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Posted: Aug 11, 2016 9 comments
Just yesterday, Jude Mansilla posted measurements of the Focal Utopia and Elear with the pads swapped. Stillhart had messaged him that the he tried swapping the Utopia's pad to the Elear pad to get a little more bass. The pads just pull off and swap easy-peasy. I did it and...SWEET! Yes, the Utopia's gain a bit more bass—which was something I found them in need of in my review.

Duh. Why didn't I think of that?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 10, 2016 9 comments
Cruised my news feeds. Found a few worthy stories for you.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 08, 2016 82 comments
And then, at 21 second in, right after she sings, "When God gave out rhythm...", two chords are gently played on the piano. My goodness, I've never heard such sensitively percussive, harmonically rich, filled with weight and substance sound from a piano. Most astonishing is the interplay of tones, harmonics, and intermodulation making the whole of the chord a rich textured wave of sound. I was transfixed until track's end.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 04, 2016 8 comments
It comes with the territory: Sometimes I just have to post things that are quick and easy to keep the pageviews coming. It's not a bad thing as long as there's a little entertainment value.

Jon Iverson and I were chatting in our weekly meeting...

"Do headphone enthusiasts dig t-shirts, " Jon asked?

It comes with the territory: Sometimes I just have to post things that are quick and easy to keep the pageviews coming. It's not a bad thing as long as there's a little entertainment value.

I was chatting with a co-worker...

"Do headphone enthusiasts dig t-shirts?"

(He was stimulated by this headphone t-shirt image search...which has some pretty cool results.)

"Oh," I snapped back, "they love them!"

"Oh," I snapped back, "they love them!"

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 02, 2016 5 comments
Maybe it's just my old school mindset, but I find being able to get "under the hood" to tinker around with some gizmo or other to be a perfectly satisfying pursuit. I like old motorcycles because they have carburators, points, and plugs—give me the right wrenches with the parts and bits and I can fix any of that. Audio also has lots of places for your Average Joe with a little skill and the right tools to begin to corral electrons and learn how to watch them flow. To my eyes and finger-tips the SolderBuddy ACS ($40.50) feels like just the right kind of old school tool for building audio cables. Ah the sweet smell of flux after midnight!
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 28, 2016 35 comments

THIS is what a $1000 headphone should be. Unapologetically masculine styling...and sexy; confidently strutting exquisite materials and build-quality; and delivering sound of a quality I've not heard before on any headphone. It walked in my office, swept all the headphones off my desk in one grand gesture, and said, "Here I am. Deal with it."

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 22, 2016 18 comments
"Value packed" is not a word I typically use to describe a headphone. I really thought the Beyerdynamic DTX 350 m was great for the money; definitely a good value...but not packed with value. Sennheiser's HD 600 is an extraordinary value...but no carry case; doesn't have a mic/remote; isn't useful portably. Still a great headphone and an extraordinary value, but packed with value? Okay, maybe. HD 800 S? Great headphone, but no friggen way anything over $700 is "value packed." The Quiet Comfort 35, on the other hand? Oh yeah, this thing will be a delightful traveling companion with technological, comfort, convenience, and solid sound quality characteristics abundantly.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 20, 2016 11 comments
Currently in the midst of a review, but needed to find a little something to post so I cruised over to my headphone news feed for a look-see. Kind of a boring week in headphone news, but one fun post came up so I said, "Meh, why not do a little news?"
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 18, 2016 24 comments
Far be it for me to fuel the hype train...but this particular one appears to be an inter-city express on seamless rails screaming into our future at 350km/hr. I'm hopping aboard...even though I don't know exactly where we'll end up. Who cares when the tunes are this good. Roll on!
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 15, 2016 6 comments
Were it not for the fact that I'm about to tell you so, there's nothing that would clue you in: The Beyerdynamic DTX 350 m ($59) looks about like any cheap plastic headphone you might run across at WalMart...but beauty runs deep with this one. Check it out.