T.H.E. Show Newport 2014

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 10, 2014  |  8 comments

Well, that's it. A few closing remarks and we'll say goodbye to Newport until next year.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 10, 2014  |  9 comments

I love the Astell&Kern AK240, it sounds lovely and the user interface is to die for...unfortunately it's price way too high for mere mortals. Answer: two new lower cost models.

And yes...yes...yes, they have the same extraordinary UI as the AK240!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 09, 2014  |  9 comments

And the 2014 award for most cool buttons and knobs on a headphone amplifier goes to......

*sound of envelope being ripped open*

...the SPL Phonitor 2!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 09, 2014  |  5 comments

Justin Wilson, CEO of HeadAmp, wasn't able to make the trip to Newport this year. Not to worry, long-time headphone enthusiast and nature photographer extraodinaire Peter James manned the booth like a champ.

Oh my, the GS-X Mk2 is gorgeous!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 09, 2014  |  0 comments

Generally, I try to do show reports of vendors I haven't done a show report on recently. I did do a show report on CEntrance not too long ago, and wasn't going to do a spot this time...

...but Michael Goodman has been busy, busy, busy. I just had to do it.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 07, 2014  |  7 comments

Been watching these guys for a while now, and I think they've made some significant strides. It's not easy to make a low-cost electrostatic headphone system—these guys are sure getting there.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 07, 2014  |  4 comments

My ears perk up when I hear "current mode amplifier", there just seems to be so much promise there. I wondered what Questyle's take on it was.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 07, 2014  |  1 comments

Noble is a new company that launched in October of last year, But its staff are far from new to IEM manufacturing.

Yes, "The Wizard" is back!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 05, 2014  |  3 comments

I've been an Amarra user for quite a while now and it's served me nicely. Haven't given it much though lately, it just works.

I need to pay more attention, the Amarra 3.0 release has some sweet new features!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 05, 2014  |  0 comments

This whole vinyl resurgence thing is off my radar. It seems so distant from the personal audio journey I've been on.

Maybe I got that wrong.

And/or VPI may have just gotten it right.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 05, 2014  |  0 comments

Slowly but surely Alpha Design Labs has been bolstering their headphone offerings.

Looks like some pretty good stuff coming up!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 04, 2014  |  16 comments

A new entrant in the headphone virtual audio scene, Darin Fong Audio uses an interesting approach to make your movie and music listening on headphones sound like it's on speakers.

He uses his head....literally.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 04, 2014  |  3 comments

I've witnessed this at least a half dozen times now, and it never ceases to be inspiring. A hobbyist with a passion decides to go professional...and succeeds!

Dan Clark is one such story.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 31, 2014  |  First Published: May 30, 2014  |  9 comments

First day of the show is orientation for me. A real good peruse of the headphone gear to figure out what I'm gonna cover, and catching up with old friends.

And pictures...lots of pictures to give you the flavor of T.H.E. Show Newport!