Thursday, March 30, 2017

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  • Weird AKG K1000 Isolation Measurements March 28, 2017
    Last week, when I posted about AKG K1000 measurements, many readers were perplexed about the apparent low frequency isolation with what ought to be about the most open headphone you could possibly have. How in the world could it be providing any isolation at all, much less in the low frequencies that are particularly had […]
  • Vintage Stax Headphone Measurements and Comments March 24, 2017
    Sometimes my job is quite humbling. Like when headphone enthusiast yaluen decided to ship me a dozen headphones—many very rare and collectable—from his collection for measurement.
  • AKG K1000 Earspeaker Headphone Measurements March 21, 2017
    We're in for a real treat this week. Head-Fi member yaluen has most graciously shipped a treasure trove of vintage headphones for me to measure and share with InnerFidelity readers. We'll get to the sweet cache of Stax cans in short order, but I figured I'd offer up this sweet set of measurements as an […]
  • Katz’s Corner Episode 14: Guest Listeners Shoot out Audeze LCD-4 vs. Focal Utopia March 18, 2017
    It’s nice to hear different listeners’ perspectives: Each listener brings something different to the table. I learned a lot about how different people perceive sound and their preferences when putting together this post about experienced listeners listening. Come enjoy our quintet of expert listeners' take on the Audeze LCD-4 vs. the Focal Utopia.
  • AKG N90Q Noise Canceling Auto-Calibrating Over-Ear Headphones March 14, 2017
    Oh my! What an extraordinary headphone. The N90Q represents the first real effort to deliver seriously good sound quality using DSP corrections. It's my feeling that in the long run this type of headphone may eventually be able to deliver a superior subjective listening experience compared with passive headphones of the same price. On the […]

RSS Stereophile News

  • Gramophone Dreams #15: AudioQuest Niagara 1000, HiFiMan HE1000 V2 March 30, 2017
    Some of our readers seem to believe that the essence of high-quality audio is disclosed primarily by science, and not by dreamy, bodice-ripping adventures that take place on plush carpets behind closed doors. Perhaps they're right. Unfortunately, I have had no personal experiences that confirm that hypothesis. Thu, 03/30/2017
    Jon Iverson
  • AVM Ovation MA8.2 monoblock power amplifier March 30, 2017
    I've known Peder Bäckman, international sales director for the German firm Audio Video Manufaktur GmbH (AVM), for many years, ever since he worked with Electrocompaniet. When I told him that I was looking for products to review in the reference system in my new 20' by 16' by 9' music room, he invited me to […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Dealer Event in Connecticut Saturday March 30, 2017
    Saturday April 1, 2–5pm, Take 5 Audio (105 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510) is hosting an event featuring products from Bryston and Zanden Audio.Thu, 03/30/2017
    John Atkinson
  • A Conversation with Philly Audio Retailer Doug White March 29, 2017
    This past weekend, John Atkinson, Herb Reichert, and I drove down to Philadelphia to visit audio retailer Doug White of The Voice That Is. In this video, Doug and JA discuss the challenges of a rapidly changing internet based market, the differences between buying online versus buying from your local dealer, and much more. Wed, […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Listening # 172: Music First Audio MC Step Up 632, Vinyl Cleaner Pro March 29, 2017
    Before I revert to form and leave the subject for another nine or ten months, I'll pick up where I left off in last month's column to focus once again on step-up transformers (SUTs) for moving-coil cartridges. There's yet another choice you should know about—in this case, a thoroughly brilliant, handmade SUT that sells for […]
    Jon Iverson