Tyll Hertsens

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Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 23, 2018  |  0 comments
It was a real treat being able to talk with Paul Barton about the PSB M4U 8 and NAD HP70 at RMAF last year. Paul has lead acoustic design for PSB, NAD, and Bluesound for a long, long time now; he's got a strong understanding of audio and when he designs a product it speaks of this knowledge. In listening to this headphone, I find myself listening to both the headphone and what Paul may be trying to tell us with them. It's been an interesting dialog.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 11, 2018  |  29 comments
It's deja vu all over again. Maybe Audeze decided to reverse the trend for ever more expensive headphones. Maybe they were just aware of so many people longing for the LCD2 of old. But whatever the reson, I do like seeing them breath new life into the more affordable end of the LCD line-up with their newly released LCD2 Classic.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Feb 03, 2018  |  9 comments
One of a nice handfull of $500ish planar magnetic headphones at the show, I was impressed with the Advanced Alpha at CanJam@RMAF last October. In my report I said:

Maybe it was just the show conditions, or maybe I was just in the right mood, but holy smoke these sounded really good to me on first listen. I've been wrong at shows before so don't take this as gospel, but I sure liked these Advanced planar magnetic cans.

Well, time to find out if we can trust my ears at shows.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 27, 2018  |  6 comments
Doing audio production on a budget? Want something that sounds good? Feeling a little overwhelmed worrying about finding that one good sounding and durable needle in the haystack of crappy sounding cheap headphones that's going to break the first time it gets thrown in you backpack? Read on!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  17 comments
It was great to see no vestige remaining at CES of the celebrity headphone era. It was reassuring to see headphone makers selling product based on performance...or at least claims of performance. Marketing folks will be marketing folks. One might be tempted to think the world of headphones is going to return to normal...if there was such a thing. Unfortunately, I think this year's CES was just a little calm before the storm.

The cable is being cut.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  48 comments
No surprise, with numerous successful studio tweaks under their belt, recording professionals started asking if they could do similar things for studio headphones. They started looking into it...no surprise, they found out it was a lot harder than they expected. When I told them I felt EQing headphones was at least four times harder than EQing speakers they both nodded their heads in agreement. None the less, they persisted.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  3 comments
It's inspiring to see a company who builds expensive headphones to also continue to focus on lowering the cost to the consumer. The new iSINE LX still has the Fluxor magnets, Uniforce diaphragm circuit, Fazor acoustic impedance matching plug, and Cipher DAC/Amp cable...it's $150 less expensive than the iSINE 10. Thanks Audeze!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  12 comments
Like most manufacturers, I find Beyerdynamic's more expensive offerings a bit hit and miss; but unlike most manufacturers I'm pretty consistently impressed by Beyerdynamic's lower cost products. Check out my reviews of the $59 DTX 350 m and now discontinued DT 235. Both really good values.
Tyll Hertsens  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  1 comments
I was a big fan of the MEE Audio's Matrix 2 affordable Bluetooth headphones of a few years ago...the Matrix 3 not so much. Sounds to me like they're coming back smart and centered with their latest and upcoming releases. For this post I'll feature their new $149 Matrix Cinema Bluetooth sealed over-ear headphone.

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