Unboxing the Sony WH-CH700N Bluetooth and ANC headphones

I am still trying to iron out how to organize “headphone reviews” but in the meantime, we have another one of our customary “text and pictures unboxing”. This time it is the Sony WH-CH700N headphone, a bluetooth and ANC combo, with 3.5mm playback as well…

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Unboxing the Brainwavz Memory Foam Earpads

On its face, unboxing may sound like a goofy thing. However, it is the most objective part of a review, and it can help people who are interested in knowing exactly what they are getting when they buy something. It can also be helpful to people buying used, so they can compare what’s offered versus what the new condition product would include…

Which brings us to our customary “text and pictures unboxing” of the Brainwavz Audio Earpads, of the memory foam kind. I bought these while they were on lightning deal, while posting the Gold Box round-up on our deals blog. The ones you see below are the brown color scheme.

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Buyer Beware: Elevation Labs counterfeits on Amazon

The founder of Elevation Labs raised the alarm on the company’s official blog. Counterfeiters have been making (imperfect) copies of their flagship “The Anchor” under the desk headphone hanger product and undercutting them slightly on price, so the average non-power-user customer buying them on Amazon is more likely to buy the counterfeit because Amazon puts the lower price in the featured spot on the main product page.

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What is the point of NFC in Bluetooth headphones?

We begin today a brand new series of posts under the “Headphone Tips” umbrella, covering some questions and topics that may be the subject of confusion. Today’s subject is NFC. It is better known and popular for its use in contactless payments (eg Android Pay). So much so that its absence from some devices (such as the popular Moto G series) can derail the purchase of an otherwise great bang for the buck phone.

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List of Smartphones With a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

LATEST UPDATE: March 29 in 2018: the new Oppo flagship loves the headphone jack :)… Samsung and LG lead the way… for now, I am only including smartphones announced in 2018 or later (excluding entry-level and lower mid-tier phones) and a few select pre-2018 models…

More and more manufacturers are making the mistake of abandoning the headphone jack, so I think the time is right now to start listing the headphones that come with a headphone jack.

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Opinion: the owner of Venture Electronics is wrong

A controversy has broken out on the headphones reddit, as the owner of Venture Electronics, the makers of the famous VE Monk earbuds (among others) said that anyone who leaves a review lower than five stars out of five on their website will be banned from buying again. He also shared a screenshot of people getting blacklisted from buying their products on their website.

Needless to say, this did not sit well in the sub-reddit, and there are already calls to ignore and boycott VE products in light of this development.

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Headphones to Avoid: Sony RF-995-RK Wireless RF

We are starting a new series here at this blog, the “Headphones to Avoid”. A lot of audio publications, websites, forums, and enthusiasts are quick to profusely praise, but it’s crickets when it comes to criticize. However, if it is fair to praise a product, it is also fair to criticize a product. In this series we spotlight headphones that have issues that would make them deal killers for potential buyers.

The first headphone to be “featured” is the Sony RF-995-RK Wireless RF. This is a headphone system of a transmitter/base and a headset, not unlike the Sennheiser RS-series. The RF-995 is well-made and all the good stuff, however, it fails at its #1 job: wireless audio. It has trouble keeping a connection running. Even minor movements of the body or head cause it to make “clicking” sounds. Whether you are listening to music or watching a movie or TV show, this is very annoying and distracting.

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Unboxing the Tennmark PRO In-Ears

This is one of the “Chi-Fi” in-ears that are riding the hype train, so when I noticed it on a lightning deal at amazon.com, I gave in to the temptation and picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. I did this knowing that this is a bass-favoring earphone. This post is our customary text and pictures unboxing. The review will come later on 🙂

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The box includes the following:

  • the earphones (with the cables attached to them) in a zippered hard shell case
  • different size eartips in a sealed little bag
  • warranty card
  • nothing else is included

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