CES 2016

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2016  |  14 comments

Personally, I hate CES. Professionally—and I don't enjoy admitting this to myself—it's pretty awesome.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2016  |  2 comments

I thought long and hard trying to predict what Sennheiser might do this year. This wasn't on my list.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2016  |  6 comments

Full disclosure: I current have four t-shirts and three beer coozies I've gotten for free at the Manley Labs room at shows over the years. Also, I think EveAnna rocks.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2016  |  4 comments

Bill Leebens, of PS Audio, had been bugging me to visit Warwick during the show. Unfortunately, their precise location wouldn't be known until the show actually started. I kind forgot about it, and then I bumped into Bill in a Venetian hallway.

"Oh! Tyll! You gotta hear this. Come with me."

Boy, am I glad I did.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2016  |  4 comments

At over a decade in the making, it was great to finally see HiFiMAN's new electrostatic headphones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2016  |  2 comments

While on a special visit to Audeze about a year ago to do some research for this article, I got the chance to listen to some prototypes of the Sine headphones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 14, 2016  |  3 comments

It's not much bigger than a nice deli sandwich, but it contains what amounts to an entire computer network streaming stereo sans speakers.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 14, 2016  |  3 comments

A perfect example of why it's important to keep an open mind...and ears.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 14, 2016  |  4 comments

Beats and Bose own the lion's share of the premium (+$100) U.S. headphone market. Care to guess who's third?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  0 comments

"Wearables" are things like smart watches that let you answer your cellphone, or shoes that count your steps; "hearables" are smart headphones that track fitness stats, allow you to answer you phone with a nod of the head, and, of course, let you play music. The Bragi Dash gets to brag it's the world's first wireless smart earphone...but it won't be the last.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  2 comments

Master & Dynamic have only been around for about a year and a half, but man, they seem to have a knack for doing a lot of work...and doing it quite well.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  1 comments

As I was checking out the House of Marley headphones, I stumbled onto their new low-cost Rebel Bluetooth ($69) and passive ($39) headphones. But...but...I thought House of Marley didn't do plastics due to their eco-conscious stance. And then I heard the rest of the story...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 13, 2016  |  3 comments

And...BOOM! Seemingly out of nowhere, U.K. firm Mitchell & Johnson show up at CES with a full line of dual-driver (dynamic and electret) headphones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  0 comments

I've always really liked the Klipsch X10 IEM, and then the X11i that followed. I'm happy to report it essentially remains in the new line-up as the X12i. I'm looking forward to some measurements and listening to the rest of the line.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  0 comments

Colleen Cardas Imports was showing off Italian firm Unison Research's sexy and affordable SH ($1700) headphone amp and DAC.