Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Souchaku Henshin Kaixa review

The Kaixa sculpt is pretty ok for the Souchaku line. The body parts actually look pretty good, but the head sculpt is of significantly lower quality for some reason. The photon blood running through the mask is too thick, resulting in the head sculpt looking a little off, which sort of ruined the look.

Souchaku Henshin Delta review

The Souchaku Henshin Delta figure is a really nice sculpt! When pieced together, the figure's proportions looks really good overall (relative to the Souchaku Henshin line). The neck isn't too long so it doesn't stick out too much. In my opinion, among all the main Faiz Souchaku Henshin characters, its the most show accurate one.

I also really like the Delta armour's matte coat finish on the shoulders, chest and head armour pieces. The matte application really gives it a different look as compared to Faiz and Kaixa Souchaku Henshin. 

My "complete selection" Delta driver XD. I really like the Souchaku Henshin die-cast rider belts!

Mihara (the main wearer) as Delta! The hair sculpt is very off lol.. 

SIC Kiwami Tamashii Autovajin photoshoot

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Meelectronics M6 review (Clear)

Design: 9/10
My transparent M6 is really beautiful. The transparent housing allows a look at the dynamic drivers and other internal gadgetry, which is a gorgeous sight to behold. The design also looks very premium, not much to talk about here.

Sound: 9/10
These earphones are really amazing! The score I gave was based on what I paid for (brand new from Amazon), approximately 13USD. For such little money, you will get really premium high quality sound. This earphones put my Klipsch S4 (first edition) and Sennheiser CX870 to shame.

When I put these earphones on, I was immediately blown away by how much detail and such clarity the sound actually has. The sound to me is as clear as water, and makes my CX870 feels really, really muddy. The bass response is just right, and gives a full 'oomph', unlike my Klipsch S4 which sounded a bit thin to me. 

You will definitely not go wrong with these earphones. I have no complaints about them for their price. The frequency covers a really wide range, the sound is clear as water, soundstage is good (I felt like I was using headphones instead of earphones), and the bass is just right, not too much (unlike my Sennheiser CX870) and not too little, just enough to satisfy.

Durability: 8/10
Although these are branded as sports earphones, I don't think I will want to give it a try with a tough workout, and I don't think they will take such a beating either. These are not the Meelectronics Sports S6 either. The construction is really durable though, the cable feels really tough and strong, and the stress points are designed really well. Its probably good enough for the everyday commuter.

Usability: 8/10
Generally quite comfortable, although the first few fittings might be a bit painful. I haven't been using these for long, but right out of the box, they feel pretty alright, although my Sennheiser CX870 are even more comfy.

Overall: 9.5/10
Get these, these are superb. I got it from about 13USD brand new off Amazon. The company doesn't skimp on any materials even at that price. The cable and design feels really solid and premium to me (at least for the transparent clear version), and the included carrying pouch is manufactured really well. You can't possibly go wrong with these if you are a frugal audiophile. 

The sound is really, really good. I will say they are superior to my Sennheiser CX870, Beats Tours, Klipsch S4. This is really the best earphone I've ever had, for the build, price and sound.

Friday, November 1, 2013

CX680 review

Design: 8/10
Great eye-catching design, colourful. Designed as part of a series of earphones, between BMW and Sennheiser. Additional (extra) branding by Adidas.

Sound: 8/10
Check out my review of the CX870 for more information as the sound signature and tuning are almost the same.

Overall, sound is great, good bass response. But strangely, the CX680 is pretty loud, much louder than the CZ870. The CX680 is also of a slightly less refined sound than the CX870.

Durability: 9/10
These are waterproof sports earphones with Kevlar reinforcing on the cables!

Usability: 5/10
I don't know what Sennheiser had in mind when they designed this, but the earphone is too short to use normally without the extension, and too long and heavy to use with the extension. It's only good if you're wearing an armband, but even then, it might still be a little short. In conclusion, it sucks.

Go for the CX680i if you really need a Sennheiser sports in ear, as the cable is at least of normal length lol.

Overall: 7/10

Sennheiser CX870 review

Design: 10/10
The design of this earphone is amazing! The design is actually part of a series of earphone designed in collaboration between BMW DesignWorks Singapore Studio and Sennheiser. Naturally, Sennheiser provides the drivers and sound, while BMW the design. 

These pair of earphones look really sweet and will definitely catch people's attention. It is lighter and more plasticky than the commercial photos. The 'chrome finishing' on the earphone is just painted plastic, but it is needed to keep the earphone lightweight. The only real chrome part is at the cable splitter.

In conclusion, these earphones won't disappoint with the practical yet beautiful looks. It's minimalistic but at the same time stands above the crowd, just like an Apple product.

Sound: 8.5/10
These phones are worth exactly their value, and are mid range earphones, good enough for the general consumer, unless you're a golden ear audiophile (which I'm not).

Although the balance and separation isn't as good as the original Klipsch S4, overall bass response is a lot better, fuller and has a heavier thump than the S4. Generally, I feel the highs, vocals and bass are more emphasized and possibly better than the S4, although the bass is slightly muddier but not too noticeable. Also, the mids and lows are not as well brought out as the S4, although it's there.

The sound preference will really differ from person to person, but generally I feel the sound signature is really warm, with instruments well brought out. The sound is also generally balanced with bass response being just right for my tastes. I would put it on par or even better than the Beats Tours (lol)

Durability: 9/10
Sennheiser being Sennheiser, will definitely design lasting and durable products. They design more for practicality than the general feel of the product, unlike their competitors, like Klipsch.

The Klipsch S4, and possibly even S4 II will not last very long due to their weak cable housing and poorly designed connectors (usually stress points). But the CX870 feels really durable, and the connectors feel strong and supple. You can definitely put these in your pocket without fear of stressing the cables.

Usability: 9/10
Although the earphones seem quite large, they are actually really lightweight. But sometimes, they might just loosen with a little walking. I fix that by fitting the earfins from my CX680 (totally adaptable and is a perfect fit).

Overall score: 9/10
In conclusion, an earphone good enough to last and for everyday on the road use. Great sound, affordability, quality, design and durability. The only company able to pull this off is Sennheiser. Buy it without hesitation.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Telling between real and fake Beats headphones

Hello! Fellow tech enthusiast, today, I'll be telling you fail proof ways to tell the difference between any real and fake beats headphones with my years of experience! 

You might be asking when will such a skill come useful, well, such a skill will not only ensure you not to get scammed buying Beats headphones, but also finding or buying real Beats headphones second-hand.

1. Build quality and the metal 'B' plating:

Inspect the first and second picture of the Beats Tours and Solo respectively above. Look closely at the 'b' logo. Firstly, if its the real deal, it will not be a sticker, but rather a metal plate. Secondly, even if its metal, you must ensure that the 'b' has a somewhat glittery and textured pattern, and the metal has silver scratches running down (Inspect the above photo for example). The fake headphones won't be having such intricate details to cut costs on the manufacturing process.

Of course, apart from the metal 'b' plating, do ensure that the build quality is good, as usually the fakes have a lousy build quality.

These traits should be the first key feature between any real and fake Beats headset, even without listening.

2. Sound quality:

In order to confirm that the Dr Dre headphone is authentic, you will of course have to check for sound quality. And in order to know if the sound is really 'authentic', trust me, you don't necessarily have to be an audiophile to tell the difference between Dr Dre's intended EQ and a crappy speaker. There are actually no hard and fast rules to telling audio quality, (which is the reason you buy headphones for), but rather as a guideline. Here's mine:

Beats Tour:
Really good bass, decent instrument separation.

Beats Solo:
The audio has a thumping and slightly boomy bass, instrument separation is pretty distinctive, but the mids are slightly muddy. (That's just how Dr Dre's EQ works)

Beats Studio:
Bass is not as strong as Beats Solo, but is still somewhat augmented. Mids here are pretty much clearer than the Beats Solo and instrument separation is pretty good.

Beats Pro:
An almost flat eq with slight bass augmentation. Really thin sounding audio (thinner than Beats Solo)

3. Serial Number

On the headphone band, real Beats Solo HD will show a sticker label with the serial on it. The fake beats won't have any sticker with serial number.


Trust me, if your Beats headset fulfills the points that I've stated, it is most probably an authentic Dre headset. I did not do a comparison of the box or packaging, as there are tons of comparisons out there on the internet for those already.

Extra information - A rough idea on the Beats manufacturing:

Well, you might still be wondering, how does some retailers (3rd party unauthorised ones) still manage to sell their authentic Beats headset for such ridiculously low prices? (deal extreme.com used to be one site I know of).

The explanation is actually really simple, the manufacturing costs of each Beats headset is really not more than a fraction, or probably about 5USD for Beats Tours, 10USD for the Solos etc. (Trust me I've dismantled the headset and I know how cheap the parts really are)