CES 2012

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 22, 2012  |  26 comments

Shocked, I tell ya. I've not heard too many Philips headphones in the past, but the ones I have heard were pretty disappointing. Then, BAM! At this year's CES Philips introduced five new lines of headphones. There were a couple of clunkers, but only a couple. Headphone after headphone in these new line-ups ranged from very good, to unbelievably good, and the pricing was surprisingly affordable.

At one point, I was giggling like a little girl.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 22, 2012  |  0 comments

I poke my head in the door. WTF? A bunch of lounge chairs. On to the next room ... no wait! Speakers on lounge chairs, that's personal audio, I reckon.

Yeah baby, comfy, cozy listening!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  16 comments

I had two motives for showing up at the Altec Lansing booth: inexpensive computer speakers, and expensive custom in-ear monitors.

Check and check.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 21, 2012  |  0 comments

I'm well aware of master clocks used for video post production, but was unaware that similar master clocks are now used in digital recording studios. Antelope makes some of the finest clocks for this application.

Oddly enough, they also make some headphone amplifiers.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2012  |  6 comments

There's no doubt I want Audio Technica's ATH-M50 on my wall of fame, I had but to find the AT booth and ask. The question in my head as I walked up to their display was whether there was anything else of interest.

I was glad to see and hear a couple of new goodies from Audio Technica.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2012  |  8 comments

I mentioned in an earlier post that there are two types of in-ear monitor: balanced armature and dynamic driver. Well, there's actually a third type ...

... an in-ear monitor with both dynamic and balanced armature drivers!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2012  |  6 comments

All I had to go on was a vague remembrance of a PR agent who came from Montana, and a spot blotted out on my CES floor show map indicating the location of the California Headphone Company. I was met by a small gaggle of fresh-faced farm girls in baseball hats (or ladies so costumed), the rear end of an old Ford pick-up, and Britt's cheery voice saying, "Oh, hi Tyll! So glad you came to see us."

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 21, 2012  |  2 comments

Finally! George Cardas has been working on his new in-ear monitor for quite some time now.

They're done!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 21, 2012  |  4 comments

To my camera, it was dark at the bottom of the escalator at The Home Entertainment Show being held at the Flamingo.

To my heart, it was well lit by the smiles of good friends and ex-coworkers Jorge Cervera and Ben Thiede.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2012  |  4 comments

Argh! I forgot to take a picture of the Comply booth. I didn't forget to visit them, though. This company makes great aftermarket tips for you in-ear monitors, and their booth was manned by one of the engineers.

I just love it when someone technical is available to talk about their product.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 09, 2012  |  9 comments
A day in the life of the Consumer Electronics Show bound.

Or ...

Surviving seat 31A.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  10 comments

Fang Bien is a longtime friend in the headphone world, and a prolific developer of headphone product. His line of planar magnetic headphones has caught the attention of enthusiasts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the HE-500 in particular. I was happy to round the corner and spy the HiFiMAN booth.

Fang, as always, had new things to show.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 19, 2012  |  1 comments

Having heard only two of their headphones (the great sounding Exodus, and the rather poor sounding Stir it Up), I was very much looking forward to getting my ears on the entire House of Marley line to get a feel for their overall performance as a headphone company.

I wasn't disappointed.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 19, 2012  |  7 comments

I have a little plan I'm working on. I want to revamp my test tracks using music that I could get permission to publish here on InnerFidelity.

This guy is key!

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 19, 2012  |  6 comments

It's not easy to find cheap stuff that sounds good. There're just soooo many cheap headphones that it's impossible to get your ears on all of them for a listen.

Fortunately, I got a hot tip on these.