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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 13, 2014 8 comments

No motorcycle ride for me this year, just an hour and a half in the aluminum sky tube, and *bink* I'm in Denver. Now a little taxi ride and I'll be among my people. I wonder what they've created this year?

Ha! Quite a bit more than I expected, for sure!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 08, 2014 9 comments

And so it begins....

Looks like a chock-o-block full plate of headphone and personal audio companies showing up for CanJam at RMAF this year. So many, in fact, that they've had to expand the CanJam ballroom to now include exhibitors out in the atrium area. It's going to be hard for the old guard audiophiles to miss us now!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 06, 2014 26 comments
Many will be aware of Magnepan and their speakers, for which they've coined and registered the name "Magneplanar" referring to their planar magnetic operating principle. Most won't know, however, that Yamaha similarly branded their planar magnetic headphones as "Orthodynamic" headphones, with a U.S. introduction in 1976. Just like with planar magnetic speakers, Yamaha's Orthodynamic headphones (and those by Fostex, MB Quart, and others) never gathered a wide following, but both have gathered cults of rabid fans...with good reason, as it turns out.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 03, 2014 79 comments
While the X2 shares a lot in common with the X1 at first glance, deeper investigation reveals significant changes and real improvements with this new release. The X2 is an excellent headphone...yes, even for audiophiles...maybe especially for audiophiles. For the first time, in a long time, I think we've got a headphone to rival the Sennheiser HD 600 in the mid-priced open headphone category. Yes, I think it's that good.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 30, 2014 33 comments
Holy Moly! Been reading a lot lately on headphone design...how much is actually getting absorbed as knowledge in my brain is another story entirely. This. Stuff. Is. Complicated.

It's come to my attention over the last week or so as I've been working on my review of the Philips Fidelio X2 that my understanding of headphone measurements is severely lacking. For example, I had been making the assumption that that when we find the right target curve for headphones, it would have some sort of elegant beauty, and that it would be broadly applicable.

And then I got the X2.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 26, 2014 25 comments
The Oppo PM-2 was released not long after the Oppo PM-1 as a lower cost alternative. The PM-2 forgoes the fancy presentation box, extra ear-pads, and balanced cable, leaving the denim clam-shell case, short mobile cable, and longe unbalanced cable (OFC instead of OCC) as the included accessories. On the headphones themselves, ear-pads and headband pad coverings switch from lamb-skin to synthetic leather, and a couple of the trim pieces on the ear capsule are now plastic instead of metal. All told, I think these were excellent choices in creating a lower cost version of the PM-1.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 24, 2014 2 comments
You may remember me mentioning previously that InnerFidelity's parent company, The Enthusiast Network, likes to use social media to attract attention for their web properties. I've had a few meetings with the social media experts at TEN, and they've sent me some best practices guides.

Okie dokie, they want it, I'll do it. Seems to me a good chance to float out stuff that may hold a bit of interest but doesn't warrant space in these pages..and guess what? I am having a bit of fun.

Anywho, all you Facebookers out there who want to keep up with my fluffy musings may want to go to the InnerFidelity Facebook page and give it a look and a like. I'll be posting there daily.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 20, 2014 16 comments
The most common transducer type in headphones is the dynamic driver. It's basically a miniature version of the large driver you'd see in a typical speaker in the home. There are other headphone driver types, but for this article we'll focus on the dynamic driver.

Headphone101_DynamicDriver_DiaphragmAnimationThe dynamic driver is a transducer that converts an electrical signal into an acoustic signal. The image above shows a partially disassembled headphone capsule with the earpad and driver grill removed. The shiny circular transparent object is the driver diaphragm—it's like the speaker cone in a regular speaker. The electrical signal to the headphones causes it to move in and out (as show at right) and creates the sound you hear in the headphones.

To understand exactly how wire, electrical signal, and magnets cause the diaphragm to move, we'll need to start with electromagnetic principles...and I'll have to break out the Dremel tool and distroy some perfectly good headphones. RIP V-Moda Crossfade LP, you died for a good cause.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 15, 2014 33 comments

Sennheiser takes aim at the Millenials with its newest on-ear headphone, the Urbanite, and pretty much nails it. This is a great headphone for youthful music listeners.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 12, 2014 27 comments
So, I'm finishing up my Sennheiser Urbanite review (it'll go up Monday) and low and behold they've opened up the Urbanite micro-site.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Genius or insanity, I can't really tell...I'm not the target audience.

Funny? Maybe. Weird? Definitely.

Click here if you dare.

Make sure to play the movie at the top of the page. Strangest headphone advert ever!

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