Hi. My name is Adam Saunders and I live in the world of 1's and 0's. This is my tiny contribution the vastness of internet information. It's just an opinion and should you have your own, please comment it!
I found it difficult to find an unbiased comparison between these two mid/high end 7.1 headphones so thought I'd contribute to anyone wanting to know the difference. I now have the chance to do a side by side comparison.
First I just want to point out that I own both of these headphones for some time so can say that I am completely unbias.
They are both headphones that won't disappoint. You'll find the Kraken's have a deeper bass where the Cloud 2's have a far better fidelity. Moving from a Kraken to the Cloud 2 you feel you miss the bass. Moving back you realise the bass is perhaps a little over exaggerated, and the clarity in typical voice and hi-end frequencies are just not as clear. As a sound range goes, it's clear the Cloud 2's are better, but that isn't to say that the Kraken's are bad at all. In fact they are excellent, just not as excellent.
The build quality of the Cloud 2's are better too. The materials are more solid and leaks less noise. The braided cord is softer which on the Kraken causes a lot of noise in the phones whenever anything touches or rubs the cord, which is all the time. You can wear either for extended periods, but I'd actually say that Kraken's are better in a warmer environment over extended period of wear.
One thing I like about the Kraken is that microphone can be pushed into the headset whereas the Cloud 2's is detachable. Detaching isn't as convenient so I tend to just leave it there where I can just push the Kraken one out of the way when not in use. The microphone on and off button in the stem itself as well as having a light to show if it is on and off is also a very practical feature. The Cloud 2 has the on/off switch on the USB control so is hard to tell if its been disabled or not without inspection.
I do like the controls on the Cloud 2 USB control "fob" and it gives a nice long cable to work with. You can plug the headphones directly into a standard 3.5mm phono socket including the mixed audio/mic ones you have on phones and laptops though I haven't fully tried this yet to see if the quality is still as good as the USB soundcard.
If I could only choose one, I would personally recommend the Cloud 2's.
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Over the next few weeks I've been working with SignalR allowing for a paradigm shift in application development where the concept of sending a request for data and receiving a response from a web server is changed with asynchronous, instant communications going both ways without any "polling" (constant pings for actions) when used with Windows 2012 server (Websockets).
Should I go for the Galaxy Nexus? In this article I will talk about the pros and cons of the new Nexus device and whether I should replace my Nexus One with the latest Nexus release..
I have to say that I'm absolutely LOVING MIUI (miuiandroid.com/) on my Nexus One. It's a really slick interface where I just haven't had to download and install replacements components such as dialers and contact managers (even browsers) because it all works together so well. It's a very productive ROM, and looks so slick too.
Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich has now been announced and the one of the key features is the unification (finally) of the interface. I.e. the way the device works should be far more consistent than it ever was before. Though this isn't exactly hard. Android has always felt quite segregated in the past.
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the Android 4.0 and seeing if the move away from MIUI is going to leave me home sick. Watch this space!
I thought I'd try and post a blog via my new transformer. Managed to get the one with the keyboard and have to say its VERY good indeed. There still needs to be some better support for Tablets with the existing applications in the market. I'm sure that will change a lot over the coming year.
I've been waiting for ages for version 7 of the incredibly brilliant CyanogenMod (a community built version of Android mobile platform with plenty of extra bells and whistles that you love your phone to have).
Around 3 weeks ago I started to download the nightly version of CM7 just so that I could have a feel of what gingerbread (version 2.3 of Android) would be like. I really like it, but the stability of the builds were not great in specific areas. Generally it was sound and was immediately using is as part of my daily mobile phone, but the dialer and few other parts would be problematic. The thing is, it wasn't really the fault of CM7 (ish). They were trying to get gingerbread out very early using the same Android build that the Nexus S (first phone to officially support gingerbread, made by samsung) and fit that on older devices.
Every update I'd be hoping that someone would have figured out the issues, but it wasn't the case, and there was even an application called Dewonkificator that was created by someone in the community to continually restart a service to patch the issue. That worked, but its certianly no final fixture.
Well a few days ago Google finally released Andoird 2.3.3 which had Nexus One support which the CM team promptly included in their Release Candidate build. I installed that today and what a difference it has made. Completely stable, super fast, tons of options and the phone once again feels like a brand new device.
I think the Nexus One has been the best investment in mobile technology I've ever made. Over the last 2 years I've had it, it feels like I've recieved about 5 new devices. And this is all down to the strong community side of Android, and especially the CyanogenMod team!
Now I have to start to contemplate whether I should invest in a Xoom tablet. It's still not a tablet like I have as my PC tablet, but I'll certianly be looking closely at the device. The IPad 2 does look and sound good, but I don't have any Apple technologies and it simply couldn't fit into the way I work... totally untethered. I've noticed that Apple are trying to defend their ground with the only real strength the ipad has, which is how many apps they have for the iPad than the totally new honeycomb has, but look how that has quickly gone ahush with the mobile phone versions of each platform. I doubt I'm the only one seeing that this will be a short lived fact, and these devices are large longer term investments. Whats most to note here is that the fact that Apple are trying to highlight these things means their are very concerned.
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