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Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 07, 2017  |  1 comments
Dan has done it right...meaning he both measures and listens. Pretty much every headphone he's made has been better than the last. I think it has more to do with the listening that the measurements. In fact I spent some quality time with Dan and his official corporate listener. I forgot his name, damit, but it was a fun conversation. Pretty cool job to have, eh? He passed the Philips listening test (when it was up) all the way to the gold level, and got the gig. Go to a trade show, you gotta bring the official listener along.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 06, 2017  |  7 comments
Gonna do this CanJam a bit different this year—I want to have dinner with folks and enjoy the evenings rather than sit in the hotel room pounding out a summary of the days product samplings.

The people in this business are endlessly interesting. Hang around with them for 30 years, and you end up loving a trade show mostly because you get to share a few moments with an astonishingly pleasing cast of characters.

So, this RMAF Friday I dropped my backpack under the MrSpeakers table, and strolled, video camera in hand, in search of people I love to hang with. Steve is the first of those folks.

Tyll Hertsens, Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 04, 2017  |  31 comments
Oh boy, what fun! Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Coordinator, has been visiting me here in my home in Montana for a few days to produce a series of videos. You can expect quite few more over the next few weeks as she edits them. Today, I'm going to talk about my vision of the future of headphones.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 30, 2017  |  3 comments
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the Jabra Move and found it pretty good...a little too bass heavy for me, but pretty good for those who like some thump. The headphones mostly interested me because they came from Jabra, a company best known for both corporate and consumer telephone headsets.

That same curiosity had me contacting Plantronics for a similarly price headphone, the BackBeat 500. I've been more impressed with these products than I expected, but I think they're going to have to keep working on it to beat the likes of Sennheiser. Let's check 'em out.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 26, 2017  |  39 comments
A quick recap:

Jude and I agreed to exchange pairs and measure each other's headphones. I sent mine off to him, and received them back a few days ago along with his pair. Here are my measurements.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  46 comments
First and foremost I want to thank each and every person who commented on my initial Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements post. An InnerFidelity target curve should be considered journalism and not quite science, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be juried by peers. So I very much appreciate and take very seriously dialog about this curve. Thank you.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 14, 2017  |  43 comments
Nice surprise ending to this one.

You may remember my trip to Harman International last year to plonk my measurement head down in front of a reference level speaker system. My motive was to determine exactly what speakers looked like with my particular Head Acoustics dummy head. My basic assumption was that good headphones should measure like good speakers. If I could capture the head response with good speakers, I could then build a compensation curve for headphone measurements that would be related directly to my particular head and a speaker based reference.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  4 comments
Over time Jabra has moved from little Bluetooth dongles that dangle from one ear to sports headsets and is now entering the wider headphone world with straight-up headphone headsets. Or is it that the headphone world is moving towards phone headsets? It's hard to tell...welcome to convergence.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  19 comments
Just the other day while reviewing the Sennheiser HD 471 I had an interesting experience: In comparing three relatively neutral headphones (HD 471; HD 569; and ATH-M50x) I found my mind switching between analytical and experiential modes—some might say objective and subjective modes. What I found, oddly, was that while I could pick out the flaws of the HD 569 more easily than the HD 471, I also found it a more pleasing listening experience. It got me to thinking about measurable flaws, quantitative vs. qualitative differences, and the listening experience.
Bob Katz  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  10 comments
I have a love affair with my Stax SR-007 Mk2 phones, which I judge to be superior, smoother, more musical and accurate than the expensive SR-009 model. What's with Stax? For them "better" seems to mean brighter, but why manufacture an even brighter headphone when the 007 model already sounds too bright? Stax seems to be obsessed with detail at the expense of musicality or even accuracy. But after-market amplifiers have sweetened that tune to a great extent.

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