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Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 08, 2013  |  50 comments

I've been avoiding this for quite a while now. I knew it wouldn't show a damn thing. Puts me in a pickle because I can hear differences between cables...I'm pretty sure. Ah well, you gotta throw the objectivists a bone every now and then.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 28, 2011  |  7 comments
A decade or more ago, I thought the Sennheiser HD 25-1 was very expensive at $249. These days, with rapper cans and four figure high-end headphones, $249 for a really good pair of headphones looks quite reasonable.

People seem far more willing to spend money on headphones these days. The general public finds more value in headphones these days. Why?

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

Which of the following contributes most greatly to the increase in the perceived value of headphones?

Why has the Percieved Value of Headphones Risen in the Past Decade?
Headphones sound much better than they used to, so they're worth more.
16% (75 votes)
As player prices rise, headphone prices can rise without people noticing.
7% (36 votes)
The success of the iPod in the pop culture allowed headphones to become a sweeping fad of fashion and celebrity.
42% (204 votes)
The success of the iPod and smart phones in integrating technological advances with everyday life makes headphones more valuable
35% (167 votes)
Total votes: 482
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 15, 2013  |  16 comments

Take it from the guy that put the first cross-feed circuit to fix headphone imaging in a box that a consumer could buy, making headphones sound like speakers is hard...really, really hard.

But Headphone:X by DTS seems to be putting a pretty good dent in the problem.

NwAvGuy  |  Oct 03, 2011  |  14 comments

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s biggest shows. They evaluate expensive cars in entertaining ways then turn them over to their anonymous racing driver, known only as The Stig, to find out how fast they’ll lap their track. Some say NwAvGuy is Stig’s geeky cousin. Instead of testing cars, as an Electrical Engineer, I design and test audio gear. I want to thank Tyll for requesting my thoughts on measuring electronics. I'm all for improving measurements

WHY MEASUREMENTS? Here are some key reasons:

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 22, 2013  |  36 comments

I provide measurements because I think they have something important to add to people's experience with and understanding of headphones. "What," you say, "might that look like?"

Good question. Here's one answer.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 21, 2014  |  89 comments

As many of you know, Sean Olive and crew over at Harman International are developing a new target response curve for headphones. In this post I've modified InnerFidelity headphone measurements on a number of widely known headphones in order for you to have a first look at what the frequency response of headphones might look like with this new curve.

I'm thinking it's a pretty good start. What do you think?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 17, 2012  |  4 comments
Scott Wilkinson has kindly allowed me to respond to Steve Guttenberg's recent comments on audio measurements on his "Home Theater Geeks" webcast on TWiT.tv.

Read on for the juicy details.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 20, 2011  |  32 comments
When I first saw the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Solo ($199 MSRP) I thought they might be the most beautiful headphones I’d ever seen. The fit and finish is stellar; the styling superb; they fold beautifully; the cable is pure sex; they’re comfortable … the Solos are just gorgeous. At the time I thought, “These may be the headphone of the year!”

Except for one little thing …

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 27, 2012  |  9 comments

I've raised teenagers. It's not an easy time. First jobs; getting a driver's license; romance; challenging schoolwork--a heady mix indeed. Teens try to exercise control of the world they find themselves in...but often aren't quite well enough positioned or equipped. The magic bullet, it seems to me, is finding an engaging project that teens can throw themselves into and call their own. One that can make a few bucks is a big bonus.

Here's one such success story...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 01, 2011  |  10 comments

Man! It's July already ... June went by in a flash.

Went to THE Show; did some burn-in; reviewed quite a few sealed headphones; Ryan's Eddie current review was awesome; airline headphones weren't; did TWiT TV; saw Todd's new amp; gave away headphones.com money; and sampled some killer DIY cans from dBel84.

I wonder what I'll do next?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jun 20, 2013  |  34 comments
Been grinding away at the amp measurement routine and I think we're there. I would like some comments though before I measure a bunch of headphone amps this weekend.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 20, 2011  |  32 comments

In a rather shady headphone forum out there on the interweb (that will remain unnamed) lives a group of gentlemen who call themselves: "The Stax Mafia." In recent weeks, having become aware of my work measuring headphones, they've "requested" that I make some measurements of electrostatic headphones.

I just couldn't resist. (I don't want to wake up with a goat head on the pillow next to me.)

Tyll Hertsens, John Grandberg, n_maher, Skylab, ljokerl  |  Nov 29, 2013  |  9 comments

'Tis the season, time for the InnerFidelity writers to hook you up with some cool gift ideas. We accept that many will just be looking for goodies for themselves...sorry about your wallet.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  49 comments
Just bumped into this patent from Microsoft for an ultra-thin 3.5mm headphone jack. Basically it uses elastic panels to allow the jack to expand around the plug as it's inserted. Actually seems like a good idea to me as it may give a little and prevent strain induced failure of the jack. Maybe there's hope for 3.5mm jacks on future smartphones.

Look, I have no desire to get all schmoopy about the mini-plug...as it often used to be called. When I worked as an audio repair technician at a Santa Cruz stereo store, the most common failure of Walkmans was the jack itself—followed closely by sand in the gears...it's a beach town. Anybody out there who never had a 3.5mm jack go bad on them?

*crickets*

None the less, I have a hard time thinking of a world without a 3.5mm TRS plug. The installed base is huge. My iPhone7 has pissed me off numerous times when I didn't have the jack adapter handy. OTOH, wireless headphones are outselling wired ones. I'm conflicted; I really wonder what's going to happen. What do you think?

New Life for the 3.5mm Jack?
Nobody will pay Microsoft the royalties. Wireless will kill it. Gone in 10 years. Get over it.
34% (12 votes)
It'll exist in cheap stuff, and expensive stuff with improved mechanics. But it'll be wireless as far as the eye can see between
11% (4 votes)
Too much momentum; no analog replacement in sight. It'll fade but won't go away. Wires will be with us for a long time to come.
54% (19 votes)
Total votes: 35
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 07, 2012  |  35 comments

I really wanted to objectively show break-in effects were measurable and audible.

"Desire," says the Buddha, "is the source of our suffering."

Guess I'm not going to get what I want, I'll just have to stop wanting it.

Wanna see what I did get?

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