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Grado Labs SR60i

A few months ago I was looking for some headphones to use when I was working on the computer or was in a location that I really didn't need or want the noise blocking properties for my Etymotic Research hf5's. I did some digging on the web and found that there were a lot of opinions about which over the ear headphones where the best.  Now, we all know that being the best is very much about personal preference.  I have heard about the Grado SR60's before and the model kept popping up in my research so I decided that I wanted to get me hand on a pair of them.  Once I got them, I must say I was impressed with the sound the quality of the head phones.  They sounded awesome.  The fit could use some improvement as my ears hurt a bit after having them on for a number of hours.  Overall, for the price the sounds is fantastic.  Also, since they are an open diaphragm design it is easy to hear what is going on around you, which can be great at time and a downfall at others.


Etymotic Research hf5 Earphones

Last spring in anticipation of heading off to Hawaii for a week I decided to take a look for a new set of earphones.  I had been using a set of Etymotic Research ER6 for the last five years or so, they had served me well and were still working fine, but I wanted to see what my options were, especially since I knew that the ER6 had been replaced by the ER6i.  I started researching online one morning and found that Etymotic Research had released a new model that was similar to their ER-4P model that I had been lusting after for a long long time, but could never justify the price in my head.  The new model was known as the hf5 (black, cobalt, red) and was available from Amazon for just over a hundred dollars which is not too far off of the price of the ER6's that I have used for the past several years.  Well, I ordered them that they preformed great.  Imagine my disappointment when I was on a trip for work and discovered that my left earphone had no audio at times after having used them for the past six months.  I was bummed to say the least.

After thinking about my options I decided to see what the warranty period was on the hf5's, after all I was hoping that it was at least a year, well I was very happy to learn that it was in fact twice that.  I decided to contact Etymotic to start the return process, I must say it could not have been easier.  I called the number posted on their site and was immediately answered and transferred to customer service.  Customer service issued me an RMA number and gave me instructions on the how to return the product.  All was looking right with the world, I just needed some earphones to get home.

Well, I was out of town and decided to find a store and pick up something for the trip home.  I opted for something inexpensive (about twenty dollars) and I must say they worked, but were nowhere near what I have grown accustom to with my hf5's.  I got home and the cheap replacement earphones were relegated to the desk draw and the ER6's were used while the return was being processed.

I shipped out the earphones on Monday via UPS ground since it was only an estimated two day time frame to get them to Etymotic.  I was very happy when I received an email on Friday of the same with with tracking information the return trip.  Well, UPS just dropped off a package and in it was the replacement set of hf5's bran new and fully functional.  The hf5's are great, and really like having them.  I must say that this was one of the easiest and fastest product warranty returns that I have done.  Thank you to Etymotic Research for making great products and standing behind them with great customer service.


Arizonia’s Apache Trail

I have been in Mesa, AZ for work for a few days now and I happened to have about a day and a half without any work that needed to be done, so I started looking for things to do.  I ran across some information about the Apache Trail that goes through the Tonto National Forest.  I had read that it is no all paved and that it is slow going at times.  Well, let me tell you is can be very slow going at times.  Even some of the parts that are paved are such sharp turns that that going more than ten to fifteen miles per hours is not a good idea.  When I got to the spot where the pavement ends this was still twenty plus miles to go before reaching the dam that created Theodore Roosevelt Lake where the pavement starts again.  The gravel part of the trail was very wash boarded and forced me to drive very slow.  Overall, it took me about three hours to make it from Apache Junction to Theodore Roosevelt Lake and about another two hours to make it back to Mesa.

I did stop and take a number of pictures along the way and they can be found in my gallery.  Also, I had my GPS tracker running for the entire trip, so you can see my route and all of the photos from today are geotagged with the location that they were taken at.

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