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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 11, 2012 28 comments

I'm in Riverton, WY having just motorcycled half way to Denver from Bozeman, and I've got a puzzling question that's been rattling around inside my helmet today. Jude asked me to participate in a panel discussion Sunday, the topic: "What is the future of headphones?"

I've got some thoughts, but I'd love for you to pitch in as well.

ljokerl Posted: Oct 08, 2012 17 comments

MEElectronics and Fischer Audio are two relatively young audio brands from opposite corners of the globe. Headquartered in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Fischer Audio has been in the headphone business since 2006 but wasn't known to audio enthusiasts in the US until this 2009 Head-Fi review. MEElectronics caught the community's attention a bit earlier with their value-priced but surprisingly decent-sounding earphones and headsets. Chances are neither brand is familiar to the average consumer but SoCal-based MEElectronics differs from Fischer on one key point---availability.

Skylab Posted: Oct 04, 2012 14 comments

In what seems like a relatively short time, Burson Audio has developed a reputation for making good products, and they seem to have a pretty devoted and happy customer base. These are enviable things. I had read lots of good things about Burson's products, but never had the chance to hear one, until being sent this review loaner from Burson.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 02, 2012 32 comments

Holy moly, it's October already. Some interesting stuff from the lab this month, and a little preview of some things to come!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 29, 2012 96 comments

Logitech has recently stepped up it's game in the world of personal audio with an entirely new line of Logitech UE branded products. There's plenty of muscle there to do the job well, the question is: Can a mouse company apply it with the finesse needed to really produce well balanced audio products?

Fortunately, Ultimate Ears is in the mix, and it seems to me the mouse has some pretty good ears now.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6 comments

The Logitech Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors are truly bespoke audio, hand crafted just for you. They'll fit your ears only, the sound is your sound, with a tonal balance tweaked by you, for you. Accuracy isn't part of the PRMs raison d'etre, not in the slightest, it's pure audio self-indulgence. That level of customization doesn't come cheap, the PRM is $1,999!

John Grandberg Posted: Sep 21, 2012 16 comments

Meizu, former maker of DAPs (Digital Audio Players---back when that was a word people used for non-iProducts), attempts to reinvent themselves as a contender in the smartphone world. Their latest is called the MX 4-core, and it aims to beat Samsung's new Galaxy S III at its own game. With competitive specs, unique features, and a few surprises up their sleeves, Meizu just may pull it off...

...at least as far as audiophiles are concerned.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 18, 2012 31 comments

One of the very first things I did when I started InnerFidelity was call Doc B. (Dan Schmalle) at Bottlehead to get a little Crack. No, not the white stuff...the dandy little OTL headphone amp DIY kit. I wanted it for my measurement program, which was slow in coming, so it took a while to get around to building it.

Ah! The sweet smell of solder!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 11, 2012 169 comments

It's a funny thing how people organize themselves. Put a big bunch of us together, and we'll splinter off into smaller groups of like-minded people...who sometimes war against each other. While Head-Fi has remained the central square, it, too, contains sub-groups, and numerous factions have wholly split off into other forums.

And now, it seems, we have pirates in our midst.

ljokerl Posted: Sep 10, 2012 14 comments

Phonak PFE 232 ($599)
Swiss hearing aid manufacturer, Phonak, entered the earphone game in 2008 with the single driver Perfect Fit Earphone (PFE). The PFE became a hit with the enthusiast crowd for its balanced and accurate sound as well as its lightweight, ergonomic form factor. The single balanced armature driver was well-tuned and the PFE remains competitive today. Phonak even raised the price in 2010 to slot in a cheaper, more consumer-friendly model, dubbed the "Perfect Bass." It comes as no surprise, then, that although Phonak's new PFE 232 model is a "mere" dual BA, it is aimed square at the top of the universal IEM market with an ambitious $599 price tag.

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