ is a great addition depending on where you position the monitors in your room.  If they are too close to the wall, you’ll want to experiment with this to smooth out the frequency.  In most acoustic settings however, I recommend leaving the knobs flat as they are already optimized.  Despite these improvements, some people say that the 305’s are perfect and cannot be improved upon.  At this point in time, in terms of what can be done with a 5” woofer that might be true.  Perhaps the real upgrade has to do with the Mark 2 line expanding to now offer a 6” version which is a nice addition to the family

So what exactly is Image Control Waveguide?  This feature is the secret sauce of both the original and 305p models.  The wave guide is located around the tweeter and looks like a horn but is actually a patented technology that gives a broader sweet spot meaning where ever you stand in the room, the sound will be even.  There is also more detail in the high frequency with the ability to hear more reverb and actually sense microphone placement.  In the visual realm, this is like developing a TV that looks just as good from the sides as from viewing it head on.  The subtle details can be heard, even in a dense mix.  This makes the Mark 2 sound great in virtually any room and is what has created its strong reputation of being extraordinary speakers.

In terms of the success of this monitor from a marketing standpoint, it’s a complete and total smash.  Like the performance of the original model, the 305p is filled with mostly 5 star reviews on amazon.com and is one of the most popular monitors on the market today.  Obviously there is good reason for this and the majority has spoken.  If you’re someone who likes to go against the grain, these are not for you but why be different when clearly these monitors work.  If you’re a producer, it’s cool to know that since this monitor is so popular, many other people are going to hear your music exactly the way you intended for it to sound!

So are the 305P’s right for you?  You’ve heard the phrase, know thyself, well when it comes to getting a great mix that’s easy and intuitive, know thy monitor.  When selecting a monitor it’s important to listen critically by testing your favorite music – tracks that you’ve listened to many times.  If it sounds perfectly mixed to your ears, then those are the monitors for you.  This is really important because if you’re mixing on monitors that have for instance less bass than the sound that you hear in your mind, all of your mixes will be bass heavy when you listen on different speakers.  Therefore, there really are no good or bad monitors objectively, the most important thing is that you find a good match in terms of what you want and expect your music to sound like. 

I was extremely impressed with the imaging of the 3 series from the moment I heard them.  Over the years I’ve mixed on a variety of monitors and have gotten used to their imperfections.  Through experience, I know how to compensate for what I’m not hearing and still know that it’s right.  The nice thing about mixing on either of the 305 models is that things sound exactly how I expect them to, so there is no guessing, compensating or imagining necessary to achieving a perfect mix. 

If you love the sound of the JBL 3 series but are looking for some extra depth, JBL makes a companion active sub woofer that will definitely make you feel the vibrations deep in your chest!  The LSR 310S 10” is a low frequency driver for deep, dynamic bass response at all playback levels.  No matter how awesome your monitors are, a sub makes all the difference and completely fills out the low end adding a feeling of power.  The custom designed drive in the 310S delivers deep low frequency response into the 20 Hz region and below, which actually is outside the range of human hearing, however you will be able to feel the difference.  They pair perfectly with both the 305 models. 

Despite the already low price, it is possible to purchase these monitors for even cheaper if used or refurbished.  But since there’s no way of knowing how a previous owner treated the monitors, its best to buy them new.  The amount of money saved is usually not worth the gamble and you’ll never know if the monitors sound as good as they should. 

So let’s recap real quick.  Overall, both the LSR305 and 305P contain a very high level of detail.  Being super critical and comparing against speakers costing 10x’s the price, I would say the 305P is lacking in euphoric’s.  However for the price, this is trivial due to the simple fact that they’re able to be compared to some very high end systems. 

In terms of making a decision between the original vs the 305P MkII, we’re splitting hairs here so if you’re on the fence, there’s no need to stress.  Since both models are a quality choice, you might as well flip a coin because either option is going to sound amazing in your space.  What’s the final verdict?  Sonically they are very similar and most people absolutely love the original 305’s.  With that being said, it really is a matter of taste and for the record,  my vote goes to the original LSR305 Series. 

Well, that’s all for now.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and found it helpful.  If you learned something new, please give this video it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.  If you’re interested in purchasing a pair for yourself, there are links in the description for both models.  Thank you for your support!

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