Nephestate Blog

On Audio and Accessories

[linkstandalone]

So, I have been started on a journey for audio quality. It started with DankPods and has kinda spiraled to me buying headphones. It sounds better to about the same depending on what set I use and compare it to. I haven't quite tried some of the "higher" end ones that are more expensive just yet, nor has Raycon sent me a pair. I am going to just let you know what my kit looks like.

JBLs

This is actually two sets of headphones. One is a standard over-the-ear set and the other are buds. They both sounded better than previous sets I have used and they were the first ones on this journey. The over-the-ear ones I used with my computer for the first bit and then went to use otherwise when I replaced them. The buds have mostly been used with my switch and the switch doesn't have the best DAC in it. One thing to keep in mind is that each of these cost $30.

So, the buds don't pick up the static background like some of my nicer headphones. That is a plus and they come with fins for keeping them in your ear and this definitely help. They have a need to fall out of your ear, even with a larger set of tips, but the fins help. They do have a burn in period for some reason, but they sound good.

The over-the-ears have been decent for my uses, with streaming, games, etc. I'm not quite sure about better quality as compared to the Sony ones I got from my brother. They did the job, that was the big part and they are braided. The cord is still intact in spite of the abuse since, with travel and wear.

Sony

This set serves double duty. They have a wire that lets you use it with non-bluetooth devices. This configuration needs no batteries, so you don't have to charge them when using them wired or turn them on for that matter. The wire plugged in does take over whatever you may have going over bluetooth. They do sound good this way, I'm pretty sure slightly better. I have only used the bluetooth a couple times.

The bluetooth on these ones are pretty standard. By default "noise canceling" is on, they really only have a noise passthrough setting, which works the way you think, with the mic. Mic is bluetooth, and has trying-to-listen-from-your-ear quality. The controls are physical, which is nice. It charges by micro USB.

Somewhere in this point is where DankPods really came in.

KZ ZSN Pros

These are great for the price. They have mostly been used with my switch, but I had a lot of time with them at the IRS. They allowed me to enjoy my music somewhat better than wireless. They fit well in the pocket, after hearing more sound stage, though it does kind feel sad, but at $20, I did by another pair, which is the slightly upgraded model. The one big thing I like about this set is the wire is setup to loop over your ear, which means they can hang just outside of your ear, without losing them, which is why I got them. The wire does get in the way of glasses, though. I am messing with them on my computer currently, to see how buds feel again in this situation, plus full-sized headphones can be kinda bulky with limited desk space... Also, the problem of my switch creating background noise is prevalent. Impedance on these things are kinda low, and my volume settings using these things are low.

These headphones are also somewhat modular. You can replace the wire with other wires, such as balanced wires or different colored ones. They do use a special connector for it, so you have to look out for that. They do also sell a bluetooth wire that connects the two, but lets you use them wirelessly like some of the bluetooth sport earbuds. There are probably other options, too.

Get the best dirty buds

CCA CX4

People have complained about the battery life in these buds, but I haven't noticed. My use case with them has mostly been one ear at a time, great way to stretch out usage when listening to an audiobook. They basically seem to be on par with the ZSN Pros and are True Wireless, so using one at a time doesn't require both out of the case like my unmentioned Skull Candies. I love them for when I need to work and don't wanna deal with wires while listening to audiobooks, podcasts and music. Also, keep in mind, this set cost only $30. The wireless reach is pretty good, but once you hit the edge, you get the odd cutting from what you are listening to and it doesn't autopause, like when they disconnect.

Get some wireless action

Samson SR 860

Basically, a recolored SR 850. This one changed me. After having listened to plently of Sabaton through the ZSN Pros I really got to know some of the music. This set is a refernce set, so more balanced, and I could hear things I didn't before. It amazed me to hear some of the higher end detail that I was missing in other sets, the pinephone does a decent job. So, as I mentioned earlier I do pick up white noise from my switch with them, but at $50 they work well for everything else. They do fit the SR 850 cups, too, so you can accesorize with those pads, but the velvet pads they came with feel nice. They also work better than the Sonys for it, in spite of those ones being (likely) $100... They don't need much more power compared to the ZSN Pros, either.

Get the phones

Conclusion

So, to finish things off. The last part of my eargasm journey has been the best part. I have included the links, yes affiliate, for the ones I recommend. They will serve you well, I promise.

Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:51:34 -0600

State of the Web

[linkstandalone]

I needed to update you all on things. Adding a couple things to the new stuff is just a perk.

Development continues in spite of the slowness, I am in 'recovery' from UPS. I do have IRS applications in the process of going through, hopefully I can get this other stuff moving. Then after (or before) that, I can fully focus on this.

I don't wanna be fully texty, so I'll just leave you with my long worded update.

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:57:32 -0700

The Blog is Sorta Back

[linkstandalone]

I am back again, took long enough to migrate. Still using Luke Smith's blog script, though. Also had to migrate some of the CSS to make it work better.

I plan on being more regular with this. Especially with paid hosting, it makes sense to try to keep on top of this. Github pages was nice, but isn't the potato I prefer. I have more options with what I can do here, now, too.

I am still working on the site otherwise, too. Still gotta work those images in somehow. This is an inagural post for the blog migration and plus it has been over a year since my last one, and a lot has happened over that time...

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 10:53:32 -0700

Of Men and Not So Men

[linkstandalone]

So, over the last little bit there has been a lot of turbulence on the internet. Whether political or videogames. I don't care which side of the bench you are on, but can we agree to disagree?

I know it feels like the opposition is only getting in the way of the life that everyone wants to live, that people are marginalized. How extreme are we really from each other? It honestly feels like people let trolls get under their skin and use it as an excuse to alienate them. Trolls use their alienation as an excuse to continue to troll them. People may hold up your marginalized status in politics, but for how long? When does it end? The Nazis were completely willing to allow Latter-Day Saints members of the party stay for the first little bit while they ripped out all the dissenters and Jews, but later on, they wouldn't permit an "American Religion" to live in their perfect Germany.

First I think I want thick skin as my subject. For those that don't know, thick skin is the ability to have people hurl words, insults and perjuratives at you without having to lash out violently against them. One bad example of this is Antifa, say something they don't like, they dox you and encourage harm on your family and yourself. A good example, I'm not gonna say Trump cause he bites back in bad ways many times. I think everyone can see Jesus as a person with thick skin. He was thrown insults and threats multiple times, but still stood his ground of faith. He died for what he preached, but that is another subject entirely. He didn't tell people to kill others over words they said, but told everyone to love each other. He talked with people who had lifestyles that he didn't agree with, too.

Developing thick skin doesn't happen over night either. It takes time and effort, most of that effort might be in forgiving and ignoring the opposition. There are plenty that will disagree with you that will give you the time of day if you are trying, though. I think sometimes people for get this. When you put yourself out there, people from both sides are gonna attack you for something you say on some level. You may say something someone may agree with you on and they praise you for it. You can then turn around and all of a sudden they are venomous to you. It is only human nature. I've honestly learned in my time on the internet, that people are gonna be jerks, when I run into people that are awesome it's a pleasantry. And honestly, I would prefer people throwing slurs at me over the internet than having them dox me and attacking me physically

Now, inorder for those trying to change to actually change, somebody needs to give them room to improve. This means forgiving them and accepting their best efforts. Some things do require punishment, but going back into their history back multiple years and holding something they did or said then against them now is no way of doing that. I've run into people that had no heart of looking at the good of someone because of something they saw as bad or hateful. This concept of love the person and not the action was something they didn't seem to grasp. There are a lot of people I associate with that I don't agree with on certain topics, but I still respect them. I can't stop them, but when they wrong me directly, I can still forgive them and let them know what they did so they can improve later on.

Now, in all honesty, I think these concepts will help you not be lashed to the ideology that may just toss you off to the side. I want the best for everyone, but sometimes we don't have all the facts and think that we know best. When we base our society on theories that haven't proven their salt, then we destroy the very things we have enjoyed for years.And no one wants to lose that.

If you have a though provoking thing or idea, let me know. If you have thought on the subject that might even help me form this idea better, be sure to let me know (dissenter is a great way to interact with this post).

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:29:46 -0600

Simplification and Nonsense

[linkstandalone]

This week has been a riot with updates for a game or two. The thing that makes it crazy is the reaction of people and the reactions of people to those reactions. It make it interesting when people have opinion that clash (I'm trying to protect the identies of the sorta innocent, so I'm beating around the bush). It only creates problems for those around.

I'll start off with the nonsense, people without thick skins make the world more dramatic. It really boils down to being able to talk with people that have differing opinions and not just shutting them down. I've seen more than once people get banned or shut down for having an opinion that covers a sensitive topic. It soinds insensitive to say they need to just grow some thicker skin, but at the same time, it's true. They still have the agency to choose how they react and talk to someone. Just because someone believes different doesn't mean you have license to call them a clown, people that do this often complain when they get called names... If you want someone to listen to you, listen to someone else. It's how you learn.

This rant is one that really gets me each time, but the anger can go into something constructive, like peening the scythe blade. It's when we learn to sort it out for ourselves and peacefully deal with other opposing views that we lessen the divide between us. People complain about being inclusive and dividing everyone, but they go and get into their little echo chambers to be with themselves and their lackeys. I may be wrong, but hopefully, I've got things setup so that my little community isn't an echo chanber

Finally, in other news. I've finally setup qutebrowser to open my video watching in MPV. It removes the distraction of other things, but I still want to have my Discord functionality in the terminal, but that is still on hold...

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:27:41 -0600

Starting a Blog... Maybe...

[linkstandalone]

So, if you or anyone you know has ever been on the internet, you probably heard of blogging. Yeah, this is one of those. I've tried before, decided to try again. This time, however, I get to use VIM for editing posts and simple scripts to manage it, then I 'git push' the updates.

This is just the first step, it should look pretty clean, but I hope you enjoy some more in depth adventures.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:03:46 -0600