Tyll Hertsens
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Tyll Hertsens Feb 14, 2014 39 comments

Audio researchers find that trained listeners yield more consistant test results in subjective listening tests. Well, I suppose that means you or I would do a better job evaluating gear if we had some training, no? How does one go about getting this training? Do you have to work for some big audio research organization?

NO!!! Now Philips has release a version of their training program on-line—it's free, and it's fun!

Tyll Hertsens Feb 10, 2014 33 comments

Boy is it a good time to be in the market for a $300-$400 sealed headphone. Offerings like the Sennheiser Momentum, NAD VISO HP50, and B&W P7 provides consumers with some very good choices. Now you can add two more: The Focal Spirit Professional and The Focal Spirit Classic.

Tyll Hertsens Blog
Tyll Hertsens Feb 04, 2014 48 comments

Harman researchers have continued their march forward to find a subjectively preferred target response curve for headphones. Reading their latest paper has me hearing the last nails being driven into the coffin of the diffuse field response for headphones...

...thank goodness.

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Tyll Hertsens Feb 01, 2014 22 comments
More headphone measurements to warm up your chilly February.
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Tyll Hertsens Jan 29, 2014 8 comments

I've laughed, gasped, marveled, and applauded the rise of Schiit Audio in the headphone world.

Wanna know how that Schiit happened?

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 23, 2014 25 comments

The headphone market has a birth defect. I figured I'd talk to some big-wig market players to see if it can be healed.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 20, 2014 5 comments

Yep, two showstoppers for this year's CES. While I thought the Astell&Kern AK240 was very cool indeed, it's the Creative Sound Blaster Roar wireless speaker gizmo that I can't wait to get my hands on. If it sounds as good as I think it does, this thing is like a Swiss Army Knife for audio geeks like me.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 20, 2014 13 comments

OMG! The AK240 makes my heart go pitter-pat. The look is pure sex, the user interface is sweet, it plays files of all types with a ton of storage, and sounds yummy.

The price? Yeah, there's that.

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 20, 2014 6 comments

Sennheiser's booth was a highlight for me not because I've got all that great an interest in gaming and DJ headphones, but because they did such a damned fine job of it!

CES 2014
Tyll Hertsens Jan 19, 2014 4 comments

As usual, Fang Bien, CEO of HiFiMAN, has been hard at work developing new products and a whole bunch of new and prototype gear was available for the seeing and hearing in his room.