Sean Sabino  |  May 21, 2015  |  62 comments

New tunable in-ears from RHA Audio.
Fostex refreshes the Venerable T50RP.
MIT Cable is Indiegogogoing for it with Vero headphone cables.
Mr Speakers having a big, big sale!

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 20, 2015  |  12 comments
Tinnitus (a persistant ringing in the ears) affects about 10-15% of the population in a mild way, with about 1% of the population severely affected. In the worst cases, it can be very debilitating causing many psychological side-effects. Until recently, very little has be found to reduce, much less cure, this condition.

Neuromod Devices, and Irish company, have developed a device they call Mutebutton that in clinical trials has produced a 42% reduction in the patients perceived loudness of tinnitus.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 19, 2015  |  7 comments

Getting sound on headphones to sound like it's coming from outside your head is the holy grail of headphone performance. Virtual audio is going to be huge as we move forward. I've always thought this process would require modeling Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTFs) and how they change with head movement.

Dysonics thinks otherwise.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 18, 2015  |  15 comments

Sure, I wear headphones to bed sometimes to watch movies on my iPad...and yes, there are ergonomic issues. I don't sleep with headphones on, or in (in the case of IEMs), but I know people who do. Some sort of trouble is always expressed.

Kokoon intends to change all that.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 15, 2015  |  57 comments

Third in a series of planar magnetic headphone releases from Oppo Digital, and at $399 their lowest cost entrant to date, the PM-3 is intended as a planar magnetic headphone for portable use...and it delivers.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 14, 2015  |  2 comments

Woot! Almost time to head off to sunny Southern California for T.H.E. Show Newport, a Richard Beers and Bob Levi (AKA The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society) audio show/shindig likely made all the better this year in its new digs at The Hotel Irvine, just a hop-skip from John Wayne Orange County Airport.

Bob Katz  |  May 13, 2015  |  40 comments

On Monday it was raining lions and tigers all day, but four of the faithful eventually arrived, between an hour and two late. Except Mitch Corbin, musician (Suzy Bogguss, David Bromberg, Byron Berline, David Grisman) and project studio owner, arrived early. That was a good thing, because I gave him a solo audition. When the four others arrived, they each had a headphone to check out and shuffle around. Mitch stuck around to learn everyone's reactions and schmooze for the evening, and a wonderful time was had by all.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 12, 2015  |  8 comments

I didn't have, and continue not to have any problems with the Momentum Wireless M2 I reviewed recently, but evidently others are.

Sennheiser acknowledges there is a problem with some of these headphones, and is stopping production until it is remedied.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 11, 2015  |  26 comments
It's a question I often ask myself. I do, and headphone enthusiasts and audiophiles do, but does the public in general...or even some reasonable fraction of the public care about sound quality?

I think the answer is: Yes. Here's one reason.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 08, 2015  |  30 comments

Going to be doing a big article this summer comparing the new HiFiMAN HE-1000 and Mr. Speakers Ether with a variety of other high-end headphones and using a handful of high-end amps. In preparation I did some more work today on the amplifier measurement routine.