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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 30, 2017  |  56 comments
Oh baby...don't read this if you've got $800 bucks in your wallet and a yen for some good sealed headphones.
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  |  70 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  |  Jun 05, 2017  |  33 comments
Twenty five years ago when I started HeadRoom and built the first commercially available portable headphone amplifier I said to myself, "The day Sony decides to enter the fray with a portable headphone amp my mission will be complete." That happened a few years ago and I've found it quite entertaining to watch this humungous consumer electronics company try to snuggle into our tiny headphone enthusiast niche.
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 26, 2017  |  7 comments
About a year and a half ago, SCOTTeVEST sent me a jacket to be included in the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. I liked what I saw and included it. But for a product like this, the proof is in the wearing...the long-time wearing. I figured I'd use it for a while before giving it a real thumbs-up.
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 23, 2017  |  18 comments
One hell of a story here. Interesting roots in a buncha places. I'm going to power through it with pics and links if you're interested in a deeper dive. Here we go!

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