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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 21, 2017 21 comments
We're in for a real treat this week. Head-Fi member yaluen has most graciously shipped a treasure trove of vintage headphones for me to measure and share with InnerFidelity readers. We'll get to the sweet cache of Stax cans in short order, but I figured I'd offer up this sweet set of measurements as an appetizer.
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Bob Katz Posted: Mar 18, 2017 42 comments
It’s nice to hear different listeners’ perspectives: Each listener brings something different to the table. I learned a lot about how different people perceive sound and their preferences when putting together this post about experienced listeners listening. Come enjoy our quintet of expert listeners' take on the Audeze LCD-4 vs. the Focal Utopia.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 13, 2017 22 comments
Oh my! What an extraordinary headphone. The N90Q represents the first real effort to deliver seriously good sound quality using DSP corrections. It's my feeling that in the long run this type of headphone may eventually be able to deliver a superior subjective listening experience compared with passive headphones of the same price. On the other hand, I also have a little saying, "The first one is usually the worst one." Seems to me the proper perspective here is that the N90Q will be a good indicator of where we're starting on the road to DSP headphones, and how far they're likely to take us in the future. Let's get to it!
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 08, 2017 13 comments
You never know what kind of rabbit hole you might fall into on a scrounge through the news feeds. Turns out, according to research from the University of Caen and the University of Strasbourg, both in France, that you can reduce stress in horses during trailering and farrier work (horse shoeing) by letting them hear music. Tests were conducted with 48 horses at various time using horse headphones, ear plugs, and with no apparatus as a control. Stress was monitored in various ways including heart rate. Results showed reduced stress and better recovery from stress was achieved with the use of horse headphones and music.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 05, 2017 14 comments
Quite a few years ago now I reviewed the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 ($289) quite positively. This headphone is sold into Beyer's pro audio distribution channel, primarily to DJs. Subsequently, Beyer produced a T 50 p to sell into their consumer channel that looked quite similar, but didn't have the split headband. It didn't sound nearly as good, either...I was bummed. Then, a couple of years ago, Beyer updated the model to produce the T 51 i, which I heard at a show and thought sounded quite a bit better than the T 50 p. After years of hounding them at every show they finally sent one my way.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 01, 2017 10 comments
Research says we hear the beat in the bass, and, in another paper, we hear the melody in the highest note. Moreover—and this is the surprising bit—these perceptions appear to occur very early in the peripheral perception process well before we cognitively appreciate the music.
John Grandberg Posted: Feb 28, 2017 11 comments
A reference-caliber headphone amp with a plethora of unique features, the iFi Pro iCan has you covered...no matter what your preferences might be.
Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 26, 2017 13 comments
I've got to admit I'm not a big fan of the Audio Technica line of headphones with the 3D Wing Support System headband. My previous experience is that they tend to be far too bright and lacking bass response for me, and the headband just never fits right; I've found it very difficult to get a seal. I've also had horrendous problems getting them to seal properly on my measurement head. Well, something must have changed because the A2000Z fit's my head, and my measurement head, quite well...and this headphone is one of the best sounding AT 3D Wing headphones I've heard to date.
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Jana Dagdagan Posted: Feb 22, 2017 10 comments
Over the last six months, I’ve attended RMAF 2016, NYAS 2016, and CES 2017—consisting of predominantly traditional two-channel hi-fi systems and enthusiasts. While that can be enjoyable in its own way, I feel more at home in a room full of headphone enthusiasts. There’s less negativity, less pressure, less unspoken competition for the center seat, and most importantly, less sense of some bizarre imposed hierarchy. This drastic difference was immediately apparent as soon as I stepped foot into the bustling halls of the Marriott. (Over 2000 attendees!)
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Bob Katz Posted: Feb 20, 2017 93 comments
In my previous episode, I threw down the gauntlet: Can the world’s best headphones hold up to the world’s best loudspeakers in a perfectly-treated room? Of course we know that headphones image completely differently from loudspeakers. The transient impact of transducers lodged on your ears is distinctly different from loudspeakers at 9 foot distance. The loudness ratios of forward and distant elements, direct and reverberant sound are also different between phones and speakers. But we certainly can compare the tonal accuracy of the two presentations.

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