play it again again sam

Posted in random on May 23, 2006 @ 11:32pm

Where else better to post my review of a product I like? No royalties paid by Sony, I’m just enjoying these headphones (again)…

I am now on my second set of Sony MRD-E828LP earbud headphones, after temporarily misplacing my original ones. (After buying the second set I found the originals – so now I own two sets!)

The shape of the earbud is right for me – they sit well in my ears and don’t cause pain or discomfort unless I’m lying down with them in or have used them for a long time.

In terms of the features, I can present a direct comparison between the MDR-E828LP and the Sennheiser MX-400, having bought the Sennheisers to see if they lived up to the hype. (I since gave the Sennheisers away…) While the Sennheisers feel way lighter in the ear, they’re also a lot less bass-y. Not to say that they’re bad quality – they’ve got a clearer, more airy sound than the Sonys – but they don’t suit my typical listening genres of jazz, classical, house and lounge, and some pop/rock. I like to hear all the way down to the bottom of the bass/kick/cello, and the Sony earbud design helps the buds to have great bass response without needing to switch on bass boost on my player.

And they look good too – understated, unobtrusive, not the “I’ve-got-an-iPod” white kitsch which has been forced upon consumers of late.

I bought my original set of these headphones a number of years ago (Sony have been making these headphones with the exact same specs for a while now) and they still sound excellent. After wearing my new set in for a while, I can’t pick any sonic difference between the two. The only modification Sony seems to have made in the intervening time is to the cord. It used to be a standard black insulated headphone cord, but now they’ve changed to a more rubbery cord. It still winds up nicely but it’s somewhat springy, so it straightens out really easily and doesn’t get tangled as much.

All in all I find that they are an excellent purchase, and at their consistently low price they remain the best price-for-performance earbuds on the market before investing in higher-end in-ear designs like the Shure E3 or E4.

urban fuic myth no more

Posted in random on May 2, 2006 @ 2:31pm

You are NOT going to believe this, but I swear it’s true…

Five minutes ago, just a few minutes after submitting my request for myth clarification, the phone rang. Lo and behold, it was Sharon at National Foods! (Yes, really.) We had a wonderful conversation and I was grinning the whole way through. For posterity, here is the request for clarification:

I am hoping that you, the esteemed producers of our Only Drink, the One True Iced Coffee, Farmers Union, will be able to set the record straight on a little urban myth running rampant.

You see, avid FUIC drinkers as we are, we have observed the mysterious numbers inscribed on the bottom of our 600mL cartons. Some say this is but a production line tracking number, but others have more sophisticated theories. The best of these ideas has been described thus:

“The story goes that for each batch, those with a number 1 are the first quarter taken out of the vat, ie the top layer of the batch… being the ‘weakest’. Next quarter is batched as number 2. Next is 3… and the dregs… the last quarter… is regarded as the strongest.”

Is this a mystery you can solve for us, setting our minds at ease and providing us with supreme knowledge, or are we to relegate it to myth and legend passed down from FUIC-drinking generation to generation?

Humble regards and many thanks,

Inquisitive FUIC Drinkers all over the state

Now, while Sharon herself isn’t quite as passionate a FUIC afficionado as we all are, she was able to set the record straight. Place your bets…

Drum roll please…

Our Q: What are the numbers on the bottom of FUIC cartons for?

The A: The numbers on the bottom of the cartons, to our immense surprise, no doubt, do NOT refer to levels of strength. Nor, interestingly, do they refer to variations in composition of the gold-brown elixir, nor intended differences in taste. (Can anyone say, pla-ce-bo?) Nay, they are but reference numbers to the production lines churning out our caffeinated friend, numbered 1 through 4.

Naturally I am quite impressed with the responsiveness and attention to (tongue-in-cheek) requests for detail from The Esteemed Producer.

And I did not avoid the opportunity to inform National Foods through Sharon that I did, in fact, track and account for my consumption of Iced Coffee a couple of years ago; that it totalled almost 200 litres; and that many of you (yes, own up) have been known to drink way more than that.

So now even National Foods knows that we, a humble group of FUIC lovers in Tea Tree Gully, SA, are keeping the entire company afloat by our dedication and commitment to the One True Iced Coffee Way.

More power to us!

P.S. I’m still laughing… 😉