Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2012  |  4 comments

Argh! I forgot to take a picture of the Comply booth. I didn't forget to visit them, though. This company makes great aftermarket tips for you in-ear monitors, and their booth was manned by one of the engineers.

I just love it when someone technical is available to talk about their product.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2012  |  8 comments

I mentioned in an earlier post that there are two types of in-ear monitor: balanced armature and dynamic driver. Well, there's actually a third type ...

... an in-ear monitor with both dynamic and balanced armature drivers!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  6 comments

Val Kolton of V-Moda once told me there are just a handful of companies in China that make most of the world's headphones. I don't know about that, but I'd sure like to.

Maybe I just stumbled into one.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  3 comments

Hey look! It's Spider! (Fitzy runs.) Last year Ronny Tsai sent me a couple of Spider products I liked quite a bit. Wonder what he's got this time?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  6 comments

There's no doubt I want Audio Technica's ATH-M50 on my wall of fame, I had but to find the AT booth and ask. The question in my head as I walked up to their display was whether there was anything else of interest.

I was glad to see and hear a couple of new goodies from Audio Technica.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  10 comments

Fang Bien is a longtime friend in the headphone world, and a prolific developer of headphone product. His line of planar magnetic headphones has caught the attention of enthusiasts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the HE-500 in particular. I was happy to round the corner and spy the HiFiMAN booth.

Fang, as always, had new things to show.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  2 comments

You know, being as brutally honest as I am in my product evaluations can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes. I've recently measured the Polk Ultrafit line and was pretty disappointed. I know the engineers there have been watching my measurements, so it was with no small measure of trepidation that I walked up to their booth.

Turned out to be quite a pleasant visit.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  16 comments

I had two motives for showing up at the Altec Lansing booth: inexpensive computer speakers, and expensive custom in-ear monitors.

Check and check.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2012  |  7 comments

Sony is the battle ship ... the elephant in the room ... the world's largest headphone maker. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. With the tremendously fast moving headphone world and the likelihood they were lulled to sleep by their lion's market share, they're now facing a war on all fronts to keep their piece of the pie in the face of hoards of hungry headphone makers producing all manner of specialty product for everyone from cowboys to kids, and hairdressers to hipsters.

I think it's interesting their response is to go back to basics and develop their ability to manufacture a critical component.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2012  |  2 comments

Due to my recent and ebullient praise for the Roc Nation Aviator and Mix Master headphones, some viewers of my YouTube channel have begun to call me a Skullcandy fanboi. Sorry, they sound good, and Skullcandy is working hard on making better sounding headphones. Good on 'em, I say. If that makes me a fanboi, so be it.

Let's have a look at their third shot at great sound.