Tips and Tweaks

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Posted: Aug 11, 2016 9 comments
Just yesterday, Jude Mansilla posted measurements of the Focal Utopia and Elear with the pads swapped. Stillhart had messaged him that the he tried swapping the Utopia's pad to the Elear pad to get a little more bass. The pads just pull off and swap easy-peasy. I did it and...SWEET! Yes, the Utopia's gain a bit more bass—which was something I found them in need of in my review.

Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 11, 2016 0 comments
Just yesterday, Jude Mansilla posted measurements of the Focal Utopia and Elear with the pads swapped. Stillhart had messaged him that the he tried swapping the Utopia's pad to the Elear pad to get a little more bass. The pads just pull off and swap easy-peasy. I did it and...SWEET! Yes, the Utopia's gain a bit more bass—which was something I found them in need of in my review.

Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 06, 2016 57 comments

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

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 09, 2016 22 comments

I was measuring some DIY headphones this weekend and got sucked into playing with filter paper in front of the driver. Thought all you DIYers out there would get a kick out of the data.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2015 11 comments

The most modified headphone in the hobby, now modified by its maker. A terrific job, and done in a way virtually impossible for DIYers to achieve, but continues to allow similar modifications as the previous model.

It seems to me hobbyists have an excellent new starting platform for another round of modding!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 10, 2015 20 comments
Been curious about this for a while. Here's an overview and measurements of some attenuating ear plugs.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 12, 2012 45 comments

I've seen numerous comments about tip selection affecting the frequency response of in-ear monitors. I've seen lavish words of praise for Comply tips ... and rants about how they muffled the sound.

I figured we should get to the bottom of this, eh?

Sean Sabino Posted: Mar 20, 2012 50 comments

A couple of weeks ago Head-Fi DIYer Kojaku sent in a pair of heavily modded Grado SR225i headphones. I'm not really a fan of Grados ... okay, I really dislike them, but these modded cans were very good. The best sounding Grados I've had the pleasure of hearing.

I asked him to tell his story ...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 21, 2012 47 comments

In my view, the Sennheiser HD 800 is the world's best dynamic headphone. Its imaging and transient response is second to none. (Read my full review here.) The problem is, brutal honesty can be tough to take.

Fortunately, there's a relatively simple modification to take the edge off your HD 800.

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Jul 12, 2011 9 comments

Editors Note: When I invited CNET's Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg to write an article for InnerFidelity, he thought for a bit and made this suggestion: since InnerFidelity is about getting right down to the nitty-gritty truth about how a piece of personal audio gear sounds, why not make some recommendations for reference quality sounds to start with. Great idea! I think I'm going to have to write a similar article with my reference tracks one of these days --- not surprisingly, his list and mine contain some of the same albums.

Click on the album images to go to the source page. Rightio Steve, we're listening!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 27, 2011 3 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.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 19, 2011 28 comments

In preparing my article “How Planar Magnetic Headphones Work” I became enamored of the work being done by DIYers building their own Orthodynamic cans over in the "Orthodynamic Roundup thread on Head-Fi. The blood, sweat, and tears invested in building and modifying vintage Yamaha Orthodynamics, and cans like the Fostex T50RP is simply stunning, but more striking is the sense of fun and camaraderie so clearly evident in their headphone play that I simply can’t resist trying to find a way to enter into the party in some way.

I think I’ve figured out what I can do.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 21, 2011 31 comments
Promises Kept
My first post was an exercise in getting all the bits-and-pieces together to create content. In many ways this is my first real post here ... and I want to keep a promise. For years I've said I would measure the effects of the various headphone pads on Grado headphones; well, I am very glad to say finally: here it is.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 11, 2008 20 comments
When Audio Advisor's Wayne Schuurman contacted me about reviewing the Vincent Audio KHV-1pre headphone amplifier, I felt confident that I had everything I needed to handle the task, owning, as I do, both the AKG K701 and Sennheiser HD-650 headphones, which have long been my references. That oughta get 'er done, I thought.