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Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 16, 2011  |  4 comments

Kabeer - "I am located in UK, and I have some orthos. Im not sure if its very viable for me to get anything measured?"

Tyll - "I really can't spend too much money on this, so I've limited DIY Ortho testing to the U.S. to keep the shipping costs down. Sorry."

Kabeer - "Id really like to send my Aiwa to you to get measured. I think its pretty great :). Wualta wants to see their measurements too and has kindly offered to pay you the postage back to UK for them."

Tyll - "Okie Dokie. If Wualta wants to see the measurements, it must be good."

You see, while Wualta might be a crusty old curmudgeon, he's also one of the patron saints of Orthodynamic DIYers, and if he thinks something is worthwhile ... well, you just have to have a listen.

By golly, he's right on the mark again!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 15, 2011  |  20 comments

A goodly amount of forum chatter has been focussed on these two very inexpensive Superlux headphones. (Superlux is a Taiwanese maker of professional audio gear, and is distributed in the U.S. by Avlex.) I thought it would be fun to have a listen and see if the headphone enthusiast community has stumble upon some giant killers.

(C'mon, how much can $30 really get you?)

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 12, 2011  |  5 comments

Yesterday HTC spent $300 million dollars to purchase control of Beats Electronics, makers of Beats by Dr.Dre headphones, in order to put "Beats Audio Technology" in their cell phones.

In an All Things D article Ina Freid reported:

(HTC CEO) Chou said the Beats deal should “help create an emotional connection to HTC’s brand.”

And ...

Beats CEO Iovine said the partnership with HTC is just the latest piece of his crusade to improve the sound in modern electronics.

What is "Beats Audio Technology?" This HP YouTube movie provides basic explanations of the Beats Audio technology included in some HP laptops.

Things cited are: no metal parts in headphone jack eliminates ground noise; re-routed wireing and seperate headphone amp reduces cross-talk; "souped-up" headphone amp increases dynamic range; audio components isolated on an "audio island" free from interference; and lastly an audio EQ and control app. These aren't propriety technologies. These are simply good audio electronics design practices.

Has HTC just payed $300m for a logo? Will it benefit consumers? Select the statement most true.

HTC pays $300mil for control Beats Electronics. What will consumers get out of it?
The iPhone is cooler and sounds damned good. They'll need the logo and better electronics to compete.
19% (86 votes)
Just the rapper's logo is enough ... people are sheeple. Money spent on actual improvements will eat into profits.
60% (267 votes)
They'll never put in a big enough battery to power the electronics needed to sound good.
12% (52 votes)
Dr. Dre and Monster have developed real technological advancements in secret laboratories and they rock!
8% (37 votes)
Total votes: 442
Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 10, 2011  |  13 comments
You should be enraged by greedy people messing with holy things.

I recently posted a poll asking why the perceived value of headphones has increase so much over the last ten years. Much to my chagrin, the answer, "The success of the iPod in the pop culture allowed headphones to become a sweeping fad of fashion and celebrity" has just pulled into the lead.

Saddly, I tend to agree.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 09, 2011  |  16 comments

Lots of great questions and comments from last contest asking for topics, but the one that caught my eye came from SAS ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 09, 2011  |  1 comments

It's not often a pair of DIY cans comes walking in the door with its own monster branding. Not only has enthusiast 4nradio breathed life into this odd assortment of bits from previously dead or discontinued headphones, but unlike the good doctor of yore, he has fallen in love with the monster he brought to life, and given it character and personality.

Let's meet the monster.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 08, 2011  |  19 comments

Enthusiasts recently mourned the death of the Denon AH-D1001 --- a really good sounding sealed headphone at just above $100. Lament no more. This Foster OEM design (model 443741) has found rebirth as the Creative Aurvana Live!

The very good news: it's even better than before.

Steve Guttenberg  |  Aug 03, 2011  |  2 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

It's been rumored about for ages, played at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, but sometime in September Magnepan will begin shipping the Mini Maggie System ($1,495). It's a desktop speaker system, albeit one designed to satisfy the most demanding audiophile tastes.

I visited the Magnepan factory in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in late July to spend some quality time with the Mini Maggies.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 03, 2011  |  3 comments
Jeremiah Cymerman and Nate Wooley play together.
Photo Credit: Yuko Tonohira

Any headphone enthusiast will tell you one of the unque characteristics of cans is their ability to take you somewhere else. To secret you away to another place ... the place where your music is all around and you are subsumed in its spell.

Evidently, experimental musician Jeremiah Cymerman gets it, too.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 02, 2011  |  3 comments

Man! Time flies! This month some good things to report on: measurements; that Facebook thingy; and chirps on Twitter.

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