Headphones for Artists Musician and Audiophiles Alike

The KingSound KS-H3 electrostatic headphone is a revolution in terms of sound quality.

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When it comes to a headphone which offers a soundstage which truly makes it feel as if you could be listening to a life performance of your favourite music, the KingSound KS-H3 electrostatic headphones are the best on the market. They outperform their competition to such a degree that music from any other source sounds diffuse and muted after using them.

Added to this, the lightweight and comfortable design make these headphones great to wear for long periods of time, and they have a sleek, industrial look which makes them feel fresh and stand out from the crowd. They have open ear-cups, meaning that you have the ability to still hear what is going on around you – making them a perfect choice to watch films with.

For me, one of the most useful features of these headphones was the ability to listen to music at a reasonably low volume without losing the detail of the music. This is great, as it allows you to keep noise levels at a controllable level while still letting you hear each part of the music distinctly.

One of the few downsides to the Kingsound KS-H3 electrostatic headphones is that they do not come with a standard 3.5mm or 6.3mm headphone plug. They are electrostatic headphones, and so must be used with an amp designed specifically for this use. There are two available for use from KingSound – the M-10 solid-state amp and the M-20 tube amp. Be aware that the amp gets hot to the touch after just half an hour of use – making it less than ideal for use on the move.

Nor are these headphones cheap – which is unsurprising, given the quality of sound you receive from them. The headphones on their own are $875, and if you need to include the amp you can have the headphones and the M10 solid-state amp for $1,250, or a similar bundle with the M-20 tube amp instead for $2,150.

You can buy some great deals on headphones at shoppingway

Johnny Feds and Da Bluez Boyz Win First Round in the Connecticut Blues Society’s Blues Challenge.

The following was written for the Connecticut Blues E-List by Kent Kirkland.

Have been thinking about what should be written about last night’s event ever since awakening this morning. It was one of the most fun nights in some time. The room was full for most of the performances with enthusiastic fans. We heard from five fine bands, and the jam MC Tom Retano put together at the end had a sound as good or better as any of the participating bands! That meant for pure fun from 8PM to midnight.

Fairfield County-based Mamma Jamma Band opened the evening using some Tommy Castro tunes in their performance.

Chick magnet Eran Troy Danner followed with a powerful four piece act including John Bailey (CTBS Newsletter Layout Artist) on harp, playing several original tunes and sporting some interesting choreographed moves on stage.

Fairfield and Westchester County-based Johnny Feds & Da Bluez Boyz, in their first time Challenge appearance, came on with a highly talented and tight blues set, adding some elements of jazz. Johnny Feds, an accomplished guitarist, moved about the crowd playing dazzling blues licks, wearing just jeans and a white tee shirt. Their front man/vocalist/harp man and sax player was just as talented.

TL & The All-Stars appeared as a seven piece piece act, including a dazzling Hammond keyboardist, “Drew Blood” Andy G on harp, and new hot clear-voiced vocalist, Issac. This band brought out the dancers, who kept on for the balance of the evening. I’m getting to one of their gigs to hear the whole show.

Frankie & The Know-It-Alls appeared last, using several slow blues numbers to get us poor dancers out on the floor. I thought Frank’s last number, a slow blues with a rambling story, was most appealing as well as unusual.

The judges, fan Sue Meeker, musician/songwriter/bandleader Patty Tuite, WWUH DJ, former CTBS Director and Zydeco Hog “River City Slim”, WCNI DJ Greg Panse, and 2006 Challenge winning band Ryan Hartt & Blue Hearts guitarist Eric Ducoff, had to take more time than usual to grade the bands after the performances– it had to be difficult. Ballot Tabulator Ray Meeker found the top three bands were all within 8 points of one another–an unusual occurrence. That is how good the bands were.

Congratulations to Johnny Feds & Da Bluez Boyz, who took the most votes from the judges. They will be returning for the Blues Challenge Finals on Sept. 15th. As mentioned, Tom Retano picked out musicians from the judging table and crowd and organized an amazing jam at the end. This included crack players sound man Tom Petrie on bass, “River City Slim” Peter Rost on drums, Eric Ducoff and a funky Larry Willey (of Bluestalker fame) on guitar, and Tom R on vocals. Please forgive me if I forgot to talk about anyone. Thanks to the judges, who had a tough night, Zeke Ster, CTBS Director, who gave out tee shirts and brought equipment back & forth, Ray Meeker, who soberly tallied ballots, Tom Retano for MCing, Tom Petrie for the sound, CTBS Director Ed Stack for handling ballots, and Blue Moon, Blackeyed-Sallys, and Joe’s Guitars for sponsoring this years’ Blues Challenge.

Next week we have The Phantoms, Delta Moon, EZ Street, Fade to Blues, and The Kris Heaton Blues Band. Don’t miss the fun!

-Kent Kirkland, Event Coordinator, CT. Blues Society