Sennheiser RS 170 - Review

6 months ago

Sennheiser RS170 Headphones

I've owned these guys for 6 months. The combination of audiophile quality sound and the freedom of a wireless system have me wondering why I had not bought these any sooner.

Not originally being in the market, I ordered a pair of these based on the sheer wow-factor surrounding Sennheiser's ad campaign. Ironically while shipping, my previous pair of Sennheiser HD 212Pros catastrophically broke. The left headphone wire split loose from the grip, just below the adaptor pin. I had the older headphones for around 6 years and they decided to break as my new ones were only hours from my front porch—good headphones, good.

Technically, they're awesome. Just have a look at their specifications. Their fully rechargable Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries provide the headphones with enough juice to last 24 hours. They have an impressive frequency response of 18 Hz to 21 kHz. This means that you can hear every part of the audible spectrum and then some. Many lower frequencies within this range are inaudible, so you can only feel the effects. The wireless range isn't bad on these either. Up to 260 feet from the receiver is plenty as long as you don't run away.

One major drawback: portability. I knew when I ordered them, that the charging base was going to involve some sort of limitation. But somehow the idea of the charging base becoming a stationary appliance was never considered. In order to use the headphones on another device, you either need to have the devices close enough to reach with the audio cable or completely unplug and move the base to the other device. That said, there's still very little compromise. I bought these for my workstation which often seconds as an entertainment center. So they have quite a few different uses from a single location.


Audio Quality: 10

Comfort: 10

Compatibility: 10

Durability: 9

Value: 10


Overall: 9.8 out of 10


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Distillatia

4 months ago

Artist: Wabuf - Track: Distillatia

The goal of this composition is to communicate a feeling of stability in a mechanical environment or where machines work together. Much of the percussion was sampled directly from raw noise frequencies, then chopped to serve as a snare, hi-hat, or cymbal; emulating machine noise or beeps. Each movement uses familiar elements from the previous in different ways for the development of the track.

This is the first published track which I have personally sampled guitar. My current setup allows for fairly easy, high quality sampling. I use Propellerheads Reason 7 for my all-in-one DAW and an AudioBox bridge to bring my guitar's analog signal into Reason. Since Reason is rack-based, I can essentially ditch my amp and effect pedals. Reason does it all live, and through much more sophisticated equipment. This means I can change amplification type, amount, effects, filters, and so forth .. all after recording! The less time spent on recording, the higher the quality of composition and overall audio production.


All original tracks are and will always be free to download.
Other compositions such as remixes, reworks, etc. depend on consent from the originating musician(s).

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Familiar Surroundings

2 years ago

Roaring Fire

Ohey, long time no see! A little facelift as far as visuals are concerned, but what was really revamped cannot be seen by the untrained eye. I have taken my code–for a normal Blog-type page, from an average range of 180-200 lines down to a mere 15-20! I have done this through meticulous concatenation of PHP. Into each, I’ve woven strings into small modules and these modules into proprietary widgets. For example, the timestamps on each post are exact, yet made readable through simple English. This is only a reduction of each file's size. The number of files will greatly increase, but this comes off as being more organized when it comes to the directory list.

For once, I have linked author pages to the posts. Currently just me posting–no surprises. In the future however, I may have others post their ramblings and accompany a private area from which they can author their content.

Everything that moves is jQuery. No animated GIFs or messy Flash embeds here! It's safe to say that jQuery has saved my life. I never had the best understanding of plain JavaScript, but always needed its many useful functions. jQuery cuts a lot of coding time and real-estate. The coding language is a library seated on top of the heavily supported JavaScript web-plugin. Very easy to install, fairly easy to impliment.

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Ubuntu Invasion

3 years ago

Ubuntu Logo

When most, normal people think of computers, they think of problems, blue screens and wasted time. This is likely the reason most people make the switch from Windows to Mac. For the last 5 years, I have used a different operating system: Ubuntu Linux. All the way back from the first release Warty Warthog, I loved the different look and feel of the Linux distribution. After exploring different software and features, I realized how powerful Ubuntu really was. When the newer distribution alphas and betas came out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new designs and latest technology. When it comes to new releases for Windows and Mac like 7 and Snow Leopard, there are little to no changes made to the user interface design. No real, tangible features. Yes, maybe optimized background processes and a new button here or there but when it comes to new features and customization ability, Ubuntu has had the most groundbreaking updates to date. Of course, with every good thing, there are going to be spin-offs and in Ubuntu's case, there are plenty of imitators. I have tried many of these Ubuntu imitators such as Mint, Manhattan and Sabayon. The biggest problem with them is that they improve on one area but neglect others; Such as driver support, which can deter most people.

So if I was so happy with Windows, why did I ever leave my comfort zone in the first place? Truth is, I never left Windows. I have been dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows since Ubuntu came out. The reason I added a Linux-based operating system to my arsenal is because--like everybody else-I often have problems with Windows such as viruses where I become locked out or restricted access to files. Having Ubuntu separate of Windows gave me a place to go where I could access all those files and possibly repair the issue. Since these problems rarely happen anymore, I still keep Ubuntu around to fix family and friends' computers with such problems. I have found that Ubuntu is also a great data-recovery resource. About a year ago, my laptop's hard drive failed, mid-sentence (literally). So I removed the hard drive and plugged it into my Ubuntu Desktop and recovered the paper I was typing and all my important files successfully!

In general, Ubuntu would be great for someone looking for a good internet, email and text editing system. After all, that's all most people want out of a system. More than anything, people want a system that's reliable. A major plus for Ubuntu is its cost: free. All I have to say to the big operating systems is, watch out.

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