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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 18, 2013 3 comments
Man, oh man, oh man...Philips at CanJam was a huge highlight for me. I'm so glad they decided on relatively short notice to attend the show.

Thanks Philips!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 18, 2013 0 comments

Looks like just a big room...but it was filled with surprises. RMAF CanJam was also a bit schizophrenic for me. Read on for more....

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 11, 2013 192 comments
Register to win one of four RHA MA750 Headphones (MSRP $119.95) we are giving away.

According to the company: Using RHA's aerophonic design, the MA750 is constructed from individually machined stainless steel components. The handmade drivers and over-ear fit ensure remarkable sound reproduction and a comfortable, noise isolating fit.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 03, 2013 11 comments

The $99 computer speaker. Nothing could possibly be very exciting about that, right? Most of the time I'd agree completely. But not this time.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 29, 2013 37 comments

Just another "big audio company joins the ranks of headphone makers" or something a bit more special? It's hard to get my hopes up with so many first stabs at making headphones resulting in mediocre introductions. Maybe I should just lower my expectations a bit.

No! The new Onkyo cans are quite a surprise!

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Steve Guttenberg Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 19, 2013 47 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I talk on the phone fairly regularly. One reoccurring topic is about how and why headphones have or haven't penetrated various markets, and in particular, why aren't they getting more attention from traditional audiophiles.

We thought it would be fun to share a recent conversation with you.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 17, 2013 27 comments

It's a thought that's been on my mind quite a bit lately. I don't like this seeming division between the audiophile and headphile worlds. I don't like the commonly held belief that high-end speaker audio is somehow superior to high-end headphone listening. I don't like that headphone exhibits at trade shows are being segregated in a separate but equal sort of way. I don't like that high-end retailers seem to be turning a blind eye toward headphone listening gear.

I wonder...is the divide real? Is it simply not there, and we just drag our historic perspectives around with us? Or is it real and we just have to deal with the differences? Is our market in need of some restructuring to see what's really there? Does the headphone market need to mature more to properly integrate with the traditional high-end market? Or is the high-end market out of step and in need of a wake-up call to the benefits of personal audio?

Or maybe we're all looking at it wrong. Maybe the 15 year old kid with a hundred bucks in his pocket looking for a good headphone is just as much an audio enthusiast as as the 52 year old looking to plonk down $100,000 on a pair of speakers. Maybe we need to redefine the "high-end market" as the "audio enthusiast market" and act accordingly.

I've got more thoughts, but I wanted to throw this idea out there as an opportunity for you to comment and tell me what you think. The poll is pretty limiting, to be sure, so please feel expand on your thoughts in the comments.

Poll: What, if anything, divides headphiles and audiophiles?
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 13, 2013 33 comments

Last week I had the great pleasure of being invited (along with Jude Mansilla of Head-Fi.org and Michael Ting and Lieven Vranken of Headfonia.com) to Philips Innovation Lab in Leuven, Belgium. We were treated to a spectacularly interesting and invigorating presentation of Philip's efforts to re-establish themselves as a premier supplier of audio/video gear in general, and headphones in particular, in the 21st century.

To me, it's a story of corporate will, and the power that comes with large corporate resources and talented, clear-thinking researchers. It's a story of what it takes to turn a huge ship towards a new destination.

John Grandberg Posted: Sep 04, 2013 5 comments

The V5 wireless speaker from Wren Sound—it looks great, is full of features, and sounds pretty good too. But is it worth the $399 asking price? As is often the case in life, the answer is "it depends".

ljokerl Posted: Aug 31, 2013 43 comments

The RE-400 debuted in early 2013, offering the same type of accurate dynamic-driver sound that has become synonymous with HiFiMan earphones. The RE-600, released just recently, is billed as an all-around upgrade but carries a hefty price tag of $399—four times what the RE-400 costs. Let's see what each of them has to offer.

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