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John Grandberg Feb 24, 2012 15 comments

The iPod Touch has stood unopposed in the marketplace through 4 generations, without any direct competitors boasting similar feature sets. That's finally starting to change with several new Android-based devices being released from Philips, Samsung, Sony, and others.

I spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 to see if it makes the grade for discerning listeners.

Tyll Hertsens Feb 21, 2012 38 comments

In my view, the Sennheiser HD 800 is the world's best dynamic headphone. Its imaging and transient response is second to none. (Read my full review here.) The problem is, brutal honesty can be tough to take.

Fortunately, there's a relatively simple modification to take the edge off your HD 800.

Tyll Hertsens Feb 17, 2012 64 comments

One look at the Sennheiser HD 800 and it's quite obvious that this headphone is in a class of one. Seemingly as much architecture and structural engineering as it is audio, this headphone is a technological marvel and delivers incredibly accurate audio fidelity.

It's nearly perfect ... nearly.

Tyll Hertsens Feb 15, 2012 13 comments

Editor's Note - After publishing Steve Guttenberg's recent review of the VISO 1 I got an email from Mark Stone, Lenbrook America's Marketing Manager, expressing his concern that Steve didn't quite "get" the product. Oddly enough, Steve had called me prior to the review saying he wasn't completely comfortable doing the review. I must say, I wasn't very comfortable doing the review of the Arcam rCube, a similar sort of product. InnerFidelity is all about audio products that don't go in the listening or home theater room, so the VISO 1 is exactly the type of product that needs reviewing in these pages.

I think I'm a little confused, and could use the input of InnerFidelity readers, but first, let's hear what NAD has to say.

Tyll Hertsens Feb 13, 2012 33 comments

Generally speaking, my teenage daughter couldn't care less about headphones. But when I brought home a pair of purple Philips Citiscape Downtown headphones, she was almost breathless as she said, "Oh dad! Purple is my favorite color. Those are so cool!" Later, I peeked into her room; she was laying on her bed, knees up with legs crossed, one foot happily tapping the air.

It was with both pleasure and dismay that I realized I had just more fully enabled her connection to Justin Bieber.

Steve Guttenberg Feb 09, 2012 1 comments

Every iPod speaker manufacturer pays lip service to sound quality, but very, very few deliver on the promise. To be fair it's a huge challenge, cost constraints are very real, and the pressure to keep the speaker’s size down to an absolute minimum cannot be denied. The iPod certainly isn't the limiting factor, you can load it up with lossless or WAV files and have a bona-fide high-end sound source. Now NAD, a brand with a long history of making great sounding products is sure to shake things up with its first iPod speaker, the VISO 1 ($700). It's a doozy!

Tyll Hertsens Feb 08, 2012 23 comments

Like most people upon first hearing the Audez'e LCD-3 at last year's CanJam at RMAF, I was struck by the quicker sound of the new planar magnetic headphone over its predecessor, the LCD-2 Rev. 2. Definitely a step in the right direction. Then they started shipping ...

... and all hell seemed to break loose.

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Tyll Hertsens Feb 01, 2012 43 comments

What can I say? January was about CES. It's become a month long adventure for me now.

Still ... got some very interesting headphones measured.

Do-It-Yourself Guide
Tyll Hertsens Jan 30, 2012 10 comments

How do you attach your portable headphone amp to your player? Velcro? Big rubber bands? A hacked small camera bag?

Here's another solution ... and it's miraculous.

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Tyll Hertsens Jan 27, 2012 7 comments

When my daughter and I make pizza, we have a little routine of listening to music on MOG and alternating our picks --- neither of us can take the other's music continuously. But when I played "Pump Up The Jam" by The Lost Fingers, she wanted to hear the entire "Lost in the 80s" album.

The Lost Fingers are now a recurring presence during our culinary adventures.