2: Michael’s System, and The Great Headphone Bake-Off, Starring 1MoreUSA, Audio-Technica, & Mr. Speaker



Today Michael tells the story of how he fell down the rabbit whole of audiophilia and walks us through his reference system.  Then, we do the Great Headphone Bake-Off, volume 1, testing $100 vs $150 vs $1800 headphones.  A pretty fascinating…and unexpected result from that test!

Gear Guide:

Educational Moments/Power Tips:

  • 09:28 – Apple TV; For audio it’s bad. Because Apple TV is designed for video which is 16bit/48hz. So it changes whatever you send it.
  • 19:20 – Tidal tip: on portable devices you can download hi-res files/playlists.
  • 24:43 – When you start spending a considerable amount of money on high end headphones you generally need an amp to go with them.
  • 32:40 – To consider when selecting your headphones:
    • Are they comfortable?
    • Do they fit your head?
    • Can you wear them for a long period of time?
  • 36:20 – Try to find sound designers who you like, find out how their ear works and what gear they use when creating

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One thought on “2: Michael’s System, and The Great Headphone Bake-Off, Starring 1MoreUSA, Audio-Technica, & Mr. Speaker

  1. Hi guys!
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your podcasts. On your recommendation I purchased a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50X headphones. Eeeeek! These things are awful. Had the same experience on an android phone, iPhone and OPPO BD105. Too much bass. Even female vocals are affected. Very disappointed. Got them on amazon so back they go.
    I did try the Elac ub5s too and was very impressed. Can’t wait for the new high end elacs to become available. You guys may know but what you say is very influental on buying decisions. Keep up the great work.
    Ben

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