Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I/O Performance Improvements TF201, TF300

If you googled this you already know the TF201 doesn't have the greatest performance in terms of IO. However there is some good news. There have been tweaks made that you can apply now as well as there is some indication that ASUS and Devs are coming together to put down some fantastic numbers in this arena. This means the overall speed of the TF201 should be greatly improved. I wouldn't imagine top throughput speed to be amazingly greater but SQLite should be much faster. About 10X or more.

Beats Pro Review vs Beats Studios, Beats Mixrs, MDR-700. DJ (Dubstep, Hip Hop) Perspective

I've read a lot of reviews of the DJ oriented Beats Pros but they all seemed to be from very specific paradigms that doesn't really match the target consumer. Most reviews seem to indicate that the Beats Pros are not audiophile grade because they are not "flat" in response, this is absolutely true but that isn't really what they are for. I've also seen reviews suggesting the Pros aren't studio monitors and for most purposes they aren't because they produce colored sound with emphasis on low notes. However, they do provide excellent reproduction of modern dance music played through modern sound systems. 

Beats Pro, PDX-2000, & Limited Edition PMC-007

These head phones are for DJs and perhaps artists who would like to mix for clubs and for that they excel. First they seem to be of very high build quality, I hold off on declaring them durable since I would like several years of experience to declare that, but compared to DJ headphones such as the Sony MDR-700 these seem to be better constructed. They also have a removable cord of low gauge (thick) with coils. In this respect they are perfectly suited to DJing. As the MDR-700s have flip cups these have a flip back cups which hug the back of your head and in practice it is quite good for monitoring the room. I really liked my MDR-700s but the cord eventually "went bad", sad. 

Compared to the Beats Studios these have a cleaner sound that can play louder with less "warmth". Some people may prefer the Studios solos or mixrs (which would be my second choice of Beats) but for clean sound with good separation that is able to play at high volumes with good isolation and without piercing highs (e.g. when djing) these are excellent. In terms of comfort these are built well and barring the use of titanium I can't imagine them being built better lighter. They are likely "Mens" headphones in the same way that >90% of Lamborghini drivers are men. I don't see an issue with weight. They are firm and snug like DJ phones should be, enough so that I've actually hiked with them and worked out with them without any issue-- ellipticalled at some speed and lifted (saving my knees for the ring--hopefully you will see some MMA magic from me soon). The cups are hinged for 360 degrees of movement although not a ton of movement (you can't flip the cups up or over), but they do conform to your head and make a great connection that plays bass heavy and isolates exterior noise. If you have will smith ears they may not be comfortable but for those of us with normal sized ears they will fit well within what I imagine to be 40 or 50mm drivers circular cups. 

The color of the Pro's is very similar to club environments and PA systems with adequate subwoofers, which makes it excellent for beat matching (with clearly defined low notes), and for previewing how your music will actually sound once its live. I hope that I continue to enjoy the pros as much as I currently do. I believe I will barring some unforeseen breakage. The bag is nice but not big enough. 

 These put out great volume with good clarity and great lows. Overall its how I would want my system sounding.

For your background reference I like B&O speakers, Infinities, B&Ws, KEFs, JLs, pro JBL (why is their pro gear so good and consumer shit so shit???), and EVs, I like the sound of larger subs 15" and 18"s. I've compared these against my other DJ Headphones, I often seek 50MM drivers but have had sennhisers low and high end (the ones you see people on TV with, my ex "borrowed" them I think they are Sennheiser HD25-1 II), Sony MdR-600 and MdR700, Bose QC3, and Yamaha's which sound great but break like a Range Rover.

Just a tip buy them at the official monster outlet and there are often coupon codes to stack if you look. I was able to find a 25% off (yeah!), I choose free standard shipping which took a bit over a week but apparently the fedex guy forgot where I lived the first scheduled delivery day. http://www.monstercable.com/outletstore/

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Root .28 and .21 on tf201 and tf300t

check out this root method by sparky rather than the old downgrade method http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1704209 One Click too-- very solid

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Browser2Ram Fixes Transformer Prime TF201, TF700T, TF300T Browser Not Responding

Word is that SQLlite performance is still atrocious with the new Transfomrer Prime update.  This means that the Browser likely isn't fixed and that the update is focused around the new Tegra 3 Drivers NVIDIA released. 

Sources close to ASUS claim that the next next update in the pipeline will likely focus on device storage issues with the prime which are so bad that many tech experts claim there is no way it couldn't be related to firmware.  Devices that are a few years older than the Prime will run circles around the Prime in terms of storage performance.

So with that out of the way lets talk about fixes.  I ran across Browser2Ram in a few posts.  Honestly they were mostly cryptic and it was quite hard to find this amazing APK.  I did not create it but I fucking endorse it.  It takes the Prime from one of the worst browsing experiences to one of the best by taking the main bottleneck of the TF201 out of the equation.

Browser2Ram works by caching webdata to RAM rather than the as of now shitty SSD on the Prime. Here's how to get your Prime Browsing like a champ!

  1. You will need to have root access on your transformer prime to utilize this APK.
  2. Download Browser2Ram APK
  3. Install
  4. Open Browser2RAM and grant Superuser Request (may not always ask on first opening but wait for a bit)
  5. Reboot
  6. Open Browser2Ram and grant Superuser Request
  7. Start using browser, Browser2Ram is now set for further use
  8. ???
  9. Profit
  10. ???
  11. Watch RG3 and the Redskins return to preeminence over the next decade if the Mayan Apocalypse doesn't happen.

I will try to get some info for the developer up here ASAP.  This is so good that if the dev is a Giants or even a Cowboys fan I'll even take down #11 although I think we all know its true.

Update 6/27/2012:  The Dev is "TheOnionKnight" at XDA you can find his original post here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=25286407

Update 10/2/2012: This works perfectly on the TF700T / TF700 Infinity. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

TF201 Transformer Prime Update Update .28

.28 update is now in testing, fixing some minor issues from .25.  Expect a mid june or earlier release.

Here are some tidbits:
  1. android 4.03
  2. Not yet Linux 3 Kernel
  3. ANR Browser issue is number one target fix.
  4. Does not fix SSD performance
  5. Nvidia Drivers Likely main update
source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1681469&page=10