A quick update


It’s been a busy week in the background and I wanted to let readers know what’s been happening behind the scenes.

The Wall of Fame has shipped… and I’m expecting a number of select picks from it to be landing on my doorstep within the next week or two at the latest.

Keith Howard will be penning another piece on the new measurement rig shortly, and we’re narrowing down the timeline for when we’ll be able to start publishing the first sets of measurements to go with upcoming reviews.

I’d also like to announce that young gun Tyler Schrank will be joining us as a regular contributor and that the affable and talented John Grandberg will continue to keep us entertained with his thoughtful, insightful and intelligent reviews.

A huge thank you and an even bigger welcome to audio engineering heavyweight – and one of the nicest gentleman in this industry – Vinnie Rossi who will be working with me on technical-process and engineering-concept white papers, Q&As and industry-related editorials and think pieces moving forward.

I’m still making arrangements with other people of interest for their input here on InnerFidelity, so please stay tuned to see who else will be joining us.

That said, I’d like to wish Bob Katz the best of luck in his new ventures. Katz decided to leave InnerFidelity before I was hired, which was unfortunate because he had a special place here with readers. We wish hime nothing but the best in his new ventures.

I’ve snagged a couple more headphones for the immediate time being as well, the HifiMan HE400s (not the latest, I know, but a good pair to listen to while I wait for the WoF gear) and the AudioQuest Nighthawk Carbon. Both of which I’ll be posting my thoughts on shortly, along with the Audeze LCD-XC.

Thank for checking in, things are coming together – not as fast as I’d like – but nonetheless, we’re making fantastic headway and I’m very excited for what’s coming up.

Rthomas's picture

Hi Rafe,

Tyler is a straight shooter and does not fall for hype.He has a ton of experience in the hobby as well.Thanks for bringing him on board.

Sad to hear that Bob Katz is gone.

I look forward to your thoughts on the three headphones.



Impulse's picture

Looking forward to Tyler's future reviews...

spyder1's picture

It is great that Vinni Rossie will be adding his tech experience. We can learn much from him.

spyder1's picture

Posting while 1/2 asleep. **Vinnie Rossi**

Vinnie Rossi's picture

Hi Rafe and all InnerFidelity members,

I'm very excited to be contributing here, and Rafe and I have been discussing some ideas for think pieces and technical discussions.

As an aside, I actually remember meeting Tyll back in 2005 at a Boston HeadFi meet (back when I started out with Red Wine Audio and he was with HeadRoom). Guys like him, Ray Samuels, and others were already on their way to being Head-fi legends. I wish him much happiness and excitement in his retirement, and I have a feeling we'll be seeing him at some point at a future show.

I also remember pushing Ken Ball of ALO Audio (and more recently, Campfire Audio fame) to leave his full-time job with the US Dept. of Agriculture so he could run ALO Audio full-time and grow his business and feed his passion. Later on I helped his team on the side with the circuit design of their Rx3, Continental Dual Mono, and Continential V5 portable headphone amps, as well as helped him with the tuning/measuring of the crossovers in the early Campfire Audio earphones. The ALO Audio / Campfire Audio shop and team in Portland, OR. has grown and I hope Rafe gets to visit them one day!

Another fun story was when I first met Alex R. of Audeze (when Audeze wasn't even on the map yet) at a NY Headfi Meet. We shared a table and he brought original LCD-1 prototypes. Audeze grew very quickly and their LCD-2 followed, and we made a limited edition Red Wine Audio "Audeze Edition" desktop dac/amp for the LCD-2/LCD-3's. Another planar magnetic headphone legend, Fang B. of HiFiMan, was also at the local meets growing his brand and has also pushed the envelope of this technology.

The Audiophiliac, Steve Guttenberg, was also highly present at the local HeadFi meets and audio shows and continues to be to this day.

All of this is to say "fun times then, and certainly more fun times ahead!" InnerFidelity was there covering much of it since Tyll began his journey here. Now Rafe is steering the ship for I.F. as well as AudioStream, and I wish him tremendous success and enjoyment in all that he does - both sites could not ask for a nicer guy with such a deep passion for music and the gear that reproduces it (not to mention excellent photography skills - something that I know nothing about).



Tyll Hertsens's picture
Looking good, Rafe. Nice to see you here, Vinnie.
geniekid's picture

Shame to hear about Bob Katz, as it is always interesting to hear the perspective of someone knowledgeable who actually works in music production.

Glad to hear Tyler Schrank and John Grandberg will continue to be contributors here. I've enjoyed their content in the past.