History

The HeadRoom Audio story begins with one guy who wanted great headphone sound.

In the early 1990s, our founder Tyll Hertsens was an electron microscope repairman who found himself in far-flung labs with nothing but music to keep him sane on his journeys. He tried every headphone he could find but found few that were truly to his liking.

One day he decided if he built a little amplifier to drive his top set of headphones, it would make them sound better.

HeadRoom was born.

Tyll then started headphone.com, a website devoted to selling the best headphones on the planet right along with his own portable brick of a headphone amp he called The HeadRoom Standard. Remember that name.

Of course, these were dark prehistoric headphone days before the iPhone or laptop computers. The only tablets anyone thought about were made of stone. And the best possible source back then for high fidelity-loving listeners on the go was a portable CD player.

Then came the Apple iPod and everything changed.

Suddenly lots of people had headphones and needed ways to get better sound quality from their newfangled devices. HeadRoom Audio was already there providing great products to music lovers just discovering the joy and excitement of great headphone sound.

The headphone industry exploded and HeadRoom Audio surfed the crest of the wave. Audiophiles seeking a sanctuary to get personal advice and top-shelf products propelled the business forward and a high-end headphone enthusiast community coalesced.

We steadily developed a stream of innovative new HeadRoom Audio products to go with the array of better and better headphones every year from makers all over the world. The small headphone splash we started way back in 1992 eventually grew into today’s raging sea of limitless choices, products and headphone listening options.

HeadRoom Audio is now employee-owned by a small team of headphone experts, each with a bare minimum of 10 years or more of working experience at our company, some with twice that. Tyll went off on his own way (check out his website, innerfidelity.com) but remains near and dear, always providing true friendship and knowing insight. We are fortunate to love what we do and do what we love in the last best place, Montana USA.

In 2016, we happily returned to our roots as designers and manufacturers with the release of the first HeadRoom Audio products in a decade.

And that’s just for starters. There’s lots more good stuff up our sleeve. Thanks to your steadfast support through thick and thin, we’re going straight to the fountainhead to make some more great HeadRoom Audio products and do things we’ve never done before in our previous 25 years in the headphone business.

So please stay tuned to the latest at HeadRoom Audio by signing up for our newsletter below - and buckle up. If our time in the industry has taught us anything, its gonna be a wild, fun and crazy ride!