Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 02, 2015 13 comments

Jimmy Moon gave me the run-down on Astell&Kern's two new players that bracket their line in the most and least expensive slots.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 02, 2015 2 comments

T.H.E. Show Newport found a new home this year in the Hotel Irvine, and my, what a lovely place it is. But T.H.E. Show is much more than its venue, follow along with me for the next few days and we'll have a look at the event from a headphone enthusiasts point of view.

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Sean Sabino Posted: Jun 01, 2015 4 comments

PSB Audio bring a new in-ear to their M4U line-up.
Designer Maxime Loiseau creates a super-thin piezo-electric headphone from printed parts.
Binauric SE kickstarts a bluetooth headphone with binaural recording abilities.
Spotify teams up with AXEL audio for a modular headphone.

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Sean Sabino Posted: May 28, 2015 15 comments

Pioneer comes rushing back to the headphone scene with their first flagship, the SE-Master 1.
Spotify and Berklee College of Music want to protect your ears.
The beloved Raspberry Pi gets a hi-res DAC.
The Aivvy Q brings the music to your ears, quite literally.

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John Grandberg Posted: May 27, 2015 6 comments
A "new" custom IEM company that's been around for 30 years? Yeah, there's a story in there somewhere.
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Sean Sabino Posted: May 25, 2015 6 comments

A new flagship player comes to us from AK.
Soundaware releases a new reference CD player/ripper.
Enterprising high-schoolers boost wireless audio with new bluetooth solution.
Moon-Audio celebrates Memorial Day with new products and a sale!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 22, 2015 12 comments

In Part 1 of this article, I explained what total harmonic distortion is and how it's measured. Here in this second part, we will take a look at various THD+noise plots and interpret them.

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Sean Sabino Posted: May 21, 2015 62 comments

New tunable in-ears from RHA Audio.
Fostex refreshes the Venerable T50RP.
MIT Cable is Indiegogogoing for it with Vero headphone cables.
Mr Speakers having a big, big sale!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 20, 2015 12 comments
Tinnitus (a persistant ringing in the ears) affects about 10-15% of the population in a mild way, with about 1% of the population severely affected. In the worst cases, it can be very debilitating causing many psychological side-effects. Until recently, very little has be found to reduce, much less cure, this condition.

Neuromod Devices, and Irish company, have developed a device they call Mutebutton that in clinical trials has produced a 42% reduction in the patients perceived loudness of tinnitus.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 19, 2015 7 comments

Getting sound on headphones to sound like it's coming from outside your head is the holy grail of headphone performance. Virtual audio is going to be huge as we move forward. I've always thought this process would require modeling Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) and how they change with head movement.

Dysonics thinks otherwise.