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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 23, 2015 3 comments

All this talk lately about the need for great masters had me searching for some.

Here's a winning source.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8 comments

Yeah, I know right, I never do this sort of thing.

Actually I just wanted to draw your attention to a couple of very interesting articles, but the Pono came today so I thought I'd just take a couple of pictures.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 19, 2015 24 comments
Nice! I've already heard back on some of my questions!!!

The most helpful response so far was how to learn about Pono directly from Neil Young himself.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 18, 2015 21 comments

I've talked to a few of the folks at Pono and Ayre...I've read a bunch of the articles about Pono...and I have to say, I'm more and more confused.

I don't know how to tell if Pono is succeeding or failing. I'm not sure of who they are...or what their success would look like. But I'd like to find out...'cuz there's a Pono Player on the way here and I need to figure out in what context to view the thing.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 11, 2015 0 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" over on TWiT.tv to talk about headphones in general and spend a little time remembering and honoring Joe Grado and his legacy in the audio world.

The show will be broadcast on TWiT.tv live tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, at 2:30 pm Pacific Time (2230 UTC). Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geek page on TWiT; for real Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 10, 2015 19 comments
Been curious about this for a while. Here's an overview and measurements of some attenuating ear plugs.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 01, 2015 20 comments
Measurements of: B&W P5 Series 2; Koss Pro4S; Audio Technica ATH-WS99; Grado RS1e; Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear; Flare Audio Reference R1; and more!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 30, 2014 41 comments

As I begin to get my exhibitor list and maps set up for CES and first glimpses of what the coming year will bring, I thought it might be educational to look back at this last year. Been quite a trip.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 22, 2014 14 comments

An Apple patent application for iDevices to perform spacial measurements with a laser shows capabilities to measure rooms.

With such a device, might we improve the virtual sound experience on headphones?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 17, 2014 53 comments
This is a question I find myself pondering weekly, if not daily. I thought it would be a good idea to lay out my thought process on the subject for InnerFidelity readers and open it for discussion. Sometimes it's a tough decision and I think InnerFidelity readers should have some input. I'm willing to listen.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 11, 2014 10 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" over on TWiT.tv to talk about headphones in general and maybe give a few recommendations for gifts for the holiday season.

The show will be broadcast on TWiT.tv live TODAY, Thursday, December 11, at 2:30 pm Pacific Time (2230 UTC). Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geek page on TWiT; for real Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 04, 2014 31 comments

Hey, that's cool!

The folks over at Linus Media Group sent a contingent to Sennheiser's headquarters in Hanover for a little tour. The video they brought back is pretty cool, offering us a look at Sennheiser's campus, some company history, and a peak at the HD 800 manufacturing process.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2014 7 comments
A couple of weeks ago, Sennheiser announced it will be opening a couple of pop-up stores for this years holiday season (November 22nd to December 28th), one in New York and one in San Francisco. The press release waxes poetic about the store designs and current Momentum and Urbanite marketing efforts, but it all just seems a little odd to me. I mean, how much of an impact can Sennheiser really make with two stores open for only one month? I decided to get in touch with Stefanie Reichert, a key strategic marketing executive with Sennheiser, for a deeper look at how these stores fit into their overall strategies. A very interesting and illuminating conversation ensued.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 21, 2014 80 comments

Many years ago, I sat at a table with about eight audiophile gear reviewers and asked the question, "Is the fidelity of reproduction directly related to one's ability to experience the art of music?" There was a pregnant moment of silence—you could almost hear the grinding of gears in their heads—and then answer, unanimously, was, "No."

One wonders then, if the gear isn't directly coupled to the appreciation of music, why review gear at all?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 11, 2014 59 comments

Sure, I think InnerFidelity's "Wall of Fame" is an excellent resource for finding good headphones. I wouldn't work on it if I didn't. But, it's not the only resource around that I consider good.

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