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Bob Katz  |  Feb 20, 2017  |  96 comments
In my previous episode, I threw down the gauntlet: Can the world’s best headphones hold up to the world’s best loudspeakers in a perfectly-treated room? Of course we know that headphones image completely differently from loudspeakers. The transient impact of transducers lodged on your ears is distinctly different from loudspeakers at 9 foot distance. The loudness ratios of forward and distant elements, direct and reverberant sound are also different between phones and speakers. But we certainly can compare the tonal accuracy of the two presentations.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  2 comments
I was thrilled to see Noble at CanJam because I wasn’t able to listen to the Kaiser Encore and Sage which were released last fall at RMAF 2016. Prior to CanJam, the last time anything Noble had graced my ears was the Noble 6 in late 2015. It had been far too long. Their current design concept combines colors and geometric textures in a way that creates, in my view, a very video-gamey look and feel.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  2 comments
Echobox Audio is a young, IndieGoGo born company that was founded in late 2015. They had major presence at CanJam and seem to be steadily growing. This is what they showed at CanJam last week...
Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 14, 2017  |  21 comments
After determining the JBL Everest Elite 700 was good enough to poke it's way onto the Wall of Fame, I came to realize I wasn't certain where to put it. Should it be on the Wireless page? Or should it be on the Noise Canceling page? Or both?
Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 12, 2017  |  13 comments
Sean Olive and his crew of researchers have been at it for a while now, and I reckon some their work should have trickled down into JBL products by now. One likely candidate is their recently released JBL Everest Elite 700, a wireless, noise canceling, over-ear headphone, which contain Harman's whiz-bang TruNote technology that is claimed to calibrate the headphone to the wearers ears. Let's check it out.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  18 comments
Sonoma Acoustics showed their Model One Headphone System ($5,000) in New York for the first time at CanJam NY this past weekend. It’s the first to use Warwick Audio’s High-Precision Electrostatic Laminate audio transducer (HPEL). The claimed benefit of using the HPEL transducer is that it maintains the usual electrostatic strengths (light weight, great transient response, low moving mass, etc.) but because it’s produced with modern automated manufacturing techniques, it’s more durable, reliable, and matches more consistently.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  2 comments
Last weekend, Final Audio Design (S’NEXT) showed their new flagship balanced armature IEM for the first time in the USA: the FI-BA-SST35 (3.5mm, $1249) or FI-BA-SST25 (2.5mm, $1279). The FI-BA-SST is the latest in the FI-BA-SS series and looks very similar to the FI-BA-SS3.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 10, 2017  |  7 comments
San Diego based company 1More saw great success with their flagship Triple Driver IEMs ($99.99) and decided to add one more (!) balanced armature in creating their newest Quad Driver IEMs ($199.99), which will be released in late March.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  6 comments
Periodic Audio launched last May and released their first three IEMs at CanJam NYC. I got to chat with founder Dan Wiggins and learned that he worked on the Microsoft gaming headphone and, interestingly enough, the first few Beats headphones when Beats were designed by Monster. He also co-founded Doppler Labs and was previously Principal Transducer Engineer at Sonos and Chief Transducer Engineer at Blue Microphones, among others.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Feb 09, 2017  |  6 comments
I was immediately attracted to the NightOwls upon their release because of AudioQuest’s headphone designer Skylar Gray and his commitment to sustainable design.

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