Ryan Clarin

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2017  |  0 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  |  0 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  |  17 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  |  1 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  |  11 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.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  17 comments
Some people won't believe me when I say I love Jude...I'll admit it's a complicated affair. But I'm absolutely sure he does what he does because he so strongly believes The Music deserves to be served well. At the deepest level I'm sure that both of us believe deeply the other is well motivate in this most important way. For that, and the enormous effort he puts into doing this work well, I love the guy.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  5 comments
The one complaint constant over the entire lifetime of the Audeze LCD products is too much weight. As much as you or I or any enthusiast listener might whinge about it, we can always just take them off for a break. That's not so true with the pro audio folks whose work may require continuous wear...and Audeze sells a lot of their cans to pros.

Enter the LCD-MX4, a close cousin to the LCD-4 but a molded magnesium housing makes them a whopping 30% lighter.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  6 comments
Paul Barton is a big fan of headphone measurements, so much so that he's currently working at Canada's National Research Council to improve headphone measurements with more anatomically correct ear canals. He thinks measurements can be made more accurate above 8kHz in that manner.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  3 comments
I loved the NAD HP50, I thought his RoomFeel tuning was very good in this passive headphone. Now he's made the jump into the digital domain with both his new cans: the NAD HP70 ($379) and PSB M4U 8 ($399). Both cans use the recently released Qualcomm CSR8675 Bluetooth Audio SoC (system on a chip), in fact, Paul was nearing the final stages of the designs when the Qualcomm chip appeared with a feature set so rich he stopped the development in it's tracks and redesigned it to utilize the new part.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  7 comments
I can't believe it...

For the past few years I've been saying there's a black hole between $500 and $800 that needs filling with some good headphones. And then...BOOM!...three new planar magnetic headphones in that price range with good sound. Things are looking up, folks!

Just about the last people I expected to see new headphones from, Acoustic Research has just introduced their new open planar magnetic AR-H1 for $599. Schwing!

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