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Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 16, 2017  |  7 comments
Many years ago, AKG's flagship headphone was the very unusual AKG K1000—A headphone with temple pads and "ear speakers" that dangled down in front of your ears that were on hinges that allowed you to adjust the angle of the dangle.

Now the original designers of the K1000, Helmut Ryback and Heinz Renner, have teamed up again under the banner of LB-acoustics Messgeräte GmbH to produce the next generation of this famous headphone now called the MYSPHERE 3.1. It's hard to imagine a headphone that could be so similar and yet so different.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  15 comments
Some people won't believe me when I say I love Jude...I'll admit it's a complicated affair. But I'm absolutely sure he does what he does because he so strongly believes The Music deserves to be served well. At the deepest level I'm sure that both of us believe deeply the other is well motivate in this most important way. For that, and the enormous effort he puts into doing this work well, I love the guy.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  4 comments
The one complaint constant over the entire lifetime of the Audeze LCD products is too much weight. As much as you or I or any enthusiast listener might whinge about it, we can always just take them off for a break. That's not so true with the pro audio folks whose work may require continuous wear...and Audeze sells a lot of their cans to pros.

Enter the LCD-MX4, a close cousin to the LCD-4 but a molded magnesium housing makes them a whopping 30% lighter.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  6 comments
Paul Barton is a big fan of headphone measurements, so much so that he's currently working at Canada's National Research Council to improve headphone measurements with more anatomically correct ear canals. He thinks measurements can be made more accurate above 8kHz in that manner.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  1 comments
I loved the NAD HP50, I thought his RoomFeel tuning was very good in this passive headphone. Now he's made the jump into the digital domain with both his new cans: the NAD HP70 ($379) and PSB M4U 8 ($399). Both cans use the recently released Qualcomm CSR8675 Bluetooth Audio SoC (system on a chip), in fact, Paul was nearing the final stages of the designs when the Qualcomm chip appeared with a feature set so rich he stopped the development in it's tracks and redesigned it to utilize the new part.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  7 comments
I can't believe it...

For the past few years I've been saying there's a black hole between $500 and $800 that needs filling with some good headphones. And then...BOOM!...three new planar magnetic headphones in that price range with good sound. Things are looking up, folks!

Just about the last people I expected to see new headphones from, Acoustic Research has just introduced their new open planar magnetic AR-H1 for $599. Schwing!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  2 comments
Couldn't snag a pair before the show, but Dan promises they're coming...and I can't wait. I thought he out did himself with the Aeon Flow closed, besting, in my opinion, his more expensive Ether Flow Closed. Given my first impressions at RMAF he may have done it again with the new Aeon. Well, if someone is going to out do you, it might as well be yourself.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  2 comments
Maybe it was just the show conditions, or maybe I was just in the right mood, but holy smoke these sounded really good to me on first listen. I've been wrong at shows before so don't take this as gospel, but I sure liked these Advanced planar magnetic cans.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  5 comments
The Koss Porta Pro has been famous among headphone enthusiasts since...well, almost forever. It's been in the line-up since 1984 and at $49.99 continues to be their best selling headphone.

Now they've exceeded themselves by introducing a new headphone at an even lower price, the Koss KPH30i sells for a mear $29.99!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  8 comments
CanJam at RMAF is starting to seem like the world's premier enthusiast headphone show. Why? Because so many companies are choosing it to reveal their latest products. Among them was Focal introducing the latest of their flagship family, the Clear ($1499).

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