Pioneer HDJ-1000G – Welcome Home

Pioneer HDJ-1000

Change is a part of life. Some people embrace change like it was somehow meant to be all along, while others have a hard time accepting that what they’ve become accustomed to is no longer that way. The latter was the case with me and my Sony MDR-V700 headphones, sentimentally dubbed – ‘Old Faithful’. The first pair of high end DJ headphones I ever purchased (around $180 at the time), they were known for their bass response, noise cancellation and overall look. Almost 10 years ago now, I wanted these so bad because I saw every other DJ rockin’ them. Without a doubt these cans were the headphones of for any Hip Hop DJ.

There was a bit of a controversy with these a few years back, as there was a lot of talk about fake ones being produced and sold on eBay. That was a shame, since no one could honestly tell the difference. I think the only cosmetic difference was the packaging that they came in.

All good things seem to come to an end though, as my trusty 700s finally fell into the same category as almost everyone else’s did – cracked. Old faithful now sits retired at my computer desk.

I’ve since moved on to the Pioneer HDJ-1000 series, and I’m more than happy with the choice. Much lighter & comfortable, and more importantly just as loud as the 700s, these are my new headphone of choice. Ok, there’s the 2000 model that has the detachable cord, but I can live without it for now. Sound quality-wise, I find that there’s still slightly a bit more bass response with the 700s, but not too much. I was lucky enough to receive the limited edition Gold color way as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend. Also shown is the other limited edition color way, matte black. If you’re in the market for a new pair of high quality headphones, look no further.

Sony MDR V700 Specs
Pioneer HDJ-1000 Specs

Apple Announces iPhone 3G Release Date

Apple iPhone 3G

If there’s one thing that I cannot get enough of, it’s the iPhone. Forget the fact that Steve Jobs revolutionized the mobile phone industry with the release of the original iPhone last year but apparently he likes doing it every 8 months or so.  Apple officially announced the new iPhone 3G will be released North America wide on July 11th, in front of a packed house at WWDC today. 

The most distinct difference is obviously the presence of 3G technology capability, which will again, change the way we use our phones. Other notable features include a new matching bluetooth headset, Microsoft Exchange support, new GPS capabilities, and access to the Apple ‘App’ Store. 

Another surprise was the announced pricing. He mentioned that the new generation phone would be available in two models – 8GB &16GB, which would be priced at $199 and $299 respectively.

For us Canadians, we finally get a share of the fun as well, as Jobs announced that the 3G will be available through Rogers on the same day. Nonetheless, I have no regrets of picking up my original iPhone last year in Vegas, unlocking it, and commencing to ‘Trailblaze’ it for 8 months…

See the video of the Keynote Presentation here.