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CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 16, 2014 5 comments

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.

A massive undertaking...but they're doing it!

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 15, 2014 0 comments

They all seem to look quite similar on the outside—big sweeping grill with stark black or white gloss finish—but 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.

Can you say "Balanced Mode Radiator"?

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 15, 2014 1 comments

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.

"Dale! What's up?"

"Our new Rocket IEM Kickstarter campaign, that's what!"

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 15, 2014 1 comments

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.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 14, 2014 4 comments

Slowly they turn...step by step...inch by inch...Beyerdynamic keeps moving along and improving their products. Heck, they even partnered up with another firm to sweeten their line-up!

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 14, 2014 0 comments

Ran into this at last year's CES but didn't report on it. That decision haunted me...I just kept thinking how some folks would find it very handy.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 13, 2014 2 comments

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.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 13, 2014 2 comments

Looks like Polk remains committed to offering a range of headphones. Their second wave of product certainly seem a little more in line with their corporate brand.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 13, 2014 4 comments
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.
Tyll Hertsens Jan 03, 2014 16 comments

It's awful nice weather on the Slabs this time of year. Seventy five during the day, a nice chill 40 at night when the guitars come out to play at a campfire near you.

Paul (my riding buddy) calls it the "Rice Cooker", all I can tell you is that it's Thursday and we've been playing tunes on the Soundcast Melody boombox around the campfire for a week now, and it's still playing on its first charge.

Step inside for some cool pictures of Slab City along with the tunes.