Category: Earphone, Headphone & Speaker

Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

Shure Aonic 50 Gen 2 is the bigger brother of the Shure Aonic 40 and the successor to the Shure Aonic 50.

The number 50 in the product name means it uses 50mm dynamic drivers, which Shure custom-engineered.

Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 - Box Front
Shure AONIC 50 Gen 2 – Box Front

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Apple HomePod And HomePod Mini Finally Officially Available in Singapore

Apple HomePod (2nd Generation) and Apple HomePod Mini is finally officially available in Singapore after more than five years of it being launched in the United States.

You can order starting at 9 am this Thursday, 30th March 2022. It will be available in stores beginning next Thursday, 6th April 2023.

Apple HomePod And HomePod Mini
Apple HomePod And HomePod Mini

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Rode PSA1+

Rode PSA1+ is a microphone/boom arm from Rode. I got it from Red Dot Photo on Lazada during 12/12 for S$141.32. The usual selling price should be about S$169.

I was using a cheap China OEM microphone arm that I bought it together with my Rode NT-USB Mini, and it is pretty bad. You can only rotate the arm if you do not tighten the clamp; even so, the rotation is not smooth. The screws protruding near the clamp area will scratch your table, which was my deal breaker. Given the price, I would say it is ok. But in my case, I would rather pay more to get a quality microphone arm instead. So that is why I went ahead and got the Rode PSA1+.

Rode PSA1+ Box Front
Rode PSA1+ Box Front

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Rode NT-USB Mini

I always wanted to get a microphone for the cool of it since I don’t do podcasts or streaming. The primary use case for me is just for Zoom/Slack calls.

Since I wanted to buy “something” for Black Friday, I decided to get the Rode NT-USB Mini instead of Blue Yeti because the later is outdated and still using mini-USB as the port.

Rode NT-USB Mini - Box Front
Rode NT-USB Mini – Box Front

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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

During Shopee’s 10/10 flash sale, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) was only going for S$319 on their Apple Flagship Online Store. The store is an Apple Authorised Reseller (AAR).

Because it is 10/10, they are giving 10% cashback in the form of coins, capped at $35 or 3,500 coins. So I got S$31.90 (3,190 coins) in cashback for my next purchase. Shipping is an additional S$1.49.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 - Box Front
Apple AirPods Pro 2 – Box Front

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Poly Sync 20 Speakerphone Review

Poly Sync 20 is a speakerphone that can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth v5.1 or wired via the built-in 70cm USB-A cable.

It has a three microphone steerable array that can pick up voices within 2m. It uses a 40 mm driver for its speaker and comes with dual passive radiators.

Poly Sync 20 Speakerphone - Back
Poly Sync 20 Speakerphone – Back

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Shure AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Shure AONIC 40 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones is actually the first Shure product that I owned. As the number 40 in the product name suggests, AONIC 40 has a 40 mm dynamic driver which makes it in the same range as the Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones and Apple AirPod Max.

AONIC 40 is Shure’s mid-range wireless noise-cancelling headphones. They have another higher-end which is the AONIC 50.

Shure AONIC 40 - Box Front
Shure AONIC 40 – Box Front

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Sonos One SL

Bought the Sonos One SL on Amazon during their Amazon Prime Day sale for S$259. The original retail price is S$299, but during Amazon Prime Day, only the Sonos One SL (Black) dropped to S$279. You can get an additional S$20 off using the promo code PRIMEDAYAPP with a minimum spend of S$60. And that is how I ended up with S$259.

The packaging on Sonos One SL felt cheap as compared to Sonos One.

Sonos One SL - Box Front
Sonos One SL – Box Front

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