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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 17, 2014 29 comments

If you read these pages regularly, you likely love music well reproduced on headphones. What's not to love? The bigger question is how come more folks don't love music well reproduced on headphones?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 14, 2014 40 comments

Audio researchers find that trained listeners yield more consistant test results in subjective listening tests. Well, I suppose that means you or I would do a better job evaluating gear if we had some training, no? How does one go about getting this training? Do you have to work for some big audio research organization?

NO!!! Now Philips has release a version of their training program on-line—it's free, and it's fun!

Skylab Posted: Feb 12, 2014 6 comments

I was approached by MiniWatt to review their current USB DAC/AMP combo, the n4. I had not really heard much about this company before but they have had several previous products that were well received, including a very compact vacuum tube headphone amp. I hadn't reviewed an "inexpensive" product ($349 MSRP in this case) here on InnerFidelity for a while, so I decided to give it a try.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 10, 2014 41 comments

Boy is it a good time to be in the market for a $300-$400 sealed headphone. Offerings like the Sennheiser Momentum, NAD VISO HP50, and B&W P7 provides consumers with some very good choices. Now you can add two more: The Focal Spirit Professional and The Focal Spirit Classic.

John Grandberg Posted: Feb 07, 2014 30 comments

Should a reference-quality headphone amplifier cost more than a slightly used jet ski? Because that seems to be the trend. AURALiC goes in another direction with their statement amp, the stunning TAURUS MKII.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 04, 2014 50 comments

Harman researchers have continued their march forward to find a subjectively preferred target response curve for headphones. Reading their latest paper has me hearing the last nails being driven into the coffin of the diffuse field response for headphones...

...thank goodness.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 01, 2014 21 comments
More headphone measurements to warm up your chilly February.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 29, 2014 8 comments

I've laughed, gasped, marveled, and applauded the rise of Schiit Audio in the headphone world.

Wanna know how that Schiit happened?

ljokerl Posted: Jan 28, 2014 26 comments

Scotland-based RHA has been around for a couple of years, releasing several sub-$100 earphones and headphones to generally positive feedback on Head-Fi. We've measured a few of their in-ears, which have always been decidedly bass-heavy. The new MA750—the company's flagship earphone as of late last year—also doesn't suffer for lack of bass but clearly deserves a closer look.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 23, 2014 25 comments

The headphone market has a birth defect. I figured I'd talk to some big-wig market players to see if it can be healed.


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