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Review of the UBSOUND Dreamer Headphones – A disappointingly made and sounding headphone

Pros: Packaging and presentation, lows, isolation for an on-ear headphone
Cons: Overall sound quality, design and looks, build quality

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 5/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 6.5/10
Sound Quality: 6.5/10
Value: 6.5/10
My final Rating: 6.5/10

Review Date: October 2015
Review Price: £80

UBSOUND Dreamer - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Clara from UBSOUND for sending me the Dreamer headphones for review.

The headphones can be found on AmazonUK for around £80 and on AmazonUSA for around $100. There’s a small difference in price between the UK and US versions. As I live and review from the UK – the price tag I will be reviewing this at is the £80 price tag.
More information about the headphones can be found on UBSOUND’s website.

Here’s my video review on the headphones:

Let’s get to this written review!

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Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones Review – Good looks, average sound

Pros: Packaging and accessories, build quality, design and looks, isolation for an on-ear headphone
Cons: Overall sound quality, comfort for some users

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 7/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Review Date: July 2015
Review Price: £150

First of all I would like to thank Sennheiser for sending the headphones out for review. I was intrigued to hear how the Sennheiser Urbanites would compare to other portable headphones, such as the AKG K545s which I own and have reviewed, among others in its very competitive space.

The Sennheiser Urbanites can be found on AmazonUK for around £150 and on AmazonUSA for around $120. Unfortunately, there’s a massive difference in price between the UK and US versions. As I live and review from the UK – the price tag I will be reviewing this at is the £150 / $240 price tag. The version I was sent is called “Nation” – it can be found in various different colours.

Sennheiser Urbanite - Design

Here’s my video review on the headphones:

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Review of the SoundMAGIC P30S Portable Headphones – A solid on-ear performer

Pros: Overall sound quality, accessories, clever 3.5mm jack design, foldable, mic capabilities, PC connection
Cons: Slight microphonics, odd headphone connection

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Purchase Date: April 2015
Purchase Price: £70

SoundMAGIC P30S - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me these SoundMAGIC headphones for review.
They can be bought from a variety of sources including:
AmazonUK for £70
The non-mic version on AmazonUSA for $50

More information on the SoundMAGIC P21S can be found on their website.

Before getting into this written review, here’s my video review:

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Review of the SoundMAGIC P21S Portable Headphones – One of the best all-round on-ear headphones I’ve ever come across

Pros: Overall sound quality, design and looks, comfort, accessories, clever 3.5mm jack design, foldable, mic capabilities, PC connection
Cons: Slight microphonics

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 10/10
Audio Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: April 2015
Purchase Price: £50

SoundMAGIC P21S - Headphones

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me these SoundMAGIC headphones for review.
They can be bought from a variety of sources including:
AmazonUK for £50
The non-mic version on AmazonUSA for $40

More information on the SoundMAGIC P21S can be found on their website.

Before getting into this written review, here’s my video review:

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Review of the Creative Sound Blaster Jam – An extremely lightweight & multi-functional Bluetooth headphone

Pros: Lightweight design, NFC & Bluetooth functionalities, mids, comfort, PC compatibility
Cons: Lows, build quality and functionalities

Build quality: 7.5/10
Comfort: 9/10
Overall sound quality: 6.5/10
Isolation: 6/10
Microphone/Call quality: 8.5/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £40 price tag)
Overall rating: 8.5/10

Creative Sound Blaster Jam - Style and Design

 

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me the Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth headphones for review. For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on Creative’s website. The headphones can be found for £40 on AmazonUK and around $50 on AmazonUSA.

Here’s my video review:

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Kennerton (Fischer Audio) Magister Headphone Review – An all-round outstanding headphone

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, looks and design
Cons: Comfort (headphone clamp), availability

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 9/10
Comfort: 6/10
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 9.5/10

Purchase Date: August 2014
Purchase Price: £475 / $800

First of all I would like to thank Sergey and the team at Fisher Audio for sending me these for review.
They can be bought from Kennerton’s website for £475 / $800. For specs and more detailed information about the Magister, check their dedicated page on the headphones for more information.

Kennerton Magister - Design

Before getting into my written review, I thought to also share my video review, which I created to complement the review:

When I was first told I was going to receive the FA-003Ti-W Bog Oak, I got excited as I was interested to see the difference the previous model (FA-002W) had over these new 003ti. To my surprise when it turned up at my doorstep, it wasn’t the headphones I expected and had a “Kennerton” logo on it and had a different cup on it too. At first I thought it was a modified version of the 003ti (due to being able to change cups from FA directly) – but with a little Google’ing around, it quickly became apparent that the Kennerton model were a different breed all together.
You might be asking yourself – who is Kennerton or how I got one via a Fischer Audio contact. It’s quite simple and explained on their website: “Kennerton is a luxury brand of Fischer Audio”. It all made sense now and I was honoured to have received the headphones for review. With a hefty price tag of £475 / $800, I was very much intrigued to see how they performed. The Kennerton Magister was in my hands – and I couldn’t wait to review them, so without any further introduction, let’s get into it!

Kennerton Magister - Inputs

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Review of the EOps Noisezero O2+ with Comply Headphone Pads – The most comfortable on-ear headphone experience

Pros: Comfort, design, portability, wire
Cons: Isolation, availability, mids

Packaging & Accessories: 2/10
Build Quality: 8/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Isolation: 5/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 6/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 6.5/10

Purchase Date: December 2013
Purchase Price: £75-£100

EOps Noisezero O2+ - Adjustable

First of all, I would like to thank Breanna over at Comply Foam for sending me these headphones to review.
These headphones were the first headphones to feature the Comply Foam Headphone Pads. Comply are well known in the audio world for making earphone tips which are comfortable and isolate well for in-ear users. However, Comply had never made any headphone pads before – it had been requested a few times over their years of operation and finally Comply has ventured into the headphone market. The only thing that’s a shame right now is that Comply don’t offer the headphone pads as a standalone product, that can be purchased; Instead they are pads that are already made in partnership with other manufacturers, such as EOps Noisezero. I personally can understand Comply’s logic as they can’t simply make loads of different headphone pads, if they aren’t popular or well known. It would be a huge investment on their part and possibly a huge loss.
In the way that Comply have gone about this, teaming up with some manufacturers (and hopefully with many more in the future), it will give them the courage to offer their headphone pads as a standalone product, like they do with their earphone tips. This would be incredible in the headphone market, as many audiophiles are known for changing pads. Even myself, as an audio enthusiast, I’ve changed the pads on my Denon AH-D2000’s (Lawton Audio Pads) simply because they isolated better and gave me better comfort, over the stock pads that Denon provide. In other words, more options for consumers is always nice to see and always well received, as it isn’t forced upon and can be seen as an upgrade in the headphones’ comfort.

I’ll home into the comfort section of the pads in the “comfort” section of my review. However, as with all reviews I do, I will be looking at every aspect of these headphones and thus reviewing the headphones and not only the pads. Let’s not forget you, the consumer will be buying the headphones for not only comfort (although that might be a big factor for you), but also the rest of the package. So, If you want to know how good or bad the Comply Pads are, then skip to the comfort section. If however you’re interested in the headphones and would like to know how the Comply Pads deteriorate or improve the headphone’s experience, then read on!

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