Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro Headphone Review

I don’t know of anyone who does not like music. One of the most popular ways to enjoy your music is through a pair of headphones. But not all headphones are created equal. If your music is important to you, and you like quality sound, than Beryerdynamics could be brand you look into. And if you really appreciate a premium product that provides stellar sound, the Beyerdynamic  DT 1990 Pro could be for you.

Features and specs:
  • Open-back studio reference headphones for mixing and mastering
  • Handcrafted in Germany
  • 250 ohms, 45-mm dynamic Tesla neodymium driver
  • Single-sided, detachable cable with mini-XLR connector
  • Soft, replaceable ear pads and headband for long, drawn-out studio sessions
  • Included accessories: two pairs of velour ear pads with different sound characteristics (analytical and balanced), two pairs of cables (3 m straight and coiled cable), premium hard case

  • Transmission type Wired
    Headphone design (operating principle) Open
    Headphone impedance 250 ohms
    Headphone frequency response 5-40,000 Hz
    Nominal sound pressure level 102 dBSPL (1mW/500Hz)
    Remote Without Remote
    Construction Circumaural (around the ear)

    The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro came in a nice looking box, with photos of the headphones with it’s features and specs on the box. It looked standard so far, but that’s where standard stops. Opening the box I found a semi-hard case, that used a zipper to open and close the case. Opening the case, revealed an extremely well made pair of headphones. Surprisingly, materials used in the headphones were mostly metal, or more metal than most headphones. There was also some soft plastic, soft leather, and plush velvet earpads. Also included are a second pair of earpads, and two sets of detachable cables. The quality of materials used, as well as fit and finish, were excellent! The Bererdynamic DT 1990 Pro are a premium pair of headphones, one of their upper line. They are actually handmade in Germany, and the quality and attention to detail shows!

    I’m still taken back by the quality. Starting with the semi hard zippered case, you get a feel for what you are in for with the product. It had a premium feel to it. Opening up the case revealed a custom molded case to hold the different pieces. The headphones were held well securely in place. But it also had a slot that held an extra pair of soft velvet earpads.   Built in at the top of the case was a soft zippered pouch.

    In the pouch were two sets of cables, one of which was a coiled cable. So whichever style of cable you prefer, you’re covered. Many headphones will come with a ¼” adapter so your headphones can be used with a home stereo system. Here, Beyerdynamic included not just one, but two of them. And the cables came shipped with them already screwed into each cable, secured in place. It was a nice touch. The cables were also a very premium set, being a soft plastic with a premium feel, and thick for good quality. The 3.5 mm tip is gold plated. The other end is a mini XLR cable. It is an excellent connection, with a built-in latch that holds the cable securely in place in the headphones ear cup. And you can feel it click into place. I absolutely LOVE IT!

    Pulling out the headphones themselves, I was extremely impressed! The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro are an open back design, and looking at the earcups you can tell. The earcups are an extremely high quality metal design, that also has a type of mesh for that open design. I was extremely impressed, but it didn’t stop there. I also loved the soft velvet ear pads that also employed memory foam. The head band was a soft black leather. They can also be considered investment quality, as they are built very well, to give years of service. I couldn’t wait to actually try them out and hear how they sound.

    With as impressive as they looked and felt in hand, I couldn’t wait to try them out. They were very simple to adjust the headband, to get the right height for me. The ear cups also swivel, so you get a good fit around your ears. And the soft velvet ear pads are so soft! The only downside is on long listening sessions they got warm and sweaty. They’re really comfortable for those long sessions, they just got me a little sweaty is all.

    Now it’s time for the good part; the listening test. At first, I went to my trusty tracks that I like to go to for reviews. I soon found myself going all throughout my music collection, listening to different songs. I ended up just getting lost in the music, because they are that good sounding. I would say that to me, their overall sound signature was very natural, and neutral. They were neither overly bright nor warm. They played the music the way it was meant to be heard.

    The sound that they delivered was nothing short of outstanding. I have spent over 40 years around pianos. The harmonics and resolution that you can hear when you stand next to a piano being played is very hard to reproduce. Recording a piano is easy. But getting it to sound completely natural is extremely difficult! While not perfect, they were one of the best I have heard for piano. Everything else sounded excellent as well. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, the clarinet sounded really crisp and woody in the reed, being able to hear excellent resolution such as the breathing technique. Piano had nice dynamics and low level harmonics with no detectable coloration. Bassoon had nice texture and clear tonguing. The soundstage was huge, and the imaging was precise. Horns were smooth and not overly brassy. Steve Miller Band: Swingtown, had crisp percussion, and vocals that were silky smooth with nice timbre. I felt like I was right next to them in the recording studio. Michael Jackson: Don’t Stop Till you Get Enough, again threw a big soundstage. This track has so many instruments and a ton of energy, and it all came through in spades. This is a very well recorded track. And when you can hear room acoustics come thru, then you know you are looking at a stellar pair of headphones. Through them you will hear details you have never heard before in your music. Metallica: Sad but True, had nice datail in the percussion and cymbals. Kick drum had nice depth and impact.  To really test the bass output, I turned to my old school Techmaster PEB: Activate, and Time to Jam. Wow! The bass was clean, deep, extending below the audible limits, and played with authority that surprised me.

    This has been a very pleasant, yet difficult review, all at the same time. The sound quality of the Beyerdynmamic DT 1990 Pro has to be heard to be appreciated. And that was the problem for me. I kept getting lost in the music. I kept finding myself listening for enjoyment, and not subjectivity. So I had to keep reminding myself to stay on track. I guess that’s probably the best compliment that can be given. With the excellent build quality, comfort to wear, and amazing sound quality, it’s a perfect sample of synergy. At an MSRP of $599, it’s not for everyone. I think Ferris Bueller said it best. “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” It is choice. And it’s now my new reference model for my own personal listening. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Beryerdynamic DT 1990 Pro has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at


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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    2016 Annual Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

    You know fall is upon us when you see everyone gearing up for Halloween. And when Fall is here, you also know it’s time for our Holiday Gadget Gift Guide. This year we have some excellent products in our gift guide, from a good range of different product types. As we always do with our gift guide, below are descriptions, photos, and the review schedule for our gift guide. We always do full product reviews for each product in our gift guide. Hopefully, our gift guide will give you some great ideas for manufactures and their products. And if any in particular perk your interest, check back for it’s full review.

    If you are looking for some wireless in-ear monitors, the Byron BT Wireless could be for you. They are small in-ear headphones and will connect up to your smartphone with Bluetooth. Some of their key features are Bluetooth 4.1, aptX for hi-fi sound, and 7.5 hr play time. And they came from a company Beyerdynamic, who knows headphones.  MSRP is $100.  Review is scheduled for week ending 10/30/16.

    Looking for some really high end headphones? The Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro could be just the ticket. They are high end handmade in Germany quality. The ear pads are ultra soft velvet for those long listening sessions. Construction quality is top notch, as is their sound. And there is no need to worry about getting a short in the cable. They are detachable, so they can be replaced.  MSRP is $600.  Review is scheduled for week ending 10/23/16.
    If you want to tap into your creative side, creating your own music is one way to do it. And the Creative Soundblaster R3 lets you record these personal recording sessions on your PC or laptop. It’s as simple as plugging in the Soundblaster R3 to your computer, and plugging in one of the two included mics to the device. It’s a musicians dream.  MSRP is $100.  Review Is scheduled for week ending 11/13/16.

    Computer speakers have come a long way. And so has Creative with their Creative T50 Wireless. They look like computer speakers, and they also have the needed connections for your computer. But thanks to their built-in Bluetooth, the computer is not needed. They could be used in your office, bedroom, or kitchen, to wirelessly listen to your music.  MSRP is $200.  Review is scheduled for week ending 10/30/16.

    Worried about what happens if crap hits the fan? More and more people are getting the same concerns. Enerplex has you covered with their energy solutions. Their Kicker IV and Jumpr Stack 9 are a portable power solution. Now thanks to solar power, if you choose to bail out of the city and get off grid, you can still have communications with your cellphone.  No need to worry about your cell battery dying.  The Kicker IV solar charger would charge the Jumpr Stack 9 power bank, which can be used to charge your cellphone when the sun is down.  MSRP is $100 for Kickr IV and $80 for the Jumpr Stack 9.  Review is scheduled for week ending 11/13/16.

    Harman Kardon has for many years been a reliable brand for quality sound. With their Omni 20 wireless speaker system, not only can you listen to your music through wireless Bluetooth, it will also play the high resolution music. But if that wasn’t enough, you can link multiple Omni 20 speakers together, to give you a whole house music system, that way you can have the same music playing all throughout your house.  MSRP is $300.  Review is scheduled for week ending 12/4/16.

    Kenwood for many years, has provided one of the biggest and best bang for the buck in car audio. They perform well, and give a lot of features. And if you are an Audiophile and want the best sound as well as all the best features, they have you covered there too. Enter the Kenwood Exelon DNX893S. It’s a double din car stereo receiver with DVD player, Navigation, Bluetooth, HD Radio, High-Resolution Audio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, so yes, it’s loaded! MSRP is $1,300.  Review is scheduled for week ending 12/11/16.
    Kenwood has also gotten into other car electronic products. Enter the Kenwood DVR-410. It is a high resolution dashcam. It automatically records all of your travel, so now you can go back and watch all of your scenic travels. But it also has built-in sensors, like motion detection as well as GPS, so if you were ever to get into a car accident, the footage is locked down so it can be used as evidence.  It even has a parking mode, for protection while you are away from your car.  MSRP is $200.  Review is scheduled for the week ending 11/6/16.

    Magellan has long been known for their great car GPS products. Now they are also doing dash cams. But their Magellan MiVue 420 is not your typical dashcam. It is Super HD, recording in 1296 P. It also has features like lane departure. MSRP is $180.  Review is scheduled for week ending 11/20/16.

    Do you do biking? Sigma Sport has you covered. Bike riding at night can be fun, but to do so, a light is a must. But for mountain biking, it needs to be bright. At 2000 lumens, the Buster 2000 can light up any on or off road path.  The included power bank gives you plenty of burn time.  And it even comes with a helmet adapter, and wireless remote to change brightness settings no matter how you have it mounted.  MSRP is $250.  Review is scheduled for week ending 11/27/16.

    The holiday season can always be a difficult time.  After all, not everyone is easy to shop for.  Whether or not you have a loved one who is difficult to shop for, hopefully we have given some good ideas for some holiday gifts.  All of these products in this years gift guide are excellent products, and would make for a great gift.

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    Friday, September 30, 2016



    New Razer Kraken Pro V2 and Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headsets feature larger 50 mm custom-tuned drivers for balance between in-game audio and team communications, a unibody aluminum metal frame for extended durability, and redesigned ergonomics for maximum comfort and zero fatigue.

    IRVINE, Calif. – Razer, the leading lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the all-new Razer Kraken Pro V2 and Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headsets. They bring a comprehensive list of new updates to the original design to meet the increased demands of eSports athletes and enthusiast gamers today.
    Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset

    50 mm audio drivers for balanced in-game audio and communications
    Improved audio performance in the Razer Kraken V2 headsets center around two custom-tuned 50 mm drivers. These are larger than those found in previous generation Kraken headsets, delivering a wider frequency range that is perfectly balanced between in-game audio and team communications.

    The Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 also features an advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine that allows complete customization to pinpoint positional audio specific to an individual gamer.
    Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 gaming headset

    Unibody aluminum frame for extended durability
    The Razer Kraken V2 headsets are constructed with an all-new unibody aluminum frame that is more durable and flexible than other commonly used headset materials. 

    It has been tested extensively to withstand drops, bending out of shape, added weight, rough handling, and more. The result is a headset that is truly ready for all the rigors of pro-gaming.

    Designed for maximum comfort and zero fatigue
    The headband was designed for balanced weight distribution and reduced clamping force to maximize comfort during lengthy gaming sessions.

    The ear cushions are larger, softer, and better sound-isolating than before. In addition, they are easily interchangeable, with a choice between circular or oval shaped-designs* allowing for a personalized fit.

    In addition, the new ear cushions feature special inmold channels which enable specs-wearing gamers to wear the headset free of strain after extended game play.

    *Oval shaped ear cushions sold separately.

    Crystal-clear communication
    The microphones on both the Razer Kraken Pro V2 and Kraken 7.1 V2 offer a unidirectional recording pattern and convenient retractable design.

    Unique to the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 is an active noise-cancelling digital microphone, activated via Razer Synapse, which lets gamers cut through the noise at LAN events to deliver crisp, clear communication to teammates.

    “We designed the Razer Kraken V2 headsets to deliver the best eSports-focused experience,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Pro-gaming athletes of today will excel thanks to the Razer Kraken V2’s powerful 50mm custom-tuned drivers, highly durable unibody aluminum frame and redesigned ergonomics for maximum comfort.”

    The new Razer headsets are available for pre-order starting Oct 3rd. For more information, visit

    Razer Kraken Pro V2 analog 3.5 mm gaming headset
    USD79.99/EU89.99 – Pre-orders start Sept 29th 2016
    Worldwide – Oct 2016

    Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 digital USB gaming headset
    USD99.99/EU109.99 – Register your interest
    Worldwide – Oct 2016


    Razer Kraken Pro V2
    ·         50 mm audio drivers custom-tuned for balanced in-game audio and communications
    ·         Unibody aluminum frame for extended durability
    ·         Designed for maximum comfort and zero fatigue

    Tech specs
    ·         Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
    ·         Impedance: 32  @ 1 kHz
    ·         Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 118 dB
    ·         Input power: 30 mW (Max)
    ·         Drivers: 50 mm, with Neodymium magnets
    ·         Inner ear cup diameter: 56 mm / 2.2 in.
    ·         Connection type: Analog 3.5 mm
    ·         Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft. plus 2 m / 6.6 ft mic splitter adapter cable
    ·         Approx. weight: 322 g / 0.71 lbs.
    ·         Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
    ·         Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
    ·         Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
    ·         Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

    In-line controls:
    ·         Analog volume control wheel
    ·         Microphone quick mute toggle

    Audio usage:
    ·         Devices with 3.5 mm audio jack

    Audio + microphone usage
    ·         Devices with 3.5 mm audio + mic combined jack

    System requirements
    ·         PC / Mac / PlayStation® 4 / Xbox One*
    ·         Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.9 (or higher)
    ·         Internet connection for driver installation
    ·         At least 100 MB of free hard disk space

    *May require an Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter (not included)

    For more information on the Razer Kraken Pro V2, please visit

    Razer Kraken 7.1 V2
    ·         Advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine for pinpoint positional audio
    ·         Active noise-cancelling digital microphone for crystal-clear communication*
    ·         Unibody aluminum frame for extended durability

    *Active noise-cancelling only available on PC

    Tech specs
    ·         Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
    ·         Impedance: 32  @ 1 kHz
    ·         Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 123 dB
    ·         Input power: 30 mW (Max)
    ·         Drivers: 50mm, with Neodymium magnets
    ·         Inner ear cup diameter: 56 mm / 2.2 in.
    ·         Connection type: Digital USB
    ·         Cable length: 2 m / 6.6 ft.
    ·         Approx weight: 346 g / 0.76 lbs.

    ·         Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
    ·         Signal-to-noise ratio: > 55 dB
    ·         Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB
    ·         Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

    System requirements
    ·         PC / Mac / PlayStation® 4
    ·         Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.9 (or higher)
    ·         Internet connection for driver installation
    ·         At least 100 MB of free hard disk space

    For more information on the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2, please visit

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    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    ASUS Launches updated G11 Gaming Desktop

    ASUS Launches updated G11 Gaming Desktop
    -- ASUS G11CD now features the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 10-Series graphics cards for the ultimate VR and Gaming experience --
    Fremont, CA (September 23, 2016) -- If you want to get into PC gaming, it doesn’t get much better than theASUS G11 gaming desktop. ASUS is excited to announce availability of the next-generation G11 gaming desktop powered by a selection of 6th-generation Intel® Core™ processors and featuring the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 10-Series graphics cards. 

    ASUS G11 takes gaming visuals to a whole new level, allowing gamers to experience the latest games at their ‘Ultra’ settings in 4K UHD, or be immersed in a multi-display gaming setup on up to three HD displays. In addition, G11 provides gamers low latency and plug-and-play compatibility with leading VR headsets driven by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies for even more immersive gaming worlds.

    The ASUS G11 features a unique gaming inspired chassis design, along with a central LED array on its front fascia capable of showcasing up to 8-million different colors with various light effects. In addition, G11 features Aegis II software to improve the gaming experience, with GameAlive allowing gamers to record and edit gameplay videos to share on social media.

    For a complete overview on the ASUS G11CD along with performance results in the latest games, please visit EdgeUp ASUS for additional details.
    ASUS G11CD is available now at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America with a MSRP starting at $1199. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

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    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    New Sekonic SpeedMaster L-858D.

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