DTS Headphone:X does a lot of subtle and very precise manipulations to the audio signal in order to provide the spacial cues needed to localize sound properly for surround encoded audio. So precise and subtle that they really need to measure, map, and compensate for small errors in headphone performance on a model-by-model basis.
They all seem to look quite similar on the outsidebig sweeping grill with stark black or white gloss finishbut inside, the wireless speakers of today are far from similar. Usually it's the Apple/Android split, and apps and connectivity that come with it, but in this case it's the actual speaker drivers that set the Minx apart.
While waiting for an opportunity to chat with Eric Suh in the Calyx room I felt a tap on my shoulder. I spun around to find myself face-to-face with Aurisonics CEO Dale Lott dressed to kill in a pistachio green jacket and matching sneakers.
Last year saw the introduction of the $1000+ Astell&Kern AK120 portable media player. Much wailing and moaning about the price ensued. This year A&K introduced a PMP that will cost north of $2000! All of a sudden $1000 looks like a bargain, and the new Calyx M player with its sexy user interface feels really competitive.
Headphone enthusiasts are well aware and enjoy the benefits of Comply after-market ear tips for their in-ear monitors, and many manufacturers now include Comply products in the standard tips selection that come with their products.
Now Comply is getting into the business of making around-ear and on-ear pads for full size headphones.
It's that time of year again: a raft of new products introduced at CES. But I wanted a little more out of this year's show. So I started asking a bunch of questions to glean a clearer view of the headphone market.