Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RSS Innerfidelity

  • CES 2018: Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 Over-Ear Open Flagship Headphones January 16, 2018
    Oh...my turn. Ahhhhh...they fit nicely. I plug them into my AK240 and play some tunes. Well, other than the fact that the CES show floor is crazy loud they sound pretty damned good. No one in the convention center booth knew much about them, but they told me there was another pair over at the […]
  • CES 2018: 1More Triple-Driver Over-Ear Headphones January 16, 2018
    Well, they've gone back to the drawing board and come up with something pretty novel...more expensive, but quite interesting. The new 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone ($249) uses a 40mm graphene dynamic driver and a passive radiator for the lower frequency response ranges, and a ceramic tweeter for the highs. Quite an unusual combination.
  • CES 2018: Snugs Custom Ear Tip Measurement App January 15, 2018
    The thing that really caught my eye in the Snugs booth was their new method for measuring ears for their shallow insert products. Normally, you send ear molds or files from impressions or measurements taken by audiologists, and Snugs does use this method. But their new method uses a phone app.
  • CES 2018: Echobox Explorer and IEMs January 15, 2018
    Echobox seems to be doing well. I remember when Warren Chi drug me over to their 10 foot booth at CES in 2015. This year they showed up in the center of the floor in a big open 50 footer with lots of cheerful faces showing off the gear.
  • CES 2018:Sennheiser HD 820 Over-Ear Sealed Headphones January 14, 2018
    Better start here...it's where I started the show...I'm sure you are curious too. The Sennheiser HD 820 is a sealed headphone based on the now famous HD 800. The remarkable thing about these headphones is the toroidally shaped diaphragm, which, Sennheiser claims, produce a more planar wavefront to interact with the ear more naturally. A […]

RSS Stereophile News

  • CES 2018 Confounds Expectations January 16, 2018
    Photo by John Atkinson The question, "What if they Gave a CES and Nobody Came?," which headlined my As We See It from mid-2016, was echoed by a similar title on Jon Iverson's opening blog for our coverage of CES 2018. Yet hopes and fears that our industry's increasingly limited presence in the Venetian would […]
    Art Dudley
  • Chord's Million-Tap Digital Filter January 16, 2018
    When Jason Victor Serinus visited the Bluebird Audio room on the Venetian's 35th floor, he mentioned that Chord was demonstrating its Blu Mk.2 CD transport ($11,788) along with the Dave DAC that I reviewed and was impressed by last June. I chatted with Chord's digital guru Robert Watts (above in photo) about the new transport […]
    John Atkinson
  • A Stellar Constellation January 16, 2018
    I was working on our video coverage of the 2018 CES with our resident videographer Jana Dagdagan, and as video is such a time sink, I wasn't able to visit as many rooms as I usually do. But one room I managed to visit and that stood out when it came to sound quality was […]
    John Atkinson
  • YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 Loudspeaker January 16, 2018
    "This is the evolution of our Sonja series," Explains YG Acoustics senior account executive Kerry St. James. "This follows the Sonja 1 series and the 'dot' indicates how many modules there are in the model. So this is a Sonja 2.2 (he points to the demo in the room) meaning it is the second series […]
    Jon Iverson
  • HiFiMan Sundara and Shangri-La Jr. Headphones January 16, 2018
    HiFiMan had two new products on display this year: one for the budget-minded, and one not. First, for the entry level, is the new Sundara planar headphone which will retail for $499. Josselin Marvie from HiFiMan explains that "We spent some time designing this headphone to be more reliable and comfortable, so we have a […]
    Jon Iverson