CES 2014

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2014  |  0 comments

While waiting for an opportunity to chat with Eric Suh in the Calyx room I felt a tap on my shoulder. I spun around to find myself face-to-face with Aurisonics CEO Dale Lott dressed to kill in a pistachio green jacket and matching sneakers.

"Dale! What's up?"

"Our new Rocket IEM Kickstarter campaign, that's what!"

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 14, 2014  |  4 comments

Slowly they turn...step by step...inch by inch...Beyerdynamic keeps moving along and improving their products. Heck, they even partnered up with another firm to sweeten their line-up!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2014  |  0 comments

I was smitten with Paul Barton's NAD VOISO HP50 headphones earlier this year...and now he's digging his hooks into me yet again with his latest creations. Man, my inner-geek lusts after the new Bluesound streaming media products.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2014  |  1 comments

Last year saw the introduction of the $1000+ Astell&Kern AK120 portable media player. Much wailing and moaning about the price ensued. This year A&K introduced a PMP that will cost north of $2000! All of a sudden $1000 looks like a bargain, and the new Calyx M player with its sexy user interface feels really competitive.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2014  |  0 comments

They all seem to look quite similar on the outside—big sweeping grill with stark black or white gloss finish—but inside, the wireless speakers of today are far from similar. Usually it's the Apple/Android split, and apps and connectivity that come with it, but in this case it's the actual speaker drivers that set the Minx apart.

Can you say "Balanced Mode Radiator"?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2014  |  2 comments

The headphone web-world was abuzz about the Hugo prior to CES. So I just had to check out this hi-rez, long-tapped WTA filtered FPGA array based DSD/DXD capable portable DAC/amp.

I think I just heard the AWSA (acronym warning system alarm) go off.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2014  |  2 comments

Headphone enthusiasts are well aware and enjoy the benefits of Comply after-market ear tips for their in-ear monitors, and many manufacturers now include Comply products in the standard tips selection that come with their products.

Now Comply is getting into the business of making around-ear and on-ear pads for full size headphones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2014  |  5 comments

DTS Headphone:X does a lot of subtle and very precise manipulations to the audio signal in order to provide the spacial cues needed to localize sound properly for surround encoded audio. So precise and subtle that they really need to measure, map, and compensate for small errors in headphone performance on a model-by-model basis.

A massive undertaking...but they're doing it!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 19, 2014  |  4 comments

As usual, Fang Bien, CEO of HiFiMAN, has been hard at work developing new products and a whole bunch of new and prototype gear was available for the seeing and hearing in his room.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 20, 2014  |  7 comments

Sennheiser's booth was a highlight for me not because I've got all that great an interest in gaming and DJ headphones, but because they did such a damned fine job of it!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2014  |  4 comments
It's that time of year again: a raft of new products introduced at CES. But I wanted a little more out of this year's show. So I started asking a bunch of questions to glean a clearer view of the headphone market.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2014  |  3 comments

If there's any doubt that headphones are part of high-end audio, McIntosh's introduction of the MHA100 should put that to rest. Heck, it's even got a cross-feed circuit!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2014  |  2 comments

Looks like Polk remains committed to offering a range of headphones. Their second wave of product certainly seem a little more in line with their corporate brand.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2014  |  10 comments

Snake oil or genius? BSG Technologies q0l Signal Completion Stage is one of the most controversial products in all of Audiophiledom, but at $2395 a lot of people are never going to give it a shot. At $119 though, their little reveel headphone amp product makes it a no brainer for those curious about the technology.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 20, 2014  |  12 comments

OMG! The AK240 makes my heart go pitter-pat. The look is pure sex, the user interface is sweet, it plays files of all types with a ton of storage, and sounds yummy.

The price? Yeah, there's that.