InnerFidelity July Update
If you're as sick of hearing me say I'm working on them as I am of saying they're not done yet, you'll be happy to know I've been making some serious headway on amp measurements. Well, that's not quite right: we have been making some headway. Local Head-Fi member NA Blur (Brian) is a laser engineer by day, but an avid headphone geek otherwise, and has volunteered to help me with the amplifier measurement routines. It will take both he and I a little time to start making headway as we sort through the task, but he's got lots of experience programming instruments in the same language as the Audio Precision uses. I've got about half the tests running, and between the two of us I'm thinking we'll have a working unbalanced headphone amp test running within a couple of months. Keep your fingers crossed.
Didn't do an update last month so quite a few new measurements to post up this month. Updated a new AllGraphs.pdf of course, and added the cans to the measurement datasheets page. New additions include:
- If you've been reading along you'll know the B&W P3, SOL Republic Tracks, and a bunch of noise canceling headphones were reviewed and measured. Noise cancelers added to measurements included: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9; PSB M4U 2; Bose Quiet Comfort 15; Klipsch Mode M-40; and the very good sounding Polk Ultrafocus 8000.
- Finally got my hands on the Aiaiai headphones (thanks HeadRoom). Measured both the TMA-1 and TMA-1 Studio. They're a little mid-range centric and better than I expected. My expectations were really low mind you, these were a little better than average.
- HeadRoom also sent over a bunch of mid-range Sennheiser headphones, which all measured competently for their price and type. Models were: HD 219, HD 229, HD 419, HD 429, HD 439, and HD 449.
- I also got to run the new Sennheiser HD 700 through the ringer. They sounded and measured a bit bright and zingy to me. I'll try to get my hands on one for a longer term listen.
- Mr. Speakers sent one of his Mad Dog modified Fostex T50RP headphones in for a measure and a listen. While certainly better than most modded T50RPs, they sounded a tad dry relative to the lush smoothness of LFF's Paradox or the Smeggy Thunderpants.
- Speaking of Fostex, I've gotten a TH-900 in for measurements and it seemed quite a bit better than the one I heard at RMAF last year. It's still a "u" shaped sounding headphone, but it's not as aggressive sounding as I remember, and the bass is pretty happening. I think I'm going to try to drum one up for a review.
- Another can that might get a review is the Focal Spirit One. This is another one of those slightly warm cans that might work well with portable players.
- This last one is the big surprise: the Noontec Zoro. An obvious knock-off of the Beats Solo, the Zoro manages what the Solo doesn't and gets the sound surprisingly right for a $99 headphone.
I've mentioned progress on amp measurements and a possible look at the Focal, but the review I'm chomping at the bit to do is the latest Audeze LCD-2 and LCD-3 I've recently received. Yumminess abundant!
And that surprise review I told you about just before I left for New York ... well it's coming. You won't believe it, but it'll be fun for the holiday.
Have a happy Fourth of July! (Throw the firecracker, not the lighter!)