I recently got my hands on a nifty (but not uncommon) device that many people use nowadays — a Bluetooth headset. But this one isn’t the kind of headset used for listening to music or drowning out external noise. It’s the kind one wears for phone calls mostly.
And it’s not just any kind of Bluetooth headset… this particular unit is made by one of the most reputable brands in the industry. Plantronics.
This, my friends, is the Plantronics Voyager 5200. It’s a handsome little earpiece that you wear on either ear and comfortably sits there, ready to assist you during phone calls.
I’ve been testing out the Urbanears Humlan for quite sometime now. I have to say, I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of performance when I first took this new pair out for a test drive.
When I reviewed the Urbanears Kransen a few weeks back, I came out with a fair review stating that the Kransen tends to favor playback material that contains heavier bass and mid-range elements. I mentioned that this particular pair is not for everyone. It is best suited for people who love music with a ton of oomph.
When I wore the Humlan, I kind of pre-conditioned myself to hearing something similar to the Kransen. Boy, was I surprised! Read more
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 currently have 2 Accutone earphones which I usually bring along during events and activities. Which model I bring depends on the mood I’m in during that day and the activity I am doing.