CES 2012

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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 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 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 17, 2012  |  3 comments

Hey look! It's Spider! (Fitzy runs.) Last year Ronny Tsai sent me a couple of Spider products I liked quite a bit. Wonder what he's got this time?

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  2 comments

You know, being as brutally honest as I am in my product evaluations can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes. I've recently measured the Polk Ultrafit line and was pretty disappointed. I know the engineers there have been watching my measurements, so it was with no small measure of trepidation that I walked up to their booth.

Turned out to be quite a pleasant visit.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  7 comments

Phew!!! It's done! Two days of travel, four days of walking the floor, and a week of photo and video post-production and writing. I'm ready to start measuring some headphones for a little while.

But first, a few closing thoughts.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 15, 2012  |  2 comments

Due to my recent and ebullient praise for the Roc Nation Aviator and Mix Master headphones, some viewers of my YouTube channel have begun to call me a Skullcandy fanboi. Sorry, they sound good, and Skullcandy is working hard on making better sounding headphones. Good on 'em, I say. If that makes me a fanboi, so be it.

Let's have a look at their third shot at great sound.

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 11, 2012  |  11 comments

I think the Sennheiser HD 800 is technically the world's best headphone. The Sennheiser HD 650 is a classic, a favorite of mine, and a very worthy can at its price. But there's over a thousand bucks separating the two. I've been curiously awaiting the day Sennheiser engineered something (because with them it's always engineered) to fit between the two.

Here's a first look at it ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 20, 2012  |  1 comments

Brooklyn? Queens? Friggen country boy from Montana, I can never remember. All I know is New York is home to Jack Wu and Woo Audio, who make some fine vacuum tube headphone amps ... some very nice affordable ones, too.

Let's see what he's up to.

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 17, 2012  |  6 comments

Val Kolton of V-Moda once told me there are just a handful of companies in China that make most of the world's headphones. I don't know about that, but I'd sure like to.

Maybe I just stumbled into one.

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 15, 2012  |  7 comments

Sony is the battle ship ... the elephant in the room ... the world's largest headphone maker. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. With the tremendously fast moving headphone world and the likelihood they were lulled to sleep by their lion's market share, they're now facing a war on all fronts to keep their piece of the pie in the face of hoards of hungry headphone makers producing all manner of specialty product for everyone from cowboys to kids, and hairdressers to hipsters.

I think it's interesting their response is to go back to basics and develop their ability to manufacture a critical component.

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!