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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 15, 2014 12 comments

I first heard of this project coming along about a year ago when I chatted with Skylar Gray (AudioQuest's chief designer on the project) at CES. I also got a personal guided tour of the NightHawk in it's most current iteration at the time a month ago at CanJam@RMAF. Astonishing then, and now, is how much innovation Skylar has managed to pack into this new headphone design. Much of it is mentioned on their NightHawk launch site, but I thought I'd take a few moments to relay my understanding of some of these design features. So, open another tab to their site and I'll talk you through what I know, and what I'd like to know more about, regarding this very interesting headphone.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 28, 2014 45 comments
Woot! Tidal opens today, let's bog its server down!

Just signed up and got my mitts on lossless streaming; checked out a few tracks I'm familiar with; damn...it's just like the CD!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2013 15 comments

Wow. Didn't see that coming. Grado tends to lay low in the headphone PR mill, but they've poked their head into the fray with the Bushmills x Grado headphone—their first ever closed-back headphone!

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Dinny FitzPatrick Posted: Sep 06, 2012 16 comments

Editors Note: I love living in Montana, but there are a few drawbacks. One big one for me at the moment is that all the PR junkets introducing new products usually happen thousands of miles away in New York. Bummer. Fortunately, a good friend and and long time headphone hobbyist Dinny FitzPatrick (known as "The Monkey" on Head-Fi) lives there, and has volunteered to lend a hand scouting out the new gear that shows up in the Big Apple. Last month he attended the release of a bunch of new gear from Logitech/UE. His report follows...and just like a monkey, it's quite entertaining.

But, again, like a Monkey, he's likely to be rather difficult to restrain, so I've given him a long leash, and we're likely to see a variety of writings from him. Welcome aboard Dinny! The banana budget is approved, write to your heart's content.

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: May 25, 2012 7 comments

Ed Note: I've long been enamored by the incredibly lifelike recordings produced by brothers David and Norman on their Chesky record label. They regularly put great musicians in great spaces, and deftly record the moment with minimal mikes and astonishing results.

I knew they'd get ahead ... Steve Guttenberg now tells us exactly what kind of head they got.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Sep 19, 2011 7 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

You can't listen to a headphone without plugging it into an amplifier of some kind: an iPod, portable device or a maxed out home amp. It's really the combination of the two we hear, so when we talk about the "sound" of a headphone, it's more about the sound of a headphone/amp system.

Lets get started.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 15, 2011 11 comments

I was fairly impressed when I recently reviewed the Sony EX600 and EX1000 in-ear dynamic driver headphones. But I've always felt that for high-fidelity in-ear listening the balanced armature driver headphones bested the dynamic drivers. Well, Sony has taken a big step and just released a full line of balanced armature in-ear headphones.

I'm looking forward to getting my ears on them.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 17, 2011 4 comments

I'm very pleased to have Todd the Vinyl Junkie nearby. Thursday nights he has listening sessions of newly arrived vinyl and serves imported Belgian beer in proper glasses ... so that's cool. But in this case, I'm pleased because I get first dibs listening to Pete Millett's newest creation for Apex Hi-Fi and TTVJ: The Butte headphone amplifier.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 23, 2011 2 comments

My good buddy Todd the Vinyl Junkie (TTVJ) had donned his Hawaiian shirt in my honor my little visit to sample his new Pete Millett designed FET output amp.

It was a lovely 35 mile motorcycle jaunt on the interstate through flooded pastureland to Three Forks, Montana; and lovelier still to hear the Arête when I arrived at TTVJ HQ. Let's have a quick look at this new product ....

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 27, 2011 4 comments

Since I wrote my "Headphones Can Kill You" article two months ago, I've seen in my news feeds at least three more people wearing headphones killed by trains. Unbelievable … but true. While I'm sure InnerFidelity readers are smart enough to stay off the tracks, there are plenty of other hazards out there --- I've almost been hit at the grocery store parking lot before. And don't you just hate it when the stewardess' lips move but you've got to pull the earphones out of your ear only to hear her ask if you want some lousy peanuts?

Well, now there's something you can do about it.

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