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Bob Katz Posted: Dec 07, 2016 1 comments
This kind of performance leads us to this question: Can a pair of state-of-the-art loudspeakers placed in the far field of a room sound as transparent, defined, impacting and pure as the world’s best headphones? These Dyns give my Stax 007 MkII headphones a good run for their money. The Stax are driven by a KGSS amplifier. And what about dynamic headphones? I upped my game here, selling my Audeze LCD-X to invest in a pair of LCD4’s. And I borrowed a Deckard headphone amp on reviewer’s loan. No slouches here!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2016 23 comments
Surfing through my headphone news feed the other day I stumbled across an article on Picky Ear titled, "Best Headphone Brands: What We Can Learn from 310,067 Headphone Reviews." After reading through their conclusions I learned that aggregating thousands of reviews, no doubt largely populated by folks who really don't know what they're talking about, generally nets you a fairly random result. Maybe I shouldn't pick on Picky Ear; I've seen lots of these lists and have a hard time taking any of them seriously.

Here's my list.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2016 43 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
7% (5 votes)
Audio Technica
1% (1 vote)
Beats/Apple
10% (7 votes)
Beyerdynamic
4% (3 votes)
Bose
1% (1 vote)
JBL
0% (0 votes)
Koss
3% (2 votes)
Monster
0% (0 votes)
Philips
1% (1 vote)
Sennheiser
63% (44 votes)
Shure
3% (2 votes)
Skullcandy
0% (0 votes)
Sony
6% (4 votes)
Total votes: 70
Tyll Hertsens John Grandberg ljokerl Posted: Nov 28, 2016 5 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 12 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 5 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 7 comments
Oh man, this is already pretty interesting!
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 03, 2016 20 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 1 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.

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