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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 09, 2016 9 comments
Day two in the big top. Man there's a lot of IEM makers in here. Maybe it's because the barriers to entry are low, but I sure wouldn't want to be in that business...the competition is fierce. Worse, each manufacturer has numerous products in the line, oft times touting a different tuning for each product. Headphones have gotten a lot better over the last few years, but I don't see the same progress on the in-ear side...or not as much anyway. Too many bright IEMs, it seems to me. I want to see someone who has a line that's nicely tuned throughout...and guess what, I did find a company with such a line. We'll get to that down the page.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 08, 2016 6 comments
Right then, time to enter the Big Top!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 07, 2016 2 comments
Wheeeee! Gonna be an interesting show this year. Lots of good stuff showing up, as usual, but the venue is going to be a little hard to choke down. The Denver Marriott Tech Center has undergone a massive upgrade that was supposed to have been complete by now...which, unfortunately, has run behind schedule.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 03, 2016 21 comments
Happy days, zero point one percenters, have I got a deal for you!

Just a few months ago Focal released it's flagship Utopia headphone ($4000), and man is it good. I called it the world's best headphone in my review. Not only does it sound good, but it's extremely well built using excellent materials, and it looks absolutely terrific. Well, now it's gotten even better with recent announcement of the bedazzling Focal Utopia by Tournaire (€100,000). Just look at it sparkle! (photo above)

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Oct 01, 2016 21 comments
In this survey, I'll be walking you through my listening experience of these headphones and making comments with in the context of how these headphones compare with each other—I listened solely to them until I compared a few other headphones at the end of the test.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 28, 2016 3 comments
They're certainly a family of headphones...but like any family, there's lots of differences. Small differences in most of the baffle plates and rear damping...could be lots of stuff going on around the driver that can't be seen.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 26, 2016 21 comments
I'm going to spend the week parsing the differences between a number of the variants of the Foster 443742 (seen on page H-4 of this .pdf). This survey will include: Fostex TH900, TH900mk2, and TH610; Massdrop THX00; Denon ADH-D5000; and the E-Mu Teak stock, and with optionally available Rosewood and Mahogany cups.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 23, 2016 9 comments
Wireless headphones are hot, hot, hot these days. I'm going to make a concerted effort to cover quite a few in coming months. Here's a start...
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 21, 2016 27 comments

Anybody in a betting mood?

Back in June 2014 I reported on a little confusion that never seemed to be cleared up. The question is, "Can the Lightning port transport analog audio?" Most sources say no. But is that true?

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Posted: Sep 20, 2016 10 comments
Adding to all the ballyhoo around iPhone7's missing headphone jack is Nick Hunn's "Airpods – a Speculative Teardown" blog post. Boy, a sharp mind is a beautiful thing to behold.