Onkyo DP-S1 Rubato Review Singapore

We recently reviewed the Onkyo DP-X1A, their flagship high-resolution audio player sometime ago. Onkyo recently sent us the DP-S1 “Rubato”, their entry level model with a much smaller footprint. Measuring 63 x 94 x 15 mm and weighing 130g, it’s much smaller than the DP-X1A which measures 129.0 × 75.9 × 12.7 mm and weighs 203g. The DP-S1 also offers dual Sabre ES9018C2M DACs for high-quality audio reproduction. Unboxing Being a lower cost product, the packaging of the DP-S1 is a lot less eloborate compared to its bigger brother. All…

JBL Pulse 3 Review Singapore

If you have been around any electronic stores or have ever researched to purchase a portable Bluetooth speaker, the JBL brand should be a familiar name to you. Afterall, the JBL Flip and Charge series of portable wireless speakers are arguably the one of the best selling products in the market. The JBL Pulse 3 – as its name suggest – takes things to the next level by integrating a customizable 360° lightshow. While this isn’t the first time JBL has included a light show in its speakers (we first…

Sony SRS-XB20 and SRS-XB30 Review Singapore

LED lights seem to be all rage now whether you are looking at gaming keyboards, mices and even portable wireless speakers. And if you’re into loud deep bass and ah-beng style lighting, Sony wants you to know that they have got you pretty much covered with its SRS-XB series of portable speakers. The SRS-XB series (with line light) comes in 3 models: the XB20, XB30 and XB40. For this review, we are only comparing the XB20 and 30 respectively as the XB40 is basically just a larger version of the…

Plantronics BackBeat 505 Review

Many of you should be familiar with the Plantronics brand. They are afterall one of the more popular brands when it comes to mobile communication accessories like wireless headsets. But two things stand out with the BackBeat 505: its wallet-friendly price point and its on-ear design. Priced at SGD$139, the Plantronics BackBeat 505 comes in white, grey (with green) and dark grey. The headphones spot a rather simplistic design; besides the controls on the left ear cup, the only other visible elements are the 5 Platronics branding along the headband. “PLT”…

Sony Walkman NW-WS623 Review Singapore

Sony has a long history with its Walkman music players though in recent years the brand Walkman has also been used for its earphones with built-in MP3 player. I reviewed the NW-WS413 previously and only lamented at the lack of Bluetooth connectivity of it. With the NW-WS623, Sony has included everything that was good with the NW-WS413 but with the added goodness of Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of design, the NW-WS623 needs no introduction. Sony introduced the W-series Walkman headphones way back in 2010. Over the years, the Walkman has evolved with…

UE WONDERBOOM Review Singapore

Ultimate Ears – the Logitech-owned company – has a history of manufacturing fun looking wireless speakers that get really loud. The latest UE WONDERBOOM is an addition to the growing UE portable speaker family which now includes the UE Roll, the refreshed UE Boom 2 and the larger UE Megaboom. The UE WONDERBOOM is no different. Available in Lilac (purple), Stone (Gray), Subzero (Blue), Fireball (Red), Cashmere (Pink) and Phantom (Black), the WONDERBOOM looks similar to the UE BOOM 2, at just half the height and slightly fatter in its radius. It’s a pretty odd…

Blink Aztech Review Singapore

In this connected world, it’s not uncommon for families to equipped their homes with Wi-Fi monitoring cameras. While there are indeed many choices available in the market, some are expensive, complex and cumbersome to use. Here’s where Blink comes in. If you think the Blink camera looks familiar, you have probably seen it on Kickstarter where it raised over USD$1 million in funding way back in 2014. The camera was finally shipped end 2015 and fast forward to 2017, Aztech has finally brought the Blink into the Singapore market. How…

Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote—A Gem of Headphones (A Tesla-fying Experience)

Back in March, beyerdynamic Asia launched the Xelento Remote at Canjam Singapore and I was impressed at how good they sound. Beyerdynamic Asia eventually sent us a unit of the Xelento Remote earphones for review, so we spent some quality time with them for this review. The beyerdynamic Xelento Remote is a pair of exquisitely designed in-ear earphones (or In-Ear Monitors) which featured miniaturised versions of beyerdynamic’s Tesla drivers. These feature significantly stronger magnetic fields compared to normal drivers, allowing the Xelento Remote to produce every nuance of your music…

Bose SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+ Review Singapore

Bose’s SoundLink series has arguably some of the most iconic portable wireless speakers around. The SoundLink Mini and SoundLink Mobile were two of the best selling portable speakers for Bose and there were several minor updates to the series with the SoundLink Color and SoundLink Color Speaker II. Therefore, the new Revolve and Revolve+ marks the first major update for the company’s SoundLink series in years. Bose SoundLink Revolve  Unlike the traditional front-facing driver design that we are used to seeing from Bose, the SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+ has adopted a one-driver, dual-passive…

Sony MDR-1000X Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

For many years, Bose has been dominating the narratives on active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones with its QuietComfort series. While there are many other ANC headphones in the market – from Plantronics’ BackBeat Pro 2 to Sennheiser’s PXC 550 wireless – ask any frequent travellers and they will swear by the Bose QuietComfort ANC headphones. This might now change when Sony announces its MDR-1000x ANC headphones. It isn’t Sony’s first ANC headphones but when people start recommending me the MDR-1000x after hearing me rave about the Bose QC35, I knew…