ljokerl Posted: Oct 24, 2016 4 comments
Great sound quality is timeless, however, and the best earphones from that era often still sound very good today.

Enter the Audio-Technica ATH-IM02, a modern re-imagining of a dual-BA earphone, complete with a contemporary ergonomic form factor and an aggressive, value-focused price.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2016 14 comments
Headphone commercials are pretty rare. National advertising is expensive and not many headphone companies can afford that kind of dough...well, one can.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 20, 2016 1 comments
Ya know, regardless of all the hullabaloo about the Marriott being under construction during RMAF, I had a damned good time.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 17, 2016 5 comments
I had a little pre-view of these earphones in prototype form some months ago...boy did I leave skeptical. These seemed to me an answer in search of a question. Well, it's amazing how much a product can change on it's way to a production version!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 15, 2016 3 comments
Right at the end of the show, I got a text from my boss asking me to be sure to have a listen to the Radius IEMs. Man, I had about had it with IEMs at that point; there were a lot of them at the show. But I had never heard of Radius, and you don't find new things unless you're willing keep trying to find them, so I went over to their booth. And boy am I glad I did, their stuff sounded very nicely balanced throughout the entire line-up.

Thanks for the tip, Keith!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 15, 2016 4 comments
Zach Mehrbach, founder of ZMF Headphones, has become quite well known for his artisanal approach to producing beautiful wood headphones based on the Fostex T50RP planar magnetic driver. Now, with the upcoming Atticus ($999) and Eikon ($1299) headphones, Zach has moved away from the venerable, but inefficient planar magnetic driver.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 14, 2016 2 comments
Talk about enthusiastic about headphones, Naotaka Tsunoda, Deputy General Manager, Acoustic Technologies, Headphones, at Sony, has been showing up to CanJams and other shows regularly for a couple of years. I've talked to him numerous times and am convinced the guy totally gets enthusiast audio. He's brought his experience back to his work and, to my eyes, has enlivened Sony's approach to this segment.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 14, 2016 0 comments
I just gotta say, what a pleasure it is to know the two guys. The enthusiasm they bring to the headphone hobby is a beautiful thing to behold. Just a treat!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1 comments
The latest of many collaborative efforts between Astell & Kern and headphone makers are the Jerry Harvey Audio Michelle and the Beyerdynamic AK T8iE Mk II.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 13, 2016 6 comments
One of my favorite custom IEMs is my JH13 Freqphase, but I do find it's tuning a bit V-shaped. So, I was excited and pleasantly surprised to find the new JH13v2 Pro ($1175) a little more neutral.