Monday, May 23, 2016

MyBuds Pro Ear Buds

I started this probably a year or so ago but just now getting it typed and posted.

I'm not a big fan of spending big bucks or even little bucks for ear buds. I'm not an audiophile of any kind. I just like to be able to listen to my music from my smartphone or my iPad or from whatever source that I'd need to plug in some earphones/buds to.

I picked up these MyBuds Pro Ear Buds pretty cheap from somewhere. It's been so long since I got them and wanted to write this review that the place of purchase has escaped my memory. I do remember that they were something like $20+ at stores found online but I believe I got a really good deal for them at around $3.99 plus tax with free shipping. So let's say $5.00 for argument's sake.

I've read some recent reviews on these or those that are very close to the same as these and they weren't very good. I'm not sure why. Maybe they paid over $20 for them and weren't satisfied. Maybe they are just earbud snobs. Maybe they just had a bad day. I don't know.

What I can tell you is that I didn't have ANY issues or complaints with them for what I used them. I walk to and from many places. I like to listen to music while doing so. These ear buds did that. Were they the best in sound? No. Were they the best noise-canceling? No. Did they play music with a decent-enough sound? For me, sure.

These came with an inline microphone. I didn't purchase them for the microphone but it's almost impossible to purchase any kind of earbuds/phones without this feature included. I did use it a few times with my mobile phone and the person on the other end did not have much trouble hearing me. However, I did hold the mic closer to my mouth because the placement of the microphone is right where the earbuds connect to the main cord at the 'Y' junction. That should make sense to everyone and if it doesn't then you're probably a dumb ass. The buds do come with a clip on the cord and I did use it to clip to my collar of my polo shirt but I was told that the sound was muffled-sounding probably like 3 out of 5 times I used it like that. Again, not a big deal to me as this functionality is not why I purchased.

What I really liked about them was the inline volume dial. It added an additional volume boost to the sound coming out of the earbuds. Sometimes, a track is softer than the previous track or a station on Spotify has a low set volume for some reason. This volume dial allowed me to turn the music up quite a few more notches so I could hear the music at an audible level either just to hear or to hear over some ambient noises that were not fully noise-canceled by the ear buds.

Only reason I no longer use these, is because one of the earbuds stopped working because of user abuse and not product defect. Occasionally, I would accidentally jerk the buds out of my ear(s) by the cord getting caught on something. Do this enough times and the cord starts to become loosened from inside the earbud. This is what happened and it's not the same listening to music while walking with a uni-bud versus stereo. I did take them to my work and plug into my computer's headphone jack to listen to music as I like to have one ear "open" at work. Eventually, I jerked the cord enough on the one working earbud to where neither one worked. That's when I finally got rid of them.

Did they have the best audio? No. Was it good or decent enough? For me, sure. Again, I'm no self-proclaimed audiophile. I just know what is acceptable to me and at what cost. So for $5, I'd say that I got my money's worth.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My new sunglasses

So, I've been in the market for a new pair (or more) of sunglasses. I previously had some white trim with blue lenses sport sunglasses that the lenses finally just cracked away. I got them from Academy a few years back. Some months maybe a year before then I had purchased some red trim with red/yellow/orange lenses sport sunglasses. I favored the white trim ones because they felt better while wearing them. They didn't slide down my nose or feel too big behind the ears. I also liked the blue lenses more than the amber (yeah, I guess they could be called that) on the red trim sunglasses. I would say I used them more for my daily outings of walking, driving or just hanging outside.

The red trim glasses slipped down my nose just a tiny bit but noticeable. They also didn't grip well with the ear pieces over/behind the ear which might have added to the slippage. I mainly wore them for playing tennis because when it's sunny, I usually work a cap/visor and the head band of the cap/visor would help keep the glass from sliding down my nose.

The white trims were basically worn out and the lenses went from slightly cracked, to cracked to falling apart. I guess I could have just Googled and found some replacement lenses but I really didn't think about that until JUST FUCKING NOW when typing this. I probably could have saved myself some dollars versus buying new ones. DAMMIT! Oh well. Anyway, I had the back up red trims until about three weeks ago when I left them at an after-work function. I'm sure they might have been taken to the lost and found of the building I was in but I was too lazy to follow up and check. Once again, I probably could have saved myself some dollars. I'm an idiot!

So, enter my newest sunglasses purchase. I've researched for a few days/weeks about different types I wanted to try, lens colors, pricing and reputable (hopefully) on-line shops if necessary.

What I finally decided to "add to cart" was the Tifosi Jet Sunglasses (Metallic Silver Frames, Smoke Blue Lenses) and Tifosi Hagen Sunglasses (Crystal Clear Frames, Polarized Clarion Green Lenses) from B & H Photo.

I've ordered some camera items from B&H before so I figured they were at least reputable. They had the lens colors I was looking for. The pricing wasn't perfect, especially for the Hagens but I figured if I liked them that I would take much better care of them than any of my other sunglasses purchases. The shipping was free.

So the cost breakdown is the Tifosi Jets were $25.95 and Tifosi Hagens were $58.50. I've NEVER paid more than $25 for a pair of sunglasses. In fact, I think my ultimate limit has always been $20. However, as mentioned, I figured if I spent more this time I'd be 100x better at taking 100% care of these sunglasses. $59 for a pair was a huge stretch for me and I almost have a little buyer's remorse just because of the price and nothing to do with the sunglasses themselves.

Anyway, below are some pictures of the case they came in and then the sunglasses:

So, the lenses themselves are pretty smooth, clear and look great. The frames aren't too bad either. They both should look good since I chose each pair based on both the frames and lenses.

Wearing both is very comfortable. I've worn both while walking for long periods of time as well as very long periods of driving while recently traveling. There is no nose pinch, ear fatigue or head pinch. I've gotten compliments on how they look but a few have said they look small on my head. I do have a fat head but plan to trim that down. Haha!

I do think the Jets are not quite as wrapped as my previous wraparound sunglasses. I feel like the part of the lens near the ear pieces could have extended a bit more like maybe a half inch to wrap a bit more around my eye sockets/face. I can also tell that it seems like the build of the Jets seems slightly askew. I feel like my left eyebrow touches the frames more than my right eyebrow. I want to bend them a bit on the left-hand side but I'm afraid it might snap and then I'd be pissed off for wasting $25+! So, essentially, the glasses aren't built to 'perfection' or maybe my head is slightly too big for them. Either way, my previous wraparound glasses had a much better fit and were not askew-feeling like these. They were also about half the cost as the Jets.

The Hagens fit fairly well but they too have a slight problem. It could be just me. I feel like the ear pieces could be a little tighter or have sort of like a thin grippy pad added to them. They tend to slide down my nose a bit because the end of the ear pieces don't curve like the wraparounds but they also aren't tight enough to maintain their position on/over my ear. The clear frames are sometimes distracting until I got used to them because often I'd think something was coming at me from the side but it was just the way the frames refracted light and images. These things weren't coming at me but occasional I could see things that looked like they were. I guess think of it kind of like a house of mirrors.

Overall, I'm mostly satisfied with my sunglasses purchases. Surely there could be improvements and I think there may have been as I believe there are a new model of each on the market. I know too much research (or not) on my part. I will take care of these with the utmost care as they're more expensive then ANY I've purchased in the past. I will deal with the minor issues and I might even try to rig my own adjustments. Again, they're totally usable and likeable but for the price, I expected more. I guess it's like anything purchase that is made in large quantities — there is bound to be a few that miss the standard and that doesn't mean they are all bad.

So, these purchase have definitely enforced the fact that I prefer to try things out before purchasing. I thought I'd trust the company(ies) I've purchased from before and had the hopes of the slightly higher price justified a better quality product from these companies. I was wrong. I'm not totally disappointed but I'm not completely satisfied either.