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Sennheiser HD650 Review

Sennheiser HD650

It’s hard to put into words how much I love the Sennheiser HD650 headphones.

I know this is supposed to be an impartial review, and I will try to make it as fair as I can… But honestly, I can’t find anything to complain about with the 650′s. (except the price… I wouldn’t complain if they were cheaper!)

The reason a lot of people buy headphones …at least of this caliber… Is because they can’t get their speakers in a room with good acoustics.

They move their speakers around, but they never quite achieve the sound they want to hear… Like a live concert or soundstage presentation.  It’s so much easier with headphones to get closer to a real soundstage presentation.

Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones

All that being said, the reason I love the Sennheiser HD650′s is that they come VERY close to having the perfect soundstage presentation.

What that means is that the high frequencies don’t sound ‘shrill,’ tinny or excessively bright and the bass doesn’t look dry or phony or artificial.  They have low harmonic distortion and precise sound reproduction across the entire range of frequencies.  The HD650 gives you a non-fatiguing listening experience. And they have a full mid-range.

What many people I’ve heard from have said, is that with these headphones there is no need for treble/bass controls.  That’s what I think too, but I’m glad to hear that other people thought the same thing.

What I like about the Sennheiser hd650′s is that you hear every instrument (especially if it’s acoustic) and the sound is clear and precise.

In my opinion jazz, acoustic and classical sound better than heavy metal. (Well, not that I listen to a lot of heavy metal either, so I might be the wrong person to comment on that…)

The one drawback that I can see is that you have to burn them in to hear the sound.  They need about 100 hours of use (or so) before they reach their potential.

Although you can listen to your iPod with these,  they shine when used with amplification.

Also, there is a split between people who think you should change the cable (which is detachable) and those who believe the included cable is good enough.  I say it ‘s not necessary, but if you have the extra money floating around to buy Cardas cables or ZuCables Mobius or Stefan Art Equinox cables then go for it.  It’s like upgrading from coach to first class.

Finally, the headphones are comfortable.  They’re cool (i.e., they’re not hot on your head) and there is just enough pressure to keep them in your ear, but not enough to make them hurt.

Plantronics 478 Review

Plantronics 478

Plantronics 478 headset device contains a noise cancelling microphone that allows you to be heard loud and clear. The device has ear pads, made of foams which control the surrounding sounds and a perfect design which make it a portable and convenient internet calling solutions.The device has a party dimensions of 12 Oz plastic bowl which is lime green in color. Some sets come with the 9 or 7 inches plates that have a 12 Oz containers with a cup size of either 18, 12 or 9Oz with a matching cutlery included in the package. The headset comes in 16 different colors like lime green, pink, sunshine yellow, blue, orange and others.

Product Features.

  • It has to fold able design hence ease of portability
  • It is skype certified giving a better chatting experience
  • It has a noise canceling microphone
  • It has a digital signal processor that kills echo
  • You can receive and termite calls on the headset
  • It is designed for all usage- Has disposable products
  • It comes in very many colors.- It has integrated equalizer to balance audio.

The pros and cons of the Plantronics Headset Audio Stereo 478 USB headset.

Plantronics Headset Audio Stereo 478 USB headset

Pros

  • Plantronics 478 is solidly made and folds easily for ease of storage and portability.
  • The headset has a good design which makes it comfortable to wear over an extended period of time.
  • The USB cord is long enough about 6 feet long.
  • The on and off control are on the head set hence ease of control.
  • The boom of the microphone comes from the earpiece so you can adjust it from the right or left
  • The headset produces clear voices
  • The headset is made from very light materials, and so the lightweight provides a great feeling while wearing it.
  • It has the plug and plays performance since most operating systems recognize it right away, so there is no need of installing drivers.
  • It is quite affordable
  • The device has handy buttons for volume control and muting.
  • The headset is backed by a one year warranty
  • The ear pads are covered with soft foam that ensures comfortability during long talking sessions.
  • The design is good since it can be easily stored in your laptop bag while on travel or a suitcase.
  • The headphone has 48 kHz sample rate that makes sure of reproduction of sound a computers audio.
  • The 32 mm drivers help the headset to deliver crisp and high definition sounds- It is easy to operate.

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Cons

  • The cords are on both ears
  • The carrying bag is not hard for those traveling often
  • The USB cable could be a little bit longer
  • The device does not have a wireless headset
  • It is not very suitable for music production or gaming.
  • The earpieces can be significant for some people.

Plantronics Audio 478

Overall Review and Verdict

Plantronics 478 is quite good for people who use Skype or other chat software frequently since it is very comfortable to use. Many customers as the many customer’s reviews have rated this head set as the best in its range by most giving it a rate of 4 out of 5.

Bose Quiet Comfort 2

The first thing that makes these headphones so unique is the fact that it combines remarkable audio performance with the ability to block out ambient background noise. The first thought that occurs to you is likely how nice they’d be on an aeroplane when you’re travelling. And, although that is true, what I’ve found is that many people use them for environments that are much noisier than an aeroplane.

Many people use them while cutting the lawn with a riding mower or while working in a factory and are very happy with the results. Why? Because Bose uses wave technology to ‘cancel’ out the interfering noise while permitting fantastic sound definition of both bass and treble of the song/music/audio that you’re listening to. Another important thing to note is that they do not give you an overall ‘muffled’ sound that you might get with other noise cancelling headphones. This fact alone makes us rate the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 as the best noise cancelling headphones.

BOSE QuietComfort® 2

Bose uses an award winning technology to identify miscellaneous and background noise and reduces it electronically. They also use what they call “TriPort” technology which permits them to maximise audio performance in a minimum size. That is why they can manufacture these noise cancelling headphones using a compact and streamlined design.

This design, in turn, allows Bose to keep them lightweight (6.9 oz / 196 g including the cable) and comfortable. They are over the ear design, as opposed to being on the ear design. At first glance, you may think that the smaller, on the ear design, would be a ‘sleeker’ choice or even more comfortable, but the reality is that the over the ear design gives you more air space around your ear. This makes it more comfortable for its noise cancelling feature. The waves that eliminate the background noise are not aimed directly at your eardrum but within the airspace surrounding your ear.
This is one of the reasons I think that the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 is the best noise cancelling headphones currently on the market.

The audio cable is detachable and is a single wire, as opposed to a cable leading to both the left and right ears. The advantages are that you can remove the cable when you just want to enjoy the peace and eliminate all the background noise (like on a plane). Another benefit is that you don’t need to hassle with a tangled up cable, as you so often do with two wire cables.

These headphones also have a flat fold feature that makes them easy to store and takes up less space.

The bottom line is this: Why waste money on headphones that don’t compete with Bose’s sound quality and comfortable noise cancellation. You might think you’re getting the same thing for less money, but you aren’t. It is, definitely, definitely worth the money to get long lasting quality and be happy with what you buy. Unless you buy the best noise cancelling headphones, you won’t be satisfied with your purchase.

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