Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 24, 2015 9 comments

If I were in this simply for personal listening pleasure it might be a different story. I might go with the lightning fast HeadAmp GS-X Mk2; or the meaty musicality of the Eddie Current Black Widow; or the tantalizingly clean yet euphonic Apex Teton. But I'm a headphone reviewer, and what I need in a headphone amp is to get the hell out of the way and let me hear the headphones at their level best. What I need is an amp that will drive any headphone, balanced and unbalanced. I need a no bullshit, competent headphone amp.

What I need, as a reviewer, is the Simaudio Moon NEO 430 HA.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 18, 2015 31 comments

The room was crazy loud at CES last year, but even through the cacophony the new dual-driver (dynamic/electret) Enigmacoustics Dharma had something special.

The question is how special?

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 15, 2015 10 comments
In the midst of performing measurements for a headphone amp review last week, it appears I might have done something to let the smoke out of a few of its parts. Ugh.

So, while I await a returned product with properly smoke filled parts, I decided to finish up InnerFidelity's first pass of a Wall of Fame page for Bluetooth portable and table-top speakers. While I don't feel nearly as confident of accumulating the best-of-the-best array of speakers to test as I do of the headphone WoF pages, I'm convinced the selection has a broad enough range and competent quality to warrant its own Wall of Fame page.


InnerFidelity's Table-Top and Portable Bluetooth Speaker Wall of Fame page.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 11, 2015 8 comments

I've long believed that headphones and the new wave of personal audio devices are but a precursor to a category of products that will be virtually unrecognizable to audio traditionalists.

Welcome to the next century of personal media electronics. Alexa will be your guide.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 09, 2015 7 comments

I walked into a darkened room at T.H.E. Show Newport earlier this year. I heard music being played...but I didn't see the speakers right away; the room looked empty. And then I saw the little Riva Turbo alone on a small shelf.

What the heck! How is this thing filling the room?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 07, 2015 174 comments
Register to win a pair of Aiaiai Studio Modular Headphone Preset headphones ($225.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"AIAIAI boasts a world-renowned network of industrial designers, audio technicians and DJs as part of its unique and highly collaborative development process. Exploratory and experimental, the process enables AIAIAI to develop new products on the leading edge, independent of current market trends."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2015 13 comments

The most modified headphone in the hobby, now modified by its maker. A terrific job, and done in a way virtually impossible for DIYers to achieve, but continues to allow similar modifications as the previous model.

It seems to me hobbyists have an excellent new starting platform for another round of modding!

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 01, 2015 12 comments

In an ongoing effort to investigate current source amps I did some initial measurements of the Apogee Grove, which is supposed to be immune from frequency response changes to headphones with varying impedance.

Care to guess whether or not it works?

Tyll Hertsens John Grandberg n_maher ljokerl Bob Katz Posted: Nov 28, 2015 25 comments
Mostly an exercise in what InnerFidelity writers would want themselves for Christmas.

Honest journalism at its best!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Nov 24, 2015 14 comments

I spent all day yesterday measuring the two different pads with four filters each of the Torque t402v headphone.

Some things just don't go as expected.