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Tyll Hertsens Oct 21, 2013 1 comments

So I'm walking around looking for n00bs to CanJam and see that Westone has some new IEMs. I sit down to take a load off...and pretty quick I'm wrapped up in the sound of Westone's new W40.

They're not n00bs, but I just had to pull out my camera.

RMAF 2013
Tyll Hertsens Oct 19, 2013 37 comments

Here's a hot potato for you: JDS Labs' NwAvGuy O2 amp. Peal away the layers of politics and you'll find a pretty nice little amp at a bargain price.

There's more to this story...

RMAF 2013
Tyll Hertsens Oct 18, 2013 3 comments
Man, oh man, oh man...Philips at CanJam was a huge highlight for me. I'm so glad they decided on relatively short notice to attend the show.

Thanks Philips!

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Tyll Hertsens Oct 18, 2013 0 comments

Looks like just a big room...but it was filled with surprises. RMAF CanJam was also a bit schizophrenic for me. Read on for more....

Tyll Hertsens Sep 29, 2013 36 comments

Just another "big audio company joins the ranks of headphone makers" or something a bit more special? It's hard to get my hopes up with so many first stabs at making headphones resulting in mediocre introductions. Maybe I should just lower my expectations a bit.

No! The new Onkyo cans are quite a surprise!

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Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens Sep 19, 2013 47 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I talk on the phone fairly regularly. One reoccurring topic is about how and why headphones have or haven't penetrated various markets, and in particular, why aren't they getting more attention from traditional audiophiles.

We thought it would be fun to share a recent conversation with you.

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Tyll Hertsens Sep 17, 2013 Published: Dec 31, 1969 27 comments

It's a thought that's been on my mind quite a bit lately. I don't like this seeming division between the audiophile and headphile worlds. I don't like the commonly held belief that high-end speaker audio is somehow superior to high-end headphone listening. I don't like that headphone exhibits at trade shows are being segregated in a separate but equal sort of way. I don't like that high-end retailers seem to be turning a blind eye toward headphone listening gear.

I wonder...is the divide real? Is it simply not there, and we just drag our historic perspectives around with us? Or is it real and we just have to deal with the differences? Is our market in need of some restructuring to see what's really there? Does the headphone market need to mature more to properly integrate with the traditional high-end market? Or is the high-end market out of step and in need of a wake-up call to the benefits of personal audio?

Or maybe we're all looking at it wrong. Maybe the 15 year old kid with a hundred bucks in his pocket looking for a good headphone is just as much an audio enthusiast as as the 52 year old looking to plonk down $100,000 on a pair of speakers. Maybe we need to redefine the "high-end market" as the "audio enthusiast market" and act accordingly.

I've got more thoughts, but I wanted to throw this idea out there as an opportunity for you to comment and tell me what you think. The poll is pretty limiting, to be sure, so please feel expand on your thoughts in the comments.

Poll: What, if anything, divides headphiles and audiophiles?
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Tyll Hertsens Sep 13, 2013 22 comments

Last week I had the great pleasure of being invited (along with Jude Mansilla of Head-Fi.org and Michael Ting and Lieven Vranken of Headfonia.com) to Philips Innovation Lab in Leuven, Belgium. We were treated to a spectacularly interesting and invigorating presentation of Philip's efforts to re-establish themselves as a premier supplier of audio/video gear in general, and headphones in particular, in the 21st century.

To me, it's a story of corporate will, and the power that comes with large corporate resources and talented, clear-thinking researchers. It's a story of what it takes to turn a huge ship towards a new destination.

Tyll Hertsens Aug 26, 2013 16 comments
InnerFidelity writers are busy writing basic introductory content for the Ultimate Headphone Guide. In this article, Tyll introduces the headphone hobby to the n00bs.
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Tyll Hertsens Aug 26, 2013 1 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" over on TWiT.tv to talk about DTS Headphone-X and the new headphone target response curves in the works at Harman and Canada's NRC Labs.

The show will be broadcast on TWiT.tv live TODAY, Monday, Aug 26, 5PM EST, 2 PM PST. I hope you'll join in to view. If you log into the chat session you can ask questions and watch people comment on the dialog as it happens. Quite fun, I really enjoy doing it.

Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geek page on TWiT; for real Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!