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post #9946 of 37263
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Sigh... I have a hard time deciding on whether I use it, or they, that or these, and is or are, etc, when it comes to headphones. Is headphones ONE or two headphoneS? I get them mixed because I see them as two (a pair of drivers), but then again, it is just one item. I wonder how many reviews I have botched up with these mistakes. ;___;

BTW guys, AGAIN, these scores are not meant to be compared to others on my guide. I can't stress this enough.

That said, guys, am I adding too many references within these reviews? I was told by an IRL friend that reviews focus on the product (obviously) but mine are looking more like blogs, because I reference other products regularly in my reviews.

I always said I'm anything but a pro at this. frown.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/21/12 at 9:01am
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Sigh... I have a hard time deciding on whether I use it, or they, that or these, and is or are, etc, when it comes to headphones. Is headphones ONE or two headphoneS? I get them mixed because I see them as two (a pair of drivers), but then again, it is just one item. I wonder how many reviews I have botched up with these mistakes. ;___;
BTW guys, AGAIN, these scores are not meant to be compared to others on my guide. I can't stress this enough.
That said, guys, am I adding too many references within these reviews? I was told by an IRL friend that reviews focus on the product (obviously) but mine are looking more like blogs, because I reference other products regularly in my reviews.
I always said I'm anything but a pro at this. frown.gif

Well I definitely found it helpful having references within each review. I was tossing up between HD598, PC360 and DT990. I think a few references in your reviews about the different bass in each headphone swayed me towards the DT990

post #9948 of 37263
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Yeah, that's mostly why I reference to other products. If I don't, I get a sea of private messages asking me the same things. I tend to forget to reply too. Lol. I mean, a LOT of messages. So i try to cover what I think they'd ask me.

This is my hobby, not a job, so while I'm not a pro and I take my personal liberties, I do try to be as professional about it as I can without being swayed by external influences. My opinions are 100% my own, and they will always remain as such. If I'm EVER sponsored, you guys will be the first to know. Lol, not like I could hide such a blatant change. I'm kind of blunt with my opinions. I apologize to those that take my posts to heart. I'm not overly sensitive at times to others, lol.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/21/12 at 9:12am
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I don't think it's bad to reference other products, as nothing really exists in a void (so many competitors), but at the same time, I think it's more useful to point out differences and leave room for the reader to decide if it's best for them. That also gives you wiggle-room to not be blamed for their choice, unlike soamusing saying "this is the only way I know" instead of saying "I think this is the only way..." The key, of course, is you'll keep getting better through practice (as is always evident). I'm sure we'll pipe in with suggestions along the way ;)

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That said, guys, am I adding too many references within these reviews? I was told by an IRL friend that reviews focus on the product (obviously) but mine are looking more like blogs, because I reference other products regularly in my reviews.
I always said I'm anything but a pro at this. frown.gif

 

References are good IMO.  I like to have as many reference points (other headphones) as possible to compare a headphone too.  The more references, the quicker I can zero in on what I can expect it to sound like, and vice a versa.

 

I do the same thing whenever I write a review.

 

So what if it's not the same style as a place like IGN or whatever.  Those reviews don't tell me much, when they say things like "the sound was clear and we were able to positioning the enemy."  That really doesn't tell me squat about how it sounds, so those reviews are just quick read.

 

For example, IGN's three page of review of the A40s only gave three sentences to the actual sound of the A40s... (Click to show)

"As for the audio performance of the headset itself, the A40s are superb. The sound field is rich and three-dimensional, and we were able to effectively locate sources of sound (often sneaking up behind us in Call of Duty 4), and eliminate them. The natural equalization of the headset is a bit subdued in the lower end of the spectrum, but highs and mids are crisp and vibrant. Those looking for a little extra low-end response can tweak the output by altering the EQ on other parts of their audio chain (PC EQ, receiver EQ, etc.)."

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Yikes, that's not much of a review. O_O

I'm beginning to feel bad about my older reviews not having almost anything on them. Still, I don't get paid like they do. biggrin.gif

Still, this is embarassing.... for example, the Philips SHP-2500 review...
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Very comfortable, and has a surprising decent sized soundstage for gaming. Not bad AT ALL for gaming with Dolby Headphone. Won't top the KSC75, but if you need isolation when gaming for the least amount of cash, this is a fine choice.

Comfort-wise, they are pretty comfortable, the only issue that even with their velour padding, they quite hot due to a very good seal. No air escapes = sweat galore.

I don't even remember what they sound like, so it's not like I can add anything off memory. I almost feel like removing these very non-reviews...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/21/12 at 10:03am
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Yikes, that's not much of a review. O_O
I'm beginning to feel bad about my older reviews not having almost anything on them. Still, I don't get paid like they do. biggrin.gif

Mayhaps that's why you're more free to make comparisons? I dunno, I'm particularly fortunate to have TWO points of reference to the differences you point out in reviews.

 

P.S. is my new avatar pic boring?

post #9953 of 37263
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It's pretty barren... like the majority of my reviews. biggrin.gif


To be honest, I remember why I made them that short. I initially just wanted to make a quick reference guide, and not actually a full, blown-out headphone guide. It just sort of...evolved from there. I mean, look at the D7000 review. It's very short, and they are my fave headphone ever. I can go back and edit more into it, though I hate going off memory even if they're pretty fresh on my mind. Hard to forget their sound.
post #9954 of 37263
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I can tell you guys right now, my reviews will never be that short again. So expect them to be like the the Slyr, HD650, and Pro 2900, among others in length.

edit: I could've sworn I hit the edit button. Ugh. Sorry for double post.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/21/12 at 10:15am
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P.S. is my new avatar pic boring?

 

Needs more explosions.  Like mine.  cool.gif

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I wanted to like that post, FB style.
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Sigh... I have a hard time deciding on whether I use it, or they, that or these, and is or are, etc, when it comes to headphones. Is headphones ONE or two headphoneS? I get them mixed because I see them as two (a pair of drivers), but then again, it is just one item. I wonder how many reviews I have botched up with these mistakes. ;___;
BTW guys, AGAIN, these scores are not meant to be compared to others on my guide. I can't stress this enough.
That said, guys, am I adding too many references within these reviews? I was told by an IRL friend that reviews focus on the product (obviously) but mine are looking more like blogs, because I reference other products regularly in my reviews.
I always said I'm anything but a pro at this. frown.gif

 

A headphone is one unit. The headphone is large, while the earphones are soft. When you refer to the unit as a whole you use singular, and plural when referring to the earphones (pair). I suppose people use the term headphones interchangeably to refer to both the earphones and the unit as headphone, hence the confusion.

 

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/headphone?q=headphone

 

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/earphone?q=earphones

post #9958 of 37263

After a bit more fiddling with the PS3's audio settings, I found that any plug-and-play USB audio device (that it would treat as a headset) can have its audio re-routed through the main output where all the game audio would come through.

 

This means that I really don't need to keep around the Recon3D USB after all; just plug in one of my USB sound "cards", plug a mic into that, and have the chat audio running through S/PDIF and my SU-DH1. Even a dedicated USB microphone should work, in theory.

 

Now if I could just find a buyer...MLE's honest impressions have seriously damaged its resale value even at $70 shipped. I'll probably just have to eat some eBay fees on top of shipping for this one. Oh well, a necessary sacrifice in the pursuit of gaming audio product knowledge.

 

And speaking of reference points, one of the things that has always bugged me is that I just don't have that many of them with regard to headphones. The AD700 and HTF600 are probably the most popular headphones I've tried, and neither is particularly favored these days. Meanwhile, my favorite headphone for everything (but especially gaming) is a 1979 former flagship electrostatic set that most people have not heard (MLE included) and either won't find for sale all that often or cannot afford (when factoring in amplification).

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Sigh... I have a hard time deciding on whether I use it, or they, that or these, and is or are, etc, when it comes to headphones. Is headphones ONE or two headphoneS? I get them mixed because I see them as two (a pair of drivers), but then again, it is just one item. I wonder how many reviews I have botched up with these mistakes. ;___;
BTW guys, AGAIN, these scores are not meant to be compared to others on my guide. I can't stress this enough.
That said, guys, am I adding too many references within these reviews? I was told by an IRL friend that reviews focus on the product (obviously) but mine are looking more like blogs, because I reference other products regularly in my reviews.
I always said I'm anything but a pro at this. frown.gif

I disagree with your friend, a point of reference is immensely helpful for people that are gonna be cross shopping several of the same headphones on your thread... And I know there's tons of people doing that. It's particularly useful with the way you're doing the scoring (which I'm not such a big fan of but it's too late to overhaul that now anyway).

I enjoyed the SLYR review, I think your writing has evolved a good deal since your earliest reviews. The SLYR review in particular touched on pretty much anything anyone would wanna know before buying them, only other thing you could've commented on is how effectively they isolate (compared to the CAL in particular, which I know aren't great at it)...

It's not something I particularly care about, or something you'd typically think about dealing mostly with open headphones, but I imagine anyone opting for closed cans may very well care. Plenty of gamers have to put up with extraneous noise while getting their game on. wink.gif
Edited by Impulse - 12/21/12 at 4:00pm
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I have to give Mad Lust Envy mad props for recommending the Slyr headphones. I can pick up more details than with the Samson SR850, the annoying treble peaks are gone and it's great that I can use it with my PC as well as my console. Really like the mic quality. The best headset I've yet used. It's closed as well so to bother anyone else. I'm surprized on the comfort (I wear glasses) since it's such a cheaply priced headset.

 

I use EQ3 setting for games. I just love hearing enemies speaking and the clink clank of grenades.

 

PS: The Mixer for the SLYR is pretty darn quiet. No annoying hiss or anything of that sort.


Edited by lubczyk - 12/21/12 at 6:21pm
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