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Dinny FitzPatrick Posted: Jan 01, 2013 30 comments

Sometimes life happens. And you find yourself away from your home rig, or your home rig is gone period...as is your home. And you need to listen to "Don't Think Twice" by Dylan over and over, but the soundcard in your laptop isn't cutting it even though your JH13s otherwise sound awesome. Or you find yourself without power or worse after a hurricane and the only thing that can ease your mind is some tunes from your battery-operated portable rig. Then you realize, yeah, portable amps/DACs have a place in this world because right now I could really use one.

ljokerl Posted: Dec 30, 2012 18 comments

With 20-some years of experience in audio and the venerable ZEN mp3 player line under their belt, the folks at Creative are well-qualified to inject some serious fidelity into an earphone.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 25, 2012 50 comments

With just a few phone calls and emails, I've managed to get my hands on the amazing Stax SR-009 headphones, and some of the world's best electrostatic headphone amps and the gear to make use of them, and set them up my demo room for a week of comparative listening.

Quite the ear opening experience!

John Grandberg Posted: Dec 16, 2012 13 comments

There was a time, not long ago, when the terms "high-quality" and "computer speakers" were seldom used together. If one desired reasonably good sound from their computer, they spent $100 to $200 on something like a Logitech or Klipsch 2.1 setup and called it good enough. Things have changed since then and the MM-1 from Bowers and Wilkins was among the earliest models to offer serious sound to match their good looks. That was nearly 3 years ago - are they still relevant today?

Skylab Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11 comments

The MP-301 Mk 3 is a very good sounding amplifier for the money. It wears its tube topology on its sleeve, both physically and sonically. Love it for that, or pass. But if you think it's a good thing, then you get a LOT of product for your $300 here.

John Grandberg Posted: Dec 07, 2012 4 comments

I just love checking out previously unknown (to me) gear from Japan. They have quite a few high quality headphone-oriented brands that don't get much exposure anywhere else. Case in point - the Izmo M1. Check out the picture above: looks like a nice portable amp right? That was my first thought as well but it turns out I was wrong. Sort of. It's far more than just a portable amp but can impersonate one with the right accessories.

Confused yet? Allow me to explain...

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2012 58 comments

Not much in the way of amp measurements this month, but got a fair few headphones on the list. And a bit of a tease on some upcoming reviews.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2012 61 comments

The surge of rapper and celebrity headphones over the past five years or so has been annoying in the extreme to me. All the glam and glitter has been an enormous distraction from what the actual purpose of a headphone should be: to sound good. We're not going to be able to go backwards though, the fashionistas have raised the bar and a big, black, plastic blob on your head isn't going to cut it anymore. I just wish some company out there would be mature enough to make a headphone with tastefully balanced sound and sophisticated good looks.

With its new Momentum headphone, Sennheiser, it seems to me, is the adult in the room.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12 comments

I've raised teenagers. It's not an easy time. First jobs; getting a driver's license; romance; challenging schoolwork--a heady mix indeed. Teens try to exercise control of the world they find themselves in...but often aren't quite well enough positioned or equipped. The magic bullet, it seems to me, is finding an engaging project that teens can throw themselves into and call their own. One that can make a few bucks is a big bonus.

Here's one such success story...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 23, 2012 20 comments

There's a gazillion headphones out there, sorting through them is a chore. So the InnerFidelity writers came together with their top picks for cool headphone gifts this holiday season to make your gift giving a little easier.

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