Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  9 comments
I can't believe it...

For the past few years I've been saying there's a black hole between $500 and $800 that needs filling with some good headphones. And then...BOOM!...three new planar magnetic headphones in that price range with good sound. Things are looking up, folks!

Just about the last people I expected to see new headphones from, Acoustic Research has just introduced their new open planar magnetic AR-H1 for $599. Schwing!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  3 comments
Couldn't snag a pair before the show, but Dan promises they're coming...and I can't wait. I thought he out did himself with the Aeon Flow closed, besting, in my opinion, his more expensive Ether Flow Closed. Given my first impressions at RMAF he may have done it again with the new Aeon. Well, if someone is going to out do you, it might as well be yourself.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  4 comments
Maybe it was just the show conditions, or maybe I was just in the right mood, but holy smoke these sounded really good to me on first listen. I've been wrong at shows before so don't take this as gospel, but I sure liked these Advanced planar magnetic cans.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  7 comments
The Koss Porta Pro has been famous among headphone enthusiasts since...well, almost forever. It's been in the line-up since 1984 and at $49.99 continues to be their best selling headphone.

Now they've exceeded themselves by introducing a new headphone at an even lower price, the Koss KPH30i sells for a mear $29.99!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  8 comments
CanJam at RMAF is starting to seem like the world's premier enthusiast headphone show. Why? Because so many companies are choosing it to reveal their latest products. Among them was Focal introducing the latest of their flagship family, the Clear ($1499).
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  1 comments
Drew is another of those guys that have been around a long, long time. We talk in the video about our first meeting when I toured the country with a bunch of gear to numerous regional meets. He held one at his then day job engineering office. Here's the pics to prove was at least 20 years ago.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  5 comments
If there were a high-end audio version of "I've Been Everywhere" it would be about Andy. The ones I know of are: Sound by Singer (famous high-end audio retailer in New York); Monster Cable (he was one of the guys that would fly private jets around meating the NBA teams getting on to their private jets to give them all Beats headphones); Cardas (not sure exactly what he did their...probably all the stuff that let George stay in the lab); JH Audio (same story; he was president so Jerry could do his magic in the lab). I'm sure there are many more.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 09, 2017  |  0 comments
This video will give you a feel for what an accommodating bloke Brannan is...I ended up mostly talking about myself in the video. Well...maybe I'm just a loud mouth. I did manage to pry out one of his secret desires. You'll just have to watch.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Andre seemingly walked in through the headphone community door and became an instant insider. He likes to help out and he knows his gadgets, and has made a place for himself behind both exhibitor and show management tables competently on the assist in times of SoCal meets and trade shows. Right from the start Andre didn't go to the shows, he made himself a part of the show.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 08, 2017  |  8 comments
Zach and I have something in common: we like working with wood. He, of course, creates beautiful headphones with ear capsules made with a variety of exotic woods. Me, I'm building a backwoods camper from a step van. Here's a couple pix.