Michael Brian Tina

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A review of the FiiO E6 Fujiyama Headphone Amplifier.

Hey, guys! I’ve got another review for you guys. Sorry I haven’t been posting as much, I’ve been busy with the new job and all. I am truly blessed that I’ve got this opportunity to earn and save up, and buy some stuff of my own, with my own money. And of course, you can definitely expect a review with some of them!

Sometime July, I bought a pair of headphones. I was used to my Audio Technica CKS-55 In-ear Monitors, but I wanted a different experience. So I looked up this seller on Facebook, Power Up Audio, and decided to get the Superlux HD 681 EVO. It’s a very affordable pair of headphones with good sonic qualities. You can read up the review on the headphones here.

Now, the headphones were really good, but playing it straight from my cellphone’s music player was kind of lacking in the volume department. That’s why I decided to get myself a portable headphone amplifier, the FiiO E6 Fujiyama!

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Now this little guy is just about the same size as the iPod Shuffle, so that’s your reference with regards to size. This was manufactured by a Chinese company named FiiO, who produces headphone amplifiers and accessories which are affordable, and bang for your buck!

In the past, headphone amplifiers were super expensive, costing upwards of USD 200-300 depending on the brand, but then FiiO came out and challenged all the other brands with their inexpensive offerings which were just as good, if not better.

The FiiO line has several headphone amplifiers, ranging from the E6, E7, E10, E11, E17 and so on and so forth. You can check out the company website here. I got the E6 Fujiyama from PowerUp Audio with the SRP of PHP 1,400.00, which is about USD 35-40. Now, you may think that it just makes your headphones louder. While to some extent, yes, it does make your headphones louder, it also brings out the sound quality that isn’t just all volume, but also with regards to the depth and breadth of the song you’re listening to. More on that later.

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It comes in a plastic casing, with the FiiO branding. You can also see a mountain, which I assume to be Mt. Fujiyama. Don’t expect too much from the casing.

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I do want to touch up that they offer 1 year warranty from FiiO Philippines, which is pretty cool. You can check out their Facebook page for more information.

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The back has the specifications of the amplifier. I wasn’t able to take a picture, but at the sides, there’s this label which you scratch off, and there’s a code, which you input into FiiO’s website to guarantee its authenticity. Coming from a Chinese brand, it just gave a little extra sense of security that the pair I got was definitely legit.

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It comes with the amplifier itself and 2 clips to be placed at the back of the amp so you can clip it to your shirt or clothes so it won’t dangle as much.

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It also has an instruction manual and these 3 important cords. The one on top is the short male to male jack, then the one in the middle is the longer male to male jack, and the one on the bottom is a USB to mini-USB port, which you use for charging. Just your standard build on these, made out of plastic and rubber wiring.

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So, it’s made with all plastic. It doesn’t feel premium, but it is compact and solid. It’s an all black finish, with the FiiO branding in white. That little triangle in the upper right corner is the display of light and where you’ll attach the clip, which I’ll show later.

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Sorry if I got all my fingerprints on it. It just has Fujiyama along with other information. There’s also an Out and Input indicator, which is where you will link the amp to your headphones and your media player.

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Remember the 2 clips earlier? I placed it inside of the translucent triangle and now it serves as a shirt clip. It looks flimsy, but it’s actually pretty sturdy and it won’t fall loose. The connecting port that says Out (3.5 mm) is where you place the cord of your headphones/earphones, as this is where the music is going out to.

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The bottom part has 2 ports, on the left is where you connect the mini-USB to, and the USB port goes in to the PC/laptop or your charger. Charging time is about 2 hours-2 hours and 30 minutes, and that triangle will glow red when it’s charging. When the red indicator light turns off, you know it’s fully charged. On the right is the input port, where you use one of the 2 male to male jacks and attach it to your iPod or Cellphone.

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On the left side is the volume adjustment, one press on the + to increase volume, one press on the – to decrease volume. Long press to increase amounts steadily. Very basic.

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On the right side is the button to actually turn on the device and make adjustments to the sound mode. You have to press up on the button and hold it for 2-3 seconds to turn it on.

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The triangle will turn blue like so if you turn it on. When you press up again for 2-3 seconds, it’ll turn off. It’s very simple. But one thing to note is that when you take off your headphones and player, it won’t automatically turn off, so you have to manually turn it off.

When you press down on the button, it kind of clicks and locks, so you can’t adjust the settings until you press up again.

Now that we’re done with turning it on and off, and locking it, there are 4 sound modes you can get from this little guy. When you press up without holding it, it changes SQ mode, which is seen on this small LED light hole at the back.

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By default, when you turn on, it goes back to the setting you last left it. This is the first mode, the flat EQ setting. It tones up the sound evenly, so you can get more juice and volume out of it. Basically, it just brings out the sound more out of the song that’s playing without changing the bass, mid or treble too much. This is my favorite setting, as I really just want to tone up the volume which my cellphone lacks voltage to do so. It’s really good for when you just want higher volume without changing anything.

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When you press up again, the LED will turn red. This is the bass booster EQ setting. It adds up a TON of bass on the low end. I thought this would be good for your bass/dubstep music, but it just sounds really muddy. Yes, your bass is boosted a ton, but it really makes the mid and treble hardly audible, and all you hear is the boom of that bass. It’s too much for my taste. Didn’t like it too much, but if all you care about is the bass, maybe you’ll like this option.

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When you press up again, you get this shining blue LED option. I call this the Bringout EQ, because it brings out the sound in a colored and fun kind of way. Now, this used to be my favorite setting, as it evenly ups the low end and the top end, so the sound you get is very bright but also defined. It’s a very fun setting, since everything sounds louder and crisper. But it also does kind of get tiring after a while. Your ears get fatigued much quicker with this setting, but it’s good to put it on the songs that need to be brought out more if the default blue option still doesn’t cut it.

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When you press up again, you go into the 4th and last mode, the purple EQ. I don’t really know what to say about this setting, I never really used it. All I notice is that it considerably lessens the volume. It’s pretty weird, but that’s what it does. It still sounds good, but at a much lower volume than you’d like. I don’t really know what it’s for, but maybe you can use it when you want good amping but at lower volumes for when you have something to do or you just want to listen at lower volumes.

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Now, this is my set-up. As you can see, the input in the bottom jack is connected to my LG Optimus LTE 2 cellphone, with the default media player. This is the input, or where the sound is coming from. The music is then changed up with the amplifier, and then goes out to my headphones, the Superlux HD681 EVO.

All in all, I like the versatility of the FiiO E6 Amp. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and you can hear a considerable difference in the volume and quality. You just have to play around with the settings and volume for your range of music. Personally, I like to keep my player at 70-75% volume, and use the amp on the flat setting, and adjust the volume from there. I usually switch up to the blue EQ when I want a more fun sounding sound, and I switch up on back to the flat setting when I just want to get a bit more volume and keep the song sounding flat. I hardly ever use the red EQ, and I don’t ever use the purple EQ.

You get about 9-10 hours of listening before having to charge it up again, which is more than reasonable.

For about PHP 1400-1500, this is a very worthy purchase! It is light, portable, and really packs a punch with a lot of EQ options too. The design build is what you expect, just made out of plastic, and doesn’t feel premium, but it is compact and sturdy. However, there are certain headphones that need more voltage for you to get the most out of it, so other recommendations would be the big brother of this guy, the FiiO E11. It comes out at about PHP 2600 or so. It’s actually much larger, but you get more options and higher voltage out of it. So it’s really up to you. I honestly prefer this guy since it’s much more handy to bring around. But the sound difference is also there, so that’s something to consider.

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The quest of finding the ultimate sonic experience is something that has been sort of a joy. There are some people with ears who can’t really tell the difference. I know I’m no audiophile by any means, but I do know good sound when I hear it. I’m real glad that there are affordable products for us to enjoy and help us enjoy our music to the fullest.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll try to answer it in the comments section.

Until next time,

Cheers!

A review of the GEOX Respira

Another review we’ve got lined up is another personal gift from one of my relatives. I’ve been really blessed to have gotten these gifts from my relatives, and I will be sure to put them to good use. These are a pair of smart casual dress shoes, the GEOX Respira.

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This shoe is made up of an all brown leather upper, which has a tumbled texture and feels very nice on foot. It’s made by GEOX, an Italian brand who manufactures shoes and apparel.

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Starting with the outsole, we’ve got this dark brown rubber compound. In the arch, We’ve got a separate rubber piece that sort of acts like a shank that gives some torsional support, and has the GEOX branding on it. As for the forefoot and heel, they’ve got the same traction pattern which is like bridges or links forming together, which perforations in the forefoot. But, to a bit of a disappointment, the type of rubber they used attracts a lot of dust, making it a bit slippery, and thus losing some traction. Wiping will solve this, but it definitely loses some of its grip on usual floor surfaces.

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We’ve got a loafer or moccasin construction on this shoe, as with typical loafers. You can see it on the off-white stitching, and the stretchable and elastic strip on the midfoot, instead of laces. We’ve got the words GEOX inscribed on the upper as well.

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We’ve got that same brown leather on the back heel, with the off-white stitching complimenting. Now, the rubber outsole extends all the way, revealing some more GEOX branding. I was expecting that the heel would be sturdier with a cardboard or plastic support along the leather, but surprisingly, there isn’t any support in the heel.

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The insole and lining is brown, with the GEOX Respira text in gold. It also says Italian Patent along with the sizing of the shoe. This shoe has a thin insole, and it coupled with a very thin midsole, the shoe ends up very low to the ground. The heel area still has some height in the midsole, but in the forefoot area, you can actually feel the ground due to the midsole being so thin!

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All in all, if you’re looking for a simple smart casual type of shoe, this could be a good option. The cream midsole, brown leather upper and off-white stitching all end up making the shoe look very tame and appropriate for office attire. It looks very clean. If you prefer a low to the ground feel with minimal cushion, this is also good. But for those of you looking for more cushioning in your everyday go-to office shoe, I suggest you look at something with some more cushioning, like Rockport shoes that have Adidas Adiprene and Cole Haan shoes that have Nike Air Technology. Both these brands will offer more cushioning if you expect to be walking a lot.

Well, that concludes the review on the GEOX Respira. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or inquiries.

Until next time,

Cheers!

A review of the Nike Lightweight Shoe Wallet II

Hey, guys! Today, we’re looking at a pick-up that was actually a gift from my cousin. He knows that I’m into running and the whole healthy living thing, so he got me this simple accessory that is actually very, very handy. We’re going to take a look at the second version of Nike’s Lightweight Shoe Wallet.

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This is priced at around PHP 400.00-500.00 depending on where you buy it from. There are various colors to this shoe wallet, but my particular pair is predominantly black.

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It comes in the standard Nike packaging. Not much else to it, since it is an accessory and all.

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The front of the Wallet has some basic designs on it. You’ve got that embroidered Nike Swoosh in white on the upper left portion. Then cutting across is a thick gray line going from top to bottom. Then we’ve got an assortment of lines in silver, intersecting with one another. It’s a very simple design, but it also looks appealing.

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This is the back of the wallet. You can see the latch where it will clip with the shoe, over the laces.

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Opening up the wallet, we’ve got a velcro patch and a stretchable storage compartment. The wallet is made up of neoprene, spandex, nylon, canvass and other stretchable materials. But the storage space is very limited. You can fit some bills, an I.D. card and some loose change. You can’t fit your Smartphone, iPhone, regular sized cellphone or your iPod Classic or iPod Touch.  But it can fit the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. So do keep this in mind.

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On the other side of the velcro patch, we’ve got this grey identification strip that has two information lines for name and contact number. Useful touch.

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Lastly, this is how the shoe wallet fits on your shoes. This is my beat-up pair of Nike Lunarglide 4’s, but it doesn’t need to be Nike for this to work, obviously. As long as your running shoe has laces, this’ll work. You just clip the latch over 3-4 sections over the laces in the upright manner, and it’ll be a secure fit. It’s not heavy on foot, and you won’t really feel it on your foot when you’re running. It might look a bit awkward on your foot, but at least you can go running without having to place stuff in your pockets.

All in all, this is a nifty little accessory. For your phones, if you’re pairing it with earphones for music, you still would prefer the strap that you place on your bicep. But for carrying loose change, identification and some other little valuables, this will definitely fit the bill, all in one small and stylish package.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at michaelbriantina@yahoo.com.

Until next time,

Cheers!

A review of the Superlux HD681 EVO Headphones

Hey, guys! Here’s another personal pick-up of mine. Sorry for the late posting, I just got lazy! I’ll be posting more reviews and looks, and you can definitely check out my YouTube channel here for video reviews on the stuff that’s posted here on the blog. Anyway, I got a new pair of headphones for myself, the Superlux HD681 EVO.

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I’m kind of an audiophile, but in the sense that my ears just want to listen to something good. I’ll know the loss in sound quality when I’m listening to a song with a bit rate lesser than 256KB and when I’m using subpar earphones like the generic Apple iPod earphones. But my ears also aren’t that sensitive that I’ll notice the little nuances in all of the different high fidelity type headphones and music players. But whatever sounds good, sounds good, and these babies definitely sound good!

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Now, I got my headphones from this guy named Peter, who owns an online retail shop based in Cebu called Power Up Audio. He’s selling headphones, in-ear monitors, amplifiers and accessories from different brands, all at good prices! There’s no physical shop (yet!) but you can test his items during meet-ups, and he also does nationwide shipping and gives warranty on all the products from brands such as Fiio, Superlux, Sony, Brainwavz, T-Peos, Soundmagic, Sandisk, Rock-it Sounds, X-1, AKG, MEElectronics, Koss, Sennheiser, V-Moda and many more! My headphones have a temporary replacement period, and 1 year personal warranty. You can check out his page here. He knows his stuff too, so you can ask him on what headphones or earphones would suit your preferences and tastes in music and also with regards to budget. So definitely drop by his page!

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Back to the review. It comes in this huge box that is basically a slip-on cover to a brown cardboard box. Nothing too fancy, just a mixture of glossy and matte print. The front displays the headphones, which are available in black and white, with the Superlux HD681 EVO branding on it. Superlux Philippines also offers 1 year free warranty as shown on the sticker on the right side, and you can check out their offerings on their official page here.

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A great headphone gets even better. The HD681 EVO is an updated version of the original best-selling HD681, with a different look and different sound signature. The back displays all the necessary information, and basically, these are the specs:

  • Dynamic, Semi-open type
  • 50mm, Neodymium driver
  • 98 dB SPL (1mW) sensitivity
  • 10-30,000 Hz frequency response
  • 300mW maximum power
  • 32 ohms (copper-coated aluminum wire) rated impedance
  • Leather Earpad
  • 3.5N caliper pressure
  • 1m & 3m straight, single-sided; plugin cable on headphones
  • Gold plated stereo mini plug connectors
  • 265g Net Weight (without the cable)

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Removing the slip-on cover, we’ve got this plain brown cardboard box with the Superlux kind of etched in. Doesn’t feel very premium at all, but with the price you’re paying, it’s expected that they have to cut corners. At least they didn’t skimp on the sound quality of the headphone!

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It comes with a instruction manual with all the necessary information on the HD681 EVO.

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It also has a gold plated stereo mini plug connector for those other type of connections. The black clip on the plug is actually a clip that secures the wires from the female to male jack when you wear your headphones so it won’t come out.

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We’ve got a handy black carrying pouch with a basic black nylon or canvass material. The Superlux wording is in the middle, with text in a red outline.

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And we’ve got the 1M and 3M cables to connect the headphones to your music player! The 3M cable is handy for when you’re in the house, but when you’re on the go, the 1M cable does just fine.

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All in all, the accessories are very nice. I wish they would have come with some cleaning materials, but then the production cost would go up then! All in all, they have the essentials on what you’d need for your basic listening experience.

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Now, on to the headphone itself! I got it in that white color, and it looks really sleek! The white sections are a plastic, with both matte and glossy finishes. This headphone is huge! My only concern with getting it in white is if it yellows and darkens over time, but only time will tell!

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You can see the HD681 EVO branding, which gives it a nice touch. The workings of the glossy and matte finish give it a good look as well. This is a semi-open type of headphone, as you can see with the vents. This means that the sound will leak out a bit and you can hear the outside surroundings, but also gives more headroom and soundstage and that ‘airy’ feel as opposed to the regular closed headphones.

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That male jack is connected to the female jack of the 1M or 3M cable that comes along with it, and you can use the clip to secure and make sure that it doesn’t come out.

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Now, on the sides of the headphone, we’ve got Braille indicators. My friend who is a med student actually told me that Braille is used for the blind people to feel the dots and make out the information. It adds a nice touch, and looks kind of cool too. You can see the ‘l’ and ‘r’ for the left and right indicators.

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But if you’re a brat about it, on the inside portion of the headphone, there is a ‘R’ indicator in a red circle. But more or less, you’ll know that which side is which after a while.

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We’ve got these leather earpads that are very generous and very large. They cup over your ear completely, as they are huge. They feel nice on the ear.

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There is some slight padding on the plastic strip that will rest on top of your head. These feel different from your regular leather padding on the top, but these will definitely last longer with usage.

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It’s a self adjusting headband, and will fit your head nicely. There are two metal cables that give you that fit, with the Superlux branding on the flip side of the headband.

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Have I mentioned that these headphones are huge? They look stylish and people might mistake you for a DJ (which might be a good or bad thing) but they are best for home usage. Lugging these around the mall look bulky, but they are still portable to some sense.

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You can see that self-adjusting headband with this shot. It might be a concern to those with big heads, but it’ll do for most head shapes and sizes. The clamp force on the headphones are a bit on the tight side, so if you’re not used to it, you better get something else or just get used to it! These will clamp to the point where it is noticeable after a while, but it won’t give you headaches.

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The over-all build quality on these is good. It’s a bit plasticky, and is definitely huge, so it might not feel as premium and form-fitting as the other offerings out there, but it does make up for with its great sound quality and its over-all aesthetic looks.

I burned these in for about 40 hours as the usual practice. I used my LG phone with Dolby Mobile to give it a bit more surround sound. This was un-amped.

Now, on to the sound quality! I’m not an audiophile, like I mentioned before, but I will give you my honest opinion on what my ears perceive. It is a very warm headphone, which means that it’s not as cold and sharp and will not make your ears fatigued, giving you longer listening experiences. It might be a plus and minus to some people, but for me, I prefer it this way.

It offers real good bass and lows. It really puts the emphasis here, as you can feel the hump and thump in the nether regions. It’s not branded as a basshead headphone, but for those who want a headphone that offers some extra thump, this might be a good option. I know I like it. Peter of Power Up Audio also mentioned that these aren’t really good for electronica and dubstep, as the bass is a bit slow to react. But personally, I don’t really listen to those genres, so it doesn’t bother me that much. For the regular pop, rock and alternative genres, the bass is just good and fine!

With regards to the mids and highs, they have good clarity and composition. But with the big hump and thump of the bass, and the warmth of this headphone, they tend to be a bit relaxed, so the voices and guitars might be lost just a tad bit in the background. So that treble is a bit toned down and when you want it to be the emphasis in the song, it might just fall a bit short. But reproduction of all the details and layers are very, very good, and you can hear even the little nuances. But this is what you expect with warmer headphones, so if you do want the voices and guitars to be the true emphasis with mids and highs, you need to check out other headphones with that cold and sharp feeling that take the treble much better.

Note, with some songs, when the treble hits a certain peak, it might crackle just a tiny bit. You can hear the fizz when it reaches that point, so that was something I was a bit disappointed in. But it isn’t often, and you can just barely hear it.

This will benefit from an amplifier to some extent, as I listened to it with a FiiO E6 amp, and giving it just that little bit of extra juice gave it much more clarity in the bass and over-all sound quality. If un-amped, it still sounds good, but it is a bit harder to drive, so the volume might not be there for some songs. I’m planning to purchase an amp soon, still from Power Up Audio, so I can increase the volume and over-all sound quality of this. But, un-amped, it still sounds good for sure.

These are marketed as Professional DJ Headphones, but the reproduction of the details is that it is a bit colored with a bass emphasis. If you want a truly flat experience, you might look somewhere else, as these are fun sounding and very forgiving. All in all, I am very pleased with the purchase I made. It’s my first time to purchase a hi-fi quality type of headphone, and all I’ve had to benchmark before were my earphones, the Sennheiser CX300 and the Audio Technica CKS55. These were warm and basshead IEM’s, and I’m glad that I made the purchase of these Superlux HD681 EVO’s, as they offer a similar sound signature. What I really found good was the increased headroom and soundstage when transitioning from earphones to headphones.  You really do feel a big difference, as it isn’t as confined as it is in an earphone or IEM. This is partially due to it being semi-open, so I was a bit disappointed that sound did leak from the outside, since I was used to the perfect enclosure of the IEM. Those are the trade-offs, I guess.

Now, for those of you who are looking to venture into the world of good audio, and are tired of the crappiness of the regular stock earphones, you should definitely check these out. They’re miles better than your stock headphones or earphones, and they won’t cost an arm and a leg. These headphones cost PHP 1,990.00 and they’ve been worth every penny! No rating or score sheets here, but just my opinion. The sound quality you generate from these, matched with a good player and a decent bit rate with the songs, will make a transitioning first time listener very happy! Good reproduction, with an emphasis on the bass. That’s that. So definitely check it out!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to message or comment below.

Until next time,

Cheers!

A review of the Rockport Venetian Shoes

Hey, guys! I’d like to show you another shoe pick-up I got. This time, it isn’t a regular sneaker, but a dress shoe for formal use. Yep, the breaking out the black shoes. It’s for a wedding. And potentially what I’m going to be rocking at work. Meh. But they are comfortable, and the shoes have some interesting technology. Check it out, these are the Rockport Venetians.

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Now, these might just look like your regular black school/work leather shoes, but they also have some interesting features and tech inside of them which we will be getting into! But first, check out the box and packaging.

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Here’s the box. Rockport with the R logo encircled on top, and it has the Walkability logo as well.

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Size tag is US 8.5 Mens. I usually wear a size US 10, but for leather/dress shoes you always usually go down a size or two. The tag says WS Venetian Black in Black & Noir.

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Opening up the shoe, we’ve got the tissue paper designed with R’s that circle each other, which is a nice touch. It also comes with a tag card.

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This is what the tag reads. So, basically, it’s explaining the phenomenon of ‘blooming’ which is the white film strips that appear on the shoe due to natural movement of the oils and wax, and how it can easily be wiped and cleaned. This is all part of the premium handcrafted leather process.

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We’ve got additional packaging and tissue paper, as well as shoe trees and shoe horns made out of cardboard. A little nice touch to keep the shoe in form, since it is leather after all.

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Here’s how the shoe looks up out of the box. Looking pretty good. Let’s take some close-ups to see the materials and construction.

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Starting with the outsole, we’ve got this smooth type of rubber base in brown and black sections. As you can see, the traction pattern in the front is a series of lines in sections, with the Rockport branding on the arch area of the shoe.

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Along the misole, we’ve got this PU (Polyurethane) midsole in a typical dress shoe. It elevates about 1 inch in the heel area, and is softer than the usual cushioning used in other leather shoes, as you can press on it and it has a bit of give. Also note the compression grooves in the midsole that act as both a design and also has functionality.

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Starting with the toebox, we’ve got a black premium leather. It’s tumbled leather, as you can see the texture. This stuff is buttery smooth, really high-class. You can really tell in both the feel and the smell of the shoe. The leather on this stuff is premium, nothing less than the best materials used.

It’s handcrafted with a moccasin construction, with black stitching. This has a loafer feel to it aside from just a formal dress shoe. Really nice construction and there are no design flaws with the toebox.

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So you can see that it’s an all black leather upper, from the toebox all the way up to the back heel. Aside from being tumbled leather, it is also a matte finish. So it isn’t glossy like the other shoes there, and even if you wax it up, it’ll still end up in a matte finish. I think the matte finish looks real clean, but there are times when the glossy finish looks good too.

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There is a harder section of leather in the back heel, which forms to sculpt and provide a secure fit for your heel. There is also that Rockport branding in all caps.

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ADIPRENE

Now, the most interesting part of the shoe is its insole. Just like Nike owns Cole Haan, on the flip side, Rockport is actually owned by Adidas, so this is basically their entry into the formal dress shoes line. It’s interesting too since Nike uses the Nike Air technology as cushioning in their dress hoes as well. Adidas has used its patented AdiPRENE technology in the insole of the Rockport Venetian shoe to provide impact protection along the heel and forefoot. You can check the diagram above to see how AdiPRENE works along the shoe. According to SHOESFAQ:

AdiPRENE is a technological development of Adidas: AdiPRENE is located in the footbed/midsole of footwear, with the purpose of providing cushioning for the heel and forefoot. While adiPRENE has applications for sneakers, it is also found in casual footwear – such as Rockport’s boots and shoes. To provide cushioning adiPRENE has a high degree of impact absorption – with claims it can absorb impacts of over 5 times a person’s body weight. The majority of adiPRENE’s impact protection is located in the heel, with a smaller amount in the forefoot. AdiPRENE claim the material found in the forefoot is more responsive, due to the need of providing an energised push off.

So, you’ve got a real cushioned step-in feel with these shoes. It’s plush and a bit bouncy, and it is definitely the most comfortable dress shoe that I’ve ever owned. You can feel the padding in the heel and a bit along the forefoot, so it really is nice to wear.

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All in all, that soft buttery leather used along the upper feels real nice and has literally no break-in time, and the step-in and padded comfort and impact protection provided in the heel and forefoot by the AdiPRENE technology really makes this a gem of a shoe. It’s comfy, light, and has a good fit to boot. I might daresay it’s more comfortable than my other sneakers.

You should definitely check out Rockport as they have some nice offerings with their formal shoes, and the added tech for cushioning really makes it into a class of its own. I’m actually kind of excited to wear these to the wedding and the subsequent working days where we need to dress up a bit.

If you have any questions, comments or reactions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time, Cheers!

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