JBL T110I vs C100SI vs C150SI

A few months ago, I compared 2 VFM head phones from the stable of JBL – C100SI and C150SI. This one compares a third one T110I.

The Harman site lists the following audio specs…

Driver 9mm driver Advanced 9mm driver Advanced 9mm driver
Impedence 16±3.2 ohms 16±3.2 ohms
Frequency Range 20-20kHz 20-20kHz 20-20kHz
Maximum SPL 5mW 5mW
Driver Sensitivity 100±3dBSPL, 1mW 100±3dBSPL, 1mW
Rated power input 3mW 3mW
Headphone Jack 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Cord Length (m) 1.2M 1.2M 1.2M

Not much right. So, here are the audiocheck results.

Frequency Response
     Bass  20Hz 30Hz
    Treble  16kHz 16 kHz
Perceptual Sweep Spectral Flatness Good Good
Dynamic Test 72 dBFS 66 dBFS
Bass Shake Rattles  40Hz onwards
Full Range Sweep  Good Good
Wiring  Good Good
Polarity  Good Good
Binaural Test  Good Good

As you can see from the above, T110I one is slightly better than C150SI in terms of bass frequency response and noise isolation. It also feels snug in the ear and doesn’t hurt the earlobes on prolonged wear unlike the C150SI which is bent at a very odd angle and can hurt sometimes.

Book Review – The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman
Children of Holocaust survivors

Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in ‘drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust’ (The New York Times).Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.This combined, definitive edition includes Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II.

‘The most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust’

– Wall Street Journal


‘The first masterpiece in comic book history’

-The New Yorker

My first graphic novel and what a wonderful book to read!

Spiegelman does a great job of recounting his fathers story of the holocaust. The broken English of Vladek and the interspersion of his miserly acts in between the telling of the horrors of holocaust sort of balances the narrative and makes you want to read this book till the end. But for it, I am sure, people would not have read the book in it’s entirety.

Through the book, I kept wondering if the resourcefulness of Vladek may have helped him survive the camps. But at the same time Anja and Mala too survived the Auschwitz and somewhere you couldn’t help but wonder the truth of – “…But it wasn’t the best people who survived, nor did the best ones die. It was random!”

My Rating: 5/5

A few gem from an Obama speech writer…

Every once in a while you come across an article that packs a punch. Here’s one by Obama’s speech writer about growing up.

There are too many gems hidden in it, each of which can stand on its own. So, I though, I’ll pull them out as bullet points for myself.

  • Impulsiveness can often pass for decisiveness, especially when the stakes are high
  • One secret to solving big problems, is knowing which little problems to ignore
  • Decisions are only as good as the decision-making process
  • Generosity is a habit and not a trait
  • Children strive only for pleasure; adults strive for fulfillment. Children demand adoration; adults earn respect. Children find worth in what they acquire; adults find worth in the responsibilities they bear