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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 24, 2016 27 comments

HiFiMAN touts this headphone as great for direct play from portable devices—and I'll agree, it does play very well directly from a tablet or phone. Pretty nice not to have the burden and expense of having to carry around a portable amp, but at $1800 it doesn't really seem like a more affordable solution. And then, it's an open headphone while most portable cans are sealed to get rid of environmental noise. So...this is a flagship headphone for use with portable devices indoors? I'm not sure what to think...let's work through the details.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 25, 2016 37 comments
A technological tour de force. But sound quality is the question.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 06, 2016 54 comments

They say it's all about the stories. Well here's another chapter for a venerable and storied headphone.

Bob Katz Posted: Feb 02, 2016 23 comments
I'm not a shy guy. If I don't like a headphone, I'll pull it off my ears within five minutes! So far, I've had the Astell & Kearn AK T1p on for over 40 minutes and I keep wanting to check them out—so there must be something about them that's keeping me listening.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 18, 2015 31 comments

The room was crazy loud at CES last year, but even through the cacophony the new dual-driver (dynamic/electret) Enigmacoustics Dharma had something special.

The question is how special?

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 20, 2015 29 comments

I'd like to believe that neutrality, low-distortion, and excellence in transient response is what leads to a satisfying listening experience.

The HE1000 makes me question that belief.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 06, 2015 27 comments

Mr. Speakers first fully in-house designed and manufactured headphone seems to deliver quite nicely in the top-of-the-line category.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 30, 2015 57 comments

Watch out HD 600, there's a new headphone in town.

ljokerl Posted: Mar 18, 2015 20 comments
ljokerl reviews the HE-560 and finds them an affordable high-end reference.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 03, 2014 106 comments
While the X2 shares a lot in common with the X1 at first glance, deeper investigation reveals significant changes and real improvements with this new release. The X2 is an excellent headphone...yes, even for audiophiles...maybe especially for audiophiles. For the first time, in a long time, I think we've got a headphone to rival the Sennheiser HD 600 in the mid-priced open headphone category. Yes, I think it's that good.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 26, 2014 26 comments
The Oppo PM-2 was released not long after the Oppo PM-1 as a lower cost alternative. The PM-2 forgoes the fancy presentation box, extra ear-pads, and balanced cable, leaving the denim clam-shell case, short mobile cable, and longe unbalanced cable (OFC instead of OCC) as the included accessories. On the headphones themselves, ear-pads and headband pad coverings switch from lamb-skin to synthetic leather, and a couple of the trim pieces on the ear capsule are now plastic instead of metal. All told, I think these were excellent choices in creating a lower cost version of the PM-1.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 19, 2014 20 comments

Lots of chatter abut the Oppo ear-pads on Head-Fi.org. I figured I better do some measurements to get another view.

Did some listening too, and found a favorite pad.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 13, 2014 30 comments
Oh boy. This one's going to be a tough one for me. I love the sound of the PM-1...heck I love almost everything about them. But they're not neutral, and many won't like them.

Oh well...here we go...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 09, 2014 67 comments

It's no secret I really like the Audeze LCD-3 and LCD-2. When they slotted the LCD-X between the two, I simply had to have a listen to these cans in context with the rest of the line. So I spent some time with the latest Audeze headphones...

...Yeah, rough job, someone's got to do it. :)

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 25, 2014 40 comments

I like the K701 and variants; I like the K267 Tiesto; I like the K550 too; but no, I don't like the K812.

Woulda kept my mouth shut, but way too many people have asked me to chime in on these new headphones.

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