Tyll Hertsens

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 18, 2017  |  16 comments
On the one hand you have Sony, Sennheiser, AKG, and the like mounting big bucks R&D efforts to grab at the various brass rings in the headphone world; and on the other hand you have a guy like Zach Mehrbach, Founder, CEO, and Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer at ZMF Headphones, who's artisanal approach is less mental and measurement, and more heart and art...lots more.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 12, 2017  |  12 comments
Not a lot of new measurements in this update as most were also reviewed, but a couple of new ones of interest.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 07, 2017  |  7 comments
A first look at this new headphone from Meze...what a difference a pad makes.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 05, 2017  |  19 comments
Wow, these headphones are bee-you-tee-full! Not at all in a flashy way at all—they're understated; elegant; shapely. It's as if someone drew the perfect idealized headphone, and then Sony brought it to life.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 28, 2017  |  20 comments
Last week, when I posted about AKG K1000 measurements, many readers were perplexed about the apparent low frequency isolation with what ought to be about the most open headphone you could possibly have. How in the world could it be providing any isolation at all, much less in the low frequencies that are particularly had to shut out?

Frankly, I thought I must have just done something stupid and there was something wrong with the measurements (though I did double-check at the time). So, I remeasured again this weekend...and basically got the same result!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  11 comments
Sometimes my job is quite humbling. Like when headphone enthusiast yaluen decided to ship me a dozen headphones—many very rare and collectable—from his collection for measurement.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 21, 2017  |  19 comments
We're in for a real treat this week. Head-Fi member yaluen has most graciously shipped a treasure trove of vintage headphones for me to measure and share with InnerFidelity readers. We'll get to the sweet cache of Stax cans in short order, but I figured I'd offer up this sweet set of measurements as an appetizer.
Bob Katz  |  Mar 18, 2017  |  48 comments
It’s nice to hear different listeners’ perspectives: Each listener brings something different to the table. I learned a lot about how different people perceive sound and their preferences when putting together this post about experienced listeners listening. Come enjoy our quintet of expert listeners' take on the Audeze LCD-4 vs. the Focal Utopia.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 13, 2017  |  23 comments
Oh my! What an extraordinary headphone. The N90Q represents the first real effort to deliver seriously good sound quality using DSP corrections. It's my feeling that in the long run this type of headphone may eventually be able to deliver a superior subjective listening experience compared with passive headphones of the same price. On the other hand, I also have a little saying, "The first one is usually the worst one." Seems to me the proper perspective here is that the N90Q will be a good indicator of where we're starting on the road to DSP headphones, and how far they're likely to take us in the future. Let's get to it!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 08, 2017  |  12 comments
You never know what kind of rabbit hole you might fall into on a scrounge through the news feeds. Turns out, according to research from the University of Caen and the University of Strasbourg, both in France, that you can reduce stress in horses during trailering and farrier work (horse shoeing) by letting them hear music. Tests were conducted with 48 horses at various time using horse headphones, ear plugs, and with no apparatus as a control. Stress was monitored in various ways including heart rate. Results showed reduced stress and better recovery from stress was achieved with the use of horse headphones and music.

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