Head Gear Reviews by suburbanite
  1. AudioQuest DragonFly Black

    4.00 star(s)
    This review is for the AudioQuest Dragonfly "black." To disambiguate which DragonFly is which, you can read Audioquests's blurb: http://www.audioquest.com/dragonfly-series/ OK, disambiguation addressed, I'll start my review by saying that like most anyone who's ever bought a DragonFly, I bought mine to bypass my onboard sound processor because with earphones, the sound was polluted with noise. What I knew but completely forgot was that a weak source component can cool down the sound, thereby making unbalanced/warm headphones/earphones sound...
  2. Sony Hybrid Black In-Ear Headphones - XBA-H1

    5.00 star(s)
    DESIGN Large, bulky, arguably overbuilt ear elements Perfect for those with larger hands as the ear elements are easy to not only handle but also to remove from one's ears Large ear elements may be problematic for those with smaller ears- may excessively contact outer ears Cable does have some memory, but it otherwise easy to handle Sturdy-feeling 90* 3.5mm jack with good strain relief   ACCESSORIES Nylon pouch which is just a bit smaller than I'd like 6 ear fittings- S, M, L in both silicon and foam-impregnated silicone Plentitude of ear...
  3. SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player (Black)

    3.50 star(s)
    The reason I went with the 8gb model was because I previously had another Clip+ that had compatibility problems with my storage expansion card, so I went with more onboard capacity.   Also problematic with my previous Clip+ was OS instability, causing me to return it. To this, I attribute poor quality control.   These are the reasons why I subtracted 1.5 stars.   It gets 3.5 stars because when it's non-defective, it works well; It's dirt cheap, it has a clear, uncontaminated sound quality, you can sync files with any software, it's tiny and...
  4. Grado SR225i Headphones

    3.50 star(s)
    WHERE THEY EXCEL These work especially well for two genres, speed metal and classical music- two genres which you otherwise would not refer to in the same sentence.   These are great for speed metal as the bass attacks and decays so quickly that with these, blast (bass drum) beats sound like blast (bass drum) beats rather than a muddy, thudding rumble as they do with slower, warmer sound signatures.   They're great for classical or any acoustic music due to the forward and realistic presentation of the picking of string instruments.   These...
  5. Sony NWZZ1060BLK Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player 32GB

    4.00 star(s)
    Contents Sound Quality via Headphone-Out. 1 Headphone Driving Power. 2 Included Earphones. 2 Streaming Video Playback. 2 Fit & Finish. 3 Operating System & Applications. 3 File Synching. 3 Onoboard Storage. 4 Music Streaming. 4 Conclusion. 4   Sound Quality via Headphone-Out I can compare the sound of my Z1000 to that of my 4th-Generation iPod Touch with and without external amplification. My comparison headphones are Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii’s and my files are the same 320kbps MP3’s from my PC’s HDD.   Compared to the iPod’s...
  6. HT OMEGA eCLARO 7.1 Channel PCI Express x1 Sound Card

    5.00 star(s)
    INTRO AND SCOPE OF THIS REVIEW As your author, I am no audiophile and this is my second aftermarket soundcard after first trying an Asus Xonar Essence STX which I had problems with. This review is about this card’s performance while listening to music through it from my Lenovo K330 desktop computer which itself has a noisy 7200rpm HDD. My listening has been through Sennheiser HD 518 and Sennheiser HD 25 1 ii headphones. I have made little use of this card and its software’s 7.1-channel Dolby Digital features while listening through headphones...