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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 01, 2014 9 comments

The trend is apparent: Very smart headphones are in our future. Bluetooth and noise canceling is old news; headphones with stand-alone streaming services, biometric sensors for exercise data-logging, and head tracking for navigation and surround simulation all are on the horizon.

Where will this take us? Will increasing complication lead to incompatibilities? Will traditional headphones, like turntables and tape decks, leave the mainstream and become audiophile oddities?

I'd sure like to know.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 29, 2014 13 comments

With a wife acceptance factor through the roof, and the ability to fill a room with an extraordinary sense of spacious ease, Apple-centric audiophiles will very likely find the Fidelio SoundSpheres tremendously appealing.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 25, 2014 35 comments

Like sand on a beach, the number of times the Audio Technica ATH-M50 has been recommended would be hard to count. This headphone has reached legendary status among headphone enthusiasts, and with this latest refresh its position in the pantheon of great headphones is assured.

Think the ATH M-50 is old news? Time to listen again!

John Grandberg Posted: Apr 21, 2014 33 comments

A really affordable desktop self-powered spaeker from a world-renowned pro-audio firm?

Count me in!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 19, 2014 12 comments
I've never heard a Bluetooth, noise canceling, headphone/headset that sounds good---or even the same---in all modes...until now. This is a really cool, jack-of-all-trades, general purpose headphone/headset!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 15, 2014 18 comments

I spent the weekend listening through Chesky's new Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc and a few of the albums released using the Binaural+ techniques and technologies. First observation: Man, did I get sucked into the music a lot!

Second observation? The first would have been enough all by itself, but the overarching impression of about 12 hours of listening in the past few days is that I had been in the presence of not just the music, but with the musicians as well. Very unusual, and very satisfying.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 11, 2014 30 comments
It took me a little while to warm up to these headphones, but once I did, I found myself very happy coddled in their comfort and spacious sound.
Skylab Posted: Apr 07, 2014 8 comments

I always wonder what will come out of review amps once I fire them up and first listen. I always run the amp in for 10-12 hours after getting it without playing the amp at all, and then I let them warm up for an hour on the day of first listening before I strap the cans to my head. And then I eagerly press play and let the music flow. And in the case of the Elekit, flow it did indeed, and in a very pleasing way.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 05, 2014 23 comments
More measurements...and the beginning of spring!!!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 03, 2014 3 comments
Scott Wilkinson is celebrating his 200th installment of "Home Theater Geeks" and has kindly asked me to join him for the party over on

The show will be broadcast on live TODAY, Thurday, April 3rd at 5:30-6:30PM Eastern Time (2:30-3:30PM Pacific). I hope you'll join in to view. If you log into the chat session you can ask questions and watch people comment on the dialog as it happens. Quite fun, I really enjoy doing it.

Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geek page on TWiT; for real Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!


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