Sennheiser Urbanite On-Ear Headphones Review – Good looks, average sound

Pros: Packaging and accessories, build quality, design and looks, isolation for an on-ear headphone
Cons: Overall sound quality, comfort for some users

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: 7/10
Value: 7/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Review Date: July 2015
Review Price: £150

First of all I would like to thank Sennheiser for sending the headphones out for review. I was intrigued to hear how the Sennheiser Urbanites would compare to other portable headphones, such as the AKG K545s which I own and have reviewed, among others in its very competitive space.

The Sennheiser Urbanites can be found on AmazonUK for around £150 and on AmazonUSA for around $120. Unfortunately, there’s a massive difference in price between the UK and US versions. As I live and review from the UK – the price tag I will be reviewing this at is the £150 / $240 price tag. The version I was sent is called “Nation” – it can be found in various different colours.

Sennheiser Urbanite - Design

Here’s my video review on the headphones:

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Review of the SoundMAGIC E10 – A fantastic budget earphone

Pros: Price, overall sound quality in relation to price, looks, comfort, lightweight design
Cons: Straight 3.5mm jack, cable cinch

Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 8.5/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Sound Quality: 7.5/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 10/10

Review Date: June 2015
Review Price: £35

SoundMAGIC E10 - Looks

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me out the SoundMAGIC E10 for review.
After the E10 being out for quite some time and receiving a lot of hype on the internet I was curious to hear for myself what the E10s could offer.

The E10 can be bought on AmazonUK for around £35 and on AmazonUSA for around $35.
Yet again there’s a variance in prices between UK and US (around £13 difference). As I live in the UK, I will be reviewing this at the £35 price tag.

More information on the SoundMAGIC E10 can be found on their website.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

 

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Review of the Audiofly AF120 Earphones – Disappointing sound for the price

Pros: No cable noise, packaging and accessories
Cons: Overall sound quality, looks, comfort for smaller ears

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 8/10
Sound Quality: 6/10
Value: 5/10
My final Rating: 5/10

Review Date: June 2015
Review Price: £165

Audiofly AF120 - Design

First of all I would like to thank Mark from KS Distribution for sending me out the AudioFly AF120 for trial review.
After having previously reviewed the Audiofly AF45 back in 2012, I was interested what their latest addition the AF120 could prove. The AF45 was a bassy earphone that lacked in mids, but for its price of only £40 did a decent job. The AF120 on the other hand come in at around £165 on AmazonUK and around $150 on AmazonUSA. The price difference are quite substantial, where there’s a difference of around £70 between the UK and US.
As I live in the UK, I will be reviewing it at the £165 price tag, which comes in at a very competitive price, with a lot of earphones in the under £200 price tag being able to compete with the earphones.

More info about the earphones and their specifications can be found on Audiofly’s website.

Here’s my video review on the AF120s:

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Review of the DUNU DN-2000 – An earphone that delivers so much for its cost!

Pros: Mids, soundstage, looks, accessories and overall package, price, overall sound quality, isolation
Cons: Piercing highs, overall weight, comfort

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

Review Date: June 2015
Review Price: £250

DUNU DN-2000 - Nozzle

 

First of all I would like to thank DUNU for sending me the DN-2000 for review. After having reviewed the DUNU Titan 1 and being mind-blown by the value for money they offered I was very much interested to see how the DN-2000 compared. I saw them being compared tot he likes of the AKG K3003’s and I was even more interested to see how they would compare with my personal favourite universal earphones, the Phonak Audeo PFE232.
The DN-2000 can be bought on AmazonUK for £250 and on AmazonUSA for $265. Yet again the UK/EU get horrible price conversions – the difference between UK and USA is near £100 – which is massively different.
As I live in the UK, these will be reviewed at £250.

The specifications of the earphones can be found on DUNU’s website.

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MSI 24GE 2QE GTX960M All-In-One Gaming PC Review – Below-par performance for a hefty price-tag

Pros: Display, build quality, connectivity & functionality, boot-up time, Nahimic audio software
Cons: Price, overall performance, big bezels, audio jack placement, in-built speakers

Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Looks: 8/10
Display Quality: 10/10
Performance in relation to its price: 4.5/10
Sound Quality: 3/10
Sound Quality with Nahimic audio software: 7/10
Value: 4/10
My final Rating: 5/10

Review Date: May 2015
Review Price: £1300

MSI 24GE 2QE - Design

First of all I would like to thank MSI for sending me out the MSI 24GE 2QE for a trial review. I got to keep the all-in-one (AIO) PC for a set time, where I put it through its paces and tested it on a daily basis to see how it compared to my actual desktop PC.
The MSI 24GE 2QE can be bought for near £1300 or around $1300 for the basic version and $1600 for the version with a few more features.
The AIO comes in different shapes and forms, where the GPU, screen and even the additional extras can differ.

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Review of the Sennheiser M2IEG / M2IEi Momentum Earphones – An all-round performer

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, comfort, looks and design
Cons: Piercing highs

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

Review Date: May 2015
Review Price: £78

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear -  Design and looks

First of all I would like to thank Sennheiser for sending me the Momentum Earphones for review. After having reviewed the IE8, IE800, and quite a few of the CX range, I was interested where this mid-range earphone would fit in the Sennheiser product list.
The earphones can be found on AmazonUK for £78 and on AmazonUSA for $97.

More information about the earphones can be found on Sennheiser’s website.

Here’s my video review of the earphones:

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Review – A flawed headset that had great potential

Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, comfort, software, looks and design, software
Cons: Recording problems, physical size, price

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 2/10
Software: 10/10
Review price: £180
Value: 7.5/10 (at £180 price tag)
Overall rating: 5/10

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having previously reviewed the Siberia Elite, I was interested to see how the newer version would compare, both in terms of sound and overall value.

I however had a problem with the recording quality of the headset, where the microphone would pick up a sort of “clipping” sound. I complained to SteelSeries and they sent me two additional pairs, one of which was from a newer non-pre sample batch. Unfortunately the issue persisted throughout my test.
After looking on Google, it was funny to see that several months ago SteelSeries also identified the issue as a known problem on Reddit.
SteelSeries explained the issue on Reddit: “The issue is 100% the soundcard and we have implemented a fix that has been in production for some time now.”
Despite their best efforts and my patience of 3 months (as I held out publishing the review, until I was sent a newer revision of the headset) – the issue is still present.

SteelSeries might have fix it after this review goes live, however for the time being all I can say is that I was sent a brand-new headset, after having 2 sets that had the problem, which came from a brand-new batch.
If my headset comes from a brand-new batch, I can’t being to think what batches resellers across the world have. Of course you can always return the headset after purchasing it, but I’m sure that’s not what you would have in mind for a gift or a headset you wish to buy – so let this introduction to the headset serve as a warning.

In terms of purchasing information, it can be bought from AmazonUK for around £180 and on AmazonUSA for around $200 (prices do fluctuate, but those are the unit prices that I had back in February and will be basing my review on).
As there’s a lot of similarities with the original Siberia Elite, there might be a few sections that are identical to the previous review.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism -  Colours

 

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

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the HiFiMAN RE-600 – An average sounding earphone that’s ridiculously overpriced in the UK

Pros: Comfort, accessories, lightweight design
Cons: UK price, soundstage, isolation, overall sound quality for its price

Packaging & Accessories: 9.5/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8.5/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 9/10
Isolation: 7/10
Comfort: 10/10
Audio Quality: 7/10
Value: 4.5/10
My final Rating: 6/10

Purchase Date: May 2015
Purchase Price: £320
Update: I was told by Amp3 that they have reduced the price down to £155-159 – I won’t be re-writing the review and therefore the price will stand at the £320 mark, which was the original price of the unit when the item was sent to me for review.

HiFiMAN RE-600 - Details

First of all I would like to thank Advanced MP3 Players for sending me the HiFiMAN RE-600 for a trial review.
The RE-600s can be found on Amp3’s site for £320.
They can also be bought on AmazonUK for around £320 and AmazonUSA for around $200.
As they can be found from various sources, I will be reviewing these at the given Amp3 price-point of £320 / $480.

 

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

 

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