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John Grandberg Jul 09, 2012 39 comments

Germany's Lake People refreshes their entire lineup of G-series headphone amps, with a focus shifted towards home users rather than just studios. I check out the lowest and the highest cost models in the series to see how they compare.

Wait, back up a second - Lake People who?

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Tyll Hertsens Jul 06, 2012 12 comments

It wasn't until I told Ivy Burford (now CEO of HeadRoom and after working together for a dozen years or more is someone who knows me very well) about my upcoming Red Oxx luggage review that I got the straight scoop what my motives might be.

"I've always thought you had a bit of a bag fetish," she said.

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Tyll Hertsens Jul 01, 2012 18 comments

July is upon us. Time to break out the IEMs and portable gear, and go for a motorcycle ride in the mountains. Not quite yet, though, lots of stuff to do this month, and lots of measurements to report from the last couple of months.

Tyll Hertsens Jun 28, 2012 11 comments

Goodness gracious! I'm just blown away by the new B&W P3. It's absolutely gorgeous, ergonomics are stellar, and build quality unparalleled. It's really quite an accomplishment to make a headphone this small this beautiful.

I'm troubled by the sound, though.

Jon Iverson Jun 25, 2012 0 comments
Stereophile is pleased to announce the availability of the free 2012 Recommended Components iPad app.

Available Now
The app is available right now for free download to your iPad in the iTunes store. In iTunes, search for "Stereophile Recommended Components" or follow this link to the iTunes store from your web browser.

This app includes all current Recomended Components as listed in the recent issue of Stereophile as well as additional ratings and listings that could not fit in the print version. There are over 700 component rankings in all and the app is compatible with all iPad hardware versions including retina displays.

Tyll Hertsens Jun 22, 2012 27 comments

With the recent spate of noise cancelers appearing from all corners, I thought I'd bring them together for a little workout in the lab. The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 has long been my favorite, but newcomers like PSB, Polk, and Klipsch are launching frontal attacks, so I think it's time for a re-evaluation.

Going in, I figured it would be hard to beat Bose. What's your guess?

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Tyll Hertsens Jun 17, 2012 5 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly allowed me to respond to Steve Guttenberg's recent comments on audio measurements on his "Home Theater Geeks" webcast on

Read on for the juicy details.

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Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens Jun 14, 2012 8 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I sat down for a little dialog with David Chesky. We talked about sound, music, and particular and sundry concrete abstractions ... or something like that.

Maybe New York was just messin' with my head? Doesn't matter, I had fun.

John Grandberg Jun 11, 2012 7 comments

Occupying the middle spot in the aimotiv lineup from Emotiva's Pro division, the airmotiv 5 is one of the larger speakers you'll see featured on this site. While it may strain the limits of what could be considered "desktop friendly", it also aims to push the envelope in terms of price to performance ratio.

Let's see how well it does.

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Tyll Hertsens Jun 07, 2012 Published: Jun 07, 2012 10 comments

Once you've read all the threads and reviews, and had a look at the measurements on InnerFidelity, the next step in finding just the right headphone is to do some listening. There's really no better way to do that than by going to a local Head-Fi meet. And the New York Head-Fi group sure knows how to throw a great meet.

Here's a taste of what awaits you ...