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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 31, 2012 277 comments
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 31, 2012 25 comments

The inside of a great designer's head must be a very unusual place. On the one hand, the world is filled with clumsy, ugly, ill-formed objects. On the other, it's rife with opportunity for utility and beauty. The cacophony of internal dialog must be almost unbearable. Renowned designer Philippe Starck has turned his attention to untangling the mess that is Bluetooth headsets, and in collaboration with Parrot (a French company with significant experience in automotive Bluetooth devices) has developed the most unique wireless headset I've ever seen.

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 25, 2012 15 comments

Electrostatic headphones. Just mentioning to term conjures thoughts of supremely expensive systems and frustratingly confusing naming conventions. Example: the Stax SRS-4170 system is comprised of the SR-407 headphones and the SRM-006tS amplifier. But the official name is "earspeaker" instead of headphones, and "driver unit" rather than amplifier. And at $2,000 this is merely a mid-range system, with the top models selling for significantly higher prices.

Woo Audio aims to help make 'stats more accessible with their WEE transformer box. Read on to find out why this thing might just be your ticket to electrostatic goodness at a reasonable price.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 23, 2012 2 comments
Just a few final thoughts, and a couple of beers, left to report about. Hope you enjoyed coming along to the show with me.

Phew!!! Back to headphone measurements and reviews!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 12 comments

I've often noticed some significant phase artifacts in multi-driver balanced armature IEMs, and wondered "What's up with that?" Evidently, Jerry Harvey's been thinking a lot about it too.

The flash of light must have been blinding when he figured it out.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 2 comments

Custom molds, custom art work, and now you can add to the list custom sound. It's expensive, but now you can have a completely customized pair of IEMs with Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 3 comments

As Dinny mentioned in his think piece the headphone market is rapidly finding its way toward maturity. A sure sign of this is when small companies start to have a more sophisticated sensibility in their product development efforts.

Jack Woo's new amp is swank indeed!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2012 0 comments

Audeze is moving right along. They've spent the last three years putting together a dandy little company, and it seemed to me they were at RMAF this year just having fun.

Well, they are still inventive and were showing off a prototype sealed headphone.

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Dinny FitzPatrick Posted: Oct 20, 2012 1 comments

Editors Note: Before I go on to my favorite booths for this year, I want to take a little intermission. Dinny FitzPatrick is a long time headphone enthusiast and has seen this hobby grow from its very first large meet. I thought it would be fun to have his personal overview of this show. Quite thought provoking.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 20, 2012 2 comments

When first I walked up to the Schiit Audio booth, I asked Jason Stoddard, "What percentage of your success do you owe to naming your company Schiit?" He said, "All of it!"

Ha! That's funny. But not really true.


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