Unboxing the Philips SHP9500S

The open-back over-ear Philips SHP9500 and their cousin the SHP9500S generated so much interest and hype, that when I found them on sale ($49 with free shipping by NewEgg on eBay, purchased with mine own money), I had to get them to compare and contrast and see what everyone is raving (and ranting) about. This post is a practical text and pictures unboxing.

The accompanying “review diary” will begin shortly after (I will add the link here). Various physical measurements and such will be included in the “review diary”. I only began listening to them _after_ I completed the unboxing post, so how they sound does not color (no pun intended) the unboxing part (the most objective part of any review ~ ironically).

shp9500S box, back side

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This Week In Headphoolia, 3nd Edition

We now have Episode #3 of “This Week in Headphoolia”, a lighthearted round-up of things of potential interest. You can find all previous editions in the Headphoolia Archives.

In this edition, we round-up some of the reactions to the new Monoprice M1060, we take a look at some of the latest news-related action, updates on two popular streaming services, and round-up some of the many reviews posted the last week or so.

2017: A SPACE ODYSSEY – THE MONOLITH DISCOVERS US!

Line up for the new hype train! While the Monoprice M560 continue to fly under the radar, the brand new Monolith M1060 over-ear planar-magnetics have generated enough interest and buzz, so much so that they are now out of stock until Tax Day 2017 (mid-April).

Here is a sampling of the action across the interwebs on these open-back critters:

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This Week In Headphoolia, 2nd Edition

Last week we launched our brand new weekly feature, “This Week in Headphoolia”, a lighthearted round-up of things of potential interest (here is last week’s post). We now have the second edition…

INTERESTING? THINGS

Fill up the coffee machine. Researcher Sean Olive was interviewed at This Week In Radio Tech with Kirk Harnack on headphone sound quality. After the interview, Sean posted a short companion post on his blog. You can find the 72 minute video YouTube-embedded right below and at the This Week in Radio Tech YouTube Channel:

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This Week In Headphoolia, First Edition

This is a brand new (experimental) weekly feature, where we round up some interesting and potentially-interesting and potentially-funny headphone-related action from across the internets…

Please leave a comment letting us know what stories and things you’d like to see covered in these round-ups, or summarize it in 140 characters on Twitter

NEWS

The Samsung chief was arrested in South Korea, but that did not discourage the Harman shareholders for voting YES on the Samsung merger. So that’s one more step into the Borgification of Harman. So Samsung will soon have the AKG, Harman, JBL, and Yurbuds brands under their …Galaxy of products (sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

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Unboxing the Samson SR850 Over-Ear Headphones

In this post, we have a text and pictures practical unboxing of the over-ear semi-open Samson SR850 headphones. A review will follow at a later date. I am posting the unboxing before I even listened to them, so how they sound will not color my unboxing 🙂 Because the unboxing is the most objective part of a review. It sounds silly but when you think about it, it’s true 🙂

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New Headphones at CES 2017

Time flies and here we are again, another CES trade show! In this post, we round up some of the new headphones (and related amps/DACs and DAPs) revealed around the Vegas show which this year runs from January 5-8.

LATEST UPDATE on 1/10/17: added the new Audio Technica “Live Sound” IEM line, their new “Sound Reality” line, and more from “Solid Bass” and “Sonic Fuel”. It’s Crazy-technica alright 🙂 You can find them below all grouped together after the DSR9BT and DSR7BT duo…

TECHNICAL NOTE: if you are not seeing the correct YouTube video below at the correct place, do a hard refresh on the page and it will be corrected. It’s an issue with caching and the YouTube embed widget or so…

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Unboxing the Sennheiser HD 4.20S

We have another text and pictures low-friction unboxing. As unglorified as unboxings may be, they are often the most objective part of a review 🙂 In this post, we take a look at one of the many new Sennheiser headphones revealed at IFA 2016, the closed-back over-ear HD 4.20S, with a 1-button mic and remote, and non-detachable cable. Plus it has a very special model number 🙂

As before, I did the unboxing before I listened to them, so their use would not color the unboxing process (I’m not sure exactly why I am doing this, but it somehow feels useful) 🙂

The stand is not included, I am using it to give you a better look at the headphones:

sennheiser_hd420_on_a_stand

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Unboxing the Fiio X1 DAP (First Generation)

I bought the first generation Fiio X1 in late 2015, and took a handful of unboxing pictures. But I couldn’t find them until last week. It turns out, I had only stored them on the cloud, and I was desperately looking for them on local internal and external storage 🙂 So this is a fashionably late “text and pictures” unboxing. Note that as of late Fall 2016, the second generation X1 is coming out. This post is for the first generation model!

NOTE: more on this in upcoming posts, including a review. I’ve had it for about a year, so there’s no needed to do an in-progress review diary.

THE BOX

It comes in a vinyl-themed sealed package, measuring around 5 by 5 inches, and about 1 inch tall. Packaged and sealed, as you buy it from the retailer, weighs around 9 ounces.

fiio_x1_box_size

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Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears Review Diary

And so it begins. This is a “review diary” of the closed-back on-ear Beyerdynamic Custom Street headphones. It is a companion to the Text and Pictures Unboxing post. This is presented in reverse chronological order and will be updated many times in the next few days/weeks/months… I will be calling them “BCS” for short below…

YOU CAN PLAY TWO MUSIC SOURCES at the SAME TIME

You can indeed play two music sources at the same time. Each side is independent, so I have the Fiio X1 playing on one side, and a Clip+ playing on the other side. This is nice 🙂 Whichever one has the higher volume, is louder (obviously).

In terms of practical applications, you can do this if you listen to an audiobook with a layer of classical or jazz or other instrumental music in the background.

In terms of music playing, you can use this to simulate being about and out in a busy place where you have all kinds of sound and music. It is obviously not an ideal music appreciation combination, but if your brain needs more than background signal to help you concentrate, this may work.

More so, if the two music sources are not fast or loud, it is kinda interesting. I am doing this with Depeche Mode’s “Delta Machine” on one side, and Lady Gaga’s “The Fame”. This perhaps works better if you are already familiar with the music, so your brain’s musical “autocomplete” function can fill in the gaps as it gets two musical inputs instead of one 🙂

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Unboxing the Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears

Welcome to our “Useful Unboxing” of the Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears! These should not be confused with the more famous Custom Over-Ears. Here you will find text and pictures of practical interest, no annoying video or audio or animations. If you’d like to see any other view of the headphones please leave a comment. This was an impulse + curiosity purchase when they were a lightning deal for $67~ at amazon.com. Curiosity because I haven’t listened to BeyerD’s custom slider before…

I haven’t heard these before preparing the Unboxing post, so how they sound does not influence the Unboxing part. I’m not sure where that idea came from but I’m sticking with it 🙂 A brand new “review diary” is now under way [UPDATE!]…

Here’s a teaser of the headphones before we go to the timeline-based unboxing sequence…

bcs_posing

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