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  1. I’ll do a better post covering more aspects after I use them for a week or so. So far, on first full charge, I have 3-4 hrs on it and the micro sized iPhone display last night showed a little more than 50%. As for the SE215, my wife has the wired version which I like a lot. I didn’t want to change her eartips so my fit was just ok, but I realized they’d be even better with a tighter fit. But, ya, the sound felt fairly well balanced from bass to treble, clear, crisp, good depth. But, their gen1 Bluetooth does not support AAC and I’m an old iPhone user so aptX does me no good. But that’s for another discussion. The Shure gen2 Bluetooth does support AAC but costs $50 more and worse is that it’s a terrible design with a large clip on pod - classic dongle rather than sleek modern miniturization. I have been using my older earphones with a mini Bluetooth receiver smaller than the Shure’s dongle which taught me that the clip on design can be a hassle with thin quick dry type T-shirt’s. It’s always falling off and dangling during workouts, I find it also works it’s way off waist bands and ends up dangling. I was actually looking to buy the SE215 wired and then get a 3rd party mmcx compatible cable. I saw Fiio, with AAC, and Mee, unsure but think it has AAC, at attractive prices. Then by happenstance I ran into westone mentioned somewhere so checked out their website and saw the Wx on closeout pricing. IPX 4 which is minimal but ok for me. Confirmed with their tech support it does support AAC and is being closed out as they convert the W series to include both wired and Bluetooth cables but prices jump up well beyond my budget. He said only benefit of new BT is ver 5, more range and longer battery life, and maybe improved tactile buttons, but for AAC devices, no audio improvement. Since range and battery life are not big issues for me, it seemed like a good opportunity to get something that meets my needs and preferences at a good price.
  2. I found very few reviews of the Wx - I think headfi, headfonics and majorhifi were the only ones, mostly positive. Amazon users I take with a grain of salt since too many complain about non-relevant issues or some aspect of user errors. For any of the negatives, I can only say I agree the wires to the control pods are somewhat thin and might benefit from maybe a 2" flexible/bendable earloop section, but wearing glasses, I can hardly feel these wires which I like. The control pod could be a tad lower or further from the earpiece, but its not a big deal at least for me, and the complaint about the + & - buttons is valid, they could be more prominently tactile like the center button, but then knowing the + is above the center and the - is below works for me. Complaints about range are probably due to interference. I had no problems in the pockets of my shorts and I know I got about 20 ft through walls around the house - one location in my computer room did give me some hiccups which I suspect is interference from all the wireless devices I have in the room. From my family room table, it was fine when I was moving about the house and through a couple of walls. My initial impression of the Wx is they are a steal at $99 US. They came partially charged so I was able to immediately pair with my iphone - no problems encountered. Fit was just so-so with the preinstalled silicone tips, but I was anxious to listen so I fired up a jazz playlist while I was prepping dinner and it was definitely eye opening compared to my el-cheapo bt earphones. I charged them fully overnight and changed to foam tips that fit much better and seal outside sounds much better. They immediately connect to my iphone upon turning them on and the battery headphone indicators shows on the display. I'm thrilled they feel like they offer a relatively flat response - to my aging ears at least - I can't actually check test signals on them so its my interpretation and I've had only limited exposure to any earphones, let alone bluetooth. I got a feeling some younger than I would find the bass end lacking, but I got zero heavy bass music to try - although I do have some fitness tracks geared for cardio workouts I'll try out tomorrow. Today, I've listened to Adele, Enya, Sarah McLachlen, Leonard Cohen, Crosby Stills and Nash, Al DiMeola, Kitaro, Govi, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull so far - no complaints and I know some of these I ripped a decade ago as 128bit mp3. Right now I'm listening to Eliot Fisk (classical guitar). I find they are so comfortable and sound so good, I just want to listen to more and more. Clean, clear, crisp, good separation, and a touch of warmth. I've kept the volume between 1/4 and 1/2 give or take with a few brief excursions to 3/4 just to enjoy the clarity. I'll do a better post on my audio impressions with some photos after I give them some time.
  3. fwiw, I just happened to run into a review of the Westone Wx - it intrigued me so I read a bit more and although not specifically sweat-proof, it is similar to the Shure Se215, which my wife has wired, in that incidental water won't be a problem. Shure even says they have had mention of their earphones going through a laundry wash with no permanent damage. Then I saw Westone has a newer gen2 W series with a new bluetooth cable. So I contacted their tech support for more details since like most, no mention of AAC - I am guessing its a licensing restriction from Qualcomm for aptX limiting how they advertise - the tech said they do in fact support AAC in all their bluetooth models and the cable is IP rated for incidental water resistance. Then I saw the Wx for only $99 - seems they will be closing it out now that the new W models include both a wired cable and a BT. So for the price, I ordered a pair - will surely be a decent option for my needs and if I hit the lottery jackpot, I can still use the mmcx cable with my new top of the line 4 driver earpieces. Although if I hit the lottery, then I won't be the one doing the mowing - but I'll have more time for workouts and bike riding!
  4. I see a number of vmoda get decent reviews. I’m not big on the type with the flat bar support coming off the ear hooks. I tried on a similar Beats some time ago and it felt odd on my ears. I also learned a new aspect of overear headphone types - not good for wearing a sun protection hat which is mandatory for me now to avoid sunburn, at least for mowing, walking and biking. I now doubt the Bose will work for me for these tasks since they stick out a lot. I’ll try my wife’s Shure next, they seem to stay close in the ear cavity. My old etymotics are pretty tiny and are really comfortable with a good seal using foam tips, so they block the mower noise about as good as anything I’ve used. They sound decent. Biggest issue is the wire is really fragile, next biggest is they are so old I’m not sure I can find replacement eartips for them. I may just get a better Bluetooth receiver that I can clip to my waistband then run the wire under my t shirt. I really don’t like bass heavy boomers and I don’t need a mic since I never answer calls unless it’s an emergency from someone in my contacts so at worst I’ll stick with the etys and keep an eye on new models coming out.
  5. On the other hand... nothing to shovel 😁 I previously lived in Maine where winter was like half the year and the other 3 seasons were about 2 months each. Back then I had about an acre to mow which is when I found the pleasure of portable music and sound isolating earphones for my weekly 3 hour chore. And ya, if it was a dry hot summer the grass would just turn brown and go dormant. Definitely do not miss the shoveling. Too often had 3 ft drifts on our deck so just getting out the door was a workout.
  6. the fact that it grows at all is too fast for me!
  7. Yup. For sure - lots to consider. But for use outside doing yard work, too much ambient noise to really obsess over sound quality nuances. Fwiw, I got my mini bluetooth receiver to work again - dropped it, tried it and it connected to my phone. I can old guess something maybe got between the external button and the inner button. It’s minimal - BT 4.1 csr8635 chip is all I know besides no codec beyond SBC. So I’m using it with my old etymotic-6i and Bose qc15. The etys sounded significantly better wired but I also had to change to foam eartips for a better fit to keep them from falling out - it seemed to improve the sound both wired and on the btr, so I’ll have to repeat the comparison with different music genres to get a better sense of the difference. For the Bose, wired definitely has better overall clarity, range and a certain depth, but I was surprised at the relatively good sound when on the btr. I’ll try out my wife’s shure se215 to compare as well. But overall with a decent headset or earphones, the btr certainly meets my needs for casual listening while running around the yard with a trimmer or mower. With the Bose I can wrap the wire around the headband and clip on the receiver so the wire stays out of the way - great for mowing duty. For exercise/gym, more suitable Bluetooth earphones makes more sense. At the moment I’m leaning to the Bose sound sport or the Optoma be4 sport.
  8. The mu or micro version lacks a dac and I guess is no better than competitors in that price range, no charts that I could find. But specs on the btr1k and btr3 seem pretty decent, assuming their freq response charts are honest. I haven’t seen any BT earphones any better. I haven’t been tested in years but I doubt I could hear the drop off that appears to be above 15khz give or take - which again makes me question the value of aac over SBC. But it does seem like having a decent dedicated dac offers a better chance for better quality versus barebones bt receivers.
  9. I do enjoy learning new things - helps to “exercise” my aging brain. Read some decent reviews of Fiio mu BTR and BTR1k as best available under $50. Guess the 1k has better dac. But at under $30 the mu might be good enough for casual use. Seems like best are maybe a bit too big or heavy to comfortably clip to a t-shirt. Anyway, something else to research.
  10. I am sure electronics play a big role - I guess I was just surprised it was so noticeable. Never really thought much about how sound gets reproduced via bluetooth until just recently.
  11. It’s 2-3 yrs old - FosPower and, ya, I’d say low quality. Was a cheap way to try out the concept by investing very little. Since it does have potential I may try again with a better unit. I’m finding not too many have aac support. To be certain I’m emailing support for info - also tells me a bit about the company if I don’t get any replies or if their written descriptions say one thing and support says another.
  12. You guys have been fun to discuss head/earphones so some updates: I did a bit of a bluetooth comparison, a very limited highly subjective comparison - I managed to get my mini bluetooth receiver to pair with my iphone - it was acting up and wouldn't pair and is still flaky but since I got it working I decided to try a side by side listening - it is about 2 yrs old without AAC vs. wired. I used both my Bose QC15 and my old etymotic 6i I think is the model wired devices. Frankly the difference was night and day - when wired both are deep, full sounding, crystal clear with great range - connect via BT with only SBC and its like a dark cloud ruined a sunny day - the range became limited and lost a certain cleanness, and most definitely a greater loss on the high end. I was somewhat surprised the difference was so drastic. My ears are pretty old and been through quite a bit. Obviously I know there are a lot of electronics processing in the BT receiver that could be a bigger contributor than just the codec, plus I don't have an equal device with AAC to compare. But it tells me in a general sense that I may prefer having a device with AAC.
  13. ya, really - such trauma we have to deal with I had a wait at an apple store not long ago so tried their demos - mostly the over or on ear headsets - mostly beats but I was surprised they were halfway decent, not the bass thumpers I imagined but I understand the in ear models are far different. Didn't see any in-ear models on demo - maybe now that they are more popular - the store was packed so a little noisy - I just felt weird putting on something 5000 other people had recently handled. There is a bestbuy not too far I might go by to check. Otherwise not much here that would beckon me to deal with the traffic and crowds. If you've ever been to the Miami area, its no fun, especially during snowbird season.
  14. I know - sadly - like everything, not just audio - there is a price for high end - but I definitely do not need a $1000 Porsche level earphones for mowing the lawn or taking a bike ride - so as I consider active use earphones, I think I could do just as well with a $100 or so Honda level - definitely not the under $50 Ford type though. My $300 Bose 10 yrs ago are about the same now for the current version so it seems price ranges are roughly holding in the same tiers. For active use - I just want decent sound quality without an overly emphasized low end with clear mids and crisp highs - the finer nuances of audio require two things I am not providing - high end source material and wires so why bother getting whetstones, its over kill. When there is mower engine in the background or gym music thumping away that I'm trying to simply over come with some chill music as I crank away on a recumbent bike, I just want comfortable listening - I've just been reading so many reviews about sport types that are heavy on the low end, that it's caused me to step back and read up on all I can to try to avoid the hassle of choosing something obviously not right for my preferences. Since I am managing to sell off some of my unused stuff on ebay, I'm upping my budget to $150 or so. Bose SoundSport seem decent but I'm waiting to see how they respond to my son's pair coming apart in a bit over 1 year - it is past warranty but it seems to be more widespread than just a few outliers so I sent a tech support contact some photos and his serial number to see if they might replace them - not holding my breath though.
  15. Ya, fairly close. I read some others that favor the CX Sport but again not by a huge margin. I just don’t consider $100 cheap - to me under $50 maybe is cheap. So when my pocketbook has to open for a $100 or so, I’m looking for something a notch above. I realize it’s not going to be in the same fidelity range as a $500 set. But if $100 is considered cheap to you then congrats. To be fair if I were not waiting for retirement and still earning my engineering salary, then I would be a lot less $ sensitive.
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