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And since we're reviewing audio gear

My last post referred to how good music sounds through headphones with the SRS iWOW iTunes plugin. Well, a large part of that has to do with exactly which headphones I have hooked up to my computer. I've tried a lot of high-end headphones over the last couple of years, including Shure e4c headphones (they gave me an ear infection because they irritated my middle ear) and these great Sony studio monitor headphones. I used those for monitoring audio on my shoots, and they sound great. Unfortunately, they don't cancel outside noise very well on airplanes.

Bose makes the most popular noise-cancelling headphones, but I think they're the most popular only because Bose has a great marketing department. The sound coming out of those headphones ain't worth $20, let alone the $299 list price for them. They sound muddy and hollow. No thanks!

I read a review of noise-cancelling headphones and found these: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 Noise-Cancelling Headphones. I love them! Audio-Technica is a very high-end company out of Japan that employs a bunch of audiophile freak engineers. Their products are generally made for professional musicians in a studio setting. One of those engineers must have put on a pair of the Bose headphones and thought, "They're charging how much for these pieces of crap?!" and got to work on making noise-cancelling headphones that sound phenomenal!

My only complaint? They're pretty sensitive to interference from cell phones. These headphones seem to be primarily intended for use on planes (they don't filter out high frequencies very well), where cell phones can't be used. The noise cancellation is designed to filter out low-freuquency consistent sounds (like you hear on a plane). I will have to say, though that they make working in my home office, with two girls and a baby girl running around rambunctiously, a much saner environment. I can focus a lot better and keep a train of thought. Sometimes I don't even listen to music through them. I just put them on, turn them on and enjoy the silence.
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SRS iWOW for iTunes

A while ago MacUpdate put together a bundle of Mac software. Being a compulsive buyer, I bought it. I can't remember which program got me excited about the bundle, but I came away with a lot of software I'm really enjoying. The program I'm enjoying most, however, is called SRS iWOW for iTunes. It's a sound enhancement plugin for iTunes that makes the laptop speakers on my MacBook Pro sound roughly 6.73 times better than they did before. The plugin also includes presets for listening to headphones or for when your computer is hooked up to your stereo at home. It doesn't work over AirPort Express (damn!) but the effect it has to music playing out of your laptop speakers or headphones still makes it worth the purchase price of $19.99 SO worth it. I think they even have a PC version (like you care!).

You can get it here.
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Jeremy's Web Filter - Premier Edition

Welcome to the premiere edition of Jeremy's Web Filter. I spend an inordinate amount of time reading articles on the internet. You don't have enough time to do that. So, I thought I'd start sharing all my favorite articles/videos from the week in one big post every Sunday. This should cut down on the number of emails my friends and family get that say "Check this out!" in the subject. And now, for your enjoyment, the links:

Top 10 Thanksgiving Myths -

7 Habits of Highly Innovative People

Derren Brown (my favorite magician) teaching us that our brains may not work as well as we thought.

Welcome to the Police State, kids!

You call that health food? Fat-free often means sugar-full.

How to pursue your dreams in the face of naysayers.

What Makes Us Moral

How TV Ruined Three Generations

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A New Feature

I scour the internet for food for my brain every day. I come across all kinds of interesting articles, pictures and videos. I email them to friends and family and many of them enjoy the links, so I've decided to start posting my favorite links from the week every Sunday. They'll cover a broad assortment of topics because my interests are far-reaching, but there will also be common themes because I get obsessed about certain topics. I'll include a little blurb about each link so you won't just be clicking randomly. I hope you enjoy this feature. I think I'm going to enjoy sharing my interests with you. First edition will be this Sunday!
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New York, New York

If New York is so avant-garde and the rest of the country is just a bunch of backwards fly-over-country idiots, why don't they have wireless internet at JFK?
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