InnerFidelity May Update
Man! April just zoomed by. Don't know why I had such a hard time getting reviews out. The Denon review took way longer than it should have, and the back and forth with Steve took a bit of time. Still, I reckon I need to dig in and get more reviews out this month.
Speaking of Steve Guttenberg, after our dialog here at InnerFidelity, we're both still itching to influence each other's position. Steve's mentioned headphone measurements and his struggle to establish their value in this CNET "The 404 Podcast" and on this week's "Home Theater Geek" episode 109. Fine with me, I enjoy a good wrestling match. I'll be in New York at the end of the month, I'm gonna try to get on to the 404 when there, and I've already arranged to appear with Scott Wilkinson on his June 18 "Home Theater Geek" episode. Epic subjectivist/objectivist battle in the works? No, not really, Steve and I regularly enjoy talks on the phone. We both love audio and having fun enough to relish both our common and differing values. Truth is, we're just having our public slap fight to knock people out of their boxes a little...and it's fun rousing a rabble.
New York Head-Fi Meet
Speaking of New York, I'll be attending the big Head-Fi meet being held there on June 2nd. I have to tell you that it's this very activity of self-starting headphone meets that has long been one of my greatest encouragements and joys in this activity of headphone enthusiasm. If you enjoy InnerFidelity and live in the greater NY metro area, I think you'd love this meet and would highly encourage you to come down for a good look and listen. I guaranty there will be more cool headphones, amps, and associated gear than you'd ever get a chance to see anywhere else. Trade show vendor exhibits just don't hold a candle to the kind of hobbyist rigs you'd get a chance to see and hear at a meet like this. Long time Head-Fi member Bozebuttons is organizing the event to be held at the American Legion Hall in Babylon, Long Island; you can find all the details here.
Not a lot of new headphone measurements this month. I did a lot of measuring, but most of it was for the DIY headphone contest, all the Comply tips, and the Denon AH-Dx000 headphone article. I did sneak a few in, though.
HiFiMAN sent in its RE-272 and RE-262 top-of-the-line dynamic IEMs. ClieOS at inearmatters.net liked them a lot, so I had to give them a try. Measurements are pretty good, and some short listening sessions have me wanting to listen more. They also sent in the HE-400, which measured nicely, but seemed a little bright. I say that a lot, so I'm gonna find some time to really sit down and listen to them...they seem a bargain if you can touch 'em up with a bit of EQ.
I've begun to round up noise-canceling headphones to try to sort through their somewhat weird sound for winners. First two are the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b and the new PSB M4U 2. The PSB measured better, but both have the quirkiness of sound I've come to expect with noise-canceling headphones. I'm just going to reserve judgement until I have a nice broad array to compare. Bose, by the way, has decided to decline my request for a pair of Quiet Comfort 15 headphones. Makes me crazy. I may end up having to buy a pair of headphones.
Last but not least, I bummed a Sennheiser HD 239 for measurements and a final listen before I put it on the Wall of Fame as a great compact home/office headphone. It measured pretty well for an open, on-ear headphone.
You'll notice the Tivoli Audio iSongBook in the title picture above. I really wasn't sure I was going to like this little piece of gear, but in the end its versatility and good sound won me over. I'll be writing about it soon.
I've been so far off in my predictions of what I'll review in a given month that I might take odds against them if the bet seems right. Nonetheless, the HD 650 and Blueant Embrace keep being on hook number six as I do the top fives every month. They've gotta make it into print sooner or later.
I really don't want to do it, but the Sol Republic Tracks is such a hot headphone that I feel obliged to comment on its lackluster performance. And the search engines would love it...gotta feed the beast sometimes.
Steve Guttenberg and John Grandberg have some stuff up their sleeves, but their leash is so long I wouldn't possible presume to print a guess.
The thing I'm really excited for is the New York headphone meet. Beginning of next month we'll have lots of pix and videos of that mayhem.
Happy spring, everyone!