Archive for June, 2017

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro for your Mixing and Mastering Needs

Beyerdynamic DT 1990Beyerdynamic is a German manufacturer of some great headphones and headsets of all kinds. We’ve done reviews of their products several times in the past. The headphones we are going to review today is specifically made for those who are into mixing and mastering music.

These headphones are top of the line and very well designed. They are pretty spendy, at $599, but from the pros reviews- they are worth the many pennies.

Here is what you get- the headphones come in a nice, semi-hard carrying case. It really has a rich, professional look. You have two sets of ear pads. Both have a soft, velour material to provide comfort. There are balanced pads for the bass. The analytical pads are softer and have a neutral sound, and I found them to be a bit more comfortable. The thing with these headphones is that they are heavy- although, well padded, so I suppose they are comfortable for what they are, but I couldn’t imagine wearing them for hours at a time.

They also come with 2 lockable connecting cables. One is a straight cable, and one has coils. The straight cable is 3 m long. The coiled able is 5 m long if stretched out. Each cable connects to the headphones via a 3-pin mini XLR cable connector that clicks into place. I found it challenging to disconnect the cord, by the way. You are supposed to push the button and pull to release. I had to pull pretty hard to disconnect. Maybe they get easier to connect and disconnect with much use.

These headphones are open back, so they are not for use when other people are around who don’t want to hear what you are listening to. Despite it being open back, the bass is clear and the sound is wonderful. If you are in the market for some high quality headphones, and can afford the $600 price tag, these could be the ones you are looking for. You can buy them here on the Beyerdynamic site.

Posted by on June 18th, 2017 No Comments

The Mug That Won’t Tip Over- Review of the Mighty Mug ®

MM_Go_Red_-_Front_1024x1024So this was a fun product to receive to review. Taking a break from the headphones and cases, and now we get a product that will save the computer/gadget world from the inevitable drink spill. A lot of us like to drink coffee or some other beverage while surfing the web. Do you ever get nervous that you might bump your drink and knock it onto your keyboard or other nearby device? The Mighty Mug ® is the solution for you!

These amazing mugs come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, but they all have the same concept- a Smartgrip ® Technology that will hold your mug/cup in place when you bump it, knock it, or smack it(the instructions say not to punch it).

The amazement doesn’t stop there, though! You would think that suctioning your mug down to a table might be disastrous if you try to pick it up, but it easily lifts up when picked up above the wavy line.  That is on their travel mugs, which we were sent to review. The mugs are BPA free, fit in your car cupholders, and are dishwasher safe in the top rack.

Note: These do not work on carpeted, heavily textured or rounded surfaces. If you have a smooth desk top or table top, this is what you will need for your Mighty Mug to stay upright.

3_1024x1024They have other kinds of Mighty Mug products. What we got to review was the travel mug in 12 and 16 oz. sizes. The 12 oz size says it fits most single serve coffee machines. My coffee machine is unfortunately too small for it, but at about 6 inches tall without the lid on, it may fit yours. Back to the other kinds of products, there are some stainless steel mugs, some clear ones for cold drinks with a straw, and there are even bar glasses! You can drink wine or beer without knocking them over, too!

Prices vary by item, but for the 16 oz Mighty Mug Go, you can expect to pay $19.99. You can buy this and others on the Mighty Mug website with a 100% Happiness Guarantee.

Posted by on June 10th, 2017 No Comments

Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC Will Rock Your Workout

prod_9229655020We have another pair of wireless headphones to review. These are the HA-ET50BT Sports Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones from JVC. These are a great accessory for those who want to complete their workout without being attached to their devices.

These headphones do have a wire that runs from one earbud to the other. It’s not like the wireless earbuds that we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, but these also are relatively less money, so if you don’t mind a wire touching your neck, then you should be good with these.

When you open your cool magnetic package, you will find an included charging cable(micro USB), an open type ear piece in 3 sizes that allows for ambient sound to filter in for safety, and also 3 sizes of regular ear pieces if you don’t need to hear your surroundings.

The headphones are water resistant, which is good if you are running in all kinds of weather. There is a cute advertising video for how well they stay in when everything is thrown after the jump:

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Posted by on June 10th, 2017 No Comments

Three Cygnett Products to Charge Your Devices

cygnett_chargeup_digital_6000It has been a while since we’ve reviewed Cygnett products, but the opportunity to do so has come to us again. Like the last time, we have a portable powerbank- the ChargeUp Digital 6000. We were also given a Lightning™ to USB cable, and a Micro-USB to USB cable.

The first item I’ll cover is the ChargeUp Digital powerbank. This particular one at 6,000 mAh is one of their mid-range as far as power goes. They also have similar products that are at 10,000 mAh, and lower ones at 4,000. This change is mostly reflected in the price. The super thin devices are black with your choice of blue, green or red accents. They have a nice digital display in the corner to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  *Note: On the box, it says it is precharged and ready to use. When I pulled it out, there was only 78% charge. Other reviews I have read seemed to have various percentages. One review said there was no charge. I’m guessing your mileage may vary.

It comes with a Micro-USB charge cable, and also works with Lightning™ to USB cable(not included). There are two USB ports on the powerbank, so you can charge two devices at once. The lithium polymer battery gives it the ability to hold more charge and to charge devices at a high speed. The 6,000 mAh ChargeUp Digital can be purchased on Cygnett’s site for $69.95.

Lightning-black_e2e579d2-060e-48d7-86c6-c7ee608e9893_1024x1024The Lightning™ to USB cable we received is a reinforced, braided cable made for iPods, iPhones and iPads. There is 13 ft/4 m of cable, which is a nice length to charge devices without having to be right on top of a USB port. You can buy as short a cable as 1 m, and that will reduce the price. This cable costs $49.95 if you buy it on the Cygnett site

And finally, we have a Micro USB to USB Cable. This one Cygnett sent to us to review is also 13 ft/ 4 m. As with the Lightning™ cable, it is also braided to make it durable. It provides rapid 2.1A charging. This cable is available for $29.95. You can also get the white PVC style cord for the same price. 

Posted by on June 5th, 2017 No Comments

Review of Etón Multi-Powered Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®

frx5bt_img1Outdoor lovers will appreciate this item I am reviewing now- especially those who might need to charge their phones or tablets while outdoors. This would also be useful in case of a storm when the power has been knocked out. Today I’m talking about Etón’s FRX5-BT Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®. 

In the past, we reviewed a similar radio from Etón- the SolarLink FR360.  I can’t find the review we did for that, but I’ll say that it worked okay for us, and we have taken it camping. The cell phone charger on it is not reliable unless you want to crank it for a while, and then you might only get a few minutes to call. This new FRX5, though, is a vast improvement.

For example, the FRX5 has a big solar panel that covers the whole back of the device, instead of the small panel on top of the handle. Where the solar panel was on the SolarLink handle, you now have an ambient light panel- in addition to the LED flashlight and emergency beacon on the side. After you turn off the flashlight or light panel, the strips around them will glow. The charging of cell phones/tablets seems to work much better on the FRX5.  I didn’t have to crank anything to charge my phone this time.

FRX5_lightSideThis product has Bluetooth capabilities in addition to being able to play tunes off the radio. In addition, you can get NOAA weather alerts and S.A.M.E. alerts.

There are a few ways of charging- with the solar panel on the back, by turning the crank, or charging through the included USB cable. The first two methods are going to come in really handy in situations where the power is out, or you are out camping. Cranking won’t give you much time for your effort, so hopefully you will have some sun to help out.  Or you can make sure it’s fully charged before you go. There is a handy little display on the front that will show you how much battery it has.

With this emergency radio being splashproof (not waterproof), and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft (depending on drop situations according to the website), I think this would make a great addition to camping supplies, and emergency prep kits.

You can buy it for $99.99 on Amazon.com.

Posted by on June 5th, 2017 No Comments