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Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  6 comments
I'll admit feeling the MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed look a bit alien to my eyes when first I saw it. Now that it's been on my desk for a few months I find it quite appealing. Not so much for it's looks—don't get me wrong, I quite like the look—but more because I've come to appreciate the comfort of them. No surprises when the Aeon Flow Open showed up...they were right at home on my head. Good thing too, they'll be spending a lot of time there.
John Grandberg  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  5 comments
There's no shortage of choice for quality headphone amps. Whether your budget is $249 or $5,000, or somewhere in between, you should be able to find an amp that satisfies your requirements.

The same goes for D/A converters. The little Grace Design SDAC is killer at only $79 while high-end DACs routinely go for many thousands of dollars.

Preamps? Same story. As a more "traditional" hi-fi component, there's a seemingly endless supply of designs out there. A surprisingly large number of brands sport prices you might typically associate with a new luxury car. On the other end, Schiit's Saga does a bang-up job at $349.

Yes, there are more options than ever for building a system using separate components for each function. Yet things don't often go as well when using integrated devices.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 10, 2017  |  16 comments
About this time last year I reviewed the then new Sennheiser PXC 550 BTNC over-ear, noise canceling headphones in hopes that someone would manage to unseat the Bose Quiet Comfort 35. Didn't happen. The Sennheiser had some great features, but in the end it was just too bright for me.

Recently I got a few more Sennheiser wireless noise cancelers and I found they too seemed overly bright. Now I consider Sennheiser the world's best headphone manufacturer. They've got a lot of experience under their belt, so when I hear a batch of Sennheisers, from differing product lines, that all seem too bright and have a quite similar measured response, I've got to question myself. Maybe they know something that I don't.

Tyll Hertsens, Jana Dagdagan  |  Nov 08, 2017  |  8 comments
Gotta say, it feels kind funny swinging my doors wide open and letting everyone into my home. I try to keep it mostly business here. But I've often thought you guys would enjoy some of the gadgets I've built. Make sure you stay 'til the end so you can see the back country camper I'm building from a FedEx truck. I'm particularly proud of Putt, my step van.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  13 comments
To say I looked at the Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker with a great deal of skepticism when I first saw one in the Bose kiosk at Denver International Airpot after RMAF is a serious understatement. Boy was I in for a surprise!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  12 comments
A couple of months ago, out of the clear blue, I was approached by the folks at Listen Inc. to see if I was interested in having an equipment sponsor for my headphone measurement program. After a few moments of stunned silence I said, "Um, sure, let's talk about it."
Tyll Hertsens, Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 28, 2017  |  25 comments
Chatting with Jana and listing out the review process really drove home just how complicated and how many discrete steps are involved. You'll notice I look down a lot in the video. It took about three pages of single line notes to detail all the steps in proper order.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  6 comments
I half-jokingly wrote that the Bose counter at DIA was the show stopper for me. The truth is, my overwhelming impression of CanJam@RMAF this year was, "We made it!" It really did seem to me that the enthusiast headphone segment has come of age. We've come a long way since the first CanJam@RMAF 2009.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 23, 2017  |  25 comments
Internally, my skeptomometer pegs; externally, I smile and ask if I can give it a go. Pairing is quick; I find my reference tracks; punch play; and HOLY SCHNIKIES! It's like I put on a sound helmet. Even in the noisy airport I get music...real music. Not the tinny experience I was expecting at all. It actually has some bass! What the heck is going on?
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2017  |  0 comments
If there was a theme to CanJam this year for me it would be affordably priced planars. With all the new stuff from new places attracting attention, I was really happy to see HiFiMAN represent with their new Sundara ($499) planar magnetic headphones. Fang and crew have been working hard at this price range for quite a while now, and it doesn't surprise me one bit to find the new Sundara quite appealing.

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