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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 30, 2017 39 comments
Yesssssss!

I've kvetched quite a bit about the need for some killer headphones in the $500-$1000 price range. Seems like headphone makers just jumped by that price category in an ever more intense race to the top...of your willingness to break your wallet. Looks like we're going to get some relief from MrSpeakers.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 27, 2017 10 comments
After my CES experience with Ossic, Dirac, Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Surround, and the AKG N90Q, I've begun to spend a little time rooting around for potentially interesting headphones and requesting samples for further investigation.
John Grandberg Posted: Jan 23, 2017 26 comments
After a substantial delay, the DAP roundup returns with its 3rd (and final) installment.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 19, 2017 28 comments
Word on the street—the high-end audio street—is that CES was a bust.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 18, 2017 447 comments
Register to win a pair of AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones ($699.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"A direct descendant of AudioQuest's award-winning NightHawk headphone, the closed-back NightOwl Carbon replaces its predecessor's biomimetic sound-diffusing grille with an intelligently designed aperiodic damping system for excellent isolation of external noise, ensuring privacy for the listener and those nearby."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 18, 2017 31 comments
The OSSIC X virtual reality headphone made a big splash last February when its $100,000 Kickstarter ask turned into a $2.7 million dollar bonanza. I was skeptical at the time, but I sure was curious.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 17, 2017 48 comments
HiFiMAN was showing a prototype of an upcoming new flagship planar magnetic: The Edition 6 ($6000). They also were showing a prototype single dynamic driver IEM called the RE2000 ($2000).

This move evidently crossed some sort of tripping point and triggered a firestorm of reaction from the headphone enthusiast community. Some of the response can be found in threads at Head-Fi.org, Superbestaudiofriends.org, and Head-Case.org.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 21 comments
This new $1499 active noise canceling headphone has a number of cool things up its sleeves: digital operation over USB or Lightning; a continuously variable EQ circuit; and, I kid you not, voice prompts by Quincy Jones himself! The coolest thing of all is TruNote auto-calibration for individual listeners.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 9 comments
Dirac is well known for their room correction software and more recently among headphone enthusiasts for their HD Sound headphone compensation software that EQs headphones. At this year's CES, the company unveiled their new DIRAC VR, a dynamic 3D audio rendering platform.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3 comments
I always go to the ESS booth. I tend to fing the sounds I hear as just okay, but I'm always impressed by the unusually interesting and innovative approach to designing transducers.

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