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Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 04, 2011  |  6 comments

We need to get this out of the way: the rCube is not an expensive boombox. It's a reasonable priced, high-quality, portable, wireless, audio sound source. If you're looking for a boombox, don't look at the rCube, it's way to expensive for that.

If, however, you understand the price and value of quality sound and are interested in a cool audio tool, read on.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  34 comments

Summer's a beautiful thing in Montana, it doesn't last long enough, though. September is here, and the fall weather is starting to show up, believe it or not. Ah well, more time inside the house measuring headphones I suppose.

Speaking of which, lots of new cans, and some interesting things upcoming!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 30, 2011  |  18 comments

While perusing for new headphones to measure among HeadRoom's huge stock of sales team demo cans, my eyes fell upon the trio of Sony extra bass headphones. Having spent quite a bit of time lately with celebrity headphones that have exaggerated bass, I thought this might be a good time to hear Sony's take.

Nah, they don't need a celebrity endorsements, one of these cans thumps like mad.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 29, 2011  |  3 comments

When I saw these pop up on the internet, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I have a pair of the B&W P5 headsets and I like them very much. They're somewhat colored but they're fun sounding, and a sexier piece of audio kit you'll hardly ever see. I was expecting a similar experience with the C5.

Didn't get it though.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 27, 2011  |  2 comments

In a recent email, Stereophile's Stephan Mejias inquired of Editor John Atkinson, "Um, is that a Peachtree DAC?"

John responded that it indeed did look like a Peachtree, but didn't know what the headphones were, so I was cc'ed on the exchange.

Little did they know, they were opening up one of the classic, often funny, and at times a little creepy topics in Headphonedom.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  17 comments

I've spent a lot of time with good balanced armature monitors stuck in my ears. Mostly it's a pleasure --- there are some darn good headphones out there of this type: Jerry Harvey Audio JH13, Shure SE530, Etymotic ER4P, and Audéo PFE come to mind. I've also spent a good bit of time with in-ear monitors that use dynamic drivers. That hasn't been nearly as pleasurable.

Lately, that's begun to change, and with the Sony MDR-EX600 and MDR-EX1000 I'm thinking we've got a real horse race on our hands.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  10 comments

I can't tell you what a treat it is to measure and listen to the unusual headphones I get from enthusiasts. This time, rythmdevils from Head-Fi has sent in a couple of vintage AKG cans.

He's also a photographer, and has kindly allowed me to use his sweet pix of these two cans for the article. Very nice! Thanks!

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 19, 2011  |  6 comments

Like it or not, Monster has done more for the recent success of headphones than any one else. They've moved headphones from just another audio accessory, to a major stand-alone audio category in the mind of the popular culture. Headphone sales have climbed strongly over the past three years in the face of economic turmoil, and Monster has played the major roll in that success.

I'd say it's mostly been an exersize in marketing and supply chain acumen so far, but the deal with HTC may change all that.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 17, 2011  |  4 comments

I'm very pleased to have Todd the Vinyl Junkie nearby. Thursday nights he has listening sessions of newly arrived vinyl and serves imported Belgian beer in proper glasses ... so that's cool. But in this case, I'm pleased because I get first dibs listening to Pete Millett's newest creation for Apex Hi-Fi and TTVJ: The Butte headphone amplifier.

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