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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 19, 2014

DJs, glasses, and headphones — do you get on?

There was a time in our world when glasses were not exactly the coolest thing about you.  The funny thing is that people will actually wear glasses in order to achieve a certain style or look, even if vision is not a problem for that person.  I can understand why this happens on a social level.  Some people want to give others the impression that they are smarter than they look – or perhaps they want to do the opposite by wearing contact or leaving the glasses at home altogether.  A DJ who is behind the booth in a pitch black club would probably sacrifice looks for the fact that they can now read their computer screen.

The issue these guys are going to have is figuring out what to do with the glasses when their headphones are on.  Depending on what type of headband is strapped around your head …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 28, 2014

Nocs NS900 Live High End DJ Headphones Launched

There are some pretty expensive DJ headphones out there.  Whether they are built for style or built for comfort, these added features can make for a costly set of listening cans.  Studio headphones are in their own category, and to spend a thousand dollars on a pair is no big deal.  But when a DJ decides to spend up to $500 for a pair of headphones, are they throwing their money away?  Some might say that a flat response and clarity is reserved only for those who are mixing and mastering their songs, but I disagree.  A DJ who hears more of their song is likely to be able to mix it with other sounds without issue.

Would a DJ pay for earphones that are designed to be expensive yet repairable at the same time?  Some will say that by the time they need to replace a part, it would …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 31, 2013

How Old Are Your Ears?

The ears are a very important part of the body, and we don’t give them enough credit.  We tend to give most or the credit to our eyes, which can override the functions of many other senses of the body.  Smell is perhaps one of the oldest and most important functions of the body, which goes directly to the brain for instant processing in case of danger (like a fire).  Our ears are sensitive and can take abuse, but they do not regenerate after aging – so most people will encounter some hearing loss as they get older, and this is completely normal.

However, DJs are more prone to being around loud music all days long – and after a night of having speakers crammed in your ears; you may notice a fade of your hearing ability.  While it might be temporary, damage does occur over long periods of time …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 7, 2013

Marshall Monitor Headphones

Guitar companies rarely cross the line and make DJ products – and I question the reasoning behind this non-move.  The same machines and materials that make up a guitar pedal could just as easily be used to make MIDI controller boxes and other relevant hardware.  But you’ll never see a Vox controller or mixer for sale.  I think it is not a matter of logistic or supply, but more about company image and dedication.  Guitarists and DJs have different roles and fundamentally do not exist in the same sphere.  DJs play back music and remix it live, while a guitarist creates music live using strings and vibrations.

Perhaps these guitar companies don’t want to be seen as traitors to their own kind.  Perhaps they will lose credibility if they were ever to cross that boundary and begin making things they aren’t supposed to.  It’s a shame because there is nothing …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 6, 2013

KEF M500 Headphones

While there are many different options and configurations to look for when purchasing headphones, and beside the entire over the ear or on top of the ear debate, there seems to be really two designs for the cups themselves.  They are either completely round in shape, like the Sennheiser HD-25-II’s or they come in more of an elliptical or oval shape.  Some of them are even pill shaped.  I believe that this part of the design has more to do with looks and production techniques rather than the speaker itself, which is naturally round.  Truthfully, I think it would make more sense if headphones were produced in a shape that mimicked the ears rather than trying to fight the aural design that we were born with.

Once you decide to make cylinder shaped cans with circular edges, you automatically add bulk and size to the entire process.  Much of …