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Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 03, 2012  |  11 comments

August is here. This is when it usually starts to get hot in Montana, but this year we've been running 80s and 90s for more than a month now. Got some hot headphones in this last month as well.

And a few cold ones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 28, 2012  |  13 comments
I've begun to think that the forward speed of technology is dramatically hindered by the battles over and the dancing around intellectual property rights. Samsung sneaked through the loophole by "not being cool enough", not that Samsung did it on purpose, but it kinda sucks that a design goal would have to be "be uncool" in order to not infringe on IP rights.

Microsoft is currently trying to beat up Motorola over use of the FAT file system in some current Droids, and just won a case in Germany forcing Motorola to remove product from shelves.

InnerFidelity runs on the Drupal open source content management system, which is configured to run on MySQL database management, Apache web server, and Linux OS, all free open source software solutions. Rockbox is a great little open source portable media player software. NwAvGuy's very competent O2 headphone amp design is offered under a Creative Commons open source-like license.

It's not that I have any anarchist or socialist motives here (though I do lean a little to the left), it just seems to me that big corporate developments may end up so hogtied with IP problems that open source projects may have a chance of catching up and exceeding the performance and adoption of corporate offerings. The price sure is right.

In addition to RockBox, I've used VortexBox as a home media server, it's not open source, per se, but it runs on Linux, which is part of the VortexBox distribution. My daughter's desktop is an Ubuntu Linux distribution, and she runs the Open Office software for her school work. Total software cost for her machine: $0.

So...will an open source model ever pass by the corporate model in number of installations? I'd love to hear about any open source audio stuff you use and your thoughts on the concept in general in the comments.

Will the open source model eventually beat the corporate model in some product categories?
Big money will keep the corporations ahead of the curve into the future.
34% (142 votes)
The $0 selling price, motivated volunteer creativity, and no IP baloney will eventually push the Open Source model ahead.
66% (272 votes)
Total votes: 414
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  28 comments

Woot! Making some serious progress on amp measurements. Many steps to go, of course, but the first major hurdle is to make measurements of NwAvGuy's O2 headphone amp and compare my measurements with his.

Looks like we're clearing this one!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 14, 2012  |  19 comments
Historically, on single-sided headphones, the cord comes out of the left earpiece. I've always assumed it is so that right-handed people are less likely to get tangled up in the cable as they write. Well, the folks at NOCS have released a new on-ear headphone (NS700 Phaser) with the cable coming out of the right earpiece. I've heard through the grapevine that they claim it's because right-handed people can more easily get to the remote controls that way.

Part of me wants to tell NOCS to sit down in the boat and put the cable on the left where it belongs. Part of me thinks their reasoning is sound. Part of me thinks it just doesn't matter. But the biggest part of me just doesn't know what to think. What do you think?

Oh, and being left-handed I feel kinda jilted.

Should single-side headphone cables come out of the left or right earpiece?
The cable should exit from the left side because that's where it belongs.
47% (706 votes)
NOCS is thinking clearly, the de-facto standard should be switched.
9% (137 votes)
Let chaos reign, it doesn't matter which earpiece the cable exits.
44% (650 votes)
Total votes: 1493
Steve Guttenberg  |  Jul 12, 2012  |  26 comments
Sound quality is a big deal to me, and I've devoted a huge chunk of my life to the pursuit of great audio. My hi-fi costs as much as a nice car, but I'm no gear snob, and I love writing about great sounding budget gear. I've discovered a lot of new music over my Sirius Satellite Radio, music that would sound like crap over my hi-fi. That's why I play the tuner through my Tivoli PAL table radio. That little radio smoothes over the rough edges of Sirius' lousy, low bit rate sound. So even for a hard-core audiophile, lo-fi is sometimes the right fi. The best playback device isn't always the most accurate playback device, not by a long shot. What follows is a meditation on good sound, and why it's such a rare commodity.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 06, 2012  |  10 comments

It wasn't until I told Ivy Burford (now CEO of HeadRoom and after working together for a dozen years or more is someone who knows me very well) about my upcoming Red Oxx luggage review that I got the straight scoop what my motives might be.

"I've always thought you had a bit of a bag fetish," she said.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 01, 2012  |  17 comments

July is upon us. Time to break out the IEMs and portable gear, and go for a motorcycle ride in the mountains. Not quite yet, though, lots of stuff to do this month, and lots of measurements to report from the last couple of months.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 17, 2012  |  4 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly allowed me to respond to Steve Guttenberg's recent comments on audio measurements on his "Home Theater Geeks" webcast on TWiT.tv.

Read on for the juicy details.

Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 14, 2012  |  8 comments

Steve Guttenberg and I sat down for a little dialog with David Chesky. We talked about sound, music, and particular and sundry concrete abstractions ... or something like that.

Maybe New York was just messin' with my head? Doesn't matter, I had fun.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 08, 2012  |  10 comments

Once you've read all the threads and reviews, and had a look at the measurements on InnerFidelity, the next step in finding just the right headphone is to do some listening. There's really no better way to do that than by going to a local Head-Fi meet. And the New York Head-Fi group sure knows how to throw a great meet.

Here's a taste of what awaits you ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 29, 2012  |  11 comments
Off to The Big Apple for the Head-Fi meet! I'm stoked! And a bunch of other things as well.

Read on to take a taste of the trip.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 28, 2012  |  7 comments

Headphone measurements of frequency response, square waves, and impulse response are actually multiple ways of displaying the same information.

Here's a very cool proof!

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 21, 2012  |  37 comments
Steve Guttenberg dragged me into the objectivist/subjectivist debate...but not kicking and screaming. Because I like to measure headphones, and because I love the experience of listening, I hold that debate pretty regularly all by myself.

Want a peek inside my head?

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 11, 2012  |  39 comments
Well...it has taken me a year to figure out what InnerFidelity is, but I'm ready to give it a shot now. Read on to learn all about InnerFidelity.
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 03, 2012  |  22 comments

Oh, my! Spring is here, and my back porch is becoming habitable for keyboard tapping. Let's see what's up for this month.

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