Tyll from Innerfidelity announces his retirement

This May post is from another of my blogs.  I just noticed that it was not posted in this blog so here it is:

Jude posted a note Head-Fi regarding Tyll’s announcement that he is retiring from Innerfidelity and more interestingly from the headphone community. As one of the originals it is hard to underestimate his impact on the headphone community and HiFi in general.   It will be interesting to see how the void his absence creates is filled. The link to Jude’s note is below.  I also added the link to Tyll’s YouTube video where he announces his retirement and his explanation of why now.  He will be missed!

I can fully understand Tyll’s motivations as I have just gone through the same transition.  The “been there and done that” gets overwhelming and you just want to do something else.  After years of battles you find that there is a significant amount of repetition.  After fighting the same battle multiple times it gets tiring.  For each battle you know upfront  the amount of effort, emotional drain and the eventual outcome.  You arrive at a point where you are unwilling to invest that emotional effort.  There are also the many things you couldn’t do while working.  You regret the missed sporting events your kids were in.  The vacations you didn’t take or in my case vacations where I was on a phone with work for much of it.  All of this just gets overwhelming and you just say “F” it.   Good for Tyll to make it out intact!

Retirement is a huge transition but for those who have the luxury of planning for it the transition can be smoother but no less dramatic.  Hopefully, all goes well with Tyll’s transition as well as his mastering of the ukulele.

Link to Jude’s post

Link to Tyll’s YouTube video

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Review of the Shinola Canfield IEM

Cinder posted a review of the Canfield IEM over on Head-Fi.  Shinola, a “design, lifestyle and shortly hotel company, based in Detroit, partnered with Campfire ALO to produce a single dynamic driver IEM.  They are certainly attractive but a bit too shiny for me. They also use the MMCX cable connector to which I am not a fan.

When I research pricing for this IEM I found a HUGE discrepancy in price.  I found them from $90 used to $195 new direct from Shinola.  At the higher price point they have significant competition.  Cinder has a few comparisons in the review so check it out.

 

Review of Canfield IEM

Astrotec Delphinus 5 Review

Watermelon Boi posted a review of the Delphinus 5 IEM over on Head-Fi.  This IEM has 5 balanced armatures with 3 way crossovers- 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high, and 1 super-high.  It also uses the MMCX connector.  From the sounds of it these are very nice IEMs and are priced at around $500.

Pros – Deep/dense bass with sparkles
-Beautiful build quality
-High quality stock cable
-Pelican-style carrying case

Cons – Not meant for reverb haters
-Brightness could be a bit dark for some
-Case size could be a bit bigger

CLICK HERE to see the review of the Delphinus 5

Review of the Bluewave GET Wireless Bluetooth HiFi Headphone Amplifier

Currawong posted a review of the Bluewave GET bluetooth portable receiver on Head-Fi.  He appears to like the product.  While I have not used this device I have acquired or trialled several other bluetooth portable receivers with mixed results.  Basically, these are a convenience play.  If you need to be wireless then these will work but they are bluetooth with all of its issues. This product supports all of the major protocols including AptX and AptX HD.  They are missing LDAC which is a new up and coming one.

My biggest problem here is the price.  At $99 – $129 you may want to think about simply investing in a good pair of wireless headphones.  But if you want your LCD-2’s to be portable this would work. Kinda.  It doesn’t have the power to drive anything more than the easiest to drive headphones.

Pros – Excellent sound for the money. Light. Alternative, position-adjustable clips very handy. Quick power-on. Sound quality-indicating LED. Can be paired with multiple devices. AAC, APTx and APTxHD supported.
Cons – Output power limited. USB input limited to 48k. Volume control fiddly and lacks position indicator.

Review of Bluewave Get

Review of Empire Ears’ Legend X

SeeSax posted a review of the Legend X on Head-Fi.  Interestingly, this $2,299 IEM has seven drivers with a 10 way crossover configuration.  A bit unusual.  Read the review to see what SeeSax thought of them.

Pros – Bass of incredible control, depth and power, detailed and natural mids, articulate but smooth treble
Cons – Driver flex, case is tricky with larger cables

Review of Legend X

Koss Porta Pro Wireless Bluetooth Review

Joe an admin at Head-Fi posted a review of the new wireless bluetooth Porta Pro from Koss.  He says that the sound image is the same as the wired model which is great. Also, Joe mentions that there are far less signal cut outs with the Porta Pro than other bluetooth headphones.  Priced at $79 it is a great value for a bluetooth device.

Review of Koss Bluetooth Porta Pro

Empire Ears Zeus XR Review by Ike1985

Ike1985 has a great review of the Zeus XR IEMs over on Head-Fi. Sound like some nice IEMs especially for vocals.

Pros – Smooth with high resolution, Unique 3D vocal effect, holographic stage, layering, separation and texture detail.
Cons – Bass heads may find sub bass impact a bit light.

 

Review of Zeus XR