Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter  |  May 02, 2019  |  2 comments
In addition to its extensive hearing and testing products, Illinois-based Etymotic Research has won over the hearts of many audiophiles with their ER line of earphones. Lead Engineer Dave Friesema chats with us to discuss the company.
Brian Hunter  |  Mar 19, 2019  |  0 comments
Jannik Schentek is a product manager for Sennheiser’s Professional Audio products. He sat down with us at NAMM 2019 this year to talk about how the legendary headphone maker looks at everything including consumer research, voicing and even packaging to bring buyers the ultimate experience.
Brian Hunter  |  Feb 15, 2019  |  2 comments
Focal’s newest member to the family fits right under the tentpole of the flagship $4,000 USD Utopia. The new Stellia ($3,000 USD) incorporates some of the same beryllium driver material as the Utopia, but in a closed-back design. On top of a similar yoke and headband framework, Focal applied revamped full-grain leather ear pads and learnings from the more recently released Elegia closed-back.
Brian Hunter  |  Feb 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Jerry Harvey has been leading the charge for custom IEM technologies for nearly as long as the product category has been around. His company JH Audio services the stage performance market, but the resulting evolution of earphone development has graced the personal audio consumer in equal parts.
Brian Hunter  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments
If you have never heard of the SoCal event called NAMM, fret not. The annual show-and-tell from the National Association of Musician Merchants in Anaheim California lays on the far fringes of audiophiledom. It is fairly big however, occupying more than one of the massive convention halls on site in Orange County with 115,000 attendees and 7,000 brands represented.
Brian Hunter  |  Jan 23, 2019  |  2 comments
What's it like to test 6,000 headphones? Helmuts Bēms takes audio playback very seriously, he should, he's probably logged more hours testing more headphones than almost anyone on the planet.
Brian Hunter  |  Jan 12, 2019  |  0 comments
The trek out to CES in Las Vegas isn’t usually as bad as actually getting around at the show. The event is absolutely massive in comparison to the usual audiophile circuit, and most of the new headphone tech is housed in the very populated South Hall of the LV Convention Center. The South Hall at CES 2019 (and the direction of headphones in general) can be summed up in two words for 2019 – “True Wireless.”
Brian Hunter  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Zach Mehrbach of ZMF Headphones talks to us with a transparency that is sure to intrigue anyone interested in the subject of headphone entrepreneurship.
Brian Hunter  |  Dec 02, 2018  |  2 comments
Dan Clark and his company MrSpeakers have risen to a position of significant standing within the high-end personal audio community. Birthed as one of their own, Dan started his headphone business modding Fostex T50RP headphones as a way to fund bespoke-driver aspirations of his own design.
Brian Hunter  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Episode No. 4: From the original LCD-1 driver to a full lineup of planar-magnetic headphones, Audeze’s meteoric rise as one of personal audio’s premium headphone makers has been undeniably impressive in the crowded space of the market.

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