Happy New Year to all my Readers and slowly growing fanbase! This is the Chinese Year of the Goat or Sheep, albeit I prefer Sheep, being as the year that I was born, 1979, was also the Year of the Sheep.
A great way to start the New Year right is with a new set of headphones. With most of you money spent, I’m sure many would like something that won’t break the bank but gives excellent sound reproduction, even to your worst MP3. I’ve got just the thing; the Shure SRH144 and the Shure SRH145 On-Ear Headphones (Guttenberg, October 2014) that cost US$39 apiece.
Despite being plastic in design, they’re solid in design and albeit the plastic headband is a bit flimsy. Clearly, by their very design, they could have at last sprinkled some metal into the headband and made it a little sturdier.
Actually, the Shure SRH145 is the one with the noise-cancelling capabilities, which really translate to it having less perforation on the earmuffs than its sibling, the Shure SRH144. Other than that little discrepancy, they are both 34 Ohm Cans that weight in at a noticeable but featherweight 150 grams (5.2 oz).
US$39 Shure SRH144 and the Shure SRH145 On-Ear Headphones great for their Price bracket
These budget On-Ear Headphones and come with a non-detachable 1.5-m (5”) cable with a heavy duty cord tipped by a 3.5mm RCA Jack but no inline remotes and mics. If being interrupted by callers while you jam to your beats on your Smartphone is something that a deal breaker for you, then a step up to the Apple-compatible SRH145m+ may be what your friendly neighborhood DJ would recommend.
Light on the head but not too tight in the grip, they’re moderately snug enough but not so sturdy in the hinges. Albeit great for US$39, I’d not recommend that you exercise in these headsets; try the US$300 Freewavz Earphones by Dr. Hensen (Deer, June 2014) that stream from your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Being a user of On-Ear Headphones, I’m quick to recommend this pair over the bulkier Over-the-ear headphones such as the better but more expensive US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless (Deer, November 2014).
Still, if you’re a true DIY (Do it Yourself) Jamaica who doesn’t mind on-ear headphones that are made of cheap plastic headbands that you can easily handcraft and replace with a sturdier design, then you’ll see the Shure SRH144 and the Shure SRH145 On-Ear Headphones at US$39 apiece as a Sure Thing!
- Deer, L. (2014, June 29). US$300 Freewavz Earphones by Dr. Hensen – Bluetooth Hands-Free Headset that’s a Fitness Trackers as you Nod Your Head to Music. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/us300-freewavz-earphones-by-dr-hensen.html
- Deer, L. (2014, November 24). US$299.95 Solo2 Wireless coming November 2014 – US$249.95 Hello Kitty Solo2 and US$149.95 Hello Kitty UrBeats launches as Beats Audio coming to iOS 8.0. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/us29995-solo2-wireless-coming-november.html
- Guttenberg, S. (2014, October 22). New budget-price Shure headphones wow the Audiophiliac. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/new-budget-price-shure-headphones-wow-the-audiophiliac/