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Tyll Hertsens  |  May 05, 2011  |  15 comments

By now, most folks are aware of the potential for hearing loss by playing music too loud on headphones. I won’t bother you with it yet again. I’m going to try to take another approach. If you are turning the volume up to loud levels, you’re just throwing all that money you spent on great sound out the window. Here’s why.
Tyll Hertsens  |  May 04, 2011  |  51 comments

Evolution is not like a car wash; it's not some process with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It's messy; it makes mistakes; sometimes it moves in a particular direction; sometimes it just goes in circles refining things. Evolution doesn't really know where it's going until it gets there.

Since 1997 Shure has been evolving its line of in-ear headphones. It seems to me they've both run in circles on the ergonomics, and made a bee-line for good sound. Let me explain.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 30, 2011  |  17 comments
I've been doing quite a bit of clean-up and re-organizing with the measurement datasheets. The main objective was to sort the headphones into various types: Full-size open; full-size sealed; earpad open; earpad sealed; in-ear; ear bud; noise cancelling; and wireless.

I've also added a goodly number of new headphone measurements. All measurements can be seen one page at a time on the Headphone Datasheet Download Page, or all measurements can be downloaded at once in the Headphone Measurement Datasheet .pdf booklet.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 28, 2011  |  0 comments

I'll be traveling to the sunny climes of southern California to attend The Home Entertainment Show Newport, co-hosted by the Los Angeles/ Orange County Audiophile Society. I'll be talking on a panel Saturday morning at 11AM along with my good buddy Jorge Cervera, the Sales Manager at HeadRoom. I assume we'll be talking about headphones. :)

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 28, 2011  |  62 comments

Yes, historic. The Beyerdynamic DT 48 model has been in continuous production in a variety of forms since 1937. That's pretty historic ... I can't even remotely think of another headphone like that.

Let's take a look ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 24, 2011  |  62 comments

The nice folks over at AKG decided to send me a bunch of Quincy Jones headphones, including three Q701s! That's good news for both you and me. For me, because it will allow me to do some experiments I've been wanting to do for a long time. The AKG K701, now reborn as the Quincy Jones Q701, is notorious for needing hundreds of hours of break-in before they sound right. I want to see if that can be measured, and in this article I'll show you the first sets of measurements.

It's good news for you, because when all is said and done, I'll give away two pairs of the Q701 headphones to some lucky reader.

So, let's talk about break-in, shall we...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 21, 2011  |  7 comments

Whenever I can, I spend time on the back of this beast: a 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300 super sport touring bike. This baby eats continents. I once left Bozeman, Montana in the morning and slept in a cornfield in Iowa that night. I really dig long-distance travel --- the gradual and ever-changing scenery, weather, and geology punctuated with little towns and churches is mesmerizing. Nonetheless, I need my tunes to complete the experience, and it took me a good long while to find just the right headphones to accompany me on my journeys.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 18, 2011  |  1 comments

Great guitar amplifiers are great because they produce a lot of distortion. I wonder what a great guitar amp maker thinks a headphone should sound like?

Well, here’s our chance … I guess. The Marshall Major ($99) is a mid-size, earpad, sealed headphone, but is actually made by Zound Industries of Sweden. Yes, this is another lifestyle headphone from the makers of Urbanears. I have no idea how much input Marshall had in the design and approval, but let’s give the Major a chance. Throw the drum-kit in the back of the Econoline and we’ll go for a ride to Rock ‘n Roll with the Marshall Majors.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 16, 2011  |  29 comments

Measuring what a pair of headphones sound like inside you head is no simple task. It's complicated in there.

No worries, in this article I'll take you step-by-step through the process of measuring the frequency response of a pair of headphones.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 15, 2011  |  13 comments
Measuring headphones is a long and involved process which includes elaborate costuming, waterboarding cats, and just the right wand.

:)

No ... not really. Nothing quite so spectacular as that, but it's still pretty cool. In this article, and the series it begins, I'll take you step-by-step through the process of measuring a pair of headphones.

No pets will be hurt ... I promise.

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