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Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 14, 2011  |  9 comments

Long before I became professionally involved with headphones, the Koss Porta Pro was a great little portable headphone. In fact, it was one of the first headphones designed particularly for portable applications. It has remained relatively unchanged to this day ...

... thank goodness. If it ain't broke ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 08, 2011  |  42 comments

Subjectivist: "Man, I got my headphones last week and they're breaking in nicely."
Obectivist: "Yer nuts, dude, it's your head breaking in to the sound of your new headphones."
Subjectivist: "Leave me alone, troll, take your objectivism to 'Sound Science.' We have the minds of Gods and poets, and don't need your weights and measures to know what we know what we know."
Objectivist: "What can I say to someone who's their own placebo?"
Subjectivist: "Break-in exists ... I've heard it ... I stamp my feet three times and you will go away."
Objectivist: "Lol ... you couldn't blind test your way out of a paper bag!"

And so it goes.

Let's try to clear a bit of this up, eh?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 04, 2011  |  6 comments

We need to get this out of the way: the rCube is not an expensive boombox. It's a reasonable priced, high-quality, portable, wireless, audio sound source. If you're looking for a boombox, don't look at the rCube, it's way to expensive for that.

If, however, you understand the price and value of quality sound and are interested in a cool audio tool, read on.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  34 comments

Summer's a beautiful thing in Montana, it doesn't last long enough, though. September is here, and the fall weather is starting to show up, believe it or not. Ah well, more time inside the house measuring headphones I suppose.

Speaking of which, lots of new cans, and some interesting things upcoming!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 30, 2011  |  18 comments

While perusing for new headphones to measure among HeadRoom's huge stock of sales team demo cans, my eyes fell upon the trio of Sony extra bass headphones. Having spent quite a bit of time lately with celebrity headphones that have exaggerated bass, I thought this might be a good time to hear Sony's take.

Nah, they don't need a celebrity endorsements, one of these cans thumps like mad.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 29, 2011  |  3 comments

When I saw these pop up on the internet, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I have a pair of the B&W P5 headsets and I like them very much. They're somewhat colored but they're fun sounding, and a sexier piece of audio kit you'll hardly ever see. I was expecting a similar experience with the C5.

Didn't get it though.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 27, 2011  |  1 comments

In a recent email, Stereophile's Stephan Mejias inquired of Editor John Atkinson, "Um, is that a Peachtree DAC?"

John responded that it indeed did look like a Peachtree, but didn't know what the headphones were, so I was cc'ed on the exchange.

Little did they know, they were opening up one of the classic, often funny, and at times a little creepy topics in Headphonedom.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  17 comments

I've spent a lot of time with good balanced armature monitors stuck in my ears. Mostly it's a pleasure --- there are some darn good headphones out there of this type: Jerry Harvey Audio JH13, Shure SE530, Etymotic ER4P, and Audéo PFE come to mind. I've also spent a good bit of time with in-ear monitors that use dynamic drivers. That hasn't been nearly as pleasurable.

Lately, that's begun to change, and with the Sony MDR-EX600 and MDR-EX1000 I'm thinking we've got a real horse race on our hands.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  10 comments

I can't tell you what a treat it is to measure and listen to the unusual headphones I get from enthusiasts. This time, rythmdevils from Head-Fi has sent in a couple of vintage AKG cans.

He's also a photographer, and has kindly allowed me to use his sweet pix of these two cans for the article. Very nice! Thanks!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  0 comments

The web is abuzz with the news: a little monster has been unleashed upon the headphone market as Kevin Lee, son of Monster's Head Monster Noel Lee, breaks out on his own to start a new headphone company "SOL Republic."

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