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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 14, 2016 386 comments
Register to win a pair of Meze 99 Classics Headphones ($309.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"What is it that discards the superfluous, the gimmicky, the flashy, the questionable, the overly fragile, the misplaced? The obvious answer would be time. And this is also the riddle of good design: very few objects achieve such a rarefied consistency of qualities. This is our aim with the Meze 99 Classics, the anti-fragility of a classic, with a sound on par with the design. Pure, natural sound in a timeless body."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

John Grandberg Posted: Jun 14, 2016 18 comments
The market for integrated DAC/headphone amp devices is surging. Is there still a place for separate components? Cayin makes a solid argument for independent components remaining relevant.
Posted: Jun 10, 2016 22 comments
I'm up against a bit of a wall here as I'm going on vacation next week—John Grandberg will have a headphone amp review going up, so stay tuned—so I haven't been able to do all the number crunching I'd like. None the less, I'm far enough in to provide some cool graphs of the results so far.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 3 comments
And that, dear reader, should be your take-away: I'm not sure of where its value is regarding headphone stuff directly, but its a very good time for an audio geek! If you want to have a really fun look at two-channel audio gear and experience a whole bunch of like-minded folks, T.H.E. Show Newport 2017 should be at the top of your list! A really fun time by design...thanks, Richard.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

Here's a door; I wonder what's in there. I open it...

...I'm falling...tumbling in a swirl of cosmic stuffness...which way is up?

Rusty Trombone (Anton) floats into view.

"Hi Tyll!"

"Where the hell am I?"

"NFS Audio, dude. Would you like a libation?"

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments

And then, just when he seems to have reached his stride with planar magnetics, he's now off on the hunt for a great electrostatic headphone offering. It makes my head hurt. Imagine just finishing a mountain climbing adventure just to turn around the next day and start out on another major journey.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 0 comments
It's been quite a while since I've seen David Maudlin, Founder and CEO of Cypher Labs, at a show, and, boy, he's been a busy little beaver. Known initially for their small portable headphone amps and DACs like the Picollo DAC ($399) among quite a few others, David has branched out and now has a couple of desktop offerings and some new IEMs.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 08, 2016 3 comments
Here's a brave adventure: Bring an entire line of headphones retailing below $100 each to a high-end audio show. 1More is a San Diego based company specializing in affordable headphones. I've measured some of their previous IEM models and they were pretty good at the price points. But the line is largely refreshed and after a listen at T.H.E. Show I'm convinced another round of listening and measurement is in order.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments

In the years since I've had the opportunity to chat with Richard numerous times. I'm really not a fan of bullshit, blowhards, and artifice...which is to say, I really enjoyed my times with Richard. He was about as cuddly as bag of razor blades, but he was the no shit real deal. A rich/complex/imperfect human doing his double-damned best working with others to make our industry work, and trying to deliver a good time as well...because if you're not having fun while you work then why bother?

I missed him a great deal this year.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 03, 2016 38 comments
Sweet! Had a great day at Harman yesterday with Warren TenBrook (his conversation with Sean Olive here) and the Harman engineers. Two series of measurements were made, one with both speaker channels being driven, and one with only the left speaker driven. Fifteen measurements were made for each series at +/-20 degrees, +/-10 degrees, and 0 degrees azimuth at elevations +/-10 and 0 degrees.