Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 13, 2012 33 comments

Generally speaking, my teenage daughter couldn't care less about headphones. But when I brought home a pair of purple Philips Citiscape Downtown headphones, she was almost breathless as she said, "Oh dad! Purple is my favorite color. Those are so cool!" Later, I peeked into her room; she was laying on her bed, knees up with legs crossed, one foot happily tapping the air.

It was with both pleasure and dismay that I realized I had just more fully enabled her connection to Justin Bieber.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Feb 09, 2012 1 comments

Every iPod speaker manufacturer pays lip service to sound quality, but very, very few deliver on the promise. To be fair it's a huge challenge, cost constraints are very real, and the pressure to keep the speaker’s size down to an absolute minimum cannot be denied. The iPod certainly isn't the limiting factor, you can load it up with lossless or WAV files and have a bona-fide high-end sound source. Now NAD, a brand with a long history of making great sounding products is sure to shake things up with its first iPod speaker, the VISO 1 ($700). It's a doozy!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 08, 2012 24 comments

Like most people upon first hearing the Audez'e LCD-3 at last year's CanJam at RMAF, I was struck by the quicker sound of the new planar magnetic headphone over its predecessor, the LCD-2 Rev. 2. Definitely a step in the right direction. Then they started shipping ...

... and all hell seemed to break loose.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 01, 2012 43 comments

What can I say? January was about CES. It's become a month long adventure for me now.

Still ... got some very interesting headphones measured.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 30, 2012 10 comments

How do you attach your portable headphone amp to your player? Velcro? Big rubber bands? A hacked small camera bag?

Here's another solution ... and it's miraculous.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 27, 2012 7 comments

When my daughter and I make pizza, we have a little routine of listening to music on MOG and alternating our picks --- neither of us can take the other's music continuously. But when I played "Pump Up The Jam" by The Lost Fingers, she wanted to hear the entire "Lost in the 80s" album.

The Lost Fingers are now a recurring presence during our culinary adventures.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Jan 26, 2012 5 comments

You never get over your first, and the Audioengine A2 was my first computer speaker. Other speakers came and went, but the little A2 was my original desktop "reference."

There was something magical about the little guy, and it wasn't what I would call a high-resolution speaker, but it made most things, including low bit rate streaming audio, sound decent. A year later the Audioengine P4 replaced the A2 on my desktop, and now I'm checking out the A5+. It's bigger than the other 'engines, but what about the sound?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 23, 2012 11 comments

Phew!!! It's done! Two days of travel, four days of walking the floor, and a week of photo and video post-production and writing. I'm ready to start measuring some headphones for a little while.

But first, a few closing thoughts.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 22, 2012 26 comments

Shocked, I tell ya. I've not heard too many Philips headphones in the past, but the ones I have heard were pretty disappointing. Then, BAM! At this year's CES Philips introduced five new lines of headphones. There were a couple of clunkers, but only a couple. Headphone after headphone in these new line-ups ranged from very good, to unbelievably good, and the pricing was surprisingly affordable.

At one point, I was giggling like a little girl.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 22, 2012 0 comments

I poke my head in the door. WTF? A bunch of lounge chairs. On to the next room ... no wait! Speakers on lounge chairs, that's personal audio, I reckon.

Yeah baby, comfy, cozy listening!


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