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The headphones have never been more popular. All have them. They are used in urban transport, aircraft, running through nature, lying on the beach, at home, and who knows how many different ways. The offer is enormous today and thousands of manufacturers are trying to convince customers that their headphones are exactly what you are looking for. In that chaos, it is difficult to separate the quality from a poor quality product, so it turns out that the one that invests the most in marketing is ultimately winning.

However, there are producers whose focus is primarily on quality, and then on everything else. One of those is American Audeze, located in Costa Mesa, California. It is a small company that can easily be described as a family manufacture.

The Audeze headphones design combines the best of two worlds – engineering and material. Specifically, the design is, on the one hand, accessed with great knowledge of psychoacoustics and the creation of speaker units, while on the other, they use the best available materials. As such, they are recognized among many audiophiles, but also among the professionals who use them as a reference tool in studios.

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I met Audeze’s headphones last year in Munich where I had the opportunity to listen to them for the first time as part of the High End Fair, infact at a nearby hotel where another parallel HI-FI fair was held. That still needs to be taken with a reserve because I was limited by the time and the conditions I listened to.

For the test I have chosen the best, at the same time the most expensive headphones Audeze has on offer – the LCD-3 model.

If someone is already wondering what a fool would give us about 2,000 $ for headphones and why I even write about such a product, I recommend skip the rest of the text and go to some other web site. Namely, (too) I often hear that something in life is worth something too much, something too little, all in a strange system of values ​​of someones own economy.

I had a strong curiosity to hear what sounds like a hundred times more expensive headphones than the consumable headphones that most people are using. After all, if someone asks me tomorrow if I want to try Pagani Huayro, I would sit on the wheel without thinking about the price, that is, for that amount I can buy 200 or more cars I drive.

The Package

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As expected from a luxury product, and this certainly is, the packaging is at an enviable level. It’s not spectacular and does not reveal anything new but leaves the impression that you have bought something special. The black, glossy lacquered wooden box, the red coated interior, the handwritten envelope with a signed certificate and serial number, a wax bottle with the associated polishing pad and the ultimate detachable (XLR) cable with adapters make the headsets a worthy company.

Manufacture

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As I noted in the introductory section, superior materials were used. The outside of the headphones is made of hand-selected and processed Zebrano wood, while the interior and the headband are covered with lambskin. If for some reason you do not like smooth skin, there is a possibility of buying a suede skin version. Plastic takes up only a small share throughout the story. Along with wood and leather, the main word is precisely processed machined metal parts. You can look up and pick up a magnifying glass, but you can hardly find manufacturing errors. Making it just – flawless!

Technology

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Unlike most headphones using dynamic speaker units (similar to those in classic speakers), the LCD-3 uses planar units that are found in magnetostatics or electrostatic loudspeakers. While dynamically working on the principle of a membrane that is triggered by the excitation of the coil in the magnetic field and thus the vibration creates sound, the planar headphones are made from the membranes that are located in the magnetic field between the two electrodes. Depending on the polarity of the magnetic field and the variability of the electrical signal the membranes move and produce sound.

This technology is applied to the LCD-3 headphones from the belief that planar units offer far less distortion than the dynamic. Finally, those are ‘Lotus’ units of their own production which Audeze is particularly proud of.

Comfort

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Headphones without the cable weighs about 550 grams, which is a problem if you are planning to listen to more hours. Specifically, this weight is not negligible and after about an hour and a half of the listening, the headphones become the burden that requires support. However, it is expected that with such headphones you can comfortably bend into the chair, head back and allow the armchair to become part of the musical performance. Additionally, fatigue will not come before you hear any music piece to the end, and it rarely lasts longer than an hour or two. Otherwise, the headphones are extremely comfortable, and regardless of their robustness, they sit perfectly on the head and ears.

Sound

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If you feel happy enough that you have come out of the consumer class and you have had the opportunity to listen, or even better, you have bought the headphones for up to 300 $ and you are delighted to hear that you finally know how good the headphones should sound, I must disappoint you – such headphones are light years away from the LCD-3 headphones.

This is a sound that is not highlighted in any part of the spectrum, it is closely connected from beginning to end, from the deepest to the highest tones. Such a uniformity on the first leaves the impression that you are listening to an uninteresting, or rather, unattractive product. However, with more careful and long-lasting listening, it becomes clear that you are scary approaching the ideal of high-fidelity sound.

I personally stayed surprised at how Audeze LCD-3 headphones were able to convincely convey the sound of the instruments. That naturalness entails a high degree of involvement, because sensors in the brain tell you that you are listening to the right thing. You can enjoy the most expensive orange juice with pieces of pulp, but when someone eats a fresh orange, it’s hard for you to cheat the tongue sensations. The same thing is here. You simply know that you are listening to what is known to you from the natural environment, especially if you have an experience how some live instruments sound.

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Unlike listening to music from the HI-FI system where the sound stage is much easier to recall and where the separation of the instruments can be precisely defined, the headphones are mostly absent on that question. Reasons should be sought in the technology itself and in the way we perceive the stereo effect. While sitting in front of the HI-FI system, listening to the sum of sounds, both from the speakers and from those who are bouncing off the walls, the ceiling, the floor, and everything in the room, the headphones ‘work independently’ placed directly on the ears. Ultimately, it is far easier to get a sense of sound volume than in headphones.

Still, the LCD-3 goes miles away and offers just the space recreation and excellent separation of the instruments. Usually, the headphone sound is in your head and it’s hard for you to visualize what’s going on in front of you. In other words, you hear, but you do not see. LCD-3 with some miracle can move that picture forward and create the illusion of having an orchestra in front of you.

Vladimir Godar: Mater

I deliberately set the stage and separation apart because I believe that they are the foundation of creating feelings to attend a live event, that is, that you are there. An excellent example is the masterpiece of Vladimir Godár, Mater (ECM New Series, 2006), featuring Iva Bittová (vocals), Miloš Valent (violin, viola), Bratislava Conservatory Choir and Baroque ensemble Solamente Naturali under the direction of Marek Stryncla. The album was recorded in 2005 in the Gothic church of St. George, built in the 13th century in the small Slovak town of Svätý Jur.

What I’ve found impossible to do until today, LCD-3 achieved, which was extremely faithful the sense of space of the church where vocals and instruments were brilliantly drawn. Such a feeling is comparable to listening to a true high-end HI-FI system that can capture instruments in the space and give them enough air to fit the room’s acoustics realistically. If you’ve had the opportunity to listen to instruments or vocal performances in churches you probably remember the swing caused by reflections, ie. larger bare surfaces. Here the echo is not expressed as those in the cathedrals, but it is present and clearly indicates where the work is performed.

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St. George Church in Svätý Jur, Slovakia

On the other hand, the sophisticated, fluttering, and flawlessly steady voice of Iva Bittova, has been perfected in both compilation and instrumental performances. A fine and precise definition has certainly contributed to the very footage that is exceptional, as well as to the LCD-3 headphones that can convincingly reproduce the human voice. Everything that delivers the voice of Iva Bittova, the tone range, the dynamism, the grandeur of the one and the opulence on the other side, is placed in front of you and offers you an unforgettable sound experience.

The choir also takes realistic gaps and does not break down or mix with the ensemble at one time. Takes a solid backing position and it stays until the end of the album. The solo performances by Miloš Valent, Jurij Kováča and Iva Bittova are a special treat as apart from the fact that they stunning the performance itself, they glow in the space and really give them the feeling that they are only performed for you.

You need to experience and hear the composition of Maykomashmalon (the first and the last), the incredible symbiosis of the viola, the cello and the human voice that gathers like a ghost through the church, gently touching the walls and your deepest feelings. You sit in the first rows and devoted, almost helpless, watching what is happening to you. At this point, the LCD-3 headphones are fully integrated into the music. Fantastic!

It may seem strange, but I was almost ready to wrap my headphones after Vladimír Godár, return them to the distributor and start writing the text. I did not do it, but even if I am, I doubt that I would miss something in the context of the evaluation. Anyway, I continued with the music material to get the confirmation of the initial impressions, but frankly, and to extend the pleasure of listening to the LCD-3 headphones. Besides, God knows when I will listen to them again and where.

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden: K2HD Mastering

One more album left me in a beautiful memory, more precisely the composition of Léo Delibesa, Flower Duet performed by Anna Netrebko and Elíne Garanca (The Opera Gala – Live from Baden-Baden, Deutsche Grammophon, 2007). This is an excellent performance of the most sophisticated soprano and mezzosopranist of today. The duet is characterized by an excellent layer and balanced cooperation in which the voices are perfectly alternated through the libretto. The orchestra follows the singers closely and provides a solid foundation for vocal interpretation.

To enjoy this performance, or better, record, you will need to reach for the ultimate HI-FI system that will allow you to have faithful reproduction and insight into what was happening on the stage of Baden-Baden Festspielhaus that evening.

If you look at the attached video, you will notice that during the performance of Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca they move on the stage, bend to each other, turning heads to finally leave the stage. All this is greatly recorded with a microphone and only with a listening to the recording without watching the video you can create a picture of the illusion of what is happening.

However, as I wrote earlier, to have such a feeling, you must feel the space in which the work is performed, you must have a clear separation of vocals and instruments. Unfortunately, on headphones this is almost impossible mission. I say, almost because Audize LCD-3 can realize that sound magic and that’s what makes them unique.

However, to avoid space and separation, I have to point out the other benefits of LCD-3 headphones too, and among them is also an exceptional dynamic that also makes a critical part of the overall impression of faithful reproduction. These transitions, from the quietest to the loudest parts were excellent in the composition of Magnificat, Arva Pärta from the album Da Pacem (Harmonia Mundi, 2006), through another vocal interpretation in which the male and female voices of the choir were exchanged, as well as through Riverwide , Joshue Redman from the Momentum album (Nonesuch, 2005).

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In the latter composition, the drum sound has been so faithfully transmitted that I literally remained in wonder. I did not hear anything similar from the headphones earlier and I thought it was impossible. Solid, deep and most important, very precise. This energy was interwoven with the saxophone of Joshua Redman in a dynamic vanguard that would not be missed by either very expensive HI-FI systems.

Summing up the overall impression, ie. the sound of the Audeze LCD-3 headphones there is no flaw that can be attributed to them. This ability to reproduce sound through fine saturated texture, transparency, and detail, really prefers and leaves no room for doubt in the product itself. In the end it was clear why LCD-3 was used in music studios as a reference tool.

Conclusion

I deeply believe that all this is what I write could go a few more steps than I had in my case if I had a better headphone amplifier than the one built into the Classé CP-800 preamplifier. Far from being a bad one or a midrange, but a separate amplifier of the same or similar value of the headphones itself would show much more. There is no doubt about it.

But now we come to an interesting moment because if my claims are accurate the price of this pleasure is not 2000 $ but twice as much. So, the question arises as to whether it is worthwhile to invest that amount in the headphones when with this amount of money you can buy excellent speakers?
Exactly, I can. For about 4000 $, and especially second-hand offerings, you can buy not great but already serious high-end speakers. However, it is a big question as to how these speakers will fit into your space and whether you will be able to deliver such high-fidelity sound as the Audeze LCD-3 headphones deliver, regardless of the pedigree. I was wondering if it would not, or to reach the audio capabilities of the LCD-3 headphones you would have to invest significantly more into your HI-FI system and even the speakers.

I do not want to conclude and leave the impression that this is a best-buy product, far from it. What I definitely want to emphasize is that if you want to get close to high-quality sound and you do not want to sell a kidney, then the concept of listening to music through the headphones is right for these or those reasons, seriously consider the Audeze LCD-3 headphones. It could be the last piece of HI-FI equipment you’ll ever buy.

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Polk Signature S15e – Complete Review&Test https://worldofturntables.com/polk-signature-s15e-complete-reviewtest/ https://worldofturntables.com/polk-signature-s15e-complete-reviewtest/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:07:43 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4930

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Polk Signature S15e – From America with Love

Our constant search for audio equipment that provides a lot of performance for invested money has led us to Polk, a well-known American company with more than 40 years of experience in the world of high-quality sound, whose loudspeakers have recently appeared on Amazon.

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Polk Signature S15e Specifications:

  • Speaker units: 5.25 “woofer + 1” tweeter
  • Frequency Response: 48 Hz to 40 kHz
  • Impedance: 8 Ω
  • Power Amplifier Power Required: 20-100 W (88 dB Sensitivity)
  • Dimensions: 30.48 x 19.05 x 25.9 mm
  • Warranty: 2 years

Passive bookshelf Signature S15e speakers are “input” models of this Polk line. Measurements are suitable for use in smaller living areas, as well as, as we have convinced, with a computer, in the so-called nearfield, because they do not need much space to build a surprisingly wide sound image. The price for the pair is about 150 $ and to use them you will also need the amplifier and DAC. As a logical choice amplifiers with integrated DACs are required which makes no sense to exaggerate with their power – excellent models, such as the Onkyo A-9010 (about 300 $), will be great. Polk for these speakers recommends an amplifier between 20 and 100 W per channel. During the testing we used the NAD amplifiers C 326BEE (2x 50 W) and D 3020 V2 (2x 30 W) and both did a great job of driving these bookshelf speakers – considering the sensitivity of 88 dB that was to be expected.

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The interesting performance of the bass reflex port, which Polk uses in its more expensive loudspeakers, reduces air turbulence within the door itself and boosts the bass by 3 dB

Speaker boxes at the front, top and on the hips look sleek and really nice – the joints are impeccably precise and the rounded corners the entire aesthetics make the “soft” and the eye more enjoyable. The front side of the speaker can be safely protected by attached meshes that are magnetically snapped onto the speakers so you will be able to hide two predictable drivers: a 5.25-inch polypropylene bass, reinforced with silicone minerals, and a 1-inch canvas tweeter. However, considering that the membranes of both drivers are very easy to bend – if there is any risk of someone jabbing in their fingers be sure to set the meshes. The back of the speaker is unusual. Here we have a bass reflex port, but it is covered with what looks like a plastic radiator, whose protruding part enters into the bass reflex port. Polk names this solution as the “Power Port” and uses it to smooth the air turbulence inside the bass port itself boosting it by 3 dB without being distorted. On the underside of the speaker are standard terminals for connecting to the amplifier.

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When it comes to positioning the speakers in the space it is interesting that Polk does not set up strict guidelines for the optimal distance from the rear or side walls in the manual, but only suggests that the speakers are spaced out as much space as possible. However, as we have already pointed out, they are also good in situations where the distance between them is less than two meters. When we set them to the left and right of the monitor and gently rotated inwards we had the impression that sound came out of the monitor and not from the boxes placed on its left and right sides. We suggest that you do not attach them to the wall because then the bass control is lost.

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The canvas tweeter is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40 kHz which provides these speakers with the Hi-Res certificate

The overall acoustic performance of these loudspeakers exceeds expectations especially when we consider their price. Produces a detailed, clean, rich and fleshy sound, the most impeccable feature is the easy listening with no ears fatigue. Vocals were a bit more pronounced and more prominent than usual to the extent that we were worried that some instruments in the high frequency range would sound prolific but that did not happen – Polk speakers do not lose control over music. The bass objectively has enough for all music genres especially when the loudspeakers are closer to the wall. When they are in free space, deep tones lose their strength and aggression, so in that scenario we sometimes lacked the energy in the lower part of the spectrum. The obvious solution for those looking for even more bases would be to switch to the Polk Signature S20e, which the 6.5-inch woofer should produce in larger quantities, which we will definitely check in one of the following tests. The Signature S15e generally gives the impression that they like closeness to the wall, shelves, even wall mounting.

Overall, these loudspeakers provide great value for the money you want, whether you plan to use them in the living room in a classic stereo combination, within a surround system, or for a computer where they will be near your ears.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones Review https://worldofturntables.com/sony-wh-1000xm3-noise-cancelling-headphones-review/ https://worldofturntables.com/sony-wh-1000xm3-noise-cancelling-headphones-review/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 19:00:59 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4912

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Although Sony already had the best noise canceling headphones on the market, it did not prevent it from producing their heir – Sony WH-1000XM3.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Specifications

  • Design: Closed, over-ear (bracket up)
  • Speaker Driver: 40 mm Dynamic
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, wire
  • Supported Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
  • Microphone: Yes (on headphones)
  • Earplug rotation: Yes
  • Battery powered: Yes
  • Declared battery life: 30h (with ANC), 38h (no ANC)
  • Accessories: Hard travel case, audio cable, airplane adapter
  • Mass: 255 g

The WH-1000XM2 noise cancelling headphones were overwhelmingly won in our recent comparative test which directly compared all relevant models of this type including their strongest competitors such as Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Bowers & Wilkins PX. Although we did not consider it necessary or even apparent that Sony will launch their successor in the foreseeable future, this is exactly what happened – WH-1000XM3 has come to market with smaller variations of the winning formula but without the price increase, so it is entirely logical that buyers which search for the best noise canceling headphones in the market will choose this model. On the other hand, if you already own the WH-1000XM2, the upgrade to WH-1000XM3 does not make sense because the differences between them are not drastic.

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The first and most obvious difference relates to the exterior of the two models. The WH-1000XM2 had a partially exposed metal skeleton that connects left and right ear shells, while the WH-1000XM3 model has a more classic design where the metal core is hidden inside the rim. With this Sony obtained something nicer headphones while retaining the excellent quality of the predecessor. The ear cushions are a few millimeters larger to better surround the ears of the user. We would not necessarily call them more comfortable simply because the WH-1000XM2 in this aspect has already offered everything we could ask for from one headphones. In other words, the WH-1000XM3 is as comfortable as its predecessor, and is one of the two most comfortable pair of closed headphones in existence (the other is Bose QC 35 II). Of course, ear shells can still rotate 90 ° inwards and fold.

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Like all travel headphones, the WH-1000XM3 can be folded to make it easier to carry

We still value the way Sony redesigned the keys and the charging connector. The keys are no longer in a level with the casing of the left ear shell but are slightly exaggerated and are easier to use. You will find only two of them – one is used to turn the headphones on and off (if you press it briefly when the headphones are turned on the female voice will inform you of the remaining percentage of the battery), and the function of the other one is selected by user. It can be used to switch between three modes – Noise Cancelling, Ambient Sound (microphones transmit ambient sounds to the headphones, useful when you do not want to be killed in city traffic) and Off (ANC and microphones are off, noise blocking is passive ), or activate Google Assistant (or Siri if the headphones are connected to the iPhone). When you use the last one option you press this key and pronounce the question or command that the voice assistant will then obey, even if your cell phone is in your pocket. You can also use it, for example, to let your voice assistant read the notifications. Unfortunately, one irritation is retained – the headphones return to the “initial” state after every reboot, where the ANC is turned on. This is particularly frustrating if you use them most commonly as a regular wireless headphones with an ANC off, especially if you assign the voice assistant function to the be fore mentioned key, because you will not be able to press it twice to turn off ANC but you will have to perform this turning off within a mobile application.

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There are both buttons on the left ear shell and a 3.5 mm connector for wired mode

As far as the connector is concerned, a 3.5-mm port on the left ear shell has been retained to allow the headphones to be operated wired, regardless of the battery status, and the charging connector, mounted on the right ear shell, was converted from a Micro-USB in today’s much more desirable USB-C. This is another great (and expected) Sony move.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Features

Wondering where are the controls for volume control, answering phone calls, releasing and pausing songs and switching between them? All this is done just as with the WH-1000XM2 – by sliding your fingers on the outside of the right ear shell, which is touch sensitive. This function works more precisely than before, and it stopped being happening to accidentally switched to the next song (sliding to the right) when we wanted to increase or decrease the volume (sliding the finger up or down). Pausing music and answering phone calls is done by double-clicking on the right ear shell, and another interesting gesture is supported: when the right ear shell is covered with a palm, the so-called “Quick Attention” mode is activated, in which music volume is turned down and the microphones start to transmit the sound of the environment loudly. The purpose of this is to hear what someone tells you without removing the headphones. The left ear shell has an embedded NFC chip, which can be used to speed up pairing with devices that support it.

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control - Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation - Black Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control - Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation - Black

Acoustic performance has not changed significantly, which is good because the WH-1000XM2 in this aspect was really great. The same applies to WH-1000XM3. Bass is powerful, rich and exciting. Coupled with clean and detailed medium and high tone areas music gives warmth and beauty to which it is difficult to resist. This, therefore, is not just a quality travel headphones, but an excellent headphones for all types of use, including office and home listening. Of course, you will be particularly aware of this if your sound source supports some of the more advanced Bluetooth codecs, such as aptX HD or LDAC, which the WH-1000XM3 supports without any problem.

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Headphones comes with a hard case, audio cable, USB-C charging cable and an airplane adapter

sony-wh-1000xm3-active-noise-cancelling-featuresThe active external noise cancelling is marginally improved compared to the WH-1000XM2, but this still means that it is still the best noise cancellation in the market. Though this technology is still not good enough to suffocate high-frequency sounds (screaming baby or the dangling of hard-working colleagues at work, for example), these headphones will turn the volume of the outside world down as much as possible at this moment and provide you with an enviable level of peace and silence on a transatlantic flight.

The battery holds up between 30 and 38 hours depending on whether ANC is used or not, and the battery charging lasts for three hours. When connected to the Fast Charger(Sony sells it separately) 10 minutes of charging will be enough to give them five hours of wireless operation.

Looking for the best of what the world of headphones with active noise canceling can offer, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is set to be an obvious choice. Keep in mind, however, that there has never been a better chance of grabbing their predecessor WH-1000XM2, whose price today is about 280 $. If the differences compared to the WH-1000XM3 does not appear as revolutionary – and we think they are not – you know what to do.

Sony WH-1000XM2/B Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Hi-Fi Headphones (Certified Refurbished) Sony WH-1000XM2/B Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Hi-Fi Headphones (Certified Refurbished)

Sony Headphones Connect Mobile Application

A few additional functions related to the headphones operation are available within the Sony Headphones Connect application. It gives us an insight into the state of the battery and the active Bluetooth codec, including all that you could be able to care- SBC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC. Below this we have the so-called “Adaptive Sound Control” – a function that basically strives to guess what we are currently doing (sleep, move, run, transport) and adjust the noise cancellation level and sound that microphones transmit to the headphones. For example, when we are not moving, Adaptive Sound Control will enhance the sound of the environment and emphasize the voices especially. Likewise, in traffic it will activate noise canceling and completely exclude the transmission of the sound from the microphone. You can modify the “profiles” manually, so it is not impossible for ANC to activate when it is idle, if we prefer the preset setting. Another interesting feature in the application is called “Noise Cancelling Optimizer”. When triggered, the subject performs a brief measurement and optimizes the behavior of the external noise blocking system with regard to atmospheric pressure. This is to maximize ANC performance in an airplane cabin where the pressure will be significantly different from your office.

There are also some completely useless things like “Sound Position Control”, which allows us to change the balance between the channels so that the sound from the middle is moved backwards or forwards. Same is for “Surround (VPT)”, a set of filters simulating a concert hall, a nightclub, and the like, and actually just disturbs the acoustic performance of the headphones. Equalizer offers us a few profiles (Bright, Excited, Mellow, Relaxed, Vocal, Treble Boost, Bass Boost, Speech) and the ability to create your own but with the option of setting only five frequency ranges. Forget about the equalizer, because anything you do in it will not give you a better sound than the headphones has when it is turned off. Additionally, the use of Equalizer, Sound Position Control and Surround (VPT) functions is only possible when headphones communicate with the sound source over the Bluetooth SBC codec. For the more advanced aptX, aptX, and LDAC codecs, which give their acoustic maximum, all of the above must be turned off. Still, however, you can use the “DSEE HX” technology that makes upsampling of compressed audio files and tries to make sure they sound better. While listening to music from Spotify and Tidal we did not have the impression that it has some benefits, especially when using the LDAC codec, because such content already flows in good quality.

There is also one function that the WH-1000XM2 model does not have – we can determine how soon the headphones will turn off after they lose the Bluetooth connection.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Pro And Cons:

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  • The best sound quality among the earphones with ANC
  • The best ANC in the market
  • Extraordinary comfort
  • Supported all essential Bluetooth codecs (including aptX HD and LDAC)
  • Quality of production
  • Foldable
  • Great controls
  • USB-C charging connector
  • Wired mode (without battery)
  • Enhanced microphone for telephony compared to WH-1000XM2

  • ANC is automatically activated each time you turn on the headphones
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Rega RP6 – Complete Review & Hearing Test https://worldofturntables.com/rega-rp6-complete-review-hearing-test/ https://worldofturntables.com/rega-rp6-complete-review-hearing-test/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:33:33 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4899

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Rega RP 6 Review & Test

Roy Gandi has several simple rules in designing a turntable. Reduce the mass and increase the strength, move structural resonances to the upper range of the frequency spectrum, minimize damping, and reduce engine vibration without using mechanical aids. The new Rega RP6 is an example of how it looks in practice.

The turntable housing is lighter, but in comparison to the model RP5 there are two metal stiffeners connecting them. The platter base is made of aluminum and the platter is a two layer glass. The second layer is a glass rim that increases the peripheral moment and further dampens the base platter. Thanks to sophisticated engine vibration control the engine is hard-connected to the housing and is located close to the sub platter. Like the rest of the Rega turntables this does not have a sub chassis so it is separated from the base with the legs that are taken from the RP9 model.

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Another one simple and well designed product that promises good sound. For all those wondering why here’s a little bit of explanation. Turntable is a mechanical device that is sensitive to everything, including itself. This “all” is primarily the actual situation in which the turntable is located at a distance from speakers that are the source of vibrations. The needle that is in the groove runs through the groove vibrating and tries (in the best sense) to transfer what is printed there.

The needle is connected with a turntable over its casing (cartridge) attached to the tone arm. In the most cases the tone arm is connected through a casing to a platter rotating around its axis. On the platter there is a record, and the platter is on the axis that allows the desired rotation. To have a platter rotated you need a motor that also needs to be here somewhere. All this is more than enough source of trouble. Suppose the needle will not have a problem to read the groove content. But there is a tone arm that holds the cartridge. The tone arm should allow non vibrating environment to the cartridge. But the fact that we have something vibrating on top of it(needle) and it is not an easy task.

We are looking for those vibrations that are inspired by music rather than by structural resonances. The platter needs to be the ideal support for the record featuring a music message. In the real world the platter also resonate a little bit instead of turning in silence. Nothing terrible, but when we add an imperfect platter to the imperfect tone arm the chances of good sound progressively drops. Then the motor comes in the game that will turn the platter via the belt of the driven turntable. The belt is a good idea because ideal motor doesn’t exist.

Rega RP6 Turntable with RB303 Tonearm, TTPSU Power Supply, Dust Cover (Gloss Black)

This has remained the problem of direct drive turntables, namely those in which the axis on which the platter is at the same time an electric motor axis. The belt should compensate miniature nonlinearity of the motor which a good idea. The theory is all good until a practical check arrives. And then things are not very brilliant.

What do you think is happening when the needle comes to what is called a strong modulation? When someone on the record decides to “crush on the drum”? The needle goes into a tough fight with a help from the mass of the platter on which the record is and the torque of the motor. We said the motor and the platter were connected to a belt with a certain elasticity. Now, this elasticity does not come in hand because the belt acts like a clutch on the car. One on the record that crushed on the drum slowed down a bit because needle/platter/motor connection was swinging like an elastic spring. For those who think it’s just enough to increase the mass of the platter and the torque of the engine I have bad news. The heavier platter will produce more noise in the bearing that sits on its axis.

The platter itself will require extra isolation from itself, except for weight. Then we will need to isolate a tone arm from that noise that is already sufficiently tormented with the needle and its resonances. Stronger engine means more noise from the engine. If you are going to solve all these problem, you will end up with a turntable that has to weigh at least tens of pounds. Just imagine what kind of a heroic venture is to solve the same problems with directly powered platter!

If you’re Roy Gandhi then you go in the other direction. So the Rega RP6 as a lightweight turntablee that looks like a set of very simple solutions. And really, they are simple, but getting to the same is not easy. That’s why Roy Gandi is a big name. How to keep everything to a minimum and get the most out of it – that is the right question. What is reliably known is that the shortening of the drive belt and the control of the vibration of the motor can significantly reduce the clutch effect. And here general knowledge is standing so it remains to answer the question how Rega RP6 sounds.

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Rega RP 6 Hearing Test

This turntable came to the test at a time when the fascinating Sota Star rotated the records in my system and waited to write the text. Rega RP6 has something in common with four times expensive Sota. And that’s the tone arm. Sota Star uses Rega RB 301, while RP 6 has the new RB 303, which we will treat as the identical products for the needs of the text. As the Grado cartridge  Model Reference 1 was mounted on Sota, it went to RP 6. We have tw, almost identical Rega tone arms and the same cartridge.

So we can easily find out how important the rest is. Before continuing, I have to draw attention to the three facts to the readers. First, the price difference between these two turntables is enough to buy a whole, sounding great, Rega system. Second, this is not the best Rega turntable and the idea is not to show how much Sota or Rega are worth. The Grado cartridge itself is more expensive than the RP 6 turntable and here is how to reduce the number of variables. Suppose Sota Star is a reference to which we will measure the range of the Rega RP6.

Grado Reference 1 is the cartridge we wrote about and which showed in the Sota all Grado’s luxuries of color and musicality for which lovers appreciate it in particular. Rega RP6 could not convincingly present all the qualities of this cartridge because it was primarily lacking in harmonic upgrades. Everything was true but modestly displayed. In the lower part of the spectrum there is a lack of energy and lightness that swaying unstoppable from the bottom towards the center. The middle is quick and accurate, but more oriented to a faithful display of basic information than on a fine upgrading. So it is with treble area that will not suffer from lack of information, but from the lack of microdynamics. The space definition is very good but not great.

Is Sota Star four times better? Of course it is not but it’s always so in High End. But it was not all on Sota’s side. Rega RP6 spins black record as a CD player spins a CD! This feeling of stability and precision of rotation has only direct driven turntables but it is difficult to approach Rega when it comes to the overall persuasiveness of the presentation. Never for that amount of money I have not heard a turntable that can do it and in the same time not significantly affected anything else.

If we remove the expensive Grado from the story a functional improvement will occur. Grado Reference has by Rega standards, as well as a large number of other cartridges, an oversized housing, so the ton arm should be raised to provide the appropriate angle on which the needle is sitting in the groove.

For this we need a special pad that goes under the tone arm. No special problem, except that an appropriately raised tone arm now prevents the use of the lid! On the Rega turntable only cartridges of the appropriate height, otherwise you  will fight against dust by other ways instead of lid. Constructive failure or conviction that you don’t need better than what Rega offers.

What to say in the end? Turntables are complicated devices and if you want a good sound with a minimum of hassle Rega is an unbeatable choice. Like every lightweight turntable RP 6 is particularly sensitive to the underlying surface so it takes a lot of effort. Additionally, for this amount of money it is hard to find a device that has so skillfully balanced virtues and defects, which is made with such a precision and plays so precise.

Here is Rega RP6 Manual Download.

Rega RP 6 Specifications:

  • Width 448mm
  • Depth 365mm
  • Height 120mm (Dustcover closed)
  • Weight 5.2kg
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Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge – Review, Test and Final Verdict https://worldofturntables.com/nagaoka-mp-200-cartridge-review-test-and-final-verdict/ https://worldofturntables.com/nagaoka-mp-200-cartridge-review-test-and-final-verdict/#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 16:32:16 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4874

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Nagaoka is a very serious company that does not have the habit of frequently modifying models which is certainly not a habit in this industry. Their MP series of cartridges has been on the market for a long time, which tells us the company trusts in their products and not intend to issue novelties. The MP-200 is in the middle of the offer and review has shown that many of its features are shot in a high league and that it would be a serious upgrade to many turntable setups.

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We have already written about the Nagaoka company in the review of the MP-110 cartridge so we do not repeat it.

The Nagaoka MP-200 with its 370 $ price tag is a serious middle class, and this is, with the fact that it is a MM cartridge, a limiting factor. Technical data suggests that we should leave the prejudices aside. Compared to the MP-150 the tested cartridge has seemingly very similar parameters but with a very important difference. The cantilever is made of boron which is a “high end” pedigree that Nagaoka uses in MP-300 and MP-500. Boron is a very rare element in nature and is not easy to get it so many manufacturers have abandoned the use of the same. But its hardness and strength are desirable characteristics for making a needle holder on a turntable cartridge. Why is boron so much better than aluminum which is often used in cartridges of a similar price? The main advantage is the suppression of the resonance of the material in the ultrasonic area. Aluminum cantilevers resonates in the area of 14 to 16 kHz while the cantilever made of boron is in the range of 19 to 28 kHz .When we add strength and hardness to this data we have almost ideal material on the table. The weight of this cartridge is 6.5 grams, the output voltage is 4 mV, the range 20 Hz – 23 kHz, the channel separation 25 dB and the recommended torque of 1.5 to 2.0 mN.

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These rumbling data are certainly not enough to persuade someone to “unload” 370 $ for a cartridge. The turntables and the records are experiencing new youth and there is no doubt about it. Many good sound lovers have acquired new ones that are normally (with exceptions) with an integrated cartridge and cost up to 500-600 $. Many of them are thinking of improving the sound of their turntable and the audio forums are full of such queries, but when setup and the cables are properly resolved there is not much room left for anything. In that sense, I will paraphrase the legendary Franc Kuzma, who in a similar query to the interested audiophile, replied: “Buy a better cartridge.” And that’s right. Everything on a turntable is important but the cartridge is ultimately the one that limits the sound of your turntable, whether you want to admit it or not. And what does a review says about such an investment?

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Nagaoka MP-200 Review & Test:

The Nagaoka MP-200 cartridge is mounted on the tonearm of S.A.M. Calista 2 which is based on S.A.M. Aldair. Phono stage was a great Parasound JC3 Jr so I can freely say that the MP-200 could show everything she knows and do. What was immediately implied as a comparison was the relationship with the MP-110 (approx. 100 $) tested two years ago on our portal and a relationship to Ortofon Contrapunkt B (approx. 1000 $) I use. The MP-200 is placed with the sound (as well as with the price) exactly between and that’s what I like in analogy. The MP-200 sounds much more neutral, the resolution is even better, although it is not visible immediately. This performance is most likely due to the described boron cantilever and the MP-200 works quietly, stably and just as gentle. It’s definitely the sound that your turntable brings to the new sphere just give the time to yourself so that this feature comes to light. Drawing of the space is at a high level and together with a very good sound of instruments and vocals it makes a very serious and competitive sound. Comparison with Ortofon Contrapunkt B, and probably compared to other similar MC speakers (cca 1000 $), points to a partial lack of fluidity and the absence of the finest detail hidden in the record grooves. That is why the timbar is not exhaustive and the space does not have the precision that reproduces top (and expensive) MC models. But every review must look at the price. For a price of 370 $ Nagaoka MP-200 does not have a lot of competitors and it’s certainly an excellent upgrade of many turntable sets. Its serious, culturally and neutral sound precipitates, and the sound of your turntable can go into serious heights that rarely any CD player can compete with.

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Nagaoka MP-200 Features:

  • Superfine polished special eliptical diamond stylus
  • Powerfull samarium cobalt magnet
  • low-mass, tapered aluminum alloy cantilever for very high fidelity
  • Carbon fibre reinforced plastic shoe
  • Anti ferro magnetic permalloy shield casing

Nagaoka MP-200 Phono Cartridge Specifications:

  • Type: Moving permalloy
  • Cantilever: High-strength Boron
  • Stylus type: Superfine eliptical diamond 0.4 x 0.7 mil.
  • Weight: 6.5 g
  • Output voltage: 1kHz, 5cm/sec: 4mV
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 23 kHz
  • Channel balance: 1kHz: > 1.5 dB
  • Channel separation: 1kHz: > 25 dB
  • Recommended loading: 47k ohms
  • Dynamic compliance: 7.2 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Static cimpliance: 20 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Tracking force range: 1.5 – 2.0 g

Very gentle, serious and neutral sound.
For this price, nothing.

User manual is here: Nagaoka MP-200 User Manual Download

Conclusion & final verdict:

For a price of 370 $ Nagaoka MP-200 does not have a lot of competitors and it’s certainly an excellent upgrade of many turntable sets. Its serious, culturally and neutral sound precipitates, and the sound of your turntable can go into serious heights that rarely any CD player can compete with.

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Cambridge Audio Phono Preamplifiers – Solo & Duo Review and Test https://worldofturntables.com/cambridge-audio-phono-preamplifiers-solo-duo-review-and-test/ https://worldofturntables.com/cambridge-audio-phono-preamplifiers-solo-duo-review-and-test/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:31:02 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4831

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Whether you remove dust from your record collection or have embraced analogy through massive vinyl hysteria, the needle drop in the first black groove is a unique experience. True record fans(including myself) says: “If you have never heard the reproduction of the top-of-the-range, well adjusted turntable and the appropriate audio system, you never heard how music should sound.”

Vinyl lovers enjoy the return of the turntable but are also aware of the importance of phono preamplifier. So what is a preamplifier? Also known as a phono preamp or a preamplifier, the phono stage ensures the signal processing from the cartridge(turntable) to be suitable for connecting to the line input of the preamplifier/amplifier/receiver. While record was the standard for sound carriers(until the beginning of the nineties of the last century), each preamp/amplifier/receiver had a built-in phono preset in which the turntable was connected directly. After the change of the audio format the CD replaced records, and the preamplifier was no longer embedded into amplifiers/receivers or the phono circuits was replaced with the simplest circuits of an inferior quality.

Today the turntable can not be directly plugged in the most amplifiers/receivers because line inputs do not have sufficient sensitivity.

Tunrtable cartridges have a very small output voltage that needs to be boosted several hundred times to be loud enough to connect to the line input. Any noise before or during passage through the phono level will be amplified to the same extent as the signal that carries the music information.

This means that the phono preamplifier must have as low a noise as possible so the reproduced music is heard purely and naturally without additional information that are not on the record. Equally significant part of the cartridge signal processing is RIAA equalization required because the low tones are recorded very quietly and high tones are recorded very loudly (a procedure that ensures that the music can fit on the record in a certain duration).

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That’s why Cambridge Audio took care of placing two preamplifiers on the market – SOLO basic MM and DUO, MM/MC preamplifier with advanced features.

Cambridge Audio – Solo MM Phono Preamplifier Review

Solo is just a basic MM preamplifier that uses self oscillating power supply and the elements are almost completely surface mounted (SMT) to ensure the shorter signal path. The design is simple, so it supports only MM cartridges, impedance setting and capacitance is not possible, it is predefined at 47 kΩ and 100 pF.

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Cambridge Audio Alva Solo Moving Magnet Phono Preamplifier - Silver Cambridge Audio Alva Solo Moving Magnet Phono Preamplifier - Silver

The only thing that can be adjusted is the balance (in case the channels do not have the same volume). Due to the possibility of rumble at the lowest frequencies (turntable drive, damaged records), the so-called “subsonic filter” is installed that eliminates all frequencies below 20 Hz. The accuracy of the RIAA curve is ± 0.65 dB through a frequency range of 30 Hz to 20 kHz, and the signal/noise ratio is excellent >90 dB. Channel listening is greater than 85dB at 10kHz. By sticking to Cambridge Audio’s “green” philosophy Solo goes automatically in standby mode after twenty minutes of no use when consumption falls below 0.5 W.

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Cambridge Audio – Solo MM Phono Preamplifier Specifications:

  • Maximum consumption: 10 W
  • Gain: 39 dB
  • Output voltage: 300 mV
  • RIAA curve: +/- 0.65 dB 30 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Signal / noise ratio: >90 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: <0.0025%
  • Input impedance: 47 kΩ
  • Input Capacitance: 100 pF
  • Overload limit: >30 dB
  • Listening: >85 dB
  • Dimensions: 48 x 176 x 132 mm (WDD)
  • Weight: 0.68 kg

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Cambridge Audio – Duo MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Review

The Duo is an advanced MM/MC phono preamplifier designed with exceptional components that delivers a warm and detailed sound that is synonymous for a vinyl record.

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The self oscillating power supply works outside the auditory area and drastically reduces the buzzing noise and thanks to the surface mounting of the elements the noise is significantly quieter. An intelligent solution is the 6.35mm headphone jack which lets you enjoy listening to music from the record without disturbing your household members. Like Solo, a subsonic filter, balance control, and standby mode after 20 minutes of unused use have been installed.

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Cambridge Audio – Duo MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Specifications:

  • Maximum consumption: 10 W
  • Cartridge Support: MM and MC
  • Gain: MM: 39 dB; MC: 60 dB
  • Output voltage: 300 m
  • Sensitivity: MM: 3.35 mV; MC: 0.305 mV
  • Equivalent input noise: MM: ~ 0.09uV; MC: ~ 0.08uV
  • RIAA curve accuracy: +/- 0.3 dB 30 Hz – 50kHz
  • Signal/noise Ratio: MM: >90 dB; MC: >70 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion: MM: <0.0025%; MC: <0.20%
  • Input impedance: MM: 47 kΩ; MC: 100 Ω
  • Input Capacitance: 100 pF
  • Overload limit: >30 dB
  • Listening: MM: >85 dB; MC: 75 dB
  • Dimensions: 48 x 215 x 159 mm (WDD)
  • Weight: 0.95 kg

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Manuals for this great preamplifiers are here: Solo/Duo User Manual Download

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Edifier R2000DB Active HI-FI Bluetooth Speakers Review https://worldofturntables.com/edifier-r2000db-active-hi-fi-bluetooth-speakers-review/ https://worldofturntables.com/edifier-r2000db-active-hi-fi-bluetooth-speakers-review/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:14:55 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4799

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The market for wireless and portable speakers is increasing. This expansion goes to the detriment of the classic speakers, so obviously the power ratio changes significantly. Why is that so? Because the development of wireless technology has made it that achieving sound is simpler and implementation in realistic terms is simpler. Music is stored on smartphones and tablets and can be easily transferred to modern speakers by bluetooth connection. Such systems are simple, mobile and ready for work right away and do not take half the living space which is an extra plus. And the price is not too high. True “Plug & Play” …

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The Chinese company Edifier obviously has a plan to dominate the world in this segment. The same is quite known in our market(Amazon). It was founded in 1996 in Beijing and soon became the leader in the production of 2 + 1 and 4 + 1 speaker systems in China as well as speakers for use with the computer. In 2000 the first 5 + 1 system with decoders and remote control was introduced and production expansion was established in 2001 in Shenzen. Growth is striking and Edifier by 2013 becomes the leader in the Chinese market in its 50% stake. New products come in the Debut series and 2007 management of the company moves up to Shenzhen while working in parallel in Beijing. At the same time Edifier starts planning a new manufacturing plant in Dongguan and comes out on the stock market. In August 2010 the new factory is ready and all production lines move to the state-of-the-art plant. In 2011 the company founded the Edifier Music Foundation through which young and talented musicians were awarded. 2011 marks the first acquisition of renowned Japanese STAX headset manufacturer. From 2013 until today the company is constantly investing in new products and their portfolio is growing.

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More than obviously, serious money was invested in this project, but the owners knew what was missing and did not save money to compensate for it. They did not have a “know how” and a sound name in the engineering team that would help in placement on overseas markets.In that sense, Phil Jones and Peter Duminy were engaged. Phil Jones’ biography is certainly interesting and peculiar, although the fact that he constructed AE1, the most prominent speaker from Acoustic Energy’s portfolio and residents of the Speaker’s Hall, speaks for itself. Peter Duminy gained his experience working in Rogers, Bowers & Wilkins and Audio Research, so the Chinese knew what they should do and did not save the money. The investment paid off – it shows the growth of the company, the marketing position as well as the sound of the speakers we tested.

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Edifier R2000DB Review&Hearing Test

The subject of the test is a couple of active mini-monitor speakers that, apart from the fact that they are active in their configuration, offer two analog and one optical inputs (which means that there is a D/A converter in the loudspeaker) and wireless connectivity to the bluetooth. Very practical. At first glance it seems that only one speaker is active but in one box there are amplifiers for both speakers (2 x 36W and 2 x 24W) and all other electronics (DACs, inputs, potentiometers and tones) while with other “passive” speaker you’re connected with a rather long speaker cable. The reason for this is that in Edifier concluded that it was cheaper in this way and they can can offer a more attractive price. When we talk about the price Edifier R2000DB stands at 1990.00 kn for a couple which is really more than a good price when considering the complete package. Bas-midrange and tweeter look more than good for the price class and the complete design is appropriate. Sloped front side, besides what looks attractive, certainly helps with the correct time domain. Who else thinks about that for this price? The speakers are supplied with a small-size remote control that you can use to adjust the volume, select the source and turn on and off the speakers. At the bottom of the remote control you have two cool keys (classic and dynamic) that you can influence the type of sound. Classic mode can be called some linear mode while in dynamic mode the bass is slightly amplified and the sound gets a loudness character. Certainly a nice option when listening quieter.

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When I look back at the introduction and it is more than obvious that it is a genuinely simple and practical product. Enough is to store music on a smartphone or tablet from which you can either connect with a bluetooth or 3.5mm to RCA jack and listen to music. An additional optical and RCA input allows you to connect your TV to the speakers or any other source if you have it (TV, CD or DVD player). What more to ask for?

This approach in the design made me to test the R2000DB in different circumstances than I did otherwise. One part of the review is done in the listening box I usually do while the other part is done in plain conditions with a TV set and IPTV receiver as sound sources. Let’s be realistic. It will be hard to find such speakers in the homes of classical audiophiles, but they will surprise the quality of those who usually have entry level systems. The second described setup seems more realistic so it is interesting to see how the speakers will sound in theoretically unfavorable conditions.

Edifier R2000DB Hearing Test

In my career I often had the opportunity to listen to active speakers of similar or higher prices and mostly remained disappointed. My disappointment was right with the knowledge that the money was paid for serious passive hi-fi speakers, so it seemed logical that it was difficult to make the active speakers for the same amount of money. With a few exceptions that confirmed the rule (and for more serious money), I lived in the belief that there is no hope for active speakers although in the theory should take precedence over passive. But R2000DB has been shown to be the most pleasant surprise for the money. The greatest credit for this belongs to Phil Jones. We can see that the speakers are designed by someone who knows how to do it and who understands that a good speaker is not just good measurements but it is necessary to do more than that. The sound character goes to the softer side so that all the records are reproduced very comfortable and easy to listen.

Obviously, the constructors looked after that segment in construction because it was not difficult to predict that R2000DB would be in real-world situations everywhere

Spatial dimensions are reconditioned appropriately and all of its segments are duly visible in the soundtrack. The vocals sound great, they are appropriate in size and without any prominent sibilants. Connecting via the optical input brought something more closed and over the analog inputs a little bit more opened sound. The lowest sound quality was using bluetooth input that was to be expected. Bass goes astonishingly deep with regard to the size of the box and gives the overall sound a great foundation for which there is no need for amplification. The maximum volume is above the expected limit given the size of the bass speaker and the declared amplifier power. It is a pleasant surprise to the speaker’s behavior in “non-audio” conditions! When I put the loudspeakers on the stand and connected them to the TV and the IPTV it surprised me that nothing had been damaged in the frequency characteristics of the speakers. Obviously, the constructors looked after that segment in construction because it was not difficult to predict that R2000DB would be in real-world situations everywhere.Very wise …

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Conclusion:

The Edifier R2000DB is one of the most enjoyable surprises in a lot of time. Given the price, sound, quality of production and the convenience of use, these speakers will give a lot of headaches to the competition. A lot of invested money and experienced and celebrated design team are clearly a winning combination.

Manual is here: Edifier R2000DB manual download

Excellent sound in class, convenience and simplicity.

Nothing in this price class.

Edifier R2000DB Specifications:

TOTAL POWER OUTPUT: RMS 24W × 2 + 36 W × 2
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO: ≥85dBA
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 55Hz-20KHz(±3db)
INPUT SENSITIVITY: Line in1: 800 mV ± 50 mV, Line in2: 600 mV ± 50 mV, OPT: 500 mFFs ± 50 mFFs
INPUT TYPE: RCA x2, Bluetooth, Optical, Coaxial
BASS DRIVER: 5″ alloy
TREBLE DRIVER: Φ25mm Ru-Fe-B silk dome
DIMENSiONS [PER SPEAKER]: 9.5in x 11.25in x 7.5in
ACTIVE/PASSIVE: Active
REMOTE CONTROL: ✓

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1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones Review & Hearing Test https://worldofturntables.com/1more-triple-driver-bt-in-ear-headphones-review-hearing-test/ https://worldofturntables.com/1more-triple-driver-bt-in-ear-headphones-review-hearing-test/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:07:54 +0000 https://worldofturntables.com/?p=4740

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1MORE has added a wireless feature to one of its most popular headphones . The result? One of the most interesting wireless in-ear headsets we’ve had this year in review.

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Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones are the headphones with which 1MORE company has turned its attention to itself and has become a relevant player in the “mobile” sound field. They were provided with excellent design, rich accessories, and surprisingly good sound quality, which delivered a system of three built-in speaker units instead of the usual one. For the price of about 100 $ it was – and still is – an extremely convenient purchase for users looking for quality in-ear headphones. As the name suggests, the 1MORE Triple Driver BT is a wireless version of these popular headphones. It should be said that the price of the wireless account increased by 30$ and the acoustic performance remained practically unchanged. All the money you pay above the price of the Triple Driver’s wired headphones is actually given for additional wireless features and not for enhancements in the sound field. If the wire does not bother you the “ordinary” Triple Driver In-Ear is a more cost-effective purchase. On the other hand, for users who insist on cordless headphones, and these are really many today, 1MORE has implemented absolutely everything the customer could wish for in Triple Driver BT so the customers of these headsets should not feel cheated at all because all additions are definitely worth the price difference.

Detailed review of 1MORE Triple Driver BT in-Ear Headphones:

Stable around the neck

The headphones are based on the popular “neckband” design, where the headphones are fixed with the wire to the opposite open ends of the “rim” that we put behind the neck. The part lying on the back of the neck is covered with a very fine rubber. The rubber achieves good contact with skin and clothing so that never happened to us to have our headphones slipped from the neck and ended up on the ground. The “half-rim” ends are made of solid silver plastic. Ear capsules are also silver-gray since they casings are made of aluminum alloy. Headphones generally look unobtrusive and beautiful and they are robust enough to carry a daily pull on their pockets of clothing and backpacks.
The end of the half-rim, which is placed on the left side of the neck when you use it, includes a few buttons – upper is used to turn on the headphones, and with the remaining three, placed on the inside, you control the sound volume, pause and swap the songs (double press for the next, the triple for the previous one) and answering the phone calls. The microphone is integrated close to the buttons and its basic task – voice transmission when making a call – is done flawlessly. It is capable of filtering the outside noise to some level which is very useful on the streets.

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Behind the plastic door, embedded at the end of the “necklace”, there is a USB-C connector intended for charging the battery. It’s the only element we’ve noticed a possible problem. The little doors are fixed to the headphones with a thin piece of rubber which could be broken in case of negligent handling which would hurt the exterior of the headphones. Moreover, the slot itself is relatively narrow so that you will not match any USB – C cables, but only those with a thinner connector design (like the one that comes with the headphones box).
The built-in battery is sufficient for about seven hours of playing. This is not a great deal, so we’re happy that 1MORE has implemented fast charging technology. After just 10 minutes on the charger the headphones will be charged enough to be able to use them for about three hours. Charging the battery to a full capacity lasts one hour. The remaining battery capacity can be checked at any time within the Bluetooth settings of the mobile phone and the female voice of the headphones itself will also occasionally inform you about the battery. The lady does not say the exact percentage of the battery. Instead of that she only says the general: “Battery High”, “Battery Medium” and “Battery Low”. It happens more often than we would like: several times we have heard her in a very exciting shares in the song that we listened to so that our enjoyment was somewhat corrupt. It would be good to be possible to deactivate it or at least limit it to the case when the battery is at the very end but the headphones do not come with any kind of application that would allow that.

One dynamic, two balanced

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As mentioned earlier, the 1MORE Triple Driver BT’s ear capsules conceal three loudspeaker units instead of the usual one. It is a standard dynamic driver with neodymium magnet and diaphragm-covered metal composite and it has a pair of balanced armatures. We would love to see support for both aptX and aptX HD, first of all because it would expand the number of users who can extract all that they can offer from these handsets. This, however, does not mean that owners of mobile phones that do not support the LDAC codec should avoid this headphones. If you do not keep your files in FLAC format on your mobile phone but you already have MP3 music or stream it over with a some service (Google Play Music, YouTube, Spotify, Deezer with a ‘regular’ subscription that doesn’t supports HiFi playback), default SBC codec, which is supported in all mobile phones will be more than enough to deliver everything in the headphones.

Acoustic Performance

The acoustic performance of the Triple Driver BT is practically the same as that of the wired variants of these headphones. In other words, the sound is full, satisfyingly detailed and very fun, with high frequencies, which somewhat reduces the openness of the sound but also eliminates the fatigue of the ears during longer listening which we greatly appreciate about in-ear earphones. The bass is abundant and well controlled throughout the range with the exception of the lowest frequencies – those we hear less as a concrete impact, and more like a “rumbling” int he background. In this frequencies Triple Driver BT is not overly detailed and in songs with abundance of such, extremely low frequencies, somewhat blurring the entire lower frequency spectrum, and in extreme cases can even suppress the vocals. With this in mind, these headphones we would not necessarily recommend to users who have genres like hip-hop and extremely “bass” electronic on the daily repertoire. With all other music genres Triple Driver BT is great and delivers a really good sound.
As always, to achieve maximum acoustic performance with the in-ear headphones(and the best passive isolation of the external noise) it is necessary to find earplugs of optimal size – those that will completely fill your ear canal and will not bother you. With 1MORE Triple Driver BT you get nine pairs of earplugs(a combination of silicone and foam) in dimensions from 10 to 14.5 millimeters.

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Features:

  • 1 Dynamic Driver + 2 Balanced Armatures for superior sound
  • Aerospace-grade metal composite diaphragm with PET
  • Hi-Res LDAC lossless wireless listening experience
  • 10-minute fast charging for 3-hour use
  • Environmental noise cancellation for clear calls
  • Multi-functional in-line control buttons
  • Flexible neckband and soft silicon ear tips for comfortable wearing
  • Hybrid acoustic triple driver design
  • Triple-layer aerospace-grade metal diaphragm
  • Hi-Res LDAC lossless audio
  • Bluetooth V 4.2
  • Environmental Noise Cancellation

In The Box:

  • 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones
  • 8 extra sets of ear tips – 5 silicon tips and 3 foam tips
  • Carrying & storage pouch
  • Charging cable
  • User manual

Specifications:

  • Type: In-Ear
  • Charging Time: 1 hour
  • Talk Time: 7 hours
  • Music Play Time: 7 hours
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Wireless Range: 10 m
  • Bluetooth: V 4.2
  • Weight: 42.5 g

Manual is here: 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones Manual

Here is a 1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones video review:

Conclusion can only be this – the transition of the famous and recognized 1MORE Triple Drivers from wired to wireless mode has gone flawless and very successful.

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Audio Technica ATH-SR5BT Review

For users who aim at high-quality audio headphones, this Audio Technica model is a great fit. In support of the portability of these headphones the most extremely compact dimensions, small mass (185 grams), and excellent time of autonomy go most. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts more than 30 hours, meaning that only the most frustrated mobile listeners will need to connect the Micro-USB cable more often than once a week. The headphone cushions can be rotated 90 ° after which the headphones are even easier to insert into the backpack or pocket of the jacket, or simply hang around the neck. We talking about closed on-ear headphone, which stick directly to the ears. If you wear glasses multi-hour use may be uncomfortable, despite the soft foam cushions. The good news is that the metal rim sometimes weakens its initial compression so it is worth wringing that potential initial lack of comfort. Of course, there is also an option to stretch them to the end position which will automatically reduce the press on your head.

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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BK On-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones, Black Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BK On-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones, Black

For sound quality we have only a superlatives. The bass hits precisely and strong without any pronounced slander and blurring of the tones or spilling into the middle of the spectrum. The middle tones are also well represented and we would just call the high tones a little bit overwhelmed, which can be a bit tedious when listening very loudly. The width of the stage is not special – nothing strange, given the fact that those are closed headphones. In the acoustic sense they are one of the best headphones on the test. On the right side there is a tiny switch to turn the headset on and off, and the one on the left has multiple functions. Used to pause and switch songs, adjust the volume, and answer calls (makes sense when using a cable with a microphone). Codec aptX is supported and paired with eight devices via Bluetooth, although when you switch to the second device you must disconnect the first.

Sound quality in wireless (and even more wired) mode, battery life, hands-free control on the left handset, small mass, convincing design.

They may be uncomfortable for users wearing glasses or having overhead large head, the microphone is only available on wire.


Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Review

The only problem with these great headphones is that you can buy two pairs of Audio Technica ATH-SR5BT models for their price and they are not twice as good. On the other hand, you definitely will not regret anything because the visible and audible benefits in absolutely every aspect still exist. First and foremost, the quality of finishing is even more luxurious – the main word is aluminum and leather – and comfort when wearing for one or two levels higher. The latter should be thankful for the extremely soft materials on the inside of the rim and on the ears itself. In addition, the headphone cushions have no edges that presses to the edges of the ears, but are flat, so the “load” is evenly distributed throughout the ear. It makes P5 Wireless one of the most comfortable closed on-ear headphones that exist. Second, and more importantly, P5 Wireless is more fun to listen to than the Audio Technica model. The sound is generally richer with even deeper and bumpy bass and live dynamics. While Audio Technica is aiming for precision, Bowers & Wilkins obviously wants you to tap your foot and shake your head – and it’s achieved with these headphones.

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Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones, Black Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones, Black

The keys are also of the best quality, in this case, placed on the right ear. Upper and lower adjust the volume of the sound, and the middle is assigned to a greater number of functions. If we press it once, we start and pause the song. Double press move us to the next song and triple to the previous one. The same key is used to answer phone calls. To use a microphone, we do not have to plug a wire because a couple of microphones are integrated into the headset itself. The aspect in which the P5 Wireless is worse than the Audio Technica model is the time of autonomy. The built-in battery is sufficient for fifteen hours of wireless music playback and then it must be charged using a standard micro USB cable or remove a right ear cushion fixed with a strong magnet and plug in the supplied audio cable. Wireless connectivity is realized via Bluetooth 4.1, and support for aptX codec in this price class implies. It is possible to pair up to eight different devices at the same time.

Sound quality, music management keys, function as a wireless headset, excellent design and comfort.

High price.


Creative Sound Blaster Jam

Low price of this headphones did not allow us to be particularly pleased to put these headphones on the ears. The completely plastic construction of all the elements, from the rims to the head shells increased our fears, but when we finally paired it with the cell phone and released the test playlist at Spotify – happiness and joy! Sound Blaster JAM sounds above any expectation for this price class with finely balanced medium and high tones, enough detail in more complex songs and carefully controlled bass. If you like the lower part of the spectrum to hit you more energetically, press the Bass button on your right ear – the songs will sound lively and entertaining (though not necessarily more precise) at the same moment.

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The loudness of the headset is sufficient to kill the sounds in public transport and we are very pleased to hear no sound distortion when listening to the sound. The volume is controlled by the keys on the right side and pressing the center section will pause the song or make a call. The microphone is integrated into the headphones. Apart from the inconclusive design we are surprised by the lack of a 3.5mm jack. It means this headphones can not be used when the battery is empty which will happen after ten hours of loud listening. If someone cares – NFC is supported  so Bluetooth pairing with the cell phone can be accelerated further(of course, with the premise that it also supports NFC). This is the best sound quality you will get from the wireless headphones in this price range.

Sound quality, microphone integrated in the handset, price, comfort.

Extremely plastic construction, no 3.5 mm connector for wire connection (can not work without battery).

Conclusion

We tried to cover every price aspect in this article so you can find a headphones that will fit best with your budget and your needs. We like the price/quality ratio in Audio Technica ATH-SR5 so that is our choice from this offer.

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As you may know, today started Amazon Prime Day discount.

Here are the best deals selected by World of Turntables:

1. Amazon Fire Tv Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. DISCOUNT 50%!

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4. nuraphone – Wireless Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones with Earbuds. Creates Personalized Sound for You. DISCOUNT 25 %!

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5. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices. DISCOUNT 7%!

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If you buy any of these devices and you have Amazon Prime you will get a discount described above.

Happy shopping!

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