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Scosche’s StrikeLINE Pro Retractable Charge and Sync Cable


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Inspired by lifestyle, culture, music, and people, Scosche has become a leader in car audio and consumer goods. In 2013, they have introduced several products for the latest release of the iPhone.

When Apple introduced the new iPhone 5, they went away with their 30-pin connector that had been synonymous of all iDevices. Many accessories such as docking stations to in-car integration use the 30 pin connector. In 2012, The Apple group decided that 30 pins was a bit overkill for today’s technology. With the introduction of the iPhone 5 also included the introduction of the 8-pin lightning connector, a connector that is all digital and reversible.

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Scosche introduced a Lightning cable replacement, the StrikeLINE Pro, a retractable charge & sync cable. Unlike the standard white-coated cable that Apple supplies, the StrikeLINE Pro uses their retractable design that allows the thin 3 ft. cable to neatly retract itself into a compact design.  It’s very suitable for travel and eliminates tangling, especially in a car environment.

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Unlike lower-grade (unauthorized) aftermarket Lightning cables, The StrikeLINE Pro is Apple approved and proudly displays an authentic “Made for iPod iPhone iPad” logo. This logo is important as knock-offs of the lightning cable may charge, but not sync, and cause damage to the unit. The Scosche StrikeLINE Pro only uses Apple’s 8-pin connector, which includes their authentication chip. The StrikeLINE Pro retails for $24.99 at www.scosche.com. Use the code “DAYUUM” at checkout to receive a 20% discount.

For all other goods, please visit www.scosche.com

SCOSCHE flipCHARGE Burst

Mobile phones have become an “essential” to our day to day lives similar to that of automobiles today.  Seemingly, mobile phones or smart phones have become a modern and integral part of life and culture for communication, emergency use, business, information and social networking.  Living home without a phone today feels like misplacing a home key, a work badge or wallet.  Of course, there’s the alarming scenario when your smartphone shuts off as the battery loses it charge while talking to business partners, friends or family.  Typical reactions would be – immediately asking your buddies for a charger, a mad dash to your car to charge it; or your eyes start to wander around looking for an electrical wall socket to plug in.  Scosche, one of the leading innovators of consumer and car audio products, saw an opportunity to capitalize to this immediate need to bring your phone back up and running with the   Scosche flipCHARGE burst – Emergency Backup Battery and Charger for iPod and iPhone users.

Designed to be compact and portable, the Scosche flipCHARGE burst, can be easily carried using the integrated carabiner clip to attach to your favorite lanyard or keychain or on a backpack, laptop bag, purse or luggage.  The Scosche flipCharge burst measures less than half the size of an iPhone but slightly bigger than a typical automobile key.

Simple and user-friendly, the Scosche flipCHARGE burst has four LED lights to indicate the stored battery power.  Press the button on the side of the emergency backup battery and charger, the indicator LEDs light up to show how much juice the Scosche flipCHARGE burst currently have.  It also has a flush folding USB cable to easily plug in to your computer, wall and car charger. The compact Scosche device also comes with a 720mAh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery.  At its drained state, it takes at least 2-2.5 hours to get the device fully recharged.

As I got intrigue by the compact device, the geek in me kicked in and did a few charts to show how long it took to charge a fully drained smartphone – in this case the control phone for the observations would be an iPhone 4S.  The observations were documented in three separate instances to show that the Scosche flipCHARGE burst will consistently charge the iPhone 4S.   Here are the results –

All documented observations showed that the Scosche flipCHARGE burst consistently charged the fully drained battery of the iPhone 4S.  However, it took ten (10) minutes for the phone to come back-up at 4% battery life after plugging in a fully charged Scosche flipCHARGE burst.   It was observed that at least another forty (40) minutes (total charge time = 50 minutes) of charge time will provide the iPhone 4S a battery life that ranges from 26% to 30%.  As the charge threshold is reached, the flipCHARGE burst automatically turns off.  The boost that the Scosche flipCHARGE burst gave the phone provided at least 3 to 3.5 hours of available (usage) time.  This included occasional access to different applications such as Instagram and Facebook, texting and quick phone calls.

For weeks the compact Scosche device had been on my desk waiting to be used.  I always thought that it would just be a hassle to carry around.  But a number of instances where phone calls and messages are missed due to a drained phone battery, the Scosche flipCHARGE burst passed its initiation and became part of my lanyard key crew.  I never leave home without it now.

So if you are in need of an emergency backup battery and charger, check out the Scosche flipCHARGE burst – which is made for the following devices:  iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPod nano (5th and 6th generation), iPhone 3GS – 4S.

For additional information visit – http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/2282

As a DaYUUM reader, we can offer you 20% off on your sale of all Scosche products by using “DAYUUM” at check out.

Visit the Scosche main website for other consumer and car audio products:   www.scosche.com

REALM Reference On-Ear Headphones – RH600 / RH656

Earlier in the year we reviewed Scosche’s RH1056 Series of hi-fidelity reference grade headphones. Those particular headphones are over-the-ear style and performed very well. This time around we had the opportunity to listen to a pair of REALM’s RH600 Series headphones. Although its not fair to compare the 1000’s to the 600’s because, well simply put, its like comparing a Civic to an Accord in terms of style and price. Although, its not completely the case with the RH600 and the RH1000. Of course, the construction and materials used are slightly different; but sound wise – they are very comparable with each having its own character.

Overview

Before getting to the sound of the headphones I want to touch base a little on the packaging itself. Packaging is the “first impression” and in the dating world, we all know how important that is. The package is comprised of heavy stock chipboard laminated with elegant matte black and accented with spot UV gloss highlighting the product. Each panel has its significance in explaining the features of the RH600. Bold model numbers, concise explanation of the features, and detailed specs round out the informative panels.

Similar to the the RH1056, a vibrant yellow interior completes the ensemble. A soft case is also included in the package.

We reviewed the RH656md with tapLINE III. TapLINE III is Scosche’s Apple interface that adjusts volume and control audio features such as skip, pause, and play. The tapLINE III also allows for answering and ending phone calls; or  controls volume and iTune functions on Apple computers. On Scosche’s website it details the RH600’s features as:

  • Precision wound copper voice coil
  • Ported sound chamber
  • Rare-Earth neodymium magnets
  • 40mm REALM drivers
  • Viscoelastic memory foam

When handling the RH656, I immediately noticed the Scosche brand on the headband.

The headband was attached to an exposed adjustable stamped-steel band which are attached to the driver housing. I especially like the detailed brushed finish. The back side of the housing was a black-chrome and a permanent 6.5′ flat-untangleable cable attached to each driver.

The “viscoelastic memory foam” comfortably fits on-ear.

Other detail touches are the Scosche “S” at the end of the headband as well as the “Scosche” etching on the housing. Overall feel is lightweight and compact.

The Listening
When listening to them, I could not help but to compare the RH656 to the RH1000, perhaps it was my curiosity to hear the difference. Immediately I noticed an efficiency difference on the RH600’s – they are much more efficient, meaning it takes less power move the driver. It’s easily compared using the same volume, the RH600’s are definitely louder. I was surprised at the vocal range of the RH600’s, they were detailed and showed good range, especially on more vocal dominate artists such as Christina Aguilera. I tend to listen to Christina’s and Mariah Carey’s tracks because their voices are so distinctive and powerful. The RH600’s duplicated all their natural tones and ranges well.

I also cued up a “Staple It Together” from Jack Johnson, I like to hear how much detail there are in the cymbals and various hand percussions. This particular track has a nice mixture of cymbals, bongos, and wood blocks. All were well defined and apparent in their perspective channels.

Reggae is also a favorite in my collection. I enjoy the rhythm of the bass notes that are typically quick and punchy. I happened to have Tribal Seeds’ Tribal Seeds album handy. I really love how the electric keyboard was represented in the song, “Dawn Of Time.’ It was staged left nicely.

I also dropped in a classic, “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” I wanted to see how the bass responded on the RH656. It’s hard to believe how there is so much control over the lower frequencies. Snoops and Dre’s voice was clear and consistent with no drop off even when the bass dropped. On lower quality headphones you can hear a vocal distortion, but this wasn’t case on the RH656’s. The bass was smooth and undistorted.

Thoughts
I have both the RH1000’s and the RH600, the RH600 seems to be a more all-around headphone, it’s more portable for travel or cruising around. A lifestyle type headphone for someone on the go. The sound detail is slightly lower than the more expensive RH1000’s but not by extreme leaps and bound. The sound is well balanced and the vocals are very up front. There is no apparent outside noise that ruins the sound quality even though they are not noise canceling headphones, .

The RH600’s series are available with or without the tapLine III and has white and black as a color option. The RH600 retails for $99.99 while the RH656’s (with tapLIne III) sell for $129.99. As a DaYUUM reader, we can offer you 20% off on your sale of all Scosche products by using “DAYUUM” at check out.

For more information and details, visit www.Scosche.com

REALM Reference Grade Headphones by Scosche – RH1056

When traveling or attending an all day event there are a few essential pieces I always need to take with me. One is my Scosche goBAT II portable charger and back-up battery with the syncABLE II and the Scosche IDR653md earbuds. These are the bare minimum I pack on the go.

I do have an arsenal of Scosche products, because I like their designs and their knowledge of what consumers’ needs are.

I use my Scosche IDR653md on a daily basis, whether it’s for hands-free in the car or blocking out annoyances during flights.

When Scosche announced an over-the-ear reference headphone at SEMA 2011, I immediately needed them. I needed them to fill the void in my Scosche arsenal, plus it would be great during video edit sessions.

A few months later, I was lucky enough to get my hands on not only the Realm Reference Headphones (RH1056) but I was also got my paws on a pair of Realm In Ear Monitors (IEM856).

This time around I want to focus on the RH1000 Series of over-the-ear headphones.

The Packaging

 


I wanted to emphasis a little bit on the packaging. Overall, “it’s always the first impression that counts.” I was pleasantly impressed by the heavy stock that was being used, along with the descriptive diagrams and contrasting colors on the packaging itself. The spot UV on the product image balances out perfectly with the matte-black finish while highlighting what is important. The details on this package carried itself all the way to the Realm logo wallpapered on the outer casing of the inner sleeve.  A touch that is very classy.

The yellow lining was so in your face that got you excited once it was opened.

Inside was a rubberized-foam hard case with a nicely placed Scosche logo and heavy-duty zipper. When opened, the Realm RH1056 is placed neatly folded into its place. Inside the kangaroo pouch, were many adapters: like the standard 3.5mm jack, 3.5mm to 1/4″ adapter, PC adapter for gaming and VoIP, and their infamous tapLINE remote and mic. All of the cables are a flat wire to eliminate or lessen tangling. It also includes a soft travel pouch and a cleaning cloth.

The Construction

The shell is constructed of a high-impact polycarbonate material and pinned using hex screws around the folding hinges.

The driver is a 40mm precision wound copper voice coil coupled with a rare-earth neodymium magnet for weight and efficiency. The driver is surround by a finely engineered ported sound chamber.

For comfort, visolastic memory foam is wrapped with supple genuine leather for over-the-ear and head comfort.

The Listening
For the listening source I chose what I would use on a daily basis: a MacBook Pro, Gen 5 video iPod and a HTC Incredible 2, an android based phone. I listened to a variety of tracks from different artists, random YouTube clips, and a couple video editing sessions.

I have to admit, I don’t listen to much hip hop because I am more intrigued by physical instruments rather than electronic samples, beats, and voice synthesizers. Although there are some pretty sick beats being created today, but when I need to enjoy music, I need to hear the bass, guitar, drums, vocals, and every filler in between. There is nothing more amazing than being able to listen to your favorite band and visualize actually being at a live show.

I’m a big fan of acoustic and live recordings because of the raw detail in them and when I first cued up Alanis Morissette’s, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, I was blown away. The vocals were clearly front-staged and the guitars were in their perspective channels. I could clearly visualize the acoustic guitar on the right and bass on the left. The string noise added so much realism into the music and was picked up well in the Realm headphones. Bass was well controlled and solid.

Another favorite album of mine is Madonna’s, Immaculate Collection. Some may frown on it, but tracks like “La Isla Bonita” has a detailed guitar solo section, with hand drums, and various hand shakers throughout. All were well defined in the background while Madonna’s voice was apparent in the front.

I also needed to test the Realms on The Eagles’, Hell Freezes Over CD. My favorite tracks are “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy.” Having been to their show at the Rose Bowl during their Hell Freezes Over tour I kind of knew what to expect. I love the long guitar interlude which lead to Don Henley’s distinctive voice and was reproduced with excellence.

I then wanted to venture in a little different route from the acoustic forms and cued up another favorite classic, Dr. Dre’s, The Chronic. Of course, “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang” was immediately chosen. I wanted to see how it could handle lower bass notes. Without a doubt they were very well controlled and had good extension. The Realms actually picked up more high-end details than his own self branded headphones.

I even decided to listen to a heavier bass track, “Like a G6” from Far East Movement and it surprised me how well controlled the extension was. It was clean and undistorted.

It’s been a while since I have had an over-the-ear headset, but I could still remember the experience I had with my Sony on a few tracks back then. The Realms really brought that experience back – something that lacked in my music listening lately. One of the most beneficial experiences that I’ve had with the Realms was that I never got listening fatigue. It often happens to me on an unbalanced headset or audio system.

The addition, Scosche’s tapLINE III is very convenient to advance music, launch the music player, and control the volume. It worked wonderfully on the MacBook Pro.

The only drawback with the Realm is they are difficult to sleep with at night since I like to sleep on my side.

Contributor Jay concludes:

The new high end folding Realm Series headphones from Scosche, gave my iPod tunes a new breath of life and excitement. The driver, coils and magnets used on the Realm Series headphones produced clear, precise and on-point musical production no matter what genre I listened to. The super soft –memory foams contoured to the ears easily and didn’t make it hurt even after more than 3 hours of use. Also, need not to worry about getting your tunes cut off due to low batteries as these are not needed. As you’re ready to tuck away the easy folding Realm series, the kit comes with a travel pouch, which includes gold plated audio cables, adapters and clips. The Scosche Realm series headphones looked sleek and backed up its design with an astounding sound at an affordable price. This is definitely a “Must Have” accessory for the music lovers.

For more information on Scosche products, visit their web site. at http://www.scosche.com.

As a DaYUUM reader, we can offer you 20% off on your sale of all Scosche products by using “DAYUUM” at check out.

CES 2012 – DaYUUM’s Best OF

If you ever been to CES, The Consumer Electronics Show, you will know that its a bit overwhelming, even if you attend for the full 4-days. But, try and pull that off in 1-day. This was my 7th or 8th time attending CES and I haven’t been back there since 2006 so I was expecting a lot of change.

CES is the largest show in Las Vegas,  with SEMA running a very close second. CES boasts an attendee number of over 154,000, inflated? Maybe. It’s a large show though. It contains anything electronic, from TV’s to robotic floor sweepers, and mobile phones – in short a gadget geek’s dream house.

On the morning of January 12th,  I was up at 5AM. It was an attempt to attend CES, then drive home at the conclusion of the day. I jumped into the car with a few idiots, one being Neil, and we drove the 280 miles.

The main agenda, mobile electronics section in the North Hall and TV’s in the Central, everything else was a bonus.

I am going to let the pictures do the talking, but here are some DaYUUM approved gadgets.

Of course, the DaYUUM of the show…

LG..

LG Cinema 3D Smart TV and…

the awesome 55″ OLED 4mm thin TV. Extraordinary blacks and vivid colors.

Panasonic’s 152″ TV in the center, it makes the 60’s surrounding it look like baby monitors.

then there were the 4Ks.. and 8Ks from Sharp

Sharp’s arsenal of 80″, 70″, and 60″.. The 60″ looks like a computer monitor compared to the 80″

Mitsubishi’s 92″ 3D

We continued in the Central hall with overwhelming fright. The booths were so large and the isle were narrow. Its like being an ant in a forest.

North hall is where most of the vehicles were at.

We spotted Rick Bottom’s Cruze in Metras booth.

Rick Bottom’s Ford SHO in MTX’s booth

The Five Axis GS in Pioneers booth

and this cool Scion xD in one of Scosche‘s booths.

The north hall also housed,

Audi

Kia

and Ford, which introduced their Evos concept car,

and the 2013 Ford Fusion.

In addition to cars, the north hall had the iLounge. Pretty much it is almost everything “i”. Cases, headphones, earbuds, and novelty items. In the iLounge and a few isles down was Scosche‘s other booth. It was more focused on mobile accessories such as headphones and charging accessories.

These were one of Scosche’s accolades, a iLounge 2012 winner for a Bluetooth reference headphones with integrated remote and mic.

a couple over-the-ear headphones

and cool earbuds. (sorry for the horrible pic.)

Polk Audio had some as well.

There was so much cool stuff for iPhones like these telephoto lenses.

Underwater casing

13db Horn Stand for the iPhone

Novelty headset

Bling-Bling with Swarovski crystals

Laser keyboard by Celluon called Magic Cube. It types and has a mouse as well.

In the south hall was slew off cool stuff as well… Motorized cleaning robots, removable storage, and more headphones.

I really love the packaging on the Marshall pieces

Their display wall was dope. It seemed like every headphone company had color headphones, with matching packaging. Makes for a colorful display.

Like Skullcandy

I love the color on the Seinsheimer.

and check out these 64G storage cards.

And Swiss Army storage knives.

This one was 1TB with a cost of $3000

And, if you exhibit at CES and spend 50+ thousand, do not come with a tattered booth like this… It amazed me that any company that spends so much money to represent at the largest electronic show brings a busted up display. I don’t even know what this company does but they had a 10×50 or so on each side of the isle.

Their booth.

yes, it is blue packing tape securing the corners. This was typical of the whole booth. Tosy if you are reading, invest in your booth and crates for proper representation.

A day trip to Vegas can be a bit much and draining, but do a day trip to Vegas and walk a 4-day show in a short 6 hours was very draining. On the upside, no one had the chance to gamble so we all won in that sense.

Neil best summed it up with this…

That’s a wrap on CES 2012.

Here are a couple things I learned about CES:

-There are no “young” people at CES. I don’t think I saw anyone in there thirties at the show.

-There are a lot, and I mean a lot of Asians and Europeans walking around CES (of course none younger then 40).

-The booths at CES are insane, over the top, massive, mind blowing.

-Headphones, headphones, and more headphones.

-Phone cases, phone covers, phone protectors, anything and everything that covers phones was on display.

-TV’s, TV’s, and more TV’s (wowers).

-A 152″ TV is really as big as it seams.

-Everyone was promoting 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D TV’s.

-There were a total of like 6 cars at CES, you see more cars by the taxi line at SEMA (would have been cool to see more cars at CES.

-Walking the main / central hall at CES can be completely overwhelming
I have never got lost at SEMA, I got lost on more then one occasion walking around CES (when the booth go from the ground to the ceiling and there are no isles, it is very easy to lose track of where you are walking).

-CES can make any guy very depressed, there are so many cool gadgets and TV’s and you can’t take any of them home with you!

Last but certainly not least, if you are going to take photos of products in a booth ran by Asians, get ready to be yelled at and given the dirty look (haha Denny, sucka!)

Did I mention that everyone and their mom’s are now selling headphones, phone covers, oh yeah CES can and mostly like is completely overwhelming for everyone!

CES 2012 was pretty cool, and I wouldn’t mind going back next year to see the 252″ TV!

@DaYUUMDen

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