Sony STR DN1060 Reviews – Main Things To Know Before Buying It

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Sony STR DN1060

Sony has always been a top player on the budget AV receiver market. However, its competition has been just as harsh. Whether you count Onkyo, Marantz or other names, they have always put up a good game against the Japanese manufacturer. Given the plethora of Sony STR DN1060 reviews out there, one might think that Sony has finally managed to pull it off.

Sony has tried to push the segment a bit further by adding to quality standards and reliability. Did it actually succeed to do so? In my review, I will break down the popular AV receiver’s parts to help you understand whether or not this is the right choice for you.

Believe it or not, I was quite surprised as well the first time I got it on my hands. Now, what should you know before making a decision?

What to look for when buying AV receivers

Always – I insist, always – check the number of connections. There are never too many of them. More is better. Think about all the stuff that is coming. You will end up with plenty of new devices to hook up. This is what the future looks like and you definitely want to be there.

Now, the AV receiver should work with current TVs, future TVs and all kinds of video devices. Look for 4K capabilities, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Do not overlook HDR formats either.

As for the number of channels, there are no maximum channels. You need two but go for at least five. For a proper home cinema experience, I would never go under seven, to be honest.

7.2-channel home theater receiver

What makes Sony STR DN1060 a good choice

Cost efficiency is the reason for all those Sony STR DN1060 reviews you see everywhere. You get a fully-featured unit at a good price. It is more expensive than other units, but it has way more features. It is well worth the money.

Second, I was impressed by the sound quality. Room calibration was flawless. The sound is literally amazing. Dialogues are crisp and the sound is clean and clear. You will feel like in a proper cinema.

Plus, let me add – the often overlooked remote controller is so easy to use. It is one of those things that satisfy you as you use them.

Who Sony STR DN1060 is for

I have a home cinema in my basement, so this is why I need an AV receiver. No matter where you have your home cinema, if you want to enjoy a quality movie on a regular basis and feel like in a proper cinema, an AV receiver is a must.

If you are happy watching a movie on your laptop and having the built-in speakers do the “magic” for you, be my guest. But if you want a thorough experience, the receiver is a must.

Technical specifications

Now, what should you expect from Sony STR DN1060?

Sound quality

Sound effects are crisp in movies and games, while dialogue was just as clear. An explosion feels heavy. A punch feels painful. Everything feels more realistic – you have a sense of space and dimension. Dynamics? No comment – you get what you would normally have in high end receivers.

The bass needs some calibration, but once you are done, you will enjoy a direct experience. There are no bells and whistles and if I think about it, you do not even need them.

Build and inputs

The design is classic – a good looking sleek black box under your TV. The 7.2 channel receiver brings in six HDMI inputs (five at the back and one at the front) and two outputs. You also have a classic USB port, not to mention the Ethernet connectivity.

Wireless connectivity is also possible via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. While there is no Dolby Atmos support, the receiver works flawlessly with DTS and Dolby. You can have it play different speakers in different rooms at different volumes. You can also watch HDR and 4K content. Do not overlook application control or FM radio either.

What is included

So, what do you have in the package? Once I removed the ugly polystyrene inserts, I found the two main things I needed. Apart from the receiver, you have a remote controller and a microphone. The microphone is useful for room calibration – you will probably never touch it again though. The process is straightforward.

As for the remote controller, I know no one pays attention to these things, but it is surprisingly good. The design is perfect – it feels like it was created for your hand. You will press buttons without even looking after a few hours.

Final words

Bottom line, I think I know why there are so many Sony STR DN1060 reviews everywhere. This model dominates this segment. It is in the top middle range and features elements that you can only find in high end models – great value for money.​

SanDisk Clip Jam Review – Welcome Back, MP3 Players!

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SanDisk Clip Jam

To lots of people, MP3 players are all about yesterday. Today, most people stream music through their smartphones. However, there are situations when you need to preserve battery on a long trip or perhaps you simply want a separate device for your music. Besides, I hate finding a place for my smartphone while I run or go to the gym, so an MP3 player for such activities is perfect.

The good news is the drop in popularity means lower prices. From this point of view, my SanDisk Clip Jam review will introduce you to a simple, yet innovative MP3 player that can work wonders. Not only is it cheap, but it is also small, features a microSD card slot for more memory and has features that Apple iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle do not have.

What else should you know before buying it?

Who SanDisk Clip Jam is for

Personally, while I do have a smartphone with lots of music, I find it difficult to keep an eye on it in the gym. There are no pockets in my gym equipment and I keep forgetting it next to one machine or another. The MP3 player clips on and is lightweight, so it will never bug me.

Other than that, there are times when I travel by train and I do not have a charger. Playing music for seven hours continuously will drain some of my smartphone battery – usually when I need it the most. Whether I need the satnav when I reach my destination or I want to take pictures, I need the battery. For such situations, SanDisk Clip Jam is just perfect.

SanDisk Clip Jam review

What makes SanDisk Clip Jam such a good choice

When you think MP3 player, you think Apple iPod Nano or Shuffle. They are trendier, but a few times more expensive than SanDisk Clip Jam. It might be a bit bigger, but it is still lightweight, compact and easy to take everywhere.

Other than that, SanDisk Clip Jam has something that no iPod has ever dreamed about – the microSD memory slot. In other words, you can boost its memory from 8GB to 64GB – much more than Nano (16GB) or Shuffle (2GB).

I am no longer storing tracks on it, but full albums… And I still got plenty of space left.

Best of all, forget about iTunes to transfer music. Do it the easy way – drag and drop.

Technical features

Moving on with my SanDisk Clip Jam review, what should you know in terms of tech specs?

Style and design

The MP3 player is small and compact. You can clip it onto your T shirt – it weighs less than an ounce. It can even go on a collar or your glasses. It has a budget price, so do not expect any fancy materials. The case is made of plastic, while the matte coating makes it prone to scratches.

Let me add that it is not waterproof. Therefore, when you sweat like a pig in the gym, make sure it is not exposed. Since it is so lightweight, pay attention to it or you might drop it in the washing machine with your sweaty shirt.

Setup

The setup is straightforward and intuitive. Grab some songs on your computer, hook the MP3 player in with the micro USB cable in the package and you are ready to go. Forget about looking through that box of old cables trying to find something suitable.

You can organize music in folders for a better organization. After all, you have 8GB of memory. I have tried both 32GB and 64GB microSD cards and they work – quite a good deal for such a small player.

Sound quality

I loved the fact that you are not limited to MP3 files only. Instead, you can take WMA, WAV, ACC or DRM files too. The sound? Amazing! Honestly, for this small device, the sound leaves no room for mistakes. Sure, you also have a powerful equalizer – go to the settings to access it. There are no distortions at all.

I was a bit worried about radio because these features do not always sound good. They are usually distorted, but not with SanDisk Clip Jam. There is one issue though – no AM radio.

Battery

I never count on what manufacturers claim – all those “up to” statements under certain conditions and all that. They say it lasts 10 hours and you are lucky to go for seven. So… I fully load a device and try it out to determine the battery life myself.

The battery will last for around 20 hours. It is quite a long time to go on without worrying about charging it – plus, it preserves the smartphone battery. A full charge from scratch takes about three hours.

Final words

In the end, I hope my SanDisk Clip Jam review can help you out. The MP3 player is simplistic, but it has what you need – great audio quality, long battery life and less than an ounce in weight. All these for like no money. What else can you ask for?

Phaiser BHS-790 Review – Earbuds With Memory Foam Tips Taken To A New Level

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Phaiser BHS-790

While earbuds represent a common choice for lots of people because they are efficient at canceling noise, there are also plenty of users who would rather stick to classic headphones. If your ear canal is small, earbuds can be a bit inconvenient and cause small inflammation and painful sensations.

Phaiser aims to change this issue by developing smaller earbuds that will never put pressure on your ears. Whether it comes to the gym, running or just playing music on a plane, my Phaiser BHS-790 review will help you understand whether or not this model is suitable for you.

Who Phaiser BHS-790 earbuds are suitable for

I have always found earbuds to be more efficient than other types when you are on the move. Besides, your outfit cannot always take a large headset, unless you are sporty or casual. Unfortunately, my ear canals are quite small, so classic earbuds have always represented a problem. One hour in my ears and I would experience lots of pressure and pain.

Phaiser BHS-790 is excellent for those with smaller ear canals. In my opinion, they make a great choice for most women, as well as lots of men who face the same problems.

Given the lack of wires, they are excellent for gyms, running sessions or just playing music on a bus without dealing with a tangling wire.

Phaiser Bluetooth Headphones

What to look for in earbuds

Not sure how to find the perfect earbuds? A perfect fit is a must to avoid discomfort. If you have tried other earbuds before and you felt uncomfortable, I recommend a smaller fit. Also, avoid plastic, but stick to rubber or foam.

Specifications are not to be overlooked either, whether you count the impedance, frequency response or drivers. You do not have to go too much into small details if you need these earbuds for the gym or running.

Type and specialization are just as important. If you want earbuds for physical activities, opt for something that is sweat resistant or waterproof. After all, you will sweat and your inner ears will be in a closed environment with the earbuds on. Bluetooth connectivity is also essential to prevent wires from interfering with your workouts. Luckily, Phaiser BHS-790 has all these.

What makes Phaiser BHS-790 earbuds so special

Drivers in these small headphones are flawless, so the sound quality will impress you. I also liked the way they are built. Materials mold to your ears with no pressure at all, leading to a perfect sound isolation. Besides, the Bluetooth connection allows switching from music to calls whenever someone looks for you.

Technical specifications and features

Now, what should you know in terms of small details and specifications?

Style and design

No Phaiser BHS-790 review will ever blame the efficient design of these earbuds. The anti dropping tips will hold them inside your ears during intense workouts, but you can also use an under ear fit if it feels more comfortable.

The set is available in five different colors and features a lifetime sweatproof guarantee. As for the tips, they are made of memory foam, which means they adapt to the shape of your ear canal. What can be more comfortable than that?

I liked the fact that Phaiser offers more than any other company in this field. The package comes with the earbuds, a carrying case, three differently sized pairs of tips, a set of memory foam tips, six pairs of attachments, a couple of cable management tips, collar clips and the cable. Plus, you have a manual.

Quality and performance

Sound quality will not disappoint. While other products from Phaiser have a deeper bass, this one features a consistent and punchy result. Mids are extremely clear, yet the highs might get a bit distorted. You will like the treble, which is stable and feels good.

The set works with Bluetooth 5.0 as well. It is compatible with all smartphones, including iPhone 7 or newer.

Noise isolation is given by the nano coating technology, which stops the sound from leaking out. If you use the set continuously at a maximum volume, the battery will last for around five hours. I play it at a lower volume for a bit more lifetime. I drained it and it took around 100 minutes to fully recharge.

The microphone is quite good at separating your voice from noise around you.

Phaiser BHS-750 Bluetooth Earbuds

Final words

As a short final conclusion, these are not the classic headphones you buy for less than a takeaway coffee in an airport. This set will not last you a month or two, but years if taken care of. My Phaiser BHS-790 review is based on a personal experience. The set is great for everyday uses, but even better for gym and running activities. Not only is it comfy and convenient, but sound quality is also superior to no name headphones.