Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BassBuds 2012 Fashion Collection Headphones (REVIEW)

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to review a set of BassBuds headphones which I was more than happy to do.  I wasn't sure what to think since I had never heard of the brand but I'm always willing to give everyone a chance to impress me. 

I consider myself a headphone connoisseur since I am constantly reading reviews on the latest and greatest styles and I also buy at least 2 or 3 pairs a year.  I think it's the DJ in me that is always in pursuit of that perfect sound which combines clear highs, solid mids and deep bass.  I very rarely find a headphone that lives up to my high standard and almost never find an in-ear style headphone that keeps me interested for more than a few minutes.

When I first received the BassBuds, I was very impressed with the packaging.  I was a little worried that they were more concerned with the look and style than the actual sound but I was pleasantly surprised in just a few short minutes.   I'll get there in a minute.

In regards to the actual style, I received the 2012 Fashion Collection's 'Smooth' which is a royal blue with white earbuds and a brownish copper wiring.  Blue is my favorite color so that worked out well but I wasn't a huge fan of the wire color at first.  I would have preferred all blue or black wiring but I will admit the copperish color grew on me and I soon realized it worked well with the blue.  I think I just wasn't used to seeing something that different since most headphones I've seen are either white or black wiring.
I actually appreciated the uniqueness after a few days, especially when I got some looks on the street and a few people even complimented me on them.  I think everyone is so sick of seeing the same Beats by Dre or Apple phones that they appreciate something new and funky.  If you want subtle, these might not be for you.  The crystal Swarovski elements won't exactly allow you to stay incognito but if you can handle the brightness and a few weird looks then these might be for you. 

Regardless of the color, one of the best features of the wiring was the anti-tangling (is that a word?) awesomeness which is harder to find on high end headphones than you would think.  Most companies still cheap out on the wiring and go with the rubber style that gets into a tangled mess way too easily and usually break down before the headphones run their lifespan.  You can tell these would last a long time and won't be an issue in the near future.

Now on to the sound.  I had a little trouble with the original earbuds that were connected since they kept falling out which was a little bit annoying.  This also wasn't helping with the sound quality but when I pushed them all the way in I could tell they had some potential.  Luckily, they included a variety of options and sizes for me to choose from and I ended up with Large foam earbuds which fit snugly in my ear and also increased the noise isolation and bass.
I was thoroughly impressed after listening to just a few different songs.  I'm big on bass heavy music such as Hip Hop, Electro and House so it was nice to see that these could keep up with those genres without a hiccup.  I turned up the volume to test their limits and there really wasn't a level that they couldn't handle.  It got to the point where my ears couldn't handle the volume but the sound was still crystal clear and there was no distorted bass which is one of the few headphones I've ever tested that could handle that.  As BassBuds puts it on their site: "experience superior sound quality of High Definition crystal clear Advanced Crystaltronics Sound Technology."   Sounds dope to me!  Literally and figuratively. 

BassBuds is a UK based company so they are making their mark on the other side of the pond currently but you can order and ship to the US through their website www.bassbuds.net

Pricing is in UK Pounds but the price for the units I tested is about $85 after the exchange rate.  That is a solid price based on what I've seen and heard.  I would expect these BassBuds to go for $150 or more when compared to similar quality units.  I fully expect BassBuds to make an impact in the US very soon and I expect them to take some market share from some of the other companies that have been selling too many overpriced, lower quality headphones.  They will need to step up their quality once people get their first listen of BassBuds headphones and realize they can get high quality sound at a competitive price. 

BassBuds Features
  • Intergrated Microphone with Call/MP3 Controller
  • Answer/End Call Control
  • Play/ Pause your MP3 Player
  • Skip Forwards and Backwards through your music
  • Activate voice control commands.
  • Compatible with all Smart Phones
  • Crystal-clear HD audio via the Advanced Crystaltronics Sound Technology
  • Precision-cut, high quality, light-weight and balanced aluminium housing
  • Anti-Tangle, durable, double-wrapped cable
  • FREE Stylish and Protective Storage Bag
  • FREE Black, White and Memory Foam Earbuds in 3 sizes
  • Gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack for optimum connectivity
  • One of the largest earphone colour ranges in the world!
  • Choose from our Classics Collection or 2012 Fashion Collection
  • Ultra distortion-free bass and crisp treble
  • Noise Isolation: Immerse in the music
  • 9mm Dynamic Speakers with Neodynium Magnet
  • Earphone Housing is made with high grade aluminium
  • Sound waves emitted in the sound chamber are specifically tuned and directed towards the front chamber housing entering the ear canal with optimal bass and balance in treble
  • Speaker diaphragm is composed of PET materials and the diaphragm patterns are uniquely designed to maximize the performance of the micro speaker with minimal distortion
  • Micro Filter for extra audio purity
  • Wide Frequency Response

Kendrick Lamar - "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

This is my new shit right here!  I've been bumpin' this for the past few weeks more than any other song out there right now.  It doesn't sound like anything else which is refreshing and it's just a dope ass song.  I've been following Kendrick Lamar for a little while now and he keeps getting better with time. I think he is going to be the next big thing in the Hip Hop scene over the next year or so. We need a new voice and style and I think he has it. 

I also like his other recent joint "The Recipe" featuring Dr. Dre but satellite radio kind of killed it for me a few weeks ago when it was played every other song on all of the Hip Hop channels for some reason.  It's still a dope song though. 

The Phillie Phanatic Gets Down with the Jabbawockeez (FUNNY)

Funny shit! The Phanatic's got some moves!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rondo's Got Hops (CONFIRMED)

DAMN!  I knew Rondo could get up but this is some next level type ish.  He's obviously been training hard this summer.  He also looks like he's put on some serious muscle on his upper body which he is going to need to get more effective against bigger PG's.  Good stuff.

DJ Paul - 'What I Look Like (W.I.L.L.)' (HOT)

Not everyone is a fan of the Three 6 Mafia sound but for some reason I love almost everything they put out.  They just make grimy fight music.  You can't help but nod your head aggressively and then start a fight with the next person that gets in your way.  Shit is intense to say the least.  This new DJ Paul track does not disappoint.  I can't wait to bump this through the speakers later...

Y.N.RichKids - 'Hot Cheetos & Takis' (AWESOME)

If this doesn't put you in a good mood, I don't know what will.  These little dudes rocked it!  I can't get this out of my head.  "Snack, Snack, Snack, Crunch!  Snack, Snack, Snack, Munch!"

Friday, August 10, 2012

B.o.B ft. André 3000 - 'Play The Guitar' (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

B.o.B. never fails to impress me with his creativity which is something I wish other wack ass rappers would actually think about and do themselves but most are too lazy these days.  Andre 3000 was definitely an influence on B.o.B. as an artist, so it's cool to hear both of them on the same track.  They sound perfect together and I hope they continue to collaborate in the future.  Dopeness!

Trey Songz & Young Jeezy Debut 'Hail Mary' Live at Club Play on SouthBeach (DOPE)

I wasn't expecting to like this new Young Jeezy track since most of his new ish has been annoying me lately but he got my attention with this video and the song quickly grew on me.  Although most of his hardcore fans would prefer his grimier shit, I actually like most of his commercial shit better because he actually makes an attempt to talk about shit other than coke and drug dealing, at least once in awhile.  Trey Songz definitely made this song though.  Nice work on the hook. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Stuff NFL Free Agents Say by Anthony "Spice" Adams (FUNNY ISH)

Former NFL Defensive Tackle Spice Adams is currently unemployed and is waiting to hear from ANY team to get a chance to play this season.  He decided to put together this clip of what it's like to be waiting for that phone call and what you do with all of the downtime and it ended up being pretty damn funny.  I was loving the P90X part.  That's exactly how I felt when I started it.  Shit is rough!  I can't imagine how much that would suck for a dude that size...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rick Ross feat. Dr. Dre and JAY Z - "3 Kings" MMG Visual Piece (DOPE)

It's a little aggressive for Rick Ross to be putting himself in the same category as Dre and Jay as one of the "3 Kings" but this is still a dope track and a nice "visual video" to go along with it. I thought it was kind of cool to see all of the old clips from throughout their careers and use it as the video.  As someone in the comments said, maybe this would have been better titled as "Two and a Half Kings".   

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