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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 14, 2012 22 comments
Historically, on single-sided headphones, the cord comes out of the left earpiece. I've always assumed it is so that right-handed people are less likely to get tangled up in the cable as they write. Well, the folks at NOCS have released a new on-ear headphone (NS700 Phaser) with the cable coming out of the right earpiece. I've heard through the grapevine that they claim it's because right-handed people can more easily get to the remote controls that way.

Part of me wants to tell NOCS to sit down in the boat and put the cable on the left where it belongs. Part of me thinks their reasoning is sound. Part of me thinks it just doesn't matter. But the biggest part of me just doesn't know what to think. What do you think?

Oh, and being left-handed I feel kinda jilted.

Should single-side headphone cables come out of the left or right earpiece?
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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Jul 12, 2012 25 comments
Sound quality is a big deal to me, and I've devoted a huge chunk of my life to the pursuit of great audio. My hi-fi costs as much as a nice car, but I'm no gear snob, and I love writing about great sounding budget gear. I've discovered a lot of new music over my Sirius Satellite Radio, music that would sound like crap over my hi-fi. That's why I play the tuner through my Tivoli PAL table radio. That little radio smoothes over the rough edges of Sirius' lousy, low bit rate sound. So even for a hard-core audiophile, lo-fi is sometimes the right fi. The best playback device isn't always the most accurate playback device, not by a long shot. What follows is a meditation on good sound, and why it's such a rare commodity.
John Grandberg Posted: Jul 09, 2012 40 comments

Germany's Lake People refreshes their entire lineup of G-series headphone amps, with a focus shifted towards home users rather than just studios. I check out the lowest and the highest cost models in the series to see how they compare.

Wait, back up a second - Lake People who?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 06, 2012 12 comments

It wasn't until I told Ivy Burford (now CEO of HeadRoom and after working together for a dozen years or more is someone who knows me very well) about my upcoming Red Oxx luggage review that I got the straight scoop what my motives might be.

"I've always thought you had a bit of a bag fetish," she said.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 01, 2012 18 comments

July is upon us. Time to break out the IEMs and portable gear, and go for a motorcycle ride in the mountains. Not quite yet, though, lots of stuff to do this month, and lots of measurements to report from the last couple of months.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 28, 2012 11 comments

Goodness gracious! I'm just blown away by the new B&W P3. It's absolutely gorgeous, ergonomics are stellar, and build quality unparalleled. It's really quite an accomplishment to make a headphone this small this beautiful.

I'm troubled by the sound, though.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 25, 2012 0 comments
Stereophile is pleased to announce the availability of the free 2012 Recommended Components iPad app.

Available Now
The app is available right now for free download to your iPad in the iTunes store. In iTunes, search for "Stereophile Recommended Components" or follow this link to the iTunes store from your web browser.

This app includes all current Recomended Components as listed in the recent issue of Stereophile as well as additional ratings and listings that could not fit in the print version. There are over 700 component rankings in all and the app is compatible with all iPad hardware versions including retina displays.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 22, 2012 29 comments

With the recent spate of noise cancelers appearing from all corners, I thought I'd bring them together for a little workout in the lab. The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 has long been my favorite, but newcomers like PSB, Polk, and Klipsch are launching frontal attacks, so I think it's time for a re-evaluation.

Going in, I figured it would be hard to beat Bose. What's your guess?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 17, 2012 5 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly allowed me to respond to Steve Guttenberg's recent comments on audio measurements on his "Home Theater Geeks" webcast on

Read on for the juicy details.

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Steve Guttenberg Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 14, 2012 8 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I sat down for a little dialog with David Chesky. We talked about sound, music, and particular and sundry concrete abstractions ... or something like that.

Maybe New York was just messin' with my head? Doesn't matter, I had fun.


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