Audio Equipment

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Sennheiser MKE 600

The Sennheiser MKE 600 is a shotgun microphone made specifically for video journalists. In my eyes this means it needs to be able to deliver A LOT. Knowing Sennheiser though, this is very likely. Lets start with the standard video journalist needs:

Removing background noise:

Video journalists in general will be in a massive plethora of situations as part of their day to day lives. Not all of these situations happen in complete silence, in fact, the majority have a heck of a lot of noise accompanying them. A good video journalist’s microphone needs to handle outside noise (such as crowds, wind and more) while still delivering clear quality.

Being a shotgun mic, the 600 naturally removes a massive amount of noise, picking up mostly just what it’s pointed at, even at a distance. Sennheiser has also added a low cut filter which also removes a lot of noise.

I was surprised by the quality of sound the mic produced, even with a massive amount of background noise.

Portable:

The MKE 600 weighs in at just 128g, which is incredibly light. It’s about a foot long and thin (unless you add the wind filter.) Making it easy to carry around with you as part of your camera equipment.

The build quality is quite high, meaning it could probably survive a good drop or two.

One nice little feature that Sennheiser added is that this microphone can run on both phantom power OR a battery. The option of using a battery really is helpful for those who may own a camera that doesn’t deliver phantom power or those who need it in a sudden situation that does not have the right power plug ins.

MKE 600 shotgun mic

Sound Quality:

For a lower cost mic meant to be thrown around in a camera bag, this thing has amazing sound quality. Before hitting record I thought the low pass filter might be a bit much, but I realized quickly that what it misses out on in lows it really makes up for in the mid and upper range.

Price Point:

What’s surprising about this mic is the price point. It offers killer features and an amazing sound quality for only $400. This may sound high to some, but in the professional world this is rather inexpensive, especially for a Sennheiser product.

Final Verdict?

I put this microphone through a lot of testing for this review. Recording outdoors, indoors, with stuff in the way and more. This microphone passed each and every test I threw at it with flying colours. The fact that the price point is low is just icing on a very delicious cake.

Written by my good friend Kole McRae, an amazing author and music enthusiast. If you enjoyed his writing I highly recommend checking out his book Please Laugh at my Funeral.

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If you want to go swimming, showering, bathing, or whatever water-based activity, you may still want to listen to some music, even though MP3 players have a tendency to break forever if they go into water. That’s why there is the underwater MP3 player. Unfortunately, these things cost a lot of money; don’t have a lot of features and you only get like 1 or 2 GB of memory. But hey, at least you can listen to music whilst in water.

First, you may just want to get a case for your current MP3 player that will be both waterproof and makes it possible to use the controls. The most popular brands have these cases, e.g. iPods. You’ll also have to invest in some underwater earphones or headphones in that case.

Anyway, you’re more than likely not looking just for a case, so we’ll look at some waterproof MP3 players. The first one, and the most popular one, would be the 4th generation iPod shuffle. Swimman and H2OFriendly make this possible, so don’t just buy the regular one and instantly use it underwater because it won’t work. It costs a small bit of money to water protect your Shuffle but it’s worth it if you already have an iPod shuffle.

The best underwater MP3 player for you is going to be whichever one looks the most appealing to you personally. A lot of the underwater MP3 player designs can be a bit weird and you probably won’t like most of them. Speedo does offer relatively good looking ones though.

Speedo offers two underwater MP3 player models at 1GB and 2GB. The Speedo underwater MP3 player is intensely insulated and is safe to use in 3 metres (10 feet) of water. You can attach the device to your swimwear, goggles, or other things, and the buttons are ergonomically designed for ease. The device is USB 2.0. So, your two Speedo options are the Speedo Aquabeat 1GB or the Speedo Aquabeat LZR 2GB. They will go well with some waterproof earphones. The battery life is roughly 9 hours.

FINIS offers the SwiMP3 FINIS underwater MP3 player. You can get the SwiMP3.1G which has 1GB of storage or you can get smaller capacities (512MB, 256MB, and 128MB). Just like the Speedo players, they have hydrodynamic clips which can clip onto goggles or other things you may have on you.

The advantage of getting an entirely different MP3 player for underwater is that there is no risk of damage of your more expensive MP3 player, such as an iPod. These devices are expensive for their features and capacity, but they are definitely cheaper than iPods, Zunes and Zens. Me, personally? I’d get the Speedo 1GB MP3 player.

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So, you’re looking for a LG Bluetooth headset. It’s a solid and decent choice, because LG makes relatively good products and their reputation and quality is generally pretty high up. When you’re looking at buying one, it’s pretty much just like looking for any Bluetooth headset, except you won’t be looking at high end or low end headsets, just above mid-range headsets. I’ve got a great formula for looking for the perfect LG Bluetooth headset for you. It’s may seem a bit obvious, but it works; go with it.

1. Style– Make sure it suits you. Not any random person but you. Look for colour, headband design, size, and overall look. You can choose from the single eared LG Bluetooth headsets or a LG stereo Bluetooth headset. It’s entirely up to you.

2. Features– Look for impressive sounding technology, but also features that you will want. Maybe you want noise/echo cancellation. Maybe you’re annoyed with connection problems, and need auto reconnect. Maybe you need a dual microphone.

3. Price– Even if you’re looking for the best LG Bluetooth headset HBM (such as HBM-520), you’re still going to want to watch the price. Don’t get ripped off, and it’s probably not a good idea to buy straight from the LG website, because they’ll probably have the most expensive price. See below for a cheap bluetooth headset.

The HBM series is single ear only, and it is ideal for simplicity and quality. It’s not exactly idea for comfort though. Also, it’s not the best if you want to have the mouthpiece a bit closer to your mouth, and if you want stereo sound rather than just mono. If you’re looking for a LG Bluetooth stereo headset, instead of any of the HBM series, I would recommend one from the HBS series. They are generally reasonably small, comfortable and sometimes even gym-friendly.

There are also some unusual HBS series for a LG Bluetooth headset. Some look like they plug into things, but they actually plug into your ear. Some are like having two of the HBM series connected to each other. Again, it’s up to you to decide and choose your style, features and price. You may want the headband, or no headband, or behind the neck, or the benefits of having just one, with no need for any connection. No wires or bands.

So, as you can see, LG offers some pretty decent Bluetooth headsets. But, if you’re unconvinced, look at some other brands such as Sony or Creative. Or maybe you want a regular wireless headset, or a wired headset for that matter. In any case, you just need to follow the same steps in order to get the headset you need.

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For many, music is essential to their lives. For another many, so are swimming and any other water activities. If you’re in both of those groups, you may want to invest in a waterproof MP3 player to use underwater. Although I won’t be covering them, you need to remember to get some underwater earphones or headphones as well. Most waterproof MP3 players come with them.

I don’t really recommend getting a waterproof case for your current MP3 player because the only ones that really work are for the mainstream ones, such as iPods, but those are too valuable to be taking underwater. But, if you want, there is the option for making the iPod shuffle 4th generation waterproof.

So, if you haven’t already made up your mind to get a case or a waterproof upgrade to a currently owned MP3 player, you can choose from a few brands, including Oregon, Speedo and FINIS. Oregon offers the cheaper option, with 256-512 MB of storage and 1 metre/30 minutes endurance. It’s also the only one out of the three with a FM tuner. The SwiMP3 FINIS MP3 player will be able to clip onto your swim gear and has 128-512 MB capacities. The Speedo Aquabeat 1-2 GB MP3 players are more water and shock resistant, in 3 metres of water. It can float in water and also attach to swim gear. Additionally, the design is more ergonomic than the others for an underwater mp3 player.

The best waterproof MP3 player can be the Oregon Scientific Waterproof MP3 player, the Speedo waterproof MP3 player, your regular MP3 player in a case, or the protected 4th gen iPod shuffle. But, there is another option here that will probably be the most appealing.

Atlantis offers 4-8 GB Deluxe Waterproof MP3 players. This waterproof MP3 player selection is actually cheaper than the Speedo one, with different ergonomics, a 10 metre water resistance depth, and lasts 20+ hours, whereas the Speedo one only lasts 9 hours. The design is less bulky, which can be better or worse depending on your preference of an underwater MP3 player.

I’ll give you another option, in case you haven’t made up your mind yet. Century’s Dolphin waterproof MP3 player is wrapped in silicone tube with secure cable-ties. The waterproof depth is 1 metre; the capacity is 1 GB; and the battery is 8 hours. The price is cheaper than the Speedo option, but again, the ergonomics of this MP3 player aren’t as impressive. The Atlantis one should appeal the most, as it has a larger resistance to water; the longest battery life; the largest memory capacity; and also not pricey.

Check out all the above mentioned mp3 players here:

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Okay, so you’re looking for some DJ equipment for beginners. Just a warning before you read ahead: there’s no real replacement for professional DJ equipment. This is just a good place to start, since it’s a slightly more affordable way to mix and perfect your music. You can buy a set or the individual components.

Turntablescredit: he.neidhardt

The best DJ equipment for beginners is to buy each individual component. Stanton offers most of the equipment I will list. So, let’s get started.  Remember that you have to choose your medium first: midi, CD, or vinyl. Then you can start searching.

  1. You need two DJ turntables. You can go for regular scratching ones or ones with USB for connection to your computer.
  2. You need two DJ slipmats to reduce friction while scratching. You can use felt or any material that won’t slip.
  3. You need two DJ cartridges if the turntables don’t come with them. Fourth, you need a DJ mixer. You can go for the Numark X6, which a lot of people have and recommend. The sound effects and mixer settings are great for beginner DJs.
  4. You need a pair of DJ headphones. You can go for Technics or just some Sennheiser ones. The headphones need to be soft, lightweight, and comfortable and have a closed ear design for noise cancellation.
  5. You can also invest in a speaker system, if you deem it necessary.
  6. A monitor isn’t necessary, but it can help you see and customise your music better.

So, you’re good to go with what you need to get. Now we need to find the right deal for you. Cheap DJ equipment for beginners usually comes in a whole package, rather than the individual components, so check that the package comes with everything you want and need. It will come with all you need, but it may not be all you want. Personalisation is critical when it comes to DJ equipment for beginners. You cannot afford to compromise on personal needs at all, even when it comes to DJ equipment for beginners.

When all is said and done, you still need to look for DJ equipment for beginners for sale because there’s really nothing cheap about being a DJ. Browse around music stores and online stores for the best deal. Obviously don’t buy anything that is suspiciously too cheap, and if you’re buying second-hand, make sure you check everything out before you buy.

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So you have a studio or just want some of the best studio headphones. The first thing you need to know is that, if you want the least stress and fastest speed as possible, you can just look at the best brands.

Best Brands

The best brands include Sennheiser, Ultrasone, high-end Creative and high-end Sony headphones. You can browse around yourself or you may have your own brand in mind that you want to buy headphones for. Either way, that’s the least stressful way of getting some of the best studio headphones.

So, besides the brand, what are the best studio headphones? Let’s knuckle down what makes the best studio headphones. If you’re still reading this, it means that you’ve decided to go for individual features rather than brand name.

Extra Help

Just remember that the price range can get into the thousands, so be prepared to pay that much if you’re looking for the absolute best. But say you just want the best for you. So, you will want to look at features such as sound quality, surround sound, noise cancelling, acoustic seal, and any other features that may add to the sound experience. Look for customer reviews, professional reviews and recommendations. Sometimes, popularity is good, because you know that most people like it. But sometimes it’s bad because people may just buy it because they don’t know what else to get.

Check for Extra Features

You’re not going to do that though, are you? You’re a sensible consumer, that’s why you’re reading this article. So, what else is there? You could also look at some bonus features that may help with being more user-friendly. Look for features such as being wireless, lightweight, larger ear coupler size, cord type, manufacturer warranty, impedance, connector type, detachable cable, or even have a microphone.

Maybe you’re looking for the best studio headphones for mixing. This is a difficult challenge, because the sound is right next to your ears and surround sound is more evident on a sound system.

How Much to Invest?

If you’re willing to invest the money in the best studio headphones however, you can get some headphones which are smart enough to be able to transmit sound accordingly to a high quality. Your brain can recognise these subtle differences in sound, due to the sound quality, so you’ll be able to mix sound properly. Ordinary headphones are unable to do that, so you will need to get some decent studio/DJ headphones. Your best bet is to be prepared to spend a lot of money; know what features you want; and to invest in a good brand.

So what are the best studio headphones? Check out our picks below:

 

When running, you’ll want something to keep you going, besides water of course. Music is a great tool for this. However, you’ll notice that with most earphones and headphones, they will tend to fall out while running. You’ll put them back in, go a few strides, but they’ll just fall out again. So obviously you’ll want some earphones that don’t do that. You will need the best earphones for running.

If it’s the best running earphones you’re after, you’re probably not looking for headphones, which are the ones which connect over your head and have much bigger earpieces. Headphones don’t fall off as easily but they can be bulky and a bit annoying when you’re running. It’s really all personal preference, so it’s up to you. There are also slightly bigger earphones than usual that are still earphones.

So, to prevent the dilemma of earphones falling out, you’ll need some of the best earphones for running. So let’s knuckle them down. There are many technologies that are available to cater the casual and “hardcore” buyer. I’ll list them below:

  • Clip-on: these are good earphones to use while running and wrap around your entire ear to prevent them from falling. The disadvantage is that it may look unstylish.
  • Ear-canal: these are the best earphones for running and don’t just sit on the edge of your ear, but stick in a bit further. The disadvantage to this kind of earphones is that they may cancel noise too much, which can make you hear your inner body, such as your heartbeat and blood flow, more audibly.
  • Ear-fin: these are also good earphones for running and are kind of like a cross between clip-on and ear-canal earphones. They stick into your ear like ear-canal ones, but they also have a bit of an extended fin which increases the effectiveness of not falling out.
  • Headband: another name for headphones. As already mentioned above, they wrap around the top of your head, but can be annoying, and may not be as effective in staying in place.
  • Neckband- these are a cross between earphones and headphones. They can have the speaker size of either earphones or headphones, but the band is at the neck, which holds the speakers in place pretty securely. An additional advantage to neckband and headband earphones is that, if you want to take them off, they can just sit on your neck while you run, rather than having them hang off your shirt with other earphones.

Out of personal preference, I would recommend ear-canal earphones, as the ideal earphones for running, because they stay in your ears, unless you’re vigorously running, and still look stylish.

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Whether you’re a serious DJ or just love jamming in your own home, you’ll want to buy the best DJ headphones for your musical needs. When looking for quality, you’ll really need to look no further than a reputably good brand. If you’re looking for DJ headphones which are also the best earphones for running, for example, you may want to rethink just getting an expensive pair of Sennheiser headphones that won’t stay on your head while running.

It’s probably a good plan to invest in a single pair of headphones, rather than having to buy several pairs to cater for your different needs. You will want to list a few specs that you may want in your DJ headphones, and figure out whether or not you want the best running earphones, or just the best DJ headphones.

If you want both, including earphones for running, think about what specs and features you would like them to have. Some examples of things you might want to have included: lightweight; longer cord length; the right jack size and type; folding; a single cord; rotating ear-cups; and a higher frequency range. Obviously, the more features you want, the more you are going to have to pay, so choose your features wisely.

The main other feature you’d want to look at especially is sound quality. When it comes to the sound quality, you’ll mainly just want to look at good brands such as Sony, Creative and Sennheiser. With Sony, you have to look at the high-end headphones; otherwise they won’t be appropriate to be the best DJ headphone set.

What kind? Best DJ Headphones Review

The best DJ headphones aren’t necessarily the best running earphones, so watch out for that. The more you sway one way, the further you stray away from the other. So, the higher quality DJ headphones you buy, the less likely they will be appropriate for running, and vice-versa.

Besides the features mentioned, you’ll also want to look at some extra sound-enhancing technologies available to choose the best DJ headphones.

Features to look for

Features will include noise-cancelling; bass-driven sound; surround sound and larger ear-cups. You do not want larger ear-cups while running because they will be too heavy to run with.

So you might want to just buy a set of DJ headphones separately from a pair of ear-canal running earphones. If you can afford it, I would recommend doing this, because I’ve already mentioned that you can’t have maximum DJ quality and portability at the same time. Although running earphones can have excellence quality, they are inappropriate for DJ needs. So choosing the right pair recommended below is definitely the way to go:

Here are our favorite DJ Headphones, Check them out now:

If you still have a lot of old home movies on VHS tapes, then you have probably been wondering what you can do to get rid of them. They take up a lot of space and, since they are on magnetic tape they wear out over time due to factors such as heat and moisture. So, how will you transform the old tapes to digital? How can you get rid of the junk?

Well, you can buy a dual machine that will not only play those old great home movies but also convert them to DVD so that you will be able to clear away some of the old relics to make more room. And it does not have to be hard at all. In fact, it can be as easy as pushing two simple buttons on the machine. Follow these steps.

  1. You need to realize that there are some VHS DVD combo players that will only play DVDs and not record them. So to convert the VHS to DVD you need a machine that will be able to play the old VHS videos and then record them to DVD as well.
  2. You need to buy something with some value – not just anything. If you have very, very old videos, then they are probably already showing some signs of deterioration. This means you will need to handle them with care. The experts say that these combo recorders are at the top of the list.
    • Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK ($240)
    • Sony RDR-VX560 ($180)
    • Toshiba DVR670 ($250)
  3. The last thing to do is to find a good price for the model you want. I suggest that you buy your a refurbished model which was repaired by a technician for resale. These are always the best price for the best value.

Well, that is how easy it could if you were to do a VHS to DVD transfer. Good luck!

If you’re looking for the best 3.5 mm stereo headphones to buy then that can be very hard because there are so many of them to choose from. There are even headphones that are marketed as the “best”, yet when you get them, they don’t seem to fit nicely to your ears nor are they visually appealing. Boo.. Not to fear..

Here is our list of the top 5 best 3.55 mm stereo headphones:

*Click on the pics or links to find out more product & buying information

1. Audio Technica ART series

These headphones just kick ass. The ATH-xxx series of closed headphones make for comfort and quality sound, yet not disturbing others around you. The winged design allows any user to put on these headphones without having to re-adjust anything. With a range of different units, these headphones can cater a range of budgets. These cans are also well balanced and have a great sound stage considering they are closed headphones.

2. Bang & Olufson A8

The greatest low profiled headphones that can fit even into the tiniest pockets! These are very durable headphones because of the metal ear bands that come with a rubber lining. The sound quality is amazing. I tried to listen to Damien Rice’s, “The Blower’s Daughter”, and I was even able to hear the background studio noise. It’s that great!

3. Bose Quiet Comfort 2 – Acoustic Noise Canceling

Now these headphones are very good too. These are more expensive than your regular high-end headphones but it’s worth the cost! Quiet Comfort’s lasts longer than other brands. It’s also very comfortable for the ears. The head band that connects the earphones is very durable plus they are wireless! Now, let’s talk about the sound quality. These headphones provide excellent noise canceling abilities. Trust me, even if you’re seated on an airplane, if you have these on, you won’t hear much engine noise at all.

4. Sony MDR-V700 Studio Monitor Series

These are very famous DJ headphones (trust me, they swore). When you go to a club, check out what type of headphones a lot of DJ’s have on. I’m sure they will probably have a pair of 700’s. Sound quality? Very rich! The sound is just very well balanced. You’ll never flinch because of how loud the music will be. Again, it’s purely balanced. These are also very durable; these have a double enforced head band, as well as metal components in the design for durability.

5. Bose Triport

When you get to see these headphones, you would probably think that I’m crazy recommending them because they don’t look like they produce good music. However, when you hear the brand, “Bose”, you won’t have any second thoughts of getting any other headphone brand. First of all, they are very comfortable for the ears because of how light they are and because of the type of padding they use. When it comes to the sound quality, it’s terrific! Alicia Keys has a very raspy voice, which you wouldn’t normally hear using ordinary headphones. But when you use these, you’ll really hear how her voice is wearing a pair of these headphones.

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