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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 panel 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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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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2. Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Smart speaker with Alexa. DISCOUNT 40%!

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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.

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The Best Wireless Headphones of 2018: Cut the Cord With Our Pick – Introduction https://worldofturntables.com/the-best-wireless-headphones-of-2018-cut-the-cord-with-our-pick-introduction/ https://worldofturntables.com/the-best-wireless-headphones-of-2018-cut-the-cord-with-our-pick-introduction/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:09:54 +0000 http://worldofturntables.com/?p=4396

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Wireless headphones are nothing new or unseen, but since Apple frightened us with an idiotic decision to remove the 3.5-mm audio connector from their cell phones, it became clear that we would have to pay them much more attention. As reviewers but also as future users. So we’ve gathered everything available on the US market, checking out what’s worth the money and answering all questions – whether it’s fun or not to listen to wireless music.

You can think of whatever you want about Apple, but one thing we can not argue with – the company sets trends and changes rules that were previously considered unchanging – eliminating the headphone connector is the best example. Although criticized by nearly all of the world’s media, the most influential tech youtubers and millions of users the only thing that has happened is that Apple’s example began to follow almost all other mobile phone manufacturers. Although the 3.5mm connector will not be extinct because it is used on other devices than just mobile phones – almost every other device that can produce sound – the fact is that we will see it less frequently on mobile phones in the future.

By purchasing a suitable adapter wired headphones can still be connected to phones without a 3.5mm connector so they can be plugged into a USB-C or Lightning port. This means you will not necessarily have to replace your existing model especially if you are completely satisfied with it. However, when purchasing the next headphones you will probably want to be wireless. A simpler connection to mobile phones without a 3.5 mm connector is just one reason. After a few days of use it will become clear to you that the lack of wires between the head and the pocket is a great and very liberating thing. There is no concern that you will be crammed into objects around you and there is no risk that your cell phone or headphones will fly on the floor in case you pull them off with some garment. Caring for the battery can be tense but this aspect in practice is not as awesome as it sounds. Namely, virtually all wireless headsets available today on the market can offer 10 or more hours of playing on a single charge. In other words they can withstand a one-way flight but also the entire week of public transport on the way to school, college or job and back. Let’s not forget that almost every wireless headphone model can work in a wired mode that does not require a battery so this can be a handy solution if the battery is empty.

Before we go over to the descriptions of the wireless headsets that we have gathered in this comparative test (about thirty) we will address the issue of wireless sound quality, remind you of the types and performances of the headsets and the great functional and practical difference between them and overturn (or confirm!) some of myths from the world of music enjoyment.

Explain to me immediately – do the wireless headphones have the same, worse, or better sound than the wired?

The assumption that wireless headphones sounds worse than wired originates from the time when they used older versions of the Bluetooth, which greatly compressed the sound signal to transfer it successfully (without interruption) to the receiver in the headphones. In the newer era, the Bluetooth 4.1 and 4.2 standards, whose bandwidth is higher (24 Mbit/s), are far better, energy consumption is more rational, and the overall sound reproduction is far more favorable. For example, the sound in “CD quality” has a bandwidth of about 1.5 Mbit/s. In the last year Bluetooth 5 is presented, which continues to improve all aspects of this technology, but for now has not yet widely used in headphones and sound sources (cell phones, laptops, line streamers etc.).

If we have two identical pair of headphones, where one are wired and the other are wireless, and we play the high definition song from the same sound source, then the wired headphones sounds better. The reason is simple – it is not necessary to compress the signal when the sound is transferred over the wire.
However, in practice this will almost never be the case. We live in times when music is listening from the services like Deezer, Spotify, Play Music, Apple Music and YouTube. The highest quality audio signal available at these locations is completely “portable” over Bluetooth. In other words – in this case you will not hear the difference between the wired and wireless connection with the sound source. In addition, one should keep in mind where wireless headphones are used: on a bus, train or plane, on city streets, in cars, on the beach, in the gym – all places where your surroundings will not be silent, thus insisting on audiophile sound quality loses meaning.
If you are an audiophile and want the headphones with which you will enjoy your home collection of albums in FLAC or vinyl, then you will definitely want to buy the wired earphones. For anyone who buys the headphones for motion on the go their wireless feature will not be a limiting factor in achieving maximum performance. You will be most convinced when connecting your cordless headphones to the sound source with wire – and you realize that you do not hear a big (or any) difference in the sound quality.

You want to say that wireless headphones can also be used as wired?

Not always, but often. The vast majority of wireless headphones have 3.5mm (or less, 2.5mm) connectors and come with a cord that turns them into wired headphones for about two seconds and connects to sound sources like any other wired headphones. This feature is implemented so that wireless headphones can be used when the batteries are empty. Some wireless headphones do not have the capability to connect to the cable so discharging the battery in their case indicates the end of the music listening.

Is the battery in the wireless headphones replaceable?

Not always but is always rechargeable. A standard Micro-USB connector is used for charging which means that you can easily connect them to your mobile charger or the nearest free USB port on your desktop or laptop computer. Charging the battery from empty to full charged does not usually last more than three hours.

Is there a way to extend the battery life of my wireless headphones?

Yes – use them at a lower volume. Listening volume directly affects battery life. You should adjust the sound volume at the maximum available value on the sound source as this will allow you to use the headphones at a lower volume level. All cell phones allow “Bluetooth volume control” within their system menus or simply by pressing the volume keys after Bluetooth connectivity with the headphones is established.

Is Bluetooth the only way to connect wireless headphones with sound sources?

Not the only one, but the most widely used. Some headphones use a radio connection to their base station which is connected to the sound source. Indeed, Bluetooth connectivity also works over radio waves so this definition is not accurate enough. If you see headphones labeled RF it means wireless but not using Bluetooth. Such models are intended for home use only and the main advantage over Bluetooth is their range which is can be from a few tens to one hundred meters. It means we can move freely around the room and still enjoy the music . The main drawback is the limitation to one place of use and one source of sound. As you connect the Bluetooth headset neatly to all your cell phones, laptops or tablets – RF headphones will only work with the device with which their base or receiver is connected. A good example of RF headsets are wireless gaming headsets. They always come with a USB receiver, which we need to plug into a free USB port on your computer and such a headset is connected immediately.

What is the range of the Bluetooth headphones?

About 10 meters according to specification and in practice it will vary from headphones to headphones. We have not encountered any of the situations that it was not enough for a smooth audio transmission if the sound source (cell phone, tablet, and the like) is in the pocket or backpack and the headphones on the head. Generally, you can count on that music in your Bluetooth headphones will be audible as long as you are in the same room as the sound source. A wall or a window glass between the Bluetooth headphones and the sound source will usually result in crackles and the sound interruption – a sign that you are out of range.

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How do the headphones can be classified regarding to their purpose?

Bluetooth headphones can in principle be divided into classic and sporty. The basic difference is that the classics are usually comes in a closed version and for the sake of greater enjoyment in music try to block the outside noise (passively or actively) as much as possible and with a sporty headphones emphasis is on the resistance to falling from the head so they often have some sort of mechanism for the additional attaching  to the ears. We could say that sound quality alone in sports wireless headphones is less important than some other features, such as attaching to the head, sweat resistance and similar. Finally we have the aforementioned RF headphones intended exclusively for home use where comfort, sound quality and range are the most important features.

What additional features wireless headphones have?

Models that are connected with audio sources by Bluetooth connection regularly offer the function of answering phone calls and making conversations. They function as headsets. One or more microphones are usually embedded in one of the ear shells and are capable of recording our speech. Some models offer the microphone only on the wire that are delivered with, which is far less practical because you probably did not buy them to use it frequently in the wired mode.

Why wireless headphones are more expensive than wired?

One thing you certainly pay for is comfort and the “modernity” of wireless. Wireless headphones also contain more components than wired. In addition to the battery itself and the Bluetooth receiver, they must have an amplifier and a digital-to-analog converter, which converts the bluetooth output (your song) into an analog audio signal, which speakers in the headphones can play as sound waves. The fact that digital-to-analog conversion is performed on headphones rather than in the sound source also means that the DAC of your source (such as cell phones) will not affect the overall sound quality. Of course, until you connect the headset to the cellular phone when the DAC in the mobile phone again takes over the work of digital-to-analog signal conversion. This is also why someone will convince you that Deezer’s music sounds better when the headset is connected to a cord instead of using it in wireless mode. In such cases, it is only the DAC in the cell phone that is better than the one in the headset.

Do I have to pair my wireless handsets again and again with my cellphone?

No, the connection is sufficient to be established only once. Each time you turn on Bluetooth on your mobile phone, the headset will recognize it and connect to it immediately after switch-on. Things can be more complicated only if you use the same headset on a large number of devices (mobile phones, tablets and laptops, for example), and they can not remember more than one device. Fortunately, all the better models are able to remember more than one device and move smoothly between them.

Which other sound sources wireless headphones can be paired with, other than cell phones?

Each device that works as a sound source and supports Bluetooth it will be possible to connect to the headphones. Apart from cell phones, we can connect laptops, tablets, smart TV sets, music streamers, car audio systems, and many other devices. If it has Bluetooth and produces a sound will be paired with wireless headsets.

Does it make sense to give much money to the wireless headset if I use a mobile phone as a sound source?

We can hardly answer whether it makes sense, because quality sound is simply not worth the money for someone. However, huge differences in the sound quality between wireless headsets from different price categories certainly exist. In this sense, things are no different than the wired handset. Each pair of headsets, cordless and wireless, comes with its own acoustic signature and interpretation of bass, middle and high tones. The Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones sound inevitably better than Vivanco’s in absolutely every aspect. Both are wireless – but there is absolutely nothing what we can tell about sound quality except to be able to receive sound without the physical connection to the source. What happens then with it and how ample it will be in our ears, depends solely on the acoustic characteristics of the headsets itself.

I heard the sound of the headphones improves over time. Is that true?

This process in the world of acoustics is informally referred to as “running in”, and applies to speakers and headphones. The logic behind the running in is that the speaker diaphragms, like a moving element, need some time to relax after which they achieve optimal performance. In other words, the newly plugged headphones will not sound as good as they can, but will give its maximum only after you use them for a while, and the sound will be improved with each hour. If you follow the instructions from the audiophiles forums, you will find that the time is about a hundred hours, and that for some headphones it may take longer – up to 400 hours. Running in is done with a simpler, louder music release, according to the capabilities that will “smooth” the membranes, like those with a lot of bass. Some go so far as to recommend white and pink noise and the range of other generic sounds of different frequencies.
The whole concept of running in the speakers and headphones has always been controversial. The founder of Grado Labs, the US manufacturer of premium headphones, says that the characteristics of all the devices with mechanical parts change over time and concludes that each headset will reach its final “maturity” after about fifty hours of listening. Measurements of the frequency response of the sound membrane also show small changes in certain parts of the spectrum, but the question is to what extent the ear of the average person can be registered. Of course, there is also the fact that the ears in time are accustomed to the acoustic characteristics of the headphones, which some perceive as an improvement in their performance.
The best advice we can give you is – do not expect the headphones with bad sound to become excellent over time. These changes that happen with time, if they are actually heard, are certainly not drastic enough to completely change the sound quality experience.

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Bose Quietcomfort 25 – Noise Cancellation Travel Headphones – Detailed Review https://worldofturntables.com/bose-quietcomfort-25-noise-cancellation-travel-headphones-detailed-review/ https://worldofturntables.com/bose-quietcomfort-25-noise-cancellation-travel-headphones-detailed-review/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:37:12 +0000 http://worldofturntables.com/?p=4381

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Bose QuietComfort 25 – A Perfect Companion

Bose, one of the leaders in noise canceling headphones production did not sleep after the successful model QuietComfort 15 but worked on the presentation of the successor.

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Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones are presented as a replacement for the popular QuietComfort 15. They feature the best Bose headphones with an active noise cancellation system and are made in three versions – for Apple, for Android and for those who want to be different in every detail.

Serious look

QuietComfort 25 is delivered in a pretty attractive box with a color print and the content of the box is multiple protected. In addition to the headphones supplied with the package is a very good carrying case made of hard material with a spare battery and connecting adapter for the airplane. The handbag has a carrying handle and an elastic frame on the back so it’s very practical to use. In addition, the headphones comes with a simple user guide in multiple languages ​​as well as a detachable silicone cable of 1.4 meters long, which ending with a universal 3.5 millimeters stereo jack. With regard to the design it is clear that QuietComfort 25 is derived from the predecessor. The resonators have an ellipsoid shape and a striking, chrome-plated manufacturer logo. The inner padding is made from Alcantara – a synthetic form of suede that’s both hard-wearing and comfortable – rather than synthetic leather and are filled with a very soft memory foam. In addition, the canvas covering the loudspeakers has a clearly marked left and right side. The headband has a base made of metal alloy and can be precisely adjusted and the upper part is covered with a soft fabric that resembles a velvet. In addition to adjusting the headband the headphones have joints on the headband and pads so they can be adjusted in all directions.

Active and passive

As always with this manufacturer, the product’s technical data is poorly and it rarely exists so we remain deprived of information about the type and diameter of the speaker units, the bandwidth and the nominal impedance of the headphones in the passive mode. However, what is certain is that QuietComfort 25 brings a serious improvement to the predecessor. It’s just a passive regime that did not exist on the QuietComfort 15 model – when the battery is empty, the headphones just stop working, which can be pretty irritating if you do not have a spare battery. Unlike most of the competing models that have an integrated battery with the ability to refill, Bose has a standard AAA battery for these headphones. Although such a solution may not be suitable for those who use the headphones everyday on shorter occasions (on the road to work, etc.), imagine the situation on long journeys by train, over-night flight, or in an environment where you can not charge the battery – if you use QuietControl 25, you will simply insert a spare battery and continue to enjoy music.

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When we started critical listening, after a few minutes it was clear that QuietComfort 25 had the dose of warmth typical for this manufacturer. The sound is extremely pleasant and does not bother even with long hearing sessions. The tone balance is somewhat specific because the high and low tones are somewhat more pronounced than the mid range, so these headphones could not be called neutral. The high-power spectrum is velvety and completely devoid of unpleasant sharpness, even in the most aggressive parts, and there is probably the secret of the almost unreal receptive sound of these headphones. The middle tones are rich enough and detailed, with outstanding musicality and excellent fit with the remaining two bands. From the patented Bose Active EQ system, the most profitable are the low tones, which are at every opportunity at the task level and deliver a massive, deep and warm bass. The definition is excellent, and sound is characterized by very good dynamics.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices - Black (wired, 3.5mm) Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices - Black (wired, 3.5mm)

After listening with the noise cancelling system by using the discrete switch on the right resonator we went into a passive mode. In addition to the volume reduction, as expected, the tonal balance improved slightly and the mid-range seemed to equalize with high and low tones. For the best results in the passive mode we recommend the use of an additional headphone amplifier. This difference is also present when listening directly to a portable player or mobile phone. In our view, this is just a proof that QuietComfort 25 has been engineered very well in the start and that the presence of two modalities of work only adds the value to these headphones as it allows a choice between two somewhat different reproduction.

Conclusion

Of the “most important side things” we have forgotten to mention the remote control with an integrated microphone which is on the cable and allows control of reproduction and answering phone calls. The model on our test was intended for Apple devices but there is a version for Android. Also, at the beginning of the text, we mentioned the third version of these handsets – in the case of Custom QuietComfort 25, for which the buyer, with the added bonus, can choose the color for each of the nine parts from which the headphones are made. They offer up to 52 colors which gives a huge number of combinations. Still, we are very fond of QuietComfort in the basic edition because they are serious and mature and will fit well with the jeans and the tuxedo with the tie. If you are looking for a comfortable headphones that provides a brilliant isolation from the outside noise and gives the sound you can enjoy for hours Bose QuietComfort 25 is one of the best solutions.

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Here is a Bose Quietcomfort 25 Manual: Bose Quietcomfort 25 Manual Download

PRO

 Unmanageable design.
Excellent production quality.
Warm and pleasant sound.
Practical battery replacement.

CONS

They are not neutral.
Noise canceling somewhat changes sound.

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The Best Bluetooth Turntable

Bluetooth technology represents the mode of wireless data exchange between two or more devices. Although it has been present a long time it became a standard just recently.

Bluetooth technology represents the mode of wireless data exchange between two or more devices. Today’s modern computers, cell phones, digital cameras and audio devices have a great deal of ability to send data with Bluetooth. The connection is established via radio waves in the frequency range of 2.4 to 2.48 GHz. Due to the use of radio links the connecting devices don’t have to be optical sighted nor interconnected and the connection can be made in a diameter of approximately 10 meters around the device.

Despite the fact that this technology has been in the market since 2000, it has only recently become standard in almost all audio devices. From the very beginning, Bluetooth is practical and useful, but has become very widespread over the last few years. Bluetooth can be found in almost all mini and micro lines, audio components, headsets, small portable audio devices and in the turntables.

As simple as it may be, the fact is that only few years ago, quality audio devices did not support wireless audio transmission, protocols and built-in amplifiers did not provide the purity and finesse of HiFi sound.

Via Bluetooth today you can connect different devices with an audio device regardless of the Internet connection and the type of platform your device is powered. Moreover, some devices support the APTX protocol which contains a special audio codec that offers even higher sound quality than plain bluetooth and is very close to CD sound quality.

Although the APTX algorithm was developed in the eighties, before that year was not noticed at all. With the appearance of so-called and increasingly popular Lossless audio formats in various resolutions APTX progress was inevitable. The most sophisticated audio devices in the world today support the APTX HD algorithm that provides the highest possible quality of music playback.

The basic difference between aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth is that the aptX Bluetooth codec can transfer 16 bits of 44.1khz audio with 4: 1 compression at 352 kbps, while aptX HD is capable of far higher resolution of 24 bits – 18 kHz audio with compression of 4: 1 at 576 kbps.

This segment became so popular that the companies that produces turntables started to produce bluetooth turntables with the APTX and APTX HD algorithms in the last couple of years.

In the next part of the text we offer you the best bluetooth turntables that exists today.

  1. ION Audio Air LP

The ION Air LP turntable converts your old turntable records into digital audio. Unleash yourself from the restriction of cumbersome hookup cables. The Air LP turntable connects to any bluetooth speaker. You’ve been collecting turntable records all your life. Even though you like a turntable record it is practical for you to play music in digital format. ION Air LP is a bridge that connects hits from the past with today’s digital age. It simply connects to the PC or MAC via USB connection. Includes EZ Vinyl conversion software.

Main Features:

  1. Bluetooth Enabled

With Air LP, you can send the sound from your records wirelessly to any Bluetooth speaker in the room. It’s simple to use and can connect with any Bluetooth-enabled speaker you own.

  1. Autostop Feature

In case you think you might fall asleep while listening to some relaxing tunes, you can turn the Autostop on. This will make the platter stop spinning when it reaches the end of the record.

  1. Convenient Connections

Use the 1/8-inch aux input for other music players like your tape deck or smartphone. RCA outputs connect with your home stereo system for optimum sound quality.

  1. Headphone Output

Plug in your headphones to the easily accessible jack on the top of the Air LP. Now you can privately groove to ’50s jazz late at night.

  1. Stylus Included

The conical, diamond-tipped ceramic stylus plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. This maintains the best audio quality for clear playback.

  1. Universal Compatibility

Use the USB connection to digitize your vinyls with a Mac or PC. The EZ Vinyl/Tape software is included with the purchase.

Ion Audio Air LP 3-Speed Belt-Drive Bluetooth Turntable Ion Audio Air LP 3-Speed Belt-Drive Bluetooth Turntable

Tech Specs

  • Dimensions(length x width x depth): 16” x 14” x 4.5”
  • Weight: 6.7 lbs
  • Power: 12V DC, 0.2A, center pin-positive, tip-negative
  • Air LP Turntable Bluetooth Function: Transmitter
  • Bluetooth Version: 3.0
  • Bluetooth Range: Up to 30 feet
  • Cartridge Type: Ceramic
  • Cartridge and Stylus: CZ-800-10 (sapphire-tipped)
  1. Audio Technica AT LP-60 BT

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At first glance, many people may perceive this device only plays LP records. However, the device has other features that meet the expectations of the music lovers. It is advisable to purchase this 6.5-pound belt machine if the users need to digitalize their LP records.

This turntable is compatible with PC and Mac and therefore it makes it easy to connect to the computer and change your preferred tunes into MP3 files. The connection to your computer does not need any special drivers just like most other turntables that come with this feature.

Audio Technica AT-LP60 USB also performs well when used as a simple record player. This turntable can be used with different stereo systems by conveniently switching a built-in pre-amplifier from phono to line level. A majority of the vinyl lovers and casual listeners prefer to use this automatic machine, but this record player may not have the capacity to please the most trained ears.

Also there is a possibility of a bluetooth sound stream to any bluetooth speaker. Up to eight different pairs of speakers, headphones or other devices that utilize Bluetooth wireless technology can be stored in the AT-LP60-BT’s memory. Once stored, a simple push of the turntable’s Function button is all that is required to connect the turntable to your chosen wireless device.

Main Features:

  1. Connects wirelessly to speakers and other devices equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology or to wired audio systems and powered speakers via included dual RCA output cable
  2. Fully automatic operation with two speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
  3. Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter
  4. Integral Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus
  5. Switchable built-in pre-amplifier enables wired connection to components with or without a dedicated turntable input
  6. Includes 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug (male) to dual RCA (male) output cable, 45 RPM adapter, and removable hinged dust cover
Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black

Maybe you will be interested to read much more details about this turntable here: Audio Technica AT-LP60 complete review

  1. Trntbl

This is a new concept of a modern turntable. Turntable has had its big return in recent years, and its makers have been delighted with it, incorporating a number of modern technologies and options.

If a turntable has returned to the big door, we’ve known it for a long time now, and now the producers have been playing and even upgrading them to keep up to date with the latest technology. In order not to have everything left on a quote: “you have a turntable and you play a record”,  the company has added WiFi options to the modern versions of the turntable. One such thing, which stands out first with its elegant aesthetics, is the Trntbl behind which stands the Vnyl company and describes it as “a new device for listening a records”. It is interesting that through its bluetooth and of course WiFi you can stream music through various music services.

To start, the Trntbl appears as a Music Service to Sonos devices, allowing listeners to stream uncompressed audio throughout their homes. The turntable can also stream via AirPlay or to Bluetooth devices like speakers and headphones. As a matter of fact, these wireless connections are the only way the Trntbl connects — there are no analog or wired digital outputs on the unit at all.

Where the Trntbl really starts to differentiate itself from other wireless turntables is its built-in social features. Vnyl says that the Trntbl can actually identify music while its playing — straight from the record — and share what you’re listening to with your friends or followers. The turntable will also let your friends tune in to what you’re listening to via Spotify, something the company says is a first for consumers.

Trntbl comes in a black-gold and a white-gold version. Its price is about $ 400.

  1. Crosley CR8005D-TU Cruiser Deluxe Portable Turntable

Crosley CR8005D-TU Cruiser Deluxe Portable 3-Speed Turntable with Bluetooth, Turquoise

This is one of the best portable record players to purchase. Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable allows you to take record whenever you hit the road. The deep and warm sound of the device is among the things that make this device stand out from other products. Also, it is considered to be one of the most portable format devices that you can buy. There is no need to waste your hard earned income when you can save some amount of money by purchasing this product. You can put the device down on you Ipod and then mobilize your music with ease.

The device is made from hardwood that has been bound in vinyl to make it attractive as well as unique. Also, the manufacturer has included built-in stereo speakers, which implies that you can enjoy your favorite music without necessarily having to connect to any external speakers. It has a spin that can play three speeds namely 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. If you are looking for a record player that boasts of portability, durability, style as well as high-quality sound, do not look beyond this product because it is one of a kind. As one of the best turntables under 100$, this product has everything that you need when it comes to high-quality music and performance. It is reported that more than 1000 online buyers have tried the turntable and posted positive comments about the same. This is a clear indicator of the high quality you should look forward once you purchase Crosley Record Player once you are done with reading this review.

Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable, Turquoise Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable, Turquoise

Recently updated with Bluetooth and pitch control, the Cruiser Deluxe allows you to stream your favorite music from your Bluetooth-enabled device wirelessly to the turntable’s dynamic full-range speakers and customize your listening experience. Constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material, the briefcase-styled record player is lightweight and easily transported from place to place. Built-in stereo speakers let you listen to your music without having to connect it to a speaker system, so you can cruise over to a friend’s house and experience vinyl’s superior sound together.

Main Features

  1. Briefcase-Style Case

The Cruiser Deluxe’s hard and portable vinyl-wrapped case with handle latches closed, completely containing the lightweight turntable to take anywhere.

  1. Bluetooth and Dynamic Full Range Speakers

Two built-in stereo speakers eliminate the need to carry additional speakers. And you can stream music directly from your smartphone to the Cruiser’s built in speakers with the integrated Bluetooth.

  1. Portable Audio Ready

Listen to mobile apps or digital audio by plugging in any portable audio device or MP3 player into the auxiliary port on the rear of the Cruiser Deluxe.

  1. Plays Three Speeds

The Crosley Cruiser Deluxe plays any 33 1/3, 45 And 78 RPM records, and includes a built-in 45 adapter.

  1. RCA Audio Out

For an additional punch, RCA outputs on the rear of the device next to the power adapter plug allow the Cruiser to hook up to any external speaker system.

  1. Updated Features

Located near the built-in headphone jack, the pitch control and Bluetooth functions add a new layer of listening options.

  1. Available in a Variety of Colors

The Crosley Cruiser Deluxe is available in a wide variety of colors and styles to suit any taste or decor.

Conclusion

Trntbl is ideal, but any of the tunrtables above can be an answer to your Bluetooth needs. As always, it all comes down to funcionality, cost and aesthetics.

Bluetooth is Bluetooth. From Crosley to Trntbl, you’ll run into the same advantages and disadvantages with wireless listening technology. Find a price and style that work for you and go for it. When you’re sitting on the porch on a rainy night with your old jazz records piping in from the living room, you’ll be happy you did.


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