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ljokerl Posted: Aug 12, 2014 28 comments

Priced at $15 in China and about $25 once it gets stateside, the Piston is notable for several reasons. First, it features a 3-button inline remote designed for use with Android devices, whereas most headsets on the US market use 3-button Apple iOS remotes that have limited functionality with other operating systems.

Second, the Piston does not look or feel like a $25 product. The design is extremely well thought-out. The compact acrylic box, for example, can double as a storage case while its paper sleeve unfolds into a user manual.

And then, seemingly to underline how much Xiaomi have thought about the first impression their product leaves on its user, the tray and earphones have a faint chocolate aroma, ticking off four of the five senses in total.

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Aug 08, 2014 5 comments

Stereo Exchange had the grand opening of their "Headphone Lounge" last week. Steve Guttenberg attended to report on the celebration for InnerFidelity readers.

Thanks Steve!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 05, 2014 10 comments

Off into the wilds of backcountry Montana astride my motorcycle....WOOOOT!!

This time my riding buddy Paul and I test three rugged Bluetooth speakers.

n_maher Posted: Aug 01, 2014 38 comments
This story starts way back in 2004 when I first started getting into listening to music with headphones. At the time there was no such thing as a custom IEM and really, there were precious few choices in the IEM market period. Today there's a new IEM manufacturer around every corner but the custom market has exploded, with manufacturers both large and small providing options to suit just about every taste and budget.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 30, 2014 42 comments
A short film from Audio Precision demonstrating the current state-of-the-art for headphone measurements does a good job of showing why we need the work being done at Harman to improve a standardized headphone target response curve.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 28, 2014 33 comments
I'm working on a product review and find myself in need of a little information and was hoping you'd help out with a little click. Don't want to taint the poll with any bias, so I'll ask the question here without the reason I'm asking...sorry. The review should be up in a couple of weeks.

How often do you listen to headphones in bed?
John Grandberg Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9 comments

NuForce augments their Home Series lineup with a reasonably affordable and seemingly innocuous new model. Look closer, though, and you'll find the HA-200 has a trick up it's sleeve....

Skylab Posted: Jul 18, 2014 6 comments
I own British speakers. I love British speakers. My main speakers are B&W Nautilus 800's, and I LOVE them. What do I love about them? They sound very, very natural over the long haul, but they don't immediately hit you over the head with this or that. They are not flashy, but they provide superb musical satisfaction over the long haul. Nothing sticks out, and that's what provides the naturalness of the sound.

I have to think that the Tisbury fellows like this sort of British sound, because that's EXACTLY what I got from the CA-1. Nothing stuck out, but the music flowed in an remarkably natural way, and one that I would not have expected from a $600 solid state amp.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 16, 2014 15 comments

Stereo Exchange has built a headphone lounge in their Manhattan Store and is hosting their first ever headphone event for the grand opening!

Steve Guttenberg will be there to cover the event for InnerFidelity. Click on to the post and I'll tell you what I'd want to hear.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 14, 2014 69 comments

Argh! This hi-rez bait-and-switch baloney has just got to stop.

One of these days consumers are going to pay decent money for "teh awesome" hi-rez files...and they're going to feel cheated. Music industry participants need to tell the real story, adress the real problem, and do it damned quick.

It's about the masters and getting rid of the horribly dynamic-range compressed re-releases and going back to the original tapes. And the music industry participants needs to start transmitting that message so consumers know the real story.

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