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Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 16, 2016  |  11 comments
The Solo3 is the first headphones to have the Apple W1 wireless chip. (Followed shortly thereafter by the Beats Powerbeats3 and the soon to come BeatsX and Apple AirPods.) In this review I'll take a close look at the features and functions of this W1 based wireless headphone, and how it differs from typical contemporary Bluetooth headphones.
Hands  |  Nov 08, 2016  |  6 comments
For better or worse, Tyll tasked me with answering perhaps one of the most important questions of this age. Can SAATI Acoustex filters be used in place of toilet paper, a staple product used for front damping in headphone mods? Seeing as the last few months have been insanely busy for me, it took me quite some time to investigate. But…yes, I do think SAATI has a toilet paper replacement on its hands!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  23 comments
Ooooooooo baby! If you don't have a Sennheiser HD 600 or HD 650, you need to read this!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 02, 2016  |  3 comments

Shots fired!

Sennheiser's new PXC 550 ($399) Bluetooth noise canceling headphone is a direct shot across the bow of Bose's battleship Quiet Comfort 35 ($349) dominance of noise canceling headphones, which I reviewed very positively. Not only do Bose own a big chunk of that market, they consistently, in my opinion, have the best isolation and sound quality performance. Let's see if Sennheiser can put a dent in that armored hull.

John Grandberg  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  10 comments
Now, Arcam turns their attention to the headphone workd. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. The company seems very aware of industry trends—they've been doing relatively affordable USB DACs for a while now, as well as various wireless widgets like the miniBlink Bluetooth streamer. They even have an add-on DAC/amp/charging case for the iPhone 6/6S which I'd totally use if I was an iPhone guy. Yet somehow, despite all these personal audio offerings, a dedicated headphone amp wasn't in the cards until recently. Now, Arcam joins other notable audio firms such as Pass Labs, Bryston, and Simaudio in putting their amplifier expertise to work in the headphone space.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 26, 2016  |  3 comments
If you're in the Southern California area and can make it to the LAX hilton on Saturday November 5th, don't miss this opportunity to hear the very best headphones have to offer. Full details of the event can be found here.
ljokerl  |  Oct 24, 2016  |  4 comments
Great sound quality is timeless, however, and the best earphones from that era often still sound very good today.

Enter the Audio-Technica ATH-IM02, a modern re-imagining of a dual-BA earphone, complete with a contemporary ergonomic form factor and an aggressive, value-focused price.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2016  |  16 comments
Headphone commercials are pretty rare. National advertising is expensive and not many headphone companies can afford that kind of dough...well, one can.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 20, 2016  |  3 comments
Ya know, regardless of all the hullabaloo about the Marriott being under construction during RMAF, I had a damned good time.

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