Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  1 comments
I was a big fan of the MEE Audio's Matrix 2 affordable Bluetooth headphones of a few years ago...the Matrix 3 not so much. Sounds to me like they're coming back smart and centered with their latest and upcoming releases. For this post I'll feature their new $149 Matrix Cinema Bluetooth sealed over-ear headphone.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2018  |  4 comments turn. Ahhhhh...they fit nicely. I plug them into my AK240 and play some tunes. Well, other than the fact that the CES show floor is crazy loud they sound pretty damned good. No one in the convention center booth knew much about them, but they told me there was another pair over at the Venetian and someone there may know more. So, I visited the Audio Technica Venetian room display the next day.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2018  |  8 comments
Well, they've gone back to the drawing board and come up with something pretty novel...more expensive, but quite interesting. The new 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone ($249) uses a 40mm graphene dynamic driver and a passive radiator for the lower frequency response ranges, and a ceramic tweeter for the highs. Quite an unusual combination.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  2 comments
The thing that really caught my eye in the Snugs booth was their new method for measuring ears for their shallow insert products. Normally, you send ear molds or files from impressions or measurements taken by audiologists, and Snugs does use this method. But their new method uses a phone app.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Echobox seems to be doing well. I remember when Warren Chi drug me over to their 10 foot booth at CES in 2015. This year they showed up in the center of the floor in a big open 50 footer with lots of cheerful faces showing off the gear.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 14, 2018  |  8 comments
Better start's where I started the show...I'm sure you are curious too.

The Sennheiser HD 820 is a sealed headphone based on the now famous HD 800. The remarkable thing about these headphones is the toroidally shaped diaphragm, which, Sennheiser claims, produce a more planar wavefront to interact with the ear more naturally. A dynamic headphone with a planar headphone's acoustic, if you will.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  7 comments
CES is a little weird this year. High End companies have been abandoning the Venetian Tower with...abandon. Stereophile has sent a skeleton crew. Back channel chat was that CES was dead to the high end world as companies shifted to specialty shows. High End Munich seems to be the new de facto standard to be for enthusiast audio companies desiring to play the "world class" game. Headphones are another story.
Bob Katz  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  38 comments
I was planning on presenting the next episode in my "How Insensitive" series, but that'll have to wait till next time because a wonderful new toy has just arrived straight from the technical geniuses in Hong Kong. Today we're going to introduce you to a powerful new and affordable investigative tool: The MiniDSP EARS Headphone Jig, costing $179 USD. MiniDSP has been manufacturing audio-related DSP products since 2009. Led by charismatic Frenchman Tony Rouget, MiniDSP has made some innovative and affordable audio amplifiers, digital equalizers, DACs, calibrated measurement microphones and measurement tools.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  38 comments
Had a cruise through the last year of posts; pulled some cans off the Wall of Fame for a listen; and put together a list of the 10 best headphones of year. This list is roughly ordered by the value proposition and not absolute sound quality. I say roughly because it's more by the seat of the pants than it is some objective measure. How could it be otherwise? In addition, some products listed may be relatively poor value, but have novel and interesting features and/or characteristics that make them valuable additions to the world of headphones. Bottom line: these are all worthy products. Pick and choose at will.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 30, 2017  |  51 comments
After recovering from a Christmas day celebration that had way more 'party' in it than ought be, I spent a few days listening to the headphones on the Wall of Fame Over-ear Open page with an ear out for readjustments. Basically, the Focal Clear has reset the bar. From now on I expect tonal balance from a $1000+ headphone. If it doesn't have it, it ain't going up on the WoF anymore. Here's what I done did and why.