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Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 29, 2014  |  8 comments

I've laughed, gasped, marveled, and applauded the rise of Schiit Audio in the headphone world.

Wanna know how that Schiit happened?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 22, 2013  |  36 comments

I provide measurements because I think they have something important to add to people's experience with and understanding of headphones. "What," you say, "might that look like?"

Good question. Here's one answer.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 16, 2013  |  16 comments

Need a good pair of headphones for your journey down the rabbit hole?

Follow me...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 10, 2013  |  6 comments

With surprising regularity DIY headphone hobbyists astonish me. Here's a spectacular example.

Tyll Hertsens, John Grandberg, n_maher, Skylab, ljokerl  |  Nov 29, 2013  |  9 comments

'Tis the season, time for the InnerFidelity writers to hook you up with some cool gift ideas. We accept that many will just be looking for goodies for themselves...sorry about your wallet.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 12, 2013  |  46 comments

Woot! It's printed and in trucks now, should be on all the newsstands a week from today. Here's a little preview of "The Ultimate Headphone Guide."

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 09, 2013  |  25 comments
Tell you what, I think headphones are getting better and better these days. Lots of good measurements in this bunch.
Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 19, 2013  |  37 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.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 17, 2013  |  25 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?
Silly boy, you're imagining things, there is no divide.
14% (195 votes)
There is a divide...and it's all in our heads. Marketers, magazines, and retailers just need to capitalize on change.
14% (198 votes)
Gear is changing, differences between personal and high-end audio equipment is real, and the gear should be treated differently.
19% (267 votes)
Dummy, don't use gear to draw lines, the scale is sound quality...period!
30% (415 votes)
High-end audio market players are protectionists. New markets scare them, so they're blocking progress with a blind eye.
14% (198 votes)
Don't be a conspiracy theorist idiot. Rome wasn't built in a day. Patience grasshopper.
9% (128 votes)
Total votes: 1401
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  |  18 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.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 26, 2013  |  4 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!

ljokerl  |  Aug 21, 2013  |  12 comments

InnerFidelity writers are busy writing basic introductory content for the Ultimate Headphone Guide. In this article, Joker gives his guidance on inserting in-ear monitors.

John Grandberg  |  Aug 19, 2013  |  18 comments

InnerFidelity writers are busy writing basic introductory content for the Ultimate Headphone Guide. In this article, John Grandberg explains the importance of hearing safety.