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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
Blue Microphones is well known as a maker of - you guessed it - microphones. It’s been in that business for 20 years. It has more recently entered into the headphone market with the Mo-Fi powered headphones and has now debuted the Lola headphone.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 07, 2016 0 comments
The XDP-100R is already available in some overseas markets (most notably in Japan, where enthusiasm for hi-res audio is very healthy) but now the player is available for us nephews and nieces of Uncle Sam.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 07, 2016 1 comments
Audiophile or sport? MEE Audio has two new headphone offerings that lets you choose one or the other (but not both).

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Sennheiser advises that the new and improved version of its HD 800 is “one step closer to perfection.” It’s dangerous for marketing people to throw around the “p-word” but in the case of the HD 800, the claim isn’t entirely specious. The HD 800 is very highly regarded and the new HD 800 S is said to be even better.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Beyer’s T5p was an excellent headphone and gained a certain audiophile following. According to Beyer, the Second Generation version offers improved tuning with slightly more bass, and some different building materials, as well as the ability to operate in a balanced mode.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 Published: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Shure is showing two very upscale products at CES: the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone system (MSRP $2,999) and SHA900 portable listening amplifier (MSRP $999).

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Everyone and their brother (and mother) are making headphones these days, but Audio-Technica has been doing it for far longer than most. They continue to refine their designs, and are showing five new or upgraded headphones in their High Fidelity line.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 1 comments
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is continuing its march toward sonic superiority. It announced that new partners will provide MQA content, and that HTC is demonstrating a smartphone equipped with a "proof of concept" MQA decoder.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 1 comments
70 years is a long time. Few companies make it that far. Klipsch, one of the survivors, and a storied company at that, is now under the VOXX corporate umbrella, and VOXX is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 22, 2015 5 comments
A couple of days ago, I was sitting in my home theater listening to some music—a recording of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, actually—and it hit me: The symphony orchestra is the greatest analog audio playback machine ever invented.

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