technology

Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

I want to say I am a bit of an audiophile, but not sure that is correct when you are just talking about headphones/earphones.  For years I had the brilliant Bose Soundtrue earphones, these weren't noice cancelling but did a good job of blocking out most ambient sounds around you.

Travelling a fair amount with work, be it on trains or more importantly the tube, I constantly find myself whacking the sound right up on my current earphones and I have no idea what damage this has / is causing to my ears, so this has had me thinking perhaps its about time to invest in some noise cancelling headphones! 

Having researched a fair amount I have come up with the following shortlist of headphones:

  • Bose QuietComfort 35- With Bose you know that you are going to get great sound quality as standard, a friend has a pair of these and they sit comfortably on the ear and the noise cancelling is excellent.  The concern for me here is the cost at £330 they are seriously expensive.  They do however come recommended as one of the top buys in every top 10 list I have read! 
  • Parrott Zik 3.0 - Are these headphones or piece of art well I think the answer is both, I have a feeling their look will be like marmite but personally like the look of these.  They have a solid look to them nad by all accounts seem to have a solid feel to them.  One thing I like the sound of is the handy app that enables you to play with the EQ and turn on off noise cancellation, also the fact that when you take the headphones off the music stops playing..... its the simple things right? 
  • Denon AHGC20 - Ok these are priced competitvely  and look good and will be great for travel as they are able to fold flat.  Designed and manufactured from aluminium with rubber finish plastic will give that soft  touch!  Back to the price, you are able to pick these up for £169 which is nearly half the price of the Bose! 
  • Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless- These are great headphones, I have used the wired versions sometime back and was seriously impressed with the build quality and sound.  The downside is these are £374 which is a serious amount for headphones.  They do have a reported 20 hour battery life (like some of the others)

Do you have any wireless headphones???  Would love to know your thoughts if you have some! Especially if you use them for travel and how much a difference have you noticed on volume levels? 

For now I think I need to head down to somewhere (perhaps John Lewis?) who stocks these and give them all a test if they have them in stock and can try them on!! 

 

Staying connected whilst travelling!

Staying connected whilst travelling!

I guess I should start this post with an apology..... if you follow me on Instagram then you wouldn't have been able to miss the spam of pictures, videos and stories I shared for which I am sorry, but we had a really good time! 

We had a great week down in Pembrokeshire It is a place that I have been to with the family many times, mainly due to the fact that the wife has family down there and we are very lucky that her Nan is more than welcome for us to stay with her!

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Set up your Twitter alerts now!

With the tragic news coming out of Brussels today of another terrorist attack, I wanted to share a quick little tip, in the event you find yourself in the vicinity of an attack or some other emergency, getting access to credible organisations can make a big difference.

Pic: Twitter.com

Pic: Twitter.com

You may or may not have heard of Twitter alerts but more UK based accounts now have this function activated on their profiles.  Most UK Police Forces, Fire Services and Ambulance have this function on their profile and it simple to setup up, you  just click the button and its done! 

If you sign up to receive an account's Twitter Alerts, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a Tweet as an alert.

Notifications are delivered via SMS, and if you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification. Alerts also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets; they will be indicated with an orange bell.

I urge you now to set this up on your phone or your children's phone (if they are old enough to be on twitter) to help provide them with information in the event of an emergency! 

Please share this post with friends to spread the word! 

It goes without saying that our thought's go out to all those impacted by this attack, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the victims! 

What is the right age for a phone?

Its a question we are being asked more and more by our 9 year old

"Can I have my own mobile phone now" .......

The rule in our house has been when you start walking to school on your own, which tends to be senior school, then you can have a mobile.  This is what we did with Ashleigh although this was 7 years ago and it is making me think has time changed things and should we reconsider.

In this mornings news there is a lot of talk about kids having phones, and it has made me think again.

If i think about it the main people she will speak to via text or calling will be close family or her best friend (who doesn't have a phone).  I think she wants it mainly to listen to music on and play on apps, but she already has an iPad so does she need one?

We have a couple of old iPhones around the place that she could use so would not cost us anything apart for a PAYG sim.

I know Mel will likely be against it but is 9 nearly 10 to young for first phone?

I do not have concerns about her taking it to school as she will not be allowed and wouldn't dare take it, and would not be allowed to take it out when she is playing, so I question myself as to what is the point?

Good question! Hence this post I am in 2 minds, being a geek I think it would be good for her to get used to using it and the responsibility of having a phone but is this to young for a 9 year old?