Review: Sennheiser PX100-II

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I always try to make up some reason to get a new pair of headphones like for example I have ones I use on flights that are under 3 hours and ones I use for flights that are longer than 3 hours. I have headphones I use when I listen to electronic music while another pair I use only to listen to songs ripped at a 320kbps or higher. If I didn’t make up all these reasons and excuses I would probably end up with just one pair of headphone and I would hate that.

But, if for some odd reason there was a law that said every man can only one pair of headphone, then the pair I would want to own are the Sennheisers PX100-II. I purchased the original PX100’s back in 2005 and I posted a review of them here on the blog giving them a 4.5 out of 5. Those headphones became my office headphones since they were easy to take off and put on, they didn’t isolate me completely from my surroundings and they were cheap enough to leave lying around on my desk and not worry about them disappearing, breaking or having tea spilled on them. Around 2 months back the foam ear covers on my PX100 got ripped and I started noticing a rattling sound in the right ear so I decided it was time to get the newer PX100-II as a replacement.

As much as I loved my original PX100 it took me around 10 seconds to literally trash them and call them junk right after unboxing the PX100-II. The new versions are so unbelievably well made! They feel incredibly sturdy and they’re so beautifully designed. I can’t stop being amazed at how perfect these headphones look and feel. Sounds wise it’s hard to judge since although they do sound like an improvement over my older headphones (specially the bass which sounds a lot tighter) but my old headphones were falling apart so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison. Other than the new looks and build quality another nice feature is that there is only one wire coming out of the headphones instead of two (one form every ear). This makes things a lot tidier and easier to fold and pack away.

The final score? This is getting a 5 out of 5 easily. There really isn’t anything to complain about they’re perfect. Although the older PX100 headphones cost me $45 and these new ones cost around $70, I had previously stated in the old review that I would willing to pay double the amount for the PX100. Well the double of $45 is $90 and the newer and better PX100-II cost $70 so it’s still a good deal.

I ordered my headphones from Amazon but that’s because I couldn’t find them in Kuwait. That is until I passed by Virgin at Marina Mall last week and spotted them selling for around KD20. I’ve also purchased another pair of Sennheisers for running (the 680i) and will post about those once I spend some good time with them.


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Japanese Thrash Metal Band with a Kuwaiti Singer

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Faisal Al-Salem is a Kuwaiti who lived in Japan for 10 years and is the lead singer for UNITED, one of the biggest thrash metal bands in Japan. He goes by the name Kenshin over there and the video above is for one of their songs. [YouTube]

You can find out a bit more on Faisal Al-Salem (Kenshin) by checking out an interview with him [Here]
If you would like to visit the bands website as well here is the [Link]

In case you missed it here are posts on a Kuwaiti country music singer and here is one on two Kuwaiti rappers.

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Event: Gulf Jazz Festival

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I’m not a fan of jazz but I know many people are so here is some info on the Gulf Jazz Festival that’s going to be held next month.

April 27th, 2011
There will be a BBQ dinner and concert with two artists that night, the first is the Polish jazz artist Jarek Smietana Trio as well at American jazz artist Karen Edwards.

April 28th, 2011
There will be a BBQ dinner and concert with Swedish artist Monica Borrfors performing with her band.

Both events will be held at the Al Hashemi II Grand Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

For more information visit www.gulfjazzfest.com


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Event: Lebanon on the Roof

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Al Manshar Rotana always have some pretty cool music events taking place poolside. This time they’re holding a Lebanese night with a live band playing some Lebanese classics.

Location: Al Manshar Rotana – Rooftop pool
Date: March 31st, 2011
Price: KD12 per person (includes dinner)

For reservations call +96523931000 ext 223. Here is a link to their flyer which also contains contact information [Link]


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Event: Jammin out at GUST

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There is gonna be a music event at GUST this Saturday made up of a mixture of pop music, classical, rock, blues and more with all proceeds going to Operation Hope and PAWS. The tickets are for KD5 and you can contact Ms. Helen Newton on newtonhelen1@gmail.com or text her at 97320877, for more information and reservations. Tickets can be purchased ahead of the event or at the door.

Date: Saturday 19th March 2011
Time: 3PM to 5PM
Location: GUST University (West Mishref)

One of the bands playing will be the Mojolaters whom I’ve posted about before on the blog. You can check out their website [Here]


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Event: The 1st Kuwait International Music Festival

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The Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia is organizing the 1st Kuwait International Music Festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of The State of Kuwait. The festival is going to be held under the patronage of H.E.Shaikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al -Sabah, Minister of Al Diwan Al Amiri Affairs. The Polish Minister of Culture Bogdan Zdrojewski (who is one of the sponsors of the event) will be a special honor guest of the festival.

QATAR CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE
Consists of virtuoso members of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Program: Rachmaninoff & Schoenberg
Date & Time: Friday, March 11th 2011 at 8pm
Location: Al Hashemii II Grand Ballroom at Radisson Blu Hotel

SINFONIETTA CRACOVIA ORCHESTRA
One of the leading European orchestra from Poland with soloist Robert Kabara (violin)
Program: Mozart -Symphony No. 40 in G minor (KV 550), Violin concerto D-Major KV 218, Karlowicz, Kilar, Gorecki,
Date & Time: Saturday, March 12th 2011 at 8pm
Location: Al Hashemi II Grand Ballroom at Radisson Blu Hotel
and
Date & Time: Sunday, March 13th 2011 at 8pm
Location: Mishref Theater

YOUNG MUSICIANS OF THE GULF
Date & Time: Sunday, March 14th 2011 at 7pm
Location: Mishref Theater

Tickets: KD5 and KD10 (available at Radisson Blu tel 25673000 and Virgin)

For more information visit www.kuwaitcp.com


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Watani Habibi in Japan

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Ibrahim Al-hulail is a Kuwaiti student who’s currently studying in Japan and I previously posted a video of his in which he had some Japanese students say a Kuwaiti phrase. Well this time he made a new video to share with my readers dedicated to Kuwait from his Japense friends to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Kuwait and the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait. In the video his Japanese friends sing the popular song Watani Habibi. [YouTube]

Thanks Ibrahim


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Event: Arun Ghosh Quintet in Kuwait

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As part of a series of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kuwait’s independence and the 20th Anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait after the first Gulf War, the British Council brings the Arun Ghosh Quintet to Kuwait for two live music performances.

First Show
Date: Thursday, 17 February 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Performing Arts Centre, The English School

Second Show
Date: Friday, 18 February 2011
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: The Avenues, Phase 2 outside Dean & Deluca

Admission is free to both events but for The English School performance it’s strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and you should arrive in good time in order to secure a seat. For more information visit this [Link]

Thanks Guy


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Event: Carmina Burana

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This looks like it’s going to be one hell of a show. The Ahmadi Music Group & Orchestra will be presenting one of the most famous and exciting choral works ever performed in Kuwait with a large orchestra of 40 musicians… Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Location: Boy Scout Association Theatre, Beirut Street, Hawalli, Opposite Centre Point.
Time: All shows start at 7pm

Dates & Prices:
Tuesday 18 January, 2011 – Preview night for students KD4
Wednesday 19 January, 2011 – Gala, Black Tie followed by buffet, KD10
Thursday 20 January, 2011 – Adults KD8, Students/Children KD4
Friday 21 January, 2011 – Adults KD8, Students/Children KD4

Secure your invitations in advance to avoid disappointment by calling 66184192 or sending an email to invitations@ahmadimusicgroup.com
For more information visit the Ahmadi Music Group website [Here]

Thanks Ridwan


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KFC can’t dance

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[YouTube]

They get an “F” straight away for their choice in music. Their dancing and wardrobe get a “C”. McDonalds are still winning this dance contest followed by Pizza Hut who sadly have removed their video. Here’s the current ranking so far:

Kuwait Dance Competition
1- McDonalds
2- Pizza Hut
3- Center Point
4- KFC
5- Caribou Coffee


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