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Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 10, 2011  |  13 comments
You should be enraged by greedy people messing with holy things.

I recently posted a poll asking why the perceived value of headphones has increase so much over the last ten years. Much to my chagrin, the answer, "The success of the iPod in the pop culture allowed headphones to become a sweeping fad of fashion and celebrity" has just pulled into the lead.

Saddly, I tend to agree.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 09, 2011  |  16 comments

Lots of great questions and comments from last contest asking for topics, but the one that caught my eye came from SAS ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 09, 2011  |  1 comments

It's not often a pair of DIY cans comes walking in the door with its own monster branding. Not only has enthusiast 4nradio breathed life into this odd assortment of bits from previously dead or discontinued headphones, but unlike the good doctor of yore, he has fallen in love with the monster he brought to life, and given it character and personality.

Let's meet the monster.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 08, 2011  |  12 comments

Enthusiasts recently mourned the death of the Denon AH-D1001 --- a really good sounding sealed headphone at just above $100. Lament no more. This Foster OEM design (model 443741) has found rebirth as the Creative Aurvana Live!

The very good news: it's even better than before.

Steve Guttenberg  |  Aug 03, 2011  |  2 comments
Photo Credit: Steve Guttenberg

It's been rumored about for ages, played at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, but sometime in September Magnepan will begin shipping the Mini Maggie System ($1,495). It's a desktop speaker system, albeit one designed to satisfy the most demanding audiophile tastes.

I visited the Magnepan factory in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in late July to spend some quality time with the Mini Maggies.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 03, 2011  |  3 comments
Jeremiah Cymerman and Nate Wooley play together.
Photo Credit: Yuko Tonohira

Any headphone enthusiast will tell you one of the unque characteristics of cans is their ability to take you somewhere else. To secret you away to another place ... the place where your music is all around and you are subsumed in its spell.

Evidently, experimental musician Jeremiah Cymerman gets it, too.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Aug 02, 2011  |  3 comments

Man! Time flies! This month some good things to report on: measurements; that Facebook thingy; and chirps on Twitter.

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 Headphones.com ...

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