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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 10 August 2016, 13:04

Rowing machine!

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Been wanting one since season one of House of Cards. :lol:
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby acpro » 16 August 2016, 23:43

I have a MacBook Pro arriving tomorrow. I'm super stoked.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Severelius » 23 August 2016, 23:21

Couple of those Funko Pop figures. Never bought any before but in line with my recently reincarnated obsession with everything to do with the Flash I bought one of the titular character himself and one of the show's season 2 villain Zoom.

Git about 4 more Flash-related Funko figures saved for later too.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby -Alex- » 28 September 2016, 21:25

It was a small shopping day for me today :) I bought some food (mostly grocery) and beauty products :) A new shower gel and a razor (my old one can't be used anymore at all! :D ), also a new styling gel similiar to these ones http://machohairstyles.com/best-hair-gel-for-men/, hope that this one will be much better in its effect and also won't cause any allergy on my head (I had this trouble with the previous one :| ).

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

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Coffee!
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

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Best cleaning product ever. Ever.

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 29 July 2017, 18:15

These Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation. I'm quite happy with them.

While researching which ones to buy, I discovered that a lot of them are actually the same device sold by different brands for different prices. For example, the £43 ones I got seem to be identical to these ones that sell for £80 but have a lot more reviews (all 5 stars, many of which are probably fake). I feel bad for all the people who fall for these shenanigans.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 29 July 2017, 20:56

René wrote:These Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation. I'm quite happy with them.

While researching which ones to buy, I discovered that a lot of them are actually the same device sold by different brands for different prices. For example, the £43 ones I got seem to be identical to these ones that sell for £80 but have a lot more reviews (all 5 stars, many of which are probably fake). I feel bad for all the people who fall for these shenanigans.

Are they actually the same headphones or do they just use the same Bluetooth chip?

I am pretty certain that I am never buying headphones from a no-name manufacturer again. Even the ones that are comfortable and don't sound like shit have design/manufacturing issues. I managed to break one of them in half on multiple occasions. Thought they at least lasted me around 5 years.

Speaking of headphones... a few weeks ago I got myself Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless. A local tech store had a sale where all Sennheiser products were 50% off. So I got them for a really low price and I love them.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 29 July 2017, 23:36

rxxli wrote:
René wrote:These Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation. I'm quite happy with them.

While researching which ones to buy, I discovered that a lot of them are actually the same device sold by different brands for different prices. For example, the £43 ones I got seem to be identical to these ones that sell for £80 but have a lot more reviews (all 5 stars, many of which are probably fake). I feel bad for all the people who fall for these shenanigans.

Are they actually the same headphones or do they just use the same Bluetooth chip?

Apart from things like logos and colours, they will have the exact same specifications and design (including buttons, markings besides logos, materials, shape...).

Another example:


Take a close look at the photos for each and you'll see what I mean :P

(They don't all show the little horns that keep them in place in your ear in the main picture, but they all have them, as well as the same magnetic charging thingy with built-in USB OTG support and everything else except for the brand name and brand-specific colouring.)
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 29 July 2017, 23:46

René wrote:
rxxli wrote:
René wrote:These Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation. I'm quite happy with them.

While researching which ones to buy, I discovered that a lot of them are actually the same device sold by different brands for different prices. For example, the £43 ones I got seem to be identical to these ones that sell for £80 but have a lot more reviews (all 5 stars, many of which are probably fake). I feel bad for all the people who fall for these shenanigans.

Are they actually the same headphones or do they just use the same Bluetooth chip?

Apart from things like logos and colours, they will have the exact same specifications and design (including buttons, markings besides logos, materials, shape...).

Another example:


Take a close look at the photos for each and you'll see what I mean :P

(They don't all show the little horns that keep them in place in your ear in the main picture, but they all have them, as well as the same magnetic charging thingy with built-in USB OTG support and everything else except for the brand name and brand-specific colouring.)

I think what Andrej is getting at is that all of those are no-name brands, as compared to, e.g., Sennheiser, Bose, Beats.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 30 July 2017, 14:12

René wrote:Apart from things like logos and colours, they will have the exact same specifications and design (including buttons, markings besides logos, materials, shape...).

Another example:


Take a close look at the photos for each and you'll see what I mean :P

(They don't all show the little horns that keep them in place in your ear in the main picture, but they all have them, as well as the same magnetic charging thingy with built-in USB OTG support and everything else except for the brand name and brand-specific colouring.)

I see, yes. I didn't actually check the photos earlier since internet where I am vacationing is shit and it takes forever to load photos.

Brenden wrote:I think what Andrej is getting at is that all of those are no-name brands, as compared to, e.g., Sennheiser, Bose, Beats.

They are, but that's not really what I was getting at. I was just asking, because I've often seen Chinese Bluetooth speakers and earphones use the same Bluetooth chip (same number of buttons, same start-up and shutdown sound, same pairing procedure, ...), so I was just wondering if that is the case here.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Justin » 31 July 2017, 03:20

I'm a pretty big fan of Audio Technica's studio monitors. You can pick up the MH-40x or MH-50x for like $100 usually. They're fucking awesome, tuned flat, reasonably priced, and will stomp almost any pair of Bose or Beats headphones you throw at them, even if they're 3x the price.

That said, I'm an AirPods/Apple Hipster Douche Headphones ®™ snob now. They sound great for what they are, but they're still bluetooth headphones, and not just that, but earpods. They're never going to compete with studio monitors in quality, but they're so darned convenient, especially for riding the Choo Choo to work.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 31 July 2017, 04:05

Justin wrote:I'm a pretty big fan of Audio Technica's studio monitors. You can pick up the MH-40x or MH-50x for like $100 usually. They're fucking awesome, tuned flat, reasonably priced, and will stomp almost any pair of Bose or Beats headphones you throw at them, even if they're 3x the price.

That said, I'm an AirPods/Apple Hipster Douche Headphones ®™ snob now. They sound great for what they are, but they're still bluetooth headphones, and not just that, but earpods. They're never going to compete with studio monitors in quality, but they're so darned convenient, especially for riding the Choo Choo to work.

René really wanted something with active noise cancelling besides just sounding great and being Bluetooth.

I myself am quite happy with my £20 "TaoTronics" ones — if most non-name-brand ones have the same components or are identical, might as well buy the cheap Chinese brand! They sound fine and the battery life still surprises me considering how teeny tiny the battery must be.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 31 July 2017, 13:34

OT: So we got a turntable on 'Prime Day', which had been on my wish list for ages and was a great price.

I've since purchased a 10-metre tulip/RCA cable and plugged it into our two 35-Watt speakers in the bedroom. Sounds great!

I've procured a Bob Dylan album, a Simon & Garfunkel album, and a Petula Clark album in the vinyl shop that conveniently opened near us around the same time as we bought the turntable.

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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 31 July 2017, 16:11

Justin wrote:I'm a pretty big fan of Audio Technica's studio monitors. You can pick up the MH-40x or MH-50x for like $100 usually. They're fucking awesome, tuned flat, reasonably priced, and will stomp almost any pair of Bose or Beats headphones you throw at them, even if they're 3x the price.

That said, I'm an AirPods/Apple Hipster Douche Headphones ®™ snob now. They sound great for what they are, but they're still bluetooth headphones, and not just that, but earpods. They're never going to compete with studio monitors in quality, but they're so darned convenient, especially for riding the Choo Choo to work.

I've heard a lot of good stuff about Audio Tehnica and they are definitely one of the brands to consider. Though I am personally a huge Sennheiser fan. So when it comes to headphones, I automatically go to them.

As for AirPods... I like them. I personally don't like in-ear headphones at all. I hate the feeling of having those in my ear, but since AirPods aren't really in-ear I actually don't mind them. But I wouldn't buy them myself - I don't have a need for in-ear headphones. I prefer over-ears.

Brenden wrote:OT: So we got a turntable on 'Prime Day', which had been on my wish list for ages and was a great price.

I've since purchased a 10-metre tulip/RCA cable and plugged it into our two 35-Watt speakers in the bedroom. Sounds great!

I've procured a Bob Dylan album, a Simon & Garfunkel album, and a Petula Clark album in the vinyl shop that conveniently opened near us around the same time as we bought the turntable.

:keke:

Which one did you get? I got myself one two weeks ago as well. I went with the Pioneer PL-990. Quite cheap, but not total crap. I couldn't justify spending more on a turntable. But I am happy with it. And I am glad that I went with an automatic one as well.

As for music. I got myself Imagine Dragons - Evolve, 5 Ssconds Of Summer - Sounds Good Feels good and All Time Low - Last young renegade. The last one being my favourite of the bunch. I've decided that I am going to get myself one new album each month. That should keep my wallet happy since the new albums cost way too much.
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby Brenden » 31 July 2017, 18:48

rxxli wrote:
Brenden wrote:OT: So we got a turntable on 'Prime Day', which had been on my wish list for ages and was a great price.

I've since purchased a 10-metre tulip/RCA cable and plugged it into our two 35-Watt speakers in the bedroom. Sounds great!

I've procured a Bob Dylan album, a Simon & Garfunkel album, and a Petula Clark album in the vinyl shop that conveniently opened near us around the same time as we bought the turntable.

:keke:

Which one did you get? I got myself one two weeks ago as well. I went with the Pioneer PL-990. Quite cheap, but not total crap. I couldn't justify spending more on a turntable. But I am happy with it. And I am glad that I went with an automatic one as well.

As for music. I got myself Imagine Dragons - Evolve, 5 Ssconds Of Summer - Sounds Good Feels good and All Time Low - Last young renegade. The last one being my favourite of the bunch. I've decided that I am going to get myself one new album each month. That should keep my wallet happy since the new albums cost way too much.

£125-£150 is quite cheap‽ Ours cost £50. :P
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby rxxli » 31 July 2017, 20:25

Brenden wrote:£125-£150 is quite cheap‽ Ours cost £50. :P

It really is. I was looking at around 250€ Audio Technica or Teac one as well. So going with the 125€ (I bought it through an Amazon Warehouse deal) one is cheap. My model is identical to the cheaper Audio Technica AT-LP60 (and one or two other models from other companies) which is considered to be one of the best budget turntables out there. With one difference - mine has a strobe speed adjustment (it enables you to tweak the speed of the record to correct pitch issues). That's why I went with the Pioneer one.

I personally wouldn't buy a turntable with a ceramic cartridge. Apparently they have issues with reproducing higher frequencies and wear out the records faster - though I think this is somewhat debatable. A bit more on ceramic cartridges: https://www.reddit.com/r/vinyl/comments ... _work_and/
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Re: What's the last thing you bought?

Unread postby René » 11 October 2017, 17:55

Ryanair tickets to the Netherlands for £9.99 each.

(Naturally we only fly Ryanair when we're prepared for the flights to be cancelled and to have to be transferred to different flights at short notice :P)
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