Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones Review

Because innovation in audio technology is ever-changing, it can be extraordinarily difficult to find the fitting pair of headphones adaptable to a user’s every need. There are countless options available on the internet, but few have the capability to be the smart, efficient alternative the majority of us seek. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones presents itself as an option, having garnered numerous solid reviews among e-commerce platforms. But what about this choice differentiates itself from the constantly evolving sound space?

Specs are the lifeblood of any piece of technology, and audio connoisseurs can be particularly picky. That is what makes the ATH-M40x’s capabilities so intriguing. The copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils and 40mm drivers fill out the body of the headphones, delivering the cleanest and accurate sound possible. Crisp, uninterrupted audio is vital in music, gaming and transcription, as well as a myriad of other applicable areas. Circumaural design contours allow the user to be fully immersed in the sound, drowning out ambient noise in even the most difficult environments. Make no mistake, these headphones aren’t designed to listen to audio, and they’re designed to indulge in it.

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The look of the ATH-M40x is sleek, yet simple, providing an aesthetically pleasing audio listening solution to the eye. The black exterior is non-distracting and fits in nicely with any technology setup, and the headband and earpads round out the classic feel and familiarity most are accustomed to with headphones. While most listening devices in this area appear cheap and poorly put together, the Audio-Technica brand has taken care of consumers by putting these worries to bed.

The ATH-M40x’s emphasis on comfort can also not be understated. 90 degree swiveling earcups allow for one-ear monitoring, and the professional grade padding offer effortless comfort and ease. Easy to slip on and off, and big enough to properly fit a variety of head sizes, the headphones have adaptability in mind to ensure fluent listening sessions.

All in all, the ATH-M40x’s secret sauce is its effectiveness in not being just a tool for precise audio, but an intelligently made, comfortable experience for its users. With such a durable design, the Audio-Technica Studio Monitor Headphones are built to last. With this area of technology, the importance of a device’s reliability cannot be measured. While the glowing reviews of this tool speak for themselves, the true brilliance lies in providing each listener a visceral experience unique to them.

Is A Laptop Computer Better Than A Desktop?

Every time I get to the point where I need a new computer, or even think about buying one I always come to this one major fork in the road. Should I buy a desktop computer or a laptop computer? For many people it may not seem like a very big question to ask but for someone with the kind of lifestyle that I have it is actually quite important. For example I travel a lot, here in Panama you are only given visas for three months at a time and when your time is up you must leave the country for a minimum of two days before returning to Panama. That means that if I own a desktop computer which I use every day, I must leave it behind for the amount of time that I am traveling.

So when it comes to travel a laptop of course is much more convenient to have. However I have found that desktop computers are generally more stable machines; and for a gamer like myself they also tend to run games much better. However as I mentioned you can’t just haul them across the border whenever you like. Laptops are also very nice for a writer like myself. It allows you to write anywhere you go, and it allows you to get away from the desk and go outside and write. Staring at a computer screen all day every day in the same room can be rather stifling. So to have a laptop to take outside and write out a few articles in the fresh air is great.

Now what is definitely something very important to mention about desktops, which puts them on top for many people is upgrading. A laptop computer is more complex and difficult to build than a desktop. It is also much harder to upgrade a laptop computer than it is a desktop. Now this is probably more relevant to gamers who know how quickly technology changes. You can buy the best computer on the market and within a month there will be a better one out there and new games that the computer you have can’t even handle. Basically it is just nice to know that even though your computer will be out of date soon that you can buy new parts and have a whole new computer for a much lesser price.

Which brings us to the final point. The price of laptop computers are much higher than that of desktops. This of course being a major factor for many people. You can buy a very nice desktop computer for less than a thousand dollars. A laptop computer of the same caliber however will often times be at least a couple hundred dollars more. I recently went computer shopping and often found laptops that easily cost $500 more than a desktop and were still not as fast and with less hard drive space.

So when it comes to my opinion, I think that a potential buyer should generally stick with a desktop. Unless of course they travel often in which case a laptop is necessary. Everyone has their own opinion on this matter. Some may defend their laptops with passion and others their desktops. To finish I will say that if one has the finances and and the need, they can just buy both and have the best of the two worlds! To those of us who don’t have those kinds of finances, choose wisely. Look at your lifestyle and see what would be the best for you. Then go and purchase the perfect computer for you and enjoy it!

Tablets Vs Desktops and the Evolution of Internet Content

Content Creation and Consumption is Changing the Form and Face of Computing
During his recent keynote address, Steve Jobs declared that the tablet form factor is the future and that the desktop PC era is coming to an end.

While my personal computer inventory and my computing habits might point to a future without desktops, the reality is that the desktop computer will be around for a while. At the same time, while personal computing devices are evolving into tablets, desktop computers must evolve in order to stay relevant.

Tablets and the Future – How Computing is Changing

Computing is changing: technology and devices are simply adapting to accommodate the new paradigms of how people access information. During the early days of the Internet, most people online fancied themselves website designers. It seemed that everyone had a website, and the Internet was clogged with amateur website hosting services like Geocities and Angelfire. As the Internet matured, we became content producers that used our computers to document our lives through blogs and video-blogs. Everyone was producing web content, and most of us needed desktops or at least a competent laptop to accomplish this. Now, things have changed.

For the most part, we have shifted from being producers of content to consumers of content, and the limited web content we do create is all created in bite-sized chunks. When it comes to 420 characters on a Facebook status update or 140 words in a tweet, a desktop computer is simply overkill. We use our smartphones, many of which like my Motorola Atrix are far more powerful than my desktop was 12 years ago, to update our status or send a message to a friend. We snack on information through Wikis and snapshots rather than gorge on information in libraries. The tablet form factor was the natural evolution of a computing device for this content snacking.

Back when the world was obsessed with updating the animated background on a Geocities page, we still received most of our information and entertainment on television or in print. Now we get our information and entertainment from Hulu.com, Netflix.com, CNN.com or other news websites. Even magazines, newspapers, and books are delivered electronically. Tablets are the best device imaginable for content consuming and information snacking. We want information on the run, and even a laptop is too cumbersome and clunky. I can’t imagine carrying around the dozen magazines and a few books that I hop between on my Nook Color.

Tablets and The Future – Where Does Content Come From?

Someone still has to create all of the content. Granted, Youtube videos and Facebook status updates are created on Smartphones and Tablets, but someone is sitting down at a desktop and creating the electronic version of Men’s Health and Maxim that I read on my Nook Color, and you can bet your iPad 2 that a desktop was used to do the design layout of the print version that the electronic version was based on. The production, layout, and programming for the entire web is done on either a laptop or a desktop. Even I am writing this article on my iMac. I can’t imagine trying to hack this together on my Motorola Atrix or an Apple iPad. Desktops have a purpose, even in our consumption model. That purpose is at the top of the content consumption food chain.

I think of desktops and full-sized laptops as the earth moving machines, dump trucks, and work machines that are necessary to create the roads and infrastructure that makes everyday life possible. Tablets, smartphones, and ultra-mobile netbooks are the convertibles, hybrid vehicles and motorcycles that we all long to drive. The roadside is fun to watch from a convertible, but if it wasn’t for a a cement mixer, there would be no road to zoom along.

Tablet Computers and the Future – What’s Next?

I don’t know if tablet form factor computers and smart phones will ever be able to replace a powerful and scalable desktop when it comes to our current paradigm of programming and content creation. The future depends on what kind of content consumers we become. If content is driven by cloud computing and storage and real-time augmented reality applications, then a tablet, Nintendo 3DS, or a smartphone is all that we might need. Once content can create itself, or code can be compiled in real-time by powerful and adaptable computing devices, we will only need consumption devices.

It isn’t fair to say that the PC era is over; it is fair to say that the traditional methods of content creation have ended. As more content is delivered electronically, and the messages and content continues to become bite-sized, tablets are becoming more useful and relevant.

Desktop vs. Laptop: Which is Better?

I own both a laptop and a desktop computer, so I think I can provide an equal arguement for both subjects.

I’ve owned the desktop far longer than the laptop, but I’ve managed to note many pros and cons for both. Here they are.

Desktop

Don’t get me wrong, desktops are a very good choice if you want to buy a computer, but consider this before you fork over you’re money. They are more expandable than laptops, but they have a rather large footprint by comparison. You might have to buy two whole new pieces of furniture to acomidate thier size.

A desk and a chair(more money). Eventhough they are bigger, this makes them a lot easier to take apart and fix or upgrade. But bigger often means louder. Most desktops have a large and rather loud cooling fan. The size also means more clutter in the form of dust, wires, and sometimes, even bugs.

A desktop means a tower(the computer itself), and the screen being powered by two seperate plugs(more energy use). An upside to the size is the fact that desktops usually have more ports(USB, Firewire, etc.).

And worst of all, if you don’t have some sort alternate powersource in the case of a power outage, anything you would have been doing at the time would be rudely interupted. You would’nt have a chance to save you’re work and it would be lost.

Laptop

As my personal choice, I think laptops are the way to go. Most people think laptops are more expensive, believe me, thier not. My sister’s desktop cost in upwards of a thousand dollars, and it’s a nice computer. However my laptop only ran me about six hundred, and spec wise, is better in every way. It has a better graphics card, a bigger harddrive(by almost 60 gigs), and a better processor(hers being a celeron D, and mine being a AMD 64 Athlon X2 duel core).

Laptops are obviously more portable. On a downside, laptops are a lot harder to service and usually have to be fixed by a professional costing you more money. They are not as loud as desktops, but tend to overheat far more frquently mostly due to someone puting them on a blanket or a carpet, blocking the air vents. But as long as you don’t do any of that stuff, laptops are pretty safe.

When it all comes down to it, just take a look at the specs and decide to get a desktop or a laptop.

I’ve briefly outlined the pros and cons of both. Use them to make you’re decision.

Desktop Pros

  • Expandability
  • Easier to physicly repair
  • More customizable(physiacly)
  • Often safer overheating wise
  • Often more connections(USB, Firewre, etc.)

Desktop Cons

  • Bigger/Takes up more space
  • Often louder
  • Unportability
  • A lot of wires/Clutter/Dust trap
  • Power outage = computer shutdown

Laptop Pros

  • Portability
  • Battery Power(power outage won’t matter for a few hours
  • Small/small footprint
  • Often more quiet
  • No wires(only power and peripherals if any)

Laptop Cons

  • Can be unsafe overheating wise
  • Harder to repair physicly
  • Not as much room to expand or upgrade hardware
  • Often fewer conncetions(USB, Firewire, etc.)