Headphone News This Week? Meh...not so much, just a little fun.
Currently in the midst of a review, but needed to find a little something to post so I cruised over to my headphone news feed for a look-see. Kind of a boring week in headphone news, but one fun post came up so I said, "Meh, why not do a little news?"
DTS announced Headphone:X will be shipped within the new ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra and ZenPad Z8 (which will be available exclusively through Verizon). Normally I wouldn't even mention this PR blurb, but it's been a while since I had a listen to Headphone:X, so I got curious. Last time I heard it I thought it was okay, but not ready for prime time IMO. It's a damned tricky thing to try to get a sense of artificial space on headphones. So, I went over to the DTS Headphone:X page, plugged in my headphones, and had fresh a listen to their latest demo. By golly, it's not bad! The announcements from each speaker in the beginning is quite interesting. The sound never got outside my head, but it sure as heck moved around in a way that doesn't happen with normal headphones. The rest of the demo is a bit dumb for testing surround performance, but the music sure did swirl al over the place in my head. Treble is a bit artificial, but much better than I expected...or experienced from Headphone:X in the past. Sure might satisfy a lot of ordinary consumers. Anyway, thought it was a fun demo.
Apple appears to be working on a wireless version of their EarPods, which will evidently be called AirPods. The weird thing is they've filed for trademark through a shell company called Entertainment in Flight. Apple...why you be so weird?
Lastly, and the sole reason I even bothered with a news post, is Gizmodo just published an article named, "The 10 Ugliest Headphones Ever Made." Usually these kinds of posts make me cringe at their uselessness and far-off-base nature, but this time I think they did a pretty good job. You guys have any other suggestions of what should have been on their list?