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NwAvGuy  |  Oct 03, 2011  |  14 comments

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s biggest shows. They evaluate expensive cars in entertaining ways then turn them over to their anonymous racing driver, known only as The Stig, to find out how fast they’ll lap their track. Some say NwAvGuy is Stig’s geeky cousin. Instead of testing cars, as an Electrical Engineer, I design and test audio gear. I want to thank Tyll for requesting my thoughts on measuring electronics. I'm all for improving measurements

WHY MEASUREMENTS? Here are some key reasons:

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 01, 2011  |  14 comments

Well, it has taken me six months, but I've finally managed to paint myself into a corner. I'm beginning to drown in the incoming headphones from the Stax Mafia, an over-abundance of celebrity cans, and DIYers sending their beloved projects.

Let's take a moment to breathe and reflect on the month's activities, and things to come.

John Grandberg  |  Sep 28, 2011  |  14 comments

If you’ve been around the forums reading about portable audio players, it’s likely that you’ve come across the term “Rockbox”. You probably wondered what it was. Maybe you even looked into the matter further but stopped pursuing it when it got complicated. In this article I intend to arm you with enough info to help you understand what Rockbox is, what it does, and ultimately if it is something worth trying.

Interested in hot-rodding your portable audio player? Read on.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 25, 2011  |  68 comments

It's not often one get's to set-up $37,000+ worth of the world's best headphone gear on the dining room table. I should do a little comparative listening test and report my findings, methinks.

Wasn't easy to write with all the good music going on in my head, though.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 20, 2011  |  32 comments

In a rather shady headphone forum out there on the interweb (that will remain unnamed) lives a group of gentlemen who call themselves: "The Stax Mafia." In recent weeks, having become aware of my work measuring headphones, they've "requested" that I make some measurements of electrostatic headphones.

I just couldn't resist. (I don't want to wake up with a goat head on the pillow next to me.)

Steve Guttenberg  |  Sep 19, 2011  |  15 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

You can't listen to a headphone without plugging it into an amplifier of some kind: an iPod, portable device or a maxed out home amp. It's really the combination of the two we hear, so when we talk about the "sound" of a headphone, it's more about the sound of a headphone/amp system.

Lets get started.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 16, 2011  |  10 comments

Today, I start a journey into the wisdom of pop-culture ... oy vey. In the last few years of economic upheaval and outright disaster, the headphone market has flourished ... blossomed even ... it's the fastest growing product type in consumer audio. Why?

Damned rappers!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 15, 2011  |  12 comments

I was fairly impressed when I recently reviewed the Sony EX600 and EX1000 in-ear dynamic driver headphones. But I've always felt that for high-fidelity in-ear listening the balanced armature driver headphones bested the dynamic drivers. Well, Sony has taken a big step and just released a full line of balanced armature in-ear headphones.

I'm looking forward to getting my ears on them.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 14, 2011  |  9 comments

Long before I became professionally involved with headphones, the Koss Porta Pro was a great little portable headphone. In fact, it was one of the first headphones designed particularly for portable applications. It has remained relatively unchanged to this day ...

... thank goodness. If it ain't broke ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 08, 2011  |  42 comments

Subjectivist: "Man, I got my headphones last week and they're breaking in nicely."
Obectivist: "Yer nuts, dude, it's your head breaking in to the sound of your new headphones."
Subjectivist: "Leave me alone, troll, take your objectivism to 'Sound Science.' We have the minds of Gods and poets, and don't need your weights and measures to know what we know what we know."
Objectivist: "What can I say to someone who's their own placebo?"
Subjectivist: "Break-in exists ... I've heard it ... I stamp my feet three times and you will go away."
Objectivist: "Lol ... you couldn't blind test your way out of a paper bag!"

And so it goes.

Let's try to clear a bit of this up, eh?

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