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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."

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
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 29, 2011  |  4 comments

It's starting to happen more and more. A silent disco is where the DJ plays music that is sent to an FM transmitter, and dancers wear headphones tied to FM radios. Sometimes two DJs spin discs and compete for the most people tuned in. I suppose you can tell who's winning by the beat of the bobbing crowd. I think it sounds like fun.

Evidently, so do the folks at Headphones.com ...

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  |  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. :)

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 05, 2011  |  1 comments
I've chatted a couple of times with manufacturers about counterfeit cans ... and it's a stunningly pervasive problem. Monster has taken the problem into its own paws, and teamed up with the Trading Standards Service in the U.K. and is making headway evidently.

Read on for more...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 23, 2011  |  5 comments
Headphones Can Be Deadly! For the last six months or so I've been subscribed to a number of news feeds about headphones, and I simply can't believe the number of times someone is injured or killed while listening to their tunes. Let me give you a few examples ...

Trains

March 20, 2011: Man hit and killed by train in Madera, CA.

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