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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2016 34 comments
I'm in the process of writing a survey of headphone manufacturers and their worth in the world, and find myself repeatedly asking the question of who will carry the banner for high quality sound reproduction in the future. Consumers will claim sound quality is important, but, in fact, it plays a lesser roll in actual purchase with styling, comfort, and build quality leading the way in consumer decisions.

Which of the following major headphone producers do you think will do the most to promote sound quality to consumers at large as important...and deliver on that promise?

I'd love to hear the reasons for your pick in the comments below!

Which headphone maker will be most influential in promoting sound quality as an important performance characteristic?
AKG
6% (3 votes)
Audio Technica
2% (1 vote)
Beats/Apple
10% (5 votes)
Beyerdynamic
2% (1 vote)
Bose
0% (0 votes)
JBL
0% (0 votes)
Koss
4% (2 votes)
Monster
0% (0 votes)
Philips
2% (1 vote)
Sennheiser
65% (33 votes)
Shure
4% (2 votes)
Skullcandy
0% (0 votes)
Sony
6% (3 votes)
Total votes: 51
Tyll Hertsens John Grandberg ljokerl Posted: Nov 28, 2016 4 comments
It's that time of year again and InnerFidelity writers are glad to offer some solid recommendations for giving the gift of good music this season!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 23, 2016 14 comments
Many of you will be aware that I've had some trouble with distortion measurements lately. Well, fortunately it had gotten so bad and consistent that I was able to identify a repeatable problem and trouble shoot the system. Turned out to be a combination of a noisy power supply in the headphone amp I use, and a corroded power connecter to the mic pre-amp. I switched out the headphone amp and bought a small motorcycle battery to power up the mic pre-amp and BOOM! the problem is gone! Phew. So I went back and did some re-measuring of what headphones I still had here, and measured a few that were laying in wait. Good times.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 16, 2016 4 comments
The Solo3 is the first headphones to have the Apple W1 wireless chip. (Followed shortly thereafter by the Beats Powerbeats3 and the soon to come BeatsX and Apple AirPods.) In this review I'll take a close look at the features and functions of this W1 based wireless headphone, and how it differs from typical contemporary Bluetooth headphones.
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Hands Posted: Nov 08, 2016 4 comments
For better or worse, Tyll tasked me with answering perhaps one of the most important questions of this age. Can SAATI Acoustex filters be used in place of toilet paper, a staple product used for front damping in headphone mods? Seeing as the last few months have been insanely busy for me, it took me quite some time to investigate. But…yes, I do think SAATI has a toilet paper replacement on its hands!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 07, 2016 8 comments
Oh man, this is already pretty interesting!
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 03, 2016 19 comments
Ooooooooo baby! If you don't have a Sennheiser HD 600 or HD 650, you need to read this!
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 02, 2016 2 comments

Shots fired!

Sennheiser's new PXC 550 ($399) Bluetooth noise canceling headphone is a direct shot across the bow of Bose's battleship Quiet Comfort 35 ($349) dominance of noise canceling headphones, which I reviewed very positively. Not only do Bose own a big chunk of that market, they consistently, in my opinion, have the best isolation and sound quality performance. Let's see if Sennheiser can put a dent in that armored hull.

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 28, 2016 9 comments
Now, Arcam turns their attention to the headphone workd. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. The company seems very aware of industry trends—they've been doing relatively affordable USB DACs for a while now, as well as various wireless widgets like the miniBlink Bluetooth streamer. They even have an add-on DAC/amp/charging case for the iPhone 6/6S which I'd totally use if I was an iPhone guy. Yet somehow, despite all these personal audio offerings, a dedicated headphone amp wasn't in the cards until recently. Now, Arcam joins other notable audio firms such as Pass Labs, Bryston, and Simaudio in putting their amplifier expertise to work in the headphone space.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 26, 2016 0 comments
If you're in the Southern California area and can make it to the LAX hilton on Saturday November 5th, don't miss this opportunity to hear the very best headphones have to offer. Full details of the event can be found here.

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