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Yamaha RH5MA Monitor Headphones
Yamaha RH5MA Monitor Headphones
Offered by Ongaku Music
Price: $58.19
27 used & new from $54.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Older than dirt and still among the best sub-$100 headphones. Great for big heads., December 5, 2014
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My first pair of RH5Ma headphones are from last millenium. They're more than 14 years old. Every year or two I go questing for something new but I haven't found anything that was perceptibly better even looking at $300 and $400 headphones.

The frequency response on these is true across the audio spectrum. They're truly monitor headphones, suitable for reproducing anything accurately. You won't get built-in bass boost as with many mainstream headphones, but the bass is delicious if you EQ it in or if you're playing tracks with bass boosted (as with most any modern pop or rock).

It's rare to have a piece of electronic gear that isn't replaced with something newer and better by the time you take it home from the store. These are a rare and wonderful find.

As a bonus: If you have a large head (my hat size is an 8 1/2 US, or about 27 inches around), these fit comfortably at maximum extension and they don't pinch. The headset is lightweight, and the spring remains gentle if you work the metal band flat for just a few moments. The cups aren't large enough to cover giant ears, but they don't need to be when they rest gently against.


SMSL M2 Portable headphone amplifier external DAC decoder sound card,USB Powered (silver), By Gemini Doctor
SMSL M2 Portable headphone amplifier external DAC decoder sound card,USB Powered (silver), By Gemini Doctor
Offered by Gemini Doctor
Price: $73.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with the audio quality, small concern about build quality, December 5, 2014
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Odds are you're here because you're interested in a good USB DAC and amp for your Mac or PC. At the sub-$100 price point, both this unit and the FiiO E10K are good contenders. This unit sounds great, with a good flat response curve. There's sufficient power for punchy or sustained bass, and using a pair of Yamaha RH-5Ma headphones (unsung heroes for sub-$100 headphones) I'm enjoying music in a way I just wasn't with my iMac's headphone jack.

If you're comparing this and the FiiO E10K, each has one main advantage:

* The FiiO E10K has much better electrical isolation. Try both units on a PC with poor electrical isolation and you'll hear USB noise relayed through the SMSL M2. The FiiO E10K is nicely isolated. If you buy the SMSLS M2, try an external powered USB hub. A by product of the external power supply is that its power source doesn't inherit your PC noise. If you have a big box brand PC (Apple, HP, Dell), you shouldn't have to worry about this.

* The SMSL M2 has a much better amp. Line out on both units is pristine, but the FiiO E10K sounds sterile once you add a pair of headphones. I suspect it's underpowered for any kind of sustained bass.

* The SMSL M2 supports both synchronous and asynchronous USB. The FiiO E10K only supports synchronous USB. If your PC or USB controller is struggling and skewing the bus clock, or if it just has a cheap and inaccurate bus clock, the FiiO E10K will stutter or skip. The SMSL M2 recovers gracefully and you may never notice.

I am slightly concerned about the build quality on the SMSL M2, however. Mine came with a little bit of the sole large capacitor in the unit shaved off the top and rattling around inside. I removed the shaved piece and it hasn't affected the functionality of the unit. However the tolerance is such that when they push the board into the aluminum chasis, the cap is pressed very tightly against. That could theoretically turn the capacitor mount into a fatigue point as the unit warms and cools. I know what I'll check first if the unit ever fails.

The size of the SMSL M2 is tiny. It about looks like you could stack one and a half of these in an Altoids tin. I'd be tempted to mount this right on the back of my iMac's monitor stand with a little double sided tape and there wouldn't be any worry about falling off under its own weight.

Overall, I'm pleased with the purchase. So far the build quality is the only concern, although watch out for the bus noise issue detailed above if you have a low end or self-built PC and aren't confident about electrical noise.


Wines that Rock Collector's Edition Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 mL
Wines that Rock Collector's Edition Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 mL

2.0 out of 5 stars Good wines don't tend to have YouTube on the cork., December 4, 2014
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Good wines don't tend to have YouTube and Facebook on the side of the cork. These were no exception to that rule.

If you're the type who has to buy every beach towel and tote bag with your favorite rock icon on it, then go wild. But buy these and let them age unopened on a shelf. If you're hoping for a nice wine, expect some muddy wines with little complexity and an inorganic aftertaste instead. There was surprisingly little difference between the Rolling Stones cabernet and the Pink Floyd merlot, which made the sameness of the blended Police Synchronicity unsurprising. You're almost certain to do better with random local wines off the grocery shelf at half this price, and you can get other well-reviewed wines at the same price.

The leftover collector's bottles are okay, but again: I think I'd have enjoyed them more unopened.


Parducci Wine Cellars Classic Reds Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 mL
Parducci Wine Cellars Classic Reds Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 mL
Offered by Parducci Wine Cellars
Price: $41.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for cheap convenience, December 4, 2014
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Two out of three were okay, but without a lot of complexity. The pinot was a bit dry and lifeless, and all three seemed a bit too acid. These seemed about as hit or miss as shopping a few local wines off the shelf at your local grocery.


ONEHOPE California Reds II Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 ml
ONEHOPE California Reds II Mixed Pack, 3 x 750 ml
Offered by ONEHOPE Wine
Price: $56.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise, good wines!, December 4, 2014
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All three have complexity beyond the stand out berry tastes. The merlot is smooth and the other two are bright. I'll admit I had expected a medium quality wine given the charity angle, but these really are good wines.


Grace Cock Flavored Soup Mix, 1.7 Oz (Pack of12)
Grace Cock Flavored Soup Mix, 1.7 Oz (Pack of12)
Offered by jamdeals
Price: $12.00
8 used & new from $11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Wish we'd tried this sooner, November 23, 2014
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My girlfriend absolutely loves this in her mouth.


MoKo Google New Nexus 7 FHD 2nd Gen Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Stand Cover Case for Google Nexus 2 7.0 Inch 2013 Generation Android 4.3 Tablet, INDIGO (With Smart Cover Auto Wake / Sleep Feature)
MoKo Google New Nexus 7 FHD 2nd Gen Case - Ultra Slim Lightweight Smart-shell Stand Cover Case for Google Nexus 2 7.0 Inch 2013 Generation Android 4.3 Tablet, INDIGO (With Smart Cover Auto Wake / Sleep Feature)
Offered by BSCstore
Price: $14.99
9 used & new from $10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre imitation of Apple's folio cover, November 23, 2014
This is meant to be a clone of Apple's leather folio cover. In some ways it matches the original, but it comes up short on a few points.

First, this adds a lot of bulk to a Nexus 7. The tablet is nearly twice as thick while inside of this case.

Second, it's too thick for the induction charger to work. You'll have to plug in a cable each time, or you'll have to pop your tablet out of the case each time you wish to charge it.

The tablet also doesn't stand up as well in this as the iPads do in the Apple folio case. The good news is you can do a bit of work on it and get it to work better. At each bending point, try folding and crushing the cover one way, then the other. That includes both of the bending points in the cover, as well as the area that connects the cover to the portion that holds the tablet. I really had to pull and stretch at the portion that connects to the tablet a while before my Nexus 7 would stand on its own. Of note, it only stands reliably with the triangle formed in the opposite direction of what's in the product picture - inner portion folded outward.

Apart from that, it does seem to offer a good amount of protection. It's not a thin case by any stretch. Being a combination of polyurethane and leather, it doesn't add much weight either. The mechanism for turning the Nexus 7 on automatically when opening the cover (magnets) works reliably as well. So far I haven't had a miss.

I'm keeping this cover as I don't use my Nexus 7 (2013) terribly frequently. If it were my main tablet, I might spend a bit longer looking for a better clone of the Apple cover.
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StarTech.com Mini USB Cable - A to Left Angle Mini B - 3 feet (USB2HABM3LA)
StarTech.com Mini USB Cable - A to Left Angle Mini B - 3 feet (USB2HABM3LA)
Price: $6.64
41 used & new from $2.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Wacom Intuos Pro / Intuos 5 users, November 23, 2014
Wacom users rejoice. This is the perfect cable for Intuos Pro / Intuos 5 tablet users who want the express keys on the right instead of the left. The USB Mini plug fits perfectly, and the cable is nearly flush against the side of the tablet. It doesn't stick out a centimeter like the factory-supplied cable.

The sister version of this (right angle, not left angle) should also replace the factory cable and sit flush without sticking out.


Bergan Catnip Hurricane Cat Toy
Bergan Catnip Hurricane Cat Toy
Price: $15.99
7 used & new from $14.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Still used daily after a year, November 23, 2014
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I got my kitties a year ago now. This was one of several toys I purchased when I first brought them home, and it's the only one that still gets daily use. Other toys cost several times as much as this, and have either broken or fallen into disuse.

The catnip dispensing aspect is completely incidental. I don't ever refill the catnip compartment, and the cats don't need that bribe. This is a part of daily play time without the catnip, with one cat loving to just lay down beside it and keep the ball going around with a swat whenever it passes.

The ball isn't a ping pong ball, but something heavier. Keep in mind that it will make a bit of noise as the cats swat it through. Place this far from your bedroom if you're a light sleeper. The unit itself is sturdy and perhaps larger than the picture may first indicate. Be sure to look at the measurements if you're afraid of dedicating a bit of floor space to the toy.


Franzia Merlot 5.0
Franzia Merlot 5.0

1.0 out of 5 stars I've never had a merlot with a tobacco aftertaste before., November 22, 2014
This review is from: Franzia Merlot 5.0
I purchased a few varieties of Franzia, and some of the white and blush wines were quite nice for the price. You won't fall in love with them, but they're fine for casual entertainment or drink recipes. The merlot was terrible, however. I've never had a merlot with a tobacco aftertaste before. I hope I never will again. It was like drinking a cheap merlot after a draw on a dried out cigar.

This merlot's sole redeeming quality is that you can blow up the bladder inside and use it for a pillow once it's empty.


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