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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10 comments

Headphone hobbyists are an ongoing source of amazement. A couple of years ago I spent a year measuring DIY headphones and the work was often very cool indeed. But this...I don't even know what to say.

Welcome to a couple of spectacular DIY electrostatic headphone builds by Chinsettawong!

John Grandberg Posted: Jun 17, 2014 11 comments

About the size of a roll of quarters—and far lighter—the Resonessence Labs Herus is a portable DSD capable USB DAC with onboard headphone amp. There's no way a tiny thing like that could actually be any good, right? That was my thinking when Resonessence offered to send one for review.

I figured I should try it anyway, and boy am I glad I did.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 13, 2014 214 comments
Register to win a set of Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-OX7AMP premium on-ear headphones with built-in amplifier (MSRP $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

The ATH-OX7AMP on-ear headphones deliver premium sound through large 40 mm drivers and built-in, high-output amplifiers that enhance any type of musical selection, maximizing the detail and clarity of your music like never before. The amplifiers run on a AAA battery (included), however batteries are not necessary for audio output – the headphones operate normally regardless of battery power.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 13, 2014 30 comments
Oh boy. This one's going to be a tough one for me. I love the sound of the PM-1...heck I love almost everything about them. But they're not neutral, and many won't like them.

Oh we go...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 10, 2014 8 comments

Well, that's it. A few closing remarks and we'll say goodbye to Newport until next year.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 10, 2014 9 comments

I love the Astell&Kern AK240, it sounds lovely and the user interface is to die for...unfortunately it's price way too high for mere mortals. Answer: two new lower cost models.

And yes...yes...yes, they have the same extraordinary UI as the AK240!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 09, 2014 9 comments

And the 2014 award for most cool buttons and knobs on a headphone amplifier goes to......

*sound of envelope being ripped open*

...the SPL Phonitor 2!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 09, 2014 5 comments

Justin Wilson, CEO of HeadAmp, wasn't able to make the trip to Newport this year. Not to worry, long-time headphone enthusiast and nature photographer extraodinaire Peter James manned the booth like a champ.

Oh my, the GS-X Mk2 is gorgeous!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 09, 2014 0 comments

Generally, I try to do show reports of vendors I haven't done a show report on recently. I did do a show report on CEntrance not too long ago, and wasn't going to do a spot this time...

...but Michael Goodman has been busy, busy, busy. I just had to do it.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 07, 2014 9 comments

Been watching these guys for a while now, and I think they've made some significant strides. It's not easy to make a low-cost electrostatic headphone system—these guys are sure getting there.