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CanJam SoCal 2019: HyperX and Audeze

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I stopped by the HyperX booth on Saturday mainly intending to take a break from more intensive listening, and found myself doing quite the opposite.

The headphone is essentially a wired-only version of the Mobius with a tuning by HyperX. As usual, take show impressions with quite a grain of salt, but my immediate impression on putting them on was that they sounded better than the original Mobius itself. The bass was punchier and tighter, and the upper midrange seemed more natural and less artificial than the Mobius.… Read the full article

Canjam Socal 2019: Part One with Campfire Audio and the Kaldas Electrostatic

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

CanJam Socal 2019 really knows their audience – the show didn’t start until a leisurely 10 a.m. on Saturday, which seemed to go over pretty well with the attending crowd and exhibitors.

The main area isn’t massive, part of which helps retain the nice cozy feel that I personally enjoy so much about meets and CanJams. The heavily-carpeted hall area and low ceilings generally helped keep background noise to tolerable levels, and I was able to get some relatively uninterrupted listening time before the crowds started to show up.… Read the full article

InnerFidelity Podcast No. 12 With Dan Wiggins of Periodic Audio

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Dan Wiggins of Periodic Audio has a deep pool of manufacturing knowledge to pull from. His latest company may specialize in single dynamic driver IEMs, but he has put his time in designing transducers behind the scenes – for companies big and small across the hobby. In this interview, Wiggins gives us his take on material use, the ins and outs of manufacturing abroad, and listening for yourself. – Brian Hunter and Rafe Arnott

The InnerFidelity Podcast features one-on-one interviews with everyone from high-fidelity headphone manufacturing heavyweights, musicians, artists, audio engineers and record and tape collectors, to long-time industry legends, audio technical experts and young up-and-coming headphone designers, host Brian Hunter takes listeners on an exciting aural journey every month with intelligence, wit and humour.… Read the full article

CanJam SoCal 2019 – What To Expect

By | June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

One thing the headphone community has always done well is meets. From manufacturers who generously bring gear and fund the larger affairs, to show organizers and most importantly, the attendees, every meet I’ve been to has been friendly, fun and informative.

While online debate can get heated, I’ve always found the in-person meets quite lovely.

As I travel to Canjam Socal 2019 though, the informative part really sticks out to me. I hope it doesn’t seem too self-important, but the headphone community, in terms of technical and sonic understanding and engagement of DACs and equipment, headphones and accessories does a pretty decent job for an audio community.… Read the full article

Drop T-X0 II Headphone available for Pre-order

By | June 19th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

The T-50rp headphones are something of a watershed product in the headphone market. While they’re best known for being a heavily modded headphone, it’s more the after-effects of the mods that have really shaped the community and many prominent companies.

ZMF and Mr. Speakers for example, two of the best-known enthusiast-run companies in the business, started with a humble series of T-50 mods. Likewise, others such as Dekoni have done interesting work with earpads and continue to modify these headphones.

In a certain sense, I think that the popularity of these headphones was one of a couple key driving forces behind the ‘planar revolution’ which gripped the head-fi community a few years back.… Read the full article

KLH Ultimate One Headphone Preview

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

KLH is a Brand name that doesn’t necessarily ring any bells in my head, but does activate something distantly familiar. I know I’ve heard the name somewhere I’m just not sure where.

A quick web search turns up why – at one point KLH was the largest loudspeaker company in the world, selling tens of thousands of units a year and employing over 500 people. The story of the company was fascinating to me, as they appear to have been a giant force in early hi-fi history.… Read the full article

New Music for Headphones: Spring 2019

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I hope you’re feeling adventurous today because it’s time to explore the great outdoors of new music. As before, everything on this list is from 2019, and if I’m not mistaken, all of it is from this very month. If you’re only interested in the tunes, head to the bottom of the piece as I’ll be musing a little bit.

As usual I’ve tried to grab a variety of recordings to suit differing tastes, and all of them have gone through musical and sonic quality checks on a variety of headphone systems.… Read the full article

T.H.E. Show 2019: Phonitor X Preamp and DAC with Audeze LCD2 Closed Back

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I was first exposed to the SPL (Sound Performance Lab) Phonitor X ($2,499 USD) a few years ago and its sound signature (or lack of one) has stayed with me since. It qualifies as a reference preamp/headamp/DAC in my books for a number of reasons, not least of which is its versatility for personal listening and two-channel audio, so when I saw it at the Audeze booth in the Marketplace at T.H.E. Show, I knew I’d have to revisit it.

First, some background.… Read the full article

T.H.E. Show 2019: Where Art Thou Headphones?

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I’m a fan of The Bard just like most other prose knuckle draggers, so I try to sneak in a little Shakespeare to my headlines whenever I can.

But it seemed particularly apt considering so few headphone-centric showings at this year’s T.H.E. Show due to the fact, according to Director of Social Media and Marketing Emiko Carlin, that feedback from exhibitors was more two-channel. That said, I have been able to track down some cool demos and listening stations of gear I’ve either not heard, or not heard together.… Read the full article

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Cleer Audio Flow Review

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I’ve been following the folks at Cleer Audio for a couple years now, starting back when they were just showing prototypes of their NEXT headphone.

Everyone I’ve met at the company has shown a passion for their work and an openness to feedback which is quite rare in my experience. Audiophiles are not known for holding back when it comes to negative comments, so I applaud them for being so open to taking input from the community. Since those early years getting input on the NEXT, Cleer hasn’t sat still on other fronts though.… Read the full article

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