John Grandberg  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  29 comments
After a substantial delay, the DAP roundup returns with its 3rd (and final) installment.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 19, 2017  |  30 comments
Word on the street—the high-end audio street—is that CES was a bust.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 18, 2017  |  447 comments
Register to win a pair of AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones ($699.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"A direct descendant of AudioQuest's award-winning NightHawk headphone, the closed-back NightOwl Carbon replaces its predecessor's biomimetic sound-diffusing grille with an intelligently designed aperiodic damping system for excellent isolation of external noise, ensuring privacy for the listener and those nearby."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2017  |  35 comments
The OSSIC X virtual reality headphone made a big splash last February when its $100,000 Kickstarter ask turned into a $2.7 million dollar bonanza. I was skeptical at the time, but I sure was curious.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2017  |  48 comments
HiFiMAN was showing a prototype of an upcoming new flagship planar magnetic: The Edition 6 ($6000). They also were showing a prototype single dynamic driver IEM called the RE2000 ($2000).

This move evidently crossed some sort of tripping point and triggered a firestorm of reaction from the headphone enthusiast community. Some of the response can be found in threads at,, and

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2017  |  21 comments
This new $1499 active noise canceling headphone has a number of cool things up its sleeves: digital operation over USB or Lightning; a continuously variable EQ circuit; and, I kid you not, voice prompts by Quincy Jones himself! The coolest thing of all is TruNote auto-calibration for individual listeners.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2017  |  11 comments
Dirac is well known for their room correction software and more recently among headphone enthusiasts for their HD Sound headphone compensation software that EQs headphones. At this year's CES, the company unveiled their new DIRAC VR, a dynamic 3D audio rendering platform.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2017  |  3 comments
I always go to the ESS booth. I tend to fing the sounds I hear as just okay, but I'm always impressed by the unusually interesting and innovative approach to designing transducers.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2017  |  0 comments
Questyle is well know for their range of fairly high-dollar, high-end, headphone centric products sporting current-mode electronics topologies. To their great credit, this new amp represents a trickle down offering of their high-end products at a more affordable price.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2017  |  1 comments
In what amounts to a very early pre-view, Klipsch spilled the beans on their upcoming Heritage line of headphones.