Style + Tech = Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

first_imgBehold the first-ever content series between Digital Trends and The Manual. The Bromance has begun. Since there are a plethora of brands out there melding style and technology, we thought we would take this opportunity to profile one item per week for the month of October, breaking them down and offering each of our unique takes on their tech and style components.For the whole series, click here; for headphones that will look solid with your best “going out” kit while sounding even better, read on …Digital Trends:You know what’s funny? How easily we’re marketed to. In this day and age, a celebrity endorsement can run rough shod over any sensible appraisal of an otherwise questionable product. Need an example? Headphones. With all due respect to Dr. Dre (seriously, Doctor? This is with respect. Please don’t hurt us), we’ve reached a point where every ninny from Snooki to Tim Tebow has slapped their name on a some cheap cans and apparently that’s more important to us than things like “high dynamic range” and “sound signature,” because we keep buying them.You know who still cares about those kinds of things? Sennheiser. The company has been producing headphones since the late 40s and, at this point, makes headphones at nearly every price point that are as good or better than its competitors. We know; such exhaustive attention to detail in so many different products is very German of them.So, if you’re looking for something that might make a professional sound engineer weep, we can point you toward something like the HD 800. If you’re looking for something that can go toe-to-toe with Dre’s best Beats, but looks classically dope instead of dopily plastic, we present the Momentum.The Manual:Speaking of dope, what can kill a good looking, well planned outfit? Crappy looking candy colored cans over your ears. Dude, you aren’t in middle school anymore and matching the color of your headphones to your kicks is just redorkulous.Men’s fashion has been looking rather woodsy as of late and the Sennheiser Momentum fit’s that feel to a ‘T,’ without being cheesy (just say no to faux wood grain anything, people). The premium brown leather ear pads and headband offer great style as well as breathability during your Mumford & Sons solo jam sessions and the handsome hard carrying case would look just as good carrying cufflinks (or a bottle of bourbon?) as these headphones. We don’t often call headphones ‘timeless’, but these Momentum’s are something a music nut might just pass down to his kids in the unlikely event that we are still using headphones in 30 years … Editors’ Recommendations Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips Why People are Now Drinking Maple Syrup During Tough Workouts 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady last_img read more

Amid reports of continued violence in Libya UN ramps up humanitarian aid

28 February 2011Faced with an exodus of refugees from Libya amid reported violence by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s loyalists, potential food and medical shortages and growing insecurity, the United Nations is ramping up aid efforts within the country, along the borders and inside its neighbours. The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, announced today that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which she heads, is rapidly deploying a team to Cairo to reinforce the UN Resident Coordinator in Tripoli, Libya’s capital, and put in place immediately coordination mechanisms.Resident Coordinators are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations.“The humanitarian arm of the United Nations is taking all measures to ensure that we are prepared for any eventuality,” Ms. Amos told a news conference in New York, noting that OCHA’s new Director of the Coordination and Response Division, John Ging – previously the top UN official in Gaza – is now in Cairo to oversee this process.The crisis in Libya has seen Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s government use deadly force in its repression of protesters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out, including to the Libyan leader, on the need to stop the violence, respect human rights and heed the aspirations and calls of the demonstrators.In her remarks to the press, Ms. Amos voiced deep concern at “the alarming reports” of continued violence in Libya, citing accounts that civilians including women and children have been gravely injured, with estimates of dead and wounded ranging from hundreds to thousands, while more than 100,000 people have so far fled to neighbouring countries – 61,000 to Egypt, 40,000 to Tunisia, and 1,000 to Niger.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has deployed teams to Egypt and Tunisia and is working with the Tunisian Government to establish a camp, flying in 10,000 tents and other basic materials over the past weekend. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has sent trauma and surgical kits to Benghazi, the eastern city held by anti-Qadhafi forces, calling the health situation precarious.“Governments have shown incredible generosity and ordinary people, particularly in Tunisia, have been hosting people in their homes,” Ms. Amos said, calling on Egypt and Tunisia to keep their borders open to those fleeing and on European Union countries also to help.She noted that the majority of people entering Tunisia are Tunisian migrant workers, but the government there has asked for help to respond to the needs of non-Tunisian nationals, amid concerns over the provision of water and sanitation.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is dispatching staff to the Egyptian and Tunisian borders to assess needs and “do contingency planning for delivering food assistance to people affected by the violence inside Libya, if there is a need and once the security situation allows,” she said.“First-hand accounts from people arriving at the borders mention shortages in food, petrol and medical supplies,” Ms. Amos added. “Libya depends on food imports and could see a potential interruption in its food supply chain due to the unrest.”While there is no clear information on internal population movements inside Libya “there are concerns that Libyans deeper inside the country and in the capital are being prevented from fleeing,” the humanitarian chief said.She added that a primary concern is getting access to Tripoli and neighbouring areas where the security situation is “extremely volatile,” noting that according to reports supplies have managed to get through in Benghazi and the east, where the situation is “almost normal.”“We want to go in to do proper assessments,” Ms. Amos said. “We’re seeing, of course, terrible photographs on our television screens as people are fleeing, but we need to have a proper sense of what the needs are.” read more