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Bluecell Pack of 2 Headphone Tambourine holder hanger clip for Microphone/Musical stand
Bluecell Pack of 2 Headphone Tambourine holder hanger clip for Microphone/Musical stand
Offered by Bluecell World
Price: $21.54
2 used & new from $18.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars These things are nicely built and serve their function, July 29, 2014
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These things are nicely built and serve their function, but please note that due to the screw clamp plate shape, they can only effectively clamp onto round tubular shaped objects, and even then, ones that are not too small in diameter. They are reasonably ruggedly built, if fairly simple in design and execution. This is just about the cheapest solution you will find for hanging headphones.

Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones
Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones
Offered by 4OurEars - The Official Grado Store
Price: $99.00
11 used & new from $92.06

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best just got better, July 29, 2014
Wow, I picked up a pair if these and was able to directly A/B compare them to my outgoing SR80i, which was the previous, highly regarded version of this same headphone. To compare the two, I'd say that the new SR80e has significantly improved bass response and weight, a somewhat traditional weakness of Grado's open air design. The new SR80e is also noticeably a bit more efficient. So Grado has made a very good headphone even better. In fact, comparing this new version with significantly more expensive cans like the Sennheiser Momentum over-ear and the B&W P7, they held their own and maybe then some. They still didn't quite have the bass weight of the other two, but they had plenty of slam and great, open airily detailed treble.

Cosmetically, the phones are almost identical, but you can see that there is some red metal on the all-new open air drivers. There's also a small 'e' on under the SR80 label on each earcup. Otherwise, they are identical to the previous version in appearance.

Note that these open air type headphones are not recommended for anyone who does not want the sound to leak out into their surroundings. For a closed-back, monitor type headphone that will seal off outside sound better, the Audio Technical ATH-M50x is another great choice for a bit more money, but still great value.

The SR80i was probably already the best headphone you could get for $100. Now, with significantly better bass response and thus top-to-bottom tonal balance, Grado just re-upped the benchmark. Highly recommended.
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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones - Black
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones - Black
Price: $399.98
27 used & new from $280.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars luxurious splurge, June 10, 2014
I splurged and bought a pair of these after demoing them at a local retailer. I compared them side-by-side with Sennheiser's Momentum over ear headphones and chose the P7 over them for a number of reasons.

The B&W P7 needs to be seen, touched, and worn to be truly appreciated. This is a lot of money for a pair of headphones, but the luxurious feel of these headphones is really, really top-notch. Except for the cable, it is constructed completely of steel, aluminum, and leather. The entire headband and earpads are luxurious leather. Even the trim around the earcups is trimmed in leather! You won't find even a scrap of plastic on this headphone. And it is still not too heavy.

In addition to being beautiful made and designed, these headphones do sound good. They have a weighty, yet detailed presentation that sort of complements their luxuriousness. The whole experience of listening to music through these is like smoking a Cuban cigar and drinking a top notch Scotch whiskey in a five star, modern hotel suite. It is a guilty pleasure.

To be honest, there are headphones that also sound very good that cost a lot less. I'd say that the Audio Technica ATH-M50 and Grado SR-80i (with L-cush pad upgrade) are incredible values in headphones that have comparable sound quality. But they feel and look cheap in comparison to the P7. The ATH-M50 is very close to the P7 in fidelity, and I wouldn't be surprised if it actually measured flatter in frequency response. The P7 has a bit more prominent high frequencies and weighter bass presentation, making it sound a bit more dynamic than the ATH-M50. The Grado SR-80i has a very detailed high frequency response, but the bass weight can't compare to the other two headphones.

The P7 is a comfortable headphone, but isn't as lightweight and breathable as the SR-80i, which is open-backed. It comes sumptuously packed with a quilted carry case that looks like a purse, and two cables that are removable. Each is about a meter long and one has remote controls and a microphone for use with Apple products. These cups of these headphones do fold upward towards the headband, but even folded they are fairly decent sized.

Finally, I chose these over the Sennheiser Momentum over-ear because I was looking for a nice headphone with genuine leather earpads. This is surprisingly hard to find. The Momentums get great reviews and seem to sound pretty good, but I would argue that they are overpriced considering the basic build quality and the fact that they are very small for so-called "over hear" headphones. To me, the P7 was easily worth the extra money because they are much more substantial, larger, and exhibit such incredibly sumptuous materials and build quality. They cost twice as much as B&W's P3, but they are easily worth three times as much. The P3, while a neat product, doesn't have the quality and it really doesn't sound nearly as good due to the rolled off treble response.

The B&W is a beautiful product. Owning these is a splurge, but anyone who appreciates the finer things in life will appreciate these headphones.

Ear Zonk - Replacement Grado Headphone L Cushion - Fits Grado 225i, 225e, 325is, 325e, RS2i, RS2e, RS1i & RS1e - Pair in Black
Ear Zonk - Replacement Grado Headphone L Cushion - Fits Grado 225i, 225e, 325is, 325e, RS2i, RS2e, RS1i & RS1e - Pair in Black
Offered by Ear Zonk
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with these, June 9, 2014
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After reading some very helpful reviews here, I opted to buy a pair of these cushions for my Grado SR-80i headphones. I must say, they fit the headphones perfectly and are a BIG improvement over the Grado S-cushions that came stock with the SR-80i.

First off, the foam on these is somewhat firmer than the stock Grado S-cushions, which is fine, since the cup shape of these keeps the driver mesh off the ears. I perceived an instant HUGE improvement over the S-cushions in terms of wearability and comfort. Any change to the sound is much more subtle. I haven't sat down and relentlessly compared the two cushions side-by-side A/B style, but I can say that they still sound great with these cushions. Some people have reported loss of bass, but if anything, bass might be a bit better than before. It is true that these L-cushions position the driver a bit further from the ear, but I can't detect any loss in sound quality. If anything, they sound better. Grados aren't known for having slamming bass anyway, but the bass with these cushions remains tight, tuneful, and articulate. The sonic signature of these headphones is pretty neutral, with maybe a bit of tendency towards brightness and extended highs relative to low bass, but that is part of the nature of open-backed headphones in general.

At half the price of the Grado L-cushions, these are a great buy and a great upgrade for Grado SR-80i users.

Columbia Men's Tango Thong
Columbia Men's Tango Thong

5.0 out of 5 stars very plush, very nice, May 6, 2014
These Columbia Tango thongs are super nice and comfy. They are comparable to other companies' nicest thong offerings, including the Teva Katavi, Merrell Tortugus, and even the Teva Jetter thong.

Of these, I would say that the Teva Jetter is the plushest, softest, and most cushiony of them all, but the Tango is not far behind. The Tango is trimmed in leather on both the footbed and the straps, making it instantly comfortable. I love the quilted, padded arch support, and in that regard this is the best of them all.

The sole has some large, sturdy lugs on the bottom and these thongs are comfortable enough to walk/stand in them all day. This thong has my highest recommendation and is a very good value at the current Amazon prices.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super comfy, February 16, 2014
I haven't had these shoes long, but they were super comfortable the moment I tried them on at my local Footwear Inc. so comfortable, in fact, that I immediately donated all my similar black leather shoes.

Like the previous reviewer said: they aren't cheap. And they are not very stylish; they look like Herman Munster shoes or hospital nurse shoes on my feet. But they are so comfortable that it's worth it. And at least they can pass for traditionally styled leather shoes with a proper heel and not those super ugly quasi-lace-up walking shoes with the athletic shoe styled soles. In short, they are much more comfortable than they look.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Offered by Austin Bazaar
Price: $139.00
50 used & new from $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best, January 28, 2014
These headphones have gotten great reviews all over the internet, most notably on I have not usually gone for DJ/monitoring type headphones like these, but I am sure glad that I picked up a pair of them.

First off: they sound SPECTACULAR. Out of the box, very detailed, yet responsive in every part of the frequency range, from the highest shimmering treble notes to the lowest, tightest bass. It's all there, without a recessed midrange. Compared to a lot of recent portable headphone offerings, some people might consider these bright or analytical. I prefer to think of them as revealing. Doing A-B comparisons between these and other high quality headphones, I find:

1. Sennheiser HD 439: The Sennheisers are smooth and non-fatiguing, and very lightweight and comfortable, with decent sound isolation. However, the sound is very muffled compared to the ATH-M50s. They seem to have upper bass and midrange overemphasis in comparison, like a veil was thrown over the music. Listening to the muffle picked guitar sections of STP's "Plush", I could clearly hear the clicks and really hear what was going on in the guitar parts with the ATH-M50s. I could not at all with the HD 439s.

2. B&W P3: I actually paid more for the B&Ws than I did the ATH-M50s, and these B&Ws really are beautifully made, portable and compact headphones. But the sound is hopelessly colored in comparison to the Audio Technicas. Upper bass bloat from the P3s is even more pronounced than the HD 439s. Highest treble registers are less muffled, but still not revealing enough. The B&W P3s are decent portable headphones, but they are not even close to the ATH-M50 in terms of sound quality.

3. Grado SR80i: these headphones were by far the closest to the ATH-M50 in terms of neutrality, reavealingness, clarity, and overall sound quality. They are noticeably less efficient, so matching volume level is essential. The Grados are also open air, open-backed headphones, which can make for a bit more of an airy soundstage. The Grados sound good in just about every aspect, though I did sense that the upper treble registers weren't quite as defined or as 'etched' as with the ATH-M50s. That would make sense, as the Grados are more of an audiophile type unit, versus the ATs, which seem more geared towards mixing. Both have very smooth, detailed midrange, but I would give the ATH-M50s the definite nod in terms of low, punchy bass. It's hard to beat a good pair of sealed headphones like these, especially on-ear open-air phones like the Grados.

Build quality is not super plush, but definitely well made and seemingly durable. Earcups fold in for stowage in the included plastic pouch. I also like the high quality cord with the last foot or so of coils. It also comes with a high quality 3.5mm plug with a screw-on 6.3mm adapter. The cord is not removable, which is only a minor complaint, especially at this price point.

Once you compare these Audio Technica ATH-M50s to much sonically inferior headphones like Dr. Dre Beats and the like, you'll never want to go back. These headphones simply sound great.

Sennheiser HD 439 Headphones Black
Sennheiser HD 439 Headphones Black
Price: $61.94
54 used & new from $45.71

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very comfy, a bit muffled, January 24, 2014
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I got these headphones based on Sennheiser's sterling reputation for good sound, as well as the good reviews on the internet and the removable/exchangeable headphone cord.

Comparing these phones to the Audio Technica ATH-M50 and the Grado SR-80i, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed with the sound. The ATH-M50 in particular seems to have much clearer, prominent, and revealing high frequency reproduction. It was like taking a veil off the music. I discovered this when I was listening to a guitar track in which I had to hear a low-level, detailed palm muting aspect of a rhythm track. I could barely hear it with these phones, but it came in clear with the Audio Technicas. Granted, those headphones might also sound etched and bright to others, but I just found them to be revealing and detailed without overwhelming the bass and midrange. The AT's sound more like a neutral studio headphone should. Even the Grados seemed to have a more detailed high end, as well as a neutral midrange without overwhelming the bass. These 'phones sounded muffled in direct comparison.
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Merrell Men's Tortugus Flip Flops - Black - 7
Merrell Men's Tortugus Flip Flops - Black - 7
Offered by FUR TRADERS
Price: $64.95

3.0 out of 5 stars firm support, January 24, 2014
Someone really nice purchased these for me as a holiday gift (my mother-in-law). I am always on the lookout for comfortable flip-flops that are robust and supportive enough to wear and walk around in all day.

Teva makes some very nice ones, including the Katavi thong and the super plush Jetter (I have both). The Katavi was the first great flip-flop I've ever had, heads and shoulders above even the best Reef sandals. It is the flip-flop of choice if you will be going to the beach and/or getting in the water. This is because the footbed is an antimicrobial rubber, so it doesn't get slippery when wet. The Jetter is more of a Jimmy Buffett type of poolside lounger, with ample leather in the strap and the footbed. Both are suitable for walking around in, due to the thick, cushioned footbed and the existence of an actual arch support.

Enter the Merrell Tortugus. This sandal has a nice, firm, thick footbed and much better than average arch support. It is made entirely of synthetic materials and is quite lightweight. I like the relatively snug fit and trim feeling of not being too bulky on the foot.

The thong part that goes over the foot could you a bit more soft padding and less abrasive material on the inside. I did develop a small blister when I first started wearing them, but that has thankfully gone away.

These thongs are pretty good and I can tell that they will hold up quite well. I'm not sure if I would go walking around all day in them due to the fear of getting another blister. And they are not as plush as some of the more admittedly luxurious offerings by Teva (Jetter, Katavi) or Columbia (Tango), but they are supportive and comfortable enough.

Starting Strength, 3rd edition
Starting Strength, 3rd edition
by Mark Rippetoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.36
23 used & new from $22.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the BIBLE for weight lifting, January 24, 2014
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This is an AMAZING read! This book has literally changed my life. It is so well written, with an astounding amount of detailed information on classic weight training exercises. Rippetoe is candid and definitely opinionated, but he backs it up with copious detail and facts. The author occasionally throws in some dry humor to keep things from getting too dry, and when he does it is absolutely hilarious to boot. The lifts are hard and require practice to execute, but if you do them right, you WILL get strong without injuring yourself. This should be the Bible for gym goers.

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