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the airpod maxes are something i never would have bought for myself, but are something that I would replace immediately if I lost or broke them now that I have them. I wear them most of the time i'm in my office, I listen to books or podcasts while I'm cleaning or at the gym, I listen to music on transparent mode and play along with a guitar to work on tricky parts. wife got me a bike for christmas and I'm going to try and set a mile goal for the year, obviously the giant headphones would be no bueno with a helmet and good transparent audio would be important. Sounds like these might fit the bill.

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11 year old daughter had to have these airpods because apparently the [tween, pre-teen and teen private school starter pack] must have:

  • latest iphone (already had) and shaming anyone with an android
  • airpods in ears at all times
  • oversized hoodie with private school emblem to barely meet dresscode
  • crocs on at all times outside of uniform and on fridays (ironic or unironic, i can't figure it out)
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Wife got me a HomePod for Christmas. I typically listen to music or podcast while cooking dinner but I get tired of how the AirPod Pros feel in my ears after a time. It puts out really nice sound. 

HomePod mini? Depending on how big your kitchen is, get a second to make a stereo pair. It improves the sound bigly.
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Yeah I’ve been using HomePods and airplay (back to the airport->amp->speakers days) as a poor man’s sonos for a decade now. I’ve still got two OG HomePods synced with the Apple TV in my living room. I’ve got mini pairs in a few places in the house.
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Come to think of it, I’ve got 8 minis, 3 OGs, and 4 airport zones. That’s without mentioning smart tvs and other devices that accept airplay input.

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On 12/30/2022 at 1:53 AM, Celery Man said:

Any input on AirPod pros? I have Airpod Max headphones that I use all the time and love. I’ve avoided regular airpods and thrown away every set of apple earbuds I’ve gotten because they just fall out of my ears. The tips on the pro seem like they would solve that issue. Are they comfortable?  How is transparent/noise canceling?

Incredible product. The reliability of the connection - when you put them on they connect - trounces any other wireless products ive had. 

Very comfortable for my ears. Noise cancellation is good for ear buds - though i dont need to use that mode much. Transparency mode on apple products are also unmatched. 

Wireless charging of case is useful. 

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Got a pair of the new airpod pros. The sound quality is pretty great - like I said, earbuds never fit so it’s been almost ten years since I wore anything like that and those were cheap. Crazy good sound. Noise cancelling is good for earbuds and I suppose transparent mode too, although neither of those are close to as good as they are with the airpod max. This will hopefully be perfect for riding though - small tips seem to work.

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Sooo, I have a five year old 2017 MBP 13.  I've been happy with it for the most part, although the butterfly keyboard is a piece of shit and has been replaced once.

The keyboard is acting shitty again.  I have had an older Air that sucked up some liquid apparently and went wonky, replaced by this MBP, both Apple refurbished.

I don't see any reason not to spend another about $850 on a newer Apple refurb MBA.  Is there any reason not to do this?

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4 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Sooo, I have a five year old 2017 MBP 13.  I've been happy with it for the most part, although the butterfly keyboard is a piece of shit and has been replaced once.

The keyboard is acting shitty again.  I have had an older Air that sucked up some liquid apparently and went wonky, replaced by this MBP, both Apple refurbished.

I don't see any reason not to spend another about $850 on a newer Apple refurb MBA.  Is there any reason not to do this?

The new Apple silicon machines are fantastic, and a massive leap forward from what you have right now.

I prefer the newer design that came out with the M2 Airs, but not sure they have those in the refurb store yet.

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1 hour ago, UnivTex34 said:

The new Apple silicon machines are fantastic, and a massive leap forward from what you have right now.

I prefer the newer design that came out with the M2 Airs, but not sure they have those in the refurb store yet.

Thanks.  I am unfamiliar, of course, with the M chips and what they really mean.  I still have half a 128 and 8MB memory, so I'd think that alone would be very worthwhile.

I have never had any "power" problems with this i5 8MB machine, except I hear the fans running from time to time.  Looks like I'm stuck with the 2 USB regardless.

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5 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Thanks.  I am unfamiliar, of course, with the M chips and what they really mean.  I still have half a 128 and 8MB memory, so I'd think that alone would be very worthwhile.

I have never had any "power" problems with this i5 8MB machine, except I hear the fans running from time to time.

What you have now is a 10 speed bicycle.

The M1 even with the base 8GB RAM is a Brand new family Car.

 

 

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I bought the first gen m1 14” pro with the base specs of 500gigs and 16gb and love it. I fully expect it to work for the better part of a decade for my uses. It did freeze up slicing a file a few days ago but it was big print and cura was the culprit; prusa worked like fine.

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9 hours ago, deft said:

I bought the first gen m1 14” pro with the base specs of 500gigs and 16gb and love it. I fully expect it to work for the better part of a decade for my uses. It did freeze up slicing a file a few days ago but it was big print and cura was the culprit; prusa worked like fine.

Yeah, my daily is a middle config 14" M1P with 32GB ram. The fans have turned on once in over a year. Its the best laptop I've ever owned, and I buy laptops like most folks buy lunch.

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6 minutes ago, Bookman said:

So they brought back the original HomePod. I may get a few. Does it sound much better than the HomePod mini?

I haven't seen the Gen 2 yet, but the Gen 1 full-size sounds significantly better than the mini. 

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Nobody could say how it sounds yet as they don’t have their hands on it. Disappointing to hear of no significant improvements and they actually cut the number of tweeters down from the OG. You would think that they realized they priced the OG too high and adjust accordingly but Tim Cook gonna Tim Cook. And yes, they sound head and shoulders above the minis which should be expected.

There is a dude online that will repair your old first gen HomePod if it gets the farts. Might have to do that soon with one of mine…..

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