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Steve Guttenberg, Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 25, 2012  |  42 comments

I talk with Steve Guttenberg on the phone a few times a month, and I very much enjoy our chats. When Steve suggested we have a conversation about measurements and their relevance to audiophiles and write it up as an article, I was all-in immediately.

I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 02, 2012  |  63 comments

InnerFidelity's First Birthday!

One year!? Already!? I can hardly believe it. I figure it's a good time to take a moment and look how InnerFidelity is doing.

Let's do the numbers ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 15, 2012  |  8 comments

Tap your cheek bones, and you'll hear it plain as day. The sound's not coming through your ear canals ... it's just rattling the bones in your ear, and you can hear it. But is this a good way to get your tunes?

Let's find out ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 05, 2012  |  20 comments

Tet, as he likes to be called, wanted to see me put his latest creation, the Hesh 2 (~$50), through the ringer. Sure! Just as long as I get to pick you brain on headphone measurements. We ended up talking a lot about a wide variety of all things headphone, and we both learned quite a bit.

A hard-core headphone mini-meet, indeed!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 01, 2012  |  27 comments

Requests for review samples have been arriving regularly, and empty boxes strew the living room floor.

Got a fair few measurements done, though.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 08, 2012  |  24 comments

Like most people upon first hearing the Audez'e LCD-3 at last year's CanJam at RMAF, I was struck by the quicker sound of the new planar magnetic headphone over its predecessor, the LCD-2 Rev. 2. Definitely a step in the right direction. Then they started shipping ...

... and all hell seemed to break loose.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 01, 2012  |  43 comments

What can I say? January was about CES. It's become a month long adventure for me now.

Still ... got some very interesting headphones measured.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 27, 2012  |  7 comments

When my daughter and I make pizza, we have a little routine of listening to music on MOG and alternating our picks --- neither of us can take the other's music continuously. But when I played "Pump Up The Jam" by The Lost Fingers, she wanted to hear the entire "Lost in the 80s" album.

The Lost Fingers are now a recurring presence during our culinary adventures.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 07, 2012  |  35 comments

I really wanted to objectively show break-in effects were measurable and audible.

"Desire," says the Buddha, "is the source of our suffering."

Guess I'm not going to get what I want, I'll just have to stop wanting it.

Wanna see what I did get?

Steve Guttenberg  |  Jan 06, 2012  |  7 comments
Steve Guttenberg and I had an interesting talk abut how we use headphones for movie and TV watching a little while ago. Quite a few nooks and crannies in this somewhat underserved area of headphone listening. He thought it would be a worthwhile write-up.

Let's have a look at Steve's thoughts ... I've added some of my own at the end of his piece.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 02, 2012  |  18 comments

Woohoo! Happy New Year! With my employ here at InnerFidelity I felt pretty good about 2011. But as I'm slowly but surely getting in sync with the job, I'm feeling better and better about 2012 and what it will bring.

Let's take a quick recap December measurements, and a look forward to the new year.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 27, 2011  |  26 comments
At it hot and heavy in the lab setting up amp measurements. Started with Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise vs. Frequency tests. Sent electrons whirling through a handfull of amps to see what the numbers said.

Wanna see?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 16, 2011  |  2 comments
Musicians often take journeys in their career, but few have traveled from the jungles of the Congo, to gigs with Erykah Badu and Sergio Mendez.

Lets take a trip.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 11, 2011  |  3 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" podcast over on TWiT.tv. to talk about the "Celebrity Headphone Deathmatch."

The show will be broadcast on TWiT.tv live TODAY, Monday, December 12, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time (2130 UTC). 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!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  3 comments

Hey! Look over there ... it's Django Reinhardt, and his hair is on fire!

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