I love music. Especially music you can bring along. That’s why my iPhone 5 is loaded with all sorts of tracks.
I make sure to convert my music tracks to compressed formats with sampling rates and resolutions that, as much as possible, preserves its original lossless (raw) quality.
It’s the audiophile in me, I guess. Being a sound engineer, it’s difficult to ignore artifacts that are unavoidably brought about by converting raw music formats into lossy ones.
But, keep in mind… No matter how crystal clear your music sounds, it is ONLY JUST AS GOOD as what your output device can deliver.
Take headphones/earphones, for example. It makes no sense stuffing your portable music player with huge, barely uncompressed files, if your earpiece cannot faithfully reproduce the music. It’s like watching a Blu-Ray movie on a regular CRT monitor – it doesn’t make any sense.
I cannot stress it enough… invest in good quality headphones and earphones. Why? Because it matters.
Good earphones don’t have to be pricey. In fact, there are some really amazing sounding earpieces in the market that will barely even make a dent on your budget.
And forget about those imitation “Beats” headphones being sold in bangketa markets for merely a fifth of the original’s real value. Because they’re imitations, you can be sure that quality, workmanship and materials have been compromised.
If you’re in the market for a pair of great-sounding yet affordable earphones, Accutone products are a good place to start.
I have a basic pair called the Accutone “Aquarius” which my wife and kids regularly use. It’s a pretty straightforward, no-nonsense pair of earphones that comes with a built-in microphone. The Aquarius gives off a flat response which is perfect for any kind of music playback, in my opinion. It comes in various attractive pastel colors which explains why my kids and wife love using it a lot.
With a retail price of only Php 1,800.00, the Aquarius comes with a special Nokia adaptor, a few pairs of silicon earbuds and a cable winder. This pair is tuned for audio balance. It is designed for individuals looking for natural and balanced sound with an analytical edge. This is most important in order to avoid ear fatigue caused by continuous listening. The Accutone Aquarius is dependable, rugged and never a hassle to bring along.
The other pair of earphones I have is called the Accutone “Taurus”. I personally love using this black, sleek pair of earphones not only because of how bad-ass it looks but also due to the fact that you can tweak each earpiece’s bass output depending on your taste. This particular model comes with a mini-screwdriver which you use to twist the earphone’s bass control. The Taurus fits ever so snugly inside your ear and effectively cancels outside noise.
One killer feature of this model is the Patent-Pending Spin Cable design. Musicians can easily switch from the traditional Straight-Down position to the Over-the-Ear position for using as IEM (In-Ear Monitors) during performances on stage.
At Php 2,950.00, the Taurus’ package comes with a slew of important and well thought out stuff – apart from the Nokia adaptor, cable winder and silicon earbuds, it also comes with a really cool (and very small) pouch for your earphones and a mini screwdriver for tweaking the tuning switch of its bass control.
So, here’s the thing… some of you may be thinking that both earphones are a tad beyond your budget, being that it exceeds the 1K mark. But considering Accutone’s quality, brand, accessories and workmanship, you’re most definitely getting more than what it is actually being sold for.
If you love music… if you love and care for your ears (and you should!), then consider getting good quality and dependable earphones. Think of it as a small investment that you will never regret.
Check out Accutone products in all PowerMac Centers, Astrovision and Rustans outlets.