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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... 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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Dinny FitzPatrick Posted: Sep 06, 2012 15 comments

Editors Note: I love living in Montana, but there are a few drawbacks. One big one for me at the moment is that all the PR junkets introducing new products usually happen thousands of miles away in New York. Bummer. Fortunately, a good friend and and long time headphone hobbyist Dinny FitzPatrick (known as "The Monkey" on Head-Fi) lives there, and has volunteered to lend a hand scouting out the new gear that shows up in the Big Apple. Last month he attended the release of a bunch of new gear from Logitech/UE. His report follows...and just like a monkey, it's quite entertaining.

But, again, like a Monkey, he's likely to be rather difficult to restrain, so I've given him a long leash, and we're likely to see a variety of writings from him. Welcome aboard Dinny! The banana budget is approved, write to your heart's content.

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John Grandberg Posted: Aug 27, 2012 12 comments

Focusrite, a pro-audio firm, calls this a "high-quality headphone interface with a difference"--the difference being their Virtual Reference Monitoring feature. They say it "emulates the experience of mixing in real rooms, with real speakers, using headphones." That's a big claim for a small device.

Let's see if it actually delivers.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 26, 2012 36 comments

Woot! Good progress this month on the headphone amplifier measurement program. Lots of amps in, and the first glimpse of what the data will look like on paper. Not so many headphone measurements this time, but one maker's new headphones were quite disappointing.

And a secret revealed!


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