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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 26, 2016 14 comments
Lest you think I'm being a smarty pants with the headline, it was a direct quote from John Morrison, President Audio-Video Club of Atlanta, when I complemented him on producing, what I feel, a virtually ideal regional headphone meet. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 20, 2016 11 comments
One of the things that, it seems to me, separates headphone enthusiasts from traditional audiophiles is an interest in good inexpensive stuff, or devices with unusual utility. Think Koss Porta Pros or the Riva Turbo X. The Porta Pro has been delivering excellent sound quality for its very low $49 price for decades and for decades headphone enthusiasts have been praising their worth. And when the Riva Turbo X Bluetooth speaker showed up at CanJam a year or so ago, headphone hobbyists embraced it immediately as a great sounding portable speaker. These are cool little gadgets, and it seems to me headphone enthusiasts are more than willing to have a good hard look at matter the cost.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 17, 2016 13 comments
Not long ago, I wrote a little article documenting the effects of different filters in a headphone. Soon thereafter, one of the headphone engineers at Skullcandy shot me an email pointing out a company that makes acoustic filter materials for industry. Boy, wouldn't it be nice to get past the toilet paper and get some of the real deal into the hands of hobbyists. So, I followed the rabbit down the hole.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 13, 2016 7 comments
In this article, we're primarily going to discuss the dynamic nature of the headphone driver as an electrical load on the amplifier driving it, which is expressed as impedance and is essentially additive to the resistance of the voice coil. Impedance is somewhat like resistance in that it can be expressed in Ohms, but it's quite different in that it is "reactive" and the impedance in Ohms can change depending on the frequency applied.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 11, 2016 5 comments
It's been a long time...too long...since I had a visit with my Southern headphone enthusiast brethren and the Audio-Video Club of Atlanta. It was maybe 8 years ago since last I shared a meal with Chuck Bruce and John Morrison, but the ham, grits, and red eye gravy was unforgettable!

Woot! Imma do it again next week!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 06, 2016 17 comments
First, how in the hell do you make a pair of headphones, distribute it to retailers, and have it shipped overnight to your house for $20!? I shake my head; how can this be? Well, the answer, of course, is economies of scale. And with 312,000,000 headphones sold world-wide annually, there's plenty of scale in that economy.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 03, 2016 43 comments
Editor's Note: You just never know what's going to happen in my email in-box sometimes.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 30, 2016 11 comments
Not long ago, a colleague here in the Stereophile Home Tech Group said to me, "Why do you bother reviewing Bluetooth speakers? There's no such thing as a high-end Bluetooth speaker, right?"


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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 27, 2016 17 comments
The race is on. Would you like that Sennheiser Momentum 3 with a USB Type-C or Apple Lightning connector?
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 24, 2016 27 comments

HiFiMAN touts this headphone as great for direct play from portable devices—and I'll agree, it does play very well directly from a tablet or phone. Pretty nice not to have the burden and expense of having to carry around a portable amp, but at $1800 it doesn't really seem like a more affordable solution. And then, it's an open headphone while most portable cans are sealed to get rid of environmental noise. So...this is a flagship headphone for use with portable devices indoors? I'm not sure what to think...let's work through the details.