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Reviewed: The Merlin Audiova Conduction Headphones

Did you ever wish to be able to use Headphones that do not cover or stick inside your ears? We have given the Merlin Audiova Conduction Headphones a try as they promise a new way of listening to audio on the go. Instead of covering you up and make it impossible to hear the world around you the Merlin Audiova Conduction Headphones are using the  ‘Bone Conduction Technology’ to transfer the sound from your cheekbones direct to your inner ears, leaving your ears completley free to any ambient sounds. Specially on a bicycle this is a huge advantage.

Quality / Feeling:

At first the headphones that are sitting around your neck are feeling a bit awkward, this was the first time ever to have Headphones not over or inside the ear. But once getting used to this I really liked the advantage of the unique Bone Conduction Technology. While listening to your favorite tunes you can still react and pay attention to your surroundings. Needless to say that this makes your life much safer specially if you are one a bike or running down a road. Pretty cool is as well that you can use them while swimming. Yes, you read right, they are waterproof too and work well despite water in your ears. For me as a person enjoying deep bass while listening to music the real only single point I disliked about the headphones was that they could produce more bass to fit better my taste.

Connectivity:

The Merlin Audiova Conduction Headphones are connected to your computer or charger via astandard micro USB cable. A full charge of the device gives you around 6 hours of usage time which is really good. It as well gives you the change to pair to other devices via Bluetooth. We have tried connecting it with various mobiles and even tablets and none of the connections gave us any problems. Paired to your phone it lets you even answer phone calls directlyfrom the headphones, so your phone can stay in your bag.

Verdict:

The Merlin Audiova Conduction Headphones are a first of its kind with its brand new technology. It is a great step towards safety while using headphones and they are having a sleek design. They are multiuseable, comfortable to wear and deliver a good and clear sound, though the bass could be stronger for me. The connection possibility via Bluetooth makes this device a real allrounder and very useful if you are an active person that is enjoying music on the go.

Canon developed APS-H-size CMOS sensor with approximately 250 megapixels!

Cannon announced that it has developed an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of pixels1 for a CMOS sensor smaller than the size of a 35 mm full-frame sensor.

When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location. How cool is that?

With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of five frames per second. Additionally, despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realize an architecture adapted for miniaturized pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance.

Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video. The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.

SMS Audio is back with more ‘Star Wars’ headphones…

After having launched the first Series of Star Wars themed headphones in 2014 50 Cent’s SMS Audio will be returning this year with another Series of Headphones from a Galaxy far, far away.

This year it’s R2D2, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the TIE Fighter that get featured as headphones, of course with a great timing after the recently launched Movie Trailer for The Force Awakens, the sevenths installment of the Franchise and the first one by Wald Disney.

There are mentions of passive noise canceling as well as 40mm drivers to deliver the sound which is the same as on the last edition. As well again is that each pair costs 200$ and will available sometime in Q2 this year.

If you fancy some of the first Series head phones you might want to visit the SMS Audio Online Store where these are sold with 50$ of right now! (LINK)

Product Review: Sony Headphones MDR-XB450 BV

Sony has recently launched the new MDR-XB450 BV headphones and so it seems a good plan to review them. First thing I noticed after unpacking them was they looked and felt really cool. But could these be worn comfortable?

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These are the first headphones which do not put too much pressure on my ears while wearing them. The big and soft synthetic leather pressure relieving ear pads really work super comfy but still firm enough to fall not off while walking around. The headphones give enough comfort to let you walk around for several hours.

Sound wise you are getting a very powerful high quality sound that is created by the 30mm driver which gives a solid performance. Like this you could use them daily without any problems, but as well not much better or worse as what you can already find in the market.

But if you Plug in a couple of AAA batteries and flick the switch on the headphones bottom which activates the Sony MDR-XB450BV bass resonance chamber,man, you are in a different league.  Once the bass kicks in it is  giving you the sort of bass weight you just can’t get with ordinary headphones. This adjustable vibration feature which gives the extra sound but does not disturb the quality of the songs is really pretty awesome.

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Turn the bass dial up to max and you get the sort of low-end thump you can really feel on your ears, like standing next to a speaker bass bin at a concert. The bass ‘driver’ is not a normal speaker driver, and clearly moves back and forth with a lot more aggression than the Sony MDR-XB450BV’s normal speaker.

The MDR-XB450BV have a slim, swivel folding style allowing for convenient storage in a bag, briefcase or backpack while you are on the go which makes them small enough even without being able to fold.

Only thing I personally did not like is that the flat cord is non removable and connected on both sides. I would prefer a single cord which is removable and replaceable.

Verdict:  The Sony MDR-XB450BV are headphones with Bass large enough to fill your day. And given the price they are a great choice. If you are in the marked for Headphones right now and you want to have that extra Bass, this is what you should go for.

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Technical Details:extra

  • 30mm sound driver unit
  • Bass boost and vibration
  • Stylish metal housing
  • Swivel folding design for easy portability
  • Tangle free cord
  • Frequency response: 5Hz – 22,000Hz

These Headphones are available in all good Electronic Stores and at Virgin Megastores.

Review: Sennheiser HD 205

The Sennheiser HD 205 is great value for money. The design is not only comfortable, but takes out a lot of ambient noise. This headphone does not have active noise reduction but does a good job with its closed design headphone.

The right-side is able to swivel backwards, so you can answer a phone call and not need to remove the whole headphone. This swivel was designed for DJ’s to do sound mixing, but works well for other purposes as well.

I also like its strong bass and great clarity, where I could hear sounds in music that I did not hear before. This headphones not only works well for music, but does great with your favourite action movie. You will hear how close the sound is, and have bullets whizzing past you and swords meeting like they are just around you.

In the price range they are these Headphones are great. If you need something with heavy bass, these are not for you as they are intended for DJ’s or studio musicians… For me they are working great…

PROS

CONS

  • Clear Sound
  • Cord Real Flimsy
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Sound
  • Versatile
  • Great Top End Sound
  • Well Built Great Quality