Review of the SoundMAGIC P30S Portable Headphones – A solid on-ear performer

Pros: Overall sound quality, accessories, clever 3.5mm jack design, foldable, mic capabilities, PC connection
Cons: Slight microphonics, odd headphone connection

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 9/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Purchase Date: April 2015
Purchase Price: £70

SoundMAGIC P30S - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me these SoundMAGIC headphones for review.
They can be bought from a variety of sources including:
AmazonUK for £70
The non-mic version on AmazonUSA for $50

Before getting into this written review, here’s my video review:

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Review of the SoundMAGIC P21S Portable Headphones – One of the best all-round on-ear headphones I’ve ever come across

Pros: Overall sound quality, design and looks, comfort, accessories, clever 3.5mm jack design, foldable, mic capabilities, PC connection
Cons: Slight microphonics

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 10/10
Audio Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: April 2015
Purchase Price: £50

SoundMAGIC P21S - Headphones

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me these SoundMAGIC headphones for review.
They can be bought from a variety of sources including:
AmazonUK for £50
The non-mic version on AmazonUSA for $40

Before getting into this written review, here’s my video review:

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Review of the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Headphones – A decent sounding headphone with poor design choices

Pros: Mids, portable design, looks, removable mic cable
Cons: Build/design choices, lows, price

Packaging & Accessories: 10/10
Build Quality: 7/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Audio Quality: 8/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Purchase Date: April 2015
Purchase Price: £250

First of all I would like to thank Sennheiser for sending me out the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 – unfortunately due to not having contacts with Sennheiser in the past, I’m unable to compare it to the first gen model, however as I own the AKG K545, it provides me a good platform to compare these two headphones, which both sit at a similar price range at launch (the K545 has drastically dropped in price, from £230 to £150 since I reviewed it back in June 2013).
The sennehsier Momentum 2.0 can be found on:
AmazonUK for £250
AmazonUSA for $350

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - Design and looks

Before getting into the review, here’s a video review of the headphones:

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Sumvision Nemesis Ultra Backlit Mechanical Keyboard Review – An interesting new Mechanical switch on the market

Pros: Price, looks and design, backlit keys & WASD/arrow keys in a different colour
Cons: Content mechanical switch

Build Quality: 8/10
Design & Looks: 10/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Purchase Date: March 2015
Purchase Price: £55

Sumvision Nemesis Ultra - Illumination

First of all I would like to thank Sumvision for sending me the keyboard for review. The keyboard can be found on AmazonUK for £55. This keyboard is one of the cheapest mechanical keyboards I’ve ever come across, which also uses a switch that I’ve never heard about – the “Content Mechanical Switch” – which is, according to Sumvision, identical to the “Kailh Mechanical Switch“, which can be found in recent Razer keyboards (Razer and others re-brand these switch as their own – ie. the “Razer Switch” is in fact made by Kailh)

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the Nemesis Ultra:

Now let’s get into this written review!

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Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card Review – The best and most expensive sound card on the market!

Pros: Overall sound quality, recording options, inputs/outputs, design and look, software
Cons: Price, full compatibility with certain games, no included tools to swap op-amps

Accessories: 9.5/10
Design & Looks: 10/10
Sound Quality: 10/10
Recording Quality: 8/10
Software: 9/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: March 2015
Purchase Price: £185

Creative ZxR - Standing view

First of all I would like to thank Creative for sending me out the Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card for review. It is yet again a great honour to have received the product to review.
The sound card can be bought from:
AmazonUK for around £185
AmazonUSA for around $235

Full specifications of the ZxR can be found on Creative’s website.

Here’s my video review on YouTube to complement the written review:

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Review of the Sennheiser IE800 Earphones – A good sound ruined by poor design

Pros: Overall sound quality, looks
Cons: Cable, non-detachable cable, lacks soundstage, , disappointing accessories, non-changeable tips, price

Packaging & Accessories: 4/10
Build Quality: 6/10
Design & Looks: 6/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise) – straight-down cable: 7/10
Isolation: 6/10
Comfort: 5/10
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Purchase Date: March 2015
Purchase Price: £550

Sennheiser IE800 - Drivers

First of all I would like to thanks Sennheiser for finally sending me out a sample of one of their products to review. After years of trying to get hold of them, it’s good that I was able to finally receive an earphone for a trial review. These earphones are one of the most expensive universal earphones on the market, where they come in at a whopping £550. There are many custom fitted earphones that go easily beyond this price tag, but in terms of universals, there are very few that actually do.
Since 2012, I’ve been using my Audeo Phonak PFE 232’s and to me nothing has really come close to taking them off the throne. Some have come very close, but haven’t quite hit the sweet spot. I was therefore intrigued to see how a single “Dynamic linear-phase driver with extremely wide bandwidth (XWB)” (taken from Sennheiser’s website) would try to dethrone my PFE 232’s dual Balanced Armature drivers.
The Sennheiher IE800 can be bought from:
Amazon UK for around £550
Amazon USA for around $800

I shall be reviewing the earphones at the £550 price tag.

To complement this review, feel free to watch my video on it:

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Review of KeyPop’s GID key caps, Keychain for Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboards and the Filco wrist rest

Before getting into this review, I want to say thanks, yet again to James from KeyPop.net for sending me out the keycaps and wrist rest for review!
After having previously reviewed some of Keypops gear, I was interested to see how these items would compare!

Keypop - Wrist rest and key caps

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

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Yamaha LSX-170 Bluetooth Hi-Fi Speaker Review – A beautifully designed speaker

Pros: Overall sound quality, design and looks, full 360 sound from the speaker
Cons: Lack of features, no handle to carry the speaker, no means of daisy-chaining, lacking accessories, price

Accessories: 4/10
Build Quality & Features: 6/10
Design & Looks: 9/10
Sound Quality: 9/10
Value: 6/10
My final Rating: 8/10

Purchase Date: March 2015
Purchase Price: £370-400

Yamaha LSX-170 - Night look

First of all, I would like to thank Yamaha for sending me out the speaker for review – I was very much intrigued to see how it would sound and more so how it would look like in-person, in its full glory.
The speaker can be bought from various different resellers for the price of £370-400. This review will be based off its MSRP of £400.
Full specs of the LSX-170 can be found on Yamaha’s website.

Here’s my video review on YouTube:

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