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Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 07, 2014 10:49AM
I'm thinking about getting a new pair of headphones to use at work. What I want:
- Great audio quality (primarily for music)
- Microphone
- Can connect to my Mac without any special adapters

I currently have the Plantronics Gamecom 367 and it sounds great. It's really perfect for my needs, other than it has a standard 3.5mm mic plug that doesn't work with line-ins on Macs, so I have to use an iMic with it. Or would something like this work with my current headset? [www.amazon.com] Though hopefully I could find one that looked better. Yes, it's a special adapter, but it's cheap an unobtrusive enough... I just don't want to get another iMic.

Wireless would also be cool, but not required.

The other thing I need to get is a backpack. I have two, but one is primarily for camera gear and the other is pretty cheap and tearing out from the top. What I want:
- Something I could bike with in the rain - possibly a waist strap?
- Big enough to hold a laptop, a pair of shoes and a change of clothes, but not too big.
- Comfortable
- Would be nice if it had a slot or something to help hold a 15" MBP on its own.

That said, perhaps I should just get one that's good for taking on the bus, still hauling the laptop and other random stuff, but get a rack and saddle bag(s) on my bike so I don't have to carry stuff on my back.

Thanks!




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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 07, 2014 10:55AM
If you're going to wear that headset a lot i'd be tempted to look at your wireless options. I have nice sony headphones but wish they were wireless.

What kind of bike do you ride? How long is the commute?

I think you're better off with a pannier bag. I think they make pannier bag / backpack combos although i doubt they're terribly good backpacks.

A MBPr + shoes + change of clothes is going to be on the big / heavy side. I leave shoes, pants, and laptop at work.

You can get rain covers for nearly any bag.



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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 07, 2014 11:13AM
Stax electrostatics

Ken Rockwell approved...:-)

Best headphones ever...



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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 07, 2014 12:09PM
For a backpack with a waist strap, don't look at 'laptop bags'. Look at honest backpacks. The best suggestion I can give you is.. go to a decent outdoors store and try some on. Even while astride one of their bikes. Toss a few weights in there and see how it feels.

I insist on at least a sternum strap for my backpacks so they don't flobble around. And I cinch them up so they are comfortable on my back. What IS it with people walking around with their backpack whacking them in the tush like they're a WWII fighter pilot with those funky parachute bags on their butts ?
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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 07, 2014 01:44PM
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mattkime
What kind of bike do you ride? How long is the commute?

I'm slowly converting my mountain bike into a commuter bike. It's a MY98 Bianchi front suspension bike. Chromoly frame... comes in at about 21lbs. I've got some wtb graffiti tires on it.

It's a little under 8 miles, though I'm considering only doing it one way for the time being.

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A MBPr + shoes + change of clothes is going to be on the big / heavy side. I leave shoes, pants, and laptop at work.

That might get complicated.

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You can get rain covers for nearly any bag.

That might be a good idea.




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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 07, 2014 01:49PM
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freeradical
Stax electrostatics

Ken Rockwell approved...:-)

Best headphones ever...

Sure. No mic though, and let's just say even if I could drop a 0 from the price tag, I wouldn't want to pay that much.

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cbelt3
For a backpack with a waist strap, don't look at 'laptop bags'. Look at honest backpacks. The best suggestion I can give you is.. go to a decent outdoors store and try some on. Even while astride one of their bikes. Toss a few weights in there and see how it feels.

I insist on at least a sternum strap for my backpacks so they don't flobble around. And I cinch them up so they are comfortable on my back. What IS it with people walking around with their backpack whacking them in the tush like they're a WWII fighter pilot with those funky parachute bags on their butts ?

Thanks. I was hoping to just get a good review of one so I can buy online. It's not that easy for me to get to a store these days. But that's probably what I should do. I think I probably will stick with a real backpack rather than a laptop specific one.




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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: Bixby
Date: August 07, 2014 03:08PM
For headphones, check out Sennheiser Momentum or Focal Spirit.
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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 07, 2014 03:18PM
8 miles will be a pretty good commute.

I'm a fan of my deuter bags. get a sleeve for the laptop. I have a futura 28 with a build in rain cover.



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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 07, 2014 03:29PM
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Bixby
For headphones, check out Sennheiser Momentum or Focal Spirit.

No mic on either of those. Then I have to have two headsets :/

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mattkime
8 miles will be a pretty good commute.

I'm a fan of my deuter bags. get a sleeve for the laptop. I have a futura 28 with a build in rain cover.

I'll probably only do it one way, since it's mostly downhill that way smiling smiley Maybe when I get in better shape again I can try the climb. If I was single or just didn't have kids, being exhausted when I got home wouldn't be such a big deal. But I don't want to do an 8 mile climb then get plastered by two kids.

Those bags look promising. I'll undoubtedly use it for many other things as well.




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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 08, 2014 11:56PM
The Wirecutter has great headphone reviews!




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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: Bixby
Date: August 09, 2014 05:32AM
You are incorrect, both headphones have mics in the cable and are designed to work with iphones etc.
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Re: Next up: Need new headphone and backpack advice
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 09, 2014 04:31PM
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Bixby
You are incorrect, both headphones have mics in the cable and are designed to work with iphones etc.

My mistake. Thanks for the correction. They're probably more than I want to spend, but I'll take another look.




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