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Jerry Harvey Audio Factory Tour

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

The humidity in Florida is no joke. Stepping off the plane from Los Angeles (where single-digit dryness keeps ash both on your body and your house’s roof from recent wildfires) the 70 per cent plus humid alternative makes anything above 80 degrees feel like a sauna. The hardcore locals will tell you its no big deal to wear jeans, but the feel of clingy fabric makes any option other than shorts a non-starter in this reviewers’ humble opinion. 

All things being equal, the Uber to JH Audio’s headquarters located in downtown Orlando wasn’t so bad.… Read the full article

InnerFidelity Podcast No.16 Grover Neville On Hi – Fi Journalism

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Grover Neville is a contributing writer for InnerFidelity. In this episode we sit down with the 24-year old headphone reviewer to chat about what his process is like along with his take on living and engaging with personal audio in a forum-based ecosystem. His extensive history with music is finely compressed over his early years with both performance and production experience leading into advanced collegiate training. More recently, Grover has turned his perceptive gaze to the consumption side of audiophilia. You can follow his unique perspective into the hobby directly on Innerfidelity.com through show coverage, product evaluations and music reviews.  … Read the full article

Capital AudioFest Part 5: Audio Technica ATH-AP2000Ti and WP9000

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

Audio Technica has long been a major headphone manufacturer, though the true high-end, or ‘summit-fi’ of the headphone world has never seemed to look upon them particularly favorably.

It’s not because they make bad headphones, quite the opposite in fact. the ATH M50x has started many budding audiophiles on their path to the headphone hobby, and they have a large selection of other headphones for pro and consumer use, many of which have been excellent. In general, actually, I don’t recall off the top of my head ever hearing an Audio Technica that sounded bad, rather, some of them felt as if they’d been tuned for different markets than audiophiles from North America.… Read the full article

SPL Phonitor XE Headamp/DAC Review

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I mused a while back in my Ether 2 review what it meant for something to be ‘the best,’ at what it does. Moving beyond the, frankly, intellectually lazy idea that ‘it’s all subjective,’ I came to the conclusion that with regards to audio, ‘best’ is something that exists as a topic of conversation between the zeitgeist and manufacturing capabilities of the time.

As with all people however, we learn and change. I’m no longer convinced the equation is quite that simple, or at least I’d like to complicate the idea I put forward in that review by re-examining the criteria or personal taste that I left out of that piece.… Read the full article

Capital AudioFest Part 4: Andover Audio

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

CAF this year was awash with vinyl front ends, something which is a little bit unusual for headphone playback. I’ve seen it start to take more prominence in many headphone listeners rigs however, as LPs becomes more popular with audiophiles of the personal audio disposition.

Today’s coverage, then, is about just that; vinyl and headphones, and a company called Andover Audio.

Andover Audio is a name I hadn’t heard of before, but when I entered their room, the folks there mentioned that their team is made up of former employees from a laundry list of well-known companies in high-end audio.… Read the full article

Captial AudioFest Part 3: A New Aeon 2 and Name for MrSpeakers

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

What’s in a name? A lot if you look around the high-end audio world.

Just look to MrSpeakers who recently switched-up to Dan Clark Audio. Many of you may have received a recent email explaining the name change by the well-known company, as well as the recent announcement of the Aeon 2 headphone in both closed-back and open variations. If you haven’t seen the announcement, head over to danclarkaudio.com and take a look.

For me, this announcement was extremely timely, as I had passed by the Linear Tube Audio headphone booth and seen what looked like a pair of red Aeon closed-back headphones.… Read the full article

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Capital AudioFest Part 2: Aurorus Audio and Linear Tube Audio

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Linear Tube Audio seemed almost omnipresent at CAF this year, probably because the company is local to the DC area.

The LTA headphone lounge was chock full of some of the best headphones on the market, as well as some brand-new and prototype models that were really exciting. Among these were two new headphones from a company called Aurorus Audio.

Amar from Aurorus Audio told me the headphones had been under serious development for about two years. There are two versions; a closed back called the Australis and the open back is called the Borealis.… Read the full article

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Capital Audio Fest Part 1: Headamp and Spirit Torino

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

My first stop upon arriving at Capital Audio Fest was the Headamp booth, for no other reason than it’s proximity. The show sprawls across several levels of levels, and the headphone vendors were likewise spread across various floors, mingling with stereo rooms and the vinyl marketplace.

Ultimately this is a cozy show that requires very little walking, but CAF is, in a sense, highly egalitarian in that it is all hi-fi. Whether record vendor, headphone seller or speaker dealer, everyone shares space.… Read the full article

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Capital AudioFest Part 1: Headamp and Spirit Torino

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

My first stop upon arriving at Capital Audio Fest was the Headamp booth, for no other reason than it’s proximity. The show sprawls across several levels of levels, and the headphone vendors were likewise spread across various floors, mingling with stereo rooms and the vinyl marketplace.

Ultimately this is a cozy show that requires very little walking, but CAF is, in a sense, highly egalitarian in that it is all hi-fi. Whether record vendor, headphone seller or speaker dealer, everyone shares space.… Read the full article

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Focal Sphear Wireless IEM Review

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

One thing the Bluetooth and wireless headphone market nowadays isn’t lacking is choice.

I’ve heard the argument made compellingly that for wireless headphones, sound quality is simply another feature. As long as it sounds good enough, the reasoning went, then it’s an adequate piece of a product for which the emphasis is on feature-set completeness rather than singular quality in any one area.

While there is a certain validity to this mindset in regards to the very lowest price segment, it leaves companies like Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic and Focal out of the equation.… Read the full article

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