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Kojaku - aka Sean S Mar 20, 2012 50 comments

A couple of weeks ago Head-Fi DIYer Kojaku sent in a pair of heavily modded Grado SR225i headphones. I'm not really a fan of Grados ... okay, I really dislike them, but these modded cans were very good. The best sounding Grados I've had the pleasure of hearing.

I asked him to tell his story ...

n_maher Mar 19, 2012 10 comments

There's a place on the web like a bar on a back street, dimly lit and cozy, where the hard-core headphone geeks hang out. There, where it really counts, this amp is getting a lot of praise. Doug (this amp's maker), Nate (who wrote this article), myself, and a number of others are regulars there, and talk of serious stuff, like bourbon and bacon ... and amps like this.

Consider yourself very fortunate that Nate's words in a review like this get to see the light of day. Very. Good. Stuff.

Tyll Hertsens Mar 15, 2012 8 comments

Tap your cheek bones, and you'll hear it plain as day. The sound's not coming through your ear canals ... it's just rattling the bones in your ear, and you can hear it. But is this a good way to get your tunes?

Let's find out ...

Tyll Hertsens Mar 14, 2012 33 comments

Full-sized, sealed headphones are a bugaboo. They're either too woolly or boomy sounding, or they're too uneven, or they don't seal well enough. Sealed headphones are just plain hard to make sound good. Darn few that jump through those hoops and work well enough to be worth the money.

Wanna watch the K550 make the leap?

John Grandberg Mar 12, 2012 8 comments

The company tagline is: "Engineered Sound Meets Beautiful Design". One glance at the picture above and you might agree on their second point. The question then becomes: is their beauty merely skin deep?

Tyll Hertsens Mar 09, 2012 61 comments

The latest in a long, long line of HD 25 variants, Sennheiser puts new clothes on the Amperior with milled aluminum cups and a new cable. Is it just bluff and bluster, or are these new cans worth nearly double the price of the HD 25-1 II?

I'm thinking so.

Tyll Hertsens Blog
Tyll Hertsens Mar 05, 2012 21 comments

Tet, as he likes to be called, wanted to see me put his latest creation, the Hesh 2 (~$50), through the ringer. Sure! Just as long as I get to pick you brain on headphone measurements. We ended up talking a lot about a wide variety of all things headphone, and we both learned quite a bit.

A hard-core headphone mini-meet, indeed!

Tyll Hertsens Blog
Tyll Hertsens Mar 01, 2012 27 comments

Requests for review samples have been arriving regularly, and empty boxes strew the living room floor.

Got a fair few measurements done, though.

DIY Headphone Reviews
Tyll Hertsens Mar 01, 2012 6 comments

The DIY headphone contest will be over on April 1st! If you want your cans measured and in the running, you'll need to get them in quickly as there's only a month left.

Want a look at the latest batch?

DAC Reviews
Steve Guttenberg Feb 27, 2012 23 comments

I’ve been a Schiit head since day one. The Asgard, the company’s very first Class A headphone amp lit up my old Sennheiser HD 580s, big time, and I’ve never looked back. The Asgard was followed by the all-tube Valhalla, and the Lyr high-output headphone amplifiers. Every one a winner as far as I’m concerned, so I just had to get my hands on Schiit’s Bifrost DAC.