Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 01, 2011  |  3 comments

Every August for the past 5 years, HeadRoom has made the treck to Southern California to co-host a headphone event with the Los Angeles/Orange County Audio Society. Five years ago it was a curiosity ... these days it's a happening.

Check it out.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 29, 2011  |  13 comments

A classic in the world of professional and enthusiast headphones, and probably the world's most popular DJ headphone, the HD 25 has remained in the Sennheiser line-up in a small variety of incarnations since 1987 ... and deservedly so.

When I first heard them about 15 years ago there were very few expensive headphones available, so they seemed pricy at the time. They sounded great though and were a solid recommendation. In today's world of high-priced fashion headphones, and even higher priced high-end headphones, these very good sounding and highly functional cans seem like a real bargain for professional and audio enthusiast alike.

Let's take a look at the latest incarnation, the Sennheiser/adidas HD 25 Original.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 29, 2011  |  4 comments

It's starting to happen more and more. A silent disco is where the DJ plays music that is sent to an FM transmitter, and dancers wear headphones tied to FM radios. Sometimes two DJs spin discs and compete for the most people tuned in. I suppose you can tell who's winning by the beat of the bobbing crowd. I think it sounds like fun.

Evidently, so do the folks at ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 28, 2011  |  7 comments
A decade or more ago, I thought the Sennheiser HD 25-1 was very expensive at $249. These days, with rapper cans and four figure high-end headphones, $249 for a really good pair of headphones looks quite reasonable.

People seem far more willing to spend money on headphones these days. The general public finds more value in headphones these days. Why?

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

Which of the following contributes most greatly to the increase in the perceived value of headphones?

Why has the Percieved Value of Headphones Risen in the Past Decade?
Headphones sound much better than they used to, so they're worth more.
16% (75 votes)
As player prices rise, headphone prices can rise without people noticing.
7% (36 votes)
The success of the iPod in the pop culture allowed headphones to become a sweeping fad of fashion and celebrity.
42% (204 votes)
The success of the iPod and smart phones in integrating technological advances with everyday life makes headphones more valuable
35% (167 votes)
Total votes: 482
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 25, 2011  |  9 comments

In a recent contest asking for ideas, this comment was made by yuriv:

    "Have readers write articles, and then submit them to you, Tyll, the editor. They can be anything--product reviews, technical explanations, how-to guides, etc. There can even be videos. Of course, if they're headphone reviews, it would be nice if they were sent over for measurements."

    "Since Wes Phillips isn't available, how about readers as contributors? You pick the finalists every round, then publish their articles here. Hopefully, a few of them will meet your standards."

Thanks yuriv, (not a contest winner, but worth a consolation prize, email on the way) I think I'm going to do something very much like that ...
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  3 comments

More modified headphones came through the lab this week. scompton sent in three modified Fostex Orthodynamic cans, and Morphsci sent in a couple of modified AKG K340 headphones.

Quick pix, and impressions follow!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 19, 2011  |  17 comments

It was quality over quantity in the last contest. We sure got some good answers. Check it out!

This week we're going to do something a little different.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 18, 2011  |  6 comments

The rash of in-ear headphones over the past few years has produced an enormous amount of style over substance. All too often the bling on the outside is accompanied by horrifically bloated or screechy sound on the inside. Likewise, some makers are able to deliver great sound, but fall down in the looks and comfort department. Rare indeed is the in-ear headphone that is stylish, comfortable, and good sounding.

The Audéo PFE seems to have beaten the odds.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 14, 2011  |  10 comments

I watch the Audio Technica high-end headphone line like a hawk. They're mostly far too bright for me, but they're so cool looking that I keep trying each time AT comes out with a new one because one of these days they'll make one I like, and I'm gonna jump on it when they do.

Now up to bat: the ATH-W1000x "Grandioso."

(Crosses fingers.)

Steve Guttenberg  |  Jul 12, 2011  |  6 comments

Editors Note: When I invited CNET's Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg to write an article for InnerFidelity, he thought for a bit and made this suggestion: since InnerFidelity is about getting right down to the nitty-gritty truth about how a piece of personal audio gear sounds, why not make some recommendations for reference quality sounds to start with. Great idea! I think I'm going to have to write a similar article with my reference tracks one of these days --- not surprisingly, his list and mine contain some of the same albums.

Click on the album images to go to the source page. Rightio Steve, we're listening!