RMAF 2016

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 20, 2016  |  4 comments
Ya know, regardless of all the hullabaloo about the Marriott being under construction during RMAF, I had a damned good time.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 17, 2016  |  7 comments
I had a little pre-view of these earphones in prototype form some months ago...boy did I leave skeptical. These seemed to me an answer in search of a question. Well, it's amazing how much a product can change on it's way to a production version!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 15, 2016  |  3 comments
Right at the end of the show, I got a text from my boss asking me to be sure to have a listen to the Radius IEMs. Man, I had about had it with IEMs at that point; there were a lot of them at the show. But I had never heard of Radius, and you don't find new things unless you're willing keep trying to find them, so I went over to their booth. And boy am I glad I did, their stuff sounded very nicely balanced throughout the entire line-up.

Thanks for the tip, Keith!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 15, 2016  |  4 comments
Zach Mehrbach, founder of ZMF Headphones, has become quite well known for his artisanal approach to producing beautiful wood headphones based on the Fostex T50RP planar magnetic driver. Now, with the upcoming Atticus ($999) and Eikon ($1299) headphones, Zach has moved away from the venerable, but inefficient planar magnetic driver.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  2 comments
Talk about enthusiastic about headphones, Naotaka Tsunoda, Deputy General Manager, Acoustic Technologies, Headphones, at Sony, has been showing up to CanJams and other shows regularly for a couple of years. I've talked to him numerous times and am convinced the guy totally gets enthusiast audio. He's brought his experience back to his work and, to my eyes, has enlivened Sony's approach to this segment.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  1 comments
I just gotta say, what a pleasure it is to know the two guys. The enthusiasm they bring to the headphone hobby is a beautiful thing to behold. Just a treat!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  1 comments
The latest of many collaborative efforts between Astell & Kern and headphone makers are the Jerry Harvey Audio Michelle and the Beyerdynamic AK T8iE Mk II.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  7 comments
One of my favorite custom IEMs is my JH13 Freqphase, but I do find it's tuning a bit V-shaped. So, I was excited and pleasantly surprised to find the new JH13v2 Pro ($1175) a little more neutral.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  1 comments
Scott WilkinsonScott Wilkinson has kindly asked me to join him on his "Home Theater Geeks" podcast over on TWiT.tv to chat about my CanJam at RMAF experience. It's really more than just a podcast however, Scott will be interviewing me via Skype, and both the audio and video will be available.

The show today will be webcast on TWiT.tv live TODAY, Thursday, October 13th, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time. Both audio and video will be available afterward on the Home Theater Geeks page on TWiT; Podcast is available through iTunes here.

See you then!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 13, 2016  |  2 comments
I went through the existing line-up and found the A10 ($1799) with m15 module most to my liking. And then stepped up to two new models, the U18 Tzar and Tia. Chris Ogut, 64 Audio product development engineer, explained these begin to show a future direction for the company with a novel tubeless approach.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2016  |  1 comments
I really enjoyed reviewing the Meze Classic so I couldn't pass up the chance to listen to their new, low-cost in-ear monitor line-up.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2016  |  1 comments
Westone has added a new flagship to their universal-fit in-ear line with the W80. The new earphone boasts eight drivers per earpiece, MMCX connectors, and four different color shield to customize the look of your IEMs.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 12, 2016  |  15 comments
Wow! One heck of a facelift on this amp compared to what we saw at CES and CanJam SoCal this year.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 09, 2016  |  9 comments
Day two in the big top. Man there's a lot of IEM makers in here. Maybe it's because the barriers to entry are low, but I sure wouldn't want to be in that business...the competition is fierce. Worse, each manufacturer has numerous products in the line, oft times touting a different tuning for each product. Headphones have gotten a lot better over the last few years, but I don't see the same progress on the in-ear side...or not as much anyway. Too many bright IEMs, it seems to me. I want to see someone who has a line that's nicely tuned throughout...and guess what, I did find a company with such a line. We'll get to that down the page.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 08, 2016  |  5 comments
Right then, time to enter the Big Top!