Razer is moving on to greater heights and definitely greater sounds with the new Adaro range, set to sly away from purely gaming headsets. Music undeniably plays an important part in a radio station and the Radioheatwave jocks have had the honour to try out the latest Razer Adaro Stereo, generously sponsored by Razer. You can say that we’re definitely loving it so far!
The black body with an aluminum Razer logo and a silver rim on each side of the headphones gives it a cool and sleek finish. Paired with the signature green cable, it is definitely a unique looking headphone. Apart from its stylish exterior, the Adaro is surprisingly lightweight and has a collapsible design making it very easy to store and bring it around. So if you’re looking for a headset for music on the go, the Adaro headset is definitely the headphone for you.
Another great feature is the leatherette ear cushions and headband that fits nicely but if it doesn’t, the adjustable headband makes it easy for any headshape! The cushions are super soft and offers ultimate comfort, which is easily a plus point for extended use in the studio compared to the ones that give you a headache after just an hour of using them.
Moving on to the most important feature of the Adaro headphones, it has amazing bass levels – perfect for gaming and also bass-heavy music. For such a compact headset they produce such great quality audio. You can easily hear clear vocals and the different instruments playing in the background as if they were happening in real time.
The one thing the headphones could improve in is probably the noise cancellation outside of the headphones. Turning the volumes up to the highest volume might result to a nuisance to those around you especially if you’re listening to something heavier.
All in all, the Adaro headset doesn’t disappoint. Razer never fails to impressus with great quality products. If you’re looking out for a headphone that is comfortable, stylish, has great sound and portable at the same time, then the Adaro headset is the best way to go.
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Dusk deepens at the skyline’s edge; the wildfire sunset painting the cityscape with the citrus horizon. The urban summer nightlife plays via a four hundred forty-piece car engine orchestra, and somewhere within the cacophony lay prestigious nightclub, marked by a neon sea of scintillating strobelights,shimmering in a kaleidoscopic latticework of technicolour that radiated with euphoric bliss, echoing the same tones that painted the windows of the souls of glassy-eyed, snapback-donning, hip-hop-addicted teenagers gathered where their senses resonated under one common passion: DANCE.
Poetry aside, the Red Bull BC One Cypher, that took place at Mansion Bay on the evening of 20 June, had many dance enthusiasts encircling the makeshift arena battleground in a smoky room, supercharged with electric atmosphere and accelerating pulses pounding like rising thunder. This competition would decide who would represent Singapore on the world stage at the Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Final in Taiwan on 25 October. Sixteen b-boys duked it out one-on-one for the prize at rapid-fire pace with antigravity power flares, furiously flashy footwork, and freezes that seemed to defy the human anatomy itself, all with seamless fluidity and remarkable athletic dexterity.
Rounds consisted of two “moves” (sets) each that cut the Top 16 into Top 8, and eventually Top 4. From then on, three rounds were the decisive factor between 3rd and 4th place, as well as who claimed champion and runner-up. With Red Bull BC One 2007 World Champion Ronnie at the judging reins alongside b-boys YNOT (USA) and Tino Rock (Korea), the showcase took place with earth-rattling, head-nodding breakbeats courtesy of DJ KoFlow. A pioneer in the local b-boying scene, Felix Huang, held court as the night’s emcee.
In between rounds were breaks, when spontaneous freestyle cyphers broke out on the dancefloor, for the enjoyment of anyone who wanted to join in. It was an engaging experience for all, where the beat changed randomly and the acrobatic energy of the break dancers flowed along almost instantly, a testament to their quick feet and quick thinking. Aside from all the moves happening completely off the top of the head, the mutual respect and kinship that these b-boys had for each other made watching the battles all the more entertaining.
At the final battle, Sean Shagaran clinched the title from defending champion Leonard. With differing styles of chill vs. aggressive, both b-boys threw down their best down rock skills in an attempt to swerve the judges’ votes in their favour. In the end, it was Sean’s casual laid-back flair that won them over.
According to Red Bull’s official site, judge Ronnie departed with these words to all local b-boys: “B-boying is all about selling that attitude. The b-boys in Singapore definitely have the right technical skills to make it to the next level; they just need to learn to sell it now.”
So in life as in dance, for grace glides on blistered feet.
“Wah, this crowd sibei on,” said the taxi driver who dropped me off at the entrance of the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And boy, was he right. Lines that stretched far, people splattered head to toe in red paint andothers lighting up the evening with their multi-coloured LED lights. My first thought? Wow, these Taylor Swift fans are crazy. It seemed like the fans went all out for the last ever show of the RED tour in Singapore.
Last seen here on our sunny island with stage lights pointing at her in 2011, Taylor’s fan base has grown. Actually, that’s an understatement – her fan base has exploded over the past three years, and it was apparent from the fans’ devotion showed by coming to the concert in outfits with many Taylor Swift quotes and lyrics all over themselves. And then there were the rare individuals such as myself who looked completely out of place.
Entering the stadium slightly late because of ticket issues, I was just in time to find my seat, put my stuff down and find a spot to stand and watch the show without blocking anyone. I have to admit that I’m not really a Swiftie (that’s what Taylor Swift fans are called, it seems) but when the bass dropped, the goosebumps appeared and they did not go away until the end of the show.
Don’t believe the guy who isn’t a Swiftie? Why don’t you ask the 8000 screaming fans that were there.
Opening up the night with some cool shadow silhouette effects and her single State of Grace, Taylor did not disappoint. Immediately followed by Holy Ground, the screaming didn’t stop for 10 whole minutes. And it was obvious why. After greeting the people present and then telling us why the show was going to be special because it was the last, she broke into one of her more popular songs, Red. It was quite clear that Taylor valued her fans more than anything else that night.
From the slew of hit songs to the insanely quick costume change, Taylor definitely brought things to a whole new level. It seems the star responded to her fans’ spirit by pulling out all the stops for the final show of her RED tour. There were lights, colourful backup dancers, old-school themes, wedding themes, circus themes. You name it, she had it. The 12-song lineup meant a quick 80-90 min show… but in this case, the quality definitely beat the quantity.
Then out of the blue appeared the old Taylor with one of her old songs, Mean. Not one person in the crowd didn’t sing along for this song. This, followed by 22 and one whole segment where Taylor showed off her dance moves (they have definitely improved!) pushed the whole atmosphere in the stadium up one level.
One of the better performances was definitely I Knew You Were Trouble. The costume change in this performance was so fast it was completely unexpected. What was more unexpected was the dubstep that suddenly came on during this piece! My personal favourite performance was Love Story. It was like a mini play going on stage when Taylor was singing this song! Though her crowd pleasers were her older songs, there were also some songs from her new album ‘Red’. In fact, 7 out of 12 songs performed were from this album alone.
As Love Story ended, the crowd was left with an illusion that the concert was over. It actually felt like something was missing when the show ended so suddenly. But then came in Taylor, with a full-on circus theme for her hit single We Are Never Getting Back Together. Armed with a cute ringmaster outfit to complete the look, Taylor made sure the show ended with a bang, the same way it began.
I have to admit I was skeptical when I went in, but when I came out, I was still reeling from the shock of actually getting to experience one of the better concerts Singapore will see this year and for many more to come.
Special thanks to Cornetto for the media pass and also Radio Heatwave for the opportunity.