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Optoma NuForce BE6 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone - Grey
Optoma NuForce BE6 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone - Grey

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bluetooth buds I have heard, 3 Jan. 2016
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This review is based on a number of key factors - Primarily sound quality, but also taking on board this in relation to convenience and how they can be used whilst exercising/at the gym etc.. (ie are they sweat proof, and will they fall out my ears?) the last being a very big factor, as these were purchased to replace my Jaybird sprints which died (yet again)

This is my 4th pair of Bluetooth headphones purchased under the following criteria - Have to sound high quality as possible whilst being primarily used with exercise, but also for everyday use - yes, asking a lot, but hence spending a bit more on the headphones

First pair i purchased, Denon exercise freaks - sounded good, very heavy in the bass area (which i like) whilst also being clear elsewhere. Good build, and felt like they were built to last - died after about 3 uses after getting a bit sweaty, back they went

First pair of Jaybirds, the original JF3 Model. Sounded OK, but were focused on the sweat proofing more than others, with a lifetime guarantee against sweat offered. Lasted well, about a year before they suddenly died. Fine though, as they were covered by the lifetime sweat guarantee. So Jaybird sent me...

The Jaybird sprints - smaller than the first pair, felt a little less well built, sounded slightly better. Started going intemittedly wrong after a few months to the point they wouldnt switch back on. Unfortunately, Jaybird wouldn't replace these under the guarantee (not sure why) but offered a discount on their latest X2 model, which i was going to accept until they requested I was to send back my broken headphones to them at my expense, thats fine, but I figured it wasn't worth the effort, based on the discount being offered

So i started to shop around, thinking that this time I would go for something that did offer the sports side of things, but maybe at a more premium level. I found the Optoma Be6's after many hours of reading reviews and scouring forums. OK, theyre not sports headphones, and are not marketed as such, but they do offer sweat resistance, and have been built with such use in mind

I have just been playing with them, trying out different audio sources, music types (im mainly into electronica and dance music) and sound scapes. I am very impressed so far, with the sound being comparable to top end headphones (far surpassing my wifes beats solo's). The sound is well defined, tops, mids and bottom end are clean, bass is punchy, but not over bearing (can handle a lot of extra bass if pumped in via a DSP) with a good overall range. Sound stage is fairly wide, there is definitely clear distinction between key elements, maybe not as much as some top end headphones, but compared to the sets I have had previously, these are far beyond what they had to offer. Compared to the Jaybirds, the sound is phenomenal.

My last test will be exercise. They come with sports adapters, such as rubber ear grips for exercise, plus i can use the Jaybird ear clips with these, so i am sure they will have no problem staying on, its just the sweat test to update on......

9/1/16 - OK, had the headphones about a week now, have had a number of pretty sweaty workouts, some weights sessions, distance runs, and a sprinting HIIT and rowing session. Using the accompanied sports adapters, the buds stayed put, felt a little like they might come out during the running, but didn't. I have tried the rounder ear tips and the sports foam tips for working out with, with a definite preference for the foam plugs, these also accentuate the bass from the headphones.

I can safely say that so far I am more than impressed with the BE6's, in all aspects. I would recommend the more rubber, rounder tips for those looking for a more balanced sound, with the foam tips, which fill the ear canal a great deal more for a more bassy, louder sound.

If you're as fussy as I am, and are happy to tweak your set up constantly to achieve perfection for home listening as well as your workouts, then these are for you

For the record, I used these with my Samsung Note 3 using Poweramp music player (as the main DSP) as well as Viper DSP for the main phone audio

11/3/2016 - Begrudgingly... I am having to face defeat with these, my love affair may well be over. After a couple of months use I am now experiencing faults. Bluetooth keeps disconnecting, the unit wont charge, occasionally wont turn on, I will be contacting the manufacturer for a replacement, but I suspect it is due to the 'sweat resistance' not being quite up to the job
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Betron BT1010 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Earphones for Sports
Betron BT1010 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Earphones for Sports
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price, Cannot be beaten, 31 Dec. 2015
I got these for the wife as she said she wanted some for the gym. I didn't want to spend too much as I have a funny feeling they may not get used in a few months... so for the price, and based on the reviews on Amazon, I bought a pair from the Betron website. I am very fussy when it comes to my headphones, I am very particular hence tend to go for more premium models, having owned the Denon fitness freaks and a couple of the jaybird models, I was intrigued to see how these compared

FYI, I got these half price, then another 10% off, so they were about £17 - probably one of the biggest bargains I have ever purchased

So, the main points to consider -

The build - The quality is OK, they don't feel premium, and don't really compare to more expensive models, but its OK. They are all plastic, and fairly limited in what you can do to change the fit, so I imagine they may not be comfortable for some. You can change the ear pieces, but the ear clip etc.. cannot be adjusted. I am not sure how long they will last being thrown in gym bags and rocked about so only time will tell

Sound quality - This is where they excel. I was expecting fairly tinny, flattish sound, but its actually pretty impressive. Its very rich, with plenty of bottom end (might be too much for some). The mids and top end could be clearer, but again, considering these are under £50 (or £17 in my case) its comparable to much more expensive models. Betron have certainly made the effort here, i think there is plenty for most to be happy about

Usability - Easy to set up and connect to a phone or device. The charging point is in the control unit, away from the actual earpieces, which i think is a good idea. My first pair of Jaybirds failed, I suspect due to the placing of the charge point near the ear, so sweat got into the min unit. A voice tells you when the device is on or off, which is handy to ensure you turn the unit off

Having said all of the above, my comments are based very much on the price point. I think if I had paid £100+ for the unit, I would be quite disappointed, but there are models I have looked that which this unit compares to around that sort of price

Overall, I think for the everyday user looking for something to leave them tangle free during their workouts, these definitely need to be considered

Jaybird Freedom Sprint Bluetooth Earphones with Sports Earbuds
Jaybird Freedom Sprint Bluetooth Earphones with Sports Earbuds
Price: £92.31

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent sports headphones, 17 Jan. 2015
I have these as a replacement for my jaybird f3s which died after 2 years use. Jaybird kindly replied them with the sprint model under the warranty

my review is based on all aspects of the headphones combined. Let's not forget what these are, headphones that allow you to listen to music whilst sweating and exercising.

firstly, the bluetooth has always worked fine. Both woth these and the former model, with my android phones i have never had a problem. I leave my phone on the floor in the gym and can just get on with it.

Fit, lots of options to get a good fit. Lots of grips and ear clips ensure a good fit. I have found on the odd really sweaty run or session the war piece can get a little loose, but I am literally dripping with sweat. Nothing really of concern 99% of the time.

design. Smaller than the previous model, but worked pretty much the same. The units unobtrusive, build quality is fine but plastic so does not suggest a 'premium' product. I had the denon exercise freaks for a while and they felt like a better product. But the build doesn't really retract from the purpose of the headphones. Metal would make the product heavier and not so good for training in

sweat proof-ness. My jf3s did actually die from sweat getting into the unit, so this doesn't suggest great things about the product. However, this was after 2 years of use 3 - 4 times a week in the gym or exercising, and jaybird did send me a new pair under guarantee so although a little irritating it's not really an issue for me

Sound quality. The most important bit. I have to admit, I use the headphones mainly with my android phone, on which I have various sound processors and eq apps to ensure I have the highest sound quality I can. I am incredibly fussy about my audio, hence I certainly would not be using these headphones if they were not up to scratch. The jf3 sound was good, not brilliant, but bluetooth headphones never are. It had a good measure of top middle and bottom end, certainly enough to pound electronic beats through my head during a workout. The newer model improves on this, the sound is richer and clearer. Again, not as good as a lot of higher spec headphones out there, but considering it's bluetooth and what the product is intended for, the sound quality is excellent. I'd say it's comparable with my wife's beats headphones - ok maybe not a great comparison, I'm no fan over the overpriced tat known as beats, but they do get good reviews and many may call them top end phones.

So all things considered, I'd give these 5 stars. I don't think you are going to get many other sports headphones that do the job so well continuously. Just remember their intended purpose, they are not intended to be every audiophiles dream, but probably the closest they will get for their gym sessions

Price: £3.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Won't work on note 3, 31 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: République (App)
Says not compatiable, yet can be downloaded from google play store fine?

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice case but over priced, 12 April 2014
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I knew when purchasing that I was splashing out a bit for something like a case for my phone, but the note 3 is an expensive handset so decided it was worth the cost to protect it.

The case is nice, it's quite chunky and makes the phone much bigger to handle. I was disappointed with the s view function, it was touch and go with whether it would work, and as one of the key features for the price I decided that I didn't really want to just accept that it would sometimes work and sometimes not. I also found opening the flap to access the phone cumbersome, so decided to return it. It's a nice case, but very over priced in my opinion

Denon AH-W150 Bluetooth Fitness Sports In-Ear Headphones - Black/Silver
Denon AH-W150 Bluetooth Fitness Sports In-Ear Headphones - Black/Silver
Offered by home AV direct
Price: £46.00

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin, and then some, 25 Jan. 2013
After weeks of debating between these and the jaybird freedoms, I took the risk and hoped that the bad reviews I had read online were beaten by my experience of denon quality. So far, these headphones deliver, and deliver with a bass heavy punch.

Firstly, the fit. I had read reviews reporting poor fit, falling off during exercise, loose around the ears. I have experienced none of this, maybe a slight poke from time to time back in the ear, but as much as I am sure denon tried, they cannot make a single product to fit every shaped ear on the planet. After a heavily sweaty session in the gym, these remained firmly in place.

Connection. I read reviews of poor connectivity over Bluetooth. People reporting their iphones having trouble connecting etc... I can safely say that the 25ft range reported by denon works with my Samsung galaxy note. This applies through walls as I left the phone in one room and walked across my house to another. In the gym I could leave my phone on the floor and get on with it, exactly what I want.

My most important bit, the sound quality. I would regard myself as an audiophile I suppose, I am incredibly fussy about sound quality and only the best will do. I have other denon products in the home and know that the usually deliver. The exercise freaks do not fail here. The response is not flat, they are heavy in the bottom end, but the mids and top end come through clear and crisp. The sound is warm and surrounding, detail can be detected I wouldn't expect with mp3 or over Bluetooth. Anyone who is keen on their audio will have a device with equalization, so the sound can be adapted to suit. Denon have released a few android apps recently, one of which is an audio player with DSP. these headphones with that app is where the sound really excels.

All in all an ideal product as far as I am concerned. It delivers in all areas as promised. I am more than pleased with my purchase and just hope they do not disappoint down the line as many have reported

9th Feb 2013 - Alas, my honeymoon period with the exercise freaks has come to its expected end. Mid workout yesterday they just died. They now no longer work. I dont think they can handle the sweat as well as denon claim. Looks like ill be heading towards the jaybirds after all, a real shame as the denons were amazing while they lasted
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Samsung BD-C8200 Blu-Ray Freeview HD 250GB HDD Recorder
Samsung BD-C8200 Blu-Ray Freeview HD 250GB HDD Recorder

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome kit, but check what you're buying first, 19 Nov. 2010
I've seen numerous user reviews on this product complaining that it hasn't got certain functionality, and hence its no good

Basically this unit houses a Bluray player, a 250gig HDD, Internet access and Wifi and a Freeview+HD tuner (single), all for less than £300 - And Samsung to boot, usually a sign of quality. Basically it covers pretty much all viewing functionality out there, and will handle what the future has in store - How can any of that be bad?

First, the Bluray player - Picture quality is excellent as is the sound, speedy start up times, silent running, everything bluray should be. Cant fault that

Hard drive - 250 gig to record from the tuner - you can only record what you are watching, or the channel it is set to, it's a single tuner, its not like a Sky+ box so don't expect to be able to use it like one. You can also access the Hard drive via USB, meaning you can transfer and store movies, music and picture files on the drive, great for storage and expandable. The software navigation is easy to use and looks great. It handles pretty much any file type, .avi, mp3/4 etc..

Internet/Wifi - took some fiddling to set up, nothing too taxing but requires a slight understanding of routers etc..probably no more than the average computer user, plus it requires a fairly decent connection for streaming. Once set up, the internet access is good, the widgets work well, you tube streaming is good. Not in HD, but then it never said it was on the box. Now, this is where my only gripe comes in - although advertised everywhere that it can, currently, you cant access BBC iplayer or lovefilm from this unit - a bit upsetting as that was part of the reason for getting it, but its on the cards apparently, I have no idea when though

Finally, the tuner. Freeview HD, plenty of channels to choose from, usual Freeview fare, nice menus and navigation. No Freeview HD in my region until 2012 though I discover after purchase, still I can live with that

All in all, a great looking, slick unit, with a lot more functionality to come. Just make sure you know what youre buying before you hand over the cash, yes there maybe some minor niggles, but if thats the case splash out a bit more, but theres not many players out there that come with what this does
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Andy C Nightlife 5
Andy C Nightlife 5

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Nightlife to date, 7 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Andy C Nightlife 5 (Audio CD)
Massive Drum and Bass business from DnBs main man. Purely for the jump up heads this selection, although it does delve deeper in places, as with all the Nightlife series, a great snapshot of where the scene is right now

As expected from Andy C, tight mixing, double drops and anthemic tunes along side lesser known releases, but all completely up front and fresh

If you like jump up DnB, even only a little, you have to get this, if only to have a decent copy of 'link to the future' to shake your house to the ground with

Love it!

Sub Focus
Sub Focus
Price: £5.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album......but is it too late?, 16 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Sub Focus (Audio CD)
October 2009, Finally Subfocus' debut Album gets released. Probably one of the most profilic Drum and Bass producers of recent times, Subfocus' Album has been hotly anticipated sinced it was first announced...........about 2 years ago.

So what do we have? A collection of some of the biggest dance floor destroying tracks the Drum and Bass scene has seen in recent times. Since his productions were fist brought to our attention, way back in 2003, Subfocus has done no wrong, every release as big as the last, even getting daytime Radio 1 airplay, quite a big accompishment from a scene that keeps its head firmly away from the temptation of commerical success.

'Rock it', 'Timewarp', 'Follow the light' are probably the most well known tracks, all here in their full glory. Theres a smattering of dubstep thrown in for good measure, something a few of the D+B producers nowdays seem to have a finger in, all make for a worthwhile, quality offering. Definitely something for every D+B heads collection

My only gripe, and quite a big one.....whys it taken so long to be released? The majority of the tracks have been rinsed to death up and down the country to the point that they're sounding a little boring, most of the tracks we heard last year or the year before. The 'album' tracks are still good, but on the whole, I imagine the true fans were waiting for something a bit more special from Subfocus, and I don't think that's what we got. Some indication to the next anthemic offerings hes about to unleash would have been nice. Still definatley an essential purchase, however

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