Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Headphone Review: Bowers & Wilkins P5's

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Headphones sitting on a mixing booth.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Headphones look pretty slick!

I recently bought a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones. I had heard about them through a friend of mine who said that they sounded amazing. I had seen them on display before in various Apple stores but had never really tested them out. As you know from my previous posts, I am very interested in music, and it takes up a large chunk of my life. If it weren't for music, I'm not sure what I would do.

About a week ago, I decided to go check them out, and possibly buy them. I made sure to bring my iPod into the store with me, because lets be real, no one listens to the music that they have as demos. I plugged them into my iPod and played a variety of music to test out the bass, depth, vocals, and other such things. I played genres such as: Rock, House, Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Ambient music. Overall they had amazing depth, vocals, and the bass was pretty good. Obviously if all you are concerned with is bass (like most teenagers these days) then you might be better off buying some Beats. Gross. 

I went to the shelf and picked up a pair and proceeded to check out. I'm going to be straight with your guys and say that they DID cost ~$300, however they ARE a wonderful pair of headphones. I was reading through the little booklet they gave me in the package and saw that the material that sits on your ears is New Zealand sheep skin leather. Pretty damn fancy! And the cone inside the actual speaker is made of Kevlar. So if you ever get shot in the ear, you're pretty much set.

There are a couple of things included in the package. There are the headphones with their original cable that has a microphone on it, along with volume adjustment buttons. Also it comes with another cord that you can easily switch out with the original cord, the 2nd one does not have the microphone or buttons. It comes with an adapter for larger AUX ports, such as ones that you might find in a recording studio. Along with all that, it comes with a pretty nice case, although it does look a bit girly. The best part of all this is that you get 3 months of free access to the Bowers & Wilkins Music Download Manager, which you can use to download tons of lossless audio files. If you don't know what lossless audio is, it is the highest quality music file type. So you get the perfect music to test your brand new headphones out with! Isn't that great? One last cool feature about these headphones is that the leather earpieces are magnetic, so it is super easy to take them off and replace the cable, or replace the piece if need be. That's the first time I have ever seen THAT on a pair of headphones.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with these headphones. I think that they were a good investment and would recommend them to anyone looking to buy high quality headphones.  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New School Year

Everyone is back to school, some people are just arriving to college as freshman, and some have been here a year or so like myself. There are of course, new things for everyone though. New classes in new places, new people, new living arrangements, new events. Speaking of new classrooms, I am currently sitting in a room that I never knew existed, in a building I have never stepped foot in. Odd. But oh well, a new adventure I guess. 

Welcome Back Message Teacher Blackboard

I suppose this is a typical back to school post, wishing everyone a good year and hoping you all survive whatever classes or work you might be enduring. Keep your head up, and push forward!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


When I first got my drivers license, like any other kid, I was stoked. I was going to drive everywhere, do whatever I wanted. The whole nine yards. However, I had forgotten about the 6 month restriction where you have to drive with a parent in the vehicle. Definitely rained on my parade. 

Now that I have been driving for a few years, I have a lot more freedom. I have posted before about jamming out in the car by yourself, or with friends. But in this post it's going to be a little different. Just the other night I was feeling a little stressed out over some issues with a friend of mine. It was around midnight, and I suddenly decided I felt like driving somewhere. It didn't matter where. Personally I think driving is relaxing. However there are a ton of people that have to sit through traffic every day that would disagree. 

Blue Car driving down the road fast
To me, driving feels a little like this.

I couldn't go too far because I didn't have much gas, and stopping to get some would ruin the whole experience. But I drove down the road and stopped and sat in a parking lot for a bit. Windows were rolled down, music playing, it was nice. 

Driving may not be your "happy place", but when you are feeling a little stressed, go take a walk, or work out, or lay down, or whatever it is that calms you down. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sudden Productivity

With it being my summer break right now (Sadly it's almost the end of it) I have had many days where I just lay around the house doing nothing interesting. I had been meaning to get a picture printed and order a frame for it. As I was sitting in my room talking to a couple of friends on Skype, I told myself I was going to do it. And if you tell yourself to remember to do something, most likely it won't get done unless you do it at that moment. So that's what I did, I went and got the picture printed, got my frame ordered, and went back home feeling better about the day. 

Guy Laying on the sofa or couch sleeping with a remote in his hand
This guy probably wasn't as satisfied with his day
However, if it is a situation where it is your only day off of work or something, then relax it up. No need to be productive on your one day of R&R. But, if you are on summer break like me, increase your productivity. Go out and do something, learn a new skill, hang out with friends, something, anything. You'll feel better at the end of the day guaranteed.