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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 14, 2014 69 comments

Argh! This hi-rez bait-and-switch baloney has just got to stop.

One of these days consumers are going to pay decent money for "teh awesome" hi-rez files...and they're going to feel cheated. Music industry participants need to tell the real story, adress the real problem, and do it damned quick.

It's about the masters and getting rid of the horribly dynamic-range compressed re-releases and going back to the original tapes. And the music industry participants needs to start transmitting that message so consumers know the real story.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 10, 2014 54 comments
At $2500 this is the most expensive portable media player I've had the pleasure of experiencing. It's sexy, plays native DSD, streams hi-rez files from your home network, acts as a USB DAC, does over-the-air wi-fi firmware updates, and much, much more. But is it worth it?

Sorry about your wallet, but I'm going to have to say yes. This thing is SWEET!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 04, 2014 84 comments

Been a lot of talk lately in headphone enthusiast circles about subjective reviewer ethics, bias, and veracity. It seems to me a lot of the dialog is about symptoms, and less about the desease...or more importantly, the characteristics of a healthy reviewer.

Personally, I think the most important influencer on subjective reviews is the reviewers sense of mission.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 30, 2014 17 comments
Ahhhh....summer, 4th of July, and a bunch more headphone measurements. Lovely.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 27, 2014 18 comments

I mentioned this product in my recent "Headphone News" post, and for some reason I can't stop thinking about PS Audio's Sprout. On one hand, it's really just a simple integrated amp, and doesn't seem like a product that's moving us forward in time. There's no app; no built-in streaming capability; it just doesn't seem "smart" compared to many product being currently released. On the other hand, it's got aptX Bluetooth so it's as smart as your smartphone—and aptX sounds pretty good in my experience—and the USB input makes it as smart as your computer. But it's also got that phono stage—I know there's a small surge in vinyl going on now, but how big is that really?

PS Audio is a solid performer in our industry; I've no doubt the price/performance ratio at the expected retail price of $799 will be good. The question I have is who will be buying this product? Part of me wants to think the Sprout is a product that anyone and everyone could use—an all-singing, all-dancing, all-in-one unit that would comfortably fit on a desktop, nightstand, or kitchen counter. But another corner of my head nags on and on about so many people having self-powered speakers now; so few having vinyl; so many wanting Sonos rather than a stereo.

I just don't know what to think about the Sprout. It's already blown through a quarter of a million dollars on a $36,000 goal, so obviously there's plenty of interest in the Sprout, but I've got to wonder who exactly is experiencing all that appeal?

I know many of you would like to comment about PS Audio, a well established company, using a Kickstarter campaign to launch a product—seems like it might just be smart marketing in this day and age—but I'm much more interested in your poll answer, and more so, your thoughts about the breadth of Sprout's appeal in the comments below.

Pick the answer below that best expresses your thoughts on the PS Audio Sprout's appeal:

Thinkin' About Sprout
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 24, 2014 11 comments

More Apple talk...that 3.5mm jack may be going away sooner than I predicted.

I have a suspicion that the major labels are up to good things.

And a couple of fun Kickstarter campaigns.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 22, 2014 3 comments

Here's a little something to enjoy as you sip your Sunday morning coffee. Me on Steve's Enjoy the Music TV.

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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.]

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