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Antlion Audio ModMic 4.0 Onni-Directional Review – A comparison with the Uni-Directional ModMic

Pros: Better overall recording quality over the Uni-Directional ModMic, less popping sounds, can be fitted on any headphone, packaging and accessories, flawless mute functionality, cable length
Cons: Picks up more external sound than the Uni-Directional ModMic, cable gets tangled, needs a (cheap) soundcard to work without static noise, slightly more sensitive than the Uni-Directional ModMic

Review date: February 2016
Review price: £46

Antlion ModMic 4.0 Omni - Headphones

First of all I would like to thank Antlion for sending me the Omni-Directional mic for review, after having reviewed the Uni-Directional ModMic 4.0, I was really intrigued to know the differences both in terms of the updated overall package and what the Omni-Directional ModMic 4.0 could offer. The Omni-Directional ModMic can be found for £46 on AmazonUK and $55 on AmazonUSA. I opted to receive the version that had the mute switch.

Furthermore, Antlion also sent me their USB soundcard for review, which I’ll also briefly mention in this review! It can be picked up for $10 on their site.

In order to give you a live-recording of the two ModMics, I suggest watching my video:

Let’s get on with this written review!

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Review of the FIDUE A65 – A unique sounding earphone with an elegant design

Pros: Build quality and design, lows, accessories, overall looks
Cons: Mids, jack design, lack of cable cinch

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8.5/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Review Date: February 2016
Review Price: £50

FIDUE A65 - Build quality

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me the FIDUE A65 (pronounced: Fid-oo). They can be found for £50 on AmazonUK and at $65 on AmazonUSA.
Given I’ve heard quite a few things about FIDUE, I was curious to see how they would sound and compare to some earphones I had around the house. Mainly my all-time favourite under £50 earphones, the Fischer Audio Consonance (which has disappeared off the face of the earth due to being discontinued). I was therefore intrigued to see how they would compare to the FA’s and also to the cheaper SoundMAGIC E10s that can now be found for around £30 and something that’s more expensive, such as the DUNU Titan 1 that can be found for £90.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

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HAVIT HV-KB366L RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review – The best built keyboard in its price range!

Pros: Design and build quality, RGB colours, clicky-sound is satisfying (subjective), price
Cons: No wrist rest, not a well known Chinese switch manufacturer,  no additional accessories, RGB colour is per section and not individual, heavy switch to type on (subjective), little bit of key cap flex, available in US layout only

Build Quality & Accessories: 8.5/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Review Date: October 2015
Review Price: £70 (can be found in the US for cheaper at $90)

HAVIT HV-KB366L - RGB colours

First of all I would like to thank Gary from HAVIT for sending me the keyboard for review.
After having previously reviewed various mechanical keyboards that had various different mechanical switches on them, I was intrigued to see what HAVIT had in store. I’ve previously been really impressed with the price to performance ratio from HAVIT products – where they’ve been able to produce good quality products at an affordable price.

The HAVIT HV-KB366L can be found for around £70 on AmazonUK and around $90 on AmazonUSA. As you’ll be able to see from the conversion rate, the price in the US is much more favourable, however as I am based in the UK, I will be reviewing it at the UK pricing and availability.
On another note, this keyboard can unfortunately only be bought in a US layout. At the time of writing there’s currently no UK layout available, which can be a deal breaker for some.

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the HAVIT HV-KB366L:

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Review of the SoundMAGIC E80 Earphones – An incremental upgrade over the E10

Pros: Looks, comfort, package contents, overall sound quality
Cons: Cable cinch

Packaging & Accessories: 8.5/10
Build Quality: 8.5/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 9/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Review Date: August 2015
Review Price: £65

SoundMAGIC E80 - Design

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me out the SoundMAGIC E80 for review.
After having reviewed the SoundMAGIC E10 I was intrigued to hear what the E80 had to offer and more so, what the extra £30 would grant me.

The E80 can be bought on AmazonUK for around £65. I wasn’t able to find it on AmazonUSA, but if with time that changes I shall update it here.

More information on the SoundMAGIC E80 can be found on their website.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

 

Let’s get on with the written review!

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Denon AH-D600 Review with a comparison to the AH-D2000 headphones

Pros: Mids, accessories, comfort
Cons: Build quality, isolation

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 7/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 8.5/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Purchase Date: February 2014
Purchase Price: £200

Denon AH-D600 - Looks

I received the Denon AH-D600 headphones from Little Red Rooster PR. I should note that the pair I received had an acknowledged defect in the headband. I mentioned this to the PR agency via a private YouTube video and they did state: “It isn’t supposed to be like that” – I waited over 6 months to receive a replacement pair, and after persistent asking I never received another D600 pair. My experience with the PR agency was horrible and turned sour very quickly (as they wanted glowing reviews and not honest ones). I’m a man of principle and always stick to my word when it comes to producing honest reviews. If this means losing a PR contact, then so be it. I won’t ever be “bought out” by any PR agency, nor will I succumb to someone preventing me from completing my review.
What I’m trying to say is: I received a defective pair (build quality wise) – however decided to mention it in my review and NOT direct my review into a negative spiral. Just because I received a defective pair, doesn’t mean the headphone should be slandered – but instead it should be mentioned so that consumers are aware of the flaws of the headphones.
The PR agency on the other hand – I would strongly suggest against (I wasn’t the only one that had a negative experience with them) and I’m surprised they’ve got such a major brand like Denon under their belt. I’ve dealt previously with Denon, directly via their marketing manager (which unfortunately left Denon) and had an amazing experience with them. Thus, my regards fro Denon hasn’t really dropped – but the quality of their headphones on the other hand will be discussed in this review. Especially in comparison to the older line, more specifically the (modded) Denon AH-D2000 that I happen to own, use and have reviewed.

You can purchase the D600’s from AmazonUK for around £200 & AmazonUSA for $280.

Before getting into the written review, I composed a video review a few months before this written review, which can be found here:

With that introduction aside, let’s get into this written review!

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New Swype BETA 1.0.3 – Overview, pictures and comparison with the old Swype BETA 3.26

Swype is an input method for touchscreens where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a tapping predictive text system in the same interface. Swype is designed for use on touchscreen devices with a traditional QWERTY keyboard. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II running Windows Mobile.
The Swype software was developed by Swype Inc. In October, 2011, Swype Inc was acquired by Nuance Communications.
-Thank you Wikipedia.

Swype, as some of you might know recently went through a few changes (June 2012). This was by far one of the biggest updates the Swype BETA keyboard has gone through. Swype for me, personally, was one of the features that I fell in love with, when I first set my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 – The I9000 had Swype built in, not too long after Swype BETA came out, which was a keyboard that would be used on almost any Android device. To my surprise I didn’t find it included in the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300, and set out to find Swype. Before continuing let me state that there is a built in “Swype” feature, that is linked to the Samsung keyboard, however I felt, after using it a little while, that the built in version, that wasn’t a separate keyboard was far less accurate and intuitive than Swype, the separate keyboard.

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Comparison & review of 3 portable amplifiers: FiiO E11 / Soundmagic A10 / DigiZoid ZO2

Introduction

What started off by a 1 line sentence to a PM, ended up being a review
I don’t have much experience with amps – apart from the FiiO E1, E3, E5, and nor do I have that much “burn-in” time with all these amps – but thought to share my opinions. Of course they might change, but I doubt it.

I was in the “market” for a portable amp. Now when I mean portable, I mean it. I didn’t want to be carrying around a E7 which is bigger and wider than my actual phone – this is not, for me at least, the definition of portable.
Its like saying headphones are more portable than IEM’s (like the Denon AH-D2000’s vs the Future Sonic Atrio M5/MG7’s)

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Sony MDR-EX510 Review – Comparison with the Sony MDR-EX500

Pros: J Shape cable design, mids, look/design, accessories, price
Cons: Isolation, not as much mid-bass as the EX500’s

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 8.5/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 8/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: £40

My work colleague bought the EX510’s after my recommendation. I had previously owned the EX500’s and found them in being one of the best sub £50 earphones – So I logically thought, that the EX510’s were going to be the same. These EX510’s cost 50€, which is around £40. So, they do still remain sub £50, but the question is, do they match the EX500’s and their legacy?

Let’s get into the review and find out!

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