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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 05, 2016 10 comments
Incipio? Really? A cell-phone case maker? Sure, they may have a good distribution system, but I bet they don't have point of purchase displays in skateboard/snowboard shops. I'd hate to see the Skullcandy brand stamped blithely on cheap plastic crap.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 02, 2016 7 comments
Originating with the Foster OEM design (model 443741, page H-4 of this .pdf) and seeing the light of day first as the Denon AD-H1001, then the Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL!), this model has now been refreshed as the E-Mu Walnut. This is a lovely example of a company—in this case Creative Technologies in the form of its subsidiary company E-Mu Systems—recognizing they have a solid-performer on their hands, and incrementally improving it. I wish I saw this more often.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 30, 2016 31 comments
Audiophiles are rejoicing.

"I told you so! I told you so! I told you so!", they chant.

A recent paper published in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society titled "A Meta-Analysis of High Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation" by Joshua D. Reiss concludes:

In summary, these results imply that, though the effect is perhaps small and difficult to detect, the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playback chain is affected by operating beyond conventional consumer oriented levels. Furthermore, though the causes are still unknown, this perceived effect can be confirmed with a variety of statistical approaches and it can be greatly improved through training.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 29, 2016 18 comments
From what I've seen in the past, I would say that if the hobbyists themselves become willing to take up the mission, many, many hundreds of man-hours may be available free for the asking. And if they become invested (like Bernie supporters) raising funds $27 a pop (on Kickstarter or GoFundMe) can become a viable financial resource. But I don't think the enthusiasts will go along for the ride with industry in the lead.
wktenbrook Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 28, 2016 6 comments
I arrived at Harman International Northridge at the appointed time of 9 am, sharp. After being conducted to the Harman Reference Room, I found Tyll Hertsens already busily setting up his gear, focused on collecting all the necessary interconnects to begin his Head Acoustics simulator measurements. Tyll's next stop was T.H.E. Show, Newport later that day and he didn't want to waste any precious time.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 25, 2016 39 comments
I don't think I'd make a very good researcher. I get too pissed when the numbers don't look like I'd like. Guess that's why so many engineers are less in touch with their feelings than the average Joe. Oh well, here we go.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 14, 2016 386 comments
Register to win a pair of Meze 99 Classics Headphones ($309.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"What is it that discards the superfluous, the gimmicky, the flashy, the questionable, the overly fragile, the misplaced? The obvious answer would be time. And this is also the riddle of good design: very few objects achieve such a rarefied consistency of qualities. This is our aim with the Meze 99 Classics, the anti-fragility of a classic, with a sound on par with the design. Pure, natural sound in a timeless body."

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John Grandberg Posted: Jun 14, 2016 17 comments
The market for integrated DAC/headphone amp devices is surging. Is there still a place for separate components? Cayin makes a solid argument for independent components remaining relevant.
Posted: Jun 10, 2016 22 comments
I'm up against a bit of a wall here as I'm going on vacation next week—John Grandberg will have a headphone amp review going up, so stay tuned—so I haven't been able to do all the number crunching I'd like. None the less, I'm far enough in to provide some cool graphs of the results so far.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 3 comments
And that, dear reader, should be your take-away: I'm not sure of where its value is regarding headphone stuff directly, but its a very good time for an audio geek! If you want to have a really fun look at two-channel audio gear and experience a whole bunch of like-minded folks, T.H.E. Show Newport 2017 should be at the top of your list! A really fun time by design...thanks, Richard.