Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

I love my gadgets...but they tend to force me to regularly find a wall plug for charging sessions. Sometimes that's just not possible. EnerPlex has some cool solutions for charging on the go without the need to find a wall plug.

Power from the sun!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

My, my, what a surprise. I've pretty much hated every multi-driver, over-ear surround headphone I've ever heard, but this system seemed to do very well indeed. I wonder how they pulled that off?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 10, 2013 209 comments
Register to win a HRT MicroStreamer USB DAC (MSRP $189.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"microStreamer is a USB-connected and powered ultra high-performance dedicated  amplifier/sound card designed to seamlessly interface with computers, tablets, smart-phones and directly decode the digital audio data stream from the host’s hard drive into analog music for headphone or speaker listening. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and light enough to carry in a shirt pocket, the microStreamer is the newest and sexiest product in HRT's line of award winning DACs. "

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4 comments

Man! That was fun! CES is the big one; the be all, end all, everything is there show—but it's hell on your feet and like getting a drink of water from a fire hose. Far too big, and, sadly, ordinary consumers can't get in. RMAF is the audiophile show in the U.S., in my opinion. Wanna see what's what in audiophilia? RMAF is the show to go to. But if you want to go to a show just for the fun of it, THE Show Newport is the way to go!

Yep, I'll say it again: Man, was that fun!

ljokerl Posted: Jun 05, 2013 13 comments

It's not every year that a company as revered as Sennheiser releases a new flagship product, especially one that nudges four figures with its price tag, but last year saw the release of the $999.95 Sennheiser IE 800, along with AKG's K3003 and Ultrasone's IQ. The K3003 and IQ both utilize hybrid driver systems, combining balanced armature and dynamic drivers, along with appropriate crossovers, in their housings. The IE 800, however, utilizes a single dynamic driver, like all of Sennheiser's other earphones. This in itself is likely to elicit groans from some IEM enthusiasts but Axel Grell, the creator of the earphone and Sennheiser's Senior Acoustic Engineer, obviously felt no need to go beyond the dynamic driver for marketing or performance reasons.

John Grandberg Posted: Jun 01, 2013 12 comments

Surround sound from your existing headphones: often promised but very rarely delivered with any degree of success. Most attempts end up sounding like a novelty at best or garbage at worst. Finland's DSPeaker quietly releases a potentially breakthrough entry in the category, cleverly dubbed the heaDSPeaker Home. Is it any good?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 01, 2013 382 comments
Register to win a set of Westone 4R In-ear Headphones (MSRP $599.99) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Quad-Driver Westone 4R-Series with durable and removable EPIC cable take your listening experience to an entirely different level. Four symmetrically balanced armature drivers engineered into an advanced three-way crossover network deliver breathtaking clarity, realism, and imaging. Left and right earpiece responses are tested by each driver pack and matched to an extraordinarily tight +/- 2dB tolerance, delivering unparalleled balance and accuracy of sound-stage reproduction. "

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 26, 2013 31 comments

I'm totally stoked this project has come to pass. Source Interlink Media will be producing a special interest publication this fall called "The Ultimate Headphone Guide." To be a part of what I think might be the first paper publication dedicated entirely to headphones is quite exciting. To have the opportunity to let InnerFidelity readers provide some input makes it doubly so.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 21, 2013 250 comments
Register to win a Focal XS Book Music System (MSRP $299.00) we are giving away.

According to the company: "Whatever your musical taste, uncover all the power and emotion your music, movie and gaming collection has to offer with Focal’s elegant and compact desktop 2.0 active loudspeaker system. Based on 33-years of acoustic research and over a dozen patents, Focal has created the ideal powered desktop loudspeaker system that will delight your senses while delivering years of dependable service. Hear exactly what you’ve been missing; experience just how good desktop music can sound."

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 20, 2013 14 comments

If you live in Southern California and are interested in audio you really need to do yourself a favor and go to THE Show Newport. Why? Because it's a delight for the senses many steps beyond what most audio shows provide.

Let me tell you a little about it...


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