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Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 29, 2013  |  15 comments

The Oculus Rift is coming on strong...I want. A subwoofer for headphones? Yupper! Golden Ears is putting their headphone measurements to good use. More about mind reading headsets. New cans from KEF, B&O, and Skullcandy. DIY headphones are starting to appear, I can't wait for a serious attempt.

jon iverson  |  Jun 25, 2012  |  1 comments
Stereophile is pleased to announce the availability of the free 2012 Recommended Components iPad app.

Available Now
The app is available right now for free download to your iPad in the iTunes store. In iTunes, search for "Stereophile Recommended Components" or follow this link to the iTunes store from your web browser.

This app includes all current Recomended Components as listed in the recent issue of Stereophile as well as additional ratings and listings that could not fit in the print version. There are over 700 component rankings in all and the app is compatible with all iPad hardware versions including retina displays.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 20, 2011  |  30 comments

On December 9, 2011, the long-time electrostatic headphone maker, Stax, was purchased by Chinese speaker maker, Edifier Technology, for just over $1.5 million. Looked at another way, you could buy 288 SR-009 headphones ... or the company.

Don't flinch, I think we better get used to Chinese owners.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 09, 2011  |  0 comments
Photo credt: AnakChan - The Headphone Girls greeting attendees entering the show.
Headphone enthusiasm is alive and well in Japan! Fujia AVIC, an electronics on-line and brick-and-mortar retailer in Tokyo, organizes a bi-annual headphone festival that is headphone otaku at it's finest.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 12, 2011  |  5 comments

Yesterday HTC spent $300 million dollars to purchase control of Beats Electronics, makers of Beats by Dr.Dre headphones, in order to put "Beats Audio Technology" in their cell phones.

In an All Things D article Ina Freid reported:

(HTC CEO) Chou said the Beats deal should “help create an emotional connection to HTC’s brand.”

And ...

Beats CEO Iovine said the partnership with HTC is just the latest piece of his crusade to improve the sound in modern electronics.

What is "Beats Audio Technology?" This HP YouTube movie provides basic explanations of the Beats Audio technology included in some HP laptops.

Things cited are: no metal parts in headphone jack eliminates ground noise; re-routed wireing and seperate headphone amp reduces cross-talk; "souped-up" headphone amp increases dynamic range; audio components isolated on an "audio island" free from interference; and lastly an audio EQ and control app. These aren't propriety technologies. These are simply good audio electronics design practices.

Has HTC just payed $300m for a logo? Will it benefit consumers? Select the statement most true.

HTC pays $300mil for control Beats Electronics. What will consumers get out of it?
The iPhone is cooler and sounds damned good. They'll need the logo and better electronics to compete.
19% (86 votes)
Just the rapper's logo is enough ... people are sheeple. Money spent on actual improvements will eat into profits.
60% (267 votes)
They'll never put in a big enough battery to power the electronics needed to sound good.
12% (52 votes)
Dr. Dre and Monster have developed real technological advancements in secret laboratories and they rock!
8% (37 votes)
Total votes: 442
Ariel Bitran  |  Jan 03, 2014  |  4 comments
The Ultimate Headphone Guide is now available for purchase in the Stereophile online store. Over five hundred headphones and headphone amps are listed alongside big, beautiful pictures and essential specifications. Click here for more details!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 28, 2011  |  0 comments

I'll be traveling to the sunny climes of southern California to attend The Home Entertainment Show Newport, co-hosted by the Los Angeles/ Orange County Audiophile Society. I'll be talking on a panel Saturday morning at 11AM along with my good buddy Jorge Cervera, the Sales Manager at HeadRoom. I assume we'll be talking about headphones. :)

Ariel Bitran  |  Jul 10, 2013  |  3 comments
Earlier this summer, Tyll let you know about the Ultimate Headphone Guide to be released on newsstands this November. This week I sent out the requests for information to manufacturers. If you are a manufacturer of headphones and headphone amps and have not yet received a request for information, please email me at ariel.bitran(at)sorc(dot)com so I can set up an account for you. If there's headphone brand you don't want me to miss, please comment so we can make sure to ask for their information.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 28, 2013  |  11 comments

Editor's Note: I used to tweet interesting news items, but I don't think it did justice to some stories. So, I'm going to keep surfing the news for headphones stories and make comments as I see the need, and when I build up a little chunk of interesting news stories post them here. I expect you'll see something about every two weeks or so. Here's the first.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 16, 2012  |  4 comments

Have you ever struggled through a long string of purchases to find just the right headphone for you? Ever wonder what some of the top-end headphones can deliver? Ever think to yourself, "Meh, headphones. How good can it be?" Well...now you can find out. The Cable Company makes a lovely offering.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 21, 2011  |  12 comments
I don't want to break my arm patting myself on the back or anything, but heck, I do have a category for news.

And I reckon being mentioned in the NY Times is a bit of good news.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  0 comments

The web is abuzz with the news: a little monster has been unleashed upon the headphone market as Kevin Lee, son of Monster's Head Monster Noel Lee, breaks out on his own to start a new headphone company "SOL Republic."

jon iverson  |  May 02, 2014  |  7 comments

We've updated our site platform this weekend and changed a few things.

Log in to the site is now located at the right end of the nav bar at top.

We apologize that any comments that you might have added this weekend have been lost. There are still a few minor issues we are fixing, so please bear with us.

Tyll Hertsens  |  May 16, 2011  |  11 comments

There is a story in Headphonedom that will not go away … ever: The Dangers of Headphone Listening. Studies show significant increases in hearing damage … especially to youngsters who tend to listen very loud. Other than the iPod’s new ability for parents to set a volume limit on the device, little has come along to mitigate the problem other than draconian legislative measures trying to control volume limits on devices. (Which is ridiculous in my view both from a personal liberty standpoint, and from the fact that it makes portable devices less able to drive a variety of aftermarket headphones.)

Well, Stephen Ambrose claims to have solved the problem ...

... and my skeptomometer has been beeping like crazy. Let’s have a look …

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 05, 2013  |  3 comments

As I looked through the stories that struck my interest over the past couple of months for this installment of Headphone News a theme began to appear: Weird new directions for headphones.

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