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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 4 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.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 16, 2016 12 comments
From the look of the current market you may think the headphone train is moving along pretty fast. Well, you ain't seen nothing yet. The photo above is a very high speed exposure of the pistons in a new engine that's about be be hooked up to the front of that train...and it's already running at very high RPM.

Given the glimpse of what's coming down the tracks by engineers at the Audio Engineering Society Headphone Conference, my overwhelming impression walking out the door is that we're about to see a revolution in headphones.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 14, 2016 10 comments
Oh my, this paper sure throws a wrench into my mental monkey-works.

In it, Gunther Thiele opines about how to develop the standardized EQ and signal processing needed to deliver a tonally neutral headphone listening experience for audio professionals. There are some very interesting tid-bits of information here...but the conclusion will be somewhat troubling for headphone audio purists.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Sep 12, 2016 2 comments
Most papers presented were pretty esoteric stuff—interesting, for sure, but not necessarily practically informative for enthusiasts. I found the following papers had information that was more directly relevant for enthusiasts.