Kennerton (Fischer Audio) Magister Headphone Review – An all-round outstanding headphone

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, looks and design
Cons: Comfort (headphone clamp), availability

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 9/10
Comfort: 6/10
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 9.5/10

Purchase Date: August 2014
Purchase Price: £475 / $800

First of all I would like to thank Sergey and the team at Fisher Audio for sending me these for review.
They can be bought from Kennerton’s website for £475 / $800. For specs and more detailed information about the Magister, check their dedicated page on the headphones for more information.

Kennerton Magister - Design

Before getting into my written review, I thought to also share my video review, which I created to complement the review:

When I was first told I was going to receive the FA-003Ti-W Bog Oak, I got excited as I was interested to see the difference the previous model (FA-002W) had over these new 003ti. To my surprise when it turned up at my doorstep, it wasn’t the headphones I expected and had a “Kennerton” logo on it and had a different cup on it too. At first I thought it was a modified version of the 003ti (due to being able to change cups from FA directly) – but with a little Google’ing around, it quickly became apparent that the Kennerton model were a different breed all together.
You might be asking yourself – who is Kennerton or how I got one via a Fischer Audio contact. It’s quite simple and explained on their website: “Kennerton is a luxury brand of Fischer Audio”. It all made sense now and I was honoured to have received the headphones for review. With a hefty price tag of £475 / $800, I was very much intrigued to see how they performed. The Kennerton Magister was in my hands – and I couldn’t wait to review them, so without any further introduction, let’s get into it!

Kennerton Magister - Inputs

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Review of the Bang & Olufsen special-edition green BeoPlay H6 headphones – An aesthetically beautiful headphone

Pros: Looks and design, comfort, mids, soundstage
Cons: Price, lows, highs, isolation

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 6.5/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 6.5/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Value: 4/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Purchase Date: July 2014
Purchase Price: £330

B&O H6 - Design

I demo’ed the B&O H6 at an event and then proceeded in wondering how they would sound at home. I would therefore like to thank B&O in sending me this out for review.
The headphones I got are the special-edition or limited-edition version of the H6. They are no different sonically to the normal versions, just that these come in a dark green colour – which I would describe as “Jaguar Green”.
Price wise, these headphones are extremely expensive. They come in at £330 – the H6 can be found for half the price at around £170 – but that was from only one source. Therefore I took the official MSRP and based my review on that price.
At first listen these reminded me greatly of the AKG K545′s that I had previously reviewed, and therefore in this review I will be alluding back to the AKG’s, as they are in the same category of headphones.

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Review of the Fischer Audio Bullets 6mm – A cute yet powerful earphone

Pros: Build quality, looks and design, mids, price
Cons: Lows, soundstage

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 6/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Purchase Date: June 2014
Purchase Price: £37

Fischer Audio 6mm Bullets - Earphones

First of all I would like to thank Sergey for sending me these out to review.
You can find out more information about the 6mm Bullet and purchase it on Fischer’s website.

I had previously reviewed the Fischer Audio Silver Bullet’s, which look very similar to these 6mm bullets (let alone having the same word in their title) – with that said, they were never a progression of the older bullets nor are they similar in any way, in almost every single aspect.

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Review of the Fischer Audio Consonance V2 – An interesting revision to my favourite budget earphones

Pros: Looks, build quality, overall sound quality
Cons: Earphone weight, mids

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 8/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Audio Quality: 8/10
Value: 9.5/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: June 2014
Purchase Price: £60

First of all I would like to thank Sergey for sending me these out to review.
You can find out more information about the Consonance V2 and purchase it on Fischer’s website.

Fischer Audio Consonance V2 - Comparison to old version
I had previously reviewed the original FA Consonance, and when I saw the V2 announced I was very much intrigued to see how it sounded and performed. The biggest flaw of the original Consonance was its wire quality – which meant that there was an issue with longevity. With that said, I really do love the Consonance and thus why they made the IEM awards 2013. At their price range, the FA Consonance is and still is to my ears the best buy in its price category. I should note that I’ve used the original Consonance almost every other day playing football in the park, and they’ve still held up to quite a lot of abuse.

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Review of KeyPop’s Keycaps for Mechanical Keyboards

Before getting into this review, I want to say thanks to James from KeyPop.net for sending me out the keycaps to review!

I made a video review about the keycaps I received, so do check out the video out too:

I was really interested in a selection of keycaps offered by KeyPop and thus asked for a variety of keycaps from them – I was lucky enough to receive the following:
-Bumblebee Set
-Iron Man Gold Edition
-War Machine
-Translucent Awesome Face keycap
-Translucent cloudy keycap
-Translucent LOD (red) keycap
-Red 8bit heart keycap
-Translucent space bar

 

KeyPop - Package

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SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset Review – The best all-round headset I’ve ever come across

Pros: Build quality, wireless integration, cross-platform integration, sound quality, microphone clarity, retractable microphone, accessories, different types of connections
Cons: Maximum sound volume

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 9/10
Review price: £235
Value: 8/10 (at £235 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

SteelSeries H Wireless - Looks

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed the Siberia V2 Heat Orange Gaming Headset and the 9H Gaming Headset I was very much curious to see how the wireless offering by SteelSeries would compare, both sonically and in terms of its overall performance as a headset. The H Wireless can be found on AmazonUK for around £235. Thus this is an expensive headset, it competes with a lot of audiophile headphones in its category, let alone headsets. I put it up against the Denon AH-D2000 which has been modded and will thus be the equivalent to a D5000. I spent £270 for the headphones, incl my mods – thus my Denon’s and a ModMic 4.0 offer an audiophile headset equivalent. So the H Wireless has a lot to play for.

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

Now let’s get into the written review:

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AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 Review – Transform your headphones into a headset

I’ve always been one to be underwhelmed by headsets, that said recently I have been impressed with what SteelSeries have been offering. However, the sound signature and audio traits of a headset have yet to beat or equal the audio quality of my personal headphones at home, the modded Denon AH-D2000 – this is where I came across the ModMic 4.0, the new and just released revision of the previous ModMic version.

AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 - On Modded Denon AH-D2000

I would like to send a huge thanks to Jimmy (who has been incredibly honest about his products via email) at AntLion for sending me this out for review.
To purchase the mic, you should go directly via Antlion’s website:
AntLion ModMic 4.0

Price for shipping internationally (at least to the UK, is an additional $13, which is extremely reasonable) – you’re thus looking at $50 / £30 at a base cost and $63 / £37 incl international delivery.

Before getting into the review, I should share with you Jimmy’s comments on his own product – these are especially useful for those that have the older revisions of the ModMic, where I haven’t had the chance to review the older revisions:

  • Capsule is a larger 9.7mm uni-directional. It does a better job in noise cancellation, although it sacrifices the overall recording quality a little.
  • We redesigned the boom so it has no solder/joints in it. Also has a stiffer steel spine/wire than prior flexible booms. This should lead to greater durability.
  • The cable is thicker
  • Clasp is stronger and backwards-compatible with prior versions.
  • We added a mute switch
  • The mic has a year warranty on it and we’ll quickly replace parts for anyone with issues

What I absolutely love about AntLion, is that they’re completely transparent about their product. Jimmy outlined some problems and limitations and even some improvements he wants to make (ie. Not having a pop sound occur when you mute the mic).
This is honestly the first time, in my years of reviewing that I’ve come across a manufacturer, let alone PR agency etc. to outline the problems with their OWN products, before it even reaches me. What this does is gives honesty – you know what you’re expecting and Jimmy nailed the problems and limitations all in his email to me. They are noteworthy problems, but not ground breaking problems. Just little niggles that Jimmy has the intention to fix and improve.
I absolutely love this approach and before receiving this product, it really depicted to me how this was a “personal” product to Jimmy and how much faith he had in his own product. I guess some might say it is derogatory or pessimistic, coming from a manufacturer, but in my review, you’ll understand what a great mic this is, which make the comments just shine upon the company and show how much passion they have in wanting to improve an already great product.

In order to really appreciate the quality and traits of the microphone – I made a video review, which I would like to share with you!

Video review

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Breffo Adventure Camera Kit & Gumstick Review – A Portable Solution

I had previously reviewed the Breffo Spiderpodium Smartphone & Tablet Stand and was intrigued about these two products, the Adventure Camera Kit and the Gumstick.
Both are very different products and I will thus split this post into two main parts.

Before getting into these short reviews, I would like to thank Scott from Breffo for sending these out for review!

Furthermore, if you’re interested in purchasing them here are the links below!

Breffo Adventure Camera Kit purchase links:
-AmazonUK link
-Breffo’s website

Breffo Gumstick purchase links:
-AmazonUK link
-Breffo’s website

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