Head Gear Reviews by maverickronin
  1. Monster Turbine Pro Gold In-Ear Headphones

    3.00 star(s)
    First off is full disclosure.  I received the Turbine Pro Golds free of charge from Monster to review as part of their “Turbine Challenge” and will get to keep them after the review.  I’ve been known to be critical of Monster’s marketing and legal practices in the past but I do my best to remain as honest as I can and I’m not going to misrepresent the merits of this product based on their other products, what I think of other things the company does, or what they send me for free for no discernible reason.  This is my honest opinion presented in as...
  2. Grado SR325is Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    Introduction:   I listen to a lot of music.  Whether I’m working or relaxing I usually have some sort of music in the background.  It relaxes me before bed or keeps me pumped up while working.  It is essentially my mind altering drug of choice.  Different headphones with different presentations an affect my mood in different ways and I though a ‘phone with pumped up treble like the SR325is would be good to keep my energy up when I was stuck with boring tasks at work.  I was correct, but other drawbacks kept me from holding on to my pair.  ...
  3. Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones

    4.00 star(s)
    First off, these aren't nearly as hard to drive as you'd assume from their impedance.  I was able to get decent volume out of everything I connected it to form a proper desktop amp, to straight out of the onboard sound from my netbook.  They are of course, not being driven properly from something without an adequate voltage swing, but neither are they useless without a beefy amp.   On to the meat of the review. "How do they sound," I hear you asking.  In one word, bright, or in two, very bright.  Their metaphorical albedo is off the charts.  The...
  4. Shure PTH Push To Hear Control for Sound Isolating Earphones

    4.00 star(s)
    If you're tired of removing your IEMs to talk to someone, then this product is probably for you, despite its quirks. I wear my SE530s all day at the office and conduct most quick conversations through my PTH. The microphone is surprisingly good, even letting you conduct a conversation when it's pointed backwards. A few background noises like printers, scanners, or a fan pointed straight at it will overwhelm the mic though. I've been using it for about 9 months now and I'm still on the original battery as well. I've seen some people complain about the...
  5. HeadRoom Total BitHead Headphone Amp / DAC

    4.00 star(s)
    I purchased my BitHead mainly to bypass the dismal onboard soundcards on the computers I use at work, and the better but still not so great sound on my netbook and I've been quite pleased with it's performance. It's completely plug and go which is nice if you move from computer to computer on a daily basis. Being driver free is also very nice if you can't install drivers on your work machine. (Though that doesn't apply to me since I'm one of the IT guys.) I didn't expect it to do much for much for my Cowon D2+ and SE530s but much better bass response...
  6. Shure SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones

    4.50 star(s)
    Amazing detail, incredibly smooth mids, and deep bass are these 'phones defining characteristics. The only real weakness might be the slightly rolled off highs, but it's not a huge deal. I find it makes them less fatiguing. Also the bass while deep, is flat all the way down to DC and not over emphasized. To some people this is a feature, to others it's a bug, ultimately it just comes down to preferences. I don't have the huge breadth of knowledge and experience needed to compare these to others in the same price range but I can say that if you like...