Tuesday, February 21st 2017

Want to Review Headphones and Headsets for TechPowerUp?

Lend us your ears! TechPowerUp is looking for audiophiles and enthusiasts who can review consumer headphones and gaming headsets for us. Reviewing listening devices such as headphones aren't heavy on measurements and data analysis; we will however, be counting on your literary and photography skills, besides your ability to spot subtle differences in the way different headphones reproduce test sounds. The position is part-time, remote, and we pay, besides arranging samples. Interested? Send us your CVs, optionally along with samples of your work. We're cool with first-time reviewers, too.
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21 Comments on Want to Review Headphones and Headsets for TechPowerUp?

#1
Aenra
Funny.. got a pair of B&W P7s recently, was actually considering writing a review; don't know what the previous iteration was like -have only read about them-, but these babies, they deserve some praise.
(to give you a point of reference, I actually prefer them to my open Sennheisers and never mind what the price difference would make one think)

Anyway, am not indirectly vying for the aforementioned offering, just mentioning the time coincidence. Hope you fill the spot soon :)
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#2
wolfaust
Nice. Is there any region restriction? For example, "Only US member can join, etc."
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#4
W1zzard
wolfaust said:
Nice. Is there any region restriction? For example, "Only US member can join, etc."
Any country is fine, maybe not north korea
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#5
wolfaust
W1zzard said:
Any country is fine, maybe not north korea
Okay then, thanks. :D
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#6
VSG
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W1zzard said:
Any country is fine, maybe not north korea
Given the subjective nature here, would multiple people not work?
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#7
m1dg3t
'Audiophile' ROTFLMFAO:roll:
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#8
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
interesting option !
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#9
Kursah
Could be fun! Wish I had the time to do this!
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#10
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Kursah said:
Could be fun! Wish I had the time to do this!
+1
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#11
silentbogo
I'm sad... When I was a kid - a giant bear stepped on my ear, so I can't really tell the difference between Genius HS-G550 and Sennheiser HD599....
What I can do, is helluva passionate reviews on embedded systems and mini-PCs :toast:
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#12
INSTG8R
Well I consider myself an audiophile and I'm technically "retired" so I do have the time. Sadly I'm not a headset guy and game in proper 5.1 ;)
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#13
Bansaku
I just might have to throw my hat into the mix! One thing I am passionate about are headphones and doing reviews is what I do for fun! Expect my resume shortly!

:toast:
:rockout:
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#14
R-T-B
I have lived my life wearing several pairs of headphones on my head more often than not. Unfortunately, this leads me to have very... let's just say "higher end" tastes than most consumer headsets, as I always want to buy something better. I won't be applying as such, but wish everyone luck!
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#15
Aenra
m1dg3t said:
'Audiophile' ROTFLMFAO:roll:
Depends on how you mean it :)
If you mean "audiophiles" favoring gaming headsets, we can laugh together, lol.. but otherwise, plenty of decent PC-inclusive options for audiophiles. Decent mind. Ultimately, nothing beats a proper system (or costs like one..).
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#16
m1dg3t
Aenra said:
Depends on how you mean it :)
If you mean "audiophiles" favoring gaming headsets, we can laugh together, lol.. but otherwise, plenty of decent PC-inclusive options for audiophiles. Decent mind. Ultimately, nothing beats a proper system (or costs like one..).
What the term itself has come to mean is laughable. Trying to objectify a subjective experience ROTFLMFAO.

I'll tell you what a REAL 'audiophile' told me once: 'Shut up, save your money. Just buy music.'

;)

:toast:
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#17
Aenra
m1dg3t said:
:toast:
Will not argue, not at all :)
Would only add two things though!

i) there is a certain limit beyond which it's true, one is better off purchasing his vinyl/CDs. Below said quality threshold however and we're in a different story. And gaming headsets do by necessity fall well below said limit. Emulation :)

ii) precisely because after said threshold the quality comes in increments most ears cannot grasp (we're left with the placebo effect), we have shifted to 'enhancements' (as a way to both satisfy us and convince ourselves the purchase is worthy). Most of which enhancements people are so used to by now, i sincerely doubt they even know what for instance a contrabass actually sounds like. Like when you're next to it. So whatever one's distance to said threshold, one needs also strive for equipment whose purpose is to lose as little as possible, but add nothing. Adding is interpreting, interpreting is coloring. That's for your ear to decide and the actual instrument player to achieve, not the manufacturer. Not for emulating it, not for 'enhancing' it.
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#18
Scrizz
Aenra said:
Will not argue, not at all :)
Would only add two things though!

i) there is a certain limit beyond which it's true, one is better off purchasing his vinyl/CDs. Below said quality threshold however and we're in a different story. And gaming headsets do by necessity fall well below said limit. Emulation :)

ii) precisely because after said threshold the quality comes in increments most ears cannot grasp (we're left with the placebo effect), we have shifted to 'enhancements' (as a way to both satisfy us and convince ourselves the purchase is worthy). Most of which enhancements people are so used to by now, i sincerely doubt they even know what for instance a contrabass actually sounds like. Like when you're next to it. So whatever one's distance to said threshold, one needs also strive for equipment whose purpose is to lose as little as possible, but add nothing. Adding is interpreting, interpreting is coloring. That's for your ear to decide and the actual instrument player to achieve, not the manufacturer. Not for emulating it, not for 'enhancing' it.
a reason why I use monitors. ;)
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#19
Aenra
Scrizz said:
a reason why I use monitors. ;)
Not necessarily ideal (well; budget and inclination depending) as other factors come into play in your case, but am assuming you reap other benefits from them as well :)
Miles ahead from "gaming headsets" for sure though. And definitely in the right direction.

If I wasn't playing games (yes, I do, lol, still) I'd have discarded my "gaming" sound card as well*, stick to external amp + DAC. No space in my mini-dungeon for a proper sound system you see.

*positioning.. lacking the damn software, in some games sound is aaalmost O.K., others you think the mob is to your right, except it's actually behind you, lol
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#20
zithe
Good luck peeps :3
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#21
THE_EGG
Just noticed this! Thanks for the opportunity - I have applied. :)
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