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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 08, 2013 15 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" over on to talk about wireless headphones, surround on headphones, and headphone imaging.

The show will be broadcast on live TODAY, Monday, April 8th, 5PM EST, 2 PM PST. I hope you'll join in to view. If you log into the chat session you can ask questions and watch people comment on the dialog as it happens. Quite fun, I really enjoy doing it.

Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geek page on TWiT; for real Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 06, 2013 29 comments

Spring has sprung here in Bozeman, and my back porch is again habitable for longer writing session...though a bit less scenic as the deer have fled for the hills, and the matted grass easily shows their pebbly reminders. Early spring can be a rather ugly season.

But, it's been good for headphone measurements and I've got a big wad of them prepared for InnerFidelity readers.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 01, 2013 30 comments

Well, I've promised headphone amp measurements for InnerFidelity's second birthday, and I'm gonna deliver. There's still a couple of glitches, so I can't quite say it's final. But it's close.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 26, 2013 17 comments

In headphone news: miniature electrostatic headphone drivers, MOG is morphing, Bloomberg tells the kids to quiet down, some Apple musing, headphone connectors at Furutec, and more.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 23, 2013 41 comments

It's warm and fuzzy, with a big bottom and a lively top.

No, it's not my girlfriend silly, it's the new Philips Fidelio X1. And while it may not be a mate for life, it's sure fun to have for a little fling.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 19, 2013 60 comments

The recent introduction of the Meridian Explorer has caused quite a stir in the headphone world. The headphone output impedance was measured at around 48 Ohms...way to high for a headphone jack. Meridian has executed an in-line run change and the product now has about 5 Ohms output impedance. Much better!

I thought it would be a great moment to compare the two versions and explain why a low output impedance is important for good headphone fidelity.

John Grandberg Posted: Mar 15, 2013 15 comments

Parasound hasn't released a DAC in nearly 2 decades. That streak is now broken thanks to their new Zdac. Was it worth the wait?

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 13, 2013 86 comments

Arguably the most important audiophile headphones of the last two decades, the Sennheiser HD 580/600/650 family of headphones have a history of being both revered and maligned by headphone enthusiasts. I must admit to falling in and out of love with them numerous times.

What a long, strange trip it's been.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 08, 2013 118 comments

I'm wondering, what's the most important headphone ever made for headphone enthusiasts?

Not necessarily the best sounding, or highest price, or most popular, but the headphone that was most influential in spurring on the hobby of headphone enthusiasm. In your mind, the most important audiophile headphone.

Here's the choices I came up with; if you feel I missed one you think more important, feel free to write in your choice in the comments.

What's the Most Important Headphone in the History of Headphone Enthusiasm?
John Grandberg Posted: Mar 06, 2013 13 comments

Icon Audio is a self-professed "small company" based Leicester UK. Since 1999 they have been in the business of making tube-based audio gear, chiefly amplifiers and preamps but also CD players and even tube-friendly speakers. I examine their HP8 MKII headphone amplifier to see what Icon is all about.


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