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Bob Katz Posted: Aug 25, 2015 18 comments
Something had to give: Tyll has given me the assignment of evaluating a bunch of midprice phones. But I feel that the amps I have to drive them are not completely up to the task. The Burson Soloist is fun, punchy and “tubey”. The O2 sounds comparatively transparent and is a great bargain, but how would it compare to the big guys? So I knew I needed to include a transparent high class amp to drive and test these phones. But Mary would divorce me if I proposed buying yet another expensive headphone amp. Instead I found a solution: Build one instead. The process has proved to be very rewarding in all respects. Let me tell you about it here.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 25, 2015 56 comments
Readers may have noticed that Editor Tyll Hertsens has not been posting for a while. Turns out he suffered a burst diverticula of the intestine which lead to a bacterial infection of his liver. Those who know what this is are probably wincing about now. For those that don't, it's serious, but luckily treatable, and Tyll is recovering at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital (pictured above).

Update: Tyll is now home!

Tyll is in good spirits and hopes to get released later this week. He also expects to pick up where he left off with Big Sound 2015 and says he is getting ready to start working on posts again. We're suggesting he take all the time he needs to rest.

Let's all wish him well, and hope he is able to go home soon!

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Sean Sabino Posted: Aug 18, 2015 2 comments

The Yono earphones help young women conceive.
A Lincoln Center Rocky Horror screening takes advantage of headphone technology.
Brainwavz announces the new Jive in-ear.
Todd the Vinyl Junkie puts used gear and vinyl on sale!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 17, 2015 3 comments

The entries are in and I've whittled them down to three, now it's your turn to make the final selection!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 17, 2015 5 comments
Entries can be read on this page.

This poll will close Thursday morning at 9AM Mountain time.

Big Sound 2015: Voting Poll
MattTCG - Sennheiser Momentum 2
27% (111 votes)
Veggiboy - HiFiMAN HE-400i
17% (68 votes)
Hans030390 - Sennheiser HD 600
56% (228 votes)
Total votes: 407
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Sean Sabino Posted: Aug 11, 2015 6 comments

Hifiheadphones opens up a cool collaborative contest with Audeze and Astell & Kern.
Audeara offers customized headphone profiles.
DashGo Marketing gauges Apple Music market share.
Chesky offers yet another download deal!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 10, 2015 51 comments

Would you like to hear the Big Sound system? 500 words or less and you've got a shot!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 07, 2015 47 comments

Oooooooo! Stuff is happening!

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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 07, 2015 2 comments
We've worked out a special deal for readers to celebrate the new Chesky You're Surrounded release.

From now until September 7, 2015, readers of this website will get a 25% discount on the new 24-bit high resolution You're Surrounded album and/or anything in Chesky's hi-res catalog on

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 05, 2015 9 comments

Oooooo! Thanks to Todd Green from Todd the Vinyl Junkie I've got another very cool tube amp in the mix.


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