Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 06, 2016 17 comments
First, how in the hell do you make a pair of headphones, distribute it to retailers, and have it shipped overnight to your house for $20!? I shake my head; how can this be? Well, the answer, of course, is economies of scale. And with 312,000,000 headphones sold world-wide annually, there's plenty of scale in that economy.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 03, 2016 43 comments
Editor's Note: You just never know what's going to happen in my email in-box sometimes.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 30, 2016 11 comments
Not long ago, a colleague here in the Stereophile Home Tech Group said to me, "Why do you bother reviewing Bluetooth speakers? There's no such thing as a high-end Bluetooth speaker, right?"


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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 27, 2016 17 comments
The race is on. Would you like that Sennheiser Momentum 3 with a USB Type-C or Apple Lightning connector?
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 24, 2016 27 comments

HiFiMAN touts this headphone as great for direct play from portable devices—and I'll agree, it does play very well directly from a tablet or phone. Pretty nice not to have the burden and expense of having to carry around a portable amp, but at $1800 it doesn't really seem like a more affordable solution. And then, it's an open headphone while most portable cans are sealed to get rid of environmental noise. So...this is a flagship headphone for use with portable devices indoors? I'm not sure what to think...let's work through the details.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 19, 2016 29 comments

After Audeze clued me into how much the different headphone measurement heads vary in measurement performance, I decided to undertake a little experiment of my own. Well...not all my own, I'd love for others to join in! Come see how.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 15, 2016 20 comments

On-ear portable headphones don't get a lot of love from headphone enthusiasts...that's about to change.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 13, 2016 93 comments
Editor's note: After my review of the LCD-4, Audeze emailed me concerning discrepancies between my measurements and theirs. Numerous fairly technical emails were exchanged, I sent a number of Excel spreadsheets of my measurements for their use in comparisons, and there certainly does seem to be a discrepancy between measurements.

The folks at Audeze asked if they could write an article about these measurement observations and their response to my LCD-4 review. I said, "Of course, I've got plenty to learn on this subject." This article is Audeze's response.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 08, 2016 34 comments
Some interesting times ahead. Before we start, let's find out what you think.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 08, 2016 22 comments
Let's agree from the start that measurements are no substitute for listening when evaluating headphones. The question is, do the measurements serve a useful function?

If you choose the last selection here, you really don't need to bother with the rest of the polls.

Feel free to elaborate on how useful headphone measurements are to you generally in the comments.

After submitting your vote, click here for the next poll, and here if you missed the introductory post.

How Useful do You Find Headphone Measurements?
You bet, I can tell quite a bit about how a headphone might sound.
30% (46 votes)
I can get a rough feel for how a headphone will sound.
50% (78 votes)
I can't tell how it will sound, but I can tell if they're junk or not.
15% (23 votes)
I'm pretty confused by it all, but I'm trying to figure it out.
2% (3 votes)
Measurements are next to useless as far as I'm concerned.
3% (5 votes)
Total votes: 155