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Tech Table
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014

Justin: Welcome to MPA’s Tech Table, I’m Justin.

Diana: And I’m Diana.

Justin: And we’re you’re hosts. We’ll be serving up a heaping spoonful of all things tech.

Diana: We promise it’ll be easy to digest. Well, it is Tuesday, here at the Tech Table.

Justin: It is Tuesday at the Tech Table, Diana, and we’re gonna talk about something that can be a pain in the ear.

Diana: [Laughs]

Justin: Everyone you know, has had bad ear bud experiences.

Diana: Mm

Justin: But, you know, when I was a kid we didn’t have ear buds, we had headphones.

Diana: Right, and we just put them on and smash your hair.

Justin: Yeah, but our ear, yeah, okay, see, I was fine with headphones, but yes, they smash your hair.

Diana: Here’s my problem with headphones, they don’t make them small enough for my head.

Justin: That’s interesting.

Diana: I have a small head, and you, I, even on the smallest, you know how you can adjust them?

Justin: Right, even when they get to the smallest size they don’t fit.

Diana: They’re too big.

Justin: Huh. Interesting.

Diana: Mm hm.

Justin: Interesting. Well, I still like traditional headphones.

Diana: Sure.

Justin: I think you get the best sound quality, too, obviously. And then with noise, you can get the great noise cancelling headphones that wrap around your ears you know. All the kids these days have to have Beats.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: Which is a company by Dr. Dre.

Diana: Right.

Justin: And that’s all the rage, although, they’re really not good universally for a lot of different kinds of music. They’re kind of, really good for hip hop, and pop music.

Diana: Well, and that’s the thing with your headphones, really look and see what they’re for.

Justin: Absolutely.

Diana: Are they for music, are they for radio you know, what are they for?

Justin: Right, and there’s noise canceling, non-noise canceling you know, Boise has great noise canceling solutions where you can’t hear anything around you.

Diana: Mm hm.

Justin: And that’s a beautiful thing. And, of course, these all have wireless solutions too.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: There are wireless Beats, I know there are wireless Boise. There’s, I mean, you have a Sennheiser?

Diana: Sennheiser. Mm hm.

Justin: Set of headphones that are wireless.

Diana: Yes, and they’re wireless, and they’re the bigger kind, and actually, they fit. They made them adjustable to my size, which is awesome.

Justin: That’s great. That’s great.

Diana: But, I really like them.

Justin: What’s the range for your wireless? I mean, I’m sure it varies.

Diana: It does. You know, you can spend a lot of money, and get them that will reach up to you know

Justin: But, like in the ones you use?

Diana: I think it’s 10-15 feet, pretty good reception, so.

Justin: Right. Yeah.

Diana: And the further away you go then you know, it tends to get a little bit less quality, but.

Justin: Sure. Interesting. And so, of course, I was talking about the pain in the ears, and that’s these ear buds.

Diana: Mm hm.

Justin: Which, for years, I mean, I have, ear buds tend to fit nicely in my left ear, but traditional ear buds in my right ear hurts, badly.

Diana: Not so good.

Justin: And if I wear them for a little bit of time, I mean, it hurts, and then I have it pop out.

Diana: Oh yeah.

Justin: My ear rejects them, in fact. Angry ear. So, I’m not a fan of ear buds typically. However, the new ear buds with, that Apple’s sending out, and I don’t know if they’re sending it, I’m not really sure, they came with my phone.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: My new, which is a 5C?

Diana: 5S.

Justin: 5S?

Diana: Now, your mom got a 5C recently, and also received the same headphones, I believe.

Justin: Okay. Good. So, those 5s are coming out with these new headphones now, or these new ear buds, which are great. They fit in beautifully.

Diana: Yes, they’re more ergonomically designed.

Justin: Right. Right. And you can also go buy those.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: You can buy those for what do you think?

Diana: I think they’re about $30.

Justin: Which is reasonable for something that isn’t a pain in your ear.

Diana: Well, they, it comes with a remote, right? On the cord?

Justin: Right.

Diana: So you can your volume up and down, and it’s also a built in microphone.

Justin: Sure.

Diana: For when you want to be talking hands free

Justin: Yeah, on your phone.

Diana: on your device.

Justin: Yeah, that’s excellent. So, there are some ear buds, and then there are very expensive ear buds.

Diana: Sure.

Justin: I mean, in the $100-$200 range that are also top notch that won’t give you a headache because they don’t fit your ear.

Diana: Mm hm.

Justin: Yeah, it just depends. Look around, if you want ear buds you can find them.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: And there’s a whole bunch of other options, too, beyond ear buds.

Diana: Oh yeah.

Justin: But, that just scratches the surface today on Tech Table.

Diana: Yes.

Justin: Until next time

Diana: Take care.

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Justin: And, thanks for listening.

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