RMAF 2012

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 23, 2012  |  2 comments
Just a few final thoughts, and a couple of beers, left to report about. Hope you enjoyed coming along to the show with me.

Phew!!! Back to headphone measurements and reviews!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2012  |  12 comments

I've often noticed some significant phase artifacts in multi-driver balanced armature IEMs, and wondered "What's up with that?" Evidently, Jerry Harvey's been thinking a lot about it too.

The flash of light must have been blinding when he figured it out.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2012  |  2 comments

Custom molds, custom art work, and now you can add to the list custom sound. It's expensive, but now you can have a completely customized pair of IEMs with Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2012  |  3 comments

As Dinny mentioned in his think piece the headphone market is rapidly finding its way toward maturity. A sure sign of this is when small companies start to have a more sophisticated sensibility in their product development efforts.

Jack Woo's new amp is swank indeed!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 21, 2012  |  0 comments

Audeze is moving right along. They've spent the last three years putting together a dandy little company, and it seemed to me they were at RMAF this year just having fun.

Well, they are still inventive and were showing off a prototype sealed headphone.

Dinny FitzPatrick  |  Oct 20, 2012  |  1 comments

Editors Note: Before I go on to my favorite booths for this year, I want to take a little intermission. Dinny FitzPatrick is a long time headphone enthusiast and has seen this hobby grow from its very first large meet. I thought it would be fun to have his personal overview of this show. Quite thought provoking.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 20, 2012  |  2 comments

When first I walked up to the Schiit Audio booth, I asked Jason Stoddard, "What percentage of your success do you owe to naming your company Schiit?" He said, "All of it!"

Ha! That's funny. But not really true.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 19, 2012  |  3 comments

Go back a half century and you'd still find Westone in the business of making earmolds for your hearing needs. Kris and Karl Cartwright have been there for the last 30 years. That's a long time keeping people happy while telling them to "stick this in your ear."

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 19, 2012  |  4 comments

Planar magnetic headphones have been hot, hot, hot for the last couple of years. And with that much interest, new entrants into the field are bound to arise. One such entrant is JPS Labs with its Abyss planar magnetic headphone prototype.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 19, 2012  |  4 comments

Did you know there's a hopping little market for purchasing second-hand custom IEMs? How in the world can you use someone else's custom IEM, they won't fit your ears, right? Well, the answer lies with companies like 1964 Ears.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 18, 2012  |  1 comments

The new ALO Audio Pan Am is out, and I'm wondering, is it a home or portable headphone amp? Well...yes and no.

I know, it's confusing, you'll just have to read on...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 18, 2012  |  1 comments

Yet another case of a headphone DIY enthusiast turned pro, Alex Cavalli first produced a number of DIY projects and then turned his attention to manufacturing. His initial two offerings (Liquide Fire and Liquid Lightning) were well received by the headphone community. His new amp is a tube-roller's delight.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 18, 2012  |  3 comments

One of the driving purposes of going to a show like CanJam at RMAF is to see all the new products manufacturers are showing. On that front, Fang Bian never fails to please. Here's a couple of new products from HiFiMAN.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 17, 2012  |  0 comments

While it's fairly easy to find iPhone/iPod docking stations that allow you to get at the digital signal and bypass the internal DAC, I know of only one portable solution. And that one just got quite a bit better!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 17, 2012  |  0 comments

Ever wonder where big audio companies come from? Ever want to start one yourself? What did Audeze or Ray Samuels or HeadRoom look like at the beginning? Here you go...