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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 06, 2014 35 comments
Please don't consider this a comprehensive overview of the best wireless Bluetooth headphones out there...it isn't. Manufacturers and PR people keep offering to send BT headphones to me, I keep being interested in the category, but it wasn't until a had some significant experience with BT headphones that I began to feel like I could comment on the relative performance of BT headphones I had heard. Well, with a dozen or so on hand and mounting experience, and the shopping season upon us, I figured it was time to do something.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 04, 2014 31 comments

Hey, that's cool!

The folks over at Linus Media Group sent a contingent to Sennheiser's headquarters in Hanover for a little tour. The video they brought back is pretty cool, offering us a look at Sennheiser's campus, some company history, and a peak at the HD 800 manufacturing process.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 01, 2014 343 comments
Register to win a set of Sennheiser Momentum Headphones (MSRP $299.95) from Needle Doctor we are giving away.

According to the company:

"Sennheiser has long made some of the world’s best headphones, and they continue to do so today. Based in Germany, Sennheiser designs and builds headphones with one objective in mind - unrivaled sound quality. A look through their catalog will quickly render a picture of a company sparing no expense to obtain the desired goal while keeping prices in the ‘real world’ realm."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2014 8 comments
A couple of weeks ago, Sennheiser announced it will be opening a couple of pop-up stores for this years holiday season (November 22nd to December 28th), one in New York and one in San Francisco. The press release waxes poetic about the store designs and current Momentum and Urbanite marketing efforts, but it all just seems a little odd to me. I mean, how much of an impact can Sennheiser really make with two stores open for only one month? I decided to get in touch with Stefanie Reichert, a key strategic marketing executive with Sennheiser, for a deeper look at how these stores fit into their overall strategies. A very interesting and illuminating conversation ensued.
Tyll Hertsens John Grandberg n_maher ljokerl Skylab Posted: Nov 25, 2014 25 comments

It's that time of year again, pondering over cool gifts for the audiophile or headphone enthusiast in your life can be a chore. Well, the InnerFidelity writers have just made your choosing a bit simpler by producing our Holiday Gift Guide for this year. Some really cool stuff in the guide this year. (I particularly liked Nate's DIY oscilloscope choice—man, what I woulda done to have one of those as a teen.)

So, peruse the gift guide for the next few pages and keep in mind those audio geeks you love, maybe that perfect gift will jump right out at you!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 21, 2014 80 comments

Many years ago, I sat at a table with about eight audiophile gear reviewers and asked the question, "Is the fidelity of reproduction directly related to one's ability to experience the art of music?" There was a pregnant moment of silence—you could almost hear the grinding of gears in their heads—and then answer, unanimously, was, "No."

One wonders then, if the gear isn't directly coupled to the appreciation of music, why review gear at all?

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Jan Meier Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 18, 2014 51 comments
Dr. Jan Meier, of Meier Audio, recently submitted this article for me to consider publishing. He and I have had many a discussion, and quite a few disagreements, about the nature and effects of amplifier output impedance over the years. While I still have some concerns with his view brought to light here (I'll intersperse some of my comments in italics through the course of the article), I have moved away from the simple view that lower output impedance is always better. The following article does a lot to show a bit more sophisticated view of factors involved, and I thought it would be useful for InnerFidelity readers.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 15, 2014 12 comments

I first heard of this project coming along about a year ago when I chatted with Skylar Gray (AudioQuest's chief designer on the project) at CES. I also got a personal guided tour of the NightHawk in it's most current iteration at the time a month ago at CanJam@RMAF. Astonishing then, and now, is how much innovation Skylar has managed to pack into this new headphone design. Much of it is mentioned on their NightHawk launch site, but I thought I'd take a few moments to relay my understanding of some of these design features. So, open another tab to their site and I'll talk you through what I know, and what I'd like to know more about, regarding this very interesting headphone.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 13, 2014 266 comments
Register to win a pair of Vanatoo Transparent One Speakers (MSRP $499.00) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Vanatoo Transparent One powered speakers set a new price/performance benchmark in the audiophile world. They produce unexpectedly great sound quality (honest, tight bass down to 48Hz!) from small bookshelf speakers that give you a lot of flexibility in how you use them. They are equally at home as a desktop audio system, a music streaming solution for a room where you want music but not stacks of equipment, or as a compact system you take with you on your weekend getaways."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 12, 2014 31 comments
It must be going on 5 or 6 years now that I've been recommending the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 as the best noise canceling headphone. Time after time when comparing the QC15 with newcomers to the field, they either slayed the competition with their ability to isolate from outside noise, or with their competent sound...usually both.

Then last year at about this time, Bose introduced their Quiet Comfort 20, a shallow insertion in-ear noise canceling model. I thought it was awesome. The shallow fit is remarkably comfortable—similar to just gently putting your finger against your ear canal—and their ability to isolate astonishing. When recently I heard that Bose was about to introduce a new over-ear model to replace the QC15 I emailed my contact at Bose immediately—when it comes to noise canceling headphones, Bose is the maker to keep an ear on. They did not disappoint.

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