In between servicing laptops at work today, I sold a customer some Beats by Dre Studio headphones and a protection plan for them, and it got me thinking; while ripping some malware (and a particularly nasty bootloader) from a customer computer I decided to make a post for the geekdom on over ear headphones.
Beats get a lot of publicity.
And to put it bluntly, they shouldnt.
(Yes Marie, I know you own some Solos)
Beats are basically Low-Fi headphones in the High-Fi price bracket.
They look silly, and are priced to be premium, but at best sound like a pair of seriously broken $50 headphones.
Since the 1970’s, mainstream American music has focused mostly on alternating high and low sounds. Dubstep, most Rap/Hip-Hop beats, and much of mainstream rock all use the low, high, low sound for support, and that is what beats are tuned to emphasize.
But what really happens when you tune headphones like that is you lose the Midsection of the music. I could get really longwinded here, but i’ll just summarize.
The human ear can hear from 20hz to 20,000hz(or 20khz), and where do you think most of the sounds in that range happen? I will tell you where. NOT in the high and low range.
Beats destroy your midrange listening in favor of buffed, poor definition lows and squeaky and distorted highs.
They “sound so good” because most people have never experienced anything but Skullcandy and iPod basic headphones (which are terrible), but dont let the fact that they sound better than anything you have heard before mislead you into thinking they are actually good.
For the same price you can EASILY find a set of headphones that will sound far better, look far more classy, and will give you a much more accurate and enjoyable listening experience.
Off the top of my head i’ll give recommendations from my personal collection and professional experience. Ones I have used for Professional Audio work I will label with a (*).
JVC HA-RX900 Headphones
(*) Sennheiser HD650 Headphones
(*) Sennheiser HD598 HEadphones
(Personal and Professional) Sony MDR7506 Headphones
AKG 701 Headphones
With the exception of the HD650 (which is worth every penny of that $350), all of these offer anything Beats can offer.
They all offer superior clarity, soundstage, bass/treble/mids, and all were designed for sound quality first and looks once the sound quality met standards.
Also, those AKG 701 headphones are the same model used by DeadMau5, Eminem, Linkin Park, and several other prominent artists for mixing and recording songs.
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I’ll just leave this photo here.
Before that, I was a human cannonball. Then I was fired.
Scientists claim to have invented their own version of Doctor Who’s famous sonic screwdriver.
The Dundee University researchers have created a machine which uses ultrasound to lift and rotate a rubber disc floating in a cylinder of water.
It is said to be the first time ultrasound waves have been used to turn objects rather than simply push them.
The study could help make surgery using ultrasound techniques more precise, the physicists said.
Ultrasound waves could already be made to push objects and scientists believed they could also turn them - but the Dundee University team claims to have now proved it.
They used energy from an ultrasound array to form a beam that can both carry momentum to push away an object in its path and, by using a beam shaped like a helix or vortex, cause the object to rotate.
The results of the sonic screwdriver experiment will be published in the American Physical Society’s journal Physical Review Letters.
This spaceship keyboard is driving me crazy. I’m down to one word a minute and the word is perflipiskop. Because I can’t fly spaceships.
Fully functional lightweight robotic hand comprised of titanium powder, developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read more about it here.
I love SLS
One molecule car drives on electron fuel
Utopian visions of the nanotechnology revolution suggest that one day we’ll be able to put tiny machines inside our body to perform routine screening and maintenance. But we’re a long way off from that future, as most of the nanoscale “machinery” we’ve created requires extensive intervention or carefully prepared conditions in order to do anything. But a report in today’s Nature describes an impressive feat of molecule-scale engineering: a four-wheel drive “car” that can run across any conductive surface, powered by electrons.
The whole thing is a single molecule. Its core is formed by two hubs that have a five-ringed structure at their core. The hubs are connected by a rigid rod formed from carbon atoms, held together by triple bonds. Each hub is flanked by two “wheels,” each consisting of a three-ringed structure. The bulk of the molecule is a carbon backbone, with a small number of nitrogen and sulfur molecules thrown in.
The key to the system is the bond between the wheel and its hub, which is a double bond formed between two carbon atoms. Electrons can cause this double bond to rotate, which places part of the wheel in close proximity to a bulky side-molecule attached to the hub. This bulky piece acts a bit like a ratchet; the wheel requires some vibrational energy to get past it. Once it does, it’s positioned so that another dose of electrons can cause it to rotate again.
In case you thought TRON occurred in computers, it actually occurs in our life. Just really tiny. And with bacteria/cells instead of programs.
Lens hoods are big space taker-uppers. So Rhie Hyi Joong and Lee Sang Hwa invented this lens hood that doubles as a lens cap.
I love the innovation behind this, but the actual implementation of this technology just scares me.
I approve immensely of this, except for the fact that if your smartphone dies you lose your ability to credit card.