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Polk Audio RTI A3 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)
Polk Audio RTI A3 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Cherry)
Offered by AcousticSoundDesign Home Theater Experts
Price: $399.95
7 used & new from $289.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bright, not ideal for music listening in smaller space, December 21, 2014
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Pros: Beautiful, nice materials, good bass extension for bookshelf speakers, a mostly accurate sound.

Cons: Overemphasized highs make these speakers suitable more for home theater setups than for listening to music.

I thought these beautiful Polk speakers would be that perfect first set of nice speakers that you invest in and use for years down the road. I decided to try these out due to Amazon's great return policy, and I am sad to say the listening experience confirms the negative reviews and existing frequency measurement data that I chose to ignore in order to give these speakers a chance. These are way too bright to be chosen over other speakers in its price range as far as listening to music goes. Starting at about 9khz and beyond, the volume measures at 3db to 5db more than the rest of the covered range. So if you are convinced you need to like these speakers, you will regard them as extremely clear and detailed, but objectively speaking the highs are just overemphasized if you are using these at a close or medium distance. There is just too much airiness and metallic buzz to everything. High hats take the front stage, and voices resonate with high pitched sounds in a distracting way. The midrange, while accurate sounding, sounds recessed and makes everything sound colder and less expressive than is ideal.

Unfortunately for audio equipment, people tend not to be very objective, and will give a 5 star rating to whatever they purchase as long as it doesn't have any glaring flaws or stop functioning correctly. I accidentally ordered two sets of speakers before this set: The Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and the Monitor BX2. Between those two, the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 sounded the most balanced, and very easy to listen to and enjoyable for music while not lacking treble extension, although they have less bass extension compared to the Monitors and Polks. Unlucky for me one side had a defect in the tweeter which caused buzz, so I had to return them, and before I could order them again, I noticed these Polks were on sale for $308, and that's how I came to compare these 3 sets. I tried the Monster BX2 because I had read a review saying they were better than the Diamond 10.1, but I did not agree, as they sounded less warm and kind of on the bright side, although not as bright as the Polks.

There are lots of reasons why people may have a radically different opinion of these speakers, although I would say you cannot deny that the highs are very emphasized, since they can be objectively measured against the ideal of a flat frequency response curve. For example, perhaps someone might use these in a much larger room where the acoustics make it beneficial to have more highs. Or maybe some people really do prefer this bright sound. After all, as we get older our hearing range can whittle down all the way to 12khz at the high end, and audio perception is highly subjective in the first place. Though usually I think it's more just cognitive dissonance and not wanting to imagine they spent $400 on something that is not the best choice. I have asked on an audiophile forum whether my experience with these was unique, and other people have confirmed that these are indeed super bright speakers and that they are intended for home theater moreso than for music. I would urge everyone to take 5 star reviews of most audio products with a grain of salt, and pay more attention to the other reviews to see if there is some kind of common complaint.
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Matney Ocean Wave Light Projector, Multicolor
Matney Ocean Wave Light Projector, Multicolor
Offered by Recheirisry
Price: $14.90
32 used & new from $3.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shuts off after 30 minutes., December 20, 2014
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It shuts off automatically after 30 minutes. I wish it had an option to not do that, but otherwise it is nice.


TowelSelections Turkish Cotton Bathrobe Waffle Kimono Robe for Men Made in Turkey Large/X-Large Ivory
TowelSelections Turkish Cotton Bathrobe Waffle Kimono Robe for Men Made in Turkey Large/X-Large Ivory

5.0 out of 5 stars This robe rules, December 8, 2014
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Other people in the house are jealous of my robe. It feels like some robe you'd get at a nice hotel.


Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads - Suitable For Many Other Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex
Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads - Suitable For Many Other Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex
Offered by MP4NATION
Price: $19.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Beware for AKG K545, December 8, 2014
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These are advertised as fitting many headphones, including AKG, and I did see these get recommended for the AKG K545, which is my main headphone.

So I bought these for my AKG K545 whose stock cushions are woefully thin and torment my ears after 30 minutes or so of use. These pads were easy to place on the K545, but drastically changed the sound for the worse. It elevated the driver too far from the ear, and probably could not get a good seal due to the oval shape, and it changed the sound to be harsh and unenjoyable to listen to, with reduced mids and greatly reduced bass. I had to return them, because ultimately the comfort was not worth the crappy sound.


Monitor Audio - Bronze BX-2 - 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers - Pair - Black Oak
Monitor Audio - Bronze BX-2 - 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers - Pair - Black Oak

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but slightly bright, December 2, 2014
I mistakenly ordered two sets of speakers: these and the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1. I expected to like these more based on many reviews comparing the two, but actually the Diamond 10.1 are more flat and natural when positioned about 3 or 4 feet away. This is a great set of speakers, but the one star I've taken off is due to its exaggerated highs. When I say exaggerated, I mean it would only be a problem for people who have very discerning ears and a preference for speakers that forgive and never sound harsh. Sometimes a song is rendered more crisp and detailed, and other times they can sound slightly harsh and tiresome, depending on the genre and mastering style of the song. There is enough bass to listen without a subwoofer, but for a lot of modern music having a subwoofer is probably mandatory.

The build quality is excellent, and they look nice. It's a shame the lighter cherry color isn't offered, only black and walnut. Plenty of people prefer these over the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1, but I just prefer the more honest and flat representation that the Wharfedales provide.
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BlueRigger 3.5mm to RCA (2) Stereo Audio Cable (8 Feet, White)
BlueRigger 3.5mm to RCA (2) Stereo Audio Cable (8 Feet, White)
Offered by BlueRigger
Price: $13.99
2 used & new from $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic cable, May 20, 2014
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Good basic cable. It works as it should. Looks nice and doesn't feel cheap. The ends have a metallic casing.


Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
Yamaha EPH-100SL Inner-Ear Headphone
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26 used & new from $67.94

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broke by itself within first two hours of use, May 14, 2014
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Within the first two hours of use, the right channel suddenly dropped in volume. As for the sound quality before they broke? They sounded super sharp and hissy, but I later figured out that for these to sound how they are really supposed to sound, you have to shove them really deep into your ear canal. For me, this was inconvenient and uncomfortable. Everyone has different ear canals, and I guess mine weren't very fit for these. The sound when worn correctly is actually natural with plenty of bass for modern music. These could be a really good pair for people who don't have these problems, but my experience was awful.


Sony MDREX600 In-Ear Headphone
Sony MDREX600 In-Ear Headphone
Offered by DIGITALGUY
Price: $221.90
21 used & new from $172.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sibilant, May 8, 2014
These headphones sound very natural, with natural, unemphasized bass. They lack deep sub-bass, but other than that have a super slight, almost unnoticeable warmth. To me, the mids are just right, with the right amount of upper-mids so as to not cause fatigue but still sound natural. Usually I go for headphones with more bass for listening to modern music. I am a big fan of Sony and have always bought Sony earbuds first, but the sibilance on these really disappoints. The sibilance causes shrieking treble spikes that hurt your ears in some genres when there are high pitched sounds such as hi-hats or people pronouncing "sh" or "s" sounds. People have said that the sibilance goes away with burn-in, but that is very unlikely because burn-in cannot account for such a drastic change, and it's most likely due to getting used to the sound.


Monster DNA In-Ear Headphones, White
Monster DNA In-Ear Headphones, White
Price: $55.89
22 used & new from $40.73

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bass Heavy, but great, April 27, 2014
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These have a pretty big emphasis on the bass, probably to make them trendy like Beats. At first it can sound pretty overwhelming, especially with bass-heavy songs, but after a few minutes of listening you mostly get used to it, and you get to enjoy the warm tone with crisp highs that don't hurt your ears. The high frequency sounds on these headphones are pretty extended, so it is fun to listen to all the details. Overall, these headphones are pretty satisfactory if you don't mind some extra bass.


Flexon FR5875 5/8-Inch x 75-Foot 3-Ply Light Duty Garden Hose
Flexon FR5875 5/8-Inch x 75-Foot 3-Ply Light Duty Garden Hose
Price: $27.97
4 used & new from $19.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bad luck, broken as soon as hook up, February 1, 2012
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I guess it might be just a bad luck. it was broken as soon as it has some pressure, not even a very strong pressure.


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