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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 02, 2016 2 comments

Shots fired!

Sennheiser's new PXC 550 ($399) Bluetooth noise canceling headphone is a direct shot across the bow of Bose's battleship Quiet Comfort 35 ($349) dominance of noise canceling headphones, which I reviewed very positively. Not only do Bose own a big chunk of that market, they consistently, in my opinion, have the best isolation and sound quality performance. Let's see if Sennheiser can put a dent in that armored hull.

John Grandberg Posted: Oct 28, 2016 10 comments
Now, Arcam turns their attention to the headphone workd. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. The company seems very aware of industry trends—they've been doing relatively affordable USB DACs for a while now, as well as various wireless widgets like the miniBlink Bluetooth streamer. They even have an add-on DAC/amp/charging case for the iPhone 6/6S which I'd totally use if I was an iPhone guy. Yet somehow, despite all these personal audio offerings, a dedicated headphone amp wasn't in the cards until recently. Now, Arcam joins other notable audio firms such as Pass Labs, Bryston, and Simaudio in putting their amplifier expertise to work in the headphone space.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 26, 2016 2 comments
If you're in the Southern California area and can make it to the LAX hilton on Saturday November 5th, don't miss this opportunity to hear the very best headphones have to offer. Full details of the event can be found here.
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ljokerl Posted: Oct 24, 2016 4 comments
Great sound quality is timeless, however, and the best earphones from that era often still sound very good today.

Enter the Audio-Technica ATH-IM02, a modern re-imagining of a dual-BA earphone, complete with a contemporary ergonomic form factor and an aggressive, value-focused price.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 21, 2016 16 comments
Headphone commercials are pretty rare. National advertising is expensive and not many headphone companies can afford that kind of dough...well, one can.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 20, 2016 2 comments
Ya know, regardless of all the hullabaloo about the Marriott being under construction during RMAF, I had a damned good time.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 17, 2016 7 comments
I had a little pre-view of these earphones in prototype form some months ago...boy did I leave skeptical. These seemed to me an answer in search of a question. Well, it's amazing how much a product can change on it's way to a production version!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 15, 2016 4 comments
Right at the end of the show, I got a text from my boss asking me to be sure to have a listen to the Radius IEMs. Man, I had about had it with IEMs at that point; there were a lot of them at the show. But I had never heard of Radius, and you don't find new things unless you're willing keep trying to find them, so I went over to their booth. And boy am I glad I did, their stuff sounded very nicely balanced throughout the entire line-up.

Thanks for the tip, Keith!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 15, 2016 4 comments
Zach Mehrbach, founder of ZMF Headphones, has become quite well known for his artisanal approach to producing beautiful wood headphones based on the Fostex T50RP planar magnetic driver. Now, with the upcoming Atticus ($999) and Eikon ($1299) headphones, Zach has moved away from the venerable, but inefficient planar magnetic driver.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 14, 2016 4 comments
Talk about enthusiastic about headphones, Naotaka Tsunoda, Deputy General Manager, Acoustic Technologies, Headphones, at Sony, has been showing up to CanJams and other shows regularly for a couple of years. I've talked to him numerous times and am convinced the guy totally gets enthusiast audio. He's brought his experience back to his work and, to my eyes, has enlivened Sony's approach to this segment.

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