Tyll Hertsens

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  15 comments
To say I looked at the Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker with a great deal of skepticism when I first saw one in the Bose kiosk at Denver International Airpot after RMAF is a serious understatement. Boy was I in for a surprise!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  12 comments
A couple of months ago, out of the clear blue, I was approached by the folks at Listen Inc. to see if I was interested in having an equipment sponsor for my headphone measurement program. After a few moments of stunned silence I said, "Um, sure, let's talk about it."
Tyll Hertsens, Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 28, 2017  |  25 comments
Chatting with Jana and listing out the review process really drove home just how complicated and how many discrete steps are involved. You'll notice I look down a lot in the video. It took about three pages of single line notes to detail all the steps in proper order.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  5 comments
I half-jokingly wrote that the Bose counter at DIA was the show stopper for me. The truth is, my overwhelming impression of CanJam@RMAF this year was, "We made it!" It really did seem to me that the enthusiast headphone segment has come of age. We've come a long way since the first CanJam@RMAF 2009.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 23, 2017  |  25 comments
Internally, my skeptomometer pegs; externally, I smile and ask if I can give it a go. Pairing is quick; I find my reference tracks; punch play; and HOLY SCHNIKIES! It's like I put on a sound helmet. Even in the noisy airport I get music...real music. Not the tinny experience I was expecting at all. It actually has some bass! What the heck is going on?
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2017  |  1 comments
If there was a theme to CanJam this year for me it would be affordably priced planars. With all the new stuff from new places attracting attention, I was really happy to see HiFiMAN represent with their new Sundara ($499) planar magnetic headphones. Fang and crew have been working hard at this price range for quite a while now, and it doesn't surprise me one bit to find the new Sundara quite appealing.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2017  |  3 comments
These days the duo team up to produce the Apex Hi-Fi Audio line of headphone amps sold by Todd at TTVJaudio.com. Pete's speciality is getting great sound from vacuum tubes—in my experience his gear is superbly musical and remarkably un-tubelike in their clarity and power delivery.

They also team up regularly to give fish sore lips and sample barley pop from every Montana micro-brewery they can find.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  20 comments
Hooo boy, welcome to a rabbit hole. A good sounding one, but still...

Back in the days of Stradivarius, says Mike, instrument makers would tune middle C to 256Hz (A=430.54Hz instead of A=440Hz). This is sometimes called Verdi Tuning or Scientific Pitch. Over time concert pitch crept up to A=440Hz, which puts middle C at 261.62Hz—37.5 cents (37.5/100 of a semitone) sharper.

"So what," you might say, "it's all relative."

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  2 comments
Vlad Grodzinskiy and I chatted earlier this year at CES about their upcoming new Heritage series headphones. Of course, Vlad and the design team have talked to a lot of people earlier this year about the HP-3 ($1199), for example these threads on Head-Fi and SBAF where the team asks for feedback from the community on what they would like from a high-end Klipsch product. It's a rather high-maintenance way to get feedback...but it's a great way to really get to know what enthusiasts want. Who said product development is easy? Might as well get it right the first time and engage the hoards. Kudos to them on their cat herding efforts.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 16, 2017  |  13 comments
Many years ago, AKG's flagship headphone was the very unusual AKG K1000—A headphone with temple pads and "ear speakers" that dangled down in front of your ears that were on hinges that allowed you to adjust the angle of the dangle.

Now the original designers of the K1000, Helmut Ryback and Heinz Renner, have teamed up again under the banner of LB-acoustics Messgeräte GmbH to produce the next generation of this famous headphone now called the MYSPHERE 3.1. It's hard to imagine a headphone that could be so similar and yet so different.

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