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Tyll Hertsens Feb 14, 2014 39 comments

Audio researchers find that trained listeners yield more consistant test results in subjective listening tests. Well, I suppose that means you or I would do a better job evaluating gear if we had some training, no? How does one go about getting this training? Do you have to work for some big audio research organization?

NO!!! Now Philips has release a version of their training program on-line—it's free, and it's fun!

Skylab Feb 12, 2014 6 comments

I was approached by MiniWatt to review their current USB DAC/AMP combo, the n4. I had not really heard much about this company before but they have had several previous products that were well received, including a very compact vacuum tube headphone amp. I hadn't reviewed an "inexpensive" product ($349 MSRP in this case) here on InnerFidelity for a while, so I decided to give it a try.

Tyll Hertsens Feb 10, 2014 32 comments

Boy is it a good time to be in the market for a $300-$400 sealed headphone. Offerings like the Sennheiser Momentum, NAD VISO HP50, and B&W P7 provides consumers with some very good choices. Now you can add two more: The Focal Spirit Professional and The Focal Spirit Classic.

John Grandberg Feb 07, 2014 20 comments

Should a reference-quality headphone amplifier cost more than a slightly used jet ski? Because that seems to be the trend. AURALiC goes in another direction with their statement amp, the stunning TAURUS MKII.

Tyll Hertsens Blog
Tyll Hertsens Feb 04, 2014 48 comments

Harman researchers have continued their march forward to find a subjectively preferred target response curve for headphones. Reading their latest paper has me hearing the last nails being driven into the coffin of the diffuse field response for headphones...

...thank goodness.

Tyll Hertsens Blog
Tyll Hertsens Feb 01, 2014 22 comments
More headphone measurements to warm up your chilly February.
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Tyll Hertsens Jan 29, 2014 8 comments

I've laughed, gasped, marveled, and applauded the rise of Schiit Audio in the headphone world.

Wanna know how that Schiit happened?

ljokerl Jan 28, 2014 19 comments

Scotland-based RHA has been around for a couple of years, releasing several sub-$100 earphones and headphones to generally positive feedback on Head-Fi. We've measured a few of their in-ears, which have always been decidedly bass-heavy. The new MA750—the company's flagship earphone as of late last year—also doesn't suffer for lack of bass but clearly deserves a closer look.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 23, 2014 25 comments

The headphone market has a birth defect. I figured I'd talk to some big-wig market players to see if it can be healed.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 20, 2014 5 comments

Yep, two showstoppers for this year's CES. While I thought the Astell&Kern AK240 was very cool indeed, it's the Creative Sound Blaster Roar wireless speaker gizmo that I can't wait to get my hands on. If it sounds as good as I think it does, this thing is like a Swiss Army Knife for audio geeks like me.