Well here we are, it's the toughest month of the year on many levels. All the holiday cheer is in the rear view mirror and you kind of feel a perpetual hangover that has made really bad promises.
There is a bright side, though, you still have some of that lovely holiday cash or gift cards burning a hole in the pocket of your skinny jeans just waiting to make you happy.
Maybe you've wanted to get into DJing, or maybe you made some silly deal with the gym gods and promised regular visits throughout 2017. Well here are five things that we have come across that can help lift your droopy dog ass mood.
Learn to mix or make your gym experience a lot better with these gadgets that we have thoroughly road tested for you. You are welcome, now cheer up it's almost February, and you have to worry about Valentines Day!
For The Aspiring DJs and Producers
If you are looking to get into the DJ hustle but are quite sure where to start, let us help you. Before you go out and buy five grand worth of pro audio gear, you might start by dipping your mp3 into the water first for a test run. The best place to start is with a controller and Hercules makes solid entry to prosumer level controllers for those just getting started (MSRP $299).
In particular, we love the Hercules P32 DJ. This is a unique, all-in-one controller that brings you the best of DJing and live performance tools. As you will learn, it's not just about mixing one track into another any more things are a lot more complex. With two decks, EQs, some effects, and more, this controller is perfect for most novices to start mixing on and evolve to more complicated and inspired performances.
The P32 also offers the two grids of 16 pads so you can trigger samples and loops during your set. This feature is a must for any controller as this is the future of DJing and live performance and you need to get used to it.
Last but not least the Hercules controllers come with DJUCED their DJ software and sample packs so you can get rocking right out of the box with your Mac/Pc.
DJ headphones seem like a very saturated market, and for a new DJ or even a pro, it's a bit confusing to navigate. Audio Technica's ATH-M50x is the perfect intersection of high-end performance and mid-tier price point. This is a headphone that works for a variety of different things from DJing to production to just casual listening, and that's not easy to find. What's even more amazing is the price. For under two hundred bucks you are getting a headphone that sounds just flat out amazing for the price and is truly multipurpose.
So if you are just starting out and looking for something that will grow with you or you are a pro on a budget, these are one of the best headphones on the market for the price.
The brand's flagship M-series headphones feature 45mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver the accurate frequency response and incredible detail, which makes them one of the few multipurpose headphones on the market.
You also get two cables, a carrying pouch and the foldable factor which lets you collapse the headphones so you can easily store the cans in your DJ bag. You will have these bad boys for years!
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless
What can we say about V-MODA that we haven't already said? Just when you thought they were at the top of their game, they keep topping it.
The Crossfade Wireless headphones have been out for just over a year, and yes, it took V-MODA a long time to get into this game, but it was worth the wait. If you are a fan of the M-100 (their flagship headphone), you will be equally as happy with the Crossfade Wireless version. This product is everything you would expect a V-MODA wireless headphone to be, they are rugged, sound insanely good and priced fairly ($299) for what you are getting. V-MODA’s tuning sets the bar higher by improving the legendary Crossfade M-100 signature sound for virtually identical wired and wireless playback (for most people anyway).
The Crossfade Wireless' come with the signature V-MODA hard case, charging cable and wired cable for nonwireless use and a carabiner to hook your case to your bag. The wireless range is solid, about 30 feet or so and the battery lasts an impressive 12 hours.
For The Music-Loving Sports Enthusiast
V-MODA Forza Metallo In-Ear
The newest in-ear headphone to the V-MODA lineup brings a slightly more affordable unit ($129) to the team with all the performance that you would expect from V-MODA at a lower price point. We loved the Zn model which was the leader in the in-ear lineup until now. The Forza brings a great new option to the table with similar performance and a more sporty outlook. These buds are targeted at the active user that wants great sound, light weight and true functionality of a more standard high-end bud.
There is no sacrifice on sound; you get the sports performance and durability plus a fantastic mic for when you need to take calls. If you are still cool with wires and looking for an all round beast of a bud that can hang with you in just about any situation then the Forza is a great choice.
We were big fans of the original wired version of the Relays and now even bigger fans of the wireless version. The Relays Sport Wireless are just what you need in a hard working sports headphone.
They are comfortable, light, durable, and sound solid for a headphone in this price point ($80). The units paired easily, and the charge lasted for more than five workouts and still had juice.
Not having wires makes a HUGE difference in the gym, there is just no reason to mess with wires anymore. Your phone can chill in your pocket while you sweat it out to your "busting my beer gut" playlist and you never have to worry about snagging a wire again. EVER.
These are also great for sports like mountain biking, snowboarding, and anything else that is enhanced by music but still needs a little bit of outside noise to squeak in.
These buds have made working out a lot more enjoyable and carefree so you can now focus on what you are doing and not the wires snagging and dragging.