Creative Sound Blaster E1 – Portable Headphone Amplifier

Bought the Sound Blaster E1 which is a portable headphone amplifier for S$29 (usual price: S$69) from the online Creative Store. They are having a sale online to coincide with the PC Show 2014.

Shipping is additional S$6 but if your orders are above S$60, it ships for free within Singapore.

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Front
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Front

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Bose QuietComfort 15 (QC15) Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

I always wanted to get the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones also known as Bose QC15 in short because it is one of the best noise cancelling headphones in the market. It is good specially when you travel a lot! Be it via plane or by bus, the QC15 will be able to cancel out some noises produce from the vehicle’s engines. I also heard from my colleagues that it is a life saver in the plane when you have a crying child on board.

I did not get the Bose QC15 in Singapore because it is way overpriced. The official retail price is S$479.

Bose QC15 - Box Front
Bose QC15 – Box Front

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Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset

Bought the Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset from Apple’s West 14th Street Store in Manhattan for US$116.96 and after 8.875% tax, it comes out to US$127.34 (S$161.50). The usual price is US$129.95 but Bose in USA is giving a 10% discount during the holiday period. With the 10% discount, it is about S$37 cheaper when you compared it to the official retail price of S$199 in Singapore.

I am pretty impressed with the Bose MIE2i, it sounded better than Klipsch Image S4i II with regards to clarity and bass and from a non-audiophile point of view, the sound quality is on-par with the Klipsch Image X10.

Bose MIE2i - Box Front
Bose MIE2i – Box Front

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones

I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with Coiled Cable) from one of Amazon‘s Black Friday’s lightning deals as well. Got it for US$99.99 (S$126) including shipping because it also qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver.

In Singapore, the ATH-M50 is retailing for S$238, so you just saved S$112!

ATH-M50 - Box Front
ATH-M50 – Box Front

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Klipsch Image S4i II

Bought for Li Xiang the Klipsch Image S4i II because she lost hers and she love the S4i! The Klipsch Image S4i II was Amazon deal of the day during the Amazon’s Black Friday week.

Got it for US$39.99 (S$50) (looks like Amazon is still selling it for the same price). In Singapore, it is retailing for more than three times the price at S$169!

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box Front
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box Front

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McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter

Bought the McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter from the newly opened Challenger at Bugis Junction for S$6.90 (Member’s Price: S$5.90). Now I can finally use my own earphones/headphones for the airplane’s in-flight entertainment!

I can also watch my movies for about 10-15 minutes longer while the air stewardess goes around collecting the loaned headphones from the passengers!

McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter - Packaging Front
McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter – Packaging Front

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Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1

The Braven IPX5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker BRV-1 is retailing for S$228 from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively, you can also get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Besides being a lightweight rugged Bluetooth speaker (346g), it also double up as a emergency portable charger using the built-in battery capable of outputting up to 1A. The 1,400mAh built-in battery will give you about 12 hours of music. Charging is done by micro USB and there is a 5 dots LED indicator to indicate the battery status.

BRV-1 - Box Front
BRV-1 – Box Front

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Bose AE2i Audio Headphones

Bought the Bose AE2i Audio Headphones for S$239 (usual price is S$269) at Stereo (Plaza Singapura).

Atlas (official distributer of Bose products) is celebrating their 50th anniversary with discounts for almost all Bose products till 31st October 2013. Checkout the Bose’s products discounted pricelist.

Bose AE2i - Box Front
Bose AE2i – Box Front

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Logitech UE 6000 Review

Before I start every headphone/earphone review, I must say that I am not an audiophile and hence for this review, so pardon me if I do not focus on audio quality.

The Logitech UE 6000 is retailing for S$319 in Singapore and it comes in two colors, black or white. The Logitech UE 6000 is in the middle of the Logitech UE Headphone series. The Logitech UE 4000 (S$159) is the lower one while the Logitech UE 9000 (S$599) is the higher one.

Logitech UE 6000 - Box front
Logitech UE 6000 – Box Front

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Launched last month, the UE BOOM is a 360° Bluetooth wireless speaker which is water resistant and even shock proof. It is out in stores retailing for S$299 and available in 4 colors (Blue, Red, Black and White).

My first impression of UE BOOM is the sound is loud and the bass is pretty good, the only downside is that it is a little pricey.

UE BOOM - 4 Colors (Front)
UE BOOM – 4 Colors (Front)

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