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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 19, 2017 16 comments
Word on the street—the high-end audio street—is that CES was a bust.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 18, 2017 272 comments
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 18, 2017 6 comments
The OSSIC X virtual reality headphone made a big splash last February when its $100,000 Kickstarter ask turned into a $2.7 million dollar bonanza. I was skeptical at the time, but I sure was curious.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 17, 2017 38 comments
HiFiMAN was showing a prototype of an upcoming new flagship planar magnetic: The Edition 6 ($6000). They also were showing a prototype single dynamic driver IEM called the RE2000 ($2000).

This move evidently crossed some sort of tripping point and triggered a firestorm of reaction from the headphone enthusiast community. Some of the response can be found in threads at,, and

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 18 comments
This new $1499 active noise canceling headphone has a number of cool things up its sleeves: digital operation over USB or Lightning; a continuously variable EQ circuit; and, I kid you not, voice prompts by Quincy Jones himself! The coolest thing of all is TruNote auto-calibration for individual listeners.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 4 comments
Dirac is well known for their room correction software and more recently among headphone enthusiasts for their HD Sound headphone compensation software that EQs headphones. At this year's CES, the company unveiled their new DIRAC VR, a dynamic 3D audio rendering platform.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3 comments
I always go to the ESS booth. I tend to fing the sounds I hear as just okay, but I'm always impressed by the unusually interesting and innovative approach to designing transducers.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 13, 2017 0 comments
Questyle is well know for their range of fairly high-dollar, high-end, headphone centric products sporting current-mode electronics topologies. To their great credit, this new amp represents a trickle down offering of their high-end products at a more affordable price.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 13, 2017 1 comments
In what amounts to a very early pre-view, Klipsch spilled the beans on their upcoming Heritage line of headphones.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 12, 2017 4 comments
It's with cost-no-object flagship headphones like the Sony MDR-Z1R ($2299) that you get to see what engineers do when they have free reign.