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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 13, 2012 36 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I have gone back and forth on whether measurements are useful to consumers, but we both agree that the measurements don't tell you whether it's a good headphone or a great one. The V-Moda M-100 doesn't measure great, but that sure as heck doesn't mean they don't sound great.

I'll untangle all those double negatives in the article.

Skylab Posted: Nov 08, 2012 20 comments

Meier amps are designed in Germany, but built in China by Shanling. This no doubt has contributed to a strong value for the money. And the subject of this review, the "Rock" home headphone amp, is clearly targeted at people who are looking for value--the Rock is the smallest home (non-portable) headphone amp Meier has ever made, and also the least expensive, at $240 USD, or EUR 220 (in the EU). That actually makes it LESS expensive than any of Meier's current line-up of portable headphone amps!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 05, 2012 39 comments

The update is a little late this month because I just had to get something done. And it's very, very cool!

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Nov 01, 2012 4 comments

This is a really great little speaker, and truth be told I was smitten with the design even before I heard it. The LS50's swept-back, curved baffle, with a single rose gold Uni-Q KEF driver gives the speaker a fresh new look. The LS50 is KEF's 50th Anniversary Commemorative Model, and it's very much a twenty first century speaker.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 31, 2012 277 comments
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 31, 2012 25 comments

The inside of a great designer's head must be a very unusual place. On the one hand, the world is filled with clumsy, ugly, ill-formed objects. On the other, it's rife with opportunity for utility and beauty. The cacophony of internal dialog must be almost unbearable. Renowned designer Philippe Starck has turned his attention to untangling the mess that is Bluetooth headsets, and in collaboration with Parrot (a French company with significant experience in automotive Bluetooth devices) has developed the most unique wireless headset I've ever seen.

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 25, 2012 15 comments

Electrostatic headphones. Just mentioning to term conjures thoughts of supremely expensive systems and frustratingly confusing naming conventions. Example: the Stax SRS-4170 system is comprised of the SR-407 headphones and the SRM-006tS amplifier. But the official name is "earspeaker" instead of headphones, and "driver unit" rather than amplifier. And at $2,000 this is merely a mid-range system, with the top models selling for significantly higher prices.

Woo Audio aims to help make 'stats more accessible with their WEE transformer box. Read on to find out why this thing might just be your ticket to electrostatic goodness at a reasonable price.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 23, 2012 2 comments
Just a few final thoughts, and a couple of beers, left to report about. Hope you enjoyed coming along to the show with me.

Phew!!! Back to headphone measurements and reviews!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 13 comments

I've often noticed some significant phase artifacts in multi-driver balanced armature IEMs, and wondered "What's up with that?" Evidently, Jerry Harvey's been thinking a lot about it too.

The flash of light must have been blinding when he figured it out.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 2 comments

Custom molds, custom art work, and now you can add to the list custom sound. It's expensive, but now you can have a completely customized pair of IEMs with Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors.

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