Tyll Hertsens Blog

Sort By: Post Date | Title | Publish Date
Tyll Hertsens, Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 04, 2017  |  33 comments
Oh boy, what fun! Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Coordinator, has been visiting me here in my home in Montana for a few days to produce a series of videos. You can expect quite few more over the next few weeks as she edits them. Today, I'm going to talk about my vision of the future of headphones.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 26, 2017  |  41 comments
A quick recap:

Jude and I agreed to exchange pairs and measure each other's headphones. I sent mine off to him, and received them back a few days ago along with his pair. Here are my measurements.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  49 comments
First and foremost I want to thank each and every person who commented on my initial Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements post. An InnerFidelity target curve should be considered journalism and not quite science, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be juried by peers. So I very much appreciate and take very seriously dialog about this curve. Thank you.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 14, 2017  |  45 comments
Nice surprise ending to this one.

You may remember my trip to Harman International last year to plonk my measurement head down in front of a reference level speaker system. My motive was to determine exactly what speakers looked like with my particular Head Acoustics dummy head. My basic assumption was that good headphones should measure like good speakers. If I could capture the head response with good speakers, I could then build a compensation curve for headphone measurements that would be related directly to my particular head and a speaker based reference.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  19 comments
Just the other day while reviewing the Sennheiser HD 471 I had an interesting experience: In comparing three relatively neutral headphones (HD 471; HD 569; and ATH-M50x) I found my mind switching between analytical and experiential modes—some might say objective and subjective modes. What I found, oddly, was that while I could pick out the flaws of the HD 569 more easily than the HD 471, I also found it a more pleasing listening experience. It got me to thinking about measurable flaws, quantitative vs. qualitative differences, and the listening experience.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Jul 21, 2017  |  20 comments
Last month, I visited Ultimate Ears Pro in Irvine, California for a tour of their office/facility, and to finally try custom in-ears for the first time.

The customs that I ended up receiving (full disclosure: as a complimentary press sample) were the UE Pro Reference Remastered studio reference monitors ($999). They were developed in collaboration with Capitol Studios and house three balanced armature drivers.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 12, 2017  |  33 comments
A nice little handful of measurements...find some air conditioning and ice tea and have a look.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 07, 2017  |  15 comments
There's a lot to like about AudioQuest's NightHawk and NightOwl: great comfort, very low distortion, exceptionally flat impedance response. Unfortunately, I found the NightHawk far too dark for me. AudioQuest goes into great detail to justify the tuning of this headphone on this page. I find the information written there about headphone performance and response characteristics simply outstanding. I sure wish more manufacturers went to that much effort to describe what they're doing.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 26, 2017  |  72 comments
Quite the tumult over my Sony MDR-Z1R review. The forums churned. I think I need to re-state where I'm at.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 16, 2017  |  73 comments
Out on my morning web surf and I stumble onto a bombshell on the front page of Head-Fi:

"Sony MDR-Z1R Measurements: Head-Fi HQ’s compared to InnerFidelity’s"

That article links to a much more comprehensive post in the Z1R thread by Jude Mansilla, Head-Fi's Founder. It seems Jude's measurements are somewhat different than mine, particularly in terms of the peak in response around 10kHz. Here are the two plots in question.....

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 13, 2017  |  44 comments
"I haven't heard the MDR-Z1R. BUT! Tyll's comment was that he would more preferably listen the ATH-M50Xs is hard to swallow."
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 30, 2017  |  17 comments
I feel compelled to do this about once a year...if it just save one person it's worth it. As I read my headphone news feeds it seem like I read of someone killed by walking on train tracks wearing headphones about once a week. Often it's a youngster. It seems so avoidable: Just don't walk on train tracks...period. But in a number of cases—one below—someone dashes across the tracks to catch a bus or talk to a friend and the headphones prevent hearing the oncoming train.
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 19, 2017  |  15 comments
For a variety of perfectly understandable reasons, Audeze was only able to provide one LCD-4 for measurement and evaluation. I now have 3 LCD-4s measured and have put them in this AllLCD4Measurements.pdf.
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 15, 2017  |  31 comments
Big thanks to a headphone forum member who reached out with an offer to share his Utopia and LCD-4 for me to measure. One more for the Focal for the Utopia measurements .pdf booklet. It's A1BEHF000384 on page 10 and 11. Generally, it matches the rest of the Utopias measured with a couple small things to note. I'll reveal the LCD-4 measurements when I have enough samples for a good comparison.

Pages

X