Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6 comments

What's the size of a Tick-Tack box and will make any old laptop sound good? HRT's microStreamer is one choice in this ever growing category. I dig the fact it's got 0.5 Ohm output impedance.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 12, 2013 5 comments

Having just chatted with Fan Bien regarding the RE-400 and RE-600 IEMs at the Munich show, I asked Peter Hoagland to show me something else in the booth. He picked up the EF-2A hybrid headphone amp. $169! Cool.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 12, 2013 0 comments

Having started my own company once upon a time, I'm every so often reminded of the joyous/terrifying/magical/difficult experience of giving birth to a commercial venture. Happenstance had me spending a bit of time with Steve Welborn of Audeze during the show. Memories of HeadRoom's beginning echoed in my mind.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

I love my gadgets...but they tend to force me to regularly find a wall plug for charging sessions. Sometimes that's just not possible. EnerPlex has some cool solutions for charging on the go without the need to find a wall plug.

Power from the sun!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 11, 2013 0 comments

My, my, what a surprise. I've pretty much hated every multi-driver, over-ear surround headphone I've ever heard, but this system seemed to do very well indeed. I wonder how they pulled that off?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 10, 2013 209 comments
Register to win a HRT MicroStreamer USB DAC (MSRP $189.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"microStreamer is a USB-connected and powered ultra high-performance dedicated  amplifier/sound card designed to seamlessly interface with computers, tablets, smart-phones and directly decode the digital audio data stream from the host’s hard drive into analog music for headphone or speaker listening. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and light enough to carry in a shirt pocket, the microStreamer is the newest and sexiest product in HRT's line of award winning DACs. "

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 10, 2013 4 comments

Man! That was fun! CES is the big one; the be all, end all, everything is there show—but it's hell on your feet and like getting a drink of water from a fire hose. Far too big, and, sadly, ordinary consumers can't get in. RMAF is the audiophile show in the U.S., in my opinion. Wanna see what's what in audiophilia? RMAF is the show to go to. But if you want to go to a show just for the fun of it, THE Show Newport is the way to go!

Yep, I'll say it again: Man, was that fun!

ljokerl Posted: Jun 05, 2013 12 comments

It's not every year that a company as revered as Sennheiser releases a new flagship product, especially one that nudges four figures with its price tag, but last year saw the release of the $999.95 Sennheiser IE 800, along with AKG's K3003 and Ultrasone's IQ. The K3003 and IQ both utilize hybrid driver systems, combining balanced armature and dynamic drivers, along with appropriate crossovers, in their housings. The IE 800, however, utilizes a single dynamic driver, like all of Sennheiser's other earphones. This in itself is likely to elicit groans from some IEM enthusiasts but Axel Grell, the creator of the earphone and Sennheiser's Senior Acoustic Engineer, obviously felt no need to go beyond the dynamic driver for marketing or performance reasons.

John Grandberg Posted: Jun 01, 2013 13 comments

Surround sound from your existing headphones: often promised but very rarely delivered with any degree of success. Most attempts end up sounding like a novelty at best or garbage at worst. Finland's DSPeaker quietly releases a potentially breakthrough entry in the category, cleverly dubbed the heaDSPeaker Home. Is it any good?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 01, 2013 382 comments
Register to win a set of Westone 4R In-ear Headphones (MSRP $599.99) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"The Quad-Driver Westone 4R-Series with durable and removable EPIC cable take your listening experience to an entirely different level. Four symmetrically balanced armature drivers engineered into an advanced three-way crossover network deliver breathtaking clarity, realism, and imaging. Left and right earpiece responses are tested by each driver pack and matched to an extraordinarily tight +/- 2dB tolerance, delivering unparalleled balance and accuracy of sound-stage reproduction. "

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